Erik Hess

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    January 30, 2012

    The Current's 7th birthday party at First Avenue, 1/27/12

    ​The Current's 7th birthday partyWith Tapes 'n Tapes, Dead Man Winter, Low, and Night MovesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, January 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here and check out coverage of night two here.The seven-year love affair between Twin Cities music fans and the Current was ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Father You See Queen, the Cloak Ox, and Marijuana Deathsquads at the Entry, 01/20/12

    ​Father You See Queen, the Cloak Ox, and Marijuana Deathsquads7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFriday, January 20, 2012Check out a slideshow from the concert here.Father You See Queen turned the 7th St. Entry into an art house cinema on Friday night, fluidly blending their moody, ethereal music with pr ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Weekend Checklist: Mason Jennings, New Year's Eve, Kid Dakota, The Cloak Ox

    ​So this is the new year And I have no resolutions For self assigned penance For problems with easy solutions - Death Cab for Cutie

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    December 27, 2011

    Arcwelder at Turf Club, 12/23/11

    Arcwelder December 23, 2011 Turf Club, St. Paul Arcwelder is viewed as one of the bands from Minneapolis who never made it. They were on the cusp, and then the landscape changed and they were left out in the cold. In the end, however, they have aged better than most of their contemporaries. They g ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Mike Mictlan's Blowout night in the Entry, 12/5/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Mike Mictlan and FriendsDecember 5, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisAlong with a new batch of intensely-collaborative rap songs, No Kings came with a determined mantra that truly came to life at last night's Mictlan-curated stint at 7th Street Entry for the 7th Doomtree Blowout. ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Hank Williams III at First Avenue, 11/29/11

    ​Hank Williams III November 29, 2011 First Avenue, MinneapolisIt's not every Tuesday night you get to see three (or four, or five) genres of music performed in one place, particularly genres with names like "cowpunk" and "hellbilly." If you were at First Avenue last night you were in luck - a fine ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Gwar at First Avenue, 11/2/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Gwar November 2, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis Editor's note: This review was written and published before we learned that Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Gwar guitarist Flattus Maximus, passed away sometime between last night's gig and this morning. In our writer's words, he was a "fucki ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Phantogram at First Avenue, 10/26/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​PhantogramOctober 26, 2011First AvenueThe fact that Phantogram managed to fill First Avenue on Wednesday night was a bit surprising, but that warm reception from the Minneapolis music scene was entirely deserved for the charming New York band. And while their ethereal, magne ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Cymbals Eat Guitars at the Entry, 10/19/11

    Photo By Erik Hess​Cymbals Eat GuitarsOctober 19, 20117th St. EntryPerhaps Cymbals Eat Guitars are so sonically inventive and explosive in the studio that their live show won't ever fully do their songs justice. Or, perhaps they just had an off night. Whatever the case may be, the young New Yor ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    CANT, Mirror Mirror, and Blood Orange at the Entry, 10/15/11

    Photo By Erik Hess​CANT, Mirror Mirror, and Blood OrangeOctober 15, 20117th St. EntryThere are some bands, when confronted with a small turnout at their concert, mail-in a brief, passionless show, collect their money and quickly move on to the next city. But in the case of Saturday night's CANT ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Anthrax at First Avenue, 10/16/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Anthrax October 16, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis You have to hand it to metal. Critics never took it seriously when it was new. It's since been maligned as satanic, juvenile, pandering and a litany of other descriptors most of which just aren't true from almost the mome ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Explosions In The Sky at First Avenue, 10/10/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Explosions in the Sky October 10, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis "Hello Purple Rain, how are you?" queried Explosions In the Sky's Munaf Rayani from the sole microphone onstage at First Avenue Monday night, before breaking into "The Only Moment We Were Alone" from 2003's T ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Ladytron at the Fine Line, 10/3/11

    ​LadytronOctober 3, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisOver the course of the past decade, Ladytron have fashioned an ice-cold persona out of beats and synthesizers that gleam with mechanized cool. But that purposeful detachment might have cost them a connection with their audience that can spel ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Black Moth Super Rainbow with Dosh, 9/10/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Black Moth Super Rainbow with Dosh and the Marshmallow GhostsSeptember 10, 2011Turf Club, St. Paul"It's so nice to see the Turf Club full!" was the sentiment shared by many at the St. Paul club on Saturday night, as patrons flooded the bar in droves for the first time in recent ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Maroon 5 & Train at the State Fair Grandstand, 9/5/2011

    Photos by Erik Hess​Maroon 5 and TrainSeptember 5, 2011State Fair GrandstandLabor Day--always a bittersweet day for Minnesotans, marking the end to 12 food coma-inducing days.  With the hot and rainy days past, the weather was perfect for an evening with radio friendly groups Maroon 5 and Tra ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Labor Day Weekend concert roundup

    Photo by Erik Hess​What a weekend! We kicked summer right outta town this long Labor Day Weekend by attending as many events as we could, from Blondie at Mystic Lake to Weezer, Dr. John, and Maroon 5 at the Great Minnesota Get Together to Minneapolis dance nights Get Cryphy and Too Much Love. As w ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Marc Anthony woos fans at the Minnesota State Fair

