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Danny Brown's show last weekend at the Triple Rock, in which a member of the audience allegedly performed oral sex on him, has opened up a discussion about onstage sexual assault. Brown's tour mate and friend Kitty Pryde has written a lengthy piece on Vice's Noisey music blog on the incident, referr ... More >>
Live performance is an incredibly intimate bond between artists and fans, but that intimacy got busted worse than Danny Brown's front tooth during Friday's show on Minneapolis's West Bank. At minimum, the Detroit rapper led several fans at the sold-out Triple Rock Social Club to believe, and many pr ... More >>
Danny Brown With Kitty Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Friday, April 26, 2013 With squinting eyes and a smile lit up like a 1,000-watt marquee, Danny Brown began his triumphant return to the Twin Cities by issuing a warning to the sold-out crowd. "This is not a rap show. If you wanna see rappi ... More >>
Most people can't imagine venturing into a career with their sibling, but it's safe to say that California sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin have what it takes. From growing up in Los Angeles, to playing in their former band Mika Miko, to branching off and touring the world as Bleached, they've be ... More >>
It's the last week of April, and the snow is finally melting away. Wednesday, local favorites Poliça play a show in the First Avenue Mainroom, while songwriter Josh Ritter plays a set the next night. Mill City Nights also welcomes Mindless Self Indulgence as new local band Ginkgo plays a set at the ... More >>
After a lengthy and highly successful world tour over the past year and a half (including a memorable show at the Orpheum in late 2011), things have finally started to quiet down a bit in the Bon Iver camp. But that doesn't bring an end to the steady stream of accolades and musical achievements that ... More >>
A fire seriously damaged Astronautalis and his roommates' duplex in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday evening. According to Minneapolis Fire Department reports, they responded to a blaze at 1515 Washington Ave. N. found on the structure's back porch at about 7:40 p.m.Although no human injuries were ... More >>
Everyone's a critic -- except in Minnesota, of course. Well, we're just as judgmental if not worse in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but you'd hardly detect it from any publicly circulated opinion on the matter with a byline. Actually, I take that back. Those charged with writing criticism often get shun ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.While it's impo ... More >>
See Also:Elite Gymnastics ride the chillwaveElite Gymnastics, Mystery Palace offer up free EPs Elite Gymnastics: 'There isn't a scene in Minneapolis'James Brooks of the ethereal electronic Minneapolis dance music duo Elite Gymnastics has announced via the band's Twitter that Josh Clancy has left the ... More >>
See Also:Bon Iver erotic fan fiction hits TumblrBon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for KeepBon Iver at the Orpheum Theatre, 09/06/11Bon Iver's richly evocative, Grammy-winning album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, was a bit of a divisive release in certain music circles. But no matter how you feel about the ... More >>
See Also:Summit Backyard Bash announces all-local lineupNow, Now's record release party, Triple Rock, 3/02/12Now, Now band leave Minneapolis to record ThreadsNow, Now's Threads is one of the most-accomplished albums -- by a Minneapolis-based artist or any artist -- of 2012. Since its release back in ... More >>
See Also:Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donationsTarget coverage on BlotterFrank Ocean has just released arguably the hottest R&B album of the year in Channel Orange, but don't go looking for it at your local Target store. The Minnesota-based chain has unwisely decided not to stock the tit ... More >>
At about 4 a.m. this morning, Hennepin County deputies descended on the 4044 Cedar Ave. S. home of Alejandra and David Cruz in an attempt to evict residents and protesters from the foreclosed home. Occupy Homes protesters were able to quickly mobilize and gather in strength.UpTake Minnesota reports ... More >>
This won't be the first or last time that pictures of a famous man are paired with funny captions simulating fantasy situations. Ryan Gosling certainly got his due recently. But is the world really ready for Bon Iver erotic fan fiction on Tumblr?
Related:Astronautalis makes the move to MinneapolisBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornNot everyone can turn a whiskey-fueled weekend in Wisconsin into a conceptual piece of art, but that's exactly what Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis are shooting ... More >>
Mobilize! If it wasn't enough to get to see Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and the rest of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All at First Avenue Tuesday evening, there's ample swag opportunities for those of us without day jobs.
Tammy Aaberg had more than one thing to celebrate yesterday. Even before she found out about the terms of the settlement in the Anoka-Hennepin gay bullying lawsuit, she received a very special phone call from comedian and "Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari. "It was crazy," she said just aft ... More >>
Target pulled "stalker" Valentine's Day cards from shelves in response to an anti-making-light-of-stalking campaign led by Ginger Lee.Yes, that Ginger Lee -- the same former porn star who brought down U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner after it came to light that the two had exchanged sexual e-mails with e ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessShuga Records has had somewhat of a tenuous run in Minnesota. With a heavy emphasis on developing their online store, they seemed to struggle to connect with the community on the same grassroots level as longtime local staples like Treehouse Records or Roadrunner.
