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 Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 11/3-6

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Bob Dylan -- See Tuesday-Thursday!

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/31-11/2

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Slowdive -- See Friday!

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Macaulay Culkin and the Pizza Underground's Layered Appeal

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The Pizza Underground | First Avenue | Saturday, November 1
When Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band surfaced last fall, we all assumed it wouldn't be long before they were cast aside with the likes of "Chocolate Rain" and philosoraptor. But the joke was on us -- the Pizza Underground's bizarre blend of novelty has kept them blipping the radar steadily since their bewildering debut last November, and now they're bringing their stuffed-crust Lou Reed impression to First Avenue this Saturday.

The show, which is in support of locally raised oddball treasure Har Mar Superstar, comes two weeks shy of the Pizza Underground's one-year anniversary. With them en route to playing Minneapolis's flagship club, we have to ask ourselves: How did the Pizza Underground manage turn a shtick into something that sticks?


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The Stand4rd Are the New Twin Cities Rap Supergroup

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L-R: Allan Kingdom, Psymun, Spooky Black, and Bobby Raps

The Stand4rd | Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Saturday, November 1
"Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps... Psymun, Spooky Black -- I see you! Keep winnin'! Keep bein' the best!" That's the booming voice of DJ Khaled.

At minimum, a Miami rap mogul took 20 seconds out of a career normally reserved for teaming with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West to propose a YouTube toast to a semi-known St. Paul hip-hop and R&B group's November 4 album release. At max, this is only the beginning of the surreality involving the Stand4rd.


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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 10/27-30

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Kimbra -- See Thursday!

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The Person & the People: "We Have a Truly Stupid Sense of Humor"

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The Person and the People | Triple Rock Social Club | Sunday, October 26
Less than a year after the Person & the People released Big Whoop, the St. Paul quartet are set to release another album of taut, catchy power pop, What a Drag. The crisp riffs and plentiful harmonies drive the songs forward.

Ahead of their record release show, Gimme Noise spoke with vocalist/guitarist Nick Costa. He detailed the new album's recording process, how their collective sense of humor colors their music, and the reason why he was the only one who didn't clap while recording What a Drag.


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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/24-26

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The Black Keys -- See Friday!
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Southside Desire Welcome New Life and New Sounds on Soulful Second Album

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From left: Gloria Iacono, Damien Tank, Trevor Engelbrektson, Marvel Devitt, Paul Puleo, Joy Spika
Southside Desire | 7th St. Entry | Wednesday, October 22
"At the time of [our second album's release party] I'm going to be nine months pregnant," explains Southside Desire lead vocalist Marvel Devitt, resting her hands unconsciously on her stomach. "I try and think of it as the newest member of the band. We'll have to train our baby to play tambourine real quick."

Devitt, her husband and songwriting partner Trevor Engelbrektson, drummer Damien Tank, and vocalist Joy Spika are gathered at vocalist Gloria Iacono's Nicollet Island home. The semi-industrial apartment would be an awesome place for her bandmates' kids to play. There are all sorts of fun nooks and curtains to hide behind, and a Milky Way mural begging to be a backdrop for outer space adventures.


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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 10/20-10/23

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Rhye -- See Thursday!

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