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    December 11, 2013

    Twin Cities Music Yearbook 2013

    Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions

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    November 27, 2013

    André Cymone: Every time I turned around, I was being compared to Prince

    As part of a forthcoming City Pages story about Numero Group's excellent collection of Twin Cities funk and R&B, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, Gimme Noise spoke to André Cymone.The pioneering artist was one of the earliest breakout stars of the scene, and has become a successf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Unreleased Jimmy Jam demos with Mind & Matter dug up by Numero Group

    When it snows, it pours! Earlier this month, Chicago-based retro label Numero Group unveiled release details of an ambitious funk-soul compilation called Purple Snow, but they're not stopping there. As they were digging through old recordings from local greats ranging from Haze to the Girls to Princ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Numero Group's Twin Cities funk comp Purple Snow coming in November

    It's raining rare funk and soul compilations for the Twin Cities. After the huge roll-out of last year's Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis/St. Paul, 1964-1979 via local label Secret Stash -- which City Pages named Best Local Music Compilation -- Chicago's Numero Grou ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: #10-1

    Related:Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: #20-11How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete list10> Mictlan Origin: Minneapolis/Hopkins/Los Angeles | Active: 2001 - present | Songs: "Prizefight," "Game Over, ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete list

    Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks50 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 revelatory ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #10-1

    ​Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.10. Babes in ToylandOrigin: Minneapolis | Active: 1987-2001 | Songs: "Bruise Violet" and "Sweet 69"  Kat Bjelland is one of the nastiest female vocalists, period. Although the woman who adeptl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Prince, Replacements, & First Avenue tattooed on St. Paul man

    ​It's one thing to talk about Minnesota pride, but it's another altogether to ink it permanently to your torso. St. Paul resident Sean Kelsey is the new champion in that department with an Ork Poster-esque tribute to many of our local cultural landmarks and heroes that he can show to his friends o ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011
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    December 21, 2011
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    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

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    November 7, 2011

    The Original 7ven at the State Theatre, 11/5/11

    Photo By Steve Cohen​The Original 7venNovember 5, 2011State TheatreMaking history once again, this time on the luscious State Theatre stage, the Orginal 7ven (or the Artists formerly known as "The Time") brought their precious brand of Minnesota Nasty to an eager audience of old-schoolers ready to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    The Time morph into the Original 7ven, prepare for CD release

    ​Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to update our Prince rolodexes.You may remember earlier this year when Prince's offshoot band the Family re-emerged after 25 years off the map as the rebranded fDeluxe, leaving some to wonder if the band had to change their names for legal reasons. (Wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    50 cool facts about the Minnesota music scene

    Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Janet Jackson's 5 most underrated hits

    Miss Jackson if you're nasty​By Jen Boyles & Ian TraasAs a pop icon, Janet Jackson can do pretty much whatever she wants. If she went on a tour centered around singing her favorite polka tunes, the tickets would still sell out within minutes. Luckily for us, Janet's preparing a no-filler show ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Prince's band 'The Family' reuniting as fDeluxe

    ​It's been about four years since rumors started circulating that the Family, the band formed by Prince in the mid-'80s, was planning on reuniting and recording an album. And now, with a show on the books and their record in the can, the Family is re-emerging as the band fDeluxe.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    James 'Jimmy Jam' Harris turns 52 today

    Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis​Happy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Duran Duran at Epic, 04/22/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Duran DuranApril 22, 2011Epic, MinneapolisDuran Duran turned the sold-out Epic nightclub into a decidedly retro '80s party palace on Friday night, delighting their maturing but still passionate fans with an energetic 100-minute set full of hits both new and old. While the band' ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010
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    December 22, 2010
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    July 23, 2010

    Terry Mullan and Tommie Sunshine: Meet your Bassgasm DJs, Vol. 4 (MP3s)

    Minnesota's own self-proclaimed "genius of fun," ESP Woody McBride has long been one of the Midwest's techno sages and is again channeling the elusive old rave spirit with part deux of the Bassgasm saga tonight. As he did with Bassgasm 1, the second will lure old heads (who have grown up, started fa ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Morris Day & The Time announce reunion show (VIDEOS)

