Brian Tighe and Allison LaBonne renew musical vows with their new group
Paste Magazine has a definite crush on Minnesota right now. They recently published a highly-complimentary article -- "12 Minnesota Bands You Should Listen To Now" -- which sings the praises of a talented bunch of area bands who deserve more national attention and exposure, adding to the magazine's ... More >>
Tonight at 12:00 a.m. on August 1, Mayor R.T. Rybak will help same-sex couples from around Minnesota become legally married in downtown Minneapolis at City Hall. See also: Eight places to celebrate when love becomes the law on Aug. 1 Jeremy Messersmith leads music lineup for Minnesota's first gay ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
See Also:Dessa develops a lipstick for charityDessa just can't help herself when it comes to charities. The maven of Minneapolis hip-hop has just announced a partnership with community-based social service agency the Southside Family Nurturing Center. Seriously, these Doomtree kids and their project ... More >>
See Also:Kevin Steinman says farewell and thanks to the Twin CitiesU.S. healthcare is too costly for Kevin Steinman, so he's moving to NorwayKevin Steinman with his band, Andy Thompson, Justin Hartke, Matt Novachis and special guests Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith, Brianna Lane, Luke Anderson, Linne ... More >>
Fresh off an enlightening presentation at the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Dessa is planning a grand return to her far more familiar role as entertainer with her largest headlining concert to date, as well as her first solo local show of 2012. On April 20, Dessa and a stellar cast of local ... More >>
On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that sentence and a certain level of pretentious cultural superiority didn't come to mind, go back and read it ag ... More >>
Minnesota Original is a weekly Twin Cities Public Television program that highlights creative folks in the local community. Past shows have included musician Jeremy Messersmith, hip-hop/spoken-word performer Dessa, and painter/sculpture artist Gregory Euclide. In a recent episode, the show took a ... More >>
Take time away from shopping and eating this weekend to enjoy some shows.
Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
Photo by Jayme Halbritter for City PagesThe Current's program manager Jim McGuinnThough this won't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen a Current-sponsored show sell out in a heartflutter or watched them dominate the "indie" music scene in the Twin Cities, a recent report has shown that the st ... More >>
Now that we've all exhausted ourselves coming up with jokes about getting to see the Monkees at the Zoo this summer (July 1 and 2!), the Music in the Zoo series' organizers have revealed a full run of nearly 30 dates at the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater.
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
As we mentioned last month, we have a record number of Minnesota bands heading down to Austin, Texas March 16-20 for the South by Southwest music festival. Naturally, there are more than a few showcases planned that feature all or mostly Minnesotan acts, starting with a string of SXSW send-off sh ... More >>
Photo by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes headline the Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW Day PartyAustin never saw it coming. Two weeks from today, legions of Twin Cities musicians, writers, photographers, booking agents, managers, radio DJs, and straight-up music fiends will descend onto Texas for five ... More >>
So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?
Who says January is a slow month for shows in the Twin Cities? This weekend is jam-packed with festivities, from the Current's sold-out sixth birthday party to CD-release shows for Alpha Consumer, Gay Beast, More Than Lights, and Say Like the French Say.Here's a rundown of our best bets for Frida ... More >>
The Current has released the set times for tonight's sold-out bash in the Mainroom, along with some info on how to watch a streaming broadcast of the show from the warmth of your home. Live video and audio will begin streaming at about 8:15 p.m. tonight; simply head to TheCurrent.org to follow al ... More >>
Now that the show is good and sold out, the Current has unveiled the final two acts of its five-band local bill in the Mainroom on Saturday, January 29. Brother Ali and Roma di Luna will join Free Energy, Jeremy Messersmith, and Cloud Cult for the station's sixth birthday party, which sold out in ... More >>
Much in the same vein of our weekly City of Music series created by MPLS.TV, University of Minnesota Duluth senior Trent Waterman has been hard at work creating a music video series called North Shore Sessions, which features "Minnesota artists performing in interesting locations -- barns, shoppi ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzCloud Cult at First Avenue last monthIf there's one similarity binding together all of the concert announcements of late, it might be this: The next month will officially be known as the season of "surprise special guests." Love it or hate it, concert promoters and party th ... More >>
courtesy of Tommy BegnaudTommy, its been great getting to know ya! Today we conclude part 3 of our series with chef Tommy Begnaud, who has created a new summer menu at Town Talk Diner. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of our discussion here.
Local hip-hop group the Abstract Pack just dropped the first of two experimental music videos that were created using only an iPhone, and the result is surprisingly retro-inspired. The Pack's Dean "Rastar" Brewington says that using his phone to film the video had its advantages: "What I loved abou ... More >>
Explore Minnesota, a site dedicated to attracting tourism to our fair state, has teamed up with 89.3 the Current to create an all-local playlist of streaming music that spans from the Castaways and the Trashmen to Dessa, Peter Wolf Crier, and Owl City. The mix, naturally, is bent toward radio-fri ... More >>
The AP reports that a new Panera Bread shop location in Clayton, Mo., an upscale St. Louis suburb, has no prices on its menu. The nonprofit store has the same menu as the chain's 1,400 other locations, but customers are asked to simply pay what they choose for their meal, a la Radiohead, our ... More >>
Featuring footage of locals like Jeremy Messersmith, Jake Dilley, Off With Their Heads, Solid Gold, and Lookbook and national bands like the xx.
The local station is planning to interview a whopping 22 bands, with 6 in-studio performances scheduled.
An eclectic lineup of local talent will play First Ave on February 26.
We're not the only ones digging Dessa's new solo album.
There's epic amounts of free stuff this weekend.
It's a big issue this week -- check out what we have in store.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
Friday night was one for the history books.
Photos from over the weekend.
Dinosaur Jr. rock First Ave., Modern Radio set 10th anniversary show & M.anifest releases new album.
Coverage of State Fair performances, Brother Ali dissects new album & Motörhead at First Avenue.
The top 10 local records sold last week at the Fetus.
The Beight frontman breaks new ground on a breathtaking solo album.
South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids
Folks at 89.3 now bursting with enthusiasm