Editorial Mistakes Affect Musicians From All Walks of Life

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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
Here is an excellent photograph of Ashley DuBose -- not Mina Moore.

This week, an open letter seriously questioned the City Pages music section's journalistic integrity and accused us of marginalizing female black musicians. This was a far more thought-out argument than the daily insults lobbed in our direction, and several prominent musicians in the community grabbed hold of it on social media.

For those unaware, the criticism stemmed from Sarah Stanley-Ayre's review of last Saturday's Tickle Torture show at the 7th St. Entry. In the story, our writer mistakenly identified unannounced special guest Ashley DuBose as Mina Moore, and Moore voiced her displeasure in the letter naming myself, Stanley-Ayre, and City Pages. I contacted Moore privately after seeing the letter, but here is a public response.

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Paul Weller at Varsity Theater, 9/10/14

Categories: Last Night
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Photo By Steve Cohen

Paul Weller
with DJ Jake Rudh
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
September 10, 2014

After more than a 20-year absence from local stages, U.K. rocker Paul Weller triumphantly returned to Minneapolis last night to show his musical progeny exactly how it's done. The always stylish Modfather delighted the sold-out Varsity Theater with a career-spanning, nearly two-hour set that showcased his top-notch band as well as his versatile, genre-blending arsenal of hits.

See also:
Praise Mod: Catching Up With Paul Weller

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Replacements' Minneapolis Map Traces the Band's History

Categories: Replacements
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Kevin Cannon/Pat Ganley

In another example of graphic design making our cluttered lives less so, the history of the Replacements can now be disseminated via a new map.

Ahead of this weekend's Midway Stadium show, cartoonist/cartographer (cartoonographer?) Kevin Cannon and pal Pat Ganley hatched this collaboration to follow the 'Mats' journey to notoriety and greatness around the Minneapolis metro. Back in 2007, Cannon created the Rock Atlas for City Pages that still hangs in our office.

See also:
Midway Stadium's Rock 'n' Roll History: 1993-2014

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P.O.S. Gets His Own Glam Doll Donut

Categories: Doomtree
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Original photo by Isaac Gale & Graham Tolbert/Photoshop

This weekend, P.O.S. officially returns to the stage as a solo artist. As curator and performer at the Fucking Best Show Ever, he'll fit within a mix of experimental hip-hop, R&B, and electronic textures. It could well be one of the most savory and unexpected live experiences of the year.

Speaking of savory, Glam Doll Donuts decided to get into the spirit this week with the Best Donut Ever. Like the wasabi-tinged "Hot Messersmith" from May, they're not playin'.

See also:
P.O.S. announces first solo show since his kidney transplant

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Open Mike Eagle on the hip-hop and podcast sides of his brain

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop
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Open Mike Eagle's recent album Dark Comedy stands as one of the year's best so far, deftly juggling thought-provoking lyrics, skillful flows, and a comedic approach to create a wholly compelling listen. He also runs his own podcast, Secret Skin, where he talks about some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of independent artistry.

This weekend, you'll get the chance to see him as a hip-hop performer -- during the P.O.S.-curated Fucking Best Show Ever, alongside Le1f, Busdriver, SZA, and more. He'll also be in town as a podcast conversationalist during Greenroom Magazine's Issue 3 release, featuring a live recording of the podcast Shots Fired alongside guests P.O.S. and Dam Funk. Gimme Noise spoke with Open Mike Eagle about his various projects and this weekend's show.

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

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

A new video from Bob Mould gets things going this week at Local Frames. We've also got new clips from Leisure Birds, the Ocean Blue, Chatham Rise, Tiny Moving Parts, Pieta Brown, and a promotional video for P.O.S.'s festival on Saturday. We're also featuring stirring performance videos from Cloud Cult, Grant Hart, and Hammerhead at Grumpy's along with Cows' Shannon Selberg. Enjoy!

See also:
Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week (The Persian Leaps, Trampled By Turtles, Tender Meat, the 4onthefloor, and more)

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Praise Mod: Catching Up With Paul Weller

Categories: Interview
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Paul Weller | Varsity Theater | Wednesday, September 10
The U.K. music scene over the past four decades would be a mundane imitation of itself without the influence of Paul Weller. Whether he was writing songs for the Jam, the Style Council, or his prosperous years as a solo artist, Weller consistently shaped the sound of cool Britannia. The Modfather's spirited material and impeccable fashion sense helped bridge the restless creative gap between punk, new wave, blue-eyed northern soul, and Britpop, and drive a new generation of bands.

In between Riot Fest stops in Toronto and Chicago, Weller's four-date club tour includes a sold-out Minneapolis show tonight at the Varsity Theater. Weller is touring behind his just-released greatest hits compilation, More Modern Classics (a follow-up to 1998's quintessential retrospective, Modern Classics). Gimme Noise caught up with Weller from his U.K. home in between his viewing of episodes of Band of Brothers. He reflected on different stages of his long, prestigious musical career, what he thinks about the younger acts appropriating his sound, and what we can expect from his show tonight.

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ZVEX Effects Team Remembers Departed Friend Andy Richardson

Categories: Obituary
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Photo courtesy of ZVEX Effects

Last week, the local community mourned Andrew Richardson's life of creativity and caring coming to an early end. The musician, sound engineer, husband, and father was only 36.

Aside from his family and bandmates, among those hit hardest by his death were his coworkers at ZVEX Effects, a boutique company specializing in high-end guitar pedals and other accessories. There, Richardson was an integral part of the team, who brought humor and expertise to work every day. Here are some tributes from the staff.

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


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Midway Stadium's Rock 'n' Roll History: 1993-2014

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Cover design by Emily Utne

It's a bitch staging a rock concert in a minor-league baseball stadium. Weather risks, damage-prone turf, massive production costs, scheduling nightmares, deafening decibels in the neighborhood, and convincing 15,000 people to show up is no, ahem, walk in the park.

Unlike that of clubs set up to host bands nightly, the primary function of the blue behemoth of Energy Park, Midway Stadium, was St. Paul Saints baseball. From 1993 on, Saints co-owner Mike Veeck and executive VP Tom Whaley conspired to let rock take over -- occasionally. Each large-scale concert was like a baserunner with bad hamstrings jockeying between the Saints' 50-game home calendar and bands' touring routes. There were scores, yes. But some hard lessons too.

See also:
Midway Stadium: A Photo History

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The Replacements Perform "Alex Chilton" on The Tonight Show

Categories: Replacements
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Photo via Facebook
The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg at 30 Rock
The Replacements made a huge splash on Tuesday evening's The Tonight Show. Leading up to the group's first Twin Cities show in 23 years this week at Midway Stadium, the guys busted through "Alex Chilton" with poise.

Announced just last week, the performance marks the band's return to 30 Rock after a notorious ban from Saturday Night Live in 1986. Social media photos from the visit confirm that they interacted with the evening's guest, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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