Andy Richardson Memorial Benefit Show Coming to Triple Rock

Categories: Good Cause
Andy Richardson's many friends are bonding together for this benefit.

The Twin Cities music community lost one of their own in Andy Richardson this past September. Now several of his musician friends, including Dillinger Four, have joined together for a benefit show this weekend at Triple Rock.

The remaining members of the Crush, Richardson's anthemic pop-punk group, are also reforming for the evening, and several lineups that might never be seen again are expected. Like the recent benefit auction, which featured items donated by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the Black Keys, all proceeds are set to benefit Richardson's family.

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RIP, Andy Richardson, member of "a bazillion" Twin Cities bands

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The Cabooze Is 40: Memories and Highlights

Categories: Gimme Noise
Photo by Ryan Siverson
Many exciting sold-out shows have hit the Cabooze over the years.

Open since 1974, the Cabooze has made its name through booking a variety of R&B, reggae, and rock acts, all the while supporting local bands who have gone on to play larger stages in front of national audiences. Serving niches of R&B/blues in the '70s and jam rock today, the venue has a history of booking something for everybody.

The Cabooze has hosted James Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Snoop Dogg, Social Distortion, Sheryl Crow, and locals such as the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Trampled By Turtles, and oh so many more. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards once came and stood front row to watch Peter Tosh play.

The club's reputation was established by early booker Charlie Campbell, who was with the venue until 1982. Since 2006 it has been owned by the After Midnight Group, which also owns the Cowboy Jacks restaurants and Sally's in Dinkytown.

Gimme Noise sought out some stories from the staff and from others around town. This is far from an exhaustive history, but nonetheless these are some of the nights that stood out. After all, notes booker Jeff Taube, "There's a story every night, it's if you can remember them all."

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RIP Cabooze manager Jason Aukes

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Hardcore Crayons Return Triumphant With Zozzled

Categories: Album Release

Sharolyn Hagen
Minneapolis trio Hardcore Crayons

Hardcore Crayons | Triple Rock Social Club | Friday, November 21
Gimme Noise recently bro'd out with Minneapolis experimental rock trio Hardcore Crayons over some Hamms in the hopes of uncovering the secret to their staying power.

What we found was surprisingly simple: drummer Jake Kirkman, guitarist/vocalist Dan Chizek, and bassist/vocalist Dominic Hanft have built a band on a solid foundation of friendship and their shared laissez-faire, don't-give-a-fuck approach to maneuvering any aspect of being a musician -- other than actually making the music itself.

Rather than burning out on their own ambition, Hardcore Crayons has turned their band into what Jake sees as a "sanctuary." In anticipation of Friday's Zozzled release show at the Triple Rock, here's more from our conversation.

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

Categories: Local Frames

Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

Barbara Jean's new video starts this week on a good note. We've also got new clips from Garrison Grouse, Hardcore Crayons, Nicholas David, Harbor and Home, and a lighthearted vid from General B & the Wiz. We're also featuring live performance videos from Sarah Krueger, the Naymes, a North Shore Sessions from Bahamas (filmed at Harriet Brewing), and the trailer for Flood Tide, with a soundtrack by Dark Dark Dark. Enjoy!

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Usher at Xcel Energy Center, 11/18/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Mike Madison
This looks a lot better than it was.

Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The high points of Usher's poorly paced, unfocused performance at the Xcel Energy Center last night were two ballads -- "Climax" and "Burn" -- about lovers refusing to admit that a relationship has reached its natural end. In an arena that was less than half full, its 7,000 paying customers rarely loud enough to fill the dead air when the singer pointed his mic toward them, the songs' themes inadvertently suggested a dark commentary on the (former?) star's career.

Less dramatically, let's admit that Usher is at an awkward age: Hardly the dominant pop R&B figure of just a decade ago, he's not yet commercially irrelevant enough to admit he's an oldies act. Last night's set list reflected this confusion.

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Slideshow: Usher Heats Up the Xcel Energy Center

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In Defense of Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Documentary

We still roll with Grohl.

As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, yet more angry voices have emerged.

Accusations have been thrown at Grohl and the band for seeking "respectability by proxy," and at the show for being "nothing more than promotion for the Foo Fighters and their new record," as well as a "bloated, rambling... gimmick." Is the show perfect? Good Lord, no.

For all of this series' flaws, however, the touring-in-2015 Foo Fighters' concept of making an album of songs that are each inspired by different places in the country is actually a great one. Yes, we'd like the show more if there was more music history and less Foo Fighters stuff, but this series has been entirely worthwhile. Here are our favorite moments from each of the first five episodes.

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Rage Against the Machine's The Battle of Los Angeles: Still Relevant 15 Years Later

Categories: History
Fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy.

It was no coincidence that Rage Against the Machine released The Battle of Los Angeles on what's traditionally observed as Election Day in the United States in 1999. The 2000 election season was already in gear, with Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore setting up to spar -- but Rage struck first.

The band's third studio album claimed the top spot on the charts, and burned with unbridled rebellion fueled by Zack de la Rocha's radical rhymes and Tom Morello's experimental mastery on guitar.

In many ways, the world hasn't changed nearly enough in the past 15 years. Here's why The Battle of Los Angeles feels as urgent now as it did when it was first unleashed.

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Psych Rockers Waveless Rise From the Ashes of Total Trash

Categories: Interview
Photo by Caitlin Angelica
L-R: Dustin McChesney, Jared Sather, and Hannah Fraser

Waveless | Hexagon Bar | Friday, November 21
It's a Friday night in New Orleans and Waveless are stuck without a show. A friend of a friend has an idea. She tells the slower and dreamier reincarnation of former Minneapolis hardcore band Total Trash to meet her at a French Quarter bar at 1 a.m. It will be there that she'll be joined by an oogle with a bleached mohawk, ripped clothing, head-to-toe tattoos, and numerous visible scars. He has a PA and promises to hook them up.

Their new friend begins rolling a joint in the middle of the bar and invites Waveless singer and guitarist Dustin McChesney to join him outside. The oogle lights the joint, attracting the attention of a homeless man carrying a massive battery. He wants a toke. The oogle refuses. The bum starts swinging at the oogle, who retaliates by dragging him into the street and repeatedly punching him in the face.

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Run the Jewels: "We're Gonna Be Working Together for Years"

Photo by Vic Michael
El-P and Killer Mike just making some Run the Jewels hand gestures. Nothing more.

Run the Jewels with Ratking and Despot | Fine Line Music Cafe | Thursday, November 20 (sold out)
Killer Mike and El-P have impacted rap in a big way yet again with the release of their second free album as the duo Run the Jewels in October.

They've since been selling out venues across the country on their recent tour. The record is a no-holds-barred representation of the advanced levels they're working on, pummeling through El-P's production with some striking bars and harrowing subject matter. Gimme Noise talked with Killer Mike and El-P about their upcoming show, and the hardest song to finish on their new album.

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Julian Casablancas + the Voidz at First Avenue, 11/17/14


Julian Casablancas + the Voidz
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Monday, November 17, 2014

If Julian Casablancas wanted to take the easy route, he would just headline festivals with the band that made him famous.

It also would have been easier for the 36-year-old singer to follow up his first solo album with more danceable synth pop, rather than the abrasive noise rock of this year's Tyranny. He then could have built a tour around Strokes hits plus his more-accessible solo material and let everyone in the crowd go home happy. See where this is going?

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