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    September 16, 2014

    Ed Sheeran at Target Center, 9/15/14

    Ed Sheeranwith RudimentalTarget Center, MinneapolisMonday, September 15, 2014Justin Bieber has his "Beliebers," One Direction have "1Dfamily," and Ed Sheeran has his "Sheerios." To a crowd mostly of Sheerios out too late on a school night, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his "aw-shucks" personality ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    The best indie musicians to follow on Twitter

    Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to connect with what our f ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Becoming a rock star: It's possible, but unlikely

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Tech N9ne at Myth, 5/10/14

    Tech N9ne Myth, Maplewood Saturday, May 10, 2014 Last night, Tech N9ne brought a wildly enthusiastic all-ages crowd out to Myth Nighclub for his Independent Grind Tour. Cameras scanned the crowd, perhaps filming for a future DVD release by Strange Music, the independent record label founded by Tec ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    The-Dream's "Black" is a complicated, yet essential civil rights song

    Overnight, a man whose fingerprints are all over pop hits from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears dropped a consciousness bomb. The timing of "Black" makes it an artistic pièce de résistance in the ongoing dialogue regarding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling -- the latest figu ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    The worst of Coachella, part 2

    Death A 24-year-old attendee from Oakland died on Thursday, after overdosing during weekend one. It's not time to be alarmist about the way Coachella runs the festival; after all, deaths happen at these types of events with alarming frequency. But the rampant, out-of-control culture surrounding t ... More >>

  • Movies

    April 2, 2014

    Point for Rumsfeld: Errol Morris on The Unknown Known

    Errol Morris tells us he’s tired of interviewing people

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    December 31, 2013

    Aaron Rodgers almost became one of first NFL players to come out of the closet, report says

    Take this with an appropriately sized grain of salt, but according to a story first broken by The Fame Driven gossip site, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers almost became one of the first NFL players to come out of the closet as gay earlier this year.SEE ALSO: Former Timberwolf Jason Collins comes o ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Riff Raff: Whatever somebody thinks of me, I'm probably the opposite

    On Saturday evening, Riff Raff and company graced the Fine Line with their own special brand of rap insanity. Inflatable sea animals soared over the crowd, and the stage was a frenzy of rapping, push-ups, and poppin' bottles. While stalking Riff on the internet in preparation for writing my review ... More >>

  • Movies

    October 16, 2013
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    October 7, 2013

    Gwar at First Avenue, 10/5/13

    Gwarwith A Band Of Orcs, Iron Reagan, and WhitechapelFirst Avenue, MinneapolisOctober 5, 2013Between Oderus Urungus's twitter feed of late, the addition of quasi-politically-themed openers, and Gwar's frequent literal skewering of political figures might lead one to believe the Madness At The Core O ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Stan fans: The top 10 music stalker-fan groups ranked worst to best

    "Stan" describe a particular kind of obsessed fan. It comes from the Eminem song, as well as being a combination of "stalker" and "fan."See Also: 50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneRecently, a friend on Twitter pointed out the Wikipedia page for Stan fans, which includes a list of "Popular ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Cody Simpson at Mill City Nights, 7/2/13

    Cody Simpson with Ryan Beatty and Before You ExitMill City Nights, MinneapolisTuesday, July 2, 2013It makes you wonder what you have done with your life when Australian performer Cody Simpson has been selling records worldwide and traveling the world with his music -- and he's only 16 years-old. Sim ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    One Direction's 1D World at Mall of America is a nostalgia presale

    This past Saturday, the boy band One Direction opened a pop-up store at the Mall of America, and Gimme Noise decided to observe what sort of youth-cultivated bedlam might result. Called 1D World, the store will occupy the northwest corner of the mall's rotunda for the next six weeks.Upon receiving t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    How I burned the guys who wanted me to burn my KISS records

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Coming of age in the '80s had a lot of complexities. Parachute pants made us look ridiculous, puberty hit right as Time magazine was running weekly s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    I loved Buddy Holly too much to become a goth Justin Bieber

