Taco John's has proven that fast food can be tasteless in more ways than one. Tyler Brandt, an openly gay 16-year-old, was given a name tag reading "Gaytard" during his shift at a Yankton, South Dakota Taco John's franchise in June. His night manager instructed him to wear it for the rest of the ni ... More >>
Just another example of graphic design making our cluttered lives less so, the history of the Replacements can now be disseminated via a new map.Ahead of this weekend's Midway Stadium show, cartoonist/cartographer (cartoonographer?) Kevin Cannon and pal Pat Ganley hatched this collaboration to follo ... More >>
Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to connect with what our f ... More >>
As Jes Luby watched TV news coverage from home during one of the first nights of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown, she broke down crying.Soon, she and two Minneapolis friends -- Britta Margaret and Mickey Iluebbey -- were driving down to Missou ... More >>
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the professiona ... More >>
TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free. The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of ... More >>
By Luke WinkieAt this point, U.K. rockers Coldplay are tired of even attempting to look hip. With their now song "Midnight," they've become a bland version of Bon Iver. Impressively, Chris Martin has managed to seem revelatory while saying absolutely nothing of consequence. His most provocative mome ... More >>
In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Photographer Sara Montour has been shooting live shows and band portraits for about a decade. She's also one of the founders of the Live Letters concert series. See Also: The best mu ... More >>
Revolution Girl Style, Then and Now
-- Update at bottom -- Original post (November 7) -- If you thought the bro-y Elan Uptown apartment advertisement we wrote about yesterday is an isolated thing, take a gander at the photo of the top of this post.It's an advertisement for an under-construction apartment building at 2904 Lyndale Avenu ... More >>
Riding the success of their wildly popular single "Hurricane," New York-based MS MR have "made it" in every sense of the word, scoring a deal with Columbia Records that led to touring, the release of their full-length debut Secondhand Rapture, and performances on stages as large as Lollapalooza. Whi ... More >>
U of M Regent Laura Brod knew as early as January 11 that a boudoir photo of her had been leaked, and that same day ruled out running for higher office on Twitter, although she did not explain why at the time.The boudoir photo first came to widespread public attention much later -- on July ... More >>
The FBI won't talk about a claim by U of M Regent Laura Brod that she has contacted the bureau to initiate an investigation into who leaked her boudoir photo to the Internet."At this point, I'm not able to confirm or deny any existing investigations," says Kyle Loven, the chief division counsel and ... More >>
The fragile existence of polarizing indie rockers Foxygen reached a new breaking point Monday night at First Avenue. The band's headlining set at the Minneapolis club lasted only about five minutes when singer Sam France -- often known for his full-bodied onstage antics -- jumped and fell into the b ... More >>
Laura Brod, a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and current member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, has released a statement admitting a boudoir photo on the internet is her."The Brod Family loves each other, and we stand united against anyone who would seek to ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
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 >>
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: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 >>
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?
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.
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.
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 >>
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?
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 >>
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.
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.
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