S. Carey: I read John Muir's writing to escape touring

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Inevitably linked with Bon Iver bandmate and musical mentor Justin Vernon in any press coverage of his music, Sean Carey's managed to build up his own formidable catalog of ethereal folk-pop when he's not busy touring the world as part of the famed Eau-Claire-based ensemble.

The latest installment, Range of Light, serves up lyrically contemplative and musically lush mid-tempo folk-rock ("Glass/Film") alongside totally trippy densely layered ambient explorations ("Fleeting Light"), employing an array of atypical rock instrumentation -- harps, woodwinds, kalimba! -- in service of its beautifully soothing soundscapes. Reached from a tour stop in New Orleans, Carey took time out to chat with Gimme Noise about Range of Light's extended recording timeline, the impact of parenthood on his creative process, and how a long-dead naturalist inspired his latest work, amongst other topics.

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Bon Iver's Sean Carey on Hoyas and why he didn't get a Grammy

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Twiztid: Everybody is a Juggalo -- even you

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Twiztid refuse to be anything other than themselves. The maniacal rap duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child have been terrorizing ears with their style of hardcore hip-hop known as horrorcore since 1997. Originally members of Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records label, they have since formed their own independent label and are currently embarking on a nationwide tour.

Juggalo culture is often misunderstood. Yet, members of the "family" continue to grow in numbers, as media outlets scramble to properly capture and adequately describe the movement. Gimme Noise gave Twiztid the opportunity to tell their side of the story before their show at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis this Wednesday.

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Circle Takes the Square's Drew Speziale: Our process is not formulaic at all

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Circle Takes the Square has long been steeped in mystery. The band emerged from Savannah, Georgia, in 2001, revolutionizing the screamo genre and providing a starting point for a generation of emotional post-hardcore musicians. Yet after the release of their acclaimed first full length As the Roots Undo in 2004, CTTS disappeared from the public eye for eight years, leaving fans to wonder.

Then in late 2012, the band reemerged suddenly from obscurity with their second full length, Decompositions. The album is a testament to the unique roots that CTTS planted in the screamo genre so many years ago. A generation of kids who survived adolescence listening to CTTS, now adults, could finally stop guessing.

Now, the band is embarking on their first tour in years. Monday at the Triple Rock will mark their first ever Minneapolis performance. Gimme Noise chatted with guitarist/vocalist/artist Drew Speziale about punk, their long hiatus, and the much anticipated Decompositions as CTTS prepares to hit the road.

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DC Breaks' Dan Havers: U.S. rave culture is more fun and quirky than Europe

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DC Breaks is the British drum and bass production and DJ team of Dan Havers and Chris Page. Since 2006 they have been tearing up international dance floors with breakbeats and heavy basslines. Most often noted for their remix work, the two are currently writing their debut album after signing a record deal with RAM Records.

Havers and Page have an interesting creative relationship, considering that they live in two different European cities and write the majority of their songs over e-mail. Yet when the two meet, drum and bass magic is made. Gimme Noise spoke with Havers about DC Breaks, rave culture and their evolution as artists before they touch down in Minneapolis this Friday at Ground Zero Nightclub.

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Dean Ween: The term "side project" makes me want to vomit

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Ween broke up nearly two years ago, but Dean Ween -- AKA Mickey Melchiondo -- has been keeping himself plenty busy. He goes by Mickey Moist when he's playing with his other band (don't call them a side project) Moistboyz. They released their fifth album, V, late in 2013 and followed that up with several tours with a backing band featuring Queens of the Stone Age vet Nick Oliveri. He also has a new band called The Dean Ween Group, and recently played with a Ween cover band in Chicago. In addition to his musical endeavors, he is still running a fishing guide service.

The Moistboyz recently embarked on a short tour with old pals the Meat Puppets, which includes the Moistboyz's first-ever stop in the Twin Cities at the Cabooze on Saturday. Gimme Noise connected with Melchiondo ahead of the show to talk about the Moistboyz tour and what the future holds for both of his bands.

