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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Weather Maps: I had to get some things off my chest

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Weather Maps| Icehouse| Saturday, August 16
It's always the quiet ones who surprise you. Jimmy Stofer is best known for his work in Van Stee, Rose Hill Drive, the Fray, Ryan Bingham, Scars On 45, Cary Brothers, and Flobots, but the musician is stepping out from behind the bass for his project Weather Maps. On his new album, Painted Stripes, Jimmy is essentially a one-man band who siphons all of his influences from his other works to blend into his version of synthy indie-rock -- a genre that is constantly being redefined. Painted Stripes is an amalgamation of words and notes that connect less tangible things: feelings and emotions that often are fleeting.

Gimme Noise caught up with Stofer before his album release at Icehouse on Saturday night to see how his other projects led to Weather Maps and what it's like for him to take a lead role in a band.
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Chiefs of the North: We don't have to think -- we can just rock

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Chiefs of the North | The Cabooze | Friday, August 8
Minneapolis band Chiefs of the North have taken a step out of the garage to a real studio on their latest album, Reach. With the help of Ed Ackerson, the group polished up their sound that connects the dots between muscular blues, roots rock, and the classics. Don't be afraid to turn it up to 11 when you have Reach on your speakers.

Gimme Noise caught up with the band before their album release at the Cabooze on Friday night to chat about Canadian Mounties and how the changing of a band member can shift the dynamics of a band.  More »

Tropical Depression: I recorded a bunch of songs because I was on a yacht

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When you hear the name Tropical Depression, it may not sound like something joyful to let loose on your ears, but in all honesty, the Minneapolis band's self-titled debut is a wonderful treat. Their sound is sunny, blissed-out guitar synth-pop that has plenty of neat, slo-mo hooks. The album and band don't seem to take themselves too seriously either, which is such a rarity nowadays. 

The new project is something hatched from Vicious Vicious' Erik Appelwick with the help of Martin Dosh, James Buckley, and Adam Krinsky and tells of Applewick's adventures recording on a yacht. Via his Facebook page he shares, "The album is mostly an autobiographical account of the travels and tribulations, wanderings and meanderings, islands and beaches, party people, and paparazzi I encountered along the way from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Cape of Good Hope, Straits of Magellan to Micronesia."

Before the band's album release at Icehouse on Saturday, we caught up with Erik to chat about his adventures on the water and what influenced the sound on this album.

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Sun Gods to Gamma Rays: We wanted to see what our friends would do with our tracks

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Remixing a song is a way to breathe new life into a track and reimagine it as if it lived in a parallel world. When Minneapolis band Sun Gods to Gamma Rays approached some friends to help retrace their steps, the results came back in pieces that are sometimes haunting, sometimes intense, but always alluring. The remix treatment to The Water The Wave has resulted in a wholly new album, with only scant echoes of the original remain.

Gimme Noise caught up with the band before their album release this weekend at the Kitty Cat Klub to talk about who helped remake their songs and their intentions on redoing their entire album.

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