St. Paul isn't about to let Minneapolis have all the fun during the upcoming music festival season. The Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival has just announced their initial music and performance lineup for their annual showcase at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. Concrete and Grass is set t ... More >>
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The stylish combination of comedy, music, and memorable unscripted moments has proven to be quite a winning formula for Wits, the provocative and always entertaining show put on by American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio. The highly-anticipated lineup for the upcoming fall 2013 season of W ... More >>
The rejoicing that began at midnight at City Hall spread blissfully throughout the early morning hours, as the first of many same-sex couples were married in Minnesota. And those warm emotions spread all the way to Washington, as Rep. Keith Ellison celebrated marriage equality in Minnesota with a li ... More >>
Photo by Cameron WittigFor most of the past year, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-Star Wars-geek Jeremy Messersmith has cultivated his homespun side with a series of up-close-and-personal performances that he's dubbed the "Supper Club Tour." In a couple weeks' time, however, he'll have the chanc ... More >>
Area music fans never really need much of an excuse to stop into the Electric Fetus. The renowned Minneapolis record shop has something to suit the needs of anyone and everyone, no matter what styles of music you are into or who your favorite band is. And now, the Fetus is set to celebrate their 45 ... More >>
With the weather in the area slowing taking a turn for the better, local music fans are looking for any and all opportunities to see outdoor performances. And, for the past ten years now, one of the best options for free outdoor music in the Twin Cities has been the Music In Mears series in Lowertow ... More >>
Wits with Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and Rob DelaneyFitzgerald Theater, St. PaulFriday, May 10, 2013Friday night's Wits session opened with host John Moe thanking everyone for attending, more so because it was opening night for The Great Gatsby in theaters. Moe went on to joke that unbeknownst to a lot ... More >>
Wits with Tig Notaro and Kathleen Edwards Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Friday, April 19, 2013 With a name like Wits, come expecting to laugh, but also come expecting to be moved by the musical guests. Friday's session of Wits had its guests trading roles with musical guest Kathleen Edwards showing ... More >>
Wits with Rufus Wainwright & Kristen SchaalFitzgerald Theater, St. PaulFriday, April 12, 2013Friday night's performance of Wits should be renamed Charms, for that was how an evening with Rufus Wainwright and comedian Kristen Schaal is best summed up. The show was sold out, and host John Moe than ... More >>
La Belle Vie, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Minnesota fine-dining threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its 15 years, inviting the well-to-do to mix with the well-known chefs both present and past who have contributed to the success of this storied restaurant. The Hot Dish was luck ... More >>
The most lauded restaurant in Minnesota is turning 15 years old this year. In honor of the event, La Belle Vie's James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee is hosting a party on Sunday, March 24. A collection of chefs who have passed through the kitchen in both its current and the original Stillwater ... More >>
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Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
Last month, the Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy shared the heartbreaking news of his 21-year-old son Daniel's passing after a lengthy battle with mental illness. The community response has been enormous, and for that Levy's family has expressed gratitude. Although there was already a memorial servic ... More >>
Earlier this week, I drove 1,752 miles prior to my start as City Pages' new music editor. This three-day journey came right after I capped a two-year stint as the music editor at our sister paper in Fort Lauderdale and welcomed an able successor. And it also came after about 83 jokes from friends ... More >>
Photo by Alexa JonesChan Poling at last year's "Musical Salute to Bruce Allen" at First AvenueGimme Noise contributor P.F. Wilson spoke to Chan Poling as part of a print preview of the Suburbs' gig this Friday night with the Suicide Commandos; what follows is the entire transcript of P.F.'s conve ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessRebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy 8June 10, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisNow in its eighth go-round, the annual David Bowie tribute-meets-cat shelter fundraiser Rock for Pussy has become one of the most predictably fun nights in local music, as shown by the large turnout and vibrant ... More >>
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 >>
(Coming soon: Ananya Dance Theatre. Photo by V. Paul Virtucio)Now in its second century as an entertainment and performance space, the Southern Theater has released its full schedule for 2010 and 2011. According to the press release, this season will feature work by 27 choreographers and over ... More >>
All photos courtesy AlKooper.comINTERVIEW BY RICK MASONKeyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Al Kooper's uncanny presence and participation in landmark musical events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dyl ... More >>
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