Passion PIt With Hoodie Allen TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis September 27, 2013 It's hard to think of a band better suited for a college show than Passion Pit. On the surface level, their energetic dance pop is the perfect soundtrack for a party with 10,000 people, which is basically what Friday's h ... More >>
Icona Pop with K. Flay and SirahVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, September 10, 2013When you have the word "icon" in your band name and your album (their EP Iconic), you better be able to live up to the hype. A cross between the Spice Girls -- albeit more subtle -- and Abba, Swedish duo Icona Pop ... More >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S, and The Chalice Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Friday, August 30, 2013 At their second annual State Fair Grandstand showcase, MN Music on-a-Stick, 89.3 the Current brought a six-hour slate of acts that cov ... More >>
Big Time Rush Target Center, Minneapolis Saturday, August 10, 2013 Big Time Rush are local boys made good. Sort of. They told not quite a packed house, but still several thousand -- mostly Rushers under the age of 12 and their parents with a few teens mixed in -- that they'd "fallen in love with y' ... More >>
T.I. Epic, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Some nights you walk into a club wondering if an MC is still relevant. Then you watch a 32-year-old pro blast through more than two dozen songs in a little more than an hour, flaunting a nimble flow and basking comfortably in the familiarity of his hits ... More >>
Are You Local? With Solid Gold, Sims, Wiping Out Thousands, L'Assassins, Carroll, Bad Bad Hats, Audio PermMill City Nights, MinneapolisFriday, March 1, 2013The Twin Cities takes a lot of pride in their local music scene -- and much of that pride is warranted. Sifted from a group of 223 entries, Bad ... More >>
Things get better with time, and so has Minneapolis band Street Hassle. The group has been together for ten-plus years, but are just now releasing their debut album. How do they describe their sound? Rock, indie, garage? No need to categorize the band, but their new album Feeling Machine creates a s ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night One Featuring the 4onthefloor, the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, Chastity Brown, and John Mark Nelson (with special guests Nicholas David and Zach Sobiech) First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 18, 2013 While the Current's 8th Birthday party lacked ... More >>
By Tony NelsonLast Waltz TributeThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, January 4, 2013Billing themselves as Big Pink, local music vests Rob Hilstrom, Jon Herchert, Chad Whittaker, Dave Russ and Pete Sands became the Band to host the 8th Annual Tribute to the Last Waltz, the Band's 1976 farewell concert tha ... More >>
KDWB's Jingle Ball With Psy, Train, Ed Sheeran, One Republic, Owl City, Cher Lloyd, Ellie Goulding, and Conor MaynardXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, December 4, 2012If a venue hands out earplugs as you are walking in, make sure you take them and use them. With as many screaming tweens as there ... More >>
By Tony NelsonCold SpecksCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWednesday, November 28, 2012 Cold Specks, the British-based act led by the Toronto-raised singer Al Spx, returned to the Cedar Cultural Center as a full band Wednesday night, having been an opening act there earlier in the year as a much sma ... More >>
Journey, Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo, Loverboy September 2, 2012 Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Looking kind of like what a band of dudes who jam out in a suburban basement to Loverboy tunes might look like, the Canadian band Loverboy took to the stage as the sun set on an amazing Saturday ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Die Antwoord at First AvenueBest Of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and moreDie Antwoord with DJ Soviet PandaFirst Avenue MainroomSaturday, August 5, 2012South African rap group Die Antwoord invaded First Avenue Saturday night, playing their bizarre brand ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: The Walkmen at First AvenueThe WalkmenWith Young ManFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, June 30, 2012Usually, a heralded indie rock act decays, disappears, or revamps over a decade, but the five East Coast-bred gents in the Walkmen have simply grown up before our eyes. No longer ... More >>
By now you've hopefully already seen our cover story on Polica in today's City Pages. You may also have seen Gimme Noise's slideshow and our review of last night's album release show at First Ave. But those aren't the only goodies we have for you.Below the break, check out excerpts from my conver ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonCraig FinnWith Mount MoriahTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, February 4, 2012Any Craig Finn performance in Minneapolis is a sea of talking points -- and he went through most of them Saturday in front of an attentive Triple Rock crowd. This is the home of 86 percent ... More >>
The Supersuckers7th St. Entry, MinneapolisJanuary 31, 2012In less capable hands, this would have been just another aging, veteran rock band rolling through Minneapolis, looking to get paid for nothing, and eager to get the hell out of the Minnesota winter as quickly as possible. But we're talk ... More >>
HowlerJanuary 14, 2012Triple Rock Social ClubAfter setting the U.K. ablaze with both hype and hyperbole in 2011, Howler returned home to Minneapolis to try and do the same thing to the sold-out Triple Rock on Saturday night. While the groundswell of support for the quintet has been slowly buil ... More >>
BattlesOctober 8, 2011Fine Line Music CafeEven by Battles' radical standards, their highly charged performance at the Fine Line Saturday night was an extremely experimental show. The avant-garde New York trio were in a festive and feisty mood (along with everyone else packed into the smal ... More >>
XOctober 6, 2011Cabooze, MinneapolisLast night's show at the Cabooze took a slightly unusual approach to the typical concert routine. There were no openers this time around, just X. And, also, X.Before the legendary L.A. punk rockers took the stage to play their debut album, Los Angeles, in its e ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonWild FlagOctober 3, 2011Varsity Theater, Minneapolis"There's really no better place to start a tour than Minneapolis," Carrie Brownstein gushed near the end of Wild Flag's set, one of the only times they really stopped to address the audience at length. "There's really nothin ... More >>
