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

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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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Blouse's Charlie Hilton: Making people feel something is the only success that matters

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In 2011, Portland trio Blouse entered consciousness on the subtle wake of a daydream with their hazy and textured self-titled debut. Their momentum built as ad-nauseum '80s dream pop associations coincided with an aptly-timed spike in nostalgia. Now, having deconstructed to a more guitar-driven sound on their sophomore release Imperium, the general consensus of web-critic blather is mixed. Skeptics seem to think they've strayed too far from their "place."

But to anyone who has paid any real attention to Blouse from the beginning, they've always been a lot more than the sum of their comparisons. And "Imperium" is a testament to the band's diversity and strength in a more structured arena. Ahead of their Tuesday show with Dum Dum Girls at the Triple Rock, Gimme Noise talked shop, and even a little academia with charming frontwoman Charlie Hilton.

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Interview: Dum Dum Girls

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Dum Dum Girls Dee Dee Penny: I was a pretentious 15-year-old writing poetry

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James Orlando

Dum Dum Girls are often recognized for their distinctive aesthetic, but are seldom lauded enough for the grit and professional resilience of songwriter and frontwoman Dee Dee Penny. Surviving intense personal tragedies as well as potentially career-ending battle with vocal trauma, the group's mastermind has emerged after a two-year break with her best suite of songs yet, entitled Too True.

Gimme Noise caught up with Dee Dee before the start of the Dum Dum's current tour to discuss her work with legendary producer Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner of the Ravonettes, as well as her background in poetry and that brand new album.

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Warpaint's Theresa Wayman: I was worried this album would sound like a patchwork quilt

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Warpaint captivated the indie-rock world upon the release of their intoxicating debut album, The Fool. The Los Angeles quartet capitalized on that attention by touring tirelessly in support of their sinister melodies for the next three years.

Following some down time to recoup after their arduous touring schedule, the band decamped to Joshua Tree National Park to begin the early stages of writing and recording their follow-up album. The band tapped Flood (Depeche Mode, New Order) to produce their self-titled sophomore effort. The results are equally as enthralling, ranging from the rhythmic paranoia of "Disco // very" to the moody meditation on devotion "Love Is to Die."

Before Warpaint's show Saturday at First Avenue, Gimme Noise spoke with guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Theresa Wayman about how touring for so long affected their new songs, what role Flood had in shaping their current sound, and how excited everyone in the band is to open for Nick Cave this summer.

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Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves: I need something to aim my anxiety at right now

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To assume that Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves is in any sense hiding behind snarling riffs and murky, unrecognizable vocals would be a glaring inaccuracy. And to assume their name is a calculated plea for attention would be the same. The Syracuse band's tremendous full-length debut, Say Yes to Love, is personal reality at its most flawed, despaired, and beautiful. Underneath the noise, Graves has given listeners just about everything. And though it's clear this freaks her out a bit, there's a reason Perfect Pussy garnered hype so quickly: the underlying conviction is resounding. 

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Juicy J: I'm not gonna overdose on any drug

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Juicy J doesn't want to talk about strippers. He's indignant when reporters bring up his drug use. Though his music suggests otherwise, he insists that he doesn't spend his time tucking $100 bills into G-strings and popping molly. At heart, Juicy J is a businessman who'd rather talk about the value of saving money.

Juicy has been in the rap game since 1991, when he co-founded Southern hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia alongside DJ Paul and Lord Infamous. In 2006, Three 6 won an Academy Award for their song "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp," featured in Hustle and Flow. But the last two years have arguably been the biggest of Juicy's career. He released his third solo album, Stay Trippy, in August last year, which features the platinum single "Bandz a Make Her Dance," as well as "Show Out," "Bounce It," and "Talkin' Bout." At the 2014 Grammys, Juicy performed "Dark Horse" alongside Katy Perry. He's also featured in "23" with Wiz Khalifa and Miley Cyrus, who, rather unfortunately, decided to try rapping on the track.

Gimme Noise caught up with Juicy J a few days before his show with older brother Project Pat and Travis Scott at the Myth in Maplewood to chat about responsible drug use, investing money, and the dreaded possibility of overdosing on water.

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Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer gets louder and faster with Whatever Forever


Clara Salyer and Howard Hamilton have injected a raucous edge to the Twin Cities music scene for years. Their last group, Prissy Clerks, placed high in our 2012 Picked to Click poll and won Best Rock Band in City Pages' 2013 Best Of issue. The pair are shifting gears a bit with a new project, Whatever Forever, that is set to make their live debut at the Triple Rock on Thursday night when they open for Howler.

The group is so new that they don't have any demos or rough mixes to their name as of yet. They do have a set's worth of original material that they are anxious to unveil and unleash upon a live audience for the first time. Gimme Noise spoke to Salyer about the origins and lineup of her new band, what they have planned for their first show, and the current status of Prissy Clerks.

See Also: Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer: My dad thought we were playing THE Shea Stadium

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Electric Six's Dick Valentine: I don't think sports have any place in music

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In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine ahead of Thursday's First Avenue show.

On the Lou Reed/John Cale song about Andy Warhol called, "Images," Lou sings: "I'm no sphinx no mystery enigma, what I paint is very ordinary."

He sees Warhol as a walking contradiction, an ever-unfolding mystery. The deeper you go into the catalog of Electric Six, the harder it is to see your way out of trickster Dick Valentine's weird labyrinth as well. Luckily, I caught him on a good day for songwriting talk, and made it out alive.

See Also: Electric Six release First Avenue live album -- look who's on the cover!

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Mike 2600's 8-bit True Detective theme goes viral


So if your HBO Go didn't crash Sunday night and you weren't watching Cosmos, then you obviously watched the season finale of the hit series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Not only has this groundbreaking series kept McConaughey on a actors roll and brought Woody back to a non-Hunger Games spotlight - although I am a huge Haymitch fan - but it was also quite rewarding for one of our own artists in town.

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Prof on Stamosgate: We're good to go

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Right now it seems like Twin Cities rapper Prof has it all. He has a deal with Rhymesayers,  the buzz of being the next big thing in hip-hop, as well as a coveted slot at this May's Soundset music festival.

Unfortunately, he also has, as of this past week, what some might call the dubious distinction of feuding with beloved Full House actor John Stamos. No, we're not joking. We spoke to Prof after his Twitter feud blew up, and he opened up about the origins of his relationship with Stamos, how they eventually buried the hatchet, and what he has planned for the rest of the year.

See Also: Prof and John Stamos just duked it out on Twitter

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