Best of the Twin Cities 2015: Music Categories

Emily Utne
Every night in the Twin Cities, there's a show worth seeing -- you just have to know where to look. Over the past year, we've been to hundreds of concerts, listened to countless songs, seen bands come and go, and used up quite a few earplugs on our quest to find the best of the best in our music community. Here we present our winners for the Best of the Twin Cities 2015 music categories.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party: Get your tickets!

Photo by Emily Utne
The yearly Best of the Twin Cities soiree is Thursday.

After spending this past week celebrating the finest in everything our magnificent metro has to offer, it's high time to kick back, drape ourselves in the glamor of old Hollywood, and party down. This year's celebration is at Muse Event Center, and features entertainment courtesy of Rose Room and DJ Jake Rudh.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Music categories

Emily Utne

The Best of the Twin Cities issue has arrived, packed with our picks for the best these fine cities have to offer -- from where to get the best barbecue to the best tattoo parlor to get some fresh ink.

Gimme Noise rounded up all the music winners in one spot for you to peruse in one spot. Take a look!

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The 10 best Twin Cities punk albums of 2013

Erik Hess
Ponx at the Total Trash Tape Release

Every year the doomsayers and cynics crawl out of the woodwork and grumble that the Twin Cities punk scene is dead. But if you subscribe to that bullshit in 2013, it's pretty clear that you're old, narrow-minded, or simply not paying attention. True, it might be a little harder to find, but that's because many bands have gone underground, returning to their roots in basements and eschewing the now-standardized social media blitz. What's left is a tight-knit but incredibly diverse scene, separated by style and intensity but united by purpose and an enduring commitment to the DIY values our community has always been known for.

A quick word on format: this is not a ranked list. It's in alphabetic order, because D-Beat Crust and bubbly pop-punk are nearly impossible to compare. Also, for the purposes of this list, an "album" must by at least 4 songs long. Check out the Honorable Mentions section at the bottom for some of the year's best singles, and a few that didn't quite make the cut.

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The 9 best live sound engineers in the Twin Cities

Erik Hess

Live sound engineers are the unsung heroes of this song-and-dance routine we call rock 'n' roll. They show up first, leave last, and sometimes don't even get paid as much as the bartenders they work with. Their work day consists of battling complex and fickle equipment, soothing volatile egos, and hours of attentive listening, all at volumes that would make a construction worker reach for a pair of earplugs. Not to mention, if things go wrong, they're often an easy scapegoat for critics and laypeople who wouldn't know an XLR cable from an RCA but still feel like they know "good sound" when they hear it.

So, in tribute to those hard-working men and women behind the boards, Gimme Noise has crafted this list. It's by no means a complete one, as there's a whole host of fantastic techs in the Twin Cities, but it's the least we can do. From the folks who set up two microphones and a chair, to the crack teams who manage hundreds of channels of audio at stadiums and festivals, this is for you. Thanks for all the great shows.

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City Pages' Best Of app just got even better

Ed Neaton
Want to know where to go and what to do in the Twin Cities? Your essential mobile guide--also known as our Best Of app--just got better. You already know you can count on the Best Of app to offer restaurant, shopping and nightlife recommendations from City Pages' expert critics. Now the app has been redesigned to be faster, sleeker, and packed with even more carefully curated local content.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/5-6/11

Photo by Ryan McGinley
So it's June now. Despite the cloudiness, there are actually things happening outdoors. Saturday, be sure to check out tons of local bands at Rock the Vine. Later in the evening Hollow Boys release their latest record at Kitty Cat Klub. The Minnesota Zoo will also be hosting Richard Thompson and Field Report, Saturday and also Joan Baez on Thursday. Sunday, the Pourhouse will be hosting a show to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, featuring The Honeydogs, Retribution Gospel Choir, Zoo Animal and more. Lastly, Christopher Owens of Girls (above) plays a solo show at Icehouse on Tuesday. 

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 5/29-6/4

Believe it or not, June is less than a week away. Cedar Cultural Center welcomes the Howlin' Brothers Wednesday and Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore the next day. Devendra Banhart celebrates his birthday at Mill City Nights Thursday, while LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy plays the First Avenue Mainroom. Friday, the Varsity Theater hosts alt-country band Night Beds while Twin Shadow returns to Minneapolis to play the First Avenue Mainroom. Lastly, Atlas Genius plays a sold out show at the Fine Line, Tuesday. More »

The best Twin Cities concerts: 5/22-5/28

The music never stops in the Twin Cities. Third Man Records' Pokey LaFarge makes a trip to the Cedar Cultural Center while singer/songwriter Lissie (above) plays a sold out show at the Varsity Theater. Soundset 2013 takes place this Sunday with a pre-party Saturday night at the Triple Rock and an after party late Sunday in First Avenue's Mainroom. The infamous Prince makes a two-show appearance that could hurt your bank account (tickets are $259) at Myth. Lastly, the Turf Club will be hosting a benefit to help photographer Erik Hess featuring several local artists and even a secret special guest.More »

The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 5/8 - 5/14

It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching over Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday, local garage group Crimes releases their latest vinyl at the Icehouse while The Voice's Nicholas David plays a sold out show his first of two nights at First Avenue. 

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