Nonono's Stina Wappling: "Pumpin' Blood" is about taking charge of your own life

Categories: Interview
Amir Chamdin

You may not realize that you are familiar with the music of Swedish electro-pop trio Nonono, but there is a strong possibility that you've had their hit single "Pumpin' Blood" stuck in your head -- or at least its hook. So far the song has been used in a Samsung commercial as well as a Sparkling Ice commercial. The whistled hook heard throughout rivals the catchiness of other epic whistlers like Peter Bjorn and John. "Pumpin' Blood is an infectious pop anthem, tinged with just enough gloom and heavily percussion-laden.

Last week Nonono released their debut album We Are Only What We Feel, and are currently on their first American tour with Twenty One Pilots. Gimme Noise caught up with vocalist Stina Wappling as the band heads toward Minneapolis for their performance tomorrow at the Skyway Theater.

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My six-week-old recognized the song I sang to him in utero

Categories: Music, Pop Culture
Amber Taufen

The transportive power of music never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I hear the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," it's suddenly 1997 inside my head; I'm back in high school, daydreaming while sitting on my bedroom floor, and my little blue boombox's dial is tuned to my favorite radio station, which plays the song at least once a day. When Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" plays -- and I allow myself to really listen to it -- I'm back in 2006, and my dad has just had a fatal heart attack; to cope, I listen to sad songs that help me purge the waves of unmanageable emotions I'm feeling through catharsis, and Roger Waters helps me cry myself to sleep more than once.

Just a few weeks ago, the neurons in my brain connected a brand-new memory to yet another song -- and it's one of my happiest memories to date, so I know I'll enjoy hearing Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" every time it enters my aural sphere. Here's why.

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Rock the Garden 2014 lineup

Categories: Just Announced
Credits, clockwise from upper left: Ryan Siverson, Tony Nelson, Erik Hess, and Erik Hess
The 2014 Rock the Garden lineup is finally here. For the first time ever, the Walker Art Center/89.3 the Current venture has expanded to two days, and that means twice as many performers will hit the grounds next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for the weekend of June 21-22.

The weekend's performers include "an artist we can't announce yet" -- but not the Replacements and not Low -- and headliner De La Soul on Saturday. Sunday's headliner is Spoon! Check out the full schedule and lineup below.

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Rock the Garden 2014 will be a two-day festival

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80/35 Festival reveals 2014 lineup

Photo By Tony Nelson
Conor Oberst is one of the acts set to play this year's 80/35 Festival

Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assemblage of groups regularly attracts area fans and bands to Des Moines for the two-day music festival, which features nearly 50 acts spread out over three stages.

A majority of this year's lineup has just been announced, and once again the folks at 80/35 have put together a festival aimed at music fans throughout the Midwest over the celebratory July 4 weekend.

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Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2014 lineup

Categories: Just Announced
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
From Summer Set 2013
The third annual Summer Set Music & Camping Festival returns in August, and the first phase of the lineup is live today.

A mix of EDM, jam, danceable indie rock, and hip-hop will hit Somerset Amphitheater just over the border in Wisconsin the weekend of August 15-17. Leading the way is Bassnectar, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Disco Biscuits, Chromeo, Flying Lotus, and Chance the Rapper.
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Slideshow: Summer Set 2013: The People

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The worst of Coachella 2014

Categories: Festivals

Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night dust storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds started picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus

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Twiztid: Everybody is a Juggalo -- even you

Categories: Q&A

Courtesy of the artist

Twiztid refuse to be anything other than themselves. The maniacal rap duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child have been terrorizing ears with their style of hardcore hip-hop known as horrorcore since 1997. Originally members of Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records label, they have since formed their own independent label and are currently embarking on a nationwide tour.

Juggalo culture is often misunderstood. Yet, members of the "family" continue to grow in numbers, as media outlets scramble to properly capture and adequately describe the movement. Gimme Noise gave Twiztid the opportunity to tell their side of the story before their show at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis this Wednesday.

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The best of Coachella 2014

Categories: Festivals
Timothy Norris
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.

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The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella

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The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella

Categories: Festivals
Colin Young-Wolff

So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses.

There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful people we saw at Coachella.

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Phantogram at First Avenue, 4/13/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo By Anna Gulbrandsen

With Teen
First Avenue, Minneapolis
April 13, 2014

Phantogram's textured synth-rock's power has grown steadily over the years. And they have never sounded -- and looked -- as massive as they did last night at a sold-out First Avenue. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter (along with Chris Carhart on drums and Nick Shelestak on guitar/synths/samples) delivered an enthralling 85-minute performance in support of their new record, Voices, augmented with a stylish light show.

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Slideshow: Phantogram at First Avenue, 4/13/14

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