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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The Garage: Run by young people for young people

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Since The Garage opened in 1999, it has transformed from a coffee shop to a full venue that hosts today's up-and-coming artists as well as its share of national acts. Station 4 used to host many punk and metal shows in the past, but since it closed in 2013, the punk scene has moved about 20 minutes south to Burnsville.

"It's cool to be that epicenter of a lot of things as bands either get their start here or tour through this way and work themselves up to First Avenue. It's pretty interesting," said the Garage's venue manager, Jack Kolb-Williams.

See also: Station 4 can be yours for $1.2 million 

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Cloud Cult is hiring -- be the band's next drummer

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Passionate percussionists: Your chance to join the fervent ranks of Cloud Cult is now. The band just placed a want ad on its Facebook page seeking applicants to take over as drummer. (Sorry live painters, all of those positions are still currently occupied.)

Audition applications to fill the role held by Arlen Peiffer, who also plays skins for Caroline Smith, will be accepted until July 7. Check out the full details of the posting below.More »

Ten best Minnesota albums of 2014 (so far)

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A whole lot of stellar albums have crossed our desk in 2014 so far. Across the spectrum of rock, hip-hop, R&B, and more-experimental recordings created by Minnesota talent, several have immediately become a part of our lives.

Here is a list of the ten local albums that we just couldn't get enough of so far in 2014.

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Babes in Toyland announce reunion

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The Babes, via their 1995 album Nemesisters: Maureen Herman, Kat Bjelland, and Lori Barbero
Seminal '90s heavy rockers Babes in Toyland are reforming!

Frontwoman Kat Bjelland and bassist Maureen Herman were interviewed at Pasadena College yesterday, and the two let slip that a new formation of the band is coming. Both previously recorded Babes in Toyland material, and new stuff is expected to be part of the mix.

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Andrew Broder announces first Fog album since 2008

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Minneapolis musician Andrew Broder plays shows and records with some of the most talented artists in the area (most notably with 2011 Picked to Click winners, the Cloak Ox), but his experimental project Fog has been on hiatus since 2008.

Broder's creative fires are rekindling for a new Fog album, and is turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund the cost of recording, mixing, and mastering his forthcoming new work.

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The Cloak Ox emerge from the Fog

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Cause celebrating 5th anniversary in July

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Since it opened, Cause Spirits & Soundbar has consistently welcomed local acts in various stages of development onto its intimate stage. From new bands and artists making their debut club performance to veterans of the scene looking to share their new material, Cause has championed the Twin Cities music scene and helped scores of local groups flourish in the process.

Now, the Lyn-Lake club is simultaneously celebrating its five-year anniversary and is closing its doors to make room for a sports bar. A three-night series of shows that feature plenty of bands who have helped make Cause a central venue in the ongoing development of the local music scene. From Thursday, July 10, through Saturday, July 12, Cause will be hosting three nights of great music from a series of bands who have a strong, lasting connection to the club.

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Franz Diego celebrates the Equinox EP and four years of Turnt Up!


Away from the bro bars and $12 dollar drink nightspots of downtown Minneapolis, just past the Grain Belt sign and across the river in Northeast Minneapolis, Turnt Up! has become one of the most successful club nights. It has quietly sold out on the second Friday of each month, and a kaleidoscope of fashion and personality line up along NE Hennepin before midnight to jockey for a spot in the imitate Honey.

The three-DJ crew of Noam the Dummer, Gabe Garcia and Willie Shu spin, mix and scratch over a experimental sounds of old school, progressive and new jackness of the urban and dance varieties as a crowd -- that would make the "Rumpshaker" video jealous -- shine in party glory. You can find Franz Diego on the mic hosting and toasting. Basically it's a fun house party without the stale Doritos sitting on the coffee table. 

Gimme Noise spoke to Franz Diego who is busy this week preparing for the party's fourth anniversary bash and is celebrating his new EP project, which was released last week.
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Music lineups for Green Line launch at Union Depot and Target Field

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Doomtree are headlining the Current's stage to celebrate the launch of the Green Line

As excitement continues to build regarding the opening of the Green Line Light Rail linking Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Current and Target Field have just given music and public transportation lovers one more reason to rejoice. The public radio station has announced plans for a star-studded day of free music at the Union Depot in Lowertown St. Paul to celebrate the opening of the Green Line, headlined by a performance from Doomtree.

Over at the Target Field Station, they have some music-filled fun planned of their own, highlighted by a performance from New Primitives.

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Music in Mears announces 2014 lineup

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The Cactus Blossoms will hit Music in Mears this summer.

With the Turf Club closed for renovations over the next few months, the more events that can pick up the musical slack in St. Paul, the better. The Music in Mears series returns for its 11th season of free music and fun set in the serene setting of Mears Park in Lowertown St. Paul.

Between June 12 and August 21, 18 bands will play over the course of each Thursday night this summer (except for June 26 due to Jazz Fest and July 3), bringing their intoxicating, original sounds to Lowertown. Music starts each evening at 6 p.m., and finishes by 9 p.m.

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