The Roots (Band)

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Why Garth Brooks is still relevant in 2014

    I have exactly two commercially manufactured CDs in my car, and both are by Garth Brooks. I have his 1989 eponymous debut and the seminal No Fences. When nothing else sounds right, Garth always does. Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001. After touring relentlessly for years, he want ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Sylvan Esso: Kendrick Lamar was on constantly while we made this record

    Sylvan Esso are zipping down the interstate toward New York City in a Prius. There, vocalist Amelia Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with the Roots' bandleader ?uestlove adding live drums. They opt for "Coffee," a glitchy, bells-strewn track with a co ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2014

    10 Thousand Sounds 2014: Behind the bands

    Running down the Polica-led lineup of this year's festival

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Medium Zach: As I do more, it just makes me want to experiment more

    Producer and rapper Medium Zach of Big Quarters recently dropped his first solo effort Valued Input, a three song project. The unveiling comes in conjunction with a show at Icehouse this Saturday featuring a new direction in his material. Gimme Noise sat down with Zach to ask about the project, work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Watch Bob Dylan, Prince, Bruno Mars, and a bear on Super Bowl Sunday

    Music fans who are put off by the endless hype surrounding the Super Bowl and the gratuitous violence of football still have a reason to tune into the big game on Sunday. From the opera star singing the National Anthem to the spectacle of the halftime show, there is something to draw in music lovers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    I.B.E.: My live band, the Cavalry, is just breaking doors down

    Between backing I Self Devine's live set and joining forces with Greg Grease and Akrite to form TUSS Music, rapper I.B.E. had made a name for himself in Minneapolis long before he dropped his official solo debut This, That and the Third with producer Benzilla last summer. But his upcoming show at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    D'Angelo cancels Tuesday night show at First Ave

    Just when it seemed that all was right in the world of D'Angelo, there's fresh reason to have our doubts: early this afternoon, First Avenue announced the sad news that the reclusive R&B legend has abruptly canceled his performance in the Mainroom, which was due to commence in less than 36 hours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    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. After using last week to highlight some of the year's best videos so far, we're back with a strong collection of new and exciting vids this time around, leading off with a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/19-6/25

    So it's starting to actually feel like June! It's just in time because there's TONS of outdoor events to be had. Saturday marks the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names and more. Sunday Uptown celebrates the recent nice weather with music from&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts this week: 3/6-3/12

    With Spring approaching, forget the snow for a second, Minneapolis is selling out shows left and right. Wednesday night, sisters Tegan and Sara are welcomed to Minneapolis by a sold-out First Ave mainroom. Muse hits the Target Center Thursday and Imagine Dragons sells out the Varsity on Friday. Satu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Dessa plans an intimate benefit show at the MIA

    Fresh off of a brief but successful U.S. tour earlier this month, Dessa has announced plans for a special local show at the MIA (not with M.I.A., as I initially, and awesomely, misread the press release). The Doomtree vocalist/MC will be performing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Reception Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2013

    Bobby Z unveils second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life lineup

    Last February, drummer and radio personality Bobby Z reunited the Revolution, Prince's old group, for their first full-scale show together in quite some time. And now he's got another Prince-inspired party planned with the second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life on Saturday, March 9 at First Avenue. The lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Best Twin Cities concerts 2012

    The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>

  • Music

    December 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    The Coup at Cabooze, 11/27/12

    The Coup With Villa Rosa & Greg GreaseThe Cabooze, MinneapolisTuesday, November 27, 2012 Marxist hip-hop must be a tough flag to march under. Embracing strong political ideals while simultaneously attempting to carve out a large enough fanbase to support their art couldn't have led to a lot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Bon Iver announces remix contest

    See Also:Bon Iver erotic fan fiction hits TumblrBon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for KeepBon Iver at the Orpheum Theatre, 09/06/11Bon Iver's richly evocative, Grammy-winning album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, was a bit of a divisive release in certain music circles. But no matter how you feel about the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 11, 2012
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    June 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Level Heads on Current Affairs EP, playing with a live band

    By Lily TroiaMike Lipset and Logan U'u (aka MC Lipset and producer Lokes) may only be 25 and 24 respectively, but the hip hop duo known as the Level Heads already seem to have their proverbial ducks in a row. The two met five years ago, in Logan's U of M dorm room recording studio, but it wasn't unt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete list

    Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #10-1

    Related:Slideshow: First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contracts First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list10. Basement Jaxx, First Avenue, 10/08/01Basement Jaxx's first appearance in Minne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Kent Sorenson betrayed Bachmann for 30 silver shekels, she claims

    ​Michele Bachmann's hopes for an improbable late rally in Iowa received the unkindest cut of all.  Yesterday, apparently just hours removed from campaigning with Bachmann, her Iowa campaign co-chairman pulled a Brutus and publicly threw his support behind Ron Paul.Et tu, Kent Sorenson? 

