Record Store Day

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    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

    The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much mo ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

    Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique album ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Music categories

    The Best of the Twin Cities issue has arrived, packed with our picks for the best these fine cities have to offer -- from where to get the best barbecue to the best tattoo parlor to get some fresh ink. Gimme Noise rounded up all the music winners in one spot for you to peruse in one spot. Take a l ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/14-4/20

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

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    April 4, 2014

    Electric Fetus posts Record Store Day 2014 lineup

    The music purveyors at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus have just announced an extensive lineup for this year's Record Store Day. Saturday, April 19 will be a lengthy day of deals, free live entertainment, and some food to keep everyone's energy up. The lineup includes a mix of rock, soul, and more e ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    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. Let's begin with an ethereal new video from Is/Is, which was directed by City Pages Art Director, Emily Utne. This week also brings new clips from Black Diet, Battlerat, Por ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Two new record stores open in St. Paul on Saturday

    With so much bad news coming out about the struggling music industry, it's gratifying to get some good tidings every once in a while to confirm that there is indeed still hope for musicians and their fans. To that end, the recent announcement that two brand new record stores are opening in St. Paul ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

    Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for th ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Electric Fetus store in St. Cloud closing in May

    The St. Cloud location of the Electric Fetus will close its doors in May after 27 years in business. The closure will leave the chain's Minneapolis and Duluth stores. The Fetus made the announcement Friday, and cited the store's lease expiring as the reason behind deciding to consolidate their effo ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Erik Hess

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Erik Hess, aka @fivesixzero, has been a regular City Pages contributor for the past few years now., NME, Village Voice, and others have also featured his work. His live shots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Picked to Click 2013: #1. Lizzo

    #1. Lizzo: 87 points"I'm so glad you ain't asked a question about being a woman in hip-hop," says Lizzo midway through a conversation with City Pages. That makes a whole music scene of us. Everything you need to know on that topic is addressed on her debut full-length, Lizzobangers. "I ain't your h ... More >>

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    September 26, 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. We've got a bunch of fantastic new videos in this week's installment of Local Frames, leading off with the provocative and playful new clip from Caroline Smith. This edition ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/17-4/23

    This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Top 10 Twin Cities hip-hop venues

    It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Dark Dark Dark release new EP, Nona records with the National

    It's no surprise that the worldly, chamber-pop charms of the Minneapolis quintet Dark Dark Dark has found an audience throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their sound has both a classic appeal and modern flourishes that are pleasing both to the ear as well as the heart. At their transfixing Who Needs Wh ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Top 10 best places to buy vinyl in the Twin Cities

    Within the sagging music industry, vinyl sales represent a rare sign of growth during the past few years, and that trend is healthy in the Twin Cities. Here, a plethora of independent record stores meet the local music community's demand for records -- and then some. They stock Record Store Day excl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Solid Gold, Haley Bonar, Greg Grease among Minnesota musicians featured on free Record Store Day LP

    After Noiseland Industries' American Buffalo LP's became instant collectors' items following Record Store Day 2012, the Minneapolis boutique vinyl and CD manufacturer is once again set to deliver yet another reason to head out to your local record store on April 20. Noiseland will be distributing vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Hüsker Dü to rerelease debut single for Record Store Day

    Not to be outdone by all of the noise that their Twin Cities brethren the Replacements have made as of late, Hüsker Dü just announced plans to release some early songs the band recorded at the Old Blackberry Way studio back in 1980 for this year's Record Store Day on April 20th. The four songs we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Beach House at First Avenue, 10/9/12

    Beach House With Poor Moon First Avenue, Minneapolis October 9, 2012 With the release of Teen Dream in 2010, Baltimore's Beach House set the standard for what a modern pop record can accomplish, both in sound and texture. And while the arrival of Bloom earlier this year perhaps didn't raise the bar ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    William Elliott Whitmore at Triple Rock, 10/6/12

    William Elliott Whitmore Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, October 6, 2012It's been a few years since William Elliott Whitmore came through the Triple Rock on a headlining gig. Since the jump to ANTI- Records, he's been crossing the globe with some big names. It's good to see his success ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Electric Fetus' Bob Fuchs on record retail evolution and this year's garage sale

    See Also:Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival 2012 lineupIt's been a long and eccentric ride for the Electric Fetus. The Minneapolis record store opened in 1968 and has been at the current location overlooking I-35W since 1972. There have been many obstacles, including recent threats from th ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival 2012 lineup

    See Also: John Mark Nelson CD release at 7th St. Entry, 8/12/12 Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops open With all of the great local and national albums that have been released as of late, now is a perfect time for Electric Fetus to have their annual Garage Sale and Fall Fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Musicians as parents: The Ericksons and Wizards Are Real return after maternity leave

    Here's one: What's squirmy and pink, weighs about eight and a half pounds, and can stop even the most steamrollin' awesome band on a rockin' roll? For Wizards Are Real -- the only band in town so awesome they don't need words -- it was baby Colin, born on Record Store Day (April 21) to bandmates Mel ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Feist takes Twitter questions, talks Red Rocks and Bon Iver ahead of her show at the Zoo

    The music of Leslie Feist is expansive. For a woman whose unique alt-pop vocals exploded into the music world with 2007's The Reminder (and, consequently, the worldwide domination of her hit single "1234"), Feist holds no allegiance to a concrete formula of songwriting. After a four-year hiatus, ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Q&A: Feist on a Bon Iver softball rivalry, honoring Jim Henson, and Feistodon

