Last Friday night at Target Field, the Skyline Music Festival stage occupied foul territory near third base, showcasing an evening of pleasantries from headliner Andrew Bird, accompanied by Dosh, S. Carey, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and the New Pornographers. It was a somewhat unusual environmen ... More >>
Bonar embraces the "mini-apocalypses" of life on her latest album
The Colors of Black comes with a more assured sense of self than he’s revealed so far
The secluded Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls has seen some of the most celebrated groups of the past 30 years roll into town and bash out some of the best records of the modern rock era. As the studio enters a new era with Duluth's Trampled by Turtles recording their latest album there wi ... More >>
The post-punk rockers forge a new identity and get ready for a national tour
The Shouting Matches With Alpha Consumer First Avenue, Minneapolis August 2, 2013 Near the end of Friday's Shouting Matches show, Justin Vernon led bandmates Phil Cook and Brian Moen through the soulful "I Need a Change." The standout track from their debut full-length, Grownass Man, is ostensibly ... More >>
Make way for the youth of tomorrow. The three members of Minneapolis band Stereo Confession formed two years ago when they were merely 14, and while they may seem young, they are growing and quickly learning the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the industry. Their newest album, First Comm ... More >>
Frankie Lee. It's a name you like saying -- which is always a good thing when you are a musician. And to look at Lee, you'd assume, without knowing anything else about him, that he is a musician. In a denim jacket and wide-brimmed hat, Lee has a casual cowboy-coolness about him that makes him seem l ... More >>
In early summer of 2012, Minneapolis band Greycoats released a five song EP Helicline that was a teaser to their full-length album, World of Tomorrow. The new album is four years in the making, four years when the band took to grow into a new, more-complete sound. What grew was a heart-stoppingly ca ... More >>
Prissy ClerksWith Alpha Consumer, Jim Ruiz Set and Nallo7th Street Entry, MinneapolisSaturday, December 8th, 2012The Black X's. The red badge of courage for every rock 'n' roll kid that slowly becomes more of a scarlet letter by the time you turn 20 years old. But yet, there Clara Salyer is, already ... More >>
See Also:Martin Dosh talks about reuniting Lateduster and touring EuropeAndrew Bird at First AvenueMartin Dosh has been a regular in the music community for many years. He weaves his way in and out of various projects, balancing all of that while being on the road with Andrew Bird pretty consistentl ... More >>
The mother of Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen has partnered with local Minnesota non-profit Moving Forward Africa to stage a benefit show at Turf Club next month. According to Matthew Ylvisaker, president of Moving Forward Africa, this was a show that Larsen was hoping to assemble before his life was cut sh ... More >>
Best New Bands of 2011 ShowcaseWith MaLLy, Bloodnstuff, Night Moves, Gramma's Boyfriend, Dream Crusher, Sexcat, & Fire in the Northern FirsFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, January 25, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.In a talent-rich music scene like the Twin Cities, any ti ... More >>
Father You See Queen, the Cloak Ox, and Marijuana Deathsquads7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFriday, January 20, 2012Check out a slideshow from the concert here.Father You See Queen turned the 7th St. Entry into an art house cinema on Friday night, fluidly blending their moody, ethereal music with pr ... More >>
Paul Schrader wrote the script to Taxi Driver while living in a station wagon. Such is the myth of the suffering artist. But beautiful crazy Van Gogh bastard established the archetype. We might stumble onto a kick-ass something in the morning, but by bedtime, the artist suffers by choice.
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe days are numbered for one of the Twin Cities' most popular roots bands. Roma di Luna, who started as a husband-and-wife duo playing folk songs at a farmer market six years ago and have since grown into a brassy, bluesy roots band, will end its impressive run before the ... More >>
Seven months after the passing of musician Michael "Eyedea" Larsen, Rhymesayers will be releasing the final studio recordings of the freestyle/improv band Face Candy, which he had founded and been a part of since 2005.
What started as an annual tradition during Art-A-Whirl has now transformed into a project of monumental proportions. Previously known as the Boat Project, which would invite local noise and experimental rock bands to play on the roof of a houseboat and out in the middle of the Mississippi River b ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaApril 22, 2011 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Minneapolis could not be happier to have Haley Bonar back in town after her stint in Portland--that much was evident by the warm crowd that had assembled for Bonar's CD release show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday n ... More >>
Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland
"An ox is a castrated bull, trained to work..."Andrew Broder, Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and Mark Erickson are now the Cloak Ox, a new band. Where to start? Not with "super group" -- an overused word in general but especially in the Twin Cities over the past year. Certainly not by describing ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzAndrew BirdDecember 2, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisAndrew Bird gave his passionate fans that filled a sold-out First Avenue on a frigid Thursday night an intimate glimpse into what the sound and direction of his new album will be, debuting five new songs within his cap ... More >>
In the wake of November 9's momentous Celebration of the Life of Mikey "Eyedea" Larsen at First Avenue (and yesterday's sad news about the cause of Larsen's death), two additional fundraisers and memorial concerts are being planned in the local rapper and musician's honor.
This is it, people. We're in the home stretch of Mark Mallman's 78-hour song, which he started performing on Thursday afternoon at the Turf and will wrap up tonight at 10 p.m.For reasons not even we can explain, we've been live-blogging the majority of Marathon 3 here on Gimme Noise, and will con ... More >>
Photo by wwarby via Flikr Once again we find ourselves fast approaching a weekend filled with tons of free things to do. The entire city of St. Paul will be loaded with free art shows, concerts, parades, demonstrations, wine tastings, and more thanks to the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Other events of n ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesThere's been quite the kerfuffle about the Taste of Minnesota's decision to charge admission at the gate of this year's festival, but judging by the size of Friday night's audience for sets by the likes of Atmosphere, P.O.S, the Walkmen, and Dawes, fans were happy to fork ove ... More >>
With the convention days away, the Turf Club rocks for change
Electronic one-man band Martin Dosh steps out of the background and into the spotlight
Tiki Obmar compose the IDM soundtrack to your high school experience
Andrew Broder has gone from punk rocker to Life Sucks Die crew member to house-party DJ to turntable scientist to Picked to Click poll topper. What comes next?