The War On Drugs' Adam Granduciel: "The Idea of Success Freaked Me Out"

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Dusdin Condren

The War On Drugs | First Avenue | September 22-23
It's been been a stellar year so far for Philadelphia's the War On Drugs. The band, helmed by songwriting wiz Adam Granduciel, will deservedly top many year-end Best Of lists with their third LP, March's Lost in the Dream. It's a lush, cohesive masterpiece, yet disparately, the album was written during an intensely dark period of the bandleader's life, as he battled crippling anxiety and self-doubt. Ahead of the group's sold-out First Avenue show on Monday, the guitarist opened up to us about the making of Lost in the Dream and his ongoing journey in self-maintenance.


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The Time King Khan Shotgunned Beers at Eat Street Social

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Miron Zownir

King Khan & BBQ Show | First Avenue | Wednesday, September 17
While Arish "King" Khan is probably best known in the Midwest for his barnstorming soul-punk band King Khan & the Shrines, he's enjoyed a fruitful 20-year partnership with fellow Quebecois-turned-Berliner Mark Sultan, a.k.a. BBQ, dating back to their days in the Montreal psycho-delic garage-rock band Spaceshits. Originally an outlet mostly featuring Sultan's ragged but sweet doo-wop songwriting with an amphetamine-addled Link Wray kick, the duo has grown into a powerhouse draw thanks to age-honed chemistry and a knack for outrageous outfits and behavior.

After releasing three albums under their current moniker, and a brief hiatus, Khan and Sultan have decided to reunite and release a new album as Bad News Boys, ringing in the switch with their old pals in Black Lips. We talked to Khan to discuss the new tracks and find out more info about their upcoming "eat and greet" event at Eat Street Social on Thursday, the day after their show at First Avenue.

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Inside the Persian Leaps' Divine Noise

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Photo By Drew Johnson Photography

The Persian Leaps | 331 Club | Friday, September 12
Building on their catchy 2013 debut EP, Praise Elephants, the Persian Leaps return with another collection of radio-ready tunes, Drive Drive Delay. The trio experienced some lineup changes in the interim, but that didn't derail their hook-laden, noise-pop sound. The new EP is filled with five taut, guitar-fueled songs with vocalist/guitarist Drew Forsberg delivering gritty riffs and melodic verses.

Ahead of their record release show tonight at the 331 Club -- where the Persian Leaps will play with the Person and the People and Queen of France -- Gimme Noise caught up with Forsberg, and he shared his thoughts about what went into the new EP, where he derives many of his influences, how he's fine with the full-length format dying out, and what the future holds for his talented trio.

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Holly Muñoz: For a long time, I hid behind my band

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Photo by Marie Cameron
Holly Muñoz | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, September 12
Maps and Lists are what most people take when they go on a road trip, but it is also what Holly Muñoz is bringing in song form when she comes to Minneapolis. She will debut songs off her first solo project, a collection of indie rock songs that resemble Suzanne Vega with a tinge of old school Tegan & Sara. Produced by John Vanderslice, Maps and Lists is a collection of tracks that are positively drowning in hindsight, reflection, and musings which bleed seductively into lyrics that are lost in time, but still affect the heart. Lyrics have a way of doing that.

Before her show -- which will also be her album release show -- at the Cedar Cultural Center, Gimme Noise caught up with the singer to find out about her connection to Dave Eggers and Anders Nilson and what took her out of Minnesota.
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Praise Mod: Catching Up With Paul Weller

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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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Jourdan Myers: Life's not a pop song

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Jourdan Myers | Aster Cafe | Tuesday, September 9
Earlier this year, Minneapolis singer Jourdan Myers was fed up with the Midwest's harshest winter in decades. She picked up copies of new album, Ruin Me With Love, and headed southeast for North Carolina.

Fast forward to the end of summer, and Myers is back in the Cities to officially release Ruin Me With Love. The record hovers on the edges of folk and soul with production that mixes both acoustic and electronic elements. Myers creates comforting songs acknowledging the transience of life and the importance of metamorphosis.


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Reina del Cid & the Cidizens wrap up Amsterdam residency

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Reina del Cid & the Cidizens | Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Monday, September 8
What a difference a year and nine months can make. In that time, Reina del Cid and her band the Cidizens took over the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul on Monday nights and earned themselves a career. Tonight, the band will end their residency, which has taken their musical journey from bluegrass indie rock to evolve and integrate new experiments by trying new things with their sound.

Gimme Noise caught up with lead singer Reina before the band hits the stage for the last Monday night to find out what she has learned after playing 88+ shows during their residency.
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The Southern Theater Sessions: A dream DIY experience

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Batteryboy frontman Cobey Rouse has been a busy man as of late. In addition to getting his kids ready for the start of the school year, Rouse organized the second installment of the Southern Theater Sessions, a two-night concert that begins this evening at Minneapolis's Southern Theater. In addition to two separate Batteryboy performances, the Sessions shows will also feature the first ever performance of Adam Levy's solo material, a sure-to-be special performance from the Murder of Crows (featuring Low's Alan Sparhawk), as well as stripped-down sets from notoriously loud rockers Fury Things and Alpha Consumer. All set in the spare, intimate surroundings of Seven Corners' venerable Southern Theater.

These shows represent a rare, musician-only event, with no corporate sponsors/bookers/promoters assisting with organizing the gigs in any way -- only Rouse and his musical cohorts. Gimme Noise spoke to Rouse about the rewards and challenges of putting together shows like this, what initially inspired him to organize these Southern Theater shows, and what he has planned for his band's performances over the next two nights.

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Inside the ornate chamber folk of LOTT


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Inside the ornate chamber folk of LOTT

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Leah Ottman has made her mark on the Twin Cities scene as part of We Are the Willows, Better Bones, and batteryboy. Now, the talented violinist/vocalist is ready to take more of the spotlight on herself, as she assumes the lead on her own project, LOTT. Her two singles feature looped violin work evoking Andrew Bird and Owen Pallett, deft classical influences, and rich vocals.

LOTT is set to play both nights of the upcoming Southern Theater Sessions II this Thursday and Friday, along with intimate, stripped down sets from Murder of Crows (featuring Low's Alan Sparhawk), the Honeydogs' Adam Levy, Fury Things, Alpha Consumer, batteryboy, the Daredevil Christopher Wright's J.E. Sunde, and Har-Di-Har. Ottman will be playing solo, as well as with batteryboy and Adam Levy on a few songs. Gimme Noise asked Ottman about her musical beginnings, how things are progressing with LOTT, and her thoughts on the forthcoming We Are the Willows album.


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The first taste of electro-rockers Tired Tongues

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After the sudden dissolution of Twin Cities electro-rock duo Wiping Out Thousands, guitarist/beatmaker/producer Taylor Nelson didn't remain idle for long. He has partnered up with drummer Adam Szczepaniak (the Phoenix Philosophy) to form another electronic project called Tired Tongues.

They're still working on demos for an eventual debut EP, but have shared some teaser clips and the story of their new partnership. The first Tired Tongues show isn't until November, but here's an introduction and a small, tantalizing glimpse into what they sound like.


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