Indeed Announces Whirlygig 2015 Lineup

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Grant Hart will perform on Sunday May 17.

Next month, Art-a-Whirl will descend on northeast Minneapolis, bringing a wave of arts, live music, and food trucks that gets bigger every year. Indeed Brewing Company just announced plans for their third annual party to celebrate the community festival.

Dubbing the three-day party Whirlygig, Indeed has teamed up with First Avenue to assemble a lineup featuring Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Mark Mallman, and Grant Hart, with 14 more bands gracing the stage over the weekend.

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Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner Is Embracing Change While Trusting His DIY Instincts

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"It's bleak," jokes Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, referring to the release of his band's upcoming untitled record. The album is nearly ready, but needs more funding to get it out the door. As a result, the band is trying their hand at PledgeMusic, selling band nostalgia, original art, and unique deals such as a "lifetime guestlist" to help get the record out of the studio and onto your iPod.

Pirner is up front about the perks and pitfalls of crowdsourcing a record, but he's excited for the new music to get to fans. The band has seen a lot of change in recent years. With the death of original bassist Karl Mueller and other member turnover, it's a new start for the group, and Pirner is beginning to embrace those changes.

Gimme Noise spoke with Pirner, who now lives in New Orleans, as he returned to Minnesota for a tour of mid-sized Midwest cities with John Mark Nelson, American Scarecrows, and Carnage the Executioner.

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612Brew Announces 2015 "Art, Music and Beer" Lineup

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Chris Koza is one of the headliners at 612Brew's event

There is always a lot to take in during Art-A-Whirl weekend. Especially since the music coinciding with the annual event has grown exponentially over the years. 

Following 331 Club and Grumpy's NE recent announcements of the festivities they have planned, 612Brew has just released the lineup for their Art, Music and Beer event, which features thirteen bands performing at their outdoor amphitheater over the weekend of May 15-16.

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Cows Reuniting for Grumpy's Bash 15

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Minneapolis punk band Cows helped solidify and electrify the Twin Cities hardcore scene in the late '80s and early '90s. But outside of certain circles -- especially those who never saw the band's untamed, wildly unpredictable live show -- the Cows never quite got their due, and sadly disbanded with little fanfare in the late '90s.

But there has been some promising activity in the Cows camp as of late, including a brief mini-reunion back in November (see video proof below) during Hepa-Titus's release show at Grumpy's. Now the group, billing themselves as Cowz -- with Shannon Selberg, Kevin Rutmanis, and Freddy Votel joined by Hammerhead's Paul Sanders (filling in for guitarist Thor Eisentrager) -- are set to come together once again for a special one-off reunion gig at Grumpy's Bash 15 on July 11.

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The 4onthefloor Go All In On Kickstarter to Connect with Their Fans

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From the very beginning, the 4onthefloor have forged a deep and lasting connection with their fans. From their energetic live shows to their emphatic recorded work, the bluesy, garage-rock stomp of the Minneapolis quartet has resonated strongly with music lovers throughout Minnesota and beyond.

Once again, the group has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their forthcoming new album, All In, and are offering cool, distinctive rewards to all their fans who contribute. The campaign draws to a close on April 16, with their funding goal nearly reached. This all is leading up to their hometown record release show at First Avenue on May 22. Ahead of the album's release, we caught up with singer/guitarist Gabe Douglas to get his insights into how Kickstarter has helped bring the band to a wider audience, and the tight bond that the group has forged with their fans over the years.

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Paul Metsa Pays Tribute to David Carr With "Drifting Away"

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David Carr in 1984

In the late 1980s, before his days at the New York Times, David Carr was a young journalist in Minneapolis struggling with a serious drug addiction. At some point, Carr went so far off the edge that many of this best friends feared it was only a matter of time before he turned up dead.

"He'd really developed a pretty severe crack habit," says Carr's longtime friend Paul Metsa, musician and author of Blue Guitar Highway. "We all used to party, but there was always the room upstairs of the party, and that's where the really heavy doping would go on. And David found himself in those situations with people who were just downright dangerous, and I wouldn't hang out with them in a million years. David started to really drift away from us. "

Metsa wrote a song about Carr around this time, called "Drifting Away," but he never got around to recording it. Before long, Carr entered rehab at Eden House in Minneapolis and finally got sober.

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The Current's 10th Anniversary Kicked Off In Style With Cold War Kids

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Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willet got fierce for the occasion.

The Current's 10th Anniversary, Night One
Featuring Cold War Kids, Dead Man Winter, Hippo Campus and Allan Kingdom
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Friday, January 23, 2015

Booking Billy Idol for the Turf Club wasn't the only sign that 89.3 The Current was going all-out for its week of 10th Birthday Party festivities. The taste-making local radio station also sprang for a national act, California indie rock group Cold War Kids to headline the first night of its annual First Avenue birthday bash.

The mainroom birthday show began when the Current turned five years old in January 2010 (P.O.S., Mason Jennings and other Minnesota music heavyweights were featured on the bill) and eventually turned into a two-night affair. The birthday party has grown in popularity and size in the past half-decade, but had exclusively sported local musicians until Cold War Kids' set Friday night. The Current clearly isn't hanging this event up to dry anytime soon.

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White Boyfriend Are Now Known As B.O.Y.F.

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L-R: Dan Hansen, Katharine Seggerman, and Nicky Leingang
One of the premiere young acts in the Twin Cities broke up with their band name last Friday. Say goodbye to White Boyfriend, and hello to B.O.Y.F.

The experimental pop trio of Katharine Seggerman, Dan Hansen, and Nicky Leingang made the announcement in front of an exuberant 7th St. Entry crowd during the release show for their (no longer self-titled) full-length debut, White Boyfriend. After unfurling a banner featuring the acronym, Seggerman said, "It stands for something really true and great. It stands for Before Others Yourself Forever. "

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First Avenue's Best New Bands Represented the Twin Cities' Bold Future

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PaviElle getting it done and then some at Best New Bands.

Best New Bands of 2014
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Saturday, January 17, 2015

So many story lines, songs, and artistic promise were packed into First Avenue's five-hour Best New Bands showcase Saturday night. Hippo Campus, PaviElle, and Sam Cassidy represented voices that are just starting to be heard by larger numbers, but Suzie, Warey, Tiny Deaths, and ZuluZuluu all featured lead vocalists with familiar faces -- albeit for different projects.

Official numbers aren't yet in as to which acts brought the most friends and family members along to cheer them on, but only one artist came to the gig with actual cheerleaders.

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Watch the Lowertown Line This Winter When You're Stuck Inside


Stop staring angrily at the thermometer this winter and turn on TPT. Even if the temperatures are keeping some of us from our regular rounds at the local clubs, the Lowertown Line can simulate the experience in our homes. Bonus: no coat check.

TPT has just announced its broadcast schedule for the second season of the Lowertown Line, with episodes featuring recent performances from the 4onthefloor, Black Diet, the Blind Shake, and Doomtree, with a rebroadcast of Har Mar Superstar's highly entertaining set thrown in the mix as well.

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