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 >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things rocking this week with a new video from Howler, who are celebrating their record release party tonight at the Triple Rock. We've also got clips from Stereo Con ... More >>
In Web of Sunsets, three self-described "wallflowers" have created an informal support group for one another. It's a necessity for music that lingers on intimate moments, shared in turn by each member: Sara Bischoff, with a wool cap pulled down over her hair; Sarah Nienaber, with her long bangs and ... More >>
Starting tonight, the West Bank will be abuzz with vibrations far more hypnotic than afternoon stop-and-go traffic.The notorious 28-hour Drone Not Drones event benefiting Doctors Without Borders is nearly upon us. Low, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, BNLX, Gabriel Douglas, JT Bates, Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylv ... More >>
Early last spring, local three-piece Web of Sunsets -- including Sarah Nienaber of Gospel Gossip and Is/Is, plus Sarah Bischoff and Chris Rose of Heavy Deeds -- made a splash with their debut seven-inch, "Fool's Melodies." For most of the months since then, the band has been hard at work behind the ... More >>
The past week has seen City Pages shining a light on one of the Twin Cities' more underrated rock bands, three-piece act Is/Is. In fact, we put them on the cover of the newspaper with an in-depth story about their unique adventure out to Joshua Tree National Park, which you can still grab a copy of ... More >>
The cover of this week's City Pages is a near and dear one to those of us at Gimme Noise. That's for selfish reasons, of course -- because, duh, it's a story about a band! The band in question is Minneapolis rock trio Is/Is who are just about to wrap up a month-long stay a ranch that's right at the ... More >>
The Minneapolis band hit the road, searching for inspiration in the desert
Art-A-Whirl Night One With the Blind Shake, Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Kill the Vultures, Jaill, Quiet Corral, and Tramps Like Us 331 Club, Minneapolis May 17, 2013 The 331 Club emphatically kicked-off the musical portion of 2013's Art-A-Whirl on Friday night, with a diverse line-up that only grew bet ... More >>
The group releases a breezy new EP with the makings of summer anthems
The three members of Web of Sunsets -- Sara Bischoff, Sarah Nienaber, and Chris Rose -- are all soft-spoken. So soft-spoken, in fact, that they joke about not being able to talk to each other during band practice. Nestled inside their space at Trax Studio -- separated by a tangle of microphone stand ... More >>
Gospel Gossip record release with Ex Nuns, Hollow Boys and Flavor Crystals 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, March 21, 2013We've missed you, Gospel Gossip. It's hard to believe it, but right around three years ago you seemed poised to break out of the local shoegaze scene you helped spearhead, r ... More >>
Three years after their last record, the trio get past conflicts to record their second full-length album
Ah, yes, Valentine's Day. Maybe you're the hopeless romantic type, and you've had this night all planned out for you and your special someone since October, and if that's the case, jolly good for you. More likely, though, you just remembered, like, two days ago that this stupid holiday was happeni ... More >>
The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>
It seems hard to believe, but as Gospel Gossip release their new, three-song 7-inch, "Atlantic Blue," Saturday, it will be the first bona-fide recording they've put out in nearly three full years. With the exception of an online-only single that was released last fall, the dreamy, reverb-soaked trio ... More >>
Sarah Nienaber, Sarah Rose, and Annie May form punk-chick trifecta
Photo by Ben ClarkPhantom Tails at SXSWIt's a strange thing, going from the constant cacophony of thousands of bands playing at once down to nothing at all. But it's a process that is as much a part of attending SXSW as all of the incidentals of the festival: BBQ, suntan lotion, beer, beer, beer. ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessWhile Picked to Click alums Red Pens, Zoo Animal, and Gospel Gossip are frequently spotted around town headlining their own gigs, Thursday night's show at the Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box) will be a rare chance to catch all three stellar live acts on one bill. To get ... More >>
Sarah NienaberWill Andiamo succeed where Bibo's bruschette and braised lamb shank failed?Lazy Lightning perused the Eagan City Council's upcoming agenda and noted that a new restaurant is set to replace the former Bibo restaurant run by the Marchionda family, owners of Buon Giorno and I Nonni ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessA Tribute to the Replacements' TimNovember 26, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisReported with special help from Robyn LewisNow in its third installment, the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of reveling in the songs of the Replacements has grown into a gigantic local music event, the ... More >>
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Photo by Jessica ArmbrusterIt was an unusually warm fall night for the media preview of the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement X. And while the cool air didn't exactly cause a chill to run up my spine, my trip into the basement certainly did.
Mykl Roventine via Flickr.comBeing broke is never a problem with Freeloader Friday. In this edition we have tons of really cool stuff to do. Including experimental theater, steampunk art, several art festivals, and a very special screening of Footloose. Be sure to practice your "seven degrees of ... More >>
Photos by Sarah NienaberThe format is a little different this year, but the concept is the same. For four days (rather than the usual 24-hours), "Artery Twentyten" will feature 18 different works ranging from evolving art installations to dance to experimental theater. Added bonus: Expect audi ... More >>
Original design by Howard Hamilton of Red Pens; his band is playing a free show tomorrow night at the Hex with Is/Is (Sarah Nienaber of Gospel Gossip and Sarah Rose of First Communion Afterparty), Cadette, and Bombay Sweets.Submit your flyers for consideration to email@example.com.
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