The cover of this week's City Pages is a near and dear one to those of us at Gimme Noise. That's for selfish reasons, of course -- because, duh, it's a story about a band! The band in question is Minneapolis rock trio Is/Is who are just about to wrap up a month-long stay a ranch that's right at the ... More >>
The Minneapolis band hit the road, searching for inspiration in the desert
Efterklang's Piramida might be the bravest record of the year. The Danish trio -- Casper Clausen, Rasmus Stolberg and Mads Brauer -- has always been dedicated to pushing the limitations of conventional sound. For them, that meant venturing to the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen -- today, it's ... More >>
The guys in local funky indie rock act Night Moves aren't the types to get excited too easily. Whether it's a matter of getting signed to a Big Deal record label or simply getting confused with Skrillex over and over again (we're looking at you, Mark Ritsema), most any occasion seems to be met with ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGram Parsons Memorial, located outside Room 8 of the Joshua Tree InnThis morning, I'm drinking coffee outside a motel 28 hours southwest of Minneapolis, and two hours east of the L.A. freeways. The coffee's thin and weak, but I slept well in spite of an evening spent gett ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenIt's no easy feat pulling off three back-to-back nights at First Avenue, but the Jayhawks made it look effortless this past summer when they powered through one of the most memorable local music events of the year. Ever since founders and lead singers Gary Louris and Mark Olso ... More >>
The full transcript of a conversation with former Jayhawk Gary Louris.
Founding members Mark Olson and Gary Louris rekindle musical partnership
Mark Olson lost his house and his wife, but hey—he's got a great new album
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006
How I stopped worrying and learned to dislike U2's 'Bomb'
The Venice Film Festival gives voice to the global cacophony
Victoria Williams continues to celebrate the small facets of life on a grand scale
Gary Louris and the Jayhawks have soared with introspective songs and rich melodies. Now, with their upbeat new album, Smile, the band is determined to fly up the commercial charts.
An Herbalized Rickie Lee Jones?: Victoria Williams finds hippie bliss on her new album Musings of a Creekdipper.
U2 goes forward and backward with Pop.