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What we talk about when we talk about Lorde

Without knowing Lorde, I’ll admit that she seems likeable. On paper, a 16-year-old riding a hit single and already getting to share her artistic dreams to a huge audience is inspiring. Adding to that, the New Zealand native often mentions in interviews that her poet mother put lots of good books in her hands. An author she latched onto is short-fiction legend Raymond Carver — a personal favorite.

"A writer is judged by what he writes, and that’s the way it should be," Carver told the Paris Review 30 years ago. “The circumstances surrounding the writing are something else, something extraliterary.” The author, who was probably not a fan of KISS, died in 1988. So we’ll never know if a master of minimalist writing hears brilliance in the bare-bones beat of “Royals.” Much as we agree with Carver’s sentiment, it’s nearly impossible today to block out circumstances far outside what Lorde writes when forming an opinion on her.

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Terma Festival at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge 2013 lineup
"Downtown Minneapolis is going to be darker and weirder than usual come mid-September due to the arrival of Terma Festival. The two-day event, held at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, features a lengthy slate of artists from the local community and beyond who embody musical experimentation.
The lineup includes locals OAKS, CLAPS, the Funeral & the Twilight, Prostate, and several others from outside the area who will turn the Belmore into a gothic cavern of pleasure.”
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Terma Festival at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge 2013 lineup

"Downtown Minneapolis is going to be darker and weirder than usual come mid-September due to the arrival of Terma Festival. The two-day event, held at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, features a lengthy slate of artists from the local community and beyond who embody musical experimentation.

The lineup includes locals OAKS, CLAPS, the Funeral & the Twilight, Prostate, and several others from outside the area who will turn the Belmore into a gothic cavern of pleasure.”

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Justin Vernon might stage a festival with Marijuana Deathsquads in Eau Claire
“A couple of interviews with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon popped up this week, and both illuminate a guy overflowing with ideas. After the push for his side project Shouting Matches’ debut album, Grownass Man, earlier this year — and a couple of rollicking Minneapolis shows — these conversations were timed with the release of another one of his groups, Volcano Choir. Also featuring members of Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band’s trippy follow-up to 2009’s Unmap is called Repave, and is out Tuesday, September 3.Although Vernon was mainly wearing the VC hat, he still took some time to talk about collaborating with Kanye West, assembling a festival in Eau Claire, and even a little on the future of Bon Iver.”

Justin Vernon might stage a festival with Marijuana Deathsquads in Eau Claire

A couple of interviews with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon popped up this week, and both illuminate a guy overflowing with ideas.

After the push for his side project Shouting Matches’ debut album, Grownass Man, earlier this year — and a couple of rollicking Minneapolis shows — these conversations were timed with the release of another one of his groups, Volcano Choir. Also featuring members of Collections of Colonies of Bees, the band’s trippy follow-up to 2009’s Unmap is called Repave, and is out Tuesday, September 3.

Although Vernon was mainly wearing the VC hat, he still took some time to talk about collaborating with Kanye West, assembling a festival in Eau Claire, and even a little on the future of Bon Iver.”

Bomba de Luz - “Starting To Choke II (Live on the Current)”

After her dream gig opening for Jake Bugg at the Fine Line, Bomba de Luz frontwoman Lydia Hoglund took the full band to the Minnesota State Fair to play an engaging live session for the Current. This loungey, keyboard-laden clip of the lovely “Starting To Choke II” captures the young band in fine form, and certainly kept the Fair crowd entertained. Bomba de Luz are set to play the Midway Music Mixtape release party at Amsterdam on September 1.

See more top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week HERE

Desaparecidos at First Avenue, 8/28/13
“Over the years, it has become quite obvious that Conor Oberst loves playing in Minneapolis. He has strong ties to the city through his former manager (and former 400 Bar owner) Bill Sullivan, and each riveting show he puts on here only strengthens that bond. And that Minnesota connection has tightened after Oberst revealed that he and his fellow Desaparecidos just spent ten relaxing, productive days in the Battle Lake area writing and recording new material.
Sadly, none of those new songs were quite road ready for the band’s explosive 65-minute set at First Avenue Wednesday night, but the rest of their spirited material proved to be more than enough, as the quintet delivered a potent, noisy performance that got the pit churning and the band smiling in satisfaction.”
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Desaparecidos at First Avenue, 8/28/13

Over the years, it has become quite obvious that Conor Oberst loves playing in Minneapolis. He has strong ties to the city through his former manager (and former 400 Bar owner) Bill Sullivan, and each riveting show he puts on here only strengthens that bond. And that Minnesota connection has tightened after Oberst revealed that he and his fellow Desaparecidos just spent ten relaxing, productive days in the Battle Lake area writing and recording new material.

Sadly, none of those new songs were quite road ready for the band’s explosive 65-minute set at First Avenue Wednesday night, but the rest of their spirited material proved to be more than enough, as the quintet delivered a potent, noisy performance that got the pit churning and the band smiling in satisfaction.”

