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    August 4, 2014

    Why the Pixies are no longer my favorite band

    On April 13, 2004, I stood in the balcony overlooking the stage at the Fine Line. Two friends from college flanked me, and we smoked cigarettes at a frantic pace. A life goal, one we thought would never be attained, was about to take place: we were going to see the Pixies live. We had talked about t ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

    At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live.   Some the most deeply fe ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Vampire Weekend and the accelerated speed of cool

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Pissed Jeans' Matt Korvette: I love anything that involves throwing away money frivolously

    Everything somebody needs to know about Pissed Jeans can be found in their name. The Philadelphia via Allentown quartet's four LPs boast the Jesus Lizard's spiraling discord and lyricism absent of any modern-day decorum. More like their name, however, is frontman Matt Korvette's ability to undercut ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Prof takes over First Avenue, 4/13/13

    ProfWith Mod Sun, Culture Cry Wolf and MetaFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, April 13, 2013"YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO BIG" was the all-caps slogan Prof wore on a black T-shirt Saturday. Though it might've been referring to his rising career -- and the recent double cover stories promoting his two sold-o ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    The 50 Commandments of SXSW

    You're going to South by Southwest, right? Or you're already there? One of those things is bound to be true. Well, our sibling paper pals at Dallas Observer have got some advice for you, and managed to format it all into the style of commandments, because one of their favorite things to do is preten ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Our 15 best live music GIFs of 2012

    Yeah! It's time to run down the year in live music GIFs. This Black Sabbath fan from Lollapalooza this summer embodies how psyched we are to share these with you.With help from photographers Erik Hess, Anna Gulbrandsen, and Stacy Schwartz, this was a year for the already excellent visual representat ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2012

    From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music

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    November 12, 2012

    Amanda Palmer's new video mixes rock star dreams and porn

    "She is fugly, the bitch doesn't shave, and what's going on with those eyebrows?" These thoughts are on the mind of everyone who doesn't like Amanda Palmer... and perhaps even some people that do appreciate her. The kicker is that these words come straight from the lips of a drag queen in Palmer's ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    SoundTown and Minnesota's music festival fatigue

    See Also:SoundTown 2012 has been canceledSoundTown 2012 statement: Ticket threshold wasn't metSoundTown 2011: A first-ever adventure in SomersetIt's been almost a week now since word broke out that the SoundTown Music and Camping Festival is cancelled this year, just two short weeks before the gates ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012
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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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    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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    August 17, 2011

    SoundTown Series: New Century Masters talk about adding Joey Ryan to the group

    ​Five-piece folk-pop ensemble New Century Masters do a good job of keeping it mysterious. Their Facebook cites Hamm's as a major influence, and you'll be hard-pressed to figure out who the members of the talented group are unless you sit down for an interview with them. The band released their ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Best Concerts of 2010

    ​From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Os Mutantes, Ariel Pink at the Cedar, 11/20/10

    Photos by Nikki MillerOs Mutantes​Os Mutantes with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Diva Dompe November 20, 2010 Cedar Cultural Center Bands running waaaay behind schedule and the ice storm OF THE CENTURY (er, uh, or of the month) didn't keep a packed house of Os Mutantes fans, Ariel Pink fans, A ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010
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    November 10, 2010

    Celebration of the Life of Mikey 'Eyedea' Larsen, 11/9/10

    ​For many of his fans, he was known as battle rap legend and Rhymesayers recording artist Eyedea. For others, he was Micheal Larsen, the front man of genre-bending experimental groups like Carbon Carousel and Face Candy. For others still, he was known by his alter-ego Oliver Hart.But for most of t ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Dr. Dog at First Avenue, 10/23/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Dr. Dog October 23, 2010 First Avenue My second visit to First Avenue in the week, I walk into the club for Dr. Dog's Saturday night appearance expecting a much tamer crowd than during my first (Hank III/Assjack, Wednesday night), and yet, as security staff checks IDs and ap ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Janelle Monae and Of Montreal at First Avenue, 9/23/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Of Montreal and Janelle MonaeSeptember 23, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisMuch like Janelle Monae's performance earlier this year at the Varsity Theater, it took the funk-fusion diva a few songs to fully engage with the audience, but once she was halfway into her set she had ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Toby Keith meet-and-greet, Trailer Choir, and Marty Stuart this weekend

    ​Many of us, our friends over at Hot Dish not excluded, have buzzed about Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, which opened earlier this summer in St. Louis Park. "I hear they have a mechanical bull!" "Mechanical bull?!?" "Down-home Southern comfort food? Say what?" "Will Toby really put a bo ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Bunny Clogs serve up kid-friendly grooves at the Cedar

    Celebrating the release of their first CD, Bunny Clogs rock the 4-foot and under crowd.

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    August 22, 2007

    Seen Your Video

    Rick Fuller turns his back on MTV to preserve the history of the local music scene.

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    December 27, 2006

    Singles Going Steady

    The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year

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    December 20, 2006

    Local Music Yearbook '06

    Prince went to Vegas. Smokers went to Maplewood. Tapes 'N Tapes went to the moon. And sometime after the last zombie dance party got busted, we wrote it all down for you.

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    September 20, 2006

    Altering ELO's Eden

    Electric Light Orchestra reissues deliver—and dilute—paradise

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    July 5, 2006

    Is This Thing On?

    Duplomacy struggle with stage fright and fear of a Willie Nelson fan

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    December 7, 2005
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    June 15, 2005

    Sleater-Kinney Gets Up

    Hot rock trio links arms, seethes, fills up sky

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    February 6, 2005
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    December 17, 2003

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives

    The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003

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    March 26, 2003
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    March 19, 2003

    Daddy Rocks

    Sicbay's Nick Sakes Isn't Just a Punk Rock Poppa--He's a Father Figure for the Local Music Scene

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    October 16, 2002

    My Spicy Valentine

    Guadalajara kitchen magicians transform an abandoned chain

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    September 4, 2002

    The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Filmmaker Benno Nelson parlays his trippy 'method' into a retrospective

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    July 17, 2002

    Flowers in the Dustbin

    Tulip Sweet and Mark Mallman take out the trash

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    July 25, 2001
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    January 5, 2000

    Year of the White Male

    In 1999, cock rock and teenybop ruled the roost

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