Sarah Nienaber

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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 20, 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. 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 >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Web of Sunsets smooth out, slow down on Room of Monsters

    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 >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Drone Not Drones posts full 28-hour concert schedule

    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 >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Web of Sunsets debut "Foreign Body," announce Room of Monsters LP

    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 >>

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    September 30, 2013

    A video history of Is/Is

    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 >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Is/Is in Joshua Tree: A photo journal

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 25, 2013

    Is/Is take to the desert for artistic growth

    The Minneapolis band hit the road, searching for inspiration in the desert

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    May 20, 2013

    Art-A-Whirl night one at 331 Club, 5/17/13

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2013

    Heavy Deeds goes for Light Lunch

    The group releases a breezy new EP with the makings of summer anthems

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    April 18, 2013

    Web of Sunsets: There's just more space for nuances

    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 >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Gospel Gossip record release at 7th Street Entry, 3/21/13

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2013

    Gospel Gossip rise above the buzz

    Three years after their last record, the trio get past conflicts to record their second full-length album

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    February 14, 2013

    Valentine's Day music roundup: Seven options for the unprepared

    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 >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists

    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 >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Gospel Gossip's Sarah Nienaber on side projects, growing pains, and "Atlantic Blue"

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 11, 2012

    Is/Is show kaleidoscopic talent on new album III

    Sarah Nienaber, Sarah Rose, and Annie May form punk-chick trifecta

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    March 22, 2011

    Minnesota SXSW 2011 invasion: Complete

    Photo by Ben ClarkPhantom Tails at SXSW​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Zoo Animal, Gospel Gossip, and Red Pens prep for Loring Theater gig

    Photos by Erik Hess​While 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 >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Andiamo Ristorante will give Italian one more try in Eagan

    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 >>

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    November 29, 2010

    A Tribute to the Replacements, 11/26/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​A 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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    October 20, 2010

    Picked to Click 2010

    Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll

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    September 30, 2010

    The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement spooked folks at last night's preview

    Photo by Jessica Armbruster​It 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.

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    July 30, 2010

    Footloose, Red Hot Art Fest: Freeloader Friday

    Mykl Roventine via​Being 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 >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Artery Twentyten kicks off tonight

    Photos by Sarah Nienaber​The 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 >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Red Pens, Is/Is, Cadette, Bombay Sweets at the Hexagon

    ​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

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    December 23, 2009
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    December 16, 2009

    The Year in Music: P.O.S., Solid Gold, and Owl City break through

    Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth

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    November 25, 2009

    Thanksgiving weekend concert guide

    Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.

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    July 1, 2009
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    April 21, 2009

    New Gospel Gossip song debuts

    "Pre Med (Just In Case)" is exciting and adventurous, even if mildly derivative.

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    September 10, 2008
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    September 10, 2008

    Picked to Click: Lucky 13

    In our biggest Picked to Click poll yet, more than 100 experts sound off on the best up-and-coming bands

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    December 12, 2007

    Gospel Gossip Interstate Canine Transport and Shoegaze, Ltd.

    Northfield foursome release the hounds--and an impressionistic, kinetic debut album