Claire de Lune Breaks Down Tiny Deaths' Debut EP

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For nearly two years, Claire de Lune has poured her creative energy into her new musical project with Grant Cutler, Tiny Deaths. Today, their self-titled new EP has finally been released to the music world. To celebrate the grand occasion, we not only have a stream of the captivating album for you to enjoy, we also have an insightful track-by-track breakdown of the EP by Claire herself. She candidly shares the inspiration behind her new songs, how they were transformed in the studio by Cutler's deft production, and how losing a love in your life is similar to the dead of winter.

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Hymie's Vintage Records is now a record label too

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Hymie's proprietors Laura and Dave Hoenack

Already one of the best record shops in Minneapolis, Hymie's Vintage Records is about to become one of your favorite local record labels as well. Owners Laura and Dave Hoenack have just announced that they will be putting out two vinyl releases on their local roots-focused new record label, Hymie's Records.

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Caravan du Nord's 2014 lineup revealed

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John Mark Nelson is just one of the acts set to take part in 2014's Caravan du Nord

The lineups and locations have just been announced for the Minnesota Music Coalition's 2014 Caravan du Nord. The fourth annual Caravan is setting out to foster and strengthen connections between Minnesota musicians and aspiring artists throughout the state, as well as members of the arts community within each city on the tour.

In addition to live performances by some of the top musicians in the current Minnesota music scene (including the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers), the Caravan du Nord also provides workshops and social hours for the benefit of developing musicians, who can network and create working relationships and friendships with the touring musicians as well as professionals within the industry.

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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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The Garage to become nonprofit music venue in 2015

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The Garage is currently owned by the city of Burnsville but starting in January of next year the all-ages venue is becoming a nonprofit organization.

The city of Burnsville was looking for a way to separate the music aspect of the venue from the control of the city. There were rumors of the venue being shut down altogether, but Jack Kolb-Williams and Logan Adams decided to step in. Under the leadership of Williams and Adams, the venue will also offer educational classes under the organization Twin Cities Catalyst Music Inc. They have not decided if the venue will change its name.

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The Garage: Run by young people for young people

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Jeremy Messersmith plays "Bubblin'" on Letterman

Jeremy Messersmith in the middle of getting the Letterman bump

Wearing a "The Pirate Bay" T-shirt under a black jacket, Jeremy Messersmith played to his biggest audience yet on Wednesday's Late Show With David Letterman.

The Minneapolis musician chose his "biggest, strangest" song "Bubblin'" from his latest album, Heart Murmurs, for the appearance. His touring band and a string quartet intermingled sumptuously on the arrangement reminiscent of Aimee Mann's collaborations with producer Jon Brion. If there were any nerves present for this career-changing moment -- even bigger than a signature doughnut -- they didn't show up on camera.

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Jeremy Messersmith lets it bleed

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Enter the dream-like world of Coastal Cabins


Coastal Cabins are a young indie rock group out of Minneapolis composed of Jack Ross and Robert Marston. The duo just released their self-titled debut EP last week. Its delicate arrangements and rich vocals immediately caught my attention. Ross and Marston are students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, who met in high school and bonded over their shared love of music and songwriting while working at a grocery store together.

Their sound belies their youth, and their songs have graceful depth that is refreshingly rare for a debut -- especially when you consider they recorded it on their own and self-produced the material as well. It's easy to imagine hearing a lot more from Coastal Cabins in the near future. Gimme Noise is happy to spotlight these talented young musicians and their story, as well as their gorgeous debut EP.

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Lowertown Line reveals 2014 fall schedule

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The 4onthefloor will kick off The Lowertown Line's fall schedule

The Lowertown Line certainly made quite a distinctive splash in its first season. Twin Cities Public Television's live music series recorded five pilot episodes that all featured local bands performing in their intimate St. Paul studio, eventually broadcasting them on public television for music fans all over the state to enjoy.

Now, tpt has partnered with Rewire for The Lowertown Line's second season, and they are switching up the format just a bit. While the tpt building in Lowertown St. Paul undergoes a remodel, future episodes will take place at notable music venues throughout the Twin Cities. Lineups, dates, and locations for the fall episodes have just been announced.

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Why Jeremy Messersmith should release a live album

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Jeremy Messersmith at Rock the Garden 2014
The storied year of sensitive rocker Jeremy Messersmith has understandably focused on the dynamics and thrills of his latest record, Heart Murmurs. It's an album that encapsulates the continued climb of his career -- he even has his own doughnut now -- even as the road is steadily steeper on a major label like Glassnote Records. Each song overflows with craftsmanship, raw emotion, and just enough seasonal reflection for it to resonate even deeper in Minneapolis.

Messersmith's formidable performance skills are nothing to sneeze at either, though. His poised album-release show at First Avenue evidenced the noisier capabilities of his expression, and a Miley Cyrus cover during this year's Rock the Garden shows he hasn't lost his sense of humor along the way. A recent live Messersmith experience can be relived thanks to the good folks at NYC Taper, who plugged in at his show in New Jersey. Note: This is not an official JM release, but it's a good case for future live recording explorations.

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Jeremy Messersmith lets it bleed

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Gary Louris on the Jayhawks' new post-Mark Olson reissues

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The Jayhawks "Sounds of Lies" lineup 1997: Karen Grotberg (keyboards), Tim O'Reagan (drums/vocals), Gary Louris (guitar/vocals), Marc Perlman (bass), and Kraig Johnson (guitar).
At the end of 1995, Gary Louris had a problem. A big one.

His band, the critically acclaimed Minneapolis-based Jayhawks, was just starting to gain some commercial traction after a decade of existence at the front of the No Depression/Americana/alt-country pack. Their release earlier that year, Tomorrow the Green Grass, was (and is) considered a masterpiece, and single "Blue" seemed to have them poised to break even more.

Then, Louris's fellow singer/guitarist/songwriter Mark Olson quit, relieving the band of their co-leader and, more importantly, one half of the harmony vocals that were their trademark.

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