The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 2/6-2/12

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Photo by Terry Richardson
The second week of February is already underway with some great shows. Didn't get tickets to Lady Gaga? Have no fear. The Amsterdam will be hosting a Born this Way After Party with Lady Starlight and the Dirty Pearls. The silky voiced Cody ChesnuTT makes an appearance at the Triple Rock Thursday. Saturday, Brit rockers the Vaccines bring Aussie rockers San Cisco and local rockers France Camp to open their sold-out show. Local bands Teenage Moods, Prissy Clerks, Nallo and Gloss will be playing against art installations and projection displays at the Cedar Cultural Center. There are so many shows, and you can't go wrong!  More »

The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 1/23-1/29

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Emeli Sandé is at Varsity Theater on Wednesday.
Don't let this weather scare you, there is plenty of music worth leaving your home for. Thursday, Greg Grease hosts rapper Sean Anonymous's birthday party at the Triple Rock, while indie-rockers The Kopecky Family Band take the 7th Street Entry Stage. Grace Potter begins her two night stay in the First Ave Mainroom on Friday, and The Smiths singer Morrissey appears at the Orpheum Theatre. Saturday, Night Moves makes an appearance at Icehosue while  Free Energy revisits their Minnesota roots at the Turf. 


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Plain Ole Bill, Gigamesh spin at free Best Of party tonight

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Photo by Dave Eckblad
Plain Ole Bill gets Cryphy
That's it, it's out, it's over.

Our biggest issue of the year is on newsstands and we're celebrating making it through another year. Best Of The Twin Cities is a labor of love each spring, and to mark its publication we tend to throw a soiree or two after.

Tonight, we'd like to invite you to party with us at Kitty Cat Klub, and we brought some of our friends -- Plain Ole Bill ("Best DJ") and Gigamesh (an all-around awesome producer and DJ) -- to set the soundtrack. 



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Best of the Twin Cities 2012 music winners are live!

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The Best of the Twin Cities issue has hit the streets -- officially. It's as thick as a phone book, but is beautifully designed like a keepsake tome.

The Enchanted Cities theme is apt given how enchanted we all are with the many great offerings available in our local pastures. Plus, there's that big, bad Timberwolf on the cover. If you'd like a shortcut to the music-related items, check it below.

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Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Poll 2012 awaits your votes!

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For how much y'all seem to like to leave comments here at Gimme Noise, now it's time to get those things tabulated and have them express something bigger. Yes, the Best of the Twin Cities 2012 is on its way April 18, and an essential part of that is a poll featuring the votes of you, the readers. Just in case you need a refresher, here's the 2011 list.

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'Mad About The Twin Cities': Win gifts from First Ave, Electric Fetus, and more

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Read the issue here
To celebrate the iPhone app we launched in conjunction with this year's Best of the Twin Cities issue themed after Mad Men, we've created the 'Mad About the Twin Cities' badge that comes with a chance to win gifts from the Best Of award winners listed here and an exclusive gift basket from City Pages.More »

Dessa and No Bird Sing at the Best Of Bash

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Photo by Stacy Schwartz

Thanks to the crew at MPLS.TV for filming this great video of our Best of the Twin Cities Bash at the Varsity Theater, which features performances by Dessa and No Bird Sing, and a backstage chat with Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, Dessa, and interview-crasher Michael Larsen (Eyedea). It was really an incredible night -- if you missed it, go ahead and watch this recap video so you can pretend you were there. (Also, be sure to stream Dessa's jaw-dropping encore of "Hallelujah" here and check out our slideshow of photos here.)


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Dessa, No Bird Sing playing our Best Of the Twin Cities party May 22

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As we mentioned yesterday, we couldn't be happier about featuring Dessa as a three-time Best Of the Twin Cities award winner this year, as she was recognized as Best Songwriter, Best Local Girl Made Good, and the Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months. Check out our exclusive video (shot by MPLS.TV and Dan Huiting) of our Best Of champion performing in her practice space, and get ready to party with Dessa on May 22 at our Best Of the Twin Cities Bash at the Varsity Theater with openers No Bird Sing.

All the info for the show is below, and tickets are on sale now!

City Pages Best of the Twin Cities Bash
Featuring Dessa
With No Bird Sing
Sponsored by 89.3 The Current
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm / $10
Tix on sale Friday, April 23 @ 12pm via Loring Pasta Bar and online through Ticketmaster


Dessa, three-time Best Of winner, performs in exclusive video

Our reigning Best Of the Twin Cities champion, Dessa, blew the competition out of the water by being recognized across not just one but three categories this year: Best Album of the Last 12 Months (for her solo debut, A Badly Broken Code), Best Songwriter, and Best Local Girl Made Good. Watch the talented emcee, poet, and singer in this exclusive video, shot for City Pages by MPLS.TV and local cinematographer Dan Huiting.

Best Of Twin Cities 2010 // Songwriter from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.

Twitter Poll: Best Local Concert of the Past 12 Months

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In anticipation of today's Best Of the Twin Cities issue, we asked our @gimme_noise Twitter followers to sound off on their picks for a few of our music-related Best Of categories. See below for our tweeps' picks for the "Best Local Concert of the Past 12 Months" category, and click here to read our pick.

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