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 (left) and Big Cats
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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Jourdan Myers: Life's not a pop song

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Jourdan Myers | Aster Cafe | Tuesday, September 9
Earlier this year, Minneapolis singer Jourdan Myers was fed up with the Midwest's harshest winter in decades. She picked up copies of new album, Ruin Me With Love, and headed southeast for North Carolina.

Fast forward to the end of summer, and Myers is back in the Cities to officially release Ruin Me With Love. The record hovers on the edges of folk and soul with production that mixes both acoustic and electronic elements. Myers creates comforting songs acknowledging the transience of life and the importance of metamorphosis.

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Jenny Dalton: I was an introvert living an extroverted lifestyle

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Some artists, like Jenny Dalton, sneak into your consciousness without you ever realizing it. Recently, the Minneapolis musician took some time away from the Cities to retreat to Stillwater, allowing her to nurture and write new tracks for her new album, Black Water. The record lives on the edges of singer-songwiter indie-rock, but has elements of haunting ambient rock thrown in. Black Water gently buzzes with soft static and the rustle of life's more humble, quiet moments; listen to it on a late evening with the windows open as summer gives away to autumn.

Gimme Noise caught up with the singer before her album release at the 331 Club on Friday night, where she will be sharing the stage with some friends, along with her baby that's set to make its debut a couple of weeks after the record release show.

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Botzy: I'm never going to bite my tongue

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It's hard to believe that it's only been a little over a year since Adam Botsford AKA Botzy and his band Culture Cry Wolf called it quits. When he meets with Gimme Noise, he's in between a studio session and a performance, and is apologetic for trying to squeeze so many things in one evening. All of this is merely a reflection of the breakneck speed of his career. There's no waiting for anyone not on board with what he is doing.

On his new album, aptly titled I'll Be Underground When I'm Dead (Vol. 1), the songs are the b-side tracks to another upcoming album. On Underground, Botzy trades in his traditional rapping for some new experiments, pushing the limits with his vocals -- often with primal sounds emerging from the soul.

Botzy will celebrate his birthday and releasing the mixtape album at the 7th Street Entry on Friday night, but before he does, he shares the stories behind his journey.

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Inside the joyful noise of Coax From Chuckanut

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Coax From Chuckanut | Aster Cafe | Sunday, August 24
A little quirky and a little bit rock 'n' roll, husband and wife duo Libby and Ryan Sutherland make up the Minneapolis band Coax From Chuckanut. On their self-titled debut album, Libby and Ryan mix heartfelt indie rock and folk adorably.

Gimme Noise caught up with Ryan and Libby before their album release at the Aster Cafe on Sunday night to talk about how they keep their relationship healthy and what it really means to be coaxed from a chuckanut.
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