St. VincentState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, April 3, 2014Robots have gradually taken over pop music for decades. Everyone from Neil Young to Cher to Future play around with Vocoder/Auto-Tune technology, and performers like Janelle Monae have built their acts around android dance moves and storyli ... 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.When Lady Gaga first hit the scene, no one was indifferent about her. You either loved her or hated her, and usually to a large extreme. But now, ... More >>
As 2013 winds down with a wintry bang, the unforgettable live music moments from the second half of the year are enough to still keep us warm. Some of the bands who were included in our best concerts list from the first half of the year came back to rock our stages with equally potent -- if not bett ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
Miley Cyrus. VMAs. 2013. It was the performance that launched a thousand thinkpieces on just about everything from the appropriation of culture and slut-shaming to wondering why Robin Thicke was getting off relatively easily. This Halloween, you can take the easy way out and throw on a flesh-colored ... More >>
Janelle MonáeSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisTuesday, October 22, 2013The word "transcendent" gets thrown around much too often these days, but in the case of Janelle Monáe, it actually fits. What it should mean is something more than just a good performance, or even a great one. It should reach out be ... More >>
Prince and 3rdEyeGirl are opening the gates of his Paisley Park estate to reintroduce Minnesota to the New Power Generation. This show comes after nearly a year of building up his live acumen with his new all-female trio -- including three shows at the Dakota and a pair at Myth. Unlike farewell part ... More >>
Anyone missing Prince's strange publicity stunts of the past will be pleased to follow his activity on Twitter. Yes, on Tuesday evening at about 8 p.m., the @3rdEyeGirl account was updated with this tweet: "PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1, 2..." Since the guy already has the inclination to shorten h ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Prince kicked off what should be an epic week with a storming of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. It was announced earlier this year that he'd be collecting the Icon Award at the ceremony, and he did, with Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe presenting the honor.He also performed a me ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
On playing bass, touring with Prince, and working weekends
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People were in full-on party mode this weekend, as many clubs chose to have their Halloween festivities on a non-school-night in advance of the holiday. There are still plenty of chances to go out and celebrate tonight -- First Avenue will be hosting their annual Halloween bash, and Solid Gold ar ... More >>
Sarah White has certainly kept busy since she left Minneapolis for Brooklyn back in 2007. Though many in the Twin Cities may still know her best as one of the founding members of Black Blondie, she's actually spent far more time now as a solo artist, and her new Space Madness, is the se ... More >>
We just received word that Prince will be joining the lineup for this summer's Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, which already includes -- wait for it -- Kanye West, Pulp, Robyn, Fleet Foxes, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, the Jayhawks, Explosions In The Sky, James Blake, oh my god, where ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBruno Mars and Janelle MonaeMay 25, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThere's really nothing that compares to the exhilarating sound of an arena full of teenage girls shrieking. It's the sound of hearts breaking in unison, of ecstatic and un-jaded joy. And it was the sound ... More >>
We're still sifting through the onslaught of interviews and other coverage that took place over the week of SXSW, but this caught our eyeballs: Apparently Owl City's next record is going to feature some sort of collaboration with OutKast's Big Boi.
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
A night out with the gypsy-folk troupe
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a mysterious press conference conducted by Prince in New York City in which he announced plans for a "series of events" called Welcome 2 America that would kick off on "a purple day in December" and include a range of collaborators. This week, more details ab ... More >>
Last week? Last week was so several days ago. At this point - polishing off that third mug of crap, employer-subsidized coffee, valiantly procrastinating last week's leftover to-do items, beating yourself about the head and face to stay awake - you probably can barely remember what your name is, ... More >>
What would a Prince press conference be without a little smoke and mirrors? Yesterday afternoon, the Purple One beckoned reporters to the Apollo Theater in Harlem for a brief press conference so he could unveil a new "series of events" in the odd and terse way only he can execute.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzOf Montreal and Janelle MonaeSeptember 23, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisMuch like Janelle Monae's performance earlier this year at the Varsity Theater, it took the funk-fusion diva a few songs to fully engage with the audience, but once she was halfway into her set she had ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmMos DefGuthrie TheaterAugust 23, 2010The Guthrie is the last place you would have expected Mos Def to play a set, but the Live at the Guthrie series, which has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, definitely kicked it up a notch in the mass appeal of hip-ho ... More >>
Minnesota's own self-proclaimed "genius of fun," ESP Woody McBride has long been one of the Midwest's techno sages and is again channeling the elusive old rave spirit with part deux of the Bassgasm saga tonight. As he did with Bassgasm 1, the second will lure old heads (who have grown up, started fa ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenAfter toying with our hearts and quickly backing out of her appearance at this year's Taste of Minnesota festival, Janelle Monae has announced that she will return to Minneapolis to open for Of Montreal when they perform at First Avenue on September 23. The show is bound to be ... More >>
Prince took the stage at last night's BET Awards to accept his award for "Lifetime Achievement," and gave a sincere and humble speech to the shrieking crowd. "I was pretty wild in my younger days," Prince said, grinning sheepishly. "You don't have to do what I did, you don't have to make any of t ... More >>
The ever-changing Friday night lineup for the Taste of Minnesota has been altered for (hopefully) the last time, with the addition of headliners Atmosphere and P.O.S, which were announced at Soundset on Sunday. The Walkmen have also been added to fill the slot left by Janelle Monae's cancellation ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenWell that was fast... only four days after announcing that Janelle Monae would perform on Friday, July 2 for Taste of Minnesota, the festival has sent out a note that says she canceled her appearance "due to a conflicting European promotion." The Taste promoters say that the C ... More >>
More acts have been announced for the Taste of Minnesota this upcoming 4th of July weekend, and while some nights look a bit dismal (Gin Blossoms AND Counting Crows on the same night, oh my), the Friday night lineup booked by 89.3 the Current is shaping up to be amazing. Over the weekend, Taste a ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPoor Prince. He can't go anywhere these days without a string of tweets popping up and outing his whereabouts. (Including, um, ours.) About 20 minutes before Janelle Monae started her set last night at the Varsity, a pair of security guards quickly ushered Prince out of a whi ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzJanelle Monae at Stubb's during SXSW 2009Janelle Monae was easily one of the best new artists we saw at SXSW in 2009, and we've been anxiously anticipating her next show in Minneapolis ever since. A larger-than-life performer, Monae kicked, danced, and stage dove her way th ... More >>
The queen of mesmerizing, genre-bending pop will return to the Varsity March 31.
Lilith Fair is coming back after a long hiatus and Heart announces the date on their web page.
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