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    December 9, 2011

    Michele Bachmann's daughters await gentleman callers

    The Bachmann Bachelor, coming this Fall to ABC​It may be your nightmare to imagine Michele Bachmann as President of the United States, but there may be an even worse title to call her: Mom.During a recent appearance on Sean Hannity, Bachmann revealed that her daughters are not allowed to call boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Michele Bachmann dumbstruck by 8-year-old's comment: 'My mommy's gay, but she doesn't need any fixing'

    Screen shot from Youtube.Elijah delivering the message to Michele Bachmann.​Michele Bachmann must be getting sick of kids trying to challenge her political ideology. Last May it was Amy Myers, the high school girl from New Jersey who wanted to debate Bachmann. Now we have Elijah, an 8-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Al Jarreau talks Prince, the Roots, and spending 40 years in the music business

    ​Some might say that 34 seems a bit "past one's prime" to have started a singing career. For Al Jarreau, that's never seemed to matter. Having been the only vocalist in history to garner Grammy Awards across three different genre categories (jazz, pop and R&B), and with 21 albums, seven Grammy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Astronautalis, Lazlo Supreme, and MaLLy at the Guthrie Theater, 7/9/11

    Photos by Erik HessAstronautalis​Dessa's Cadence Series with Astronautalis, Lazlo Supreme, and MaLLyJuly 9, 2011The Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis"I'm so excited," Astronautalis beamed on Saturday night, during one of the many breaks in his set where he stopped playing music to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2011

    Rock the Garden 2011: Live blogging from the Walker Art Center

    Photos by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh Grier​Welcome to Rock the Garden 2011! There's a steady rain here right now, and all along the hillside in front of the stage there are brightly colored rain jackets and ponchos as far as the eye can see.Gimme Noise is set up in back of stage at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Justin Vernon covers Bonnie Raitt, gets interviewed by Jimmy Fallon

    Photo by D.L. Anderson​It's not often that Jimmy Fallon invites his musical guest to sit down for an interview prior to their performance on his late-night show, but the fact that he brought on Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to do just that is even more proof of how massive the release of his sophomore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Talib Kweli talks about his new tour, album, and the role of role models in hip-hop

    ​On the heels of his latest effort Gutter Rainbows, Queens rapper Talib Kweli rolls through Minneapolis this Sunday at Epic, with a live backing band and recent XXL freshman Fred the Godson in tow. The album, released online and containing some seriously sick beats and impressive flows, is a prec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Angry Birds theme remixed into five amazing covers

    ​With a cackle and a crash, Rovio Mobile's Angry Birds stormed casual gamers' hearts like a lean-to made of glass, boulders and logs. Rovio, a tiny computer game company in Espoo, Finland, debuted Angry Birds, a mobile phone game, in December 2009. Since then the Birds have become the number # ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Paper Pioneer Spicer: An epilogue [with photo gallery]

    Will the C.P. sportswriter survive his first football game in 18 years?

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Fourth of July, Ten Second Film Fest: Freeloader Friday

    ​Fourth of July weekend promises to be a good one. This week in Freeloader Friday we have free fireworks, free film fests, free events for families, and more.

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    May 12, 2010

    Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson: the next Conan sidekicks?

    It's tricky to pick out a good band leader/sidekick for your late-night comedy show. On the one hand, it's important not to get a simpering sycophant like Kevin Eubanks, who recently quit the Tonight Show 18 years too late for our taste:

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    25 Hip Hop Classics of the Decade

    For a genre that's been declared dead a dozen times over, hip hop had a pretty good (if splintered) decade.

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    June 24, 2009


    Shellac, Rancid, Digitata, and more

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Picked to Click 2008: The Complete Ballots

    A full listing of the 105 ballots received for this year's best-new-bands poll.

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    August 27, 2008
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    May 14, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers respond to "Dosh's World"

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    August 18, 2004

    One Nation, Invisible

    The untold story of local hip hop: 1981 to 1996

  • 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

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    December 9, 1998