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

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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

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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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MN Original leaps forward - New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music

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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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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.

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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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