Downtown Music Festival announces 2014 lineup

Categories: Just Announced
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Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring is bringing back his winning intensity.
The esteemed folks at Downtown Records are bringing an excellent music festival to Minneapolis in September. Headlined by one of the breakout bands of the year, Future Islands, this grouping of acts represents a jolt to kick off the fall.

Hosted by the Skyway Theatre, events will be spread over the weekend of September 26-27 in the venue's Mainroom, Studio B, and Loft.

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Doomtree's new track ".38 Airweight" explores mind of subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz

Categories: Doomtree
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The official push for Doomtree's follow-up to 2011's No Kings is underway with ".38 Airweight." A forboding beat by Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger -- originally called "Cheesy Crusty," they told the Current -- pushes the crew's missives into dark territory as they explore 1980s subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz. The controversial figure shot four young black men who were allegedly trying to mug him, and sparked a national conversation about what role guns should play in our society.

The song's title refers to the model of Smith & Wesson Goetz was carrying, and it's expected to appear on the third official Doomtree album. No title or release date has been announced just yet, but the track is streaming all over the place.

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Off With Their Heads' Ryan Young riding bike to Denver for charity

Categories: Gimme News, Q&A

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Erik Hess
Off With Their Heads at the Triple Rock in 2013

Off With Their Heads' Ryan Young likes to challenge himself. That's why he scheduled a 900+ mile bike ride from Minneapolis to Denver where the musician is betting that his stubbornness will overcome his conditioning.

Young and fellow musician Brad Lokkesmoe (Dear Landlord/the Gateway District) first planned the trip on a whim, later deciding they should help out a good cause while they push their limits. The two have launched an Indiegogo project to raise the funds, using only a minimal amount for their own travel expenses (food and lodging) and donating the lump sum remainder to save.org, a local suicide awareness organization.

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Off With Their Heads return home

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10 classic punk records that are actually awful

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Courtesy of the Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen: Bad? No. But classic? Also no.

I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more apparent that after their eponymous first record, the Ramones just kept trying to make the same record over and over again.

This, of course, isn't really news, though -- and the Ramones will always be considered to be the epitome of punk -- but it made me think. Curiosity, as they say, kills the cat, and even though I should know better, my epiphany about Rocket to Russia has led me down the following path: What other classic punk records have not aged well?


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Desdamona is a rapping lunch lady in new Kmart ad

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop
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L-R: Nikki Lynette and Desdamona just made it rain... corn.

A year after the back-to-school campaign featuring Da Rich Kidzz, KMart once again taps into the local scene with a new commercial starring Desdamona as a rapping lunchlady. It's a fun spot that plays off her natural energy as an MC, and she appreciated the opportunity to do something a little outside the box.

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Overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014: The best quotations

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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10 Thousand Sounds Festival 2014 rocked downtown Minneapolis

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Photo By Anna Gulbrandsen

City Pages 10 Thousand Sounds Festival
Featuring Poliça, Sylvan Esso, Allan Kingdom, Carroll, Frankie Teardrop, and Tree Blood
Downtown Minneapolis
Saturday, July 26, 2014

On a day that started out sweltering and gradually cooled comfortably in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, a talented cross-section of local bands -- some on the verge of breaking out, and others nationally recognized -- delivered disparate but inspired sets at the second annual 10 Thousand Sounds festival. With the city skyline towering majestically over the proceedings, the intensity built all day long until Poliça's last area show of the year.

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The Music of 10 Thousand Sounds 2014


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Lil Debbie at Fine Line, 7/26/14

Categories: Last Night
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Lil Debbie
with Sweetz P, Chi City, and Chase Compton
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lil Debbie returned to the Fine Line Saturday for what turned out to be a headlining performance, as Chicago's Katie Got Bandz (filling in for Lil Durk, who had to cancel his appearance) ended up not showing up. The Oakland rapper held her own alongside some unannounced touring partners and local firebrand Sweetz P for a hyped 16+ crowd.


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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 7/28-8/3

Categories: Concert Preview

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Wooden Shjips -- See Saturday

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

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Scenes from a wedding at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Photo by Drew Ailes
Tiffany and Dip Set, juggalo bride and groom, exhange vows.
"Please, we ask you to hold your Faygo until the wedding begins," a woman with electric green braids instructs the crowd. Standing anxiously nearby is the groom, outfitted in a Jack Skellington top hat. His big day has arrived -- he is about to be wed to the love of his life, here at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio.

"I'm gonna try and fuck her in the butt tonight," he jokes.

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