The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 4/24-26

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Hiss Golden Messenger -- see Saturday!
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Pale Spectre Let Their Music Do Most of the Talking

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Aaron Hammerly, vocalist of Pale Spectre

Pale Spectre| 7th St. Entry | Saturday, April 25
It's a sunny Sunday afternoon at Bob's Java Hut, and the roar of traffic on Lyndale combines with those of motorcycles pulling up to the spot. We're having an afternoon coffee with several members of Pale Spectre, a fairly new local band preparing to make its big debut at BNLXFest III this Saturday evening at the Entry.

Twenty-one-year-old vocalist Aaron Hammerly fidgets somewhat nervously, the wind tousling his blonde hair. Pale Spectre is his first band, and he's had to get over his stage fright fast at their first show.

"That was at Honey last October," Hammerly recounts. They didn't have much material yet and only played four songs. "The first time I actually sang was in front of these people," he says.

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PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar to Host New Weekly Music Series

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Overlooking Mears Park in Downtown St. Paul, PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar is housed in the historic former Noyes & Cutler Building. The former home of the Wood's Chocolate Factory has been transformed into a full service restaurant and lounge open daily for lunch, dinner, and late-night cocktails. Now they are adding one more element into the mix: music. Beginning this Friday, April 24, 2015, the restaurant will host bands such as Yeti Steady, the Thomas Nordlund Trio, LOTT, and more.

Gimme Noise caught up with PUBLIC's music coordinator, Eric Carranza, to get his take on the promising music scene that is blossoming in St. Paul, and the direction that he sees it heading in the next few years.


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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 4/20-23

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Lightning Bolt -- see Monday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 4/17-19

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They Might Be Giants -- see Saturday (at the Electric Fetus and First Avenue)!
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Information Society Reemerges into the Synth-Pop Spotlight

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Information Society reintroduce themselves to the world
Information Society | Fine Line Music Cafe | Saturday, April 18

With all of Information Society's success, it's easy to forget that they were a fledgling Minneapolis band in the early '80s. They struggled to secure their first gig at 7th St. Entry, just like most new bands. "We didn't know how to get booked," says founding member Paul Robb.

InSoc don't have to worry about that problem anymore. The synth-pop forebears triumphantly return home this weekend to celebrate the release of _hello world, their first new album featuring the three original core members -- Robb, Kurt Harland, and James Cassidy -- in 23 years.

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Twin Shadow Brings Sexy Back to Minneapolis

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Back in the venue that Prince made famous, Twin Shadow -- aka George Lewis, Jr. -- returns with a new album that blends a poppier sound with his synth-rock aesthetic. Beneath his intoxicating beats, Lewis infuses soul and sensual rhythms that are reminiscent of the Purple One. On his new record, Eclipse, the Dominican-born, bicoastal musician unleashes the "mainstream" rock star that lives inside his songs.

Before his show at First Avenue tonight, Gimme Noise chatted with George about his last show in Minneapolis, and his thoughts on well-behaved Midwesterners.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 4/13-16

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Damien Rice -- see Wednesday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 4/10-12

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Caribou -- see Sunday!
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Guster Stays Sincere On Their New Album, Evermotion

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Guster | State Theatre | Thursday, April 9
Guster is back, but then again, the Boston band has never really left. The quartet may be tired of hearing how their sound has changed over the last 24 years, but what band doesn't undergo some form of evolution over all that time? Tracks off their new album, Evermotion, move in waves of atmospheric shoegaze and synth elements, but underneath, their indie-pop roots still run deep.

Before their show at the State Theatre on Thursday evening, Gimme Noise caught up with lead singer Ryan Miller to chat about Chris Martin, working in an office, and how one bad record could ruin their career.
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