Erik Hess

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    July 7, 2014

    The Hold Steady at MN Zoo, 7/5/14

    The Hold SteadyWith Cheap GirlsMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleySaturday, July 5, 2014Now 10-plus years and six albums deep into their career as group, The Hold Steady are still a vital rock'n'roll force, albeit one that's starting to contemplate its own legacy. In their motherland of Minnesota, the ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue, 6/30/14

    Ms. Lauryn HillFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, June 30, 2014The legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill graced First Avenue last night with a full band in tow and an incredible career-spanning set. Playing for over two hours, she divided her set into sections that covered material from The Miseducation of Lauryn ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Girl Germs: Live Tribute to Women in Rock at First Avenue, 5/30/14

    What started as a dream from co-creators and curators Sally Hedberg and Dana Raidt became a reality last Friday evening. Girl Germs staged a takeover of the First Avenue mainroom, bringing seven local bands and host Lori Barbero of Minneapolis's own legendary Babes in Toyland to the stage in a tribu ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    The music of Art-A-Whirl, 5/17/14

    Art-A-Whirl Marijuana Deathsquads, the Cactus Blossoms, BNLX, Dosh, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, Hollow Boys, Crossing Guards, and From the Midwest Grumpy's NE, 331 Club, and Anchor Fish & Chips, MInneapolis Saturday, May 17, 2014 After spending much of the last few months trapped indoors, music and ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Mastodon at First Avenue, 5/7/14

    Mastodonwith Gojira and KvelertakFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisWednesday, May 7, 2014The mighty Mastodon rampaged through First Avenue last night with France''s Gojira and Norway's Kvelertak, rounding out a massive evening of metal that left the room sweaty, bruised, and euphoric.See also:Slides ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Toadies at First Avenue, 4/11/14

    Toadies: Rubberneck 20th Anniversary TourWith Supersuckers and BattlemeFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, April 11, 2014In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their full-length debut, Rubberneck, Texas alt-rockers Toadies stopped by First Avenue on Friday. Supported by Supersuckers and Battleme, th ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Imagine Dragons at Xcel Energy Center, 3/12/14

    Imagine Dragons With the Naked and Famous and Nico Vega Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul March 12, 2014 There are few shows throughout rock history that have changed the face of music as we know it. The Beatles infamous appearance on Ed Sullivan. The Rolling Stones at Altamont. Hendrix at Woodstock. F ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    10 essential tips for live music photographers

    Live music photography is hard work, and it's even harder to thrive while doing it. Lining up a quality shot is part of the equation, but a good concert photographer must also have a clue. We recently profiled 20 of the best Twin Cities music photographers, and asked each for "dos and don'ts" for at ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Myth, 2/8/13

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmonywith A$AP Ferg, Get Cryphy, and DJ DMilMyth Nightclub, St. PaulSaturday, February 8, 2014Bone Thugs-N-Harmony returned to Minneapolis to play to a devoted local audience at the Myth this past Saturday. In the mid-'90s, the Cleveland group -- represented by only four of the five o ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Paramore at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 11/23/13

    Paramorewith Metric and HellogoodbyeRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulSaturday, November 23, 2013For some, Paramore will be remembered as a group that had a hit a few years ago. For everyone else at the Roy on Saturday night, the pop-punk act is still a way of life.So how do you move on when former ba ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    BNLXFest II at Cause, 11/15-16/13

    BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis November 15-16, 2013 Throughout the two fast-paced nights of BNLXFest II at Caus ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Guitar Wolf at Turf Club, 10/3/13

    Guitar Wolf with the Coathangers Turf Club October 3, 2013 We rock journalists are a jaded, wary bunch of nerds most of the time. We stand in the middle-rear of the club while folks up front have a ball, politely scribbling notes at specific moments, nodding knowingly when certain tropes are employ ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Top 10 best record labels in Minnesota

    One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Prof Outdoors at Cabooze, 9/7/13

    Prof Outdoorswith Run the Jewels, Get Cryphy, Evidence, Fashawn, Soulcrate and Later Babes, Long D.O.E., and MaLLyCabooze, MinneapolisSaturday, September 7, 2013Prof played his biggest headlining show ever outside of the Cabooze on Saturday, selling out the 4,000-capacity area and putting on the bes ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Kylesa at Triple Rock, 6/3/13

    Kylesawith Blood Ceremony and White HillsTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisMonday, June 3, 2013Kylesa made a return to Triple Rock after some years of absence, and it remains the best venue to see the pummeling Georgia five-piece. This was a solid metal show from start to finish, and the crowd sho ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Limp Bizkit at Varsity Theater, 5/14/13

    Limp Bizkit with Ryan CampbellVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, May 14, 2013Limp Bizkit is still very much a "thing," and -- while nu metal is no longer a prominent genre -- still very much alive. The characters within are the DJ, the epic drummer on his raised platform drawing from old-school me ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Black Moth Super Rainbow at Fine Line, 5/13/13

