In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, it's with L.A. songwriter, Eleni Mandell, who performs at the Turf on Friday. I first met Eleni Mandell, in 1999, at The Turf Club in St. Paul. She was in a summer dress, and I was wearing an old sailor un ... More >>
Since releasing the 2010 EP Clear Sky Relapse, Swallows has honed it's live act, allowing new members to settle in while evolving into a complex combination of American roots and Old World folk music. Their new LP, Witching & Divining, captures them like a firefly trapped in a jar. Each song i ... More >>
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Tom Waits' twentieth album, Bad As Me, was released today on Anti- records to almost epidemically feverish anticipation from fans. (Gimme Noise's collective thermometer reads 106!) So what better way to pay tribute to everyone's favorite growling crooner than with some choice YouTube clips t ... More >>
A millionaire friend once told me, "Mallman, you have two options in this world: crazy busy or dead poor." I corrected him: "Try the music business, you'll be both."
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 >>
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin
For lack of a better word, sure--this mix is pretty hipsterish. But if you're sick of all that traditional crap that's been jammed down your throat since you were five, check out this mix of seasonal cheer--equal parts tongue-in-cheek and sentimental. Pair these songs with some homemade fudge an ... More >>
Get this man some FritosIf you wake up to The Current during weekday mornings, then you probably have breakfast with Steve Seel, who hosts the 6-10 a.m. show with Jill Riley. But what does Seel, a guy who gets up before the sun, nosh on?
It is the time for the season of loving. And picking stuff. Hi, happy harvesters. Is this weather making you dream of Sunday afternoons watching football, crockpots full of soup, leaves falling from the sky, and apples in little grapevine baskets (or your own variation on that theme?) Yeah, us to ... More >>
New mashups including Daft Punk vs. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Deep Purple vs. Usher, the Doobies vs. Air France and more!
"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard," "My heart is like an artichoke," and "I want a little sugar/in my bowl..."
A brief selection of just a few of the underground rap superstars who'll rock Canterbury Park this Sunday.
The Book of Eli might play out like deleted scenes from The Road, but at least you've got Waits to sit and snicker at.
Nevermind the fart gags-- Shrek the Musical is a tragedy that would make the Great Bard himself gnash his teeth.
Why Lemons is like Tom Waits for Prince Fans
Crescent Moon Is in Big Trouble
A super Star Wars parody tops this week's pop culture picks
Dirty pictures top this week's pop culture picks
Seekers of the sublime find the familiar in new Tom Waits multi-disc release
Kill the Vultures prepare for winter in a Midwestern river town
'Coffee and Cigarettes' catches a momentary buzz