    In countless ways, youth has bypassed baseball as our national pastime. You see evidence of this fetish everywhere -- even in otherwise "normal" people who are suddenly being stricken with Bieber Fever, Taylor Swiftitis, or what could only be described as paranoid delusions of One Direction. (The ma ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013
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    October 19, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: The xx, Eric Hutchinson, Heartless Bastards

    The weekend is off to a great start! Friday, First Avenue welcomes English duo The xx to the Mainroom while the Amsterdam hosts St.Paulapalooza. Saturday, all hell will break loose in the pre-teen scene as Justin Bieber makes his way to the Target Center while Eric Hutchinson plays a more mature set ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Esperanza Spalding on the Grammys, jazz and Q-Tip

    Singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding made history when she received a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best New Artist. Up against music greats Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, Drake, and teen favorite Justin Bieber, it was Spalding who walked away with the Grammy, making it the first tim ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" can't escape Tay Zonday

    For the many who enjoy the unfolding bounty of covers of Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe," here's a local tie-in that'll have you reaching for a chocolate umbrella. Yes, following in the viral paths of President Obama, Colin Powell, Harvard baseball players, the Miami Dolphins Cheerlead ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Justin Bieber's U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in October

    Related:Justin Bieber's snake finds home at Owatonna Zoo (PHOTOS)The Justin Bieber experience is headed back to the Twin Cities in October. The Biebs just announced a fresh North American tour, and it includes about three months of dates beginning in late September, and continuing through most of Ja ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Five songs that sound like screws tightening

    Sometimes pop and rock songs are at their best when the grooves are especially spiral-like or boa-constricted, when melodic ecstasy and sonic claustrophobia combine to create something amazing. This week, 5ingles explores that idea with five recent jams that aren't trying to make you listen passivel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Weird Al Yankovic at State Theatre, 5/3/2012

    Weird Al YankovicState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, May 3, 2012Can anyone make the accordion look sexy? One man certainly can. With a production crew, band, and a collection of songs that spans 30-plus years in tow, Weird Al Yankovic shared with Minneapolis his comedic brand of parody music after s ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Wisconsin DNR discovers 125-year-old, 7-foot-long sturgeon [PHOTO]

    The Shawano Sturgeon has lived through a lot -- the tail end of reconstruction, the Spanish-American War, World War I, Hitler, The Beatles, Justin Bieber. Not only has she outlived every human currently on the face of the earth, but she's still fertile! The Wisconsin DNR discovered the record-settin ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Justin Bieber's snake finds home at Owatonna Zoo (PHOTOS)

    ​Even if Justin Bieber isn't readily accessible in Minnesota, and old reptile buddy of his is just an hour's drive away from the Twin Cities. We're talking about Johnson, an albino boa constrictor who is the first celebrity snake to reside at the impeccably named RAD (Reptile & Amphibian Disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Tim Tebow Michele Bachmann = Justin Bieber!? Michele Bachmann and Tim Tebow mated​Have you ever wondered what the lovechild of Tim Tebow and Michele Bachmann would look like?We haven't either! But somebody at has been kept awake at night by that thought, and created a slideshow! And it turns out their kid would look jus ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Adele helps U.S. album sales increase for the first time since 2004

    ​Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Justin Bieber says Amy Klobuchar should be 'locked up'

    Photo via​First things first, can we all just take a moment and contemplate the fact that Justin Bieber and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar have a beef? How did this even happen?Let's start from the beginning...

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    August 8, 2011

    'Ladies Love Me': The Justin Bieber rap era begins now

    ​"Swaggin', I'm not braggin' but I swear that I could rock ya/Baby, I'm not crazy/I got swag like Patrick Swayze."So boasts - raps, seriously, Gimme Noise is not making this up, we could not make this up because we totally didn't see it coming from miles away - Justin "Shawty Mane" Bieber on the s ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Downtown Minneapolis becomes gridlock central tonight

    Sage RossIf you're heading downtown, here's a glimpse of your future.​Word to the wise: if you can, stay the hell out of downtown Minneapolis tonight. Three mega-sized events, all within a half-mile radius of one another, are kicking off essentially at the same time. Public works officials are ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Justin Bieber to America: "Don't text and drive"

    ​"With great power comes great responsibility." Sound familiar? It should; it's one of Spider Man's mottos. Even if you never read the comics, you probably saw at least one of the movies, and those damn movies beat that old saw to death. An old saw, but a good one - one that Justin Bieber is now s ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011
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    March 2, 2011

    Owl City announces new record and Roy Wilkins show, hearts Taylor Swift

    ​​Two-and-a-half unforgivingly short months away, Owl City will be in the nation's faces again.

