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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Erik HessCory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, performing at First Ave last nightJust 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 >>
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.
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst 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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Sarah SanduskyThere'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 >>
A preview of Greg Gossel's mural in First Ave's Record RoomFirst 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 >>
A ban on 18 shows has the city and its nightlife-savvy inhabitants in disagreement. Here are some quotes from our interviews.
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
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 >>
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.
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Secret shows. Corporate gigs. Blind Dates. Why is it becoming harder for the public to get a piece of the rock?