    Photo by Erik Hess​As part of our ongoing coverage of music at the Minnesota State Fair, we sent photographer Erik Hess to catch salsa kingpin Marc Anthony in the Grandstand last night -- and he returned with some incredible images. Click here for Erik's full slideshow, and see below for links to ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of the summer so far

    It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Astronautalis, Lazlo Supreme, and MaLLy at the Guthrie Theater, 7/9/11

    Photos by Erik HessAstronautalis​Dessa's Cadence Series with Astronautalis, Lazlo Supreme, and MaLLyJuly 9, 2011The Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis"I'm so excited," Astronautalis beamed on Saturday night, during one of the many breaks in his set where he stopped playing music to ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York Dolls at Target Center 6/24/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York DollsJune 24, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisOne of the biggest tours of the season, the triple glam rock assault of Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York Dolls blew through town Friday night to a sold out Target Center. Adding to the circ ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Rock for Pussy 8 at First Avenue, 6/10/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Rebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy 8June 10, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisNow in its eighth go-round, the annual David Bowie tribute-meets-cat shelter fundraiser Rock for Pussy has become one of the most predictably fun nights in local music, as shown by the large turnout and vibrant ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Czeslaw's Loop: Permanent, Marijuana Deathsquads, and Playatta on the Mississippi River

    Photos by Erik Hess​"What's happening? What's happening, mommy? Mommy, what's happening?"  It's a stormy sunset on the Mississippi River, and over a dozen artists, curators, and friends have been trying, drenched and filthy, for five hours or more, to save a dry-reliant and ambitious thing ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Duran Duran at Epic, 04/22/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Duran DuranApril 22, 2011Epic, MinneapolisDuran Duran turned the sold-out Epic nightclub into a decidedly retro '80s party palace on Friday night, delighting their maturing but still passionate fans with an energetic 100-minute set full of hits both new and old. While the band' ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Gayngs at Coachella, Nikki Sixx phones it in at the Fitz, and more notes from the weekend

    Photos by Denis Jeong Plaster​April is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.

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    April 18, 2011

    Peelander-Z at the Turf, 4/15/11

    Photos by Erik HessAnamanaguchi​Peelander-Z (with Birthday Suits and Anamanaguchi) April 15, 2011 Turf Club Don't you hate a schtick? (Stay with me, here.)

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    April 6, 2011

    Southern Songbook's Adam Levy, Chris Koza, Dessa featured on Midmorning

    Photo by Erik Hess​The Southern Songbook series is returning to the Southern Theater April 14 as part of the String Theory Festival, and this time around host Adam Levy is inviting Chris Koza, Dessa, Chan Poling, and more to explore the use of strings in modern-day songwriting. To preview the next ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Chapel Club at the Entry, 03/24/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Chapel ClubMarch 24, 20117th Street Entry, MinneapolisThere is something exhilarating about seeing a young English band on their first proper tour of the U.S. They are playing small rooms again, which must remind them of the intimate UK clubs where they first garnered their ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    Gimme Noise and First Avenue day party fills up Skinny's Ballroom

    Photos by Erik Hess​We had an insanely fun time yesterday afternoon throwing the first ever Gimme Noise day party in Austin in partnership with First Avenue. The party was hopping from the get-go, thanks in part to the free beer offered up by Tiger, and we were thrilled to see a huge contingent of ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Girl Talk at First Avenue, 3/8/11

    Photo by Erik Hess​ After last night's sold-out Girl Talk show at First Avenue, classrooms across college campuses and cube farms in various office buildings probably feel a bit empty today. During peak time at the show it was clear a good portion of the city's twentysomethings were all dancing ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011
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    January 3, 2011

    Mark Mallman's New Year's Eve stunt: The 'Keyborg'

    Photo by Erik Hess​Mark Mallman has made a tradition out of returning to the Varsity each New Year's Eve for an extravagant show, and for his 5th annual NYE bash he pulled out all the stops.

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    December 2, 2010

    Freelance Whales at the Entry, 12/1/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​Freelance Whales with Miniature TigersWednesday, December 1, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisFreelance Whales might be that one indie band that sneaks up on you; you're totally unprepared to like them as much as you find yourself doing. And armed with a myriad of instruments and ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    A Tribute to the Replacements, 11/26/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​A Tribute to the Replacements' TimNovember 26, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisReported with special help from Robyn LewisNow in its third installment, the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of reveling in the songs of the Replacements has grown into a gigantic local music event, the ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Aster Cafe emerges as an elegant new 'listening room'

    Photos by Erik HessAster Cafe partner and musician Jeff Arundel​With a delicate layer of snow blanketing the Cities, it seems like a fine time to cozy up inside the Aster Cafe, one of Minneapolis's more promising new live music locales. Revamped under new ownership last June, the Aster started hos ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    The Soviettes at the Triple Rock, 11/12/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​The SoviettesThe Triple Rock Social ClubNovember 12th, 2010On a briskly cold Friday night on the West Bank, a crowd gathers outside of the Triple Rock. Not just any Friday night Triple Rock crowd, this was a crowd that's eager to witness Minneapolis punk history -- the third an ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Red Pens at the 7th Street Entry, 11/06/2010

