The Lazy Kids Get Weird on New Album, Tunnel Visions

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The Lazy Kids | 7th St Entry | Monday, October 20
The Lazy Kids' rough and ready indie rock songs are intensely satisfying. Their attitude, their lyrics, and their cello (!) bring their new album, Tunnel Visions, straight up to the edge.

Gimme Noise caught up with the band before their album release at the 7th St. Entry on Monday to chat about how the music has evolved since the band met on Craigslist, and saying goodbye to their long-time cellist at the album release show.

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Pushing Chain: "We'll Make the Same Mistake at the Same Time"

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Pushing Chain | Icehouse | Friday, October 17

Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg of Minneapolis folk-rock duo Pushing Chain have been playing together for more than 20 years, and have only recently come to terms with the fact that they are stuck with each other. The two friends' songs reverberate with country, jazz, and life up near the Canadian border.

Before their album release at Icehouse on Friday, Adam and Boyd sat down and shared their thoughts on some of their Minneapolis collaborators and why they are better playing together than apart.

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The Kids Are All Right: Stereo Confession

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Stereo Confession | 7th St. Entry | Sunday, October 12
Burgeoning Minneapolis garage-rock band Stereo Confession caught our attention with their infectiously catchy single "Video Games." The group has since signed to local label Susstones, and is set to throw a stacked record release party for their full-length debut, No Coast, at the Entry this Sunday.

Gimme Noise chatted with vocalist/guitarist Max Timander and drummer/vocalist Jordan Blevins about how the band's sound and lineup have evolved, how they are ready to move beyond being a "high school band," and the frustrations associated with being an underage band without many all-ages venues in the area.

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Inside Pieta Brown's Paradise Outlaw Sessions at Justin Vernon's Studio

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Pieta Brown | Dakota Jazz Club | Friday, October 10
Looking right at home at Snuffy's Malt Shop in St. Paul, Pieta Brown slides into a vinyl booth surrounded by framed yellowing pictures. As she ponders the menu, she asks, "Do you think they have malts here?" An infectious laugh follows when she's gently reminded that she's sitting in a malt shop.

The indie-folk singer -- leaning more on the side of bluegrass and country -- flips up her sunglasses into her hair to reveal large hazel eyes that take in everything. As she outlines the details of her sixth album, Paradise Outlaw, she speaks just as she sings: calmly, steadily, and with sensitivity lingering over her words.

Her new record digs into Pieta's inspirations -- among them, hope. "Whether it's an illusion or not," she says, "you need hope to drive you -- even if you're stuck in a five-finger death punch."

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Nightosaur: We Don't Even Care If We're Metal Anymore

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Nightosaur | 331 Club | Friday, September 26
If the anatomy of the metal chart of music is true, then Minneapolis trio Nightosaur would be a mix of all the sub-genres. Their new album, Set Fire to the Mountain, captures their sound in a new groove from the very start; it's rowdy, taught, dark, and gets under your skin. Some bands bash their songs against the rocks through over-complication; Nightosaur are simplistic in that they merely want to write good music.

Before their album release on Friday night, Gimme Noise sat down with John Henry and Andy Webber to figure out how metal fits into the indie-rock scene that is so prevalent in the Cities and how they've adapted their sound on the new album.
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Luke Zimmerman Is Crafting Modern-Day Breakup Music

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Luke Zimmerman | Icehouse | Saturday, September 27
We've all been through a bad breakup before, and putting it to music is nothing new. But Minneapolis singer-songwriter Luke Zimmerman has moved past that stage, and is exploring life after a breakup on his new album, Heyday for the Naysayers. In sound, Luke traces the lines of Bob Dylan, but grows from there. Heyday immerses the listener in the act of Zimmerman rummaging through his emotions and deconstructing his world, while realizing that change is, in essence, a good thing.

Gimme Noise caught up with Luke before his album release show at Icehouse on Saturday to chat about how his family's musical tastes influenced his sound and how he relates Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and Conor Oberst.

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Toki Wright & Big Cats Make the World a Smaller Place on Pangaea

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Toki Wright & Big Cats | Icehouse | Friday, September 26
There's an elegant symmetry to "Lost Boy," a new Toki Wright song. The title figure is a young Toki for two verses. Later, he becomes a kid he met while visiting a classroom at Harrison Education Center. In an accent that reminds you that north Minneapolis has a drawl, Wright raps about his father leaving, then about himself roaming "under street lights in dark alleyways with the strays, though he knows that curiosity kills." Finally, he turns to the boy disappearing into his hoodie, who doesn't like fake, lying rappers, "doesn't understand these guys that get on and perform, that never had a friend die in they arms."
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American Youth: We Write About Rebellion

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American Youth | Bryant Lake Bowl | Tuesday, September 23
Youth is not wasted on Minneapolis band American Youth; the quartet revel in it and appreciate it very much for what it is -- especially on their newest self-titled album, set to release today. Falling into the crevices of Americana rock, the band carries itself on the new record with a confidence that allows us to witness the shunning of old rock posturing, and the embracing of sonic delicacy.

Gimme Noise caught up with lead singer and guitarist Ben Garrett before their album release at Bryant-Lake Bowl to find out what fuels the band and what makes this new album so special to him.
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Behind the Beats and Schemes of Glow Mechanics

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Glow Mechanics | 7th St. Entry | Thursday, September 18
Twin Cities hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics' new album, Factored In, comes at you at a rapid pace. Created by emcees Ghostmeat and BEV, and with beats by Es El, no song tops three minutes -- yet they stay with you long after they're over. Their hip-hop folds in everyday happenings with samples from jazz and funk infused with feeling.

Gimme Noise caught up with the group before their album release at the 7th Street Entry tonight to see how they tell their stories in such short pieces and
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Holly Muñoz: For a long time, I hid behind my band

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Holly Muñoz | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, September 12
Maps and Lists are what most people take when they go on a road trip, but it is also what Holly Muñoz is bringing in song form when she comes to Minneapolis. She will debut songs off her first solo project, a collection of indie rock songs that resemble Suzanne Vega with a tinge of old school Tegan & Sara. Produced by John Vanderslice, Maps and Lists is a collection of tracks that are positively drowning in hindsight, reflection, and musings which bleed seductively into lyrics that are lost in time, but still affect the heart. Lyrics have a way of doing that.

Before her show -- which will also be her album release show -- at the Cedar Cultural Center, Gimme Noise caught up with the singer to find out about her connection to Dave Eggers and Anders Nilson and what took her out of Minnesota.
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