Pert Near Sandstone: One Decade In, and More to Come

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Pert Near Sandstone | First Avenue | Friday, October 24
It's hard to believe Pert Near Sandstone's Kevin Kniebel once almost gave up the banjo.

Everything fell into place when he had his first clawhammer-style lesson with regional folk musician Bill Cagley. By the next week, Kniebel started playing the banjo on stage, and for most of the past decade his banjo has traveled across the country alongside his closest friends. These friends hatched upon a style of string band music that hits hard with acoustic instruments.

Before Pert Near Sandstone celebrates their 10th anniversary with special guests the Big Wu and "Spider" John Koerner, Gimme Noise got the band to look back at what got them here.

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Inside the Neon Soul of Shiro Dame

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Sarah White of Shiro Dame

Shiro Dame | Mill City Nights | Saturday, October 18
"I feel like there's some weird, magical thing that happens when we're together," says vocalist Sarah White of her five-piece band Shiro Dame. "Once we start playing, we just fall into this really good pocket where we can make all different styles of music."

Just sitting with three-fifths of the band -- White, Rico Simon Mendez, and Ry Dill -- at Peace Coffee reveals multiple strings of influence and identity, reflecting numerous passions unbound by borders. You can tell from their global fashion sense alone there was a myriad of ideas at play.


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The Life of a House Band: Dr. Mambo's Combo

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Around 8:30 p.m. on a Monday evening, the crowd at North Loop institution Bunker's Music Bar & Grill was a bit thin. Only 15 people were there, including a well-dressed man in a cream-colored three-piece suit accented by a navy blazer and an almond-colored hat.

Just under an hour later, more folks trickled in slowly. Many of them clearly knew each other. Warm smiles were met with open arms, and followed by embraces. All of them also knew why they were here: Dr. Mambo's Combo was set to perform. This was where young and old meet to get down, dance, and get funky.

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The Kids Are All Right: Stereo Confession

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Stereo Confession | 7th St. Entry | Sunday, October 12
Burgeoning Minneapolis garage-rock band Stereo Confession caught our attention with their infectiously catchy single "Video Games." The group has since signed to local label Susstones, and is set to throw a stacked record release party for their full-length debut, No Coast, at the Entry this Sunday.

Gimme Noise chatted with vocalist/guitarist Max Timander and drummer/vocalist Jordan Blevins about how the band's sound and lineup have evolved, how they are ready to move beyond being a "high school band," and the frustrations associated with being an underage band without many all-ages venues in the area.

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12 Rods Announce January Reunion Show

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They're back! After 11 years apart, 12 Rods are re-aligning for a one-off reunion show.

"Through three albums and a rotating cast of band members, the group won over fans and frustrated publicists with a sound too tech-savvy to be grunge, too soulful to be synth pop," Lindsey Thomas wrote in 2004 as they were about to call it quits after a 12-year run.

In January, a supergroup of Ryan Olcott, Ev Olcott, Christopher McGuire, Matthew Foust, Tal Tahir, Bill Shaw, Dave King, Jake Hanson, and George Marich -- representing the band at different stages of its existence -- will play one show to mark a fresh reissue of their final studio album, Lost Time, via Justin Vernon's Chigliak Records. 

See also:
End of the Road, End of the Rods

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Prof Runs Himself Through Soapy Joe's Car Wash in "Farout"

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After signing with Rhymesayers nearly a year ago, Prof is finally showing off more of the character of his next album, now slated for next spring. Compared to the combative feel of his debut single for the label, "The Reply," the brash rapper "made of piss and vinegar" has sugar on the brain in "Farout," produced by Minneapolis-based 84 Caprice.

The mid-tempo, sax-laden beat and his all-sung delivery creates a fiesta atmosphere on par with "Moron," and boasts another local landmark in St. Paul-based Soapy Joe's Car Wash

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

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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.

See Also: Claire de Lune on Tiny Deaths: I made songs I would listen to


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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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