The Best Minnesota EDM Releases of 2014

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Vaski put out one of our favorite EDM releases of 2014.

Minneapolis is home to an ever-evolving rotation of dance clubs, above and underground. The dance music scene is alive and well here, and sometimes it seems like everyone is a DJ. The year 2014 was full of noteworthy local EDM releases, so in preparation for the next weekly dance night one need look no further than this top 10 local EDM release list we compiled to give you fuel for your mixtapes and your decks.

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The 10 Most Ridiculous Metal Album Covers of 2014

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Even in the digital music age, eye-striking cover art is still incredibly valued in the heavy metal genre. But the line between ridiculously awesome and awesomely ridiculous often gets walked very precariously. We present to you this year's metal album covers that crossed that line.
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The Best Quotes From Musicians of 2014

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Gimme Noise talks to a lot of musicians over the course of a year. Sometimes a conversation can take a new path if the interviewee is feeling frisky, happy, or irritated.

In 2014, many national acts came through the Twin Cities -- proving that we're not just flyover country -- to share their music and their thoughts. Some conversations were profound, while others were simply uncomfortable.


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The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2014

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Travis Shinn
Machine Head

There's no doubt that headbangers enjoyed another banner year in 2014. Though there were many tragic losses, from unexpected reunions to comeback albums, these last 12 months proved to be successful for many established, and up-and-coming metal bands from various sub genres.

Through it all, we've been keeping track of our favorites and the bands that surprised us the most.This was not an easy list to compile, but we now present our year-end list of the 10 Best Metal Albums of 2014.

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The Best Country Albums of 2014

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Here's my imitation of executives in Nashville: "Let's put the one that sounds like a Lionel Richie ballad right after the tailgating song with the AC/DC power chords."

This year's country-music crop boasts some marvels, but I've never found less to like in the albums pumped out of Music Row, where sequencing three strong tracks in a row is as long-gone a tradition as Nudie suits. Even the best big-biz album on this list, Miranda Lambert's Platinum, demands editing on the consumer end: You'll like a lot, and you'll skip more than you should have to.

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The Best Minnesota Albums of 2014

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A handful of records always change the course of local conversation each year. It could be a new production technique or a very old one. Sometimes there's a thematic breakthrough, the capturing of a well-honed live aesthetic, or the stars just align during a concentrated writing session, but the finished songs hang together like they've always belonged that way.

Here are our favorite albums to rise up from the Minnesota community from this past year.

See also:
Year in Music 2014: A Twin Cities Rock 'n' Roll Yearbook


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Year in Music 2014: A Twin Cities Rock 'n' Roll Yearbook

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Photo by E. Katie Holm; design and layout by Emily Utne; special thanks to the University of Minnesota Bell Museum; wardrobe provided by Rewind Vintage.
Jeremy Messersmith had a royal year.

Sifting through every Vine, every Facebook invite, every opinionated 140-character review, and every impassioned show during a year -- hell, even a single day -- in the Twin Cities music community would be impossible. But plenty of us can't help but watch the familiar cycles of creative growth and decay with anticipation for what is yet to come.

Before Gimme Noise closes a chapter and starts a new one for 2015, here are the stories that were particularly uplifting, strange, sad, or a bit of all three from the past year.

See also:
The 20 Best Twin Cities Concerts of 2014

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Year in Music 2014: The Jeremy Messersmith Index

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E. Katie Holm
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The year that was 2014 will be remembered for the winter that almost killed us and the music that brought us back to life. Among the most restorative albums of the past 12 months was Jeremy Messersmith's sensitive rock opus, Heart Murmurs.

The Minneapolis-based artist is fond of numbers, and inspired by the Index found in each issue of Harper's magazine, we decided to let them do the talking to sum up the biggest year of his career.

See also:
Year in Music 2014: Rock 'n' Roll Yearbook


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The 20 Best Twin Cities Concerts of 2014

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Photo by Erik Hess
We had the time of our lives at so many shows in 2014.

This past year in Twin Cities concerts had plenty of musical keepsakes -- those moments that were bigger than the sound, and more intricate than life itself. It was a year of legends, as well as legends in the making. In fact, it was so loud that the Minneapolis City Council passed an earplugs ordinance.

Gimme Noise takes a fond look back with our Top 20 concerts of 2014.

See Also:
Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)


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Gimme Noise's most popular posts of 2013

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Erik Hess
From underrated hipster bars to "pretty reckless" musicians, 2013 was a big year for the music scene in Minnesota. Raise your PBR a glass to the most-read posts on Gimme Noise from this year. More »
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