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Here are the raw lists from many of City Pages' contributing writers and photograghers for the finest shows they attended this year. Hint: It's all over the place!See Also:Best Twin Cities concerts 201250 Awesome Concert Photos from 2012Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists Best Twin Cities album ... More >>
"Erik told me it would never succeed, and so I bet him twenty bucks that it would," asserts a somewhat facetious Thom Middlebrook from a carseat-turned-couch in the practice space of illustrious Erik Koskinen and Molly Maher bands. The "it" he is speaking of is the Real-Phonic Radio Hour, a live mon ... More >>
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Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Emmylou Harris, Field Report at the MN ZooField Report on Justin Vernon, Fergus Falls, and folk musicEmmylou Harris With Field Report Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Thursday, June 28, 2012 To see Emmylou Harris perform live is a beautiful thing. Listening to her records, you hear t ... More >>
Justin Townes EarleVarsity Theater, MinneapolisMonday, May 7, 2012There were a few times last night when all fell silent inside the Varsity Theater, save for Justin Townes Earle. He paced around the stage, wearing a pair of round eyeglasses and a gray suit with a kerchief tucked in the breast pocket ... More >>
A pop-country band that has eschewed the Nashville draw and developed a national fan base from their home in Minnesota? Oh ya, you betcha. It's not often we get to report a local album release party for a big country act, but here you have it. Tonight, Minneapolis-based pop country act Rocket Club ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerWanda Jackson and Justin Townes Earle August 6, 2011 Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater After an upbeat opening set by Justin Townes Earle, local rockabilly band Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls provided backup duties for an hour-plus performance by Wanda Jackson Saturday nigh ... More >>
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Photo courtesy of wandajackson.comWanda JacksonAhem. Perty little lo-ove song. Perty little lo-ove so-oh-ong. Perty little lo-ove song... bang bing bong. Take a second to learn the real lyrics to this song* when the Marshall Tucker Band opens for Travis Tritt at the Otsego JamFest Friday ... More >>
Well isn't this just precious. A slew of indie darlings have joined Lou Reed, Patti Smith and even a former Beatle to pay homage to influential early rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly on new tribute album Rave on Buddy Holly, which is streaming in its entirety today over at NPR. Holly was only 22 years ... More >>
Now that we've all exhausted ourselves coming up with jokes about getting to see the Monkees at the Zoo this summer (July 1 and 2!), the Music in the Zoo series' organizers have revealed a full run of nearly 30 dates at the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater.
Photos by Steve CohenJustin Townes Earle February 14, 2011 First Avenue I'd like to couch this review as a half-assed intervention. If I may.
Justin Townes Earle is everything that you'd expect from a Nashville born, country-bred, Americana singer-songwriter. Earle seemed predisposed to be a fantastically unrefined folk artist: his father, the legendary country singer, author, and playwright Steve Earle, has won numerous Grammy Awards, ... More >>
Four day weekend? Totally! Just call into work on Monday and Tuesday! Why? Because Justin Townes Earle is playing First Avenue on Monday! And you know you wanna get ass-drunk for that show. After all, he'll probably be, right?
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
Given our proximity to an abundance of casino venues, the popularity of state and county fairs, big summer festivals in every neck of the woods (and on lakes and in fields), and the recent influx of urban and suburban Western-themed bars, it's no surprise we've seen plenty of great country ac ... More >>
A week after being arrested in Indianapolis on what has been reported by several sources as charges of battery, public intoxication, and resisting law enforcement, Justin Townes Earle, traveling troubadour and son of famed singer Steve Earle, has announced that he is canceling the remainder of hi ... 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 >>
Painting by Jan AttridgeHere's another reason to head down to today's Taste of Minnesota festivities (just in case sets by everyone from Atmosphere to Dawes to Haley Bonar and Justin Townes Earle isn't enough): The St. Paul mayor, Chris Coleman, will appear on the Red House Stage at 3:45 p.m. to ... More >>
So just how early do we all need to skip out of work today to make it down to the Taste of Minnesota? If you're hoping to catch local acts like Communist Daughter, Haley Bonar, and Willie Murphy, you'd best take a half day. Print out this schedule and show it to your boss; we're pretty sure they ... More >>
My favorite illegal fireworksThe Fourth of July, or Independence Day as I began calling it once I hit adolescence and wanted to say things not in rural colloquialisms but with an air of sophistication - think "Febrooary" not "Febyaray," "Attacks on the World Trade Center," not "NineEleven," a ... More >>
The ever-changing Friday night lineup for the Taste of Minnesota has been altered for (hopefully) the last time, with the addition of headliners Atmosphere and P.O.S, which were announced at Soundset on Sunday. The Walkmen have also been added to fill the slot left by Janelle Monae's cancellation ... More >>
More acts have been announced for the Taste of Minnesota this upcoming 4th of July weekend, and while some nights look a bit dismal (Gin Blossoms AND Counting Crows on the same night, oh my), the Friday night lineup booked by 89.3 the Current is shaping up to be amazing. Over the weekend, Taste a ... More >>
In addition to polling our @gimme_noise Twitter followers about their favorite local shows this past year, we asked for their thoughts on their favorite shows by national acts. See below for the answers from our Twitter friends, click here for our Best National Concert of the Past 12 Months pick ... More >>
Nepotism and lady beer guts: three acts to see if you've got nothin' better goin', and two not to miss.
Isbell leaves his band, his wife, and his sanity behind