In an Atlantic Cities blog post, Richard Florida uses Lumosity data to conclude that MSP is the second-brainiest large metro in the country.For those unfamiliar with it, Lumosity is a brain-performance program consisting of 40 games designed to train users in the areas of memory, attention, flexibil ... More >>
Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country, and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock and bluegrass (and psychobilly!), the Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in today's current roots/Americana-friendly landscape. But their presentation is so genuine, it doesn't see ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Strangers at the Twins game: A don't-call-it-a-date in their own tweetsWant to show up at the Twins game showing support for your hometown team, but too cheap to shell out $30 for a jhirt? ("jhirt" = jersey-shirt)Well, If you've got enough back hair to carpet an apartment or two, here's an ... More >>
Scott Pampuch, the celebrated chef who owned and operated Corner Table for seven years and a champion of farm-to-table eating, will be leaving the Twin Cities for a new job in Milwaukee. His new title will be director of food and beverage at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee. Which means he'l ... More >>
Rock The Vine 3Featuring Halloween, Alaska, Solid Gold, White Light Riot, and Haley BonarSaint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater, MinnesotaJune 9, 2012Sometimes, it's just nice to get out of the city. Rock The Vine 3 was set in the picturesque grounds of the Saint Croix Vineyards in Stillwater, and treate ... More >>
Twin Cities music fans who are willing to make the short drive to Stillwater on Saturday, June 9 for Rock The Vine 3 will be rewarded will a bunch of great bands, exquisite wine, and tasty food options, all set along the picturesque backdrop of the St. Croix River Valley. Rock the Cause and Comp ... More >>
Imagine hopping on a train in downtown Minneapolis and getting off less than six hours later in the heart of Chicago, with a stop in Milwaukee in between. Sound farfetched? Right now, it might, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans for a 400-mile, high-speed ra ... More >>
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."-Jean Cocteau
Photos by Mark MallmanThe demo recording of "Let it Be" starts with Paul McCartney talking to the sound engineer. He says "This is going to knock you out, boy," and then proceeds to perform one of rock's greatest ballads. Those few snide words before he starts always reminds me of what the roa ... More >>
Hate crimes charges might still be filed in incidents from that night.A huge fresh batch of 911 tapes has been released by the West Allis Police Department, shedding new light on the racially-fraught crime wave that gripped the Wisconsin State Fair last Thursday.Call after call came in to the 911 ... More >>
Screenshot 620 WTMJ NewsradioPolice investigate the mob attacks at Wisconsin State FairA mob that has been described as dozens to 100 black teenagers ran through the Wisconsin State Fair at closing time last night, beating white people at random. Witnesses said the group of African-American tee ... More >>
"Always strive to excel, but only on weekends."-Richard Rorty
Sound engineer Tom Smouse has been helping Twin Cities artists record their albums for nearly a decade, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that he decided to attempt his own foray into songcraft. With the help of 100 different local musicians, Smouse has been slowly piecing together a mass ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonKaty Perry at First Ave in March 2009Following the same skyrocketing success arc as pop phenom Lady Gaga, who played the Fine Line and came back a year later to sell out two nights at the Xcel Center, Katy Perry is upgrading from filling the First Avenue Mainroom in 2009 to pl ... More >>
solidstateNo profanity please.Terry Duncan climbed aboard a Milwaukee bus and started cussing a blue streak, lacing his conversation with a string of four-letter Anglo Saxon monosyllables. Then he found out you can't do that in Milwaukee. An undercover deputy heard Duncan's foul mouth, toss ... More >>
The bands who received nods in this year's Picked to Click poll aren't just limited to the 11 we featured in this week's issue. See below for a full list of all of the bands who received votes in this year's poll, with the total points awarded to each band.Remember: Voters were told to choose fiv ... More >>
Like the Bible, followers of Kiss have their favorite characters they like to emulate as much as favorite chapters, verses and words of inspiration to live by that they've spent a lifetime studying, reciting and debating. Even a casual fan of the band may find themselves in situations where they ... More >>
The 7" Review blog has seen its share of punk bands of late--in large part because that's a genre that utilizes the short-play format more frequently. This edition brings a little more variety to the table in Milwaukee's The Goodnight Loving. The band just released a full-length companion t ... More >>
From James Buckley Trio to Painted Saints
Via FirstNationsNetworkThe days are numbered for Wisconsin public schools that ignore calls for an end to their using stereotypical depictions of American Indians as their mascots, nicknames and logos. Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill into law on Wednesday that gives the state school superintend ... More >>
If you're a frequent Gimme Noise reader, you already know that we're big fans of live hip-hop trio No Bird Sing and are looking forward to the release of drummer Graham O'Brien's solo debut, Live Drums. Adam Svec just upped the ante by sending us another track off O'Brien's record, which is a rem ... More >>
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