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  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Six Twin Cities hip-hop albums you may have missed

    There's a glut of hip-hop coming out of the Twin Cities, and it can be a lot to try to digest. We've selected six recently released albums by local hip-hop artists that deserve recognition; welcome to Gimme Leaks #5.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    The Replacements Midway poster inspired by classic Twins logo

    The news crept out last night that the Replacements are playing their first hometown gig in 23 years on September 13. Since the show is at Midway Stadium, home of the St. Paul Saints, it's no surprise that the guys decided upon on some classic baseball imagery to promote the show.See also:The Replac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Five albums that breed insufferable fans

    There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Google Autocomplete is a music critic too

    We've all had humorous encounters with Google Autocomplete, the function that sheds light onto the humorous, twisted and/or ignorant ponderisms of others. So we thought we'd have a little fun with the feature to gauge how the masses feel about various musical genres. Google explains how its Autocom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Turf Club to close for summer renovations

    First Avenue's purchase of the Turf Club last fall will have its greatest effect to date when the venue closes June 1 to begin renovations. On the list of upgrades: a new kitchen, ventilation, roofing, repairs to the bars, and a fire suppression system. More structural improvements to the 70-year-ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    The Replacements to play Midway Stadium in September

    After 23 years away, the Replacements have a new Twin Cities date on the calendar.Last year, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson returned to the stage with guitarist David Minehan and drummer Josh Freese for three Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, and they just launched a series of 2014 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Drones at Coachella: Why were they there?

    Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2014

    Prince's "The Breakdown" is his first new Warner Bros. single

    "Listen to me closely as the story unfolds. This could be saddest story ever been told." That's how Prince begins his first new material since reteaming with his longtime label, Warner Bros. Aside from some occasional laser blasts "The Breakdown" is a timeless -- and sad -- ballad that could date ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Midwest Music Showcase at Target Field 2014 schedule

    A new season of the Midwest Music Showcase will hit Target Field during Minnesota Twins games this year. Introduced last year, the format brought a range of local artists -- P.O.S., Trampled by Turtles, the 4onthefloor, and more -- out to the ball game to perform during pitching changes and between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    612Brew unveils Art-A-Whirl Bash 2014 lineup

    Along with 331 Club, 612Brew is another destination for a weekend of live local music held during the Art-A-Whirl weekend. The three-day lineup is an eclectic bill of hip-hop, electronica, indie rock, folk, and some stuff that falls somewhere in the middle coming to the space's outdoor amphitheater. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Music categories

    The Best of the Twin Cities issue has arrived, packed with our picks for the best these fine cities have to offer -- from where to get the best barbecue to the best tattoo parlor to get some fresh ink. Gimme Noise rounded up all the music winners in one spot for you to peruse in one spot. Take a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Conservative U of M Morris paper cries foul after professor asks people to throw it away

    Last November, in an article meant to be satire, the Morris Northstar ran a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead face with this caption -- "Trayvon Martin, victim of racism and fascism, and what does [school administration] have to say about it? Nothing. Not a single thing."That passage prompted Morris bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2014 lineup

    The third annual Summer Set Music & Camping Festival returns in August, and the first phase of the lineup is live today.A mix of EDM, jam, danceable indie rock, and hip-hop will hit Somerset Amphitheater just over the border in Wisconsin the weekend of August 15-17. Leading the way is Bassnectar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2014

    Finding love at Coachella via Craigslist ads

    By Taylor HambyThere's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat that gets you hot and heavy, or maybe seeing some of your favorite bands all in one weekend gets your juices flowing. Or, most likely, you're in your 20s so you're perpetually horny by default. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Trampled by Turtles drop the bluegrass bit on new album, Wild Animals

    Trampled by Turtles just released the first single from their seventh studio album, Wild Animals, and it's a bit of a departure. Recorded earlier this year at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls with production by Low's Alan Sparhawk, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" pushes the band further into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Minneapolis clubs now must provide free earplugs

