Vieux Farka Touré Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 9, 2013 We were not dancing enough. That appeared to be Vieux Farka Touré's chief concern between songs. If the Malian guitar hero's heavily accented English made it hard for him to explicitly tell us to move more, his amused yet ... More >>
Amadou & Mariam Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Friday, June 28, 2013In the midst of an amazing "African Summer" series at the Cedar Cultural Center and on the heels of an appearance from Afrobeat star Femi Kuti this past week the "blind couple from Mali" Amadou and Miriam set the tone going ... More >>
Femi Kuti and Positive ForceCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWednesday, June 26, 2013A Femi Kuti concert is unlike any other concert. The dancing, the shaking, the emotions that start on stage and infiltrate the audience with an almighty power. It's the kind of thing that gets a huge crowd at the C ... More >>
It's the last week of June and Uptown is hopefully back up and running. This weekend marks the Twin Cities Pride Celebration featuring performances from L'Assassins, Wiping Out Thousands, Mayda and much more. Tom Petty reunites with the Heartbreakers at the Target Center Saturday while Aesop Rock an ... More >>
From an early age, Femi Kuti got a crash course in music and the chaotic adventures that came along with having a politically outspoken and celebrated father. As a 15-year-old, he began performing with Fela Kuti, and absorbed raw energy of Afrobeat music.Continuing the Afrobeat tradition, Femi has ... More >>
The Cedar Cultural Center has long been a somewhat unsung musical jewel of the West Bank of Minneapolis. But lately, the venue has been receiving some well-deserved praise for consistently hosting compelling, eclectic performances by genre-bending bands and musicians that run the gamut from indie-ro ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganChooglin' has accomplished a lot in five years. The seven-piece band has branched out from their hard rock/punk roots, expanding their repertoire into Memphis and R&B influenced rock, with ringleader Jesse Tomlinson emphasizing melodies along with the big riffs. After 2 ... More >>
In addition to polling our @gimme_noise Twitter followers about their favorite local shows this past year, we asked for their thoughts on their favorite shows by national acts. See below for the answers from our Twitter friends, click here for our Best National Concert of the Past 12 Months pick ... More >>
Two Nigerian musical legacies shared the stage at the Zoo Thursday night.
Shellac, Rancid, Digitata, and more
The Minnesota Zoo announced its radically eclectic Music in the Zoo line-up for this year.
If you're late, as we were last night to see Femi Kuti, then the music invites you across the water, like the sun, and echoes out as far as the outer parking lot. "You're late, you're late," cried Femi's alto sax in the sky, as we headed for his island.
Femi Kuti makes Afrobeat for today's world
Interesting Femi Kuti piece on NPR today. Listen here. Sample quote: There are so many, hundreds of thousands, of young boys in Africa now. No shoes, no clothes, no money. They don't eat. They live under the bridge. Lagos is disgusting. And they are growing. In five years these boys that are 5 will ... More >>
Audiences chew on a film-fest twofer: Central Standard's indie films and Sound Unseen's musical movies
The Zanzibar Film Festival reflects the African island's position as a cross-cultural hub
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
Barbara Sibley's all-encompassing love of music has inspired her to sacrifice her time, her blood, and a whole lot of shelf space. A look at record collecting as a metaphor for life--and life as a metaphor for record collecting.