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    February 18, 2011
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    February 16, 2011
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    February 14, 2011

    The Grammys: The good, the bad, and the really, really awkward

    ​Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Prince crashes 'The View' (VIDEO)

    ​Amazing. So get this: The five women on The View were blathering on and on about what one of them should wear to an upcoming seminar or AARP meeting or something on this morning's episode, and BAM! Out strolls Prince. Whoopi Goldberg starts shouting, Sherri Shepherd starts fanning herself, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    The Week That Was: Wyclef v. Bieber, Talib Kweli returns, N.E.R.D.'s self-canonization

    ​Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.

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    October 25, 2010

    The Week That Was: U2 to work with Danger Mouse, Mark E. Smith slags Mumford & Sons

    ​And just like that, as if by magic, we awaken into a world where Russell Brand and Katy Perry can flaunt an Indian marriage license, where Brett Favre got whipped in his old backyard, where the Yankees aren't headed to the world series, and where world peace remains as elusive a possibility as ev ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Buddy Guy at the State Theatre, 10/16/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Buddy Guy and Quinn SullivanOctober 16, 2010State Theatre, MinneapolisFor a taste of Minnesota's finest seasonal weather and the Midwest's greatest portrayal of the blues, it would be safe to say the best place to be this past Saturday evening was in downtown Minneapolis a ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Justin Bieber, Punk'd 2.0 host? Pros & Cons

    ​ Sometime after immortalizing Gen Y idiocy in That 70's Show and Dude, Where's My Car? and sometime prior to re-branding himself as a Nikon pitchman, Ashton Kutcher executive-produced and hosted an MTV show called Punk'd where he orchestrated over-the-top pranks, usually at the expense of other b ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Justin Bieber's Bronx beaver isn't alone

    ​Aw, just look at him. That there is Justin Beaver, so named after the Bronx Zoo held an open vote - in other words, an open door to the inevitable. He's the second beaver to take New York in 200 years, keeping Jose company whilst they free-float down the Bronx River (which if you've never smelled ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Local music gets its own ambient soundtrack of the day

    ​A couple days ago we wrote about the Justin Bieber song "U Smile" that a producer had taken and slowed down into a half hour of smoothed-out ambience, and that everyone seemed to enjoy quite a bit. So we tried it on some local music to see if we could make our own.

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    August 17, 2010

    Justin Bieber gets an ambient homage, 800% slower

    ​Someone named Nick Pittsinger AKA Shamantis (or not...we'll get to that) recently took his possibly ironic love of the J. BIEBZ and unwittingly injected it into the web's jugular about 18 hours ago as of this writing. By using an open-source program called PaulStretch ("...suitable only for extre ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Justin Bieber spreads the love for Justin Morneau

    Justin Bieber is in town tonight. Have you heard? In addition to jamming up traffic downtown with his show tonight and getting Tony Fly all whipped up about his surprise appearance at the MOA yesterday, the Biebs just gave a "shoutout" to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau on his Twitter account.​ ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2010
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    May 19, 2010

    Peter Wolf Crier, Nero's Neptune featured in this week's City Pages

    Photo by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf Crier​Happy hump day! As with every Wednesday, we're pleased to offer a fine selection of print articles about local music in addition to today's blog posts. If you don't have time to pick up an issue of City Pages today, you can peruse the print music section onl ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson: the next Conan sidekicks?

    It's tricky to pick out a good band leader/sidekick for your late-night comedy show. On the one hand, it's important not to get a simpering sycophant like Kevin Eubanks, who recently quit the Tonight Show 18 years too late for our taste:

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    February 15, 2010

    "We Are The World" remake debuts, means well, mostly underwhelms

    Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.

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    February 9, 2010

    "We Are The World" remake cast is beyond random

    You go to war with the military you have, I guess.

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