Patty and the Buttons Party Like It's 1919

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Patty and the Buttons | Heights Theater | Saturday, November 29
Patrick "Patty" Harison has a career much like a patchwork quilt. After crafting his musical style in New Orleans for five years, the 29-year-old musician has been making a living as a sideman for many projects including the Cactus Blossoms and Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers, and now finally his solo project Patty and the Buttons.

Their debut record, The Mercury Blues, is steeped in the traditions of jazz, blues, and western swing. The band's new studio album opens the door and settles you inside a speakeasy during the prohibition era.

On a snowy November morning in a St. Paul coffee shop, Harison opens up about his past and explains his love for music from bygone eras.  
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This Interview With Nallo Took a Turn for the Bizarre

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Nallo | Hexagon Bar | Friday, November 4
Minneapolis psychedelic garage rock band Nallo have just released their latest album, Breather. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Hollow Boys frontman Ali Jafaar at his Ecstattic Studio, the record expands the band's sonic capabilities. It feels just as great as it sounds.

In the style of an anonymous Dateline interview -- no one knows why they did it -- the band answered some of our pressing questions before their album release show at the Hexagon on Friday night.
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Bae Tigre: "I Wrote Most of My Songs with Whiskey in the Basement"

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Minneapolis artist Bae Tigre paired up with rapper Botzy and Wesley Opus to create an album that showcases her lovely voice with a creative backdrop of synths and beats. Memoir of a Happy Drifting Chemical is an ambient pleasure that ebbs and flows as it should.

The self-described introvert and board-certified music therapist answered Gimme Noise's questions on how someone who is so guarded performs in public.

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The May North Return With More Sad Songs That Lift You Up

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The May North: Pickin' ain't easy.
The May North | Turf Club | Saturday, November 8
The world is built on stories and the May North have more than they can contain. They turn them to into songs -- the saddest songs you will ever hear. The quartet brings music from Northern Minnesota and folk and bluegrass figure heavily into their aesthetic. Their new album, By a String, is 100 percent now, and yet it sounds like daring music of the past.

Before their album release at the Turf Club on Saturday, the band spoke with Gimme Noise about their progression since the last album and why they are finally ready to release this set of tunes.
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Sun Gods to Gamma Rays: Taking the Middle Way to A Ghost to Find

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Sun Gods to Gamma Rays Record Release Show | Icehouse | Friday, November 7
Following the release of Sun Gods to Gamma Rays' debut EP, The Water, The Wave, in late 2013, it didn't take long for the Minneapolis dream-pop quintet to start thinking about recording a full-length. The results of those creative aspirations can be found on their intoxicating new LP, A Ghost to Find, out today. The band is celebrating with a record release show at Icehouse on Friday night with Votel.

Ahead of their big show, Gimme Noise asked them how live performances shaped their studio sessions, the language barrier they had to overcome to get the rights to their cover art, and the balance between light and darkness that permeates their new material.

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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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