Mark Kartarik

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    GWAR at Skyway Theatre, 11/20/14

    GWARSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, November 20, 2014Earlier this year, GWAR -- the intergalactically renowned metal band made up of alien warriors -- appeared on the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series at an emotional time. GWAR had recently been rocked by the overdose of founding member ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    The Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014

    Just after 9 a.m. we'll announce which local artist tops the poll of critics, promoters, fans, and general scene know-it-alls we call Picked to Click. This field features budding stars from both sides of the Mississippi, an age range of nearly half a century, genres that haven't even been invented ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Slowdive at Fine Line Music Cafe, 10/31/14

    Slowdive Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis Friday, October 31, 2014 Seeing on the internet that English shoegaze act Slowdive had sold out downtown Minneapolis's Fine Line Music Cafe restored my faith in humanity. Sure, the Fine Line only holds around 800 people, but the fact that a niche band that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2014

    Low Dressed Up Like ZZ Top for Halloween [PHOTOS]

    Low might've been the sharpest-dressed band of the Halloween season during Friday's opening set for Slowdive at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. The Duluth experimental rock trio donned facial hair, cowboy hats, and shades, and added bright-green fur to their instruments to become the spitting image of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Benjamin Booker at the Turf Club, 9/29/14

    Benjamin Booker with Blank Range Turf Club, St. Paul Monday, September 29, 2014 There's a ton of pressure on fresh faces in today's music industry. With the streamlining of the indie circuit and the relentless demands for new content from social media, blogs, and an an increasingly connected but j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Caroline Smith and Lizzo at First Avenue, 9/26/14

    Caroline Smith and Lizzo First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, September 26, 2014 Caroline Smith and Lizzo started their set on Friday night with "Let Em Say." It was a bold move, leading off with their new single and potential hit. It's a great pop song, funky and dynamic with the easy catchiness tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse, 8/23/14

    Totally Gross National Party with Allan Kingdom, Leisure Birds, Tender Meat, Stolyette, Pony Bwoy, Fog, Votel, Alpha Consumer, Roniia, Warey, Aero Flynn, Marijuana Deathsquads, Taggert & Rosewood, and Def Kith Icehouse, Minneapolis Saturday, August 23, 2014 On Saturday at Icehouse, the innovati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)

    Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs. As the year reaches its summery midway point, Gimme Noise looks back at what we've seen and heard. Here are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Pride in Concert at Loring Park, 6/28/14

    Pride in ConcertWith Betty Who, Thea Austen, Thelma Houston, Steve Grand, and moreLoring Park, MinneapolisSaturday, June 28, 2014There were many kinds of people represented at the Pride Festival. It almost seemed like a safe space State Fair. PDA is not stigmatized, talking openly and frankly about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Mac DeMarco at 7th St. Entry, 6/23/14

    Mac DeMarco with Calvin Love and Meatbodies 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Monday, June 23, 2014 Early on, Mac DeMarco promised the sold-out Entry that he would make up for the show he had to cancel here last summer. He is a man of his word. A strong 70-minute show got better as it went on, with the pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    RatDog at Northrop Auditorium, 6/13/14

    RatDog Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis Friday, July 13, 2014 Bob Weir and the incredible RatDog kicked off what was to be a bizarro weekend Friday night on the University of Minnesota campus. On a gorgeous summer evening underneath the "honey moon," folks were hanging outside the newly renovated N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Lyn Lake Street Festival, 6/8/14

    Lyn Lake Street Festival With Secret Stash Soul Revue, Rogue Valley, Dosh, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Ginkgo, and Ashley Gold LynLake, Minneapolis June 8, 2014 The Lyn Lake Street Festival had a success on its hands long before a band even played a note Sunday. The combination of a lovely summer d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    City Pages 10 Thousand Sounds Festival 2014 lineup

    The second annual City Pages 10 Thousand Sounds Festival lineup is here! Our day of music, food, beverages, and companionship returns to downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, July 26. Just the other day, members of the local media wondered when Poli├ža would make their live return in Minneapolis to mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Conor Oberst at First Avenue 6/1/14

