Calling All Metalheads: Surly and Muddy Waters Want You

Can you name this guy, for example?

Muddy Waters is aiming to become a metalhead lair on Monday, January 19, with the fourth annual Heavy Metal Trivia night.

Co-hosted by Dillinger Four guitarist Billy Morrisette, who is also bar manager at Muddy Waters, and Surly brewery operations director Todd Haug, who plays guitar in Vulgaari, the night offers heavy metal music, trivia, and a screening of cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a 1986 documentary filmed in a the parking lot of a Judas Priest concert.

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Why I Will Not Miss Nye's Polonaise Room

Categories: Nightlife
Flickr/Jessica Fiess-Hill

Earlier this week, news broke that Nye's Polonaise Room would be closing next year. Not long after, it came to light that the owners would be partnering with a development company to build apartments or condos on the existing site after demolishing the current building.

People (including my editor) are sad about it and declared it the end of an era, the further destruction of old Minneapolis, etc. I am not one of those people.

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World's Most Dangerous Polka Band Staying at Nye's Until It Closes

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Five Reasons This Club Sucks

Categories: Nightlife
Photo by Christopher Victorio
Sign a club sucks: You walk into a room filled with candy eaters.

No one wants to waste their Saturdays on shitty drinks in shitty environments. And there's nothing fun about wasting hundreds of dollars on a night that you'd rather forget.

So here are five signs this club sucks... and if three or more of these triggers are set off by the party spot that your best friend just suggested, don't drop a dollar on a cover charge.

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Top 10 Rules of the Rave: A Guide to Underground Dance Party Etiquette

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The Life of a House Band: Dr. Mambo's Combo

Courtesy of Dr. Mambo's Combo

Around 8:30 p.m. on a Monday evening, the crowd at North Loop institution Bunker's Music Bar & Grill was a bit thin. Only 15 people were there, including a well-dressed man in a cream-colored three-piece suit accented by a navy blazer and an almond-colored hat.

Just under an hour later, more folks trickled in slowly. Many of them clearly knew each other. Warm smiles were met with open arms, and followed by embraces. All of them also knew why they were here: Dr. Mambo's Combo was set to perform. This was where young and old meet to get down, dance, and get funky.

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The life of a house band: Psycho Suzi's Exotik-A-GoGo

Categories: Nightlife
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Northeast Minneapolis tiki bar Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge has undeniable atmosphere. Along with the palm fronds, carved wood, and a waterfall is Exotik-A-GoGo, the club's house band.

The five-piece group combine for well over 100 years of musical experience between them and can play pretty much anything. For this gig, they play exotica, a musical genre popularized by Martin Denny in the late '50s and early '60s. It borrows elements from jazz, salsa, and calypso, and demands serious improvisational skill.

As the club's house band, they show up every Friday and Saturday, perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., drink, get paid, and leave. The gig itself can involve so much more, and who better to explain it than Exotik-A-GoGo themselves?

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Don't take your guns to town, especially the clubs

Photo by Adam DeGross
In no way is this enhanced by violence.

I want to get back to complaining about awful dancing, cliched songwriting, ill-advised tattoos, and singers who are convinced they're Freddie Mercury reincarnated. This past weekend's violent incident at 400 Soundbar that left nine wounded from gunshots won't let me just yet.

From the Hexagon Bar to First Avenue to Target Field, there are oh so many Twin Cities venues where feedback, bass, and lyricism ring out and bond us. Every time violence breaks out, that bond gets tremors, cold sweats, hypertension, and ponders its own mortality.

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God bless you, Palmer's Bar

Categories: Nightlife


As a born-and-raised, card-carrying south Minneapolis boy, I've finally come to grips with the fact that my Twin Cities have got to be the most insecure major urban metro in the U.S. We're constantly fishing for validation from the larger cultural hubs around the country to feed our low self-esteem, and no matter how much our friends from around the Midwest tell us how pretty or smart we are, their praise is immediately drowned out at the first mention of local interest on CNN.

So every once in a while, a slickster from some big magazine out East will waltz into town, take advantage of our open-armed hospitality, and decide to chronicle their adventures like an anthropologist wading into the bush. They'll take in some sights, marvel at how much life we've carved out of the tundra, scrawl out a quick missive for their editor, and hop back on the plane.

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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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Marquee nightclub cancels plan to relaunch as Hush731

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A Friday night at Marquee

Located under Union restaurant, downtown Minneapolis nightclub Marquee is undergoing a rebranding and remodeling effort only 18 months after opening its doors. As of Tuesday, the club was set to be redubbed Hush731.

But the new branding drew heat on social media over its similarity to HUSH, a group of businesses and dance events headed by local techno artist Zak Khutoretsky, better known as internationally renowned DJ DVS1. For now, in a twist you don't see too often, the underground seems to have won this round.

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Rappers and ravers, stop glorifying deadly drugs

Categories: Nightlife, PSA
Ivan Minsloff
Are ravers the modern day hippies? There are plenty of parallels, from the flower imagery to the PLUR mentality. Then, of course, there's the idea of using drugs as a path to enlightenment. (Or at least, amazing vibes.)

But when it comes to drugs there's a key difference: The hippies were safer. From their weak-ass pot to their LSD, their preferred recreational drugs were less likely to kill you.

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