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    November 6, 2014

    Boyce Avenue at First Avenue, 11/5/14

    Boyce Avenue with Kris Allen and Curtis PeoplesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, November 5, 2014For an inoffensive concert experience that your mom can enjoy too, look no further than Boyce Avenue. The group is composed of three Manzano siblings: lead singer Alejandro, Daniel on bass, and Fabian ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Nick & Knight at Mill City Nights, 9/24/2014

    Nick Carter and Jordan KnightMill City Nights, MinneapolisWednesday, September 24, 2014Nick & Knight, not to be confused with Nick at Nite, sounds like a campy, throw-back evening that most people would roll their eyes at. The group consists of two former boy band members, Nick Carter of the Bac ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park, 9/20/14

    Festival Palomino with Trampled by Turtles, The Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Spirit Family Reunion, The Apache Relay, Hooray For the Riff Raff, Field Report, Erik KoskinenCanterbury Park, ShakopeeSaturday, September 20, 2014Like an animal hoarding away food for t ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Ed Sheeran at Target Center, 9/15/14

    Ed Sheeranwith RudimentalTarget Center, MinneapolisMonday, September 15, 2014Justin Bieber has his "Beliebers," One Direction have "1Dfamily," and Ed Sheeran has his "Sheerios." To a crowd mostly of Sheerios out too late on a school night, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his "aw-shucks" personality ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Jenny Lewis at First Avenue, 8/3/14

    Jenny Lewiswith Apache RelayFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday, August 3, 2014Jenny Lewis has provided the sound to so many projects over the past 15 years in many other bands. On Sunday night she was back in Minneapolis to show that she has enough charm to carry a night heavy with anticipation on her ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Gillian Welch at MN Zoo, 7/7/14

    Gillian Welch MN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple Valley Monday, July 7, 2014 As the wind howled and the trees bent to the ground, Mother Nature did her damnedest to keep Gillian Welch's Minnesota Zoo show from happening, but she eventually relented. With only about an hour delay, Welch and her longtime col ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Dr. Dog at First Avenue, 2/7/14

    Dr. Dog with Saint RichFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, February 7, 2014Harmonies and pizza were bountiful at First Ave. on Friday night for Dr. Dog's second show in as many nights in Minneapolis. Yes, the Pennsylvania band brought out some Pizza Lucé to share with the sold-out room -- and fed the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Jack Johnson at State Theatre, 10/8/13

    Jack Johnson with BahamasState Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, October 7, 2013The only things missing from Jack Johnson's show at the State Theatre on Monday were blankets and dirt. The Hawaiian singer is well-known for his festival performances, but no one at his sold out out show let seats stop them f ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    A Day to Remember at Roy Wilkins, 10/1/13

    A Day to Remember With All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, The Wonder YearsRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulTuesday, October 1, 2013What do bands on the regular Warped Tour circuit do when they're not on Warped? They throw a house party, that's what -- or at least that's what Florida band A Day to Remembe ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Fuel, Hoobastank, and Alien Ant Farm at Myth, 8/8/13

    Big Night Out Tourwith Fuel, Hoobastank, Alien Ant Farm, and AeousMyth Nightclub, MaplewoodWednesday, August 7, 2013Time can be a good indicator of how far you've come as a band. It could be good to you, or it could leave you in the dust. With a bill of bands that "you used to love" at Myth, it was ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Jimmy Eat World at First Avenue, 7/8/2013

    Jimmy Eat World with X AmbassadorFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, July 8, 2013"Thank you guys so much, First Avenue. God damn, we love this place," Jimmy Eat World's lead singer Jim Adkins expressed from the stage on Monday night. The men of Jimmy Eat World looked like your average guys, but don't l ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

    At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live.   Some the most deeply fe ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Cody Simpson at Mill City Nights, 7/2/13

    Cody Simpson with Ryan Beatty and Before You ExitMill City Nights, MinneapolisTuesday, July 2, 2013It makes you wonder what you have done with your life when Australian performer Cody Simpson has been selling records worldwide and traveling the world with his music -- and he's only 16 years-old. Sim ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Lissie at Varsity Theater, 5/22/2013

    Lissie with Vance JoyVarsity Theater, MinneapolisWednesday, May 22, 2013When an artist says at the beginning of their show, "We're gonna play a lot of new stuff tonight," there's often a collective groan from the room, but when Lissie told that to the sold-out room at the Varsity, everyone hooted an ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Father John Misty at First Avenue, 5/21/13

    Father John Misty with Solid GoldFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, May 21, 2013Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman returned to Minneapolis for the fourth time within a year last night. The singer, who recently celebrated his 32nd birthday and the one-year anniversary of his debut album [as Father Joh ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and Rob Delaney at Wits, 5/10/13