    Minneapolis has just made ear protection a basic right of its concert-going residents. Beginning Saturday, April 19, all bars and clubs that host live music are required to provide free earplugs rated to block 30 decibels. The ordinance was just passed by the Minneapolis City Council. The plugs are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Six reasons bands should play 20 minutes or less

    Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punchline, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. She's glancing at the door, bouncing her leg or messing with her hair. Does she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Trampled By Turtles to host Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park

    Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled By Turtles are set for their most ambitious musical venture yet. After releasing a live album commemorating last year's 10th anniversary shows, their next step was a music festival of their own. The inaugural Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park  is on Saturday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Extreme Noise 20th Anniversary at Triple Rock, 4/5/14

    Dillinger FourWith The Strike, Threadbare, Man Afraid, Dirt Poor, Scooby Don't, Kung Fools, and Bombsite Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday April 5, 2014 1994 was a different time. Bands didn't have the internet to find an audience, they couldn't Google their next show in another town, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    The Replacements rehearse "Can't Hardly Wait" in the studio [VIDEO]

    The Replacements are back at work. As the festival season approaches, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and the rest of the guys are content to post short videos to give us just a miniscule taste of what's to come.This time, according to Stereogum it's at legendary L.A. studio Sound City. You can make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    MPD investigating rare triple shooting in south Minneapolis

    A gunman is still on the loose following a triple shooting that went down just after 1 a.m. this morning on the 3500 block of 5th Avenue South.Police arriving at the scene following a report of shots fired found three adult male victims, two with non-life threatening injuries and another that had mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    U of M's Spring Jam announces 2014 music lineup

    In recent years, the University of Minnesota's Spring Jam has steadily expanded in both size and scope. And this year's schedule of activities and robust music lineup are their most ambitious yet. Spread over three days, from April 24-26, there will be a series of free concerts on both the Minneap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Lollapalooza 2014 lineup is here!

    The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup has arrived. When the yearly festival convenes August 1-3 at Grant Park in Chicago, it'll be a couple of rap titans, a few rockers, and the requisite EDM stars leading the way.Eminem, festival darlings OutKast (pictured above), Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Paisley Park After Dark is this weekend

    Warmer weather has warmed up Prince's hospitality down in Chanhassen. Paisley Park Studios are opening their doors this weekend for a couple of late-night parties on Friday and Saturday.Instagram's newest star's involvement in the night is unknown at this stage, but the accommodations are always swa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    My favorite band played my garage!

    If you grew up watching MTV or listening to the radio in the '80s and '90s, chances are you have heard about quite a few music-based contests for various record label and band promotions. Perhaps you may have even participated in a few by either trying to be the seventh caller in order to win ticket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Memory Lanes Block Party unveils 2014 lineup

    It's high time to start talking about warm-weather block parties, and Memory Lanes has just released the names for its 2014 fest. The 6th annual Memory Lanes Block Party will feature 18 bands, five DJs, and a whole lot of other distractions on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Among the acts co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Hear Howler cover Prince's "I Would Die 4 U"

    After tearing into some Hüsker Dü at Rock the Garden in 2012, Howler are back with another cover by a local artist of serious renown. This time, it's one of Prince's songs, "I Would Die 4 U." With acoustic guitars in hand, helplessly chuckling frontman Jordan Gatesmith and guitarist Ian Nygaard sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Sudden Lovelys: There is bravery involved with risk

    The Sudden Lovelys had a little more time to incubate their thoughts this time around. A few years ago, the folk-rock duo released three albums in one year, an amazing feat that makes any one question what they have done with their life. On their latest album Brave and Alive, husband and wife Paige ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Nomad World Pub plans 9th birthday celebration

    The Nomad World Pub has made a fine addition to the string of stellar bars and clubs along Cedar Avenue on Minneapolis's West Bank. Countless local and national acts have rocked the Nomad's intimate stage over the years, with the venue consistently offering up-and-coming area acts a place where they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    One label controls almost all of hip-hop, and that's a problem for music fans

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Controversial crop art at the Minnesota State Fair: Who decides what's OK to display?

