Six undeniable reasons to create art

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A factor in the decline of decent art was recently dragged onto center stage by the New York Times in an article called "Brooklyn Communal Cool: The Brand." The piece, authored by a person who spells "mic" like "mike," focuses on a communal-living quarters in Brooklyn called the Clubhouse and its ties to a "new media" company called BKLYN1834. And if you couldn't guess by the fact that somebody started a company without any vowels, it's a bunch of bullshit.

Here's a choice quote that basically sums up the article:

"For our generation of artists, we realize that we are each our own brand, but not everyone knows how to manage this," Mr. Reid said. "Our business is to equip artists with these tools, which feels like a natural, organic progression of what we already do at the Clubhouse."

Amid the swirl of eye-rolls associated with the fraud and fakery of "indie" pop-art and its interaction in a new-media marketplace, we'd like to present to you the six legitimate reasons to make art. (Hint: it has nothing to do with "branding" and everything to do with this Bill Hicks clip.

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Leav: A GPS-based app for Twin Cities music and art explorers

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Holly Hansen of Zoo Animal and Weird Visions has created art for Leav.

Earlier this year, Twin Cities-based developers Six Impossible Things laid out their plans for Leav. Expected to launch this summer, the iPhone/Android app gives its users access to music and art around the Twin Cities based upon their physical location and other environmental factors.

The musical contributions so far come from some familiar names -- Zoo Animal's Holly Hansen and Rogue Valley's Chris Koza. Now, the Leav folks are wrapping up another Kickstarter fundraiser to commission another batch of art pieces for the project.

See Also: Interview with Leav's founders

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The best Twin Cities music photographer 2014 poll winner is...

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Credits from top left: Nate Ryan, Cameron Wittig, Rebecca McDonald, Steve Cohen, Chad Rieder, and Leslie Plesser
Getting to know the work of dozens of music photographers working locally over the past couple months has been a joy. After receiving nominations for more than 100 shooters for the best music photographer in the Twin Cities, we narrowed it down to 20 finalists. We profiled them and got a lot of professional advice, and then put it to the people for a vote.

Over 3,000 votes were cast, and now we're ready to reveal a winner.

See Also: 10 essential tips for live music photographers


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10 essential tips for live music photographers

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This is probably too close. Taken at SXSW, where photographer etiquette is a foreign concept.
Live music photography is hard work, and it's even harder to thrive while doing it. Lining up a quality shot is part of the equation, but a good concert photographer must also have a clue.

We recently profiled 20 of the best Twin Cities music photographers, and asked each for "dos and don'ts" for attaining success and respect in their field. Their answers are illuminating, and provide a helpful guide for anyone considering starting a life in the pit. Here are their words distilled into 10 essential tips.

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Vote for the best music photographer in Twin Cities!

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Credits, clockwise from top left: Nate Ryan, Cameron Wittig, Rebecca McDonald, Steve Cohen, Chad Rieder, and Leslie Plesser

Update: The poll is closed. We have revealed the winner.

It comes down to this. Gimme Noise asked for your nominations for best Twin Cities music photographer, and you gave us 104 people taking pictures locally! We narrowed the field to 20 finalists, and then profiled each of them.

Now, it's time for the final round of voting. Below is a poll to show your support for the finalist of your choice. One vote per person, please. We're watching closely.

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Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Steven Cohen

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All photos by Steven Cohen

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

Steven Cohen has a lengthy history of hunting for "the shot" in photo pits everywhere around the Twin Cities. His work is featured in City Pages and the Local Current Blog, and several bands have hired him for portraits.

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Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Emily Utne

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All photos by Emily Utne

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

Emily Utne is the City Pages art director. Her styling and vision have shaped numerous shoots with local musicians, and several have become covers for the magazine.

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Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Ryan Siverson

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All photos by Ryan Siverson

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

Ryan Siverson has been shooting concerts and musician portraits locally for about six years. You can see his work in City Pages, Vita.mn, Grantland, and other publications. You also might catch him documenting local sporting events.    

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Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Rebecca McDonald

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All photos by BFresh Productions

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

Rebecca McDonald's photo work is under the umbrella of BFresh Productions. She has shot extensively for MTV, City Pages, and other publications. Her portfolio includes both live and portrait work, as well as multimedia projects.     

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Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: David McCrindle

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All photos by David McCrindle

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

David McCrindle is a U.K. native who has built strong relationships with a lot of area musicians based upon his photo work. His shots have appeared in publications like Q and NME abroad, and Twin Cities Daily Planet locally.   

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