The group goes from high school nerds to hip local band
Pennyroyal's lead singer Angie Oase (pronounced "Ohs") doesn't look like the typical folk rocker. And the Minneapolis group's latest album, Baby I'm Against It, doesn't play out like typical folk or rock. On Baby, the band has a particular theme of loss and leaving coursing through it, but each song ... More >>
As both a musician and producer, Ed Ackerson has helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities for decades now. Over the past few years, in addition to manning the boards at his venerable Flowers Studio, Ackerson and his cohorts in BNLX -- wife Ashley and drummer David Jarnstrom -- have released a serie ... More >>
Throughout 2013, the reunited Replacements and their friends have put out a series of limited-edition 7-inch records to raise funds for their pal Slim Dunlap. The Songs for Slim recordings came about after Dunlap -- former guitarist for the Replacements and star solo performer -- suffered a serious ... More >>
#9. Fury Things: 42 pointsA DIY streak sure can speed up the recording process -- just ask Fury Things. In one productive day last fall, the Minneapolis garage-rock three-piece recorded the five raw, guitar-driven numbers on their self-titled debut EP at their practice space at the Acrylic Fabricato ... More >>
Following years of strict dedication to the easily digestible EP format, BNLX dove headfirst into the full-length format last year by releasing their fantastic debut LP, and celebrated that release with a brilliant two-night BNLXFest at Cause that not only featured two blistering performances from t ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We kick things off this week with a new video from Twin Cities quintet Speed's the Name, who are set to release a new record at the end of this month. We've also got a fresh ... More >>
Make way for the youth of tomorrow. The three members of Minneapolis band Stereo Confession formed two years ago when they were merely 14, and while they may seem young, they are growing and quickly learning the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the industry. Their newest album, First Comm ... More >>
Their name is a mouthful, but don't let that stop A Great Big Pile of Leaves' music from getting stuck in your head. Aptly, the New York based band named their latest album You're Always on My Mind. The new album was brought to fruition via local producer Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio last summer wh ... More >>
While grunge broke out of the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s, there was something different happening in the Twin Cities. Bands here were far more influenced by what was happening in the U.K., and a vital and volatile shoegaze/Krautrock/dreampop scene materialized. Sadly, many of those bands we ... More >>
The three-day music event featuring more than 100 local artists celebrates its fourth year
In a lengthy interview with Time, the Replacements and Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson gives a detailed update on where he's at and where he's been. Though the article has some dated facts -- it refers to a City Pages columnist who is no longer with the paper and Sean Combs as P. Diddy -- but St ... More >>
Genius is a hard thing to live up to; once someone bestows you with its thorny crown, it's a crippling burden that can sometimes make you even more the stuff of legend. My Bloody Valentine is that stuff of legend. 1991 was a time both namby and pamby, with New Ja ... More >>
There might be as many recording studios as there are venues in the Twin Cities -- from the world famous to basement operations. In our new series, Behind the Boards, Gimme Noise will introduce you to some of the extraordinary talent that helps create the sounds that make our Cities famous. Flowers ... More >>
With the highly anticipated auction for Songs For Slim now complete, the lucky (and generous) winning bidders for the first new release from the Replacements in 23 years are now left waiting to receive their precious 'Mats vinyl in the post, while the rest of us anxiously await the eventual digital ... More >>
Today is the day that longtime fans of the Replacements have been waiting anxiously for. At 10 a.m. Twin Cities time, 250 limited-edition copies of what the Songs For Slim website is calling "the first new Replacements release since 1990's All Shook Down," goes up for auction. The exclusive 10" viny ... More >>
After seven EPs, the band finally release their first full-length album
Dear internet, Mark Mallman is on his way to making some sort of musical history this week. Known for his feats of technological and musical mayhem, Mallman and his team are heading cross-country to create a seven-day documentary song in a pimped-out 1992 Vandura conversion van. The project began in ... More >>
The Melismatics' songs aren't simple at all. They're intricate, jumping from one thought to another, and yet, they're easily adaptable to the most conservative of ears. This, of course, is the Minneapolis band's cardinal accomplishment.Listening to their new album, MANIA!, can be comp ... More >>
Two Harbors is not just a city in Minnesota, it's also a hard working rock band from Minneapolis. Gimme Noise caught up with them as they were preparing to release their new album, Make It Alright, at Cause tonight.
Photo by Darin BackMark Edwards, right, with collaborator Luke AlbertsonAfter his band broke up early this millennium, Minneapolis musician Mark Edwards started playing with toys. He found that these sonic gadgets--synthesizers, loopers, samplers--not only sounded cool, but allowed him to stretch ... More >>
Local power-pop quartet mean business
Chances are, if you've been involved with or been a fan of the local music scene in the Twin Cities you've come across the cherubic music enthusiast John Kass. A man behind so many great finds in the used record bins that dot the Twin Cities record collecting culture, John has been a part of the ... More >>
The pioneering power-pop songwriter has died of an apparent heart attack.
Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.
Twin Cities band proves meat-and-potatoes rock is still tasty
On Polara's new record, Ed Ackerson wrangles a swarm of bees into submission
We ask Polara frontman Ed Ackerson about his new solo record and where he buried the bodies of his band members
A birthday bash exposes our highly incestuous scene
To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you
Was it something in the water? Kraig Johnson talks about the unlikely rock incubator of the west metro and leading his own band.
Ed Ackerson creates an espionage cartoon that's also a band
Polara's Ed Ackerson launches the Susstones multimedia collective
Shhh: Alabama transplant Marlee MacLeod's laments in major keys kicked off Noiseless '98.
Charting a path between electronica and the old one-two-three-four, Polara's intrepid space-rock earned them a coveted deal with Interscope Records. As the band learned, it won't cure all their ills. But it beats a sharp stick in the eye
C'est la Vie
Nothing more than feelings: Billy Corgan channels teenage angst