The best indie musicians to follow on Twitter

Categories: Lists
Photo By Anna Gulbrandsen
You've seen Grimes at the Entry, now follow her on Twitter

Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to connect with what our favorite musicians are up to.

Just think about it. Your favorite artist -- whether some nobody musician who makes beats in his or her basement or even a legend like Cher -- is most likely active on Twitter. It allows us to make a personal connection with our idols. Looking around Twitter, we've found that some less-popular acts totally triumph in the tweeting game against those with 40-plus million followers like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

So, we've compiled a list of 12 indie artists who you should probably think about following on Twitter below. So go on, do a quick unfollowing spree and do what you gotta do to make some room on your timeline for some fresh 140-character goodness from artists who are contributing some new sounds to the music world.

More »


lists, Twitter

The 10 best punk rock movies

Categories: Lists

Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York, and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone else says or thinks, having integrity, staying true to your identity, and rebelling against the status quo. Note that this list doesn't include documentaries on punk, only feature films. We now present our list of top 10 punk rock movies.

More »

The 10 best "Bear" bands in rock 'n' roll

Categories: Lists

Flickr/Chi King
Of course Panda Bear made the list.
Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these furry, four-legged beasts? It's not just a new development, either, as a smattering of groups from decades past have drawn their names from our distant but engrossing relationship with bears.

No matter what lies at the heart of rock music's continual preoccupation with bears, it seems like bands in this modern era -- more than any other -- routinely draw their names from something bear related. Here is a long-overdue look at the best bands with "Bear" in their moniker.

More »

10 classic punk records that are actually awful

Courtesy of the Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen: Bad? No. But classic? Also no.

I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more apparent that after their eponymous first record, the Ramones just kept trying to make the same record over and over again.

This, of course, isn't really news, though -- and the Ramones will always be considered to be the epitome of punk -- but it made me think. Curiosity, as they say, kills the cat, and even though I should know better, my epiphany about Rocket to Russia has led me down the following path: What other classic punk records have not aged well?

More »

Weird Al's 10 best underrated parodies

Categories: Lists

Photo by Jason Wolter
It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasing eight music videos in eight days on YouTube.

Since we're in the middle of another Weird Al year, it seems appropriate to look back on his massive back catalog and remember some of the best parodies that may not have stuck in the public's consciousness in the way "Eat It" or "Amish Paradise" did.

More »

Cause goes sports bar: 10 best comments

BTW, this is NOT the signage that the Iron Door will be using for the old Cause space.

Yesterday, Cause Spirits & Soundbar's fate was revealed. In September, it'll be outfitted with more TVs and craft beers and fewer walls and local music vending machines as it becomes a sports bar called the Iron Door.

This news did not go by without stirring up some commentary from our readers. Over 180 folks left messages ranging in tone from "There goes the neighborhood," to "Shut up, hipsters," to "OMG I h8 sports bars." Here are our 10 favorite comments regarding Cause's sporty future.

See also:
Cause Spirits & Soundbar is becoming a sports bar

More »

Ten best Minnesota albums of 2014 (so far)

Categories: Lists, Local Music

A whole lot of stellar albums have crossed our desk in 2014 so far. Across the spectrum of rock, hip-hop, R&B, and more-experimental recordings created by Minnesota talent, several have immediately become a part of our lives.

Here is a list of the ten local albums that we just couldn't get enough of so far in 2014.

See Also:
The 10 best Minnesota albums of 2013

More »

10 people you'll see at a Minneapolis basement show

Categories: Lists
Artwork by Dave Watt

It's a Tuesday night in South Minneapolis and kids are scattered across a glass-speckled lawn, smoking cigarettes and throwing back 40s of Olde English. A lone hippie wanders the perimeter, his dilated pupils aimed at nothing in particular. In the corner, an oogle sits alone, scratching at his scabies and scheming about how to get more money for dope. A crust punk runs his hand through a greasy mohawk, his dandruff floating lightly towards the dirt like snowflakes. In the basement, an angry bald guy shakes his head at the blatant alcoholic, yelling something about how he's 31 years old and doesn't have time for this shit.

Welcome to a basement show, where the flier says nine and the show starts at midnight. Before you get your boxers in a bunch over the stereotypes that follow, allow me to throw myself under the bus: I'm the sellout alt-weekly writer in the floral dress who throws a few too many elbows in the pit. Happy?

More »

Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)

Photo by Erik Hess

Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs.

As the year reaches its summery midway point, Gimme Noise looks back at what we've seen and heard. Here are 20 of the best concerts of 2014 so far.

See Also:
The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013, part two
The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

More »

10 country artists worth listening to in 2014

Photo courtesy of ATO Records
Caitlin Rose
This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story -- country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre. 

In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craftsmen and women who are worthy of your attention. So if you're wearing out your lone Johnny Cash record, you're doing it wrong. Here are 10 of 2014's top outlaws. More »

Now Trending

From the Vault