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Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring on doing Letterman: That's not as wild as I get

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Samuel T. Herring can do a phone interview with almost as much intensity as his on-stage persona. Get the Future Islands frontman going -- even in the middle of the Charlotte International Airport -- and his responses just flow with the awareness of the largeness of his band's current moment.  

On the Baltimore-based synth-rock group's newly released fourth album, Singles, Herring, keyboard programmer Gerrit Welmers, and bassist William Cashion have honed an already polished synthesizer-rich aesthetic further. Paired with Herring's confessional lyrics, these challenging songs are like clouds hanging over the ocean -- some with a silver lining, others with far-darker innards. They made their TV debut with the undeniable "Seasons (Waiting on You)" on Late Show With David Letterman in early March, and Herring's unbridled passion onstage awoke something in the comedian. Afterwards, the host yelled, "I'll take all of that you got!" and so did plenty of other unsuspecting Americans as the clip went viral.

Ahead of Future Islands's sold-out performance at Triple Rock Social Club, Gimme Noise spoke to Herring about that fateful night on TV, and the many people who have informed his performance style.

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Review: Future Islands at Triple Rock Social Club, 3/28/14

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Gary Numan: Instant fame is terrifying and exciting in equal measure

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Gary Numan has influenced an entire generation of musicians and fans with his sound and style. Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, and Marilyn Manson are among those who proclaim Numan's work as an influence on their own and have recorded cover versions of his old hits. His song "Cars" has made an appearance in everything from the Tom Green film Freddy Got Fingered to Armand Van Helden's dancefloor hit "Koochy." You may also remember the song "Are Friends Electric," recently covered by the Dead Weather, from Numan's 1970's band Tubeway Army.

Numan's dark, paranoid persona has mystified fans for decades, inspiring a small army of "Numanoids." By 1994, after finding his success in the pop market to be rapidly deteriorating, he decided to concentrate on exploring more personal themes and moved in a harsher industrial direction, regaining critical acclaim.

In 2008, he was diagnosed with depression, The ensuing battle with his mental illness culminated in the release of a new album, Splinter, and a U.S. tour. Gimme Noise spoke with Numan about his prolific career and personal growth over the many years since achieving "instant fame"as he prepares for an appearance in Minneapolis Sunday at Mill City Nights.

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Talking about Mystery Science Theater 3000's iconic music

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Our favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies recently celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and this week, archivist label Shout Factory is releasing the 29th volume of episodes from the show.

We spoke to creator and star Joel Hodgson about its classic music moments, from its iconic theme to the best Christmas song ever written about Road House.

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Dustin Zahn: I do this because it's in my blood

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It's been a good year for Berlin-based, Minneapolis-raised techno DJ Dustin Zahn. In January, he released an EP called New Day Rising on his own label, Enemy Records. A short time later, it was announced that he had been booked to play North America's most seminal techno event, Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival, for the first time. The big news, however, is that his debut full-length album, Monoliths, is out this week via techno powerhouse Drumcode.

In other words, he will have released 16 new tracks in the span of about two months, which would be inconceivable if it weren't actually happening. Gimme Noise caught up with Zahn to discuss his new music, his year so far, and when we will see him next at home in Minneapolis.

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Tommy Four Seven: My music is dark, ominous, and primal

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All hail the almighty techno gods: Tommy Four Seven is coming to Minneapolis. The British-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer is a prolific force, carving his own distrinctive niche out of the electronic music topography. The sound he creates is acutely visceral. He has established himself as a core member of Chris Liebing's renowned label CLR, contributed to Stroboscopic Artefacts' distinguished Monad series, and partnered with Alain to create their own label, Hidden Hundred, and collaborate under the moniker These Hidden Hands.

Technoheads will tell you, these accomplishments are great for a career that spans just shy of a decade. Gimme Noise had the opportunity to ask Tommy some questions before his first ever performance in Minneapolis at Bassgasm 10 this Friday.

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