10 New Duluth Trading Co. Slogans Not Inspired By the Eagles

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Local clothing merchant Duluth Trading Co. faces accusations that an email ad sent out recently includes unauthorized use of Eagles singer/drummer Don Henley's name. The ad copy in question reads, "Don a henley and take it easy."

We'll leave it to the courts to decide what happened there. But it's worth noting that Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne wrote the song "Take It Easy," so it seems like a stretch that there was any intentional reference to Henley. I mean, who isn't taking it easy when they don (a widely used term meaning "to put on") a shirt featuring three buttons for a customizable neck hole? This is just stating facts.  

Duluth Trading Co. probably wants nothing more than to put this lawsuit to bed and get back to focusing on moving inventory, including a durable, comfortable T-shirt that "cures plumber's butt." To help them get going, we wrote 10 new slogans promoting their clothing based upon common phrases that were absolutely not inspired by the Eagles. Sometimes it's best not to overthink things and keep it simple.

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Play Rock the Garden BINGO!

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Tatiana Craine

It's that time of year again! Rock the Garden is back and bigger than ever this weekend. For the first time ever, it's a two-day event -- which means lots of people-watching. And with tens of thousands of folks roaming the grounds at the Walker Art Center this weekend, you're bound to see a few trends. Why not make your gazing at the crowd into a game?

We gathered up some of the familiar sights and styles you're likely to spot for some nifty BINGO cards. Print out our BINGO cards or check 'em out on your phone and challenge your friends to a game or two while you're waiting for the next band to start up or for the beer line to shrink.

See also:
Rock the Garden 2014 lineup

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Art-A-Whirl: Is music overshadowing visual art?

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Photo of a person admiring Alison Price's painting by Kendra Sundvall, live photo by Erik Hess
Which image better represents Art-A-Whirl in 2014?

In 1996, David Felker brought an idea to the Minneapolis City Council for an art crawl to showcase the work of the growing community of artists utilizing studio space in northeast Minneapolis. Art-A-Whirl has been going strong and increasing in size ever since, featuring hundreds of artists and annually drawing upward of 30,000 visitors to the area. It's recognized as the largest open-studio tour in the nation.

The influx of people into the neighborhood for the weekend has consistently been a boon for the bars and restaurants that surround the studios, and many throw concerts to capitalize on the event. As Art-A-Whirl has evolved, the live music has arguably overshadowed the art itself. This weekend marks the 19th installment of the gathering.

"It's a pretty big issue, actually, within the arts community of Northeast," says artist Mark Rivard, who rents studio space and runs a private gallery in the California Building. "It's no longer an art show, it's a festival. I don't even know if I'll have my doors open in 2015. It's totally weird to see the crowds in the streets increase but have the money in your pocket go down tenfold."

See also:
7 events not to be missed at Art-A-Whirl 2014

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The best Black Keys fan art on Etsy

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TRAVISBRAUN on etsy

The Black Keys have returned with Turn Blue, which dropped this week, and are heading out on tour. In addition to the single titled "Fever," collector fever is in the air. We're in love with 'The Boys With The Broken Halos', a limited edition print by TRAVISBRAUN on etsy (above), and a whole of of other homemade swag currently up for grabs.

To mark this momentous week, we've curated a collection of the best Black Keys fan art on Etsy.

See also:
The Black Keys announce 2014 tour dates -- Minneapolis in October


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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

Categories: Art, Technology
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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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Photo by Erik Hess
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.

See Also: The best music photographers in the Twin Cities: 2014 finalists

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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.

See Also: The best music photographers in the Twin Cities: 2014 finalists

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