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In a digital age driven by social media, an artist can make a song and a name for themselves over the course of a single afternoon. With the assistance of some prominent shares and retweets, things can move quickly. With Picked to Click, Gimme Noise's ultimate aim is to give some well-earned attention to the local acts who seem to be on the verge of breaking out. But frequently -- as with any award given out for artistic pursuits -- plenty of musicians who deserve recognition don't quite crack our coveted top 10.
Here is a list of 10 bands and artists around the Twin Cities worth your attention who could make a big name for themselves in the local music scene and beyond.
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One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the rise, and play a major role in keeping the local live music scene vibrant by organizing tours, and showcases that help bring the vital sounds of the Twin Cities and beyond to a much wider audience.
There is so much good, creative work being done by the tireless record labels in our area that picking the 10 best proved to be a truly difficult challenge. (We included some well-deserved honorable mentions as well). So, here's to all of the hardworking people behind the scenes at these record labels who keep our modern music scene moving forward.More »
As the music world's attention focuses on the highly anticipated live return of the Replacements in Toronto this weekend, now seems like a perfect time to dig into their potent back catalog. Whether you're a longtime fan who remembers seeing our beloved 'Mats play at the Longhorn in the early days, or you're just getting into their music now, their releases still sound as vital -- if not more so -- today as they did when first released.
Each album captures a band in a constant state of flux, with the fitful balance between untamed rock 'n' roll and catchy pop. The inner workings of the band and their frayed personal relationships also course tempestuously through their work, and the 'Mats perfectly captured that creative tension within their poignant numbers. With each record, the Replacements gave a glimpse into a group destined to come apart at the seams.
While music fans wait to see what the modern-day Replacements sound like, Gimme Noise takes an affectionate look back at the band's stellar studio output of the past (save for the recent Songs for Slim EP) and ranks the releases that put them on the musical map in the first place.More »
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Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.
It's summer. If you're anything like me, you're becoming obsessed with the great outdoors, barbecuing, watching baseball, complaining about baseball, and the true Minnesotan sport: road-tripping.
There are so many amazing destinations in the state and nearby that are worth visiting -- whether it's the musty glory that is (possibly) the world's biggest ball of twine, the giant Paul Bunyan, numerous Babe the Blue Oxes, or even an outdoor music festival somewhere, the destination isn't as important as the soundtrack. To that end, oh dear and gentle reader, I provide you with the most kick-ass Minnesota classic mix tape ever. Well, at least this week.
Björk has always seemed to be a few steps ahead of most musical trends -- so much so that it typically takes a while for her listeners to catch up to her radical shifts in direction and style. But when they do, it often inspires a devotion to her work -- spanning the fringes of pop, electronica, jazz, folk, and more -- that makes any live experience an essential event.
The Icelandic pop chanteuse is set to headline night one of the upcoming Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on Friday, and many Twin Cities fans are heading down. In celebration of this rare show in the region we take a look back at just a few of the ways that Björk has harnessed modern technology and the music industry itself to share her vibrant artistic vision.More »
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At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live.
Some the most deeply felt and visually entrancing images have sorted themselves out. With the help of some dedicated freelancers, Gimme Noise assembled the best Twin Cities concerts of 2013. Have at it in the comments section with the ones that were your favorites.More »
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Last month, I put together a list of the ten greatest rap battles of all time for our sister paper, LA Weekly. Included on that list was Twin Cities hip-hop icon Eyedea's unforgettable 1999 Scribble Jam finals with Freestyle Fellowship member P.E.A.C.E. My inclusion of it led to something of a debate as to which Eyedea battle was truly his best. While the late Eyedea was much, more more than just a battle MC, his legacy of utter domination within the battle circuits cannot be overstated or ignored.
With Soundset this coming weekend -- a stage that he loved and that loved him back -- is in remembrance of his accomplishments that we look back at Eyedea's five greatest freestyle battles.More »
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Within some music circles in the Twin Cities (and beyond), dedicated fans frequently play a little game called "I saw them when," where the "winner" is the lucky one who saw a band play live first, typically at a small local club, before they went on to play bigger venues and enjoy more widespread appeal. We are truly fortunate to have plenty of intimate rooms here in the Twin Cities, where local and national bands alike can find their footing in a live setting while building a solid reputation within the Minnesota music community -- a rep that will follow them as they return to the area to play bigger clubs to match their rising profile.
So, if you're looking to catch bands on their way up before they make it big, here is a list of the best clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul to see a band before everyone else does.More »