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    April 4, 2014

    St. Vincent at State Theatre, 4/3/14

    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 >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Lady Gaga, will you please put on some pants?

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013, part two

    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 >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Twin Cities Music Yearbook 2013

    Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions

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    October 30, 2013

    20 female musician Halloween costumes... besides Miley Cyrus

    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 >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Janelle Monáe at Skyway Theatre, 10/22/13

    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 >>

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    October 16, 2013
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    October 3, 2013

    Prince, New Power Generation, and 3rdEyeGirl to play at Paisley Park

    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 >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Prince joins Twitter and posts his first selfie: A timeline

    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 >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Toki Wright provides soundtrack for Trayvon Martin rally [Playlist]

    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 >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Watch Prince perform "Let's Go Crazy" on the Billboard Music Awards

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 6, 2013

    Get Cryphy turns five

    The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade

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    September 5, 2012

    Mint Condition's Rinky Kinchen talks sound

    On playing bass, touring with Prince, and working weekends

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    July 12, 2012

    Target won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"

    See Also:Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donationsTarget coverage on BlotterFrank Ocean has just released arguably the hottest R&B album of the year in Channel Orange, but don't go looking for it at your local Target store. The Minnesota-based chain has unwisely decided not to stock the tit ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    7 best music costumes from Saturday's Too Much Blood

    ​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 >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Sarah White unveils new album 'Space Madness'

    ​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 >>

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    July 20, 2011
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    June 8, 2011

    Prince, Kanye West to somehow share stage at Swedish festival Way Out West

    ​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 >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae at Roy Wilkins, 5/25/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Bruno 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 >>

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    May 25, 2011
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    May 25, 2011
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    March 21, 2011

    Owl City and Big Boi collaborate on new record

    ​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.

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    February 14, 2011

    The Grammys: The good, the bad, and the really, really awkward

    ​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 >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles go bowling

    A night out with the gypsy-folk troupe

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    December 20, 2010

    Best Concerts of 2010

    ​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 >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Prince announces five-show run in NYC

    ​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 >>

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    October 18, 2010

    The Week That Was: Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 15

    ​ 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 >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Prince unveils new 'series of events' at mysterious press conference

    ​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.

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    September 24, 2010

    Janelle Monae and Of Montreal at First Avenue, 9/23/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Of 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 >>

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    September 22, 2010
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    September 15, 2010
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    August 24, 2010

    Mos Def at the Guthrie 8/23/10

    Photos by Jon Behm​Mos 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 >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Terry Mullan and Tommie Sunshine: Meet your Bassgasm DJs, Vol. 4 (MP3s)

    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 >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Janelle Monae returns with Of Montrael this September

    Photo by Steve Cohen​After 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 >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Prince honored with BET's 'Lifetime Achievement' award

    ​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 >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Atmosphere, P.O.S, the Walkmen added to Taste lineup

    ​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 >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Janelle Monae cancels Taste of MN appearance

    Photo by Steve Cohen​Well 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 >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Janelle Monae added to Taste of Minnesota lineup

    ​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 >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Janelle Monae plays for small crowd... and Prince

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Poor 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 >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Janelle Monae talks inspiration, performing, and Atlanta

    Photo by Stacy SchwartzJanelle Monae at Stubb's during SXSW 2009​Janelle 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 >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Janelle Monae announces Minneapolis date

    The queen of mesmerizing, genre-bending pop will return to the Varsity March 31.

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    February 2, 2010

    Lilith Fair coming to Minneapolis July 18; Heart confirmed

    Lilith Fair is coming back after a long hiatus and Heart announces the date on their web page.

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    March 27, 2009

    Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: March 20-26

    New Kristoff Krane and Black Blondie on the way, P.O.S. covers Pearl Jam, Metallica to play Target Center & next week's best new releases.

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    March 25, 2009

    Devo, Janelle Monáe, and Solid Gold wow music nerds at SXSW

    South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids

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    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: The best of the best

    Our favorite bands from this year's South by Southwest festival.

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    March 19, 2009

    SXSW: Janelle Monae, Black Diamond Heavies, and more

    More highlights from Day One of South by Southwest.

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    October 7, 2008

    Lidell set to scorch the Varsity stage tonight

    200316163_m.jpgIan Traas previews the Jamie Lidell show set for tonight at the Varsity (also featuring Janelle Monae).