Bassgasm 10 First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, March 21, 2014Bassgasm is the perfect medicine for a raver with terrible ADHD. Friday night at First Avenue was like looking into those kaleidescopes that have little bits of confetti in them, the ones you can shake, the result being a millennial version ... More >>
Are you ready for Bassgasm 10 and the Wall of Bass? I mean, really ready? Just in case you weren't convinced that today's impending takeover of First Avenue doesn't have something unique to offer everyone, Gimme Noise spoke with Bassgasm founder 'DJ ESP' Woody McBride and Russia's own deep house rep ... More >>
For those who live to dance before the face-melting power of a Wall of Bass, there are few such satisfying events as the famed Bassgasm. For its tenth installment and first 2014 edition, Bassgasm is returning to hijack all of First Avenue for a night and turn it into a five-area, eight-hour, EDM-fue ... More >>
Sean McPherson steps into the spotlight with his solo debut, Too Big to Fail
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week on Local Frames with a premiere of the brand new video from Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra, a new project led by local music luminary Sean Mc ... More >>
The band's new Definition Sickness experiments with haunting beauty
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a spirited live clip from local trio Now, Now, shot during the band's recent tour stop in Chicago. We also share a feature that FUSE TV rec ... More >>
Indie singer-songwriter Adam Svec is super brainy. For one thing, aside from the whole music part, Svec is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and he regularly slips phrases like "well-vetted" and "why-esque" into normal conversation. Maybe that's what ... More >>
Joe Horton is one of those guys you meet and immediately want to know better. He's calmly energetic, and considering he's one of the busiest guys in the city, that's no small feat. Between fronting his experimental hip-hop group No Bird Sing, digging into a new project called Mixed Blood Majority wi ... More >>
Spencer Wirth-Davis dedicates new release to his mother
Give us five! Our esteemed photographer Erik Hess, who recently provided a wealth of delightful GIFs and other visual stimuli from this past weekend's Rock the Garden, has made it big. Well, he has made some of his favorite photos big, and they're on display on some public walls.We'd be remiss not t ... More >>
Related:Cover Story: How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listIn 2012, rap music is as definitive a part of Minnesota lore as the Mall of America -- or anything else Muja Messiah name-checks in "Leech ... More >>
Related:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listIn 2012, rap music is as definitive a part of Minnesota lore as the Mall of America -- or anything else Muja Messiah name-checks in "Leech Lake" or Slug ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl Day 2331 Club, Psycho Suzi's, and Sample Room, Northeast MinneapolisSaturday, May 19, 2012Related:Slideshow: Art-A-Whirl 2012: Friday's MusicArt-A-Whirl Day 1 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/18/12Rusty Quarters in Uptown Minneapolis posted a Facebook status asking where everyone was, making ... More >>
The sonic experimentalism of Halloween, Alaska has always lent itself well to potential remixes. And while the latest effort from the Minneapolis quartet, All Night The Calls Came In, is a more refined, focused album than their more expansive past work, the musical groundwork has been laid fo ... More >>
Coloring Time December 31, 2011 Aster Cafe, Minneapolis The members of Coloring Time read like a who's who of hip hop and jazz in Minneapolis: founded by Joe Horton with core members including Graham O'Brien, Casey O'Brien, Peter Pisano, and Bobby Mulrennen, the lineup is more like a dream crew.
Photo by Ben ClarkLike the hip hop-meets-jazz improv version of Marijuana Deathsquads, Coloring Time's shows are dramatically different every time. Not only do the songs never remain the same -- they are created on the fly, emcees flexing their freestyle abilities over shifting instrumentation -- ... More >>
When Seattle rapper Sadistik and hometown MC Kristoff Krane went on tour earlier this year, the pair felt an immediate connection and almost immediately started writing songs together on the road. The results of their work are pretty incredible: They started writing together in the tour van ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkIt would be easy to describe Coloring Time's first full-scale performance by simply listing the names of all of the collaborators who performed at one point or another last night. But what actually transpired sounded nothing like Peter Wolf Crier or Dosh or Alpha Consumer or th ... More >>
The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their instruments, and see what unfolds between them. The Twin Cities has boasted a healthy improvisational scene th ... More >>
Photos by Meredith WestinAdam Svec CD-release May 20, 2011 Cause, Minneapolis On Friday night at Cause, Adam Svec celebrated the release of his third solo full-length album, Weaks in the Waves, with a smart triple-bill featuring Linda Carter (a new band featuring Linnea Mohn, David Osborn, a ... More >>
Emily UtneAll too often overlooked, Adam Svec has quietly put together a consistently enjoyable body of music that continues to evolve with each album. Gimme Noise had the pleasure of catching up with the busy singer for a beer at Bryant Lake Bowl in ahead of tonight's release party at Cause. ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessNo Bird Sing CD-release with Kill the Vultures and Kristoff KraneApril 29, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisNo Bird Sing have always been big on collaboration, but that spirit of togetherness was off the charts on Friday night as the group invited a wide array of friends t ... More >>
Three members were close friends of the fallen rapper
It all makes sense. For those wondering how local musicians like James Diers, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Jake Hanson, and Mike Lewis find the time to spawn so many amazing, collaborative projects, the answer is simple: They all share a practice space. And unfortunately, that practic ... More >>
We've written in the past about our excitement over the release of Graham O'Brien's debut album, Live Drums. Since our last missive, O'Brien's record has been picked up by UK label NoEcho, and will be made available on November 27.
If you're a frequent Gimme Noise reader, you already know that we're big fans of live hip-hop trio No Bird Sing and are looking forward to the release of drummer Graham O'Brien's solo debut, Live Drums. Adam Svec just upped the ante by sending us another track off O'Brien's record, which is a rem ... More >>
Download an exclusive mp3 from Graham's new project.
Williams was part of an... um... eclectic bill.
Band functions without DJ or bass player
Military Special, Kristoff Krane, and Sleeping in the Aviary stand out amid a flurry of releases