Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A debut video from Prairie Fire Lady Choir gets things going for us this week. We've also got new clips from Fury Things, Manny Phesto, Dichotomy, Célosia, Wilkinson James, ... More >>
Chef Hector Ruiz nails it with his restaurant in Kingfield
Talk to certain people, and they'll all tell you: Eugene Hütz is the stuff of legend. Catch a glimpse of the Gogol Bordello frontman on the street, and you'll notice his mustache waxed into a permanent curl, a mess of unkempt shoulder-length hair, and a unique sense of style that can only be descri ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess Stephin Merritt's comments about John Lennon enraged Curtiss AIt turns out that Curtiss A has almost as much distaste for the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt as Merritt has for "Imagine" by John Lennon. In a Gimme Noise interview conducted by Monica LaPlante last year, the droll ... More >>
Low With members of Trampled by Turtles Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul March 23, 2013 During the interview portion of Low's riveting show at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday night, Alan Sparhawk spoke candidly of the band's objective in approaching the evening. "We've played down here quite a few t ... More >>
This past Christmas, Gimme Noise asked a handful of local musicians to help us make sense of a holiday where the accompanying songbook seemed to be guided by all things commercial. Valentines Day has those talking points a bit reversed.There's no magical tradition built around Valentine's Day. Many ... More >>
It's the last weekend of 2012! Why not squeeze in a couple of shows before the year closes? Local jazz heros The Bad Plus are continuing their Dakota Jazz Club stay into Friday and Saturday while the Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes their annual holiday stop at The Xcel. Friday, First Ave hosts Soul A ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
There's a certain bond between music and a listener. We can all relate to it, but everyone has a different way of expressing it. For Matt Latterell and Chuck Terhark, that way of expression is through a massive cover album. Absolutely Cuckoo is a statewide ode to the quick-witted, New York band ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields With Gal Musette First Avenue, Minneapolis November 13, 2012 Anyone who goes to a performance by the Magnetic Fields should be prepared to have their heart broken a time or two during the set. God knows that the band sure has experienced it over their distinguished 20-plus years ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields' frontman and songwriter Stephin Merritt can be best described as the Eeyore of indie pop. Perhaps it is his deep, baritone voice or melancholy, yet clever, lyrics that suggests there's a little raincloud following him constantly. In many interviews Merritt is notorious ... More >>
Most 14-year-olds aren't plotting which songs to include in a set opening for the Magnetic Fields. Yet, this is exactly what San Clemente artist Gal Musette is doing. Inspired by her father, who played the band's music for her in her formative years and the band's 69 Love Songs project, wherein they ... More >>
"Works for Words" with Jeremy Messersmith, Chris Koza, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Lucy Michelle, Brian TigheApril 9, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulI've said this before, but it's something that bears repeating: Last month, coming down off the rush of seeing 60 Minnesota bands take over Austin, Texas for SX ... More >>
Unlike his heroes Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Abba, who "wrote incredibly simple songs with extremely well worked arrangements giving every song an iconic quality you couldn't believe it hadn't been done before," Stephin Merritt has remained an enigma and somewhat still obscure genius of conte ... More >>
The film's morbid atmosphere should be perfectly suited to chamber pop's hangdog hero.
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Fans of early '90s Nickelodeon programming are easy to spot. At Rilo Kiley shows they're the ones yelling "Pinsky!" at Blake Soper, while arguing with friends over who would win a Clarissa vs. Sabrina cage match. And starting today, they're raving about the DVD release of the Adventures of Pete & P ... More >>
Gabbing about quasi-Christian orgasms and R&B booty reduction with the music critic hosts of Garrison Keillor's newest brainchild, Pop Vultures
A spirited non-conversation with Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt
You might be a few moronic multiple-choice answers away from the prize of a lifetime. Or not.
Chicago transplants Neko Case and Kelly Hogan carry the torch for 21st-century twang
Minnesota's only full-time all-ages rock venue, the Foxfire Coffee Lounge, shuts its doors
An encounter with the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, the surliest conversationalist in indie-rock
For two years, the all-ages Foxfire Coffee Lounge has ignited the new music scene. Now its owner says the doors may have to close.
In 1999, cock rock and teenybop ruled the roost
The sprawling new triple-album by the Magnetic Fields is a many-splendored thing