Formed by Brothers Ian and Ben Graham with roommate Adam Aymor during a lull in 2007, Cheap Girls have slowly burned their way up from DIY tours of the home state of Michigan to high profile opening slots for Against Me! and Gaslight Anthem. With Ian Graham's sincere, hear-tugging melodies and Aymor ... More >>
On Friday, the Como Zoo's baby orangutan, Jaya, turned six, and celebrated with a full-on birthday party. All four of the zoo's orangutans put on party hats, ate new foods like bagels and whipped cream, and unwrapped gifts like balls and strainers (for playing with their water or putting on their he ... More >>
There's a new half-hour documentary out today from our friends over at Pioneer Public Television -- a PBS station in Appleton -- and in our humble old opinions here at Gimme Noise, we're going to go right ahead and say that it's a must-see. In fact, we can think of at least two big reasons why y'all ... More >>
Local summer music festivals are nearly upon us. Though a few high-profile examples aren't happening in 2013, another brand-new one is on its way in the form of the Sixty Five Roses Festival. And it's for a good cause. Hosted by the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis, 100 percent of the proceeds fro ... More >>
With this weekend's River's Edge Music Festival, next weekend's Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the just announced Wabasha Days Saint Paul, the city that always sleeps is starting to really look alive for music fans.Presented by Lowertown Dutch-inspired pub the Amsterdam Bar and Hall and 89.3 the Cur ... More >>
Feist and the Low AnthemWeesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, Apple ValleyJune 2, 2012Feist kicked off the 20th season of Music In the Zoo in grand fashion on Saturday night, delivering a two-hour set that spotlighted not only her deft guitar playing and insightful songwriting, but also her ... More >>
Mid West Music Festival Day OneFeaturing Tapes 'n Tapes, Cory Chisel, and Zoo Animal Winona, MNThursday, April 19, 2012Rain and plummeting temperatures greeted music fans in Winona who were gathering for the third annual Mid West Music Fest on Thursday evening. And while the lousy weather conditio ... More >>
After serving as the inspiration for Jeremy Messersmith's most recent album, The Reluctant Graveyard, and playing host to a truly unique benefit concert by Messersmith and Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles last October, The Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery has announced plans for another ... More >>
Janell MarieIt's all change these days for Holly Newsom and the band she calls Zoo Animal. A few months ago, her longtime bandmates, bassist Tim Abramson and drummer Thom Burton, both left the group. The tireless songwriter has responded with an excellent new EP, Departure, a record she claims sh ... More >>
With the Minnesota government shutdown less than 36 hours away, a critical ruling from Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has finally given people an idea of what a shutdown means: Gov. Mark Dayton's minimalist view of the core functions of government that would keep running during a shutdown. ... More >>
Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords EP releaseOctober 20, 2010The Turf ClubIf Grant Cutler was at all nervous about how his new EP would fly with fans, he didn't let on at last night's EP-release show at the Turf Club's Clown Lounge. And with support from the talented Holly Newsom, Marvin Devane ... More >>
You've been to the fair, the amusement park, the zoo, and a dozen art fests. Now it's time to take a little road trip out to Shakopee for another summertime tradition: Ye Olde Renaissance Festival. And while you may love the cheesy fun of it all, money can be a little tight at the end of the ... More >>
The lineup for this summer's Music in the Zoo series continues to be leaked via Facebook, and yesterday's announcement was especially exciting: DEVO will come to the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater on July 3. Tickets ($56 before fees) go on sale on Monday, May 3 at 10 a.m., and will be avail ... More >>
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Yes, the zoo is free (sweet!) but you still had to feel like a terrible person enjoying your day when those enormous polar bears looked like they were plotting their own suicides.
Carl Atiya Swanson recounts Saturday night's show at the Minnesota Zoo.
Sad news of the day: Como Zoo's 47-year-old flamingo was euthanized after a long battle with cancer.
Horny dolphin angles for three-way
With no help from the state, Hennepin County ponies up for mental health services
At the Como Zoo, local singer-songwriter Jeff Hanson unleashes his inner beast