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Dave Pirner Interview

This revealing interview with Dave Pirner was conducted for Rust Magazine backstage before an LP Tour gig in Atlanta, and finds the Soul Asylum frontman opening up on many different aspects of the current state of the band and music in general. He talks about their new covers EP, No Fun Intended, and the motivation behind the song choices and what they are going to come up with in the future. He also sings the praises of his tight-knit crew, Dolly Parton, and pleads for fans to share a good joke with him. Soul Asylum have another local show planned at First Avenue on October 19 with Fountains of Wayne and Evan Dando, with plans to record a new record soon.

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The Persian Leaps: You wouldn’t know it from our music, but we’re big Rush fans
“Minneapolis band the Persian Leaps' new album name, Praise Elephants, is an anagram for the band name, and also something that rings true about the band’s music. Main songwriter Drew Forsberg has been writing for many years under the name the Persian Leaps, but only until last year when he met the rest of the band has felt as if things made sense musically. Praise Elephants  does leap around, shuttling ideas back and forth, pushing melodies into tight corners, and splashing drums haphazardly everywhere. Withoutthis complexity, the essence of what made this album so interesting will be lost. Before the band’s album release at Cause on Friday, Gimme Noise spoke with Drew about putting his band together and what it took for him to become a better songwriter over the years.”

The Persian Leaps: You wouldn’t know it from our music, but we’re big Rush fans

Minneapolis band the Persian Leaps' new album name, Praise Elephants, is an anagram for the band name, and also something that rings true about the band’s music. Main songwriter Drew Forsberg has been writing for many years under the name the Persian Leaps, but only until last year when he met the rest of the band has felt as if things made sense musically. Praise Elephants  does leap around, shuttling ideas back and forth, pushing melodies into tight corners, and splashing drums haphazardly everywhere. Withoutthis complexity, the essence of what made this album so interesting will be lost.

Before the band’s album release at Cause on Friday, Gimme Noise spoke with Drew about putting his band together and what it took for him to become a better songwriter over the years.”

Depeche Mode at the MN State Fair Grandstand, 8/27/13
“Depeche Mode brought a welcome bit of darkness to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, as the mercurial British synth-pop legends delivered an edgy, impassioned two-hour set that delighted the 7,700 dedicated fans who were still mostly clad in all black, despite the sweltering summer heat. It was the band’s first Twin Cities appearance in 12 years, and the show was equally steeped in the lingering power of nostalgia as well as the urgency of the modern day, as the group blended five twitchy tracks from their current record, Delta Machine, amongst the 21-song set full of soaring, moody hits from their past. These numbers haven’t lost a bit of their poignant charm over the years and soared under the warm night sky.”
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Depeche Mode at the MN State Fair Grandstand, 8/27/13

Depeche Mode brought a welcome bit of darkness to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, as the mercurial British synth-pop legends delivered an edgy, impassioned two-hour set that delighted the 7,700 dedicated fans who were still mostly clad in all black, despite the sweltering summer heat. It was the band’s first Twin Cities appearance in 12 years, and the show was equally steeped in the lingering power of nostalgia as well as the urgency of the modern day, as the group blended five twitchy tracks from their current record, Delta Machine, amongst the 21-song set full of soaring, moody hits from their past. These numbers haven’t lost a bit of their poignant charm over the years and soared under the warm night sky.”

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Sleep Study - “Peace & Letting Go”

In order to capture the immediate appeal of their live show as well as the catchy quality of their new single, “Peace & Letting Go,” Sleep Study turned to camera shot clips of recent performances at the Entry, Cause, and the Triple Rock for their new video. These live shots are intertwined with grainy, faded war clips, which gives the track some slightly ominous undertones while also reinforcing the need for harmonious release embodied in the title. The Twin Cities group has a big East Coast tour planned for the fall, with plans to hit the studio once they return in order to start working on their second full-length, which they plan to release sometime next year.

See more of the Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos HERE

Astronautalis covers Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow”

It’s been quite a wild summer for Astronautalis. Before embarking on a successful full-scale tour of Europe, the MC found out that he was selected by Harley-Davidson to be part of a project called, "Harley’s Taste of Freedom Tour," where the legendary motorcycle maker rewarded five independent artists with their own custom made Harleys.

Upon returning from tour, Astronautalis got his sweet new bike and naturally hit the road. But in June, he found out he had Bell’s Palsey, a temporary paralysis that typically affects one side of the face. But after getting some treatment, and donning a cool, Pirate-like eye-patch (see picture above), Andy’s health thankfully returned, as did his boundless creative spirit.

And, as a way to reward and say thanks to his supportive fans and friends (and to celebrate the gloriously warm summer months), Astronautalis has just released a free download of him covering the Wiz Khalifa hip-hop anthem, “Black & Yellow.”“

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