Babes in Toyland Announce Reunion Show

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Maureen Herman, Kat Bjelland, and Lori Barbero are baaaaack.

After teasing a comeback earlier this year, Babes in Toyland have announced their first live show with the Fontanelle-era lineup in 18 years.

The Minneapolis-bred heavy rock trio of Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman, and Lori Barbero will take the stage together for a show in Los Angeles in February.

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Music Is at the Core of My Ideal Community

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Hello. My name is Christopher Ford.

Everyone likes music. Every. One. Music has the capability to unify people -- two strangers who might hate each other if they knew the other's inherited beliefs can nod along and even dance together to the same song on the jukebox.

I know a few things about this because I am an artist. I make music. I also serve at the Des Moines Music Coalition, a nonprofit with a mission to support the music economy of Central Iowa. I help run a record label that releases music solely from Iowa artists, Maximum Ames Records. I read a lot of stuff. My experience ends there.

An ideal community is a place where equal opportunity exists for everyone, and this can happen when music is present and integral.

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Guess What? Your Band is Boring

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Hear the Stand4rd's Debut Album [DOWNLOAD]

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The Stand4rd's first-ever show was Sunday at Amsterdam Bar & Hall.

"We're just some kids with computers," Allan Kingdom raps on the Stand4rd's debut album. Even if true, the St. Paul cloud rap supergroup featuring Kingdom, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Psymun have proven how much can be done with just each other, some technology, and some buzz.

After getting DJ Khaled to do the official announce of the album, they debuted several songs during their Amsterdam show on Saturday. The 11 tracks arrived via the Stand4rd's SoundCloud account on Tuesday evening. Stream it and download below.

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Review: The Stand4rd at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 11/1/14

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Hear an Unreleased Trip Shakespeare Track from 1988 [PREMIERE]

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Photo by Greg Allen

Back before John Munson graced the stage with the New Standards, Dan Wilson was spinning gold for the likes of Adele and the Dixie Chicks, and even before the definitive paean to closing time, there was Trip Shakespeare. Marrying love beads and loud guitars, these kids made some of the most danceable, erudite, and humorous ("Toolmaster of Brainerd" anyone?) pop music ever churned out of these parts.

This December, their first two albums are getting the deluxe reissue treatment with lots of unheard gems. We've got one of them streaming below.

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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. 

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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

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Prof and John Stamos just duked it out on Twitter

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