    Photos by Erik Hess​Red Pens EP-releaseNovember 6, 20107th Street EntryIt is a rare show where the band clearly gives everything they have on stage, yet leaves the crowd wanting more. Saturday night's Red Pens show at a packed 7th St. Entry was one of those performances, as the band, spent and swe ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Peelander-Z at the Turf Club

    Photos by Erik Hess​Peelander-Z with Birthday Suits and In DefenceOctober 17th, 2010Turf Club, St. Paul, Minnesota"We come from the Z area of planet Peelander, we don't need food! We come to eat your smiles!" - Peelander YellowPeelander-Z. Where do I start?

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    October 14, 2010

    Surfer Blood and the Drums at the Varsity Theater, 10/13/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​Surfer Blood and the DrumsOctober 13, 2010Varsity TheaterWhat better way to shake off my post-GBV hangover than to see two young, talented bands at one of the most stylish venues in town, as the Floridian quintet Surfer Blood and the Brooklyn quartet the Drums both delivered sh ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Mark Mallman's Marathon 3 co-stars reflect on their contributions to the ultimate performance

    Photos by Erik Hess​Some of us may remember when our friend Mark Mallman decided to do his first "Marathon" in 1999. Knowing Mark, it didn't seem weird that he would attempt such a stunt. The man has far too much energy and tends to be one of those creative juggernauts that fill the Twin Cities mu ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    Mark Mallman Marathon 3 live blog, day 2

    Photo by Erik Hess​While the rest of us slept last night, tucked away warm in our beds, Mark Mallman continued laboring away during the first overnight lap of his Marathon 3, which continues through Sunday.We're picking up where we left off last night to find out how the Marathon is going so far - ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    Mark Mallman Marathon 3 live blog, day 3

    Photo by Erik Hess​Mark Mallman passed the halfway point of his Marathon 3 performance at 7 a.m. this morning, and isn't due to wrap up until 10 p.m. last night. We jogged alongside Mallman yesterday from 10 a.m. until about 3:30 a.m., and you can read our recap and see some incredible photo ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Mark Mallman's kicks off his Marathon 3

    Photo by Erik Hess​Mark Mallman kicked off his third marathon performance at the Turf Club at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon to a small but intent crowd and several video cameras (watch the live stream online here). Gimme Noise will be checking in on Mallman as he attempts to play for 78 hours strai ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Sea Wolf's Alex Brown Church at the Turf Club, 9/27/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​Sea Wolf (solo acoustic)September 27, 2010Turf Club, St. PaulMonday doesn't necessarily seem like a night to go out and party (from a responsible standpoint anyway), but Sea Wolf isn't really a party band, either, so that dovetailed nicely.

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    September 17, 2010

    Best Coast & Male Bonding at the Triple Rock, 9/17/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​Best Coast and Male BondingSeptember 17, 2010Triple Rock, MinneapolisBest Coast puts on a really odd live show. I was a big fan of Crazy For You when it was first released, egged on by her solid EPs from last year. But then Bethany Cosentino started showing up everywhere, alway ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    The Goondas go hog-wild at Nick and Eddie

    Photos by Erik Hess​If the collective hangover of the entire Gimme Noise staff is any indication, last night's "4 Nights in Loring" afterparty with the Goondas at Nick and Eddie was a wild success. (Be thankful we didn't touch the @gimme_noise Twitter account last night, as the only thing I could ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Tokyo Police Club at the Varsity, 8/19/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​Tokyo Police ClubAugust 19, 2010Varsity TheaterThe blogosphere can be a fickle mistress. Toronto quartet Tokyo Police Club went from teenaged basement band to playing every major music festival of 2007 pretty much overnight on the strength of the instantaneous blog buzz that gr ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Autolux at the Varsity Theater, 8/18/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​You are always waiting for Autolux in some capacity. After six years between sophomore release Transit Transit and their acclaimed Future Perfect, I'm sure many were ready to give up on the band. A secretive and elusive bunch, they hardly made festival appearances to appease th ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    The Pines, Jeremy Messersmith lend a hand to Solid Gold

    Photo by Erik HessMatt Locher and Zach Coulter of Solid Gold​"I was looking forward to this show all day at work," Solid Gold frontman Zach Coulter said between songs, grinning. "But I had no idea it would be one of the best show nights of my life." Throughout the night on Monday, Coulter looked l ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    The Antlers and Phantogram transfix the Varsity

    While on paper it might not appear that the differing styles of Phantogram and the Antlers would mesh well, both the bands delivered terrific sets that showed off their inspired, innovative talents, and served notice that we will be hearing more from both of these accomplished, but still developing, ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    P.O.S. wraps up three-night run with gig at Nick and Eddie

    Photo by Meredith Westin​Let's get this out of the way: A lot of people got choked up this week watching P.O.S storm three separate venues on three back-to-back nights in preparation for his set at Coachella. Yes, you read that right. People got misty-eyed at a rap show. At some point last night, ... More >>

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