Wednesday night will feature a series of local artists performing the music of Jason Molina, a tribute to the late Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. frontman who passed away in March 2013. Performers include Gabriel Douglas (the 4onthefloor, Silverback Colony, Orca Colony, and more) & Friends, Minneapolis-based bands The Further Adjustments and Squares, and Americana singer/songwriter Ben Lubeck from the band Farewell Milwaukee. Between each of Molina's bands and his solo work, there's a wealth of material for tonight's performers to draw from and we can't wait to hear what ends up getting played on the Turf stage.
Minneapolis-based epic emo-punks Human Kindness' music fuses '90s emo, post-rock, hardcore and classic rock in search of the largest, guitar-based sounds possible. Human Kindness are the kind of dudes who refuse to take their hearts off their sleeves or turn down their amps, cramming each song with dueling guitar leads, classical accompaniment and words upon word upon words. Yet somehow, it all works: the wall of sound approach adds high drama to mundane stories - about party paranoia and academic fatigue, in this case - and elevates it to the sublime. If there's a path to heaven that involves a dying pen and a broken amp, these guys are definitely going to be the ones to find it. Human Kindness will be releasing their newest album, Not Apathetic on the old-school cassette tape. Also performing will be local dream pop outfit Gloss, whose strengths lie in their ability to create beautiful, lush soundscapes. Every song on their EP is drenched in shoegaze influences, resulting in wispy echoes and delicate melodies. That along with relatable themes of fear, relationships and struggles makes them a refreshingly accessible band. Nancy's Raygun opens.
Kristin Diable has been exploring freedom and choice in her music ever since she picked up an open mic at a lounge in Baton Rouge and stunned the audience into silence. She rode that vibe, away to New York and then back to her native Louisiana like a storm front, one that shook New Orleans and cooled the air. Her newest album, Create Your Own Mythology, invokes her Louisiana and Americana roots, while firing a rock-and-roll shot across the bow of borrowed myths. Kristin says that music is her ticket on that journey to the soul's distant elsewhere, and this new album is her invitation to the listener--not to follow her on her mythical path, but to go questing for their own. That's a journey that will require some suffering, and acceptance, and evolution and honesty--these are the tokens hidden in these songs, smoothing that hard path, leading us away, and leading us home. Tour-mate Anderson East, a new American artist, is opening. Known for his songwriting and unique vocal ability, he quickly caught the attention of renowned producer Dave Cobb. The Alabama native is currently finishing up his first LP, due out 2015.
Sounds like: Grace Potter, Lucinda Williams, Paper Bird, Neko Case
This Saturday's silent auction benefit show (and Lucky Bastard Gentlemen's Goods "The Pour" video premiere) will feature live music from three bands, including Crooked Saws, The Person and the People, and Kenwood Mansion. Crooked Saws consists of two men and one huge sound. Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, their music has been described as the best qualities of “Monster Magnet drug by David Lynch through the finest mid-western mud.” “Grit” and “dirt,” “raw” and “soul” are words regularly used to paint a picture of their sound. For The Person & The People, everything traces back to the high school years. A group of old friends from multiple bands in the area finally teamed up and joined together to make music. The result of that is a power-pop flavored rock and roll band that truly stands out from the rest. That youthful energy can certainly still be felt with this band. Kenwood Mansion add to the entertainment as this four-piece band produces a smooth country-rock sound. Holding it down behind the decks will be DJ Cloud, who has been helping throw and promote dance parties for over ten years. In 2011, Cloud helped launch a 90s/00s dance party called Forever Young and he created TWERK DAT in 2014, giving shakin' booties across the Twin Cities cause to rejoice.
A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, especially if his name is William Elliott Whitmore. Known for the sparse, haunting qualities of the mostly solo recordings he refers to as “roots-folk music,” in which his voice is often accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, Whitmore began writing songs last year with some changes in mind. “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff,” he says. Raised on a family farm in Iowa and inspired by the insurgent sounds of The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains and Minutemen, Whitmore sketched out the new songs between feeding animals and tending crops. Each week he traveled two hours to Flat Black Studios in Iowa City, built and operated by his cousin and producer, Luke Tweedy. Given the space to pair a patient sense of craft with the usual punk rock spirit to which Whitmore has always paid homage, the songs on his new album, Radium Death hum with an exigent electricity—whether amplified or not. They also present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival.
Sounds like: The Devil Makes Three, Scott H. Biram, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug
From its beginnings as an informal jamming unit during treks through the peaks of the Front Range, Trout Steak Revival has evolved into one of Colorado’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their brand of heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. From sweat-soaked clubs to beautiful mountain festivals, the five-piece has shown a tenacity for quick-picking and all the right polish without sacrificing the raw feeling of well-executed bluegrass. Keeping an eye on traditions of the past but boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak takes us back to memories of whiskey, laughter, and the misty high country where the band was born.