    Wits with Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and Rob DelaneyFitzgerald Theater, St. PaulFriday, May 10, 2013Friday night's Wits session opened with host John Moe thanking everyone for attending, more so because it was opening night for The Great Gatsby in theaters. Moe went on to joke that unbeknownst to a lot ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Lights at Varsity Theater, 5/8/13

    Lights with Pat BrownVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, May 8, 2013Contrast plays a lot into what Canadian artist Lights does. The singer appeared onstage at the Varsity Tuesday night with a head of silver hair and a stripped down set of songs, the exact opposite from the last time she was in town ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Kathleen Edwards and Tig Notaro at Wits, 4/19/13

    Wits with Tig Notaro and Kathleen Edwards Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Friday, April 19, 2013 With a name like Wits, come expecting to laugh, but also come expecting to be moved by the musical guests. Friday's session of Wits had its guests trading roles with musical guest Kathleen Edwards showing ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    Rock the Garden 2013 lineup

    The 2013 Rock the Garden lineup is out there. The Current and the Walker Art Center have unveiled a grouping of bands that hopefully will not raise the ire of too many local op-ed writers, and two the big names for the spectacle are staples of the station, Metric and Silversun Pickups.The event take ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Mika at Varsity Theater, 4/2/13

    Mika with DJ MooseVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, April 2, 2013Mika is certainly a singer, but who knew that he was also a magician, because the show he put on at the Varsity on Tuesday night was magic. The British singer is known for his catchy pop songs that cause the listener to dance, so it ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Sum 41 at Mill City Nights, 3/30/13

    Sum 41 with Hollerado, Hunter ValentineMill City Nights, MinneapolisSaturday, March 30, 2013Some people may have relegated Canadian band Sum 41 to their dusty CD shelf, but Minneapolis was in for a throwback to their teenage years Saturday evening at Mill City Nights. Red was the theme for the night ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Augustana at Varsity Theater, 1/14/13

    Augustana with Lauren SheraMonday, January 14, 2013Varsity Theater, MinneapolisAugustana, a band that certainly has had its ups and downs. The band announced in 2011 that they were breaking up, but soon after rescinded and said they would continue to make music, most of that mainly from lead singer, ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Brandi Carlile at Varsity Theater, 12/30/2012

    Brandi Carlile with FilligarVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, December 30, 2012Making her way back to Minneapolis for the fourth of five shows in the Cities in 2012 (two at the MN Zoo in June, one at the Fitz for Wits, and the remaining two at the Varsity Theater), Brandi Carlile is not shy about ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    "Nickelback? That's a terrible name for a restaurant," and 25 more quotes from 2012

    Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Best Twin Cities concerts 2012

    The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Best Twin Cities concerts 2012: Staff lists

    Here are the raw lists from many of City Pages' contributing writers and photograghers for the finest shows they attended this year. Hint: It's all over the place!See Also:Best Twin Cities concerts 201250 Awesome Concert Photos from 2012Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists Best Twin Cities album ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists

    Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists

    The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>

  • Music

    December 12, 2012

    Best Minnesota albums of 2012

    From Big Cats to Chastity Brown, local gems showcased their talents

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    November 2, 2012

    Benjamin Gibbard at The Assembly at the Woman's Club, 11/1/12

    Benjamin Gibbard with Advance BaseThe Assembly at the Woman's Club, MinneapolisThursday, November 1, 2012An evening with Ben (Benjamin) Gibbard is not merely an evening with music from his solo project, it's also an evening with the Postal Service, All-Time Quarterback, the Replacements, and Death C ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    All Time Low at First Avenue, 10/22/12

    All Time Low With The Summer Set, Hit the Lights, The Downtown FictionFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, October 22, 2012In a sea of teenagers pushing amongst themselves, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" comes on between The Summer Set and All Time Low's set, and every voice in First Avenue could be ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Frightened Rabbit at The Assembly at the Woman's Club, 10/12/2012

    Frightened Rabbit with Arc in RoundThe Assembly at the Woman's Club, MinneapolisFriday, October 12, 2012The night could easily have been deemed "Plaid and Beards" at the Woman's Club in Minneapolis on Friday night with most of the sold out audience in said attire. Or even "An Evening of Storytelling ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Silversun Pickups at State Theatre, 9/21/12

    Silversun Pickups with School of Seven Bells and Atlas GeniusState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, September 20, 2012 If the Smashing Pumpkins were the grandfathers of indie rock, then the Silversun Pickups are a bit like the love child of that '90s band. With a set heavy with songs from their new alb ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Kevin Steinman's farewell show at Bryant Lake Bowl, 7/23/12

