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    November 17, 2014

    Mötley Crüe at Xcel Energy Center, 11/15/14

    Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, November 15 The best piece of theater in the Twin Cities Saturday night wasn't at the Guthrie, or in a theater at all. It was at Xcel Energy Center, as Mötley Crüe came through town on their last tour, closing out more than 30 ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    10 Things We Love About the New Turf Club

    After letting the new Turf Club sink back into the grand scheme of the music scene here, we decided to take a look at what really is great about the new space. Yes, everything, still, kind of, but some of the new stuff is still really, really great, while the other stuff has been relinquished to the ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    The Replacements at Midway Stadium, 9/13/14

    The Replacements with The Hold Steady and Lucero Midway Stadium, St. Paul Satuday, September 13, 2014 Paul Westerberg comes into the store where I work sometimes. He gets his shopping done, dips out quietly, and then walks his dog back home. Some of the cashiers don't even recognize him, but the fi ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Die Antwoord at Myth, 9/14/14

    Die Antwoord Myth, St. Paul Sunday, September 14, 2014 "Yo, Minn-a-sota -- be happy," Yolandi said in her send-off to the packed club, "Bye Bye!" It was hard to believe it was over. Die Antwoord's show was short -- not long over an hour -- but it felt much faster than that. It wasn't for lack of ma ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Vote for the best music photographer in Twin Cities!

    It comes down to this. Gimme Noise asked for your nominations for best Twin Cities music photographer, and you gave us 104 people taking pictures locally! We narrowed the field to 20 finalists, and then profiled each of them.Now, it's time for the final round of voting. Below is a poll to show your ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Karmin at Varsity Theater, 2/11/14

    KarminVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, February 11, 2014They came from YouTube and gained recognition with a Chris Brown cover. At that phase, we looked on Karmin as something fun, cute and capable of harmlessly killing three minutes. It was contained to its new media celebrity, and we could all ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    KDWB Jingle Ball at Xcel Energy Center, 12/10/13

    KDWB Jingle Ball With Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, and Austin MahoneXcel Energy Center, St. Paul December 10, 2013Miley Cyrus somehow failed to transform your daughters into MDMA-addled porn stars or hasten the downfall of the Rep ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Passion Pit at TCF Bank Stadium, 9/27/13

    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 >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Icona Pop at Varsity Theater, 9/10/13

    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 >>

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    September 3, 2013

    MN Music on-a-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/30/13

    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 >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Big Time Rush at Target Center, 8/10/13

    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 >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Are You Local? at Mill City Nights, 3/1/2013

    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 >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Street Hassle: Ten years is about four months of actual practice

    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 >>

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    January 21, 2013

    The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night One, 1/18/13

    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 >>

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    January 7, 2013

    The Last Waltz Tribute at the Cabooze, 1/4/13

    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 >>

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    December 5, 2012

    KDWB's Jingle Ball at Xcel Energy Center, 12/4/12

    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 >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Cold Specks at Cedar Cultural Center, 11/28/12

    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 >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy at the Minnesota State Fair, 9/1/12

    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 >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Die Antwoord at First Avenue, 8/5/12

    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 >>

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    July 2, 2012

    The Walkmen at First Avenue, 6/30/12

    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 >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Poliça's City Pages cover story interview and photo outtakes

    ​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 >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Craig Finn at Triple Rock Social Club, 02/04/12

    Photo by Tony Nelson​Craig 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 >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Howler at the Triple Rock, 01/14/12

    ​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 >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Battles at Fine Line, 10/8/11

    ​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 >>

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    October 7, 2011

    X at the Cabooze, 10/6/11

    ​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 >>

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    October 3, 2011

    St. Vincent at the McGuire Theater, 10/02/2011

    ​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 >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of August 2011

    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 >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Atmosphere take a stand against domestic violence in 'The Last to Say' video

    Photo by Tony Nelson​On 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 >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Sam Roberts Band at the 7th St. Entry, 6/6/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Sam 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 >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Weezer covers Radiohead, and it's surprisingly not horrific

    Photo by Tony Nelson​Just 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 >>

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    April 8, 2011

    The Raveonettes at the Fine Line, 04/07/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​The 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 >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Bright Eyes and Titus Andronicus at First Avenue, 4/4/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Bright 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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame at Epic 4/3/11

    Photo by Tony Nelson​For 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 >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Lucinda Williams at Dakota Jazz Club, 2/20/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Lucinda 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.

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    January 10, 2011

    Wu-Tang Clan at Epic, 1/9/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Wu-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 >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles go bowling with City Pages

    Photo by Tony Nelson​We 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 >>

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    December 16, 2010

    First Avenue's 40th Birthday Party, 12/15/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​First 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 >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Atmosphere at First Avenue, 11/27/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​AtmosphereNovember 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 >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Guante and Big Cats! drop new music video for Black Friday

    Photo by Tony Nelson​With 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 >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Clinic at the 7th St. Entry, 11/12/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​ClinicNovember 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.

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    November 15, 2010

    Robyn at the Fine Line, 11/14/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​RobynNovember 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 >>

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    July 22, 2010

    The Faint at First Avenue, 07/21/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​The 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 >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Taylor Swift returns to the Twin Cities

    Photo by Tony Nelson​Pop-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.

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    April 5, 2010

    Spoon makes Twin Cities go "Ga Ga" on two-night stand at First Avenue

    Indie veterans put on an entertaining, two-encore show to a sold-out Mainroom Friday night

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    November 23, 2009
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    May 12, 2009

    "Hootenanny: A Community" opening June 19

    The photo exhibit provides a unique glimpse into the local folk scene.

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    October 22, 2008

    TV on the Radio and the Dirtbombs ignite First Avenue

    TVOTRthumb.jpgThere's a good reason why TV on the Radio was able to fill up First Avenue two nights in a row, and it isn't their new backup singer.

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    October 6, 2008
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    February 28, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 2/28

    As the month wraps up, we offer a roundup of the day's new content, the month's best photos, and a new slideshow you ought not miss.

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