A Quick Note About Dream Jobs

Categories: Farewell
Photo by Tatiana Craine
L-R: Cardboard Prince and a soon-to-be-former City Pages Music Editor

At age six, I wanted to play professional soccer when I grew up. At seven, I dreamed of becoming an editorial cartoonist. At 15, I considered politics. At 20, I finally started heeding suggestions that I should write about music for a living. At some point after that, the idea of working for City Pages -- a paper I'd picked up and scoured since my teen years -- came into focus.

At no point did I predict all of the factual corrections, the thousands of publicist emails, and moving eight times in a decade. But on my last day as City Pages' music editor, here we are.

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You're Not Going Backstage, Okay?

Photo by Erik Hess
You've already got the best seat in the house.
The Door Guy is a veteran of countless clubs around town. People say they've seen it all, but he's seen more. Write to him for everything from live advice to life advice.

Dear Door Guy,

I love going to concerts but there's one thing that's always fascinated me, sort of a holy grail of being a constant showgoer and music fan: the backstage. I feel like going back there, hanging out, and getting close with the band would be really special. I know that sounds sort of corny but I want to hang out and party with the people who make the music I love, and I want to see them be real, and I want to get the best view of the show ever. How can I get backstage?


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Walk the Moon Brought Positivity and Face Paint Back to Rock 'n' Roll

Categories: Interview
Publicity photo

Cincinnati's jubilant Walk the Moon, named for a Police song, gained national exposure in 2012 when their single "Anna Sun" received extensive airplay on modern rock radio, as well as some top-40 stations. Their third album, It's Hard to Talk, released this past fall, contained the top-30 hit "Shut up and Dance."

The band is currently in the midst of a North American tour to promote the album. Gimme Noise reached Walk the Moon's Eli Maiman by phone in Boise, Idaho. The guitarist talked about the band's '80s influences, face paint, and the fun of playing festivals.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/27-29

Categories: Concert Preview

Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Preservation Hall Jazz Band -- see Friday!
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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RIP, Tommy Alsides of Paradox and John Eller & the DTs

Categories: Obituary

Neza SG

Thomas "Tommy Gunn" Alsides, best known to the Twin Cities as the drummer for Paradox, John Eller & the DTs, the Bowie-themed Rock For Pussy benefits, passed away earlier this month on March 6.

In his lifetime he was an animal on the skins, a fixture of his beloved neighborhood of St. Paul's West End, one hell of a bartender and cook, and a beloved husband and father. His 52 years weren't nearly enough time for the man's warmth and vitality to grace this earth, and he will be dearly missed.

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Every Death Cab for Cutie Song Ranked

Categories: Lists
Photo by Peter Ellenby
Vintage Death Cab

The indie rock universe eagerly awaits the March 31 release of Death Cab for Cutie's Kintsugi, the group's eighth full-length and final with founding guitarist Chris Walla. One of the most commercially successful indie bands of the 21st century, Death Cab went platinum with 2005's Plans and have reached the Top 10 of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart seven times and counting.

The band will visit the Twin Cities for the first time in four years on May 2, when they'll play a sold-out Northrop. Now a trio consisting of singer Ben Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr, they'll seek to prove that a three-wheeled cab can still drive just fine.

In anticipation of the new album and the upcoming tour, here's ranking of all 96 tunes that Death Cab has released since 1997. Take a seat and follow me into the dark. (Note: Covers are not included, while songs that appear on multiple releases are only listed once.)

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Human Kindness Bash Out Midwest Angst on Not Apathetic

Photo by Nina Perkins
Human Kindness | Turf Club | Thursday, March 26

Minneapolis rock quartet Human Kindness packed a lot of ambition into their full-length debut, Not Apathetic. The eleven guitar-fueled songs are catchy, anguished explosions. Longtime Madison friends and bandmates David Lawrence Anderson, Alex Brodsky, and Willem Vander Ark all moved to Minneapolis to attend college, and eventually hooked up with Josh Olson to complete their lineup.

After self-recording their awesomely-titled debut EP, You Are So Loud That I Want To Die, the group enlisted the help of Hollow Boys' Ali Jaafar for their LP, recording it in his sonic playground, Ecstattic Studio. Ahead of their tape release show tonight at the Turf Club (where they will be joined by Gloss and Nancy's Raygun), we spoke about Ali's influence and how the culture of the Midwest helps shape their songs.

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

Categories: Local Frames

This week's Local Frames features a double-shot of sorts from Frankie Lee. We're also featuring new videos from Strange Names, VATS, Hyperslob and the Goat Meat Explosion, Harrie Bradshaw, and Jordan Looney. We've also got live performance clips from Tree Blood, a North Shore Session from PHOX, and a Current in-studio session from Viet Cong. Enjoy!

See Also:
Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week (bliss uk, Har-di-Har, Perez, Moving Parts, and more)

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Ian Everson Makes a Bold R&B Statement for the Twin Cities

Categories: CD Release
Photo by Dian Photos

Ian Everson | Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Saturday, March 28
Chicago native Ian Everson has spent the majority of his musical career here in Minnesota. A bit John Legend and bit early Justin Timberlake, the R&B/pop singer finds his voice on his debut solo album No Doubt.

Gimme Noise caught up with Everson before his album release at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall to get his thoughts on the music scene here and Chicago and how his classical music background played into his new music.

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Why Nine Inch Nails' Fierce "March of the Pigs" Video Rules

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Doesn't it make you feel better?

When people ask me which music video is my all-time favorite, Nine Inch Nails' "March of the Pigs" immediately comes to mind. The lead single from NIN's 1994 opus The Downward Spiral was as abrasive, noisy, and emotionally battering as it was popular.

There was a more-elaborate version in the works involving, among other things, a cave and a little person. Frontman Trent Reznor abandoned this idea for simply shooting the video in front of a white backdrop and playing the song live -- a truly '90s thing to do. It was perfect in it's non-idea of "film us playing and breaking shit, yeah, let the stagehands get in the shot if they have to" and has the overall feel of a snuff film without a death at the end of it. Let's take a trip back together.

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