    Black Moth Super Rainbow with the Hood Internet and Oscillator Bug Fine Line Music Cafe Monday, May 13, 2013 You can dress up the sound of Pittsburgh's Black Moth Super Rainbow with any sort of fancy micro-genre you choose and it will never be correct. Neo-stoner rock, electro-psychedelia, the list ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Antibody Wanna Dance: A fundraiser for photographer Erik Hess

    Chances are that you've probably never heard of Erik Hess. But if you keep up at all on the local music scene, and especially if you read this blog, then you've no doubt seen his photography before. Hess is one of our nightlife's most vibrant and prolific voices; on any given night, he's likely out ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Polica at First Avenue, 4/24/13

    Polica With Ronia and Night Moves First Avenue, Minneapolis Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Channy Leaneagh is a dancer. She is an animated stage actor and makes eye contact with an audience as a whole as if it were one person. That's all in addition to Polica's intoxicating musicality. Listening to the ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Roster McCabe at the Cabooze, 4/19/13

    Roster McCabe With Wiping Out Thousands, Steez The Cabooze, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Roster McCabe has that unmistakable, indescribable festival vibe, the kind that says everything's going to be okay -- even though the rain is threatening to flood your campsite. At their first show in Min ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Trampled by Turtles 10th Anniversary show at First Avenue, 4/17/13

    Trampled by Turtleswith Actual Wolf and Fever DreamFirst Ave., MinneapolisWednesday, April 17, 2013Minneapolis isn't Trampled by Turtles' hometown, but this city sure loves the band. Opening the first of three sold-out shows at First Ave., the band celebrated their ten-year anniversary being togethe ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Top 10 Twin Cities hip-hop venues

    It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Top 15 best underrated Twin Cities hipster bars

    We all know where the go-to spots are for a heavy-handed, no-nonsense rail drink, or for standard curds and tots at a table your mother wouldn't want to eat off of. In fact, sometimes, it seems like there are all too many overcrowded watering holes for the hipper set. Say you're in the mood for a be ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Total Trash tape release at 7th Street Entry, 3/14/13

    Total Trash Tape Release/Tour Kickoff with Brain Tumors, The Miami Dolphins and Ugly Motors 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, March 14, 2013A sign was created somewhere in the midst of the promotional blitz for Total Trash's tape release. It included the slogan "TAKE BACK THE ENTRY FOR THE PUN ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Top 10 best places to buy vinyl in the Twin Cities

    Within the sagging music industry, vinyl sales represent a rare sign of growth during the past few years, and that trend is healthy in the Twin Cities. Here, a plethora of independent record stores meet the local music community's demand for records -- and then some. They stock Record Store Day excl ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Top 10 best places to grab a drink before a show at First Avenue

    It's a given that Minnesota-based music lovers will eventually see a live show at one of the best venues in the country, First Avenue. The hundreds of silver stars on the gritty black walls of the club provide but a small sampling of the legendary bands passing through, and Prince assuredly put the ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Eels at First Avenue, 2/22/13

    Eels With Nicole Atkins First Avenue, Minneapolis February 22, 2013 Eels were clearly in a playful and feisty Friday night mood at First Avenue, a point proven by the matching blue Adidas tracksuits and sunglasses that frontman Mark Oliver Everett and the rest of the group sported onstage, the many ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The Best Love is Free IV at the Fine Line, 2/9/13

    The Best Love is Free, featuring Cecil Otter with Later Babes, I Colossus and Sophia Eris Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis Saturday, February 9, 2013Now that the Best Love is Free showcase and the Twin Cities have had a steady thing going for a few years here, it's become quite a prosperous and hap ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Mixed Blood Majority at the Triple Rock, 1/26/13

    Mixed Blood Majority with Guante & Big Cats and LaLiberte Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's easy to be cynical about new local supergroups when our music community seems to interbreed at such an alarming rate, but Mixed Blood Majority's set on Saturday made an ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Korda Records Showcase at the Entry, 1/12/13

    Korda Records Showcase With Jim Ruiz Set, the Ocean Blue, the Starfolk, and Typsy Panthre 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis January 12, 2013 On a frigid Saturday night in Minneapolis, the four bands associated with upstart local label Korda Records made everyone temporarily forget about the cold outsi ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Twin Cities Best New Bands at First Avenue, 1/11/13

    First Avenue's Best New BandsWith the Chalice, Wiping Out Thousands, John Mark Nelson, Actual Wolf, Eleganza!, Strange Names, and Bomba de LuzFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, January 11, 2013 With 50 percent of the 2012 Picked to Click cast on display, plus Eleganza! and Bomba de Luz for good measur ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Best Twin Cities concerts 2012

    The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    A$AP Rocky at First Avenue, 10/13/12

    A$AP Rocky With Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q , and A$AP MobFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisSaturday, October 13, 2012The LongLiveA$AP tour rolled through Minneapolis on Saturday night, and the powerhouse trio of buzzing rappers A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, and Danny Brown played to a sold-out crowd o ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Twin Cities Funk and Soul All Stars at Cedar Cultural Center, 9/22/12

