Little Man: This record breaks down the walls between fan and artist

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When was the last time you heard a voice like that of Little Man's Chris Perricelli? Bewitching and hypnotic, the singer fronts the Minneapolis rock band with his magnetic aura. The group's newest album Original Face is full of nuance and smart construction and is coming out on vinyl due to a successful Kickstarter that included rewards of vintage shopping or making pizza and talking music with Perricelli.

Before the band's album release at the Amsterdam on Friday night, Gimme Noise caught up with Chris to catch up on why he wrestled with the notion of crowdsourcing and find out the meaning behind Original Face.

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Dirt Road Ramblers: We bring honky-tonk to the Twin Cities

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Minneapolis country-roots band The Dirt Road Ramblers do things at their own pace, and it has paid off. On their newest album The Legend of Charley White, the quartet have unearthed a sound that balances twang with bar-rocking bliss.

Before their album release at the Dakota Jazz Club on Friday night, the band introduces us to Charley White and tells of their experience of working producer Kevin Bowe (the Replacements, Jonny Lang, Alison Scott).

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The Lowest Pair: We like to think of it as cooperative banjos

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The Lowest Pair are adept storytellers. Sometimes it's with their lyrics, and others it's with their banjos. With musical ties to the Twin Cities, the Olympia, Washington duo are in town to release their newest album 36ยข. Produced by Trampled by Turtles' Dave Simonett, the album carries the weight of the world, yet unfolds into a springboard where they can jump from.

Before their album release on Friday night, Gimme Noise spoke with Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee about Dave and what is so compelling about the banjo.

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Nathan Eliot releases album "14 billion years in the making"

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Nathan Eliot is not like anyone you have met before. The singer-songwriter's intense energy is enough to fill a room. On his debut as a solo artist -- Eliot has written many pieces with other musicians in his long career -- Nathan has immersed his music in the same energy as his personality. Aptly titled, Universe in Me is a scientific journey in ten songs and creates bewitching melodies of heartache and beauty.

Before his album release at the Aster, Stephen Hawking fan Eliot explains how the 12 years it took to make Universe in Me felt like quite a bit longer.

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The Crash Bandits: We play ten songs in nine minutes

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The three young men, no longer boys, of Minneapolis band the Crash Bandits are crammed into a booth of the bar portion of the Triple Rock. Empty beer glasses sit on the table between the three friends as they open up about their new album and excitedly make plans for the next week in Austin, Texas for SXSW. Their third record, Closer, captures much of their charged energy, something that is not easily contained.

Before their album release at the 7th Street Entry -- a place they claim as the "best venue," then glancing to see if anyone has heard, add, "After the Triple Rock, of course," -- the trio shares with Gimme Noise about the new album and moving on from their old fanbase.

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Johnny Questionmark: Writing a great song over a terrible beat isn't going to win people over

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It's hard to categorize John Haine, aka Johnny Questionmark. The performer has the heart of a hip-hop artist, yet creates backing tracks that invite the listener to take a quick breath and dive in. On his new album Falling in Like, Johnny cultivates songs that has the same wooziness as you'd feel after staying up all night to watch the sunrise.

Before his album release show at the Triple Rock on Friday evening, Haine took the time to talk to Gimme Noise about his collaborations with Mac Lethal and Lazerbeak and his struggles and experience with crowd funding his album.
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The Sudden Lovelys: There is bravery involved with risk

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The Sudden Lovelys had a little more time to incubate their thoughts this time around. A few years ago, the folk-rock duo released three albums in one year, an amazing feat that makes any one question what they have done with their life. On their latest album Brave and Alive, husband and wife Paige and Danny Ferraro open up with pieces steeped in sincerity and unfold and develop as you delve deeper.

Gimme Noise caught up with Paige before the band's album release at Icehouse on Saturday to talk about how they involved more musicians on their new album to fill out the sound and how she and Danny stay grounded in such a chaotic world.
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Jack Ventimiglia: Making this album was a catharsis

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Jack Ventimiglia is a man of a thousand faces. The Minneapolis singer has reinvented himself on his new solo project, breaking away from his old works in Housepet, which was meant to be a full band venture. Turns out that band never really came to fruition after Jack put out a Housepet EP. With his self-titled project, Ventimiglia has created a new world on his album Transdigital. The pieces are straightforward and revealing with no veneer of irony.

Jack spoke with Gimme Noise before his album release at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday evening on the evolution of his sound and what prompted him to finish this new album.  


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Emot: You have hope in little spurts and you revel in that

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We have Emot to save us during this eternal winter. The Minneapolis/St. Paul band created an understatedly dark and intricate album on their third time around -- perfect for a winter evening. Principal songwriter Matt Leavitt admits that he and drummer Dan Choma have an affinity for lo-fi music, and they couldn't get enough of it during this frozen season. The songs are better for it. Dan says, "We actually put in a request that winter would last forever this year."

Before their album release at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday, Dan and Matt sat down and spoke with Gimme Noise about working with producer Brian Moen and how they interpret hope -- in their music and personal lives.

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Lovely Dark: We tried delving deeper on this album

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Lovely Dark is the perfect description of the Minneapolis band's sound. Their brand of folk-flavored indie rock mixes the beauty of their voices with untamed intensity. On their third album Into the Roil, the sextet returns with their most accomplished batch of songs yet.

Before their album release show at Cause on Saturday night, Travis and Sonia Even along with Ben Johnston sat down with Gimme Noise to shed some light on their album and the hidden symbolism behind the record.
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