As a born-and-raised, card-carrying South Minneapolis boy, I've finally come to grips with the fact that my Twin Cities have got to be the most insecure major urban metro in the U.S. We're constantly fishing for validation from the larger cultural hubs around the country to feed our low self-esteem, ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
When it snows, it pours! Earlier this month, Chicago-based retro label Numero Group unveiled release details of an ambitious funk-soul compilation called Purple Snow, but they're not stopping there. As they were digging through old recordings from local greats ranging from Haze to the Girls to Princ ... More >>
If these walls could talk. Urban Lights is one of the longest-running -- and underrated -- music shops in the Twin Cities, and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Saturday at Nomad World Pub. That's a pretty big deal; anything lasting 20 years in these ADHD days is nothing short of a miracle, ... More >>
It's raining rare funk and soul compilations for the Twin Cities. After the huge roll-out of last year's Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis/St. Paul, 1964-1979 via local label Secret Stash -- which City Pages named Best Local Music Compilation -- Chicago's Numero Grou ... More >>
Chicago transplant Longshot has been rapping for 11 some years and has started making an imprint on the Minneapolis rap scene since moving here in 2009. Continuing his steady trend of quality releases, his latest, Instant 4 Eternity, is being celebrated at Cause this Saturday. Gimme Noise caught up ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revel ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.10. Babes in ToylandOrigin: Minneapolis | Active: 1987-2001 | Songs: "Bruise Violet" and "Sweet 69" Kat Bjelland is one of the nastiest female vocalists, period. Although the woman who adeptl ... More >>
Twin Cities native producer Jimmy Jam took to the airwaves yesterday to discuss the legacy of the late Soul Train founder Don Cornelius. Speaking to KCRW's Steve Chiotakis in Los Angeles, Jam noted that he'd just attended an event with Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones, and noted that Cornelius belong ... More >>
It's one thing to talk about Minnesota pride, but it's another altogether to ink it permanently to your torso. St. Paul resident Sean Kelsey is the new champion in that department with an Ork Poster-esque tribute to many of our local cultural landmarks and heroes that he can show to his friends o ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Photo By Steve CohenThe Original 7venNovember 5, 2011State TheatreMaking history once again, this time on the luscious State Theatre stage, the Orginal 7ven (or the Artists formerly known as "The Time") brought their precious brand of Minnesota Nasty to an eager audience of old-schoolers ready to ... More >>
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to update our Prince rolodexes.You may remember earlier this year when Prince's offshoot band the Family re-emerged after 25 years off the map as the rebranded fDeluxe, leaving some to wonder if the band had to change their names for legal reasons. (Wait ... More >>
Miss Jackson if you're nastyBy Jen Boyles & Ian TraasAs a pop icon, Janet Jackson can do pretty much whatever she wants. If she went on a tour centered around singing her favorite polka tunes, the tickets would still sell out within minutes. Luckily for us, Janet's preparing a no-filler show ... More >>
It's been about four years since rumors started circulating that the Family, the band formed by Prince in the mid-'80s, was planning on reuniting and recording an album. And now, with a show on the books and their record in the can, the Family is re-emerging as the band fDeluxe.
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessDuran DuranApril 22, 2011Epic, MinneapolisDuran Duran turned the sold-out Epic nightclub into a decidedly retro '80s party palace on Friday night, delighting their maturing but still passionate fans with an energetic 100-minute set full of hits both new and old. While the band' ... More >>
Gimme Noise learned today that longtime Minneapolis icon Morris Day and his band the Time are coming to Epic for a family reunion show on June 13. It's a fitting premise for a Time gig, given that their members, fanbase and extended crew have embodied a "we are family" vibe since the early days o ... More >>
Band functions without DJ or bass player
Why Lemons is like Tom Waits for Prince Fans
I kinda think the Grammys are like Katherine Kersten -- as objectionable as they are, giving them any attention (including negative) will only encourage their existence. But sometimes I just like sharing in our common cultural experiences. So I watched the Gramcast -- and caught Prince, the Time, an ... More >>
(Update below.) Homeless since December, black community radio station KMOJ-FM (89.9) announced Tuesday that it has found a new location--in Uptown. Headquartered in North Minneapolis, the heart of black Minnesota, since launching in 1978, "the People's Station" will now be moving at least temporari ... More >>
Reversing the recent trend of record store closings in North Minneapolis (Low Cost and Soul Survivor R.I.P.), the hip-hop-centered Classic's Studio (MySpace page) opened last month across the street from El-Amin's Fish House (best fast food in the neighborhood) and down the block from Bean Scene (be ... More >>
A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios
Overheard at noon today in a Warehouse District cafe: Business Suit 1: Are they opening a Subway? Business Suit 2: It's a sub shop, but I think it's called Jimmy Jam's. Business Suit 1: But they sell subs? Business Suit 2: Yeah, I think it's a Jimmy Jam's.
They write their own songs. They play their own instruments. For 19 years, they've stuck together. The rise and fall -- and rise -- of St. Paul's greatest R&B band, Mint Condition.
We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
The world is hell, but relax, baby: The Isley Brothers are still here
On All for You, Janet Jackson savors the pleasure (and pain) principles of her personal life
Can the Cities' oldest black radio station survive a date with the bulldozer?
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
Mint Condition and Sounds of Blackness trace soul's tributaries to the cusp of the mainstreamMint Condition and Sounds of Blackness trace soul's tributaries to the cusp of the mainstream
Open playlists. Mixed audiences. Women's mud wrestling. Ample coke. What ever happened to the Minneapolis club scene?
His Name Is Alive condenses the pop universe into a residential house in Livonia, Michigan
Ridin' Out the Karma: Walt Mink's Candice Belanoff and John Kimbrough