Sey What? Seinabo Sey Is Soul's Millennial Voice

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Seinabo Sey stopped in Minneapolis as part of a quick U.S. tour.

Seinabo Sey
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The world is about to fall in love with Seinabo Sey. Sey's impressively soulful vocal chops have reminded many of Adele, while the electropop she crafts has been likened to that of fellow Swede Tove Lo. Neither of those comparisons were off-base Thursday night, but it was hard not to think of a whole pantheon of R&B greats with voices that just wouldn't quit.

The 24-year-old is in the middle of a five-city, cross-country promotional jaunt for debut EP For Madeleine, which was released in the U.S. this week. She performed all five songs from the EP, with "Younger" and "Hard Time" receiving plenty of cheers of recognition late in the set.

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The Drone Not Drones: Another 28-Hour Drone 2015 Schedule

Categories: Concert Preview
Photo by Erik Hess
MAKR's Mark McGee will take part in the 28-hour drone.

This weekend marks the return of Drone Not Drones, one of the Twin Cities premiere marathon concerts at 28 hours straight. Dozens of local musicians will band together at the Cedar to support Doctors Without Borders and to protest the use of drone warfare.

The acts involved in creating a continuous wall of noise include Alan Sparhawk of Low, P.O.S., Drone Man Winter (featuring Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter members), Brokeback (featuring members of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake), Dosh, MAKR, BNLX, and quite a few more. Organizers have posted a tentative schedule for the weekend's come-and-leave-as-you-please festivities.

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Five Underrated Doomtree Rarities You Might Have Missed

Categories: Doomtree

Photo by Tony Nelson; full slideshow here
Doomtree made a lot of songs.

For over a decade now, Doomtree's crew albums and solo projects have translated into an output that's rare even alongside their indie rap contemporaries.

This week, the discography got even larger with the long-awaited release of All Hands, but that's not the only grouping of songs that deserves some attention. Gimme Noise has assembled five lesser-known Doomtree tracks that stand alongside the crew's finest hours.

See also:
Doomtree's All Hands: Where the Work Ethic Meets the Music

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 1/30-2/1

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Saint Motel -- see Saturday!
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The 10 Best Moments From Open Mike Eagle's Secret Skin Podcast

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In addition to his hip-hop skills, Open Mike Eagle is a gifted conversationalist who gets into some deep territory during interviews with fellow artists as part of his Secret Skin podcast for the Infinite Guest network.

This Friday, the rapper who is about to join Doomtree on the road will tape a new podcast episode live at the UBS Forum in St. Paul, featuring Carnage and Aby Wolf alongside Chicago rapper Psalm One. Judging by the thought-provoking material that has come before, this should be a great discussion. Here are our ten favorite moments from the 12 episodes of Secret Skin released so far.

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Open Mike Eagle on the hip-hop and podcast sides of his brain

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Lizzo Sends Support to Barb Abney

Categories: Radio
Photo by Mark N. Kartarik; slideshow here
Lizzo performing at First Avenue with Caroline Smith last fall.

Following Tuesday's news that 89.3 the Current had let longtime midday host Barb Abney go, her friend Lizzo put out a message of support. Like countless other Twin Cities musicians offering their condolences, her message comes back to Abney's tireless championing of the local community.

In a heartfelt Facebook video, the rapper recalls crossing paths with Abney ("bursting with energy, bursting with light") at a Lizzo & the Larva Ink gig at Cause in the days before the rise of the Chalice, GRRRL PRTY, and her solo career. "I firmly believe that a lot of my success in the Twin Cities comes from Barb's gift of gab," she says.

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Barb Abney Ends Run at 89.3 the Current

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Slipknot Is Back...But Who's Buying?

Photo by Todd Owyoung
Slipknot returns for Northern Invasion at Somerset Amphitheater on May 9. Check out more photos of Slipknot at the 2012 Mayhem Festival here.

Late last year Slipknot rose from the ashes, releasing its first new record since 2008 and its first since losing drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray in October. .5: The Gray Chapter has been praised as a return to form for the band, going back to the roots of its more successful sound on the album Iowa back in 2001. Slipknot is in the midst of a European tour with fellow nu-metallers Korn, and just this week the band announced a St. Louis stop at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

This renaissance is surprising, to say the least. For the fans, it's welcome and overdue. For the rest of us, it's just raising all kinds of questions. Full disclosure: I always hated Slipknot, growing up in the era where the group was at its peak. But could that change? Could all these years have melted my icy heart?

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Rhymesayers Unearth Atmosphere's 20-Year-Old "Ear Blister" Video

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop
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Here's some 20-year-old footage of Slug.
This year, local indie rap label Rhymesayers have hit 20 years in existence. They're celebrating by digging up artifacts from their early days.

One just emerged in the form of Urban Atmosphere's "Ear Blister," a peek into Atmosphere's initial incarnation in 1995 with rap partner Spawn. Check out the DIY footage and vintage track below.

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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.

This week begins with a lovely, underwater-themed video from Dessa. We're also featuring new clips from Billy Idol's show at the Turf Club, an in-studio session from the Blind Shake, a Lowertown Line performance from the 4ontheFloor, and a thoughtful glimpse into how nature inspires the music of S.Carey. We've also got new music videos the Velveteens, Hollow Boys, Young 'Lou, Joey Joey Michaels, and a live performance clip from LOTT. Enjoy!

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Maroon 5: Some Things Are Better Left in 2004

Categories: Nostalgia
Photo by Tony Nelson; full slideshow here.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine doing what he's been doing for years.

In the summer of 2004, my taste in music was at a juncture that could be kindly described as "nascency."

Sure, the 15-year-old me was only a semester away from diving headfirst into the Weezer catalog and not emerging for a couple months. But there was also the time I begged my dad to take my friend and me to see Three Days Grace two hours from home. I stupidly skipped my turn in my baseball team's starting rotation to attend that concert, which is doubly unfortunate because a hard-hit line drive might've knocked some sense into me.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I'm driving across Illinois and concocting a scheme to alter our family vacation for the sake of getting to a John Mayer concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. Actually, I wish that were the whole truth. I was mostly hoping to get to the Molson Amphitheatre in order to see Mayer's opening act, Maroon 5.

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