Talk to certain people, and they'll all tell you: Eugene Hütz is the stuff of legend. Catch a glimpse of the Gogol Bordello frontman on the street, and you'll notice his mustache waxed into a permanent curl, a mess of unkempt shoulder-length hair, and a unique sense of style that can only be descri ... More >>
Valentines Day week has arrived! Whether you plan on celebrating Valentines Day with a special someone, alone, or with your multiple cats, be sure to check out Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles' Greatest Valentines Mixtape show at the Cedar Cultural Center. On Friday synth-pop band Usonia rele ... More >>
There's hardly a band more suited to play a Valentine's show at First Avenue than DeVotchKa. This Friday -- technically the day after the proper holiday -- DeVotchKa bring their sweeping, romantic scores to Minneapolis, in hopes of bringing together couples young and old. A Valentine's show has be ... More >>
"Erik told me it would never succeed, and so I bet him twenty bucks that it would," asserts a somewhat facetious Thom Middlebrook from a carseat-turned-couch in the practice space of illustrious Erik Koskinen and Molly Maher bands. The "it" he is speaking of is the Real-Phonic Radio Hour, a live mon ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party marks the beginning of July and the end of weeks of promotion for presenting radio station Cities 97, who bring soft-rocker Mat Kearney and Train on Friday and alt-country group The Avett Brothers on Saturday night. 311 will be swinging through Minneapolis on their national ... More >>
Related:Death Cab For Cutie, Avett Brothers highlight Des Moines' 80/35 Fest line-upKid Dakota, Mayda, Bloodnstuff lead Lyn-Lake Street Fest lineupFeist, DeVotchKa, and Rufus Wainwright top Music in the Zoo's summer concert scheduleThe Live Nation-sponsored River's Edge Festival at Harriet Island ha ... More >>
The intimate amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo is far and away one of the most idyllic outdoor music venues in the Twin Cities area. And each summer, the Music In The Zoo series gives music lovers of all types up-close, engaging performances from both established acts and alternative bands on ... More >>
In 2010, Chris Koza and his newly formed band, Rogue Valley, set out to do something a little insane. They wrote and recorded four full-length albums in one year. The "season project," as it came to be known, was fueled by personification: each album intends to give shape and sound to a particula ... More >>
Greater Minds pays little attention to convention
The New Pornographers are one of those bands that seem like they will just quietly endure, continually putting out quality from the indie-pop front lines. Since the 2010 release of their fifth studio album, Together, various members of the Canadian supergroup (a term which the band seems to p ... More >>
The beats never stop for the tireless crew of Doomtree. It was barely six months ago that Sims released his sophomore album, Bad Time Zoo, to overwhelming support from critics, peers, and fans. His smooth delivery and the intelligent persistence of his rhymes make Doomtree's youngest partner ... More >>
Roots rockers Delta Spirit are relentlessly busy. In the midst of recording their third album, they have been touring up a storm--hitting the festival circuit heavily, between Lollapalooza, the Newport Folk Festival, and now SoundTown. Gimme Noise chatted with founding member and bassist Jon ... More >>
Sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini, together with drummer Dan Kapernick, make up the Ericksons--a local roots band with hearty female vocals that lend well to their haunting Appalachian sound. The Ericksons have been around Minneapolis for less than a year, following the September r ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenNick Urata of DeVotchKa performing at First Avenue last AprilAs Somerset's SoundTown inches closer to its fun-filled weekend (August 19-20), Gimme Noise will be conducting a series of email, phone, and in-person interviews with many of the artists lined up for the festival ... More >>
With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus and Taste of Minnesota out of commission, our festival calendar was looking pretty sparse -- that is until this morning, when 89.3 the Current invited new Somerset Amphitheater partner Matt Mithun on air to announce Sound Town, a new festival coming to Som ... More >>
Last night at the Walker Art Center, composer Missy Mazzoli and violist Nadia Sirota -- we'd like to say 'kicked off' right here but that is a completely inappropriate idiom for what happened -- welcomed the String Theory Festival with a performance in the hodge-podge of Gallery 2.
Photos by Steve CohenDeVotchKaApril 1, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisThe sold-out crowd that showed up for Denver gypsy-rock stalwarts DeVotchKa's latest Minneapolis concert were more than enthusiastic in their appreciation. They were unafraid to show the band they'd waited for them like a smitten ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
Everybody's workin' for the weekend...and it's here.Make the most of it!
DeVotchKa's European influence is abundant throughout all of their music, but one thing stands out with their recent album, 100 Lovers: Romance. Not the kind of romance that initially comes to mind; I'm not talking roses and rainbows, puppies and poppy-seed muffins. The type of romance that em ... More >>
Across five venues, seven partners, and four days, the String Theory Music Festival will be set upon the Twin Cities (both of them!) this April 14-17 in a grand gesture towards reframing the modern and historical position of - but of course - stringed instruments. The festival will feature perfor ... More >>
The umpteenth movie in the Harry Potter series is being released today. I love these movies -- other than filling me with a sense of profound jealousy, they're the best movies to cozy up and fall asleep to in the history of ever. Pure fantasy candy, buttressed by an oddly not-terribly-threatening ... More >>
Sweaty, crazy and bombastic, the Gypsy Punks invaded Sunday night.
Band takes creative approach to songwriting
The sold-out crowd who braved the cold to stand in line for the third and final concert appreciated the immediacy the reverential space offered.
Judas Priest to play Taste of Minnesota, Brother Ali on the charts & Taking Back Sunday to play First Avenue.
Paul Fonfara finds life ain't easy for a man with haunted visions