Station 4 can be yours for $1.2 million

Categories: Real Estate
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Punk and metal venue Station 4 has been closed since last June, and now the whole building at 201 4th St. in St. Paul's Lowertown district is up for sale. Gimme Noise is no real estate blog, but a listing like this couldn't help but pique our interest.

Compared to last year's Medusa offering, this building has more amenities, and is right next to the new LRT line opening later this year -- hence a $1.2 million price tag. So it appears that the two-venue renovation plan proposed last year is no longer in the works.

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Station 4 staying closed for rest of 2013, will reopen as two smaller venues


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Riff Raff at First Avenue, 4/15/14

Categories: Last Night
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Photo by Erik Hess

Riff Raff
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After "Rose Gold Stripper Pole" -- in which Riff Raff managed get a decent bounce going simply by occasionally saying "stripper pole" out loud, over his own vocal track -- his DJ addressed the crowd. "You know you're looking at the future of music!" he said. The future of music, aka Riff Raff, aka Jody Highroller, aka Horst Simco, aka Rap Game Shirley Temple, was kneeling down on the side of the stage. "I apologize to the state of Minnesota," Riff Raff said, not acknowledging the mantle just placed on him by his DJ. "I'm very drunk right now."

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Slideshow: Riff Raff at First Avenue, 4/15/14


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Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Music categories

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Emily Utne

The Best of the Twin Cities issue has arrived, packed with our picks for the best these fine cities have to offer -- from where to get the best barbecue to the best tattoo parlor to get some fresh ink.

Gimme Noise rounded up all the music winners in one spot for you to peruse in one spot. Take a look!

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Winners


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Speedy Ortiz at 7th St. Entry, 4/15/14

Categories: Last Night
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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik

Speedy Ortiz
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last night was missing something. Like a sense of urgency or chance of surprise. Technically tight, the members of Massachusetts indie rockers Speedy Ortiz played 7th St. Entry well enough so that sonically you understood their status as a headliner. They bounded from one song to the next with measured proficiency, enforcing an air of confidence in their combined effort.

And the control of that sound - showing this ability to open up guitar feedback like a throttle - presented this act as not a backyard outfit high on loose abandon, but as a touring machine smiling their fresh-cut teeth. Guitarist Mike Robidoux shoved a pair of pliers into his fret board at a particular instance, yet you felt that somewhere else he'd done so before, even if the technique still entertained. That image is sort of the metaphor for the evening, now.

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Slideshow: Speedy Ortiz at 7th St Entry, 4/15/14

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Nonono's Stina Wappling: "Pumpin' Blood" is about taking charge of your own life

Categories: Interview
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Amir Chamdin
Nonono

You may not realize that you are familiar with the music of Swedish electro-pop trio Nonono, but there is a strong possibility that you've had their hit single "Pumpin' Blood" stuck in your head -- or at least its hook. So far the song has been used in a Samsung commercial as well as a Sparkling Ice commercial. The whistled hook heard throughout rivals the catchiness of other epic whistlers like Peter Bjorn and John. "Pumpin' Blood is an infectious pop anthem, tinged with just enough gloom and heavily percussion-laden.

Last week Nonono released their debut album We Are Only What We Feel, and are currently on their first American tour with Twenty One Pilots. Gimme Noise caught up with vocalist Stina Wappling as the band heads toward Minneapolis for their performance tomorrow at the Skyway Theater.


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My six-week-old recognized the song I sang to him in utero

Categories: Music, Pop Culture
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Amber Taufen

The transportive power of music never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I hear the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," it's suddenly 1997 inside my head; I'm back in high school, daydreaming while sitting on my bedroom floor, and my little blue boombox's dial is tuned to my favorite radio station, which plays the song at least once a day. When Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" plays -- and I allow myself to really listen to it -- I'm back in 2006, and my dad has just had a fatal heart attack; to cope, I listen to sad songs that help me purge the waves of unmanageable emotions I'm feeling through catharsis, and Roger Waters helps me cry myself to sleep more than once.

Just a few weeks ago, the neurons in my brain connected a brand-new memory to yet another song -- and it's one of my happiest memories to date, so I know I'll enjoy hearing Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" every time it enters my aural sphere. Here's why.

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Rock the Garden 2014 lineup

Categories: Just Announced
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Credits, clockwise from upper left: Ryan Siverson, Tony Nelson, Erik Hess, and Erik Hess
The 2014 Rock the Garden lineup is finally here. For the first time ever, the Walker Art Center/89.3 the Current venture has expanded to two days, and that means twice as many performers will hit the grounds next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for the weekend of June 21-22.

The weekend's performers include "an artist we can't announce yet" -- but not the Replacements and not Low -- and headliner De La Soul on Saturday. Sunday's headliner is Spoon! Check out the full schedule and lineup below.

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Rock the Garden 2014 will be a two-day festival

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80/35 Festival reveals 2014 lineup

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Photo By Tony Nelson
Conor Oberst is one of the acts set to play this year's 80/35 Festival

Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assemblage of groups regularly attracts area fans and bands to Des Moines for the two-day music festival, which features nearly 50 acts spread out over three stages.

A majority of this year's lineup has just been announced, and once again the folks at 80/35 have put together a festival aimed at music fans throughout the Midwest over the celebratory July 4 weekend.

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Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2014 lineup

Categories: Just Announced
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From Summer Set 2013
The third annual Summer Set Music & Camping Festival returns in August, and the first phase of the lineup is live today.

A mix of EDM, jam, danceable indie rock, and hip-hop will hit Somerset Amphitheater just over the border in Wisconsin the weekend of August 15-17. Leading the way is Bassnectar, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Disco Biscuits, Chromeo, Flying Lotus, and Chance the Rapper.
 
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Slideshow: Summer Set 2013: The People

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The worst of Coachella 2014

Categories: Festivals

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Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night dust storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds started picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus

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