The band's new Definition Sickness experiments with haunting beauty
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a new video from P.O.S., for a track from the Marijuana Deathsquads' remix of Stef's album, We Don't Even Live Here, which came out this w ... More >>
Mixed Blood Majority with Guante & Big Cats and LaLiberte Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's easy to be cynical about new local supergroups when our music community seems to interbreed at such an alarming rate, but Mixed Blood Majority's set on Saturday made an ... More >>
New local supergroup release an EP combining their hip-hop talents
Since his teenage years, Aaron "Lazerbeak" Mader has had a running fascination with Alexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle. "He's like one of the godfathers of Minneapolis hip-hop," he says during a conversation with Gimme Noise. "He and I Self Devine are like the dons of the city." In the Minneapolis sce ... More >>
See Also:Bastille Day Block Party, Red Stag Block Party Lineups AnnouncedKill The Vultures, Kristoff Krane, and No Bird Sing form F to I to XAlexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle is a renaissance man who has left his mark in many places around the Twin Cities, most recently in his groups Kill the Vultures ... More >>
See Also:Lazerbeak forms Mixed Blood Majority with Crescent Moon Kristoff Krane releases Fanfaronade this SaturdayFresh off of yesterday's announcement of the formation of Mixed Blood Majority comes more exciting news from the Kill the Vultures and No Bird Sing camp, as the two experimental hip-hop ... More >>
Each year, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association puts on one of the largest (and best) open studio tours in America during the annual Art-A-Whirl. Local art galleries and studios in Northeast Minneapolis are opened up to the public, which allows patrons and interested parties to connect with ... More >>
The Coloring Time crew.McNally Smith has an eclectic show planned for this Saturday, which could surely cure the winter blahs. The Deepwinter Bonfire will include performances by Coloring Time, which is a huge improvisational collective with an impressive laundry list of local musicians.Expect ... More >>
As we do every third Tuesday, Gimme Noise returns with yet another mixtape of the local rap music that's making the rounds lately. Consider it our holiday gift.You can stream the mixtape below or download here.
Photo by Ben ClarkLike the hip hop-meets-jazz improv version of Marijuana Deathsquads, Coloring Time's shows are dramatically different every time. Not only do the songs never remain the same -- they are created on the fly, emcees flexing their freestyle abilities over shifting instrumentation -- ... More >>
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."-Jean Cocteau
The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their instruments, and see what unfolds between them. The Twin Cities has boasted a healthy improvisational scene th ... More >>
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
Emily UtneAll too often overlooked, Adam Svec has quietly put together a consistently enjoyable body of music that continues to evolve with each album. Gimme Noise had the pleasure of catching up with the busy singer for a beer at Bryant Lake Bowl in ahead of tonight's release party at Cause. ... More >>
Here's the deal: It's Monday morning. The work week just hit the reset button. The caffeine hasn't even kicked in yet, but this video might do the trick. As with many Mondays 'round these parts, we here at Gimme Noise are jazzed to kick off our week by debuting a new City of Music video from MPLS.TV ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessNo Bird Sing CD-release with Kill the Vultures and Kristoff KraneApril 29, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisNo Bird Sing have always been big on collaboration, but that spirit of togetherness was off the charts on Friday night as the group invited a wide array of friends t ... More >>
Usher in May with new music...lots of CD releases this weekend!
Three members were close friends of the fallen rapper
No Bird Sing are getting ready to release their sophomore full-length, Theft of the Commons, at the end of this month with a show at the Cedar Cultural Center. The band says that the new record finds them "on more organic ground... literally," mostly due to the fact that it was recorded in a barn ... More >>
Photo by Autumn ComptonSick performing "Purple and Gold"Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards with Maria Isa, I Self Devine, No Bird Sing and moreJanuary 28, 2011First Avenue MainroomThe Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards is kind of an odd event. On Friday night, the First Avenue mainroom was full of hip-hop fans r ... More >>
It all makes sense. For those wondering how local musicians like James Diers, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Jake Hanson, and Mike Lewis find the time to spawn so many amazing, collaborative projects, the answer is simple: They all share a practice space. And unfortunately, that practic ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
We've written in the past about our excitement over the release of Graham O'Brien's debut album, Live Drums. Since our last missive, O'Brien's record has been picked up by UK label NoEcho, and will be made available on November 27.
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 >>
Our pals over at MPLS.TV have been busy lately; in addition to filming the videos we posted yesterday of Eyedea, No Bird Sing, Kristoff Krane, Crescent Moon, and Peter Pisano gathering for a freestyle jam, they also recently produced this video of soul-bearing songwriter Chastity Brown performing ... More >>
As part of the ongoing City of Music series, which features local musicians performing in unique locations around the Cities, MPLS.TV rounded up Eyedea, Kristoff Krane, Joe Horton and Robert Mulrennan of No Bird Sing, Crescent Moon of Kill the Vultures, and Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier for an ... More >>
The Memory Lanes Block Party takes place this Saturday and Sunday on the pavement outside Memory Lanes in South Minneapolis, starting at 3 p.m. each day. As with past years, the block party organizers have done a great job of lining up a wide range of familiar local acts, from No Bird Sing to Bla ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThanks to the crew at MPLS.TV for filming this great video of our Best of the Twin Cities Bash at the Varsity Theater, which features performances by Dessa and No Bird Sing, and a backstage chat with Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, Dessa, and interview-crasher Michael Larsen (E ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWe're still buzzing from Dessa's magnetic and stirring performance at the Best of the Twin Cities Bash at the Varsity Theater, and are excited to show you the footage that MPLS.TV shot of Saturday night's performances by Dessa and openers No Bird Sing. But before we release ... More >>
We're psyched to feature our three-time Best of the Twin Cities award winner, Dessa, with a show this Saturday night at the Varsity Theater. The Best of the Twin Cities Bash will also feature openers No Bird Sing. Want to check it out? We're giving away a pair of tickets today via our @gimme_nois ... 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 >>
As we mentioned yesterday, we couldn't be happier about featuring Dessa as a three-time Best Of the Twin Cities award winner this year, as she was recognized as Best Songwriter, Best Local Girl Made Good, and the Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months. Check out our exclusive video (shot by MPLS. ... More >>
Photo by France BarbeauBetween the Basilica Block Party announcement last week, the Current and the Walker's Rock the Garden announcement this afternoon, and now this schedule for the Memory Lanes Block Party, we're starting to feel like this warm weather might really be here to stay. The Memory ... More >>
The unique, entirely improvisational show will take place at Honey this Friday.
Download an exclusive mp3 from Graham's new project.
Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.
Moonstone? Slapping Purses? Red Pens? The scene is going inside out, and it's wonderful.