    Journalist David Brauer was walking through the crop art exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday when he tweeted, "BREAKING: It appears partisan #cropart has been completely excised from #mnfair." SEE ALSO: Crop Art: 10 Awesome Examples

  • Movies

    August 14, 2013

    Kick Ass 2 lives up to its name

    Superhero comedy isn't interested in deep thoughts

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Mark Dayton says George Zimmerman "went way beyond what was necessary"

    Yesterday, in his first public comments on the George Zimmerman case, Governor Mark Dayton offered up a qualified argument for why he thinks Zimmerman probably should've been convicted of some sort of crime for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.SEE ALSO: Rep. Tony Cornish blames "liberal media" f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Several thousand march peacefully to protest Trayvon Martin verdict

    On a day too hot for hoodies, the protestors packed into Government Plaza on Monday night instead showed their solidarity with Trayvon Martin through black armbands, loud chants, and homemade posters. "No justice, no peace," was a recurring chorus, and attendees walked through the throng wearing t-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Most powerful signs at the Trayvon Martin rally [PHOTOS]

    B Fresh PhotographyThousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis to protest the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman. The protestors came out to show their support for Martin and several local figures including Terrance Franklin and CeCe McDonald, by wearing hoodies, bearing signs, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Toki Wright provides soundtrack for Trayvon Martin rally [Playlist]

    Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Police chief urges community to be "vocal not violent" at tonight's rally for Trayvon Martin

    In the wake of Saturday's "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, cities across the country erupted in protest.In New York, thousands staged a sit-in in Times Square; some were pepper sprayed and arrested. In L.A., protestors spille ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2013

    National "Stand Your Ground" debate hits home

    Does the law give people a license to kill and legalize in-home murder?

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Top 10 most popular Gimme Noise posts of 2012

    Gimme Noise readers jumped at a variety of different stories in 2012. Some were serious social commentary by musicians about race and health care, some championed the best aspects of our local community, and some were just celebrating the Graphics Interchange Format, aka the GIF. As seen above, even ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2012
  • Music

    September 12, 2012

    Brother Ali in His Own Words

    Opening up about everything from new album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color to politics and religion

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Brother Ali to join Tom Morello at rally to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Related:Brother Ali on Occupy Homes and the foreclosure crisisBrother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon MartinOur neighbors in Wisconsin are in the midst of a potential political upheaval, and several well-known musicians are stepping in to rally support for the recall of Gov. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Brother Ali: I Self Devine helped me love my reality

    Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. Here, he speaks about his longtime mentor and labelmate I Self Devine, who celebrates the release of The Sound of Low Class Amerika at the 7th St. Entry tonight. The album is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    MNGOP tells St. Cloud State Repubs to cancel Bradlee Dean's appearance tonight, or else

    MNGOP leadership has issued a stern ultimatum to St. Cloud State College Republicans -- cancel Bradlee Dean's on-campus speaking engagement and concert, scheduled for tonight, or you'll have trouble finding Republican jobs in the future.While working for the MNGOP doesn't exactly sound like a sun-dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Ten local songs the Minnesota Twins should play at Target Field

    Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Brother Ali on Occupy Homes and the foreclosure crisis

    Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview discussing the Occupy Homes movement, which Ali wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Meta breaks down his latest H.I.P. in advance of Friday's release party

    Rapper Metasota decided he'd give us a gift for his birthday on January 19th with the free release of 9-track project H.I.P. (Happy I'm Present: 2 Week Theory), a solid and inventive album created on a whim in 14 days. The timeframe is beside the point, though. There are a number of strong idea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Brother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon Martin

    Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview following the One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin held March 29 at the University of Minn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Trayvon Martin rally at U of M expects 5,000

    ​Jenny Belsito was outraged when she first heard the story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman in Florida. The Metro State student threw up a Facebook page announcing a local One Million Hoodies march, the campaign named after Geraldo Rivera i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Trayvon Martin was "gang bangin'," says Bradlee Dean

    It seems like everyone has something to say about the Trayvon Martin killing. Last month, Martin, a 17-year-old from Florida, was fatally gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Martin was unarmed, unless you count a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea. Zimmerman is calling ... More >>

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