    The "1234" singer speaks ahead of Minnesota Zoo show

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    May 2, 2012
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    May 1, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #20-11

    Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revel ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012 across Minneapolis

    Related:Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops openDo Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?Slideshow: Record Store Day 2012Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went in ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private Eye

    Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Featuring Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private EyeWinona, MNSaturday, April 21, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Two: the 4onthefloor, Rogue ValleyThe final day of the Mid West Music Fest found the gra ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Counting Crows, A. Wolf and Her Claws, Record Store Day

    For those not attending Midwest Music Fest in Winona, this weekend will be a flurry of CD releases mixed into Record Store Day. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles headline First Ave. to share some new music and A. Wolf and Her Claws release their long-awaited debut. Counting Crows will be in town ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Do Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?

    Related:2012 Record Store Day events roundupA celebration of independent Twin City record storesWith Record Store Day upon us once more, it's a little hard to believe that this is only the event's fifth installment. The annual celebration of brick and mortar music retailers has turned into such an e ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Root of All Evil Radio is 25, pays tribute to Earl Root

    It's been almost four years since the Twin Cities lost its grandfather of all things metal, Earl Root. He died of lymphoma, which he had battled like a true metal warrior for 10 years. Since then his legacy lives on in myriad forms each year with tributes, his wife Nancy's continued work with the Le ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012: Twin Cities in-store events roundup

    In addition to the stellar, limited-edition vinyl that is released exclusively for Record Store Day, record shops throughout the Twin Cities and beyond have plenty of exciting in-store music events and specials planned to add to Saturday's RSD festivities. Here's just a sampling of the outstandin ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops open

    With the musical madness of Record Store Day about to sweep over the Twin Cities and the rest of the country once again on Saturday, it seems like an opportune time to celebrate the many outstanding options within both Minneapolis and St. Paul to shop for our music. As Record Store Day thankfully ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Tapes 'n Tapes, Kimya Dawson, Greg Brown top Winona's Mid West Music Fest lineup

    Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Radiohead at Sprint Center in Kansas City, 3/11/12

    ​RadioheadSprint Center, Kansas CitySunday, March 11, 2012With Radiohead continuing to ignore the Twin Cities for some unknown, annoying reason (14 years and counting), Kansas City was the closest the band would get during the first leg of their 2012 U.S. tour for The King Of Limbs. So, 18,000 ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Hymie's Vintage announces 14-act Record Store Day lineup

    ​As the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertaining plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is Hymie's Vintage Records, who have a full-day of great music and merriment plan ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Trampled by Turtles, Polica on free Record Store Day LP

    ​In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that Minnesotans love Record Store Day. The turnout to local independent record shops has been massive throughout the state, especially in the Twin Cites, where music fans line up early for the chance to score some of the exclusive albums ma ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    The Flaming Lips working with Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, and Nick Cave on their new album

    ​If anyone can pull off this mad concoction it's the Flaming Lips. As if their idiosyncratic sound and the unhinged musical themes of their past albums wasn't enough, the Lips have now recruited a talented batch of disparate special guests to work with them on their new record. In addition to ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

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    November 23, 2011

    Black Friday Record Store Day: A guide to special sales and events in the Cities

    Black Friday. Potentially the single most terrifying phrase in the English language, those two little words are a retailer's curse and a shopper's pipe dream come true. This year, if you somehow missed pitching your tent in the Best Buy parking lot in preparation for the sales, not to worry--there i ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Food Pyramid and Deep Earth drop split 7" in time for Black Friday

    ​With Record Store Day's Black Friday sales just around the corner, Moon Glyph is issuing a new split 7" from labelmates Food Pyramid and Deep Earth, Kollider / Kontraband, which marks the first time Food Pyramid have ventured away from the cassette for a vinyl release. (Does a transition from tap ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Craig Finn solo tour coming to the Triple Rock on February 4

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​With a release date pinned down for his first solo album (due out January 24), Craig Finn is embarking on a short solo tour this winter -- including a stop in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock on February 4.

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    October 28, 2011

    Craig Finn solo album out early 2012, with 7" single coming in November

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​We already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Hymie's Vintage Record's owners talk about the move

    Photo by Dave Hoenack​Minneapolis has seen a lot of record stores rise and fall, with each closing being well documented. Ironically, the survivors are often overlooked in these stories. Founded in 1988 by Jim "Hymie" Peterson, Hymie's Vintage Records created a vinyl collector's emporium o ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Gayngs at Coachella, Nikki Sixx phones it in at the Fitz, and more notes from the weekend

    Photos by Denis Jeong Plaster​April is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.

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    April 18, 2011

    Record Store Day 2011 in photos

    Photos by Erik HessHastings 3000 and Brother Ali at Down in the Valley on Record Store Day​Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music shops, returned this Saturday for its fourth and largest citywide celebration yet. The metro area is thankfully still home to a long list of reco ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    The Civil Wars at the Varsity Theater, 4/17/11

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​The Civil WarsApril 17, 2011Varsity Theater, MinneapolisWho are these adorable people? Where did they come from? And, dear god, why have I been sleeping on them until now?

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    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day 2011: Complete Twin Cities listings

    ​Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Record Store Day 2011: Vinyl lovers' paradise

    Twin Cities prepares for busiest RSD yet

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