    ​Gimme Noise learned today that longtime Minneapolis icon Morris Day and his band the Time are coming to Epic for a family reunion show on June 13. It's a fitting premise for a Time gig, given that their members, fanbase and extended crew have embodied a "we are family" vibe since the early days o ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2009

    No Bird Sing reject hip-hop clichés on groundbreaking debut

    Band functions without DJ or bass player

  • Music

    April 30, 2008

    How Atmosphere Went Electro

    Why Lemons is like Tom Waits for Prince Fans

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    February 10, 2008

    Local-Connections Grammy Roll Call!

    I kinda think the Grammys are like Katherine Kersten -- as objectionable as they are, giving them any attention (including negative) will only encourage their existence. But sometimes I just like sharing in our common cultural experiences. So I watched the Gramcast -- and caught Prince, the Time, an ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    KMOJ moves to Uptown, fires Spike Moss

    (Update below.) Homeless since December, black community radio station KMOJ-FM (89.9) announced Tuesday that it has found a new location--in Uptown. Headquartered in North Minneapolis, the heart of black Minnesota, since launching in 1978, "the People's Station" will now be moving at least temporari ... More >>

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    March 22, 2007

    New hip-hop record store on the North Side

    Reversing the recent trend of record store closings in North Minneapolis (Low Cost and Soul Survivor R.I.P.), the hip-hop-centered Classic's Studio (MySpace page) opened last month across the street from El-Amin's Fish House (best fast food in the neighborhood) and down the block from Bean Scene (be ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2006

    MN SAT

    The great Minnesota brain freeze: 82 chances to cheat with Google and win valuable prizes!

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    June 8, 2005

    Three Tracks, Echo, and a Bunch of Hungry Teenagers

    A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios

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    May 18, 2005

    We Got Us

    They write their own songs. They play their own instruments. For 19 years, they've stuck together. The rise and fall -- and rise -- of St. Paul's greatest R&B band, Mint Condition.

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    December 15, 2004

    Local Music Yearbook '04

    We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.

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    October 21, 2004
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    July 14, 2004

    School of Funk

    Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.

  • Music

    February 5, 2003

    Papa Said Knock You Out

    How a boxer and a backpacker put local hip hop in the ring

  • Arts

    November 7, 2001

    I Celebrate Myself, And Sing Myself

    Aspiring Hip-Hop Mogul Top Tone Taps Into the Deepest Wells of American Optimism--But Keeps Coming Up Dry

  • Music

    October 24, 2001

    Brotherly Love

    The world is hell, but relax, baby: The Isley Brothers are still here

  • Music

    July 4, 2001

    Luscious Jackson

    On All for You, Janet Jackson savors the pleasure (and pain) principles of her personal life

  • Music

    May 9, 2001

    Cold Play

    City Pages plays the tracks; Bobbito states the facts: A hip-hop expert ear-tests Minnesota music

  • News

    April 19, 2000

    Station Break

    Can the Cities' oldest black radio station survive a date with the bulldozer?

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    April 5, 2000
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    December 29, 1999

    A Power of Ten

    Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.

  • Arts

    November 17, 1999

    Ebony and Ebony

    Mint Condition and Sounds of Blackness trace soul's tributaries to the cusp of the mainstreamMint Condition and Sounds of Blackness trace soul's tributaries to the cusp of the mainstream

  • Arts

    October 27, 1999

    Soul Survivors

    For years, local R&B's Best Kept Secret have stayed true to their name

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    June 9, 1999
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    November 25, 1998

    The Last Days of Disco

    Open playlists. Mixed audiences. Women's mud wrestling. Ample coke. What ever happened to the Minneapolis club scene?

  • Music

    November 4, 1998

    In My Room

    His Name Is Alive condenses the pop universe into a residential house in Livonia, Michigan

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    August 27, 1997
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    June 5, 1996
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