St. Vincent October 2, 2011 (Early Show)McGuire Theater at the Walker Art CenterWith a light show more fitting for a venue five times the size of the 385-seat McGuire Theater, St. Vincent captivated the sold-out crowd with an artfully arresting flurry of both sight and sound. Frontwoman Ann ... More >>
It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonOn Atmosphere's latest album, The Family Sign, "The Last to Say" stands out as one of the most sobering and plain-spoken tracks on the album, riffing on a message warning against domestic violence with lines like "Just tear it all apart and build new / Cause if you don't kill ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonSam Roberts Band June 6, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis There is something to be said for music that embodies straight-ahead rock 'n roll in 100% pure form. Actually, there is a lot to be said for it. In this era of bands sounding like a mixture of [insert 2-3 bands of ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonJust when you're ready to write of Weezer as the perpetual party band, so extraordinarily tongue-in-cheek that maybe their whole take on surfy indie rock was just a parody, dear god, WE HAVE BEEN DUPED, they drop this little bomb on us all: A video of the band in the studio la ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBruno Mars and Janelle MonaeMay 25, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThere's really nothing that compares to the exhilarating sound of an arena full of teenage girls shrieking. It's the sound of hearts breaking in unison, of ecstatic and un-jaded joy. And it was the sound ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonThe Kills May 5, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis If film exists of Thursday night's show turned in by the Kills, it's something that other bands should view immediately, study, and commit to memory. It unfolded exactly how a show in this vein should -- and even with the f ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonThe Raveonettes and TamarynApril 7, 2011Fine Line, MinneapolisGoing into the Raveonettes set at the Fine Line on Thursday night, I was concerned that the show would be overshadowed by the incendiary performance I had witnessed the night before as the Joy Formidable laid wa ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBright Eyes and Titus AndronicusApril 4, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisConor Oberst has always seemed quite comfortable on the First Avenue stage. Monday night proved to be no exception, as Oberst, back performing under the Bright Eyes moniker, treated the sold-out crowd to a ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonFor most people Sunday evenings tend to be a quiet night to relax but by the looks of 5th Street and 2nd Avenue outside Epic late last night, you'd never know it. Hundreds of hyped rap fans lined both ends of the street around 11 p.m. to hear two of radio rap's current headlin ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonLucinda WilliamsFebruary 20, 2011Dakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisSnowstorms be damned. While over a foot of snow came wafting down from the clouds last night, the Dakota Jazz Club was dry and packed for the first of three sold-out solo performances by Lucinda Williams.
Photos by Tony NelsonWu-Tang ClanJanuary 9, 2011Epic NightclubFor a hip-hop collective with a back catalog as formidable as Wu-Tang Clan's, the potential is there, during a live performance, to just count on the fiery nature of your hits to carry you through a show. Playing the last gig of their ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonWe sent writer Jeff Gage out on a fun assignment this week, tagging along with seven-piece band Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles for an excursion at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. It'd been two years since we'd caught up with Michelle and her gang -- they hadn't been profiled sinc ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonAtmosphereNovember 27, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday night was Atmosphere's first of two extraordinarily sold-out shows in the Mainroom, and the buzzing crowd and comparatively intimate environment (much smaller than the group's outdoor shows at Soundset and Taste of ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonWith the Electric Fetus offering "Record Store Day" limited edition releases and Fifth Element bringing in Rhymesayers recording artists to run the registers today, Black Friday is in full swing in our local music community. To celebrate this sacred day of splurging, rapper Gu ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonClinicNovember 12, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisFriday night at the 7th St. Entry, Liverpool natives Clinic brought their odd brand of -- well, there are no clear reference points for Clinic's sound, really, and for that they should be applauded.
Photos by Tony NelsonRobynNovember 14, 2010Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisEndlessly labeled as a "Swedish pop star" by people who likely haven't witnessed her fierceness firsthand and remember her only for her '90s hit "Show Me Love," Robyn proved to a sold-out crowd at the Fine Line on Sunday ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonThe FaintJuly 21, 2010First AvenueWith everything that the Faint brought with them on stage Wednesday night at First Avenue, it's possible that the crowd would've been entertained even if the band never played a note. There were seven aliens/mannequins strategically placed ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonAll the pieces were certainly in place for a memorable show from the Hold Steady on Saturday night, with a sold-out crowd awaiting the band at the outdoor stage at the Cabooze on a steamy but glorious summer evening in Minneapolis. I'm not sure if it was the oppressive heat, ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonPop-country megastar Taylor Swift returned to the Twin Cities (less than a year after playing the Target Center) to charm the Xcel in St. Paul. Tony Nelson got up close and personal with the singer and delivered an amazing slideshow of photos; click here to check them out.
Indie veterans put on an entertaining, two-encore show to a sold-out Mainroom Friday night
Photos from over the weekend.
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The photo exhibit provides a unique glimpse into the local folk scene.