This current string of concerts touches down in the Twin Cities in March. This is Wonder's first show in the area since 1988's RiverFest in St. Paul. Dates below.
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|PaviElle French will perform at this year's Best New Bands event.|
First Avenue's yearly musical recap of the finest up-and-coming locals is a mix of some of the groups that owned the past year, and some who are about to conquer in the new year. (In Gimme Noise terms, you get a few acts that ranked on the 2014 Picked to Click poll, and some early picks for 2015.) Thus, the Best New Bands of 2014 lineup is right where it needs to be.
Soul singer PaviElle French and five other artists with varying levels of local familiarity fill out the bill for the January 17 showcase at First Avenue's mainroom.
The Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014
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|Atmosphere will headline the second night of the Current's 10th Anniversary Concerts at First Avenue.|
It has now been just about a decade since 89.3 the Current hit the Twin Cities airwaves. To celebrate, the public radio station's yearly birthday festivities are now officially too big for their previous britches.
In past years, the two-night birthday bash at First Avenue has been a fixture each mid-January, but this time it's a 10-day marathon of events. The itinerary, including lineups for both nights in the mainroom, is below.
89.3 the Current: An oral history
|Photo by Steve Cohen from Billy Joel and Elton John's Xcel show in 2009.|
|The piano man strikes again.|
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|The masked bandits of hard rock Slipknot are riding through again!|
The rock and camping fest marks the return of Slipknot, who headlined their own Knotfest at the Wisconsin outdoor grounds a couple years ago. Joining them on the bill are Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, the Pretty Reckless, and many more.More »
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There's no question that Sonny Knight & the Lakers have had a great 2014. From gracing City Pages' cover to landing a spot on our Picked to Click poll, Knight and his relentlessly funky big band have electrified the local scene of late.
They are set to record a live album over the course of their four upcoming performances at the Dakota on December 18 and 19. The results will go straight to two-track tape and be released on double LP via Secret Stash Records.
Gimme Noise spoke to the Lakers' drummer (and Secret Stash Records founder) Eric Foss about how the recording process is going to work, the dance party planned for the final set, and which songs will be on the live LP.
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|Buttons from the last Drone Not Drones event|
The Twin Cities music community will coalesce with the power of drone for another squalling appeal for a more peaceful, tolerant world in January. Yes, the Drone Not Drones collective has organized another 28-hour drone concert.
Much like the event held earlier this year at the Cedar Cultural Center, Duluth's Low lead a growing roster of acts known for their prowess creating the humming, slowly developing soundscapes as well as a wealth of artists traveling far outside expected genre boundaries.More »
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|DJ Jake Rudh is turning the Transmission dance night into a live event.|
November tends to be a very busy month for local art-rockers BNLX, and 2014 is no different. For the past couple of years, they've set up at Cause for a weekend to host a Fest featuring themselves and lots of their talented friends. With Cause still sorting its situation out, the group has teamed up with pal DJ Jake Rudh for a show at the Varsity Theater on November 29.
Live Transmission combines the brand of Rudh's long-running New Wave and alternative dance party with bands that employ similarly adventurous artistry. Plus, the night will double as a release show for BNLX's ninth EP, Flextime.
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In other words, Tay Tay is big business -- bigger than she's ever been -- and this tour will have to do much to top the spectacle of Red's run, which hit St. Paul in 2013. She'll be back at the Xcel for two shows next year.More »