    Conor Oberst With Dawes First Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday, June 1, 2014 34-year-old Conor Oberst no longer writes the sad songs that once served as our youthful, cry-along anthems, but he still manages to rein in sold-out crowds. Such was the case on Sunday night, when Oberst played the first of two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Failure at Varsity Theater, 5/21/14

    Failure Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, May 21, 2014 After a ten-minute film intro (there was no opening band) that included clips from, among other things, the 1975 Russian art-house film The Mirror, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic "Space Madness" episode of Nickelodeon's Ren and Stimp ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Haley Bonar at Varsity Theater, 5/16/14

    Haley Bonar With Anonymous Choir and DJ Shannon Blowtorch Varsity Theater, Minneapolis May 16, 2014 On one of the most crowded local music weekends in the Twin Cities in recent memory, Haley Bonar filled the Varsity Theater with fans, friends, and family on Friday night for her record release show. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Cloud Nothings at Turf Club, 5/1/14

    Cloud Nothings with Protomartyr Turf Club St. Paul, MN Thursday, May 1, 2014 For many bands, danger and unpredictability are their stock-in-trade. However, there are a slight few that actually seem that way in an up-close, live environment. Cleveland natives Cloud Nothings don't seem particularly d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Speedy Ortiz at 7th St. Entry, 4/15/14

    Speedy Ortiz 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Last night was missing something. Like a sense of urgency or chance of surprise. Technically tight, the members of Massachusetts indie rockers Speedy Ortiz played 7th St. Entry well enough so that sonically you understood their status ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Perfect Pussy at 7th Street Entry, 3/30/14

    Perfect Pussy 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Sunday, March 30, 2014I wish I hated Perfect Pussy. Not because I want to join the inevitable backlash already kicking in against the most critically acclaimed punks of the moment. Ill-wishers may credit the Syracuse band's sudden rise to shock value (thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Vote for the best music photographer in Twin Cities!

    It comes down to this. Gimme Noise asked for your nominations for best Twin Cities music photographer, and you gave us 104 people taking pictures locally! We narrowed the field to 20 finalists, and then profiled each of them.Now, it's time for the final round of voting. Below is a poll to show your ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Lucius at Cedar Cultural Center, 2/20/14

    Lucius With You Won't February 20, 2014 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis While Thursday night might have been nothing short of harrowing outside, inside the cavernous Cedar Cultural Center, Brooklyn-bred Lucius tried to melt just about everything within earshot with a lushly-arranged, fairly tale ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Mark Kartarik

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Recently, Mark Kartarik has evolved from being a musician in several groups and a regular show-goer to a music photographer as well. His work is regularly in City Pages, and his cat a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Drone Not Drones' 28-hour drone at Cedar Cultural Center, 2/7-8/14

    Drone Not Drones' 28-hour droneCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisFriday, February 7 and Saturday February 8, 2014The local activist organization Drone Not Drones set up one of the most ambitious concerts in Twin Cities history with a 28-hour long rotating cast of drone musicians. It blended individu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Dawes at Varsity Theater, 12/31/13

    Dawes with Field Report Varsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, December 31, 2013Tuesday night in Minneapolis was freezing, but California band Dawes loved the city enough to spend the biggest party night here anyhow. It was the second of two nights at the venue. Minneapolis fans sure were grateful for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    The Replacements launch... web store and expanded website

    The local 'Mats fans had a lot of theories Friday when the mostly dormant Replacements Twitter account lit up. All it said was "Preparing to launch..." and that could've meant almost anything.Tommy Stinson's manager Ben Perlstein confirms that the launch at this point has to do with one particular t ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    The 104 Twin Cities music photographers you nominated

    We asked, and you nominated your favorite Twin Cities photographers like crazy over the past week. With 675 comments and nearly that many emails to work with, we received more than 100 serious submissions. Now, with the help of a local panel of writers, editors, musicians, and others, we'll discuss ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    A Tribute to Sue McLean at First Avenue, 11/23/13

    A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>

  • Music

    November 6, 2013

    The inspired evolution of Brilliant Beast

    The local band go for a more distorted aesthetic on their third EP

  • News

    August 15, 2012

    Youth violence in Minneapolis

    The fuzzy math behind the city's struggle to curb the crime wave