GWAR at Skyway Theatre, 11/20/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
GWAR forever.
Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Earlier this year, GWAR -- the intergalactically renowned metal band made up of alien warriors -- appeared on the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series at an emotional time. GWAR had recently been rocked by the overdose of founding member Oderus Urungus (a.k.a. Dave Brockie). 

After their obligatory performance of the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls," GWAR launched into a reinterpretation of Jim Carroll's "People Who Died." They concluded with a verse from replacement frontman Blothar, dedicated to his fallen friend -- "Brockie I miss you more than all the others / I salute you my brother!" A.V. Club's Josh Modell said it best -- "I never thought I'd say to GWAR: that was kind of touching." Drummer Jizmak Da Gushha, taken aback, replied indignantly -- "Who touched who where?"

The A.V. Undercover clip sums up GWAR in 2014 in a nutshell. They're a little sad, a little serious, but still stupid, crass, and absolutely committed to doing what they do best -- rocking out and spewing gallons of blood all over their fans. 

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Run the Jewels at Fine Line, 11/20/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Adam Degross
El-P and Killer Mike
Run The Jewels
with Ratking, Despot, and David Ruffin Theory
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Run the Jewels, the region-spanning duo of Killer MIke and El-P, swung through the Fine Line Thursday night, putting on a top-tier performance that cemented their status as one of the most exciting acts in rap. Joined by openers Despot, Ratking, and David Ruffin Theory, the night was stacked with strong sets that satisfied the sold out room.

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Tech N9ne Found Inspiration in an Instagram Comment

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop
Strange Music
Tech N9ne, as Seen on The World Series

Tech N9ne | Myth | Saturday, November 22
Kansas City's Tech N9ne is perhaps the biggest indie MC in the world. Like seemingly every year, 2014's been a big year for Tech as he released a new collaboration album, aptly titled Strangeulation, and even got some national TV time by being behind home plate for the first game of the World Series.

Before Saturday's show at Myth, Gimme Noise spoke to Tech about how his fanbase has changed following recent high profile collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne, as well as how much his fans impact his music.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 11/21-23

Categories: Concert Preview
Photo By Laura Partrain
Robyn Hitchcock -- See Friday (Two shows)!

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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GWAR's Vulvatron: "Ebola Is Not Doing as Well as We'd Hoped"

Categories: Interview
Photo by Shawn Stanley
The live assault of GWAR is back!
GWAR | Skyway Theatre | Thursday, November 20

When Dave Brockie --the human avatar of GWAR's hideous, hilarious front-thing, Oderus Urungus -- passed away last year, it was only natural that many fans assumed that it would be curtains for the band. After more than 30 years of blasting worldwide audiences with various bodily fluids, GWAR's face, voice, and only constant member was no more. Who on Earth could fill his shoes?

No one, of course. But maybe two! At Brockie's epic Viking funeral earlier this year, GWAR raised eyebrows by debuting a new singer: the fetid Blothar, an ancient Scumdog warrior only recently thawed who belts out the band's heavy-metal ditties wearing the carapace of a spectral moon moose. But in September, they really popped some eyeballs out of skulls with the introduction of a new front woman: the busty, beastly Vulvatron!

Tonight, Vulvatron, Blothar, and the rest of the Scumdog army will invade Skyway Theatre, giving Minneapolis its first taste of the legendary group since Oderus's disappearance from this plane of existence. Gimme Noise took the big risk of calling up the blood-spewing Amazon to ask what we can expect.

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Andy Richardson Memorial Benefit Show Coming to Triple Rock

Categories: Good Cause
Andy Richardson's many friends are bonding together for this benefit.

The Twin Cities music community lost one of their own in Andy Richardson this past September. Now several of his musician friends, including Dillinger Four, have joined together for a benefit show this weekend at Triple Rock.

The remaining members of the Crush, Richardson's anthemic pop-punk group, are also reforming for the evening, and several lineups that might never be seen again are expected. Like the recent benefit auction, which featured items donated by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the Black Keys, all proceeds are set to benefit Richardson's family.

See also:
RIP, Andy Richardson, member of "a bazillion" Twin Cities bands

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The Cabooze Is 40: Memories and Highlights

Categories: Gimme Noise
Photo by Ryan Siverson
Many exciting sold-out shows have hit the Cabooze over the years.

Open since 1974, the Cabooze has made its name through booking a variety of R&B, reggae, and rock acts, all the while supporting local bands who have gone on to play larger stages in front of national audiences. Serving niches of R&B/blues in the '70s and jam rock today, the venue has a history of booking something for everybody.

The Cabooze has hosted James Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Snoop Dogg, Social Distortion, Sheryl Crow, and locals such as the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Trampled By Turtles, and oh so many more. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards once came and stood front row to watch Peter Tosh play.

The club's reputation was established by early booker Charlie Campbell, who was with the venue until 1982. Since 2006 it has been owned by the After Midnight Group, which also owns the Cowboy Jacks restaurants and Sally's in Dinkytown.

Gimme Noise sought out some stories from the staff and from others around town. This is far from an exhaustive history, but nonetheless these are some of the nights that stood out. After all, notes booker Jeff Taube, "There's a story every night, it's if you can remember them all."

See also:
RIP Cabooze manager Jason Aukes

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Hardcore Crayons Return Triumphant With Zozzled

Categories: Album Release

Sharolyn Hagen
Minneapolis trio Hardcore Crayons

Hardcore Crayons | Triple Rock Social Club | Friday, November 21
Gimme Noise recently bro'd out with Minneapolis experimental rock trio Hardcore Crayons over some Hamms in the hopes of uncovering the secret to their staying power.

What we found was surprisingly simple: drummer Jake Kirkman, guitarist/vocalist Dan Chizek, and bassist/vocalist Dominic Hanft have built a band on a solid foundation of friendship and their shared laissez-faire, don't-give-a-fuck approach to maneuvering any aspect of being a musician -- other than actually making the music itself.

Rather than burning out on their own ambition, Hardcore Crayons has turned their band into what Jake sees as a "sanctuary." In anticipation of Friday's Zozzled release show at the Triple Rock, here's more from our conversation.

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

Categories: Local Frames

Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

Barbara Jean's new video starts this week on a good note. We've also got new clips from Garrison Grouse, Hardcore Crayons, Nicholas David, Harbor and Home, and a lighthearted vid from General B & the Wiz. We're also featuring live performance videos from Sarah Krueger, the Naymes, a North Shore Sessions from Bahamas (filmed at Harriet Brewing), and the trailer for Flood Tide, with a soundtrack by Dark Dark Dark. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week (Chris Koza, Rabbit Holes, Catbath, Nallo, and more)

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Usher at Xcel Energy Center, 11/18/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Mike Madison
This looks a lot better than it was.

Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The high points of Usher's poorly paced, unfocused performance at the Xcel Energy Center last night were two ballads -- "Climax" and "Burn" -- about lovers refusing to admit that a relationship has reached its natural end. In an arena that was less than half full, its 7,000 paying customers rarely loud enough to fill the dead air when the singer pointed his mic toward them, the songs' themes inadvertently suggested a dark commentary on the (former?) star's career.

Less dramatically, let's admit that Usher is at an awkward age: Hardly the dominant pop R&B figure of just a decade ago, he's not yet commercially irrelevant enough to admit he's an oldies act. Last night's set list reflected this confusion.

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Slideshow: Usher Heats Up the Xcel Energy Center

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