Kudos to any artist that is courageous enough to release an album in December when it might get lost amongst all the end-of-year lists. Thus, kudos to Chris Bartels for releasing his new EP, Morning's Gold, a poignant collection of songs simply inspired by life. At 23, Bartels may be young, ... More >>
On the heels of the Album Tacos fad comes our favorite internet meme of late, the Kitten Covers, which probably doesn't need much explanation beyond KITTENS! ON THE INTERNET, OF ALL PLACES!Unlike the taco meme, the operators of the Kitten Covers Tumblr manage to photoshop their subjects into the ... More >>
The celebrity blogs are hopping this morning with photos of stars in their Halloween costumes (Heidi Klum is by far the scariest and most stunning), but there was one that caught our eye: Last night, Kanye West showed his love for the King of Pop by dressing as Michael Jackson.The photo comes cou ... More >>
While we went to great depths describing each of our Picked to Click finalists in this week's issue, nothing can really replace the process of actually listening to their music. Below, you'll find videos and sound clips from all 13 of our 2011 Picked to Click winners, plus links to each band ... More >>
David Davies' letter has gone viral on Facebook.David Davies is a professor of East Asian studies at Hamline University. Or, at least, that's what he was yesterday. This morning, Davies woke up to find he'd become an internet sensation, and the new Minnesota face of the "We Are the 99 Percent" mo ... More >>
Photo by Anton CorbijnR.E.M.'s announcement today that they're calling it quits as a band after 31 years has shaken the rock world. Wait, it has? Wait, they were still a band? Did everyone know that?
It's not uncommon to find a rap act sharing a bill with a bunch of rock and pop acts at one of the Twin Cities' many block parties, but aside from mammoth outdoor fest Soundset you're hard-pressed to find a summer shindig that caters specifically to the local rap scene. Next weekend, thanks to a ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHMaria Isa has been slowly leaking tracks off her new mixtape, Sip It Vol. 1 (you may remember when she called out Michele Bachmann on her track "Esto Suena"), and today's track starts with a riff that will sound familiar to fans of classic rock from the late '60s. "Secured" starts ... More >>
Courtesy of Nice PurseFor such an impressive local band, Nice Purse are pretty modest about their success. By their own admission, they didn't set their sights high when they started, and they still maintain an air of not caring about their growing popularity. For their blend of garage, punk ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkOdd Future performing at SXSW 2011Though the band only has one US date on the books right now -- a stop at Austin, Texas's Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November -- Odd Future posted a map to their Tumblr page that hinted that they might be making a stop in Minnesota before the year ... More >>
Local production duo Elite Gymnastics is making waves this week from Stereogum to the UK's NME for the release of their two new EPs, Ruin 1 and Ruin 2, which the group posted as free downloads on their Tumblr page. Ruin 1 is an engaging and fast-paced record that relies more on original productio ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWhen Craig Finn performed solo at the Fitzgerald this April for the MPR interview series Wits, the Hold Steady frontman took a detour from his band's upbeat bar-rock sing-alongs to debut three songs with a decidedly slower, sadder feel. It was clear then that Finn was in th ... More >>
Another item to add to the ongoing list of why getting hooked on Oxy is a bad idea: It might lead you rob a Walgreens with a fake bomb threat and then attempt a getaway by hailing a taxi. At least, that's how Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd decided to kick off his leave of absence from th ... More >>
MaLLySoundset, the hip-hop festival thrown by Rhymesayers and populated by some of the biggest names in independent rap, is just around the corner, and Gimme Noise will be running a series of Thursday blog entries up until the big day on May 29th. The festival is a good mix of big names and new ... More >>
"Works for Words" with Jeremy Messersmith, Chris Koza, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Lucy Michelle, Brian TigheApril 9, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulI've said this before, but it's something that bears repeating: Last month, coming down off the rush of seeing 60 Minnesota bands take over Austin, Texas for SX ... More >>
Ben Foster, still looking a little rough for his booking photo.We told you earlier about Ben Foster, the Pawlenty staffer who was arrested this morning in Iowa after trying to break into a home and drunkenly puking in its front lawn. But who is this guy, really? When 24-year-olds make headli ... More >>
Now here's a history project I can get behind: The Hennepin County Library has been slowly unearthing and digitizing its vast High School Yearbook Collection, which dates all the way back to the early 1900s, and posting some gems to its Tumblr page.
As we mentioned last month, we have a record number of Minnesota bands heading down to Austin, Texas March 16-20 for the South by Southwest music festival. Naturally, there are more than a few showcases planned that feature all or mostly Minnesotan acts, starting with a string of SXSW send-off sh ... More >>
Thanks to Jay Gabler for directing us to Nick and Eddie's relatively new Tumblr account, where they posted this amazing flyer for a two-part show featuring Humanda, Epic Snake (love that name), and Pogmatone.
Local rock trio Now Now (formerly known as Now, Now Every Children) are one of the many Twin Cities bands who will caravan down to Austin, Texas this year for the SXSW festival, but they're getting a head start -- the band is already on the road and will complete a full lap of the US that won't f ... More >>
Is critic anonymity overrated?There's been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere surrounding LA Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila's experience attempting to review Red Medicine restaurant in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night. While waiting for a table with several companions, the restaurant ... More >>
Photos by Stefanie Odberg for 96.3 NOWBY HANNAH SILK CHAMPAGNEWhen is a listening party not just a listening party?When it's a Kanye West listening party.
Via Har Mar's Tumblr blogThere's no excuse for staying indoors this weekend. In addition to the flurry of musical lineups taking over Northeast for Art-A-Whirl this weekend, the Lyn Lake Street Festival has booked an airtight cast of musicians to perform at its festivities this Sunday afternoon. ... More >>
Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.