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Check out The Walker’s Open Field Event this Sunday starting at 1 PM and going all day. This event excites me more than Rock The Garden, and best of all, it’s free. Hopefully the weather will hold.

From The Walker:

Walker Open Field/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Soak in the sun and take in the sounds of Tapes ‘N Tapes, Eyedea & Abilities, Total Babe, and four high school bands on the Walker’s rolling hillside. This daylong festival of music brings high school musicians into the mix with established bands, rappers, and performers.

In addition to featured acts on the main stage, bring your best music mixes to trade in a mix tape exchange, create your own musical instruments in our art-making tent, and make connections or learn more about the professional arts community at the Young Artists Resource Fair. Presented by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC).

Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles @ Memory Lanes Block Party 2010

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles played their last show until this fall at the Memory Lanes Block Party in Seward. The band just wrapped their latest album last week at the Terrarium in Northeast and will be on hiatus as Lucy spends the summer in Colorado. Light rain fell during the second half of their set, no one in the crowd seemed to mind.


Welcome to Sound Crawl 2010! In convergence with the St. Paul Art Crawl, this spectacular event should be one not to miss!

Here’s the schedule! And the best part is…’s FREE!!

Come support your local art/music scene!

Concert 1

Venue: UBS Forum @ Minnesota

MPR Headquarters is located at 480 Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul. Metered street parking is available—as are parking spaces at the public ramp directly across Cedar street.

7p.m- Ryan Terrel – Rooftop ambience. (live microphone + processing)

7:30 p.m- ACT I: Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar)
Nathan Brende (laptop)
Oliver Gruden (visuals)

8:30 p.m. ACT II: Chris Cunningham (Guitar)
James Patrick (Laptop)
Jim Weiss (visuals)

Concert 2

Venue: McNally Smith Café (Located Across the street from MPR)
Third Floor, 19 Exchange Street East, St. Pau

Their will be some light hors d’ oeuvres provided at this event!

9 p.m. ACT I: Jesse Pollock (Laptop)
9:30 p.m ACT II: Alec Ness and Chris Sexton (Laptops)

9:45pm – The Eclectic Ensemble
Outdoors, the Farmers Market, Lowertown St. Paul

Concert 3

Venue: Black Dog Café
4th and Broadway, Lowertown, St. Paul

(10 p.m. – 12 a.m.)

ACT I: Beatrix Jar

Beatrix*JAR is a conceptual electronic music duo and couple consisting of sound artists Bianca Pettis (Beatrix) and Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR).

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Pettis and Roske grew up discouraged by the limitations of traditional music pedagogy. They formed Beatrix*JAR in 2004 over a shared attraction to non-traditional musical expression and unique musical instruments.

Over the past six years Beatrix*JAR have traveled extensively spreading the good word of D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) electronics and experimentation with conceptual sound art performances and hands-on Circuit Bending workshops.

Beatrix*JAR have been featured at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego, CA), American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), High Art Museum (Atlanta, GA) and Hammer Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA). The duo has appeared on MAKE TV (PBS) and THINK TV (PBS-Dayton)

ACT II: Caly McMarrow


10:30 – 12:30: Minneapolis Art on Wheels
Northwest Building, Lowertown, St. Paul

Concert 4

Venue: Studio Z
Nothwestern Building, 275 East 4th Street, St. Paul

* 21+, open bar, no cover. 12am-6am.

w/visual arts by:

Oliver Grudem

Oliver Grudem is a visual media artist living in South Minneapolis. His work has been featured at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Spark Festival at the University of Minnesota and the Electric Eyes Festival at the Southern Theater.

*Jim Weiss(visual artist)

12 a.m.- Alec Ness and Chris Sexton

1971 is an experimental electronic music duo comprised of Chris Sexton and Alec Naess. They began collaborating in 2008 and until the start of 2010, had sent tracks exclusively over the internet, while residing in different cities. They recently began performing their music live, and exchanging musical ideas within the performance environment.

Chris Sexton is a producer and musician based out of Minneapolis. Until recently all Chris’ solo electronic work has been studio based. When he saw a opportunity to collaborate and play live with another electronic musician he jumped at the chance. Alec Næss is a composer and writer based out of Minneapolis/St. Paul MN. His work spans genre from string quartet arrangements to breakbeat tracks. Currently, he is attending McNally Smith College of Music.

12:30 a.m.- Keston and Westdal- founder, Keston and Westdal keyboardist, composer, and producer John Keston is a musician and experimental software developer currently based in Minneapolis. This United Kingdom transplant turned Minnesota local creates music under his moniker Ostraka by harnessing the random behaviors of sound objects and electronics into enigmatic compositions that bind chaotic creativity into musical structures.

