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|Joe Horton is one of seven recipients of the 416 Club Commissions Program|
The Cedar Cultural Center consistently delivers compelling, original performances on their intimate stage, in addition to the celebrated national and international acts who frequently perform there. In 2014, that experimental creative direction continues with a series of seven shows celebrating the innovative artistic vision of the worthy recipients of this year's 416 Club Commissions Program.
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Korda Records has already made quite the impression on the Twin Cities. The burgeoning cooperative record label was founded in Minneapolis in late 2012 by longtime friends and musical collaborators Allison LaBonne, David Schelzel, Brian Tighe, and Jim Ruiz, who have all managed to put out new releases from their respective groups Typsy Panthre, Jim Ruiz Set, the Ocean Blue, and the Starfolk -- as well as two compilations and a re-issue of the Hang-Ups self-titled record -- over the course of just one productive year.
Korda will host another showcase to mark the release of Korda Kompilation 2 this Saturday night at the Cedar Cultural Center. The concert also boasts the first live performance by the Owls in two years. Gimme Noise chatted with LaBonne, Schelzel, and Tighe about the challenges and joys that comes with running your own record label, what they have in store for their fans at the showcase, and their plans for Korda in the future.
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|Actual Wolf is one of the contributors to Volume 5 of the Minnesota Beatle Project|
For each of the past five years, the Minnesota Beatle Project put together by Vega Productions has consistently been one of the best local compilations. And Volume 5, out December 3, is no exception, with all of the proceeds going to support music and art education in Minnesota public schools.
The roster of bands and artists involved this year includes the Okee Dokee Brothers, Poliça's Chris Bierden, Carroll, the Monks' Gary Burger, Zoo Animal, Dosh, and Actual Wolf -- to name just a few. "My parents have always been fans of the Beatles, so I grew up listening to them," Actual Wolf's Eric Pollard tells Gimme Noise. "I think initially their music was appealing because it was easy to remember 'She Loves You,' 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand,' and 'Love Me Do.' Then, as I grew up with their music, I was really drawn to the production and the musicality of it all."More »
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The fringes of the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and NoDak) get their yearly dose of Rhymesayers again in February. The fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, spearheaded by Atmosphere, has just announced its 2014 itinerary.
Along for the ride this year are Toki Wright x Big Cats, who are set to spread the message of their new collaboration Pangea wide. Also in on it are No Bird Sing, who just unveiled their Strange Famous Records debut, Definition Sickness. Then, there's the newest member of the Rhymesayers family, Dem Atlas. With Get Cryphy's Jimmy2Times along, these shows are gonna be a party.More »
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In a digital age driven by social media, an artist can make a song and a name for themselves over the course of a single afternoon. With the assistance of some prominent shares and retweets, things can move quickly. With Picked to Click, Gimme Noise's ultimate aim is to give some well-earned attention to the local acts who seem to be on the verge of breaking out. But frequently -- as with any award given out for artistic pursuits -- plenty of musicians who deserve recognition don't quite crack our coveted top 10.
Here is a list of 10 bands and artists around the Twin Cities worth your attention who could make a big name for themselves in the local music scene and beyond.
The inventive musical output of Michael Yonkers sadly went under-appreciated and mostly ignored throughout most of his life. He was rediscovered by a new generation of fans due to De Stijl and Sup Pop's reissue of Yonkers' 1968 underground, psych-noise classic, Microminature Love, and Drag City's subsequent reissue of Lovely Gold, as well as his unlikely but entirely awesome collaboration with the Blind Shake.
Now, modern music fans will get an even better grasp on the artistic vision and musical evolution of Yonkers with two more reissues by Drag City planned for early 2014, with both Michael Lee Yonkers and Borders Of My Mind set to come out on the venerable label on January 21.See Also:
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A quick listen to Plymouth-based Flora Cash's sepia-toned folk makes them seem like passionate souls. Unfortunately, that passion led to an ill-informed decision on singer/guitarist Cole Randall's part. According to the lengthy confession and apology he posted in letter form Monday, his choice to etch "Cole + Shpresa <3 10/10/2013" near explorer William Clark's name on the historic sandstone of Pompeys Pillar in Montana was motivated by "love and fear of loss."
On October 10, the pair were caught on the national monument's grounds. The carving that Randall's wife and bandmate Shpresa Lleshaj had advised against was later discovered by investigators. Randall says he regrets the decision to go against her wishes and is ready to face the consequences. The text of his letter is below.More »
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Joey Verskotzi moved to Minneapolis in 2010, and it didn't take the talented singer/songwriter long to amass a striking batch of new songs. He assembled a band around him called, fittingly enough, Verskotzi. Over the past year, Verskotzi has been hard at work crafting a new album, Lemon Heart, along with guitarist/producer Izaac Burkhart, bassist Ian Allison, and drummer Grady Kenevan, and the group is set to celebrate at Icehouse on Saturday night with a record release show. Verskotzi has just signed with Princess Records.
Ahead of their release show, Gimme Noise was able to ask Joey about the writing process for the new album, how recording these songs was a cleansing experience for him, how his collaboration with Zoo Animal's Holly Hansen came about, and how he draws inspiration from the Twin Cities music scene.