Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>
Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast ... More >>
In 1991, My Bloody Valentine transfixed shoegaze fans with the masterpiece, Loveless, but then retreated into the hazy shadows and eventually dropping off the musical map altogether. The prolonged wait for a follow-up finally came to an end earlier this year with their third full-length, m b v. Opin ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>
The sixth annual 80/35 Music Festival lineup is here! The yearly downtown Des Moines music event has hit upon some eclectic notes for headlining talent with New York rap heroes Wu-Tang Clan, and the David Byrne & St. Vincent collaboration leading the way in 2013.The event takes place Friday, Jul ... More >>
A bit of the Lollapalooza 2013 lineup trickled out a couple weeks ago, but today this year's offerings got taut, dark, and -- most importantly -- official. Though the plan initially was to drop the full, gargantuan list of bands in two more weeks, the timeline got pushed up when a pre-April Fool's p ... More >>
The Pitchfork Music Festival lands at Chicago's Union Park July 19-21, and after the initial tease of R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle & Sebastian, the full lineup is now here!One of the main curiosities for Twin Cities music fans is how the acts announced might filter into First Avenue's music festi ... More >>
Just a few weeks since its release, critics have already hailed Yo La Tengo's 13th full-length album Fade as one of the band's best in years, harkening back to epic cult favorites such as I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out. In anticipation of the band ... More >>
If you haven't heard Atlas Genius yet, fret not. Chances are, the Aussie indie pop band will be comfortably squished between the likes of MGMT and Arcade Fire in your rotation soon enough. After the release of their catchy debut EP Through the Glass, the band is on the road with the Silversu ... More >>
The Twin Cities will be steeped with indie-rock this weekend with The Shins at the Orpheum Theatre and Leslie Feist opening the MN Zoo's Music in the Zoo series. Cute pop band Bella Ruse will be leaving Minneapolis for Columbus soon, so make sure to catch their free show at the Lake Harriet Bandshel ... More >>
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
The New Pornographers are one of those bands that seem like they will just quietly endure, continually putting out quality from the indie-pop front lines. Since the 2010 release of their fifth studio album, Together, various members of the Canadian supergroup (a term which the band seems to p ... More >>
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
Mac McCaughan reflects on the re-emergence of his seminal '90s band
It's turkey week and the usual travel snafus are starting. As I type this, it is 8AM and I am on a Delta flight out of Minneapolis bound for Georgia. I have been up since 4:30 and my flight has already been changed four times. Alas, if you are sticking around the Twin Cities the next few days, don ... More >>
The Current and the Walker Art Center announced their Rock the Garden lineup today with a live broadcast at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis, hosted by Current DJ Mary Lucia and the Walker's Senior Curator for Performing Arts Philip Bither. The yearly outdoor festival has grown quite large in t ... More >>
The California festival runs April 16-18.
The aughts saw indie rock go mainstream. Here's the top 5 indie songs we couldn't escape this decade.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Beastie Boys, Animal Collective and Depeche Mode to rock Chicago's Grant Park this August.
Death Cab hits the road and arrives in St. Paul tonight, with other indie favorites in tow.
Music, politics, and parties galore at First Amendment Arts.
A sweltering, sold-out crowd at the Cedar was treated to a set by America's Next Top Indie Band.
Despite a lackluster opener and terrible sound, Beck still wooed a nearly sold-out audience at Roy Wilkins.
Next month is gearing up to be a crazy time for live shows. Here's a list to help you plan out a successful Rocktober 2008.