Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>
Joe Horton is one of those guys you meet and immediately want to know better. He's calmly energetic, and considering he's one of the busiest guys in the city, that's no small feat. Between fronting his experimental hip-hop group No Bird Sing, digging into a new project called Mixed Blood Majority wi ... More >>
The appreciation for SXSW usually doesn't happen until the festival is over and done with, but Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier and Chris Koza of Rogue Valley were able to find some time to reflect and acknowledge on the poignancy of an event that happens once a year connecting so many people. ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... 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 >>
Coloring Time December 31, 2011 Aster Cafe, Minneapolis The members of Coloring Time read like a who's who of hip hop and jazz in Minneapolis: founded by Joe Horton with core members including Graham O'Brien, Casey O'Brien, Peter Pisano, and Bobby Mulrennen, the lineup is more like a dream crew.
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 >>
Band follows Inter-Be with risky sophomore album
Photos by Ben ClarkIt would be easy to describe Coloring Time's first full-scale performance by simply listing the names of all of the collaborators who performed at one point or another last night. But what actually transpired sounded nothing like Peter Wolf Crier or Dosh or Alpha Consumer or th ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe days are numbered for one of the Twin Cities' most popular roots bands. Roma di Luna, who started as a husband-and-wife duo playing folk songs at a farmer market six years ago and have since grown into a brassy, bluesy roots band, will end its impressive run before the ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzSpending a lot of time on the road can sometimes have an adverse affect on a band's output -- some find it impossible to stay focused enough to continue writing songs amidst the relentless touring cycle, let alone make their way into a recording studio to lay down new track ... More >>
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
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 >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel ChoirFebruary 2, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThings were so comfortable on stage for both Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir on Thursday night at the Cedar that at one point Alan Sparhawk was giving Peter Pisano a neck mess ... More >>
Photos by Cindal Lee HeartIn true Minnesota fashion, the temperature was in the single digits and no one seemed to care. The MPR Listener Appreciation Party was exceptionally appreciative last night at the Varsity, giving out goodie bags full of CDs, coupons, passes, and other surprises to every ... More >>
Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll
Photos by Stacy SchwartzRogue Wave/Midlake/Peter Wolf CrierSeptember 20, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThree varied but passionate bands played to a small but devoted crowd at First Avenue on Monday night, and each group took their time finding their footing before delivering stirring sets that cl ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzIt was a set-up that seemed destined for failure: A sparse offering of food, limited numbers of bathrooms and trash cans, ample booze for sale, and no re-entry made it seem like the Lowertown Music Fest could end it total chaos.
Photos by Ben ClarkHeartless BastardsVarsity TheaterJuly 27, 2010"We love playing in Minneapolis," lead singer Erika Wennerstrom said toward the end of Heartless Bastards set, and she must have meant it -- it was at least the fourth time during the band's performance that she remarked how happy t ... 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 >>
An interview with Peter Pisano and Brian Moen
Photo by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf CrierHappy hump day! As with every Wednesday, we're pleased to offer a fine selection of print articles about local music in addition to today's blog posts. If you don't have time to pick up an issue of City Pages today, you can peruse the print music section onl ... More >>
Photo by Darin BackIt's been a busy spring for Peter Wolf Crier, and things are only going to get busier for the rising local two-piece's Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The new Jagjaguwar signees will be re-releasing their debut album, Inter-Be, next month with a CD-release show at the Turf Club on ... More >>
Lookbook, Grant Hart, Gay Witch Abortion, Off With Their Heads, and many more blaze their own trails at the festival
Minnesota, represent. Yesterday was a full day for local shows in Austin, Texas.
Friday night, the Turf Club was home to a top-notch local bill.
The new songbird will be joined by Aby Wolf, Peter Wolf Crier, and No Bird Sing.
Watch the folk duo play from a little log shack.
It was a bittersweet evening in many respects.
CD-release party takes place in an empty house
Where the Women Are Strong and the Men Good Looking
Scoring an interview with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is so simple a child could do it