    Twin Cities Funk and Soul All StarsCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisSaturday, September 22, 2012 There was a sense of the extraordinary at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday night. The usually stuffy and seated venue had the floor open for dancers and a standing room only crowd to welcome the Tw ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    The Jesus and Mary Chain at First Avenue, 9/18/12

    The Jesus and Mary Chainwith Psychic Paramount and Chatham RiseFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSeptember 18, 2012"I got a bit of a sore throat," Jim Reid said around the middle of the Jesus and Mary Chain's set in the Mainroom Tuesday night. He was introducing "Some Candy Talking," and offering up what pro ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Top 10 awesome concerts of August

    See Also:First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete listFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picksAugust was sweltering, but we found the best way to beat the heat with concerts that were even hotter than it was outside. In some cases they were outside -- so just think about the thermometer- ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Slipknot's Knotfest at Somerset Amphitheater, 8/18/12

    KnotfestWith Slipknot, Lamb of God, Deftones, Machine Head, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Prong and GojiraSomerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WisconsinSaturday, August 18, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Knotfest 2012 Music PerformancesSlideshow: Knotfest's People & ScenesSlipknot's ... More >>

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    August 4, 2012

    Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12

    See Also:M83 at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youBest of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and moreBlack SabbathLollapalooza at Grant Park, ChicagoFriday, August 3, 2012In 2012, being a purist fan of rock (of varying hardness) is getting tou ... More >>

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    August 4, 2012

    Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about you

    See Also:Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12M83 at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12SXSW: Ten things your outfit says about youMPLS.TV asks River's Edge Music Festival: "What the f*ck are you wearing?"Now more than ever, Lollapalooza is a mélange of different fashion decisions to accompany the varied mus ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    River's Edge Music Festival Day 2, 6/24/12

    River's Edge Music Festival 2with Dave Matthews Band, The Flaming Lips, Puscifer, Poliça, Awolnation, Diplo, Mutemath, Delta Spirit, K. Flay, AM & Shawn Lee, Mexican Institute of Sound, Civil Twilight, Hey Rosetta!, Kids These DaysHarriet Island, St. PaulSunday, June 24, 2012Related:Review: Riv ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Heliotrope Nine's final night at Lab Theater, 5/26/12

    Heliotrope NineThe Lab Theater, MinneapolisSaturday, May 26, 2012Related:Heliotrope Nine night two at Lab Theater, 5/25/12Slideshow: Heliotrope 9 at the Lab Theater: FridaySlideshow: Heliotrope 9 at the Lab Theater: SaturdayThe Ninth Annual Heliotrope music festival wound down with a collective ba ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Soundset battled extreme weather at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12

    By Reed Fischer and Ian TraasSoundsetWith Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Astronautalis, Big K.R.I.T., and moreCanterbury Park Festival Field, ShakopeeSunday, May 27, 2012Related:Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchSoundset photos 2012Up until about 7:20 p.m., the fift ... More >>

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    May 27, 2012

    Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watch

    The fifth annual Soundset festival at Canterbury Park Festival Field in Shakopee came to an abrupt halt when a Tornado Watch was announced midway through Lupe Fiasco's performance. Not long after Fiasco made an introduction for the song "The Show Goes On" and showed off a couple of fans' tattoo ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Trampled by Turtles at First Avenue, 4/11/12

    Trampled by TurtlesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, April 11, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Both Minneapolis and Duluth dedicated this day to Trampled by Turtles, and a rowdy crowd packed inside First Avenue to celebrate the festivities in earnest. Earlier, singer Dave Simonett had t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Ten things your outfit says about you

    ​Some folks attend South by Southwest to look at bands, but a good many passing through the 2012 edition seem to enjoy the added benefits of being looked at, as well. Even without haute couture, music fans and opportunists on the streets of Austin send a wealth of subliminal messages to each other ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    SXSW: Polica as the road team

    ​Some of you may know that our recent cover darlings Polica, a local band of note filled with members of other local bands of note, is in Austin this week for South by Southwest. Billboard magazine knows it, because they're the ones who who hosted the group's showcase at ACL Live, aka the spot whe ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Corrosion of Conformity at Triple Rock Social Club, 3/08/12

    ​Corrosion of ConformityWith Torche and Valient ThorrTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisThursday, March 8, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.The metal was dirty, gritty and covered with back hair Thursday night at Triple Rock. A triple bill of Southern-based talents attracted a hearty cr ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Tennis and Sleep Study at Triple Rock, 2/23/12

    Photo by Erik Hess​TennisWith Sleep StudyTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisThursday, February 23, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.In the middle of "Origins," one of Tennis' better tracks from the charming, country club indie-pop collection Young and Old, we seem to get to the he ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    The Current's 7th birthday party at First Avenue, 1/28/12

    ​The Current's 7th Birthday Party, Day 2With Polica, Suicide Commandos, Sims, and Haley BonarFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 28, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here and coverage of night one here.Was it arrogant of the Current to think that a two-night birthday was appropriate? W ... More >>

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