A Guide to Soundset 2015's Lesser-Known Acts

The top of Soundset's lineup is superb, but who's down at the bottom?

Atmosphere. J Cole. Ice Cube. Ludacris. To anyone with any sense, these names immediately pop off the page of the Soundset 2015 lineup, but the list does not stop after the marquee names.

Down where the font gets little resides a host of talented emcees, rap collectives, and DJs who make up the meat of the festival. They might not have the curb appeal of major-label radio stars like Big Sean or the local appeal of hometown heroes like Sean Anonymous, but these lesser-known roster slots are how you'll be filling your Sunday before the headliners take the stage.

Rather than have you waste your time wandering from stage to stage in hopes of stumbling upon a good time, Gimme Noise has decided to do the legwork for you. Here's the lowdown on Soundset's less-familiar faces.

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Trampled by Turtles Reveal 2015 Festival Palomino Lineup

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Trampled by Turtles at 2014's inaugural Festival Palomino

The Trampled by Turtles-curated Festival Palomino has announced a big-time lineup for the festival's second go-around.

The 2015 iteration of Festival Palomino is set for Saturday, September 19, once again taking place at Canterbury Park.

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Five Bands to See at This Year's Warped Tour

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Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival 2015 Lineup Announced

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Charlie Parr

The Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival is putting the fun back in fundraiser. Now in its fifth year, the fest has revealed its 2015 lineup, featuring a full day of music, ranging from roots and blues, of course, to more experimental musical fare along the way.

The festival will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, near Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. The first wave of acts has just been announced, including Charlie Parr, Fury Things, Willie Murphy & Angel Headed Hipsters, "Spider" John Koerner, Black Market Brass, Eleganza, Savage Aural Hotbed, and 15 other acts spread across five stages.

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Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival, 7/19/2014

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There's Music, Too: Coachella Weekend Two Set Reviews

Photo by Timothy Norris
Some say the music is better at Coachella on weekend two. Acts have had time work out technical kinks and refine their set lists, and a crowd less thick with scenesters and industry types responds with greater enthusiasm, upping the energy level all over the polo fields. That certainly seemed to be the case for Lil B, who rebounded from a meandering, freestyle-heavy first weekend with a hits-filled second showing.

How did other acts fare on Coachella's second, hotter (literally -- temps hit 97) weekend? Here are reviews and recaps of some of the most noteworthy sets, from AC/DC, Azealia Banks, Axwell /\ Ingrosso and more.

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Coachella Weekend One Set Reviews
You're Never Too Old For Coachella

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A Select Guide to This Summer's Midwest Music Festivals

Categories: Festivals
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With spring here and the warmer months right around the corner, now seems as good of a time as any to start making summer plans. For music fans, big festivals regularly crowd the summer concert calendar as the temperature begins to rise. These festivals offer music lovers a shot at seeing a ton of fantastic acts in a small amount of time and space.

This year in particular, the Midwestern states have an assortment of quality music festivals lined up, from right here in Minneapolis to the middle of Michigan. And though they'll all leave your wallet a little lighter, they'll surely give you plenty of musical memories that will last well into next summer and beyond.

Here are the 10 Midwest music festivals we're most looking forward to this summer.

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Homegrown Music Festival Reveals Lineup and Twin Cities Invasion

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Actual Wolf is one of many acts set to play the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival has been a shimmering, understated jewel in the North Country concert music calendar for 16 years now. It routinely showcases the best bands from throughout Minnesota, while strengthening the already hearty artistic community in Duluth.

For the past three years, the folks in Duluth have shared some of their fun with us here in the Twin Cities with a friendly invasion from the North, sending a slew of musical ambassadors to rock our local stages with an all-Duluth lineup, while generating interest in their burgeoning festival.

The folks behind Homegrown have just revealed the stellar lineups for their week-long festivities in Duluth, as well as their expertly curated Twin Cities Invasion at the Turf Club, with Minnesota music squarely in the spotlight where it belongs.

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Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival 2015 Lineup

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Bon Iver is back!
The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner, has come into focus. The two-day event set for this July 17-18 in rural Wisconsin has gone from an enigma to a lineup boasting some of the best talent from the Midwest and beyond.

The organizers chose a fragmented way to announce the performers, opting to write an artist's name on the mailing sent out to early ticket purchasers. The first round featured soul singer Charles Bradley, icy synth rockers Polica, black metal specialists Liturgy, Twin Cities rap collective Doomtree, Duluth experimental rockers Low, and Japanese noise punks Melt-Banana are among the acts announced. Update: headliners Bon Iver (in their first performance since 2012), the National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, and many more performers have joined the 40-act lineup.

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Decoding Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival

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Taste of Minnesota 2015 Will Return to Waconia

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A Taste of Minnesota will be back at the Carver County Fairgrounds near scenic Lake Waconia, and sort of near the Twin Cities..

A Taste of Minnesota seems to have found a semi-permanent home. The food and music festival will return July 2-5 to the Carver County Fairground in Waconia this summer.

After flooding doused the fest's chances at Harriet Island last year, Waconia opened up its grounds 40 miles west of the Twin Cities as a backup. Note: It was not one of our recommendations for a new location.

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Six Spots to Put Taste of Minnesota in 2015

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Sound Unseen Reveals 2014 Film Festival Lineup

Categories: Festivals, Film
Heaven Adores You
Elliott Smith on on tour, circa 1998

The festivities for Sound Unseen's 15th annual Film+Music+Art Festival kick off in grand -- if a bit bittersweet -- fashion this year.

Leading the impressive slate of films just announced is the Minnesota premiere of Nickolas Rossi's film, Heaven Adores You. It's an intimate look at both the life and music of Elliott Smith. Rossi and producer Marc Smolowitz will be in attendance at the premiere.

Sound Unseen is set to take place between November 12-16, with films screening at McNally Smith College of Music and the Bedlam Theatre in St. Paul, and the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis. The full schedule is below.

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A new way to sneak pot into music festivals

Categories: Festivals
Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet

One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable?

Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wrist accessory that unscrews to reveal a nickel bowl and wooden bead mouthpiece. It complements the Secret Smoker Headpiece, a headband that camouflages your intentions with three festival-friendly fabric flowers. The products are the brainchild of the sunny, pink-haired pothead Megan Arseneaux, who sells about 25 to 35 a week on her Etsy shop, she says, under the name Alice Moon.

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