Tom Hallett was a true rock 'n' roll writer. He lived the rock 'n' roll life like the Twin Cities' own Lester Bangs, and wrote about it in great detail. For decades, Hallett avidly attended innumerable shows, and celebrated our scene hard. Hallett's recent passing after a struggle with diabetes shoc ... More >>
Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, at a time when the biz was at its financial apex. Phillips just self-published a memoi ... More >>
From underrated hipster bars to "pretty reckless" musicians, 2013 was a big year for the music scene in Minnesota. Raise your PBR a glass to the most-read posts on Gimme Noise from this year.
Duluth trio hits a 20-year high
Taylor Momsen has a particularly unique set of life experiences. She starred as Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl and Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was featured in this month's Maxim and toured with Marilyn Manson -- all before her 21st birthday. These days, Momsen is focused on her ... More >>
The influential Minnesota band release a milestone 10th full-length studio album
The Darkness First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, January 29, 2013The relatively full Tuesday night crowd swelled to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop," Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," and some sort of Irish-tinged choir intro music warmed the speakers. The fist-banging audie ... More >>
See Also:Local label Soft Abuse shares new music and rates cocktails at GatherBest Record Label - 2012: Moon GlyphFounder and owner of local label Moon Glyph Steven Rosborough is a mellow fellow. When asked to join me for some cocktails this week he sounded pretty unsure, and claimed that he doesn' ... More >>
On their new album Tombstone Bullets, The Cavalier Crooks have produced an album that grabs hold with dusty, writhing fingers, and won't let go. It's rare to find a band that manages to wholly inhabit a different degree than the masses, and even rarer to find one that makes music in that place tha ... More >>
U of M officials are taking a page out of the anti-smoking playbook to combat campus binge drinking.A new series of posters makes the point that friends can help their more-drunk friends avoid some of the worst possible consequences of slamming back a few tee many martoonies.One poster shows a co ... More >>
Lovers of Death Cab for Cutie will get rewarded for showing up early starting in April when Low, our not-so-slow-core-no-more neighbors from Duluth, joins them for a spate of shows. This pairing is a huge coup for Low, who have steadily grasped more rock conventions in their work while ne'r negle ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenLowApril 16, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAfter seeing Retribution Gospel Choir perform a handful of times over the last couple of years, I was quite excited for Alan Sparhawk's return to the First Avenue stage with his distinguished "other" band Low on Saturday night. With h ... More >>
It's been a week filled with Low-related news. Not only did Robert Plant swoop into town and cover not one but two of the Duluth slowcore band's songs, but they released a new video starring John Stamos that's been rippling throughout the blogosphere. It's all good timing, too -- Low just release ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenRobert Plant and the Band of JoyApril 12, 2011State Theatre, MinneapolisWhen Robert Plant opened with a funky, schmaltzy version of the Zeppelin classic "Black Dog," I was worried that the show would be a series of classic rock songs made palatable for the adult-contemporary ... More >>
Rock icon Robert Plant will bring his Band of Joy, featuring Patty Griffin, to the State Theatre in Minneapolis on April 12. Though known for his righteous rock wailings in Led Zeppelin, Plant has toned it down of late, collaborating with Allison Krauss for a folk duo album in 2007 and releasing ... More >>
It's a roundabout local nod, but we'll take it: It was announced this week that Robert Plant has been nominated for a "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance" Grammy for his cover of Duluth trio Low's song "Silver Rider," one of two Low covers on Plant's new record, Band of Joy. His record, which also ... More >>
It's a messy but funny spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Group of food-industry guys claim they're just a dirty bar band
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
Eight pounds of 'Thunderbirds' top this week's pop culture picks
Top Ten Albums This Week at Down in the Valley
Pamela Des Barres makes a case for the groupie as muse
How Moon Maan make your rock song a little more UFO-y
Wolfmother summon the gods of '70s stoner rock
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
What's the Only Industry That Holds Its Trade Show Around a Keg?
Pearl Jam goes on hunger strike, JFK buys you a spaghetti dinner, and Jeff Bridges asks Bob Dylan to swallow his pride
Cabaret chameleon Melissa Birch takes the kind of performance risks that can come back to bite you in the ass--literally.
Guns N' Roses: Dying hard with a vengeance?
Anti-folk avatars the Moldy Peaches give lessons in good touch and bad touch.
It's Only the Blood of Brothers That Flows Through Tolkien's Episode I
Caucasian rockers addicted to black blues. So-called siblings with an intimate past. Meet the myth of Detroit's White Stripes