Always Human Tapes prepares for its first showcase

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"Tapes move; they are real," says Always Human Tapes label artist Ian Lehman. "When I bought my first car, I had a high-end tape deck installed. I made mix tapes for the car all the time instead of always shuffling through CD's looking to hear a couple of songs." Indeed, it's hard to deny the nostalgic value and cultural relevance of the mix tape.

Still in its infancy, the Minneapolis-based Always Human Tapes label will be hosting its first label showcase at First Avenue this Thursday. Its creator Ryan Wurst is thrilled for the opportunity to bring the label's artistry to life in the form of live analog electronic performances accompanied by visual and video elements. "I feel so lucky that these people have put their trust in me," he says.

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Bobby Vee covers Bob Dylan on new album, The Adobe Sessions

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When Bob Dylan praised Bobby Vee during his performance this summer at Midway Stadium -- right before covering Vee's first hit single, "Suzie Baby" -- it was significant for a couple of reasons. First of all, Dylan rarely says that much during his live shows, so anything that he does offer up on stage takes on an added significance. And Dylan's heartfelt admiration of Bobby Vee hopefully introduced many music fans in the sold-out audience to the talents and legend of an oft-overlooked musician who helped Dylan get his start.

On February 3, Vee is set to release a new collection of original and cover songs that he recorded with his family in his garage in Tucson, Arizona, called The Adobe Sessions. The 18-song collection will feature some original material along with some covers of artists who have influenced Vee.

See Also: Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium, 7/10/13

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Soul Asylum announce EP series featuring their favorite covers

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Following one of the busiest years they've had in a while, Soul Asylum are starting to make some noise in 2013. Last year marked the entry of Delayed Reaction, their first new studio album in six years, but it also signaled the departure of founding guitarist Dan Murphy. Now, with frontman Dave Pirner carrying the torch, the band will debut a new EP titled No Fun Intended later this July.

For fans who have seen the band live in recent years -- or been listening closely to 89.3 the Current recently -- these songs will be familiar. It's a selection of covers featuring some SA favorites, including Joy Division, the Suicide Commandos, and MC5 for the first round -- just in time for the guys' appearance at Target Field for the Skyline Music Festival with Big Head Todd, Matthew Sweet, and the Gear Daddies.

See Also:
Skyline Music Festival 2013 at Target Field lineup unveiled
Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy leaves the band


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KPT: Dubstep just hurts my head after a certain amount of time

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Throwing a David Lynch-themed dance party, but have no idea what to play? Wonder no more, massive Twin Peaks fan KPT, pronounced "kept," crafts the perfect tracks for the occasion. KPT is a genre-bending dark electronica producer based in Minneapolis. His music, at once sparse and complex, has a distinct element of unpredictability. It's professional, polished, fresh, and just the right amount of weird.

KPT works his magic live at Honey tonight at his event EDM IT THEN. Billed as an evening of intimate, innovative electronica, it showcases artists from a range of worlds within EDM and features Phenetik, Trouble Lights and Elevated States. Whatever your flavor you'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot for electronica on a Tuesday night.

Ahead of the show, Gimme Noise caught up with KPT to talk the local EDM scene, getting love from Linkin Park, and why dubstep makes his head hurt. Plus, check out the exclusive premiere of his newest track, "Fine," below.

See also:
Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM
EDM showcase Electrovember to nurture local dance music's next generation


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Rachael Kilgour: I can make an impact through my music

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Rachael Kilgour doesn't immediately seem like the kind of girl who would take on the social injustices of the world in a song. She's sweet-faced, fast with a bright smile and sunshine energy. A few minutes into knowing her, though, and it's suddenly impossible to see her in a role besides activist. The Duluth-based folk singer-songwriter has a lot of ideas, and she speaks animatedly, as though she's in front of a classroom or heading up a meeting.

As she talks with Gimme Noise about her brand new EP, Whistleblower's Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution, out today, Kilgour focuses on the role her music plays.


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Brynn Andre on her Christmas EP Let it Snow, out today

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Thanksgiving is a mere 48 hours away, and if you aren't already in the holiday mood, we have just the thing to get you there.

Local singer-songwriter Brynn Andre releases a Christmas EP today called Let it Snow, featuring Andre's take on the classic title track, plus two original holiday jingles, the sweet up-tempo "Everything On My List" and the New Year's Eve ballad "Chandelier." Let it Snow listens like a sugary guilty pleasure, as Andre's folk-pop voice sticks like glittery frost to the holiday scenes she sings about. 

Gimme Noise caught up with Andre on the ideas behind Let It Snow, recording with some notable Twin Cities musicians at the Library Recording Studios, and what's next on her list.

See Also:
Brynn Andre sings her heart out for Kids Against Hunger tonight


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Big Quarters on Somos no Joke EP, out Friday

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Since releasing their third disc last year, Big Quarters have taken their message to new levels, opening for Atmosphere on the "Welcome to Minnesota" tour and maintained their monthly showcase for aspiring producers, the Last of the Record Buyers.

Brothers Brandon "Allday" and "Medium" Zach Bagaason have been as passionate about mentoring young artists as they have been about promoting their own work. Their new EP, Somos no Joke, captures the duo as full of pride and passion as ever. They'll celebrate its release on Friday at the Icehouse. Gimme Noise met the brothers in their south Minneapolis neighborhood to talk about the past year.

See Also:
Big Quarters change things up: Brandon Allday and Medium Zach release best album yet
Rap duo Big Quarters make big waves: It's self-distribution, hard work, and hustle, all day, every day


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Amanda Palmer's new video mixes rock star dreams and porn

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"She is fugly, the bitch doesn't shave, and what's going on with those eyebrows?"

These thoughts are on the mind of everyone who doesn't like Amanda Palmer... and perhaps even some people that do appreciate her. The kicker is that these words come straight from the lips of a drag queen in Palmer's newest video for "Do it With a Rockstar."

See also:
Slideshow: Amanda Palmer at First Avenue, 10/3/12
Review: Amanda Palmer at First Avenue, 10/3/12
Amanda Palmer on crowd-sourced musicians, Emily White, and kerfuffles
Amanda Palmer on Theater Is Evil, Twitter and assless pants
Halloween costume ideas, 2012: Music icons

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Mumford and Sons cover Alt-J's "Tessellate" on BBC's Radio One

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Attention Current listeners and Mumford and Sons aficionados: We've got what amounts to a bit of ear porn for you this morning.

Our beloved Mumfy went on the BBC's Radio One yesterday, where they played a seven-song set, composed of songs from Sigh No More and their recently released sophomore album Babel, along with one very special cover of Alt-J's "Tessellate."

See Also:
After Mumford and Sons' "I Will Wait" video, life isn't the same
Mumford and Sons releasing new record, be still our beating hearts


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After Mumford and Sons' "I Will Wait" video, life isn't the same

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Mumford and Sons release new single, "I Will Wait," to adoring sighs
Mumford and Sons releasing new record, be still our beating hearts
The 4onthefloor releases "Mumford & Sons Crap"

Mumford and Sons' new single "I Will Wait" (from the band's upcoming album Babel, due September 24) has been playing on the airwaves almost incessantly since its release just last month in early August, and now, finally, fans have some eye candy to attach to the unavoidably uplifting track.

The official music video was recorded live at the band's much-anticipated performance at Colorado's stunningly beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater. The video is shot in this grainy, vintage-y filter, and as the camera glides over the overwhelmingly sold-out crowd, warm bodies bouncing with an enthusiastic bliss, it's suddenly hard to imagine Mumford and Sons ever performing to a smaller audience.


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