There's something soothing about Lazerbeak's latest video from his recent release, Lava Bangers. "Lift Every Voice" is an inspirational tune on its own -- thrusts of brass, a dirty electric guitar lick, a lounge-y keyboard insertion, and propulsive drums working at your neck to bob rhythmically a ... More >>
As of Tuesday, area hip-hop producer and Plastic Constellations album Lazerbeak has a new album out, Lava Bangers. Varying opinions have crossed the Gimme Noise desk regarding the collection -- which follows 2010's Legend Recognize Legend -- but three fellas over at Reviler weighed in effe ... More >>
The Plastic Constellations were something special when they first made an impression on the Twin Cities music scene of the mid-'90s. At the time the teenaged band started things up in their parent's basement and managed to finagle their Hopkins High School superiors to let them use school time to ... More >>
photo by: Casanova Frankenstein"I rolled into the Fine Line Music Cafe around 9:45PM and was immediately struck by how packed it was. The place was bursting with fans. And with performances from Doomtree, The Plastic Constellations, and finally Lazerbeak, the night did not disappoint."City of Mus ... More >>
by Andrea Swensson & Andrew FlanaganIf CD releases shows are riches, we certainly have an embarrassment of them this weekend in the Twin Cities. Here's a rundown of some of the must-see album release shows and other hot concerts happening in town over the next few nights.
Photo by Allison AllenIn case you haven't picked up a print edition of City Pages this week, we'd like to direct your attention to this interview with Doomtree producer and former Plastic Constellation Lazerbeak, a.k.a. Aaron Mader, who is releasing his solo debut next weekend at the Fine Line.
Doomtree producer smashes the divide between his musical loves
photo by: Aliison AllenComing September 28th: a first solo record from the former Plastic Constellations guitarist-turned Doomtree backbone Lazerbeak, as well as a November tour across America with the very same crew. We've got a song and dates for you.
In anticipation of today's Best Of the Twin Cities issue, we asked our @gimme_noise Twitter followers to sound off on their picks for a few of our music-related Best Of categories. See below for our tweeps' picks for the "Best Local Concert of the Past 12 Months" category, and click here to read ... More >>
Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech still manning local label and website
It's a big issue this week -- check out what we have in store.
Plastic Constellations to reunite for the local label's tin anniversary.
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Gospel Gossip at the Triple Rock, among other events.
How an upstart record-review site won the animosity—and allegiance—of indie music scenesters and changed the rules for breakout bands. (Ask Tapes 'N Tapes.)
People attending the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City next week might be surprised to find bands playing CBGB, the legendary Bowery punk club whose lease famously ran out Wednesday. As reported below, the joint is still open (click there for complete links), and longtime doorman Brendan Rafferty ... More >>
The Plastic Constellations have signed with Frenchkiss Records and are planning to release Crusades in January. The guys should fit right in on a roster which includes the Hold Steady, Les Savy Fav, and numerous spaz rock bands. Fear not; the locals are still flaunting their TC pride. They may have ... More >>
Ten (or eleven) more Funkytown favorites
The Plastic Constellations discuss manpiles, drinking games, and the best spring break ever
The Unicorns get lost in the Twin Cities; Humiliation comes to Hip-Hop Night
Computer wizards leave their bedrooms, rappers reach the stage, and the Mason Jennings Band creates the bar buzz of the decade. In the ninth annual City Pages New Music Poll, 60 local music fans pick the bands that made the biggest noise.