Tony Nelson

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    November 26, 2014

    Dong Hae Surprises with Culinary Pyrotechnics in a Lackluster Setting

    Once upon a time, there was a funny little hidden place, a place that even the most fearless gastronauts didn't always know about. First, one had to drive to Columbia Heights -- a far-flung place in itself-- and then locate the odd little grocery in the strip mall there. Then, just when diners thou ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Halloween Costume Tips: Paint Your Face Like a Rock Star

    Halloween is almost upon us, music fans. Where did all that costume-making time go? Did you spend more on a pumpkin keg than you have for a spooky look? No worries. You're not the only one feeling the frightening fatigue of pumpkin-spiced-everything. Luckily, you can make Halloween look on the che ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Iggy Azalea at TCF Bank Stadium, 10/17/14

    Iggy Azaleawith Walk The MoonTCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisFriday, October 17, 2014One strange thing about an Iggy Azalea concert is that while it pulls from hip-hop, it also skips blithely past it. At its essence, Australian rap sensation puts on a pop concert, grabbing genre tropes to toy with alo ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    The Jayhawks at First Avenue, 9/5/14

    The Jayhawks with Two Harbors First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, September 5, 2014 "I just like to surround myself with beautiful people, and good things tend to happen," Gary Louris proclaimed affectionately toward the end of the Jayhawks' spirited 130-minute, 26-song performance at First Avenue on ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Echo & the Bunnymen at First Avenue, 8/9/14

    Echo & the Bunnymen with John Swardson First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, August 9, 2014 Saturday night at First Avenue, Echo & the Bunnymen made what could have been a fantastic, flawless pass through town, but bogged it down. There were a couple of strange passages and two Doors cover songs. On ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)

    Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs. As the year reaches its summery midway point, Gimme Noise looks back at what we've seen and heard. Here are ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014
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    June 24, 2014

    Neon Trees at First Avenue, 6/23/14

    Neon Trees with Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, June 23, 2014 Neon Trees assembled behind a massive white sheet placed across the front of the stage as the opening notes of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" plunked out on a keyboard, but it turned out to be jus ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in the Stillwater area

    Stillwater, Minnesota, and Hudson, Wisconsin, both located within about a half-hour drive from most launchpads in the Twin Cities, are practically busting at the seams with antiquey, boutiquey, bed-and-breakfast charm. Their prime location in the St. Croix River Valley means there are lots of hiking ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Arcade Fire at Target Center, 3/8/14

    Arcade FireTarget Center, MinneapolisSaturday, March 8, 2014Win Butler is either one of the best rock stars in the world, or one of the worst. He can't dance and sweats a lot. He's overly tall and still feels the need to stand on stage monitors to make himself look even more gigantic. Essentially ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    10 essential tips for live music photographers

    Live music photography is hard work, and it's even harder to thrive while doing it. Lining up a quality shot is part of the equation, but a good concert photographer must also have a clue. We recently profiled 20 of the best Twin Cities music photographers, and asked each for "dos and don'ts" for at ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    Gimme Noise's most popular posts of 2013

    From underrated hipster bars to "pretty reckless" musicians, 2013 was a big year for the music scene in Minnesota. Raise your PBR a glass to the most-read posts on Gimme Noise from this year.

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    October 23, 2013

    Janelle Monáe at Skyway Theatre, 10/22/13

    Janelle MonáeSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisTuesday, October 22, 2013The word "transcendent" gets thrown around much too often these days, but in the case of Janelle Monáe, it actually fits. What it should mean is something more than just a good performance, or even a great one. It should reach out be ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Franz Ferdinand at Skyway Theatre, 10/9/13

    Franz Ferdinand With Frankie Rose Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis October 9, 2013 Of course Franz Ferdinand felt right at home in an old, revamped movie theatre. The ultra-charming Glaswegian quartet returned to Minneapolis for the first time in four years on Wednesday night, and got the packed Skyway ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Taylor Swift at Xcel Energy Center, 9/7/13

    Taylor Swift Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, September 7, 2013I'll admit, I wasn't prepared for all the red. Yes, I knew Taylor Swift's most recent album was called Red and that this was "The Red Tour" but it hadn't occurred to me that those titles would dictate her fans' dress code quite so ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Mumford & Sons at Xcel Energy Center, 9/4/13

    Mumford & SonsXcel Energy Center, St. PaulWednesday, September 4, 2013There's no question that Marcus Mumford and his band of Sons are brilliant. In one way, at least. Finally someone has capitalized on American pop's two most-popular niches, twang and EDM. Unfortunately, this marketable and sta ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Ke$ha at Myth, 8/19/13

    Ke$ha with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons Myth Live Event Center, St. Paul August 19, 2013 If the will call line is held up by security inspecting a glitter container to ensure it's not drugs, a grown man is prancing around in gold spandex pants, and the floor becomes a minefield of spilled ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    T.I. at Epic, 4/19/13

    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 >>

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    April 4, 2013

    The Joy Formidable at First Avenue, 4/3/13

    The Joy Formidable with Guards and KittenFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, April 3, 2013First Avenue sure knows how to put on a birthday party. Whether by design or whether by coincidence, Welsh band the Joy Formidable was the perfect group to lead that party into a frenzy that included cake, drun ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Rihanna and A$AP Rocky at Xcel Energy Center, 3/24/13

    RihannaWith A$AP RockyXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, March 24, 2013Does naming an album Unapologetic mean you never have to say you're sorry? Rihanna hit the stage at Xcel a little late (9:50 or so), but that wasn't the problem. The 10,000 devoted fans from around the upper Midwest would've wai ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Madonna at Xcel Energy Center, 11/3/12