1:30 a.m.- Tarleton a.k.a. Brett Bullion-,

Brett Bullion is a Minneapolis-based drummer, producer and engineer. He got his start in music by drumming and producing for Tiki Obmar (Merck Records), an instrumental band that billed with the likes of Dosh and Happy Apple. Brett currently juggles a busy schedule recording and touring with Tarlton (Afternoon Records), engineering and mixing for Hildur Victoria, drumming live and on records with Dark Dark Dark and various other freelance drumming/recording gigs. Brett grew up on the mid-90s / early-2000s Warp catalog and his instrumental dance project, “Nervous Girls,” is a tribute to that nostalgic inspiration…

2:30 a.m.- Heckadecimal

Minneapolis’ own live action antihero, Heckadecimal continues to blah blah blah with his own brand of machine-ridden not-trance. Robots sing harmony in the land of the damned, while everything exists, ineffable. Bouncy arpeggiators select The Hits Potential, complete with voltage controlled dancers; your fantasy realized.

3:30 a.m.- Timefog (James Patrick and M.Gervais)

5:00 a.m.- Centrific- Intellephunk

HIGH TIDE @ KITTY CAT w/ Travis Stearns, Jonathan Ackerman, Cole (Daughters of the Sun), Chris R (Vampire Hands), Tom (Modern Radio)

This month we welcome a special Modern Radio showcase
f e a t u r i n g

Tom Loftus (Modern Radio/ DJ TRL)
playing Drone/Ambient/Chill

Cole (Daughters of the Sun)
playing Experimental/Psych & Folk

Chris Rose (Vampire Hands)
playing 70s rock

+ Jonathan Ackerman
playing everything

++ Travis Stearns (snuzzcontrol)
playing New Weird America

Details here

New Land Of Milk And Honey: BAZAAR @ SOAP FACTORY

The spring becomes alive!
The SoapFactory is hosting the New Land of Milk and Honey bazaar / closing party.
The music and activities are FREE for friends/freespirits/lovers, but we do encourage you to bring a pot to the potluck.

(2.45-4) Day-time Music:
Joint Custody
Tips for Twat

(4-5) Cartune Exprez

(5-6.30) Pot-luck Music:
Obchod Na Korze
Radical Cemeteries’s

(7-11) Night-time Music:
NLMH presentation
Hooliganship (portland)

Activate all other senses on-site with: workshops, tanning, activities, the internet.
Bring your own skivvies/small-clothes for tie-dying.

Feast on the full schedule here:
COMMUNITY QUILT: Please feel free to bring a square
you have started at home, fabric remnants or sewing supplies!
A sewing machine will be available to use, but hand-sewing is
welcomed and encouraged! Facilitated by Nora Bacher.

TYE-DYING: Bring a garment from home if you would
like to tie-dye! Groovy! Facilitated by Emily Rohrabaugh
and Lindsey Rhyner.

NEW! TABLE WEAVING: Annika Kaplan will have a
selection of table looms available for you to try out, and
will be demonstrating techniques on her own loom! Cool!

Cartune Xprez
The Soap Factory
Annika Kaplan
Aby Wolf
Josh Journey-Heinz
Michael Gaughan
Eric Carlson
Baby Skateboards
Soothing Almonds Collective
Ross Yates
Erin Smith
Brett Smith
Skoal Kodiak

Making Music: David King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Halloween Alaska)

The Whole Music Club presents:Making Music: Dave King (Happy Apple, The Bad Plus)

Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater
Mar 11: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Free For All Ages
Drummer extraordinaire Dave King (The Bad Plus,Happy Apple) returns to Making Music to preview his weekend of shows at the Walker Art Center, King for Two Days. Our conversation will focus on his newest collaboration projects, Golden Valley Is Now, and The Dave King Trucking Company, which will premiere as part of the weekend’s music extravaganza March 12 & 13. Special live guest cameos expected…

Co-presented with the Walker Art Center.

Transportation Information: Bus Route 6 runs every 30 minutes between the U of M East Bank Campus and Walker Art Center. Trip takes 30 minutes.

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Because you're doin something right w/ Caroline Smith @ Intelligent Nutrients Building

by: Samantha Esguerra

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:00pm983 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Intelligent Nutrients Building)
because we know beautiful people,,
who don’t always get the chance to present
their perspectives, or listen to yours….
and because you’re doin’ somethin right

An evening of music and art by;;;

Samuel Beddow
Ema C. Cook
Blake Hawbaker
Andrew Hickock
Be yourself
is Andrew Paper Cup
Cinnamon Janzer
Amanda Johnson
Miles Mendenhall
Sean Michel
Aila O’Loughlin
Tom Ricard
Caroline Smith
Jake Telschow
Bethany Turnwall
Milo Weil
Dan Wihelmsen


evening concludes with a dance party into the night,,,

P.S. Its a potluck too;;; bring a dish to share….please?
AND, there will be free wine,, but we can’t promise it for the whole night….but…there WILL be free wine at 8