    See Also:Kevin Steinman says farewell and thanks to the Twin CitiesU.S. healthcare is too costly for Kevin Steinman, so he's moving to NorwayKevin Steinman with his band, Andy Thompson, Justin Hartke, Matt Novachis and special guests Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith, Brianna Lane, Luke Anderson, Linne ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Owl City at Varsity Theater, 7/13/2012

    Owl City With Jayme DeeVarsity Theater, MinneapolisFriday, July 13, 2012Adam Young, aka Owl City, is learning to adapt to the music industry and playing to the still-recovering economy. After releasing All Things Bright and Beautiful  last summer, his follow-up to breakthrough album Ocean Eye ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Brandi Carlile at the MN Zoo Amphitheater, 6/20/2012

    Brandi Carlile with Jeremy MessersmithMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleyWednesday, June 20, 2012Brandi Carlile is an artist that can inspire an undying loyalty in their fans -- fans who will sell out two shows during the week in a suburb and sit in the rain for two hours just to hear their favorite a ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Flogging Molly at the Brick, 5/31/12

    Flogging Mollywith Reverend Peyton's Big Damn BandThe Brick, MinneapolisThursday, May 31, 2012Flogging Molly are anything but standard. Their sound is furious, solid, and intense, augmented with an accordion, banjo, bodhrán, and tin whistle to accompany the typical guitars, bass, and drums of a sta ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Art-A-Whirl Day 1 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/18/2012

    Art-A-Whirl Day 1The 331 Club, Northeast MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012Related: Slideshow: Art-A-Whirl 2012: Friday's Music Art-A-Whirl Day 2 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/19/12The oldest section of Minneapolis came alive this weekend with art, culture, love, and best of all, music. Although it may o ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Art-A-Whirl Day 2 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/19/2012

    Art-A-Whirl Day 2331 Club, Psycho Suzi's, and Sample Room, Northeast MinneapolisSaturday, May 19, 2012Related:Slideshow: Art-A-Whirl 2012: Friday's MusicArt-A-Whirl Day 1 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/18/12Rusty Quarters in Uptown Minneapolis posted a Facebook status asking where everyone was, making ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Incubus at The Myth, 5/9/2012

    IncubusThe Myth Nightclub, MaplewoodMay 9, 2012Not many bands are brave enough to take the stage with no opener to warm up the crowd, but alt-rockers Incubus needed no segue for their almost two-hour set that shared songs from all of their albums. With eyes closed and lost in his own world, lead sin ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    SXSW 2012: A conversation with Peter Pisano and Chris Koza

    ​The appreciation for SXSW usually doesn't happen until the festival is over and done with, but Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier and Chris Koza of Rogue Valley were able to find some time to reflect and acknowledge on the poignancy of an event that happens once a year connecting so many people. ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    MUTEMATH at First Avenue, 2/18/2012

    ​MUTEMATH with Canon BlueFirst Ave., MinneapolisSaturday, February 18, 2012Big production and big sound was the goal for the latest MUTEMATH tour, and while most artists use their live show to breathe new life to their music, MUTEMATH uses their live show to take their music to another level. The ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Los Campesinos! at the Varsity Theater, 1/29/2012

    ​Los Campesinos! with Parenthetical GirlsVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, January 29, 2012Los Campesinos! is an indie-rock band that hails from Cardiff, Wales -- which is pretty far removed from anything Latino-related implied by the name. The seven-piece ensemble drew a pretty big crowd for a ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011
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    November 21, 2011

    Mat Kearney at First Ave, 11/20/2011

    ​Mat Kearney with LeaguesNovember 20, 2011First Ave.As music listeners, we like to split our music into two distinct groups: radio-friendly pop and everything else. But Eugene, Oregon native, Mat Kearney can easily fall into both camps. Kearney seems to like Minnesota a whole lot. He made Minn ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Yellowcard at the Varsity, 10/18/2011

    ​Yellowcard with Every Avenue, Go Radio, Small Town HopeOctober 18, 2011The Varsity Theater, Minneapolis"You guys stay right there -- we're going to play some rock and roll songs for you," Ryan Key of Yellowcard states to a crowd that is old enough to drive, yet not old enough to drink. So ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Rocktober opening weekend concert roundup

    They don't call it Rocktober for nothin'. Fall has always been a popular time for touring musicians to hit the road, and it's making for some busy nights at venues across the Twin Cities. Nearly every night, concertgoers are faced with some tough choices -- like tonight, when Astronautalis performs ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of August 2011

    It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of the summer so far

    It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    City Pages in the '80s: A look back at some of our most iconic music covers

    ​To coincide with our Cars interview from this week's print edition and this week's cover, which reprises the design of our very first issue (back when we started as Sweet Potato in 1979), we decided to take a look at some more of the music archives from our early days as a paper. Intrepid Gimme N ... More >>

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