Kyle Jason Johnson, who played bass and rhythm guitar for Minneapolis rock band Run Westy Run, died among family and friends on Friday. Born September 1, 1959, he was 54. He is survived by his two beautiful children. "He was a very creative and talented artist and musician, and he was loved and supp ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>
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 >>
Ween broke up nearly two years ago, but Dean Ween -- AKA Mickey Melchiondo -- has been keeping himself plenty busy. He goes by Mickey Moist when he's playing with his other band (don't call them a side project) Moistboyz. They released their fifth album, V, late in 2013 and followed that up with sev ... More >>
At Riot Fest in Toronto, the local legends had a swingin' reunion party
The ReplacementsRiot FestFort York, TorontoSunday, August 25, 2013Three decades ago, Paul Westerberg's opening lyrics from the Replacements' "I Will Dare" asked no one in particular "How young are you? How old am I?" Now 53, the rock star with a serious J.D. Salinger streak -- who emerged in a plaid ... More >>
After 20-some years, Tommy Stinson has returned to the house where he and his bandmates in the Replacements were photographed for the cover of Let it Be. As we noted earlier this week, the Stinsons' childhood home in Uptown has been a hallowed spot for 'Mats fans -- even house painters -- ever since ... More >>
The indie record label brings back seminal alt-rock groups Mudhoney and the Melvins to celebrate AmRep Bash 13
For every tale that regulars past and present recollected for this week's cover story about the CC Club, there were a handful more that they couldn't remember.Some of these were simply lost to the intervening years: The story begins in the early 1970s, and many of the regulars included in it have be ... More >>
Tommy Stinson learned to play bass at age 11, and just a year later started strumming with the musicians, including his brother Bob, who would make up the Replacements. For this week's cover story on the CC Club, Stinson -- who now juggles multiple projects, including solo albums like 2011's "One Ma ... More >>
The iconic bar's owners, famous patrons, and hometown regulars remember the dive's best moments
When David Prass bought the CC Tap in 1974, it was a 3.2 beer joint that had live music and a stage. Prass re-named the bar the CC Club, and transferred the liquor license over from his father's old bar. Along with the booze came new restrictions on the kind of entertainment the CC could offer, incl ... More >>
Many in the local and global music community are mourning last week's loss of Tim Carr, an esteemed local music writer who went on to sign the Beastie Boys, Megadeth, and countless others in an impassioned career. He worked throughout the U.S. and eventually shifted his projects to Thailand, where h ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>
"I have a lot of respect for what is already there and assume the decisions the band has already made are legitimate."
In countless ways, youth has bypassed baseball as our national pastime. You see evidence of this fetish everywhere -- even in otherwise "normal" people who are suddenly being stricken with Bieber Fever, Taylor Swiftitis, or what could only be described as paranoid delusions of One Direction. (The ma ... More >>
Muzak just joined the ranks of words like aspirin, brassiere, cellophane, escalator, granola, kerosene, linoleum, trampoline, yo-yo, & zipper. These were brands that became the colloquialism for the thing itself, and the word lives on well after the brand itself has gone to that great Piggly Wi ... More >>
Just a few weeks since its release, critics have already hailed Yo La Tengo's 13th full-length album Fade as one of the band's best in years, harkening back to epic cult favorites such as I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out. In anticipation of the band ... More >>
Not to be outdone by all of the noise that their Twin Cities brethren the Replacements have made as of late, Hüsker Dü just announced plans to release some early songs the band recorded at the Old Blackberry Way studio back in 1980 for this year's Record Store Day on April 20th. The four songs we ... More >>
Steve Kramer, frontman for the genre-defying Twin Cities group the Wallets, has died. He was found in his hotel room Saturday while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He was 59.Kramer and the Wallets released two original albums via Twin/Tone in the mid-'80s, including the cele ... More >>
"I'm Gener, that's Deaner, and we're Weaner." That hilarious introduction frequently greeted the exuberant crowds who gathered to see the always memorable live shows of irreverent alt-rock experimentalists Ween, who sadly called it quits yesterday after 25 years of making music fans everywhere laugh ... More >>
Eleven music films showing at Ritz Theater
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
For a new feature here at Gimme Noise, I've decided to unleash my old box of Minnesota-made 7" records starting with one my favorites, the Hang Ups, and their "Top of Morning" single that was released by Stillwater's Grimsey Records.
Jennifer JespersonPeter Jesperson's resume includes stints with Oar Folkjokeopus (now Treehouse Records), Jay's Longhorn Bar, Rev 105, and myriad other music-related jobs. Perhaps best known for co-founding Twin/Tone Records with Paul Stark and Charley Hallman, Jesperson signed such seminal ... More >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Photos by Erik HessWe had an insanely fun time yesterday afternoon throwing the first ever Gimme Noise day party in Austin in partnership with First Avenue. The party was hopping from the get-go, thanks in part to the free beer offered up by Tiger, and we were thrilled to see a huge contingent of ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessWhile the rest of us slept last night, tucked away warm in our beds, Mark Mallman continued laboring away during the first overnight lap of his Marathon 3, which continues through Sunday.We're picking up where we left off last night to find out how the Marathon is going so far - ... More >>
Saying goodbye to the Prairie Home Companion musician
Photos courtesy A Prairie Home CompanionMidnight on the Water: Bill Hinkley, in memoriamBY MARTIN KELLER The choice moments that suddenly arise when you can see a grand life coming to a close in front of you seem to have no respect for death -- and even less reverence for the heavy grief waiti ... More >>
Twin Cities musician finds new life through social networking
The local scene vet's presence will be missed by many.
Chris Strouth and Scott Pakudaitis are recovering, and Harold is now at the mercy of William the Conqueror.
Sometimes, virtual friends and followers can turn out to be flesh-and-blood lifesavers.
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Label's influence can still be felt across the local scene
Email from Venus of All the Pretty Horses, who play their last show at the Triple Rock on Friday, January 13: This will be ATPH's last show. The band is taking a hiadis and is not scheduling any more performances until further notice. (it will be a long time) ATPH would like to thank Minneapolis and ... More >>
Minneapolis label's proprietor, Paul Stark, is making a play for the future