Nate Kranz

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Turf Club grand reopening with Dead Man Winter, 8/28/14

    Turf Club grand reopening with Dead Man Winter, Frankie Lee, Erik Koskinen, and the Cactus Blossoms Turf Club, Saint Paul August 28, 2014 The Turf Club is back! Well, a cleaner, better smelling version of the Turf Club. After First Avenue purchased the St. Paul establishment a few months ago, it ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Turf Club is hiring, re-opening in late-August

    When the Turf Club triumphantly reopens later this year, the place will need a much larger staff to handle St. Paul's favorite hole-in-the-wall music venue's new kitchen. Hiring is now underway. Closed since June 1 for extensive renovations to the club's ventilation, roofing, bars, fire suppressio ... More >>

  • Music

    January 22, 2014

    89.3 the Current: An oral history

    DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get Local Frames going with a striking new video from Red Mountain, an intriguing experimental musical collective out of Duluth. We're also featuring clips from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    First Avenue to buy and take over Turf Club

    First Avenue has announced plans to purchase and take over management of the Turf Club. The venerable St. Paul venue has long been one of the best Twin Cities venues of any size, and it's entering a new era after eight years under the ownership of Tom Scanlan. On October 15, the deal will officially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Triple Rock manager Kermit Carter moving on, Turf's Ryan O'Rourke coming in

    Triple Rock Social Club manager and talent buyer and cracker of jokes Kermit Carter announced today that he is moving on. Carter's new gig will be booking shows and assisting at Mystic Lake Casino's smaller stage. After six years at the West Bank rock club, this guy who will be missed even more than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Report: Fine Line Music Café sold to owners of Aqua

    The Fine Line Music Café has been sold to the owners of Aqua Nightclub & Lounge. According to the club's website, the new ownership and management by Minneapolis Event Centers operated by Entourage Events Group begins on August 6. The sale comes not long after the venue's 25th birthday last Nov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    First Avenue music festival is postponed for 2013

    Today another major Twin Cities summer festival decided to take 2013 off. The long-gestating First Avenue music festival, which was set to be held at Parade Stadium near the Walker Art Center on July 20, is postponed this year. Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that the River's Edge Music Fes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Dessa named 75th most influential person in the Twin Cities

    Minnesota Monthly has released a list of the Twin Cities' most powerful leaders calling the shots, and a few names from the music realm popped up there. The most recognizable to a regular Gimme Noise reader would be Doomtree rapper Dessa, who was the final entry in the 75-person tally.And we're not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    SoundTown and Minnesota's music festival fatigue

    See Also:SoundTown 2012 has been canceledSoundTown 2012 statement: Ticket threshold wasn't metSoundTown 2011: A first-ever adventure in SomersetIt's been almost a week now since word broke out that the SoundTown Music and Camping Festival is cancelled this year, just two short weeks before the gates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    First Avenue, new downtown AEG venue prepare to compete [VIDEO]

    ​Another downtown Minneapolis venue battle may be on the verge of heating up. Yesterday, the Star Tribune reported that AEG Live will soon open a new concert space at the former site of Christian music venue Club 3 Degrees off N. 5th St. near Target Field. Also yesterday, First Avenue announced th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Jewbilee! takes over the Entry this Christmas Eve

    ​Jewbilee! is a highly entertaining holiday alternative to Christmas Eve for Jewish people and non-Jewish alike. This new "holiday" began seven years ago when local multi-faceted creative artist/musician/DJ/journalist Danny Sigelman, living in Austin, Texas at the time, was inspired to create some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot found dead on tour bus this morning following show in Minneapolis

    Photo by Erik HessCory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, performing at First Ave last night​Just hours after posting our review of last night's Gwar show at First Avenue, we learned that guitarist Cory Smoot, who goes by the stage name Flattus Maximus, has passed away. Smoot died of unknown causes so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    First Avenue abandons Ticketmaster in favor of eTix

    ​After nearly two decades of using Ticketmaster for their phone and online ticket sales, First Avenue will end its contract with the gigantic corporate conglomerate (which merged with Live Nation last year) and switch to the web-based eTix starting April 1.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    First Avenue's 40th Birthday Party, 12/15/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​First Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    The Depot Tavern starts weekend brunch tomorrow

    Not just for nighttime...​The rumors are true--the Depot Tavern will start serving brunch Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General manager Nate Kranz says they are still tinkering with the menu but First Avenue's diner will be ready tomorrow to dish up some "breakfast classics with a twist. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    First Ave's Nate Kranz talks favorite shows, restaurants, and growing up with rock 'n' roll

    Photo by Sarah Sandusky​There's always been one consistent thing about First Avenue, throughout the years: the staff comes with a deep love of music. From the door person who frisks you at the door to the booking agent in the office, the staff has always been made up of people who liked the music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    First Avenue adds a restaurant, revamps its VIP Room for 40th annivesary

    A preview of Greg Gossel's mural in First Ave's Record Room​First Avenue turns 40 years old this weekend, and over the years it has undergone plenty of changes and faced numerous challenges--outside competition, a changing music economy, change of owners, and the evolving face of downtown Minneapo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Extended interviews: Goodman, club industry on proposed 18 ban

    A ban on 18 shows has the city and its nightlife-savvy inhabitants in disagreement. Here are some quotes from our interviews.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    SXSW: Rhymesayers showcase, the Hold Steady, and two churches

    A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2006

    Nightstand confessional

    Spending night after night in darkened bars and coming home with ears ringing i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2005

    Dance of Death

    Jen Boyles on the local dance-music scene's continued woes Being an electronic-music lover in Minneapolis is a frustrating affair these days, and our weekend entertainment options are only getting slimmer. The drought became more pronounced this month when First Avenue--just five years ago a dance- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2004
  • News

    September 3, 2003

    First Love

    The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.

  • News

    September 18, 2002

    Picked to Click XII

    Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists

  • Arts

    September 22, 1999

    You're Not Invited

    Secret shows. Corporate gigs. Blind Dates. Why is it becoming harder for the public to get a piece of the rock?