    MadonnaWith Paul OakenfoldXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 3, 2012Nothing came easy while Madonna performed at Xcel Energy Center Saturday. For anyone other than the ticket-holding masochists in the crowd, it was two hours of uncomfortable boot-licking. The few, hard-won pleasures came ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Foster the People at Target Center, 6/22/2012

    Foster the People With Tokyo Police Club and KimbraTarget Center, MinneapolisFriday, June 22, 2012It's difficult to retain your indie-cred once you hit the big time -- look at Dave Matthews Band -- and people must have liked Nickelback once upon a time. Riding off the success of their breakout singl ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Florence the Machine at State Theatre, 4/27/12

    Florence the MachineState Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here."This is such a beautiful venue," Florence Welch said to her assembled subjects midway through Friday's performance. And indeed the ornate State Theatre is one of the few spots worthy of the ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Supersuckers at the Entry, 01/31/12

    ​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 >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Varsity, 12/1/11

    ​Clap Your Hands Say YeahDecember 1, 2011The Varsity TheaterA lot of people have been hating on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah lately. Their latest album, Hysterical, received a lackluster response critically when it was released in September of this year, and yes, CYHSY has had a bit of difficulty tryi ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Sebadoh at the 400 Bar, 11/2/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Sebadoh November 2, 2011 400 Bar, Minneapolis "I'm not crying, but you're going to be in a minute." mused Sebadoh's bassist Jason Loewenstein at the beginning of Sebadoh's formidable two-hour set Wednesday night at the 400 Bar, underscoring what Sebadoh is and always has ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    St. Vincent's 4AD session setting the internet ablaze today

    Photo by Tony NelsonSt. Vincent at the Walker Art Center earlier this month​It's about lunchtime, right? Well, best go get your lunch outta the fridge and come back to your desk, because you're going to want to devote 15 uninterrupted minutes to this video. For those unfamiliar with the 4AD Sessio ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Wild Flag at the Varsity Theater, 10/3/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Wild 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 >>

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    August 8, 2011

    The Head and the Heart at the Varsity Theater, 8/7/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​The Head and the Heart August 7, 2011 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis There's a line from the Head and the Heart's standout track "Down in the Valley" where Jonathan Russell sings, "Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways." The line fits in perfectly with the rest of the ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae at Roy Wilkins, 5/25/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Bruno 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 >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band at Xcel Energy Center, 5/12/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band May 12, 2011 Xcel Energy Center "Today's music ain't got the same soul." Not a song I really need to hear for the ten-thousandth time, or for the thousand more times I'm likely to hear it in my lifetime, but I'll be damned if this lyr ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    The Kills at First Avenue, 5/5/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​The 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 >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Mike Watt and the Missingmen at the Turf Club, 4/18/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Mike Watt and the Missingmen, with STNNNG April 18, 2011 Turf Club Oh, for the love of plaid, seeing Mike Watt perform live is really something special.

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    February 24, 2011

    Morcheeba at First Avenue, 2/23/11

    Photo by Tony Nelson​"This show is already better than the last time I saw them because it's with their real singer," a friend said knowingly as Morcheeba launched into their set Wednesday night at First Avenue. The British downtempo trio's reinstated lead singer Skye Edwards floated across the st ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Liz Phair at the Fine Line, 1/20/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson - click here for slideshow​Liz Phair January 20, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThe controversy surrounding Liz Phair's supposed "selling out" some years back still rests in the forefront of many peoples' minds. She was a reluctant sex symbol (the very best kind for a s ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Cloud Cult extras: Photos and videos

    Photo by Tony Nelson​While you were reading today's cover story on Cloud Cult, you hopefully noticed all the great pictures Nick Vlcek snapped of the band during their performance at the Lowertown Music Festival in July. Well, that's not all we have for you. On his visit with the band in Eagan for ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Tricky returns to the Twin Cities December 14

    Photo by Tony NelsonTricky at the Fine Line, 2009​2010 has been a big year for mid-'90s revivalism. Pavement reunited and toured the country. Liz Phair played her 1993 breakout album from start to finish. Bone Thugs are back. Superchunk put out a new album. All things considered, aren't we about d ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    The Swell Season at First Avenue, 07/25/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​The Swell SeasonJuly 25, 2010First AvenueThe Swell Season, still buoyed by their Oscar win for Best Original Song in 2008 and the success of their recent album Strict Joy, have played the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall in 2010, selling out both of the venerable (and ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    The Hold Steady at the Cabooze, 07/03/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​All 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 >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Guante, Daughters of the Sun, Ashleigh Still featured in this week's City Pages

    Photo by Tony NelsonGuante and Big Cats!​We've got another great week of music content loaded onto the site -- see below for a rundown of the music section that appears in the print edition of City Pages this week.Guante: A warrior with wordsBy Michael L. WalshSpending an afternoon with the talent ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Freeloader Friday: June 19-21

    Five bucks? Pffft. Whatever. Check out these totally free events.

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    June 17, 2009
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    May 12, 2009

    Slideshow: The Kills

    Check out singer Alison Mosshart's icy death stare.

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    May 8, 2008

    Rawr: Erin Roof reviews Kitten Forever and friends at the Triple Rock

    It is what you would expect from an event named Blow It Out Your Ass Fest... A night in need of Ritalin, blasting through seven bands in 20-minute bits of lov ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 1/17

    First superheroes, today death rap. Just wait until you see what we've got going on next week. As for this week, we have the top five stories, slideshows and blog posts inside.

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    November 22, 2006

    Twin Cities Reggaetón gallery

    Peter Scholtes's cover story this week on the local Reggaetón scene features a gallery of photos by Tony Nelson.

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    August 31, 2005
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    November 17, 2004
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    September 9, 1998
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