Sounds like: Head For The Hills, Dead Man Winter, Yonder Mountain String Band
Opening the week in the 7th St Entry will be a long lineup of bands from the city of St Paul. Timisarocker is an American punk band from Saint Paul, MN. Formed in 2014, these punks have a sound similar to the 1960s but a look from the 21st century. Named after the lead singer, the band members consist of vocalist Timothy Dooley, rhythm and lead guitarist Matthew Burris, bassist Dylan Dykstra and drummer Bryan Oby.
Splimit is a three-piece rock band that tries to incorporate old and new musical ideas & styles to compliment each member's playing. As said by a band member, "Our sound is ORIGINAL, and our live shows are STUPEFYING!!!" Splimit's music mostly consists of Punk, Rock, Funk, and Grunge performed by Mitchell Benson (Bass/Vocals), Mike Herold (Guitar/Vocals), and Justin Fitts (Drums/Vocals)
Harakiri is a progressive, indie, rock band whose charismatic stage performances and eclectic style changes create a parallel to The Mars Volta. That being paired with soaring three part vocal harmonies and riff based guitar work embody the spirit of Freddy Mercury and Queen. All the while being compared to Incubus for their melancholy 90's vibe and unconventional song structure.
Popshot is a thrash pop punk band that will probably hurt your feelings. Aleko Loughrey (guitarist/lead vocals), Nick Holmes (bassist/backing vocals), Mathew Simons (drums) will open up the night on Monday.
Sounds Like: The Clash, The Undertones, The Only Ones
The name Desert Noises—like many of the band's songs on their debut full-length 27 Ways—came out of a dream that popped into front-man Kyle Henderson's head while sleeping. “I just woke up and wrote it down on a piece of paper,” says the 24-year-old, who used it for the band he'd first formed with his brother and a friend in the Provo/Orem, Utah, area. Joined by fellow twenty-something cohorts in bassist Tyler Osmond, guitarist Patrick Boyer and drummer Brennan Allen, the foursome set out in a van three years ago and haven't stopped since.
Special guests of the night will include, Santah who was born with their feet planted in the ground and their heads in the clouds. Composed of guitarist/vocalist Stanton McConnell, drummer Steven Plock, bassist Otto Stuparitz, and Tommy Trafton on keyboards, the quintet met at the University of Illinois and with their debut full-length record, White Noise Bed, they have assembled a kaleidoscopic opus whose reach extends far beyond the Midwest. Ruben, consisting of four musicians from Minnesota, formed out of the pure joy of creating music and harmony. With influences ranging from rock n roll, to soul and pop, to the encompassing sonic force of the wall of sound, their music follows no set course, and often takes the shape of whatever it pleases. Songs are often layered with close harmonies, riffing guitars and warm horns.
Sounds Like: Farewell Milwaukee, Release the Sunbird, Hey Marseilles, The Pines
Shelltoe, born Steve Shelito is a hip-hop artist born, raised, and currently residing in Minnesota. In a short time he has established himself as one of the premier battle MC's in the area, winning battles such as the Scribble Jam MPLS prelim in 2008, Death Session round 2 and the Twin Cities Battle League Finals. Shelltoe is 1/3 of the emcees in a group called Bottom Feeders, and has performed at shows locally and nationally with numerous hip-hop notables. With earnest lyrics, passionate delivery and a charismatic stage presence, Shelltoe has carved out a niche all over the country.
Tony Phantom is an underground Rapper/Producer from Minneapolis, Minnesota working solo and as 1/4 of the group Wide Eyes. Tony has been writing, recording, and performing frequently in Minneapolis and abroad since 2004. Tony strives to make music that lies "outside the norm" of what people expect from rap music. Other rappers such as Manny Phesto, Moonlight Grammar, Omen, and DJ J-Walk will also be spittin' game at the 7th St Entry to assist in the Sumac Tape (Shelltoe) and Lake Effect (Tony Phantom) dual release.
Hermitude consists of El Gusto & Luke Dubs, an award-winning duo based in Sydney, Australia. With music in their blood, Hermitude formed in the early 2000s after playing live together in various bands from an early age. Their first EP was the vinyl-only Imaginary Friends, shortly followed by their debut album Alleys to Valleys. These were both released by the indie label Elefant Traks, the beginning of a long association between them. Recently the duo dropped the single ‘Ukiyo', and only a few months later it had millions of plays. In October of 2014, Hermitude toured North America for the first time, supporting Rüfüs Du Sol. Their unique and dynamic live show blew away booking agents across the USA and Europe, who were not accustomed to such a tight, concert-like performance from an electronic duo. In January 2015, ‘Through The Roof', the first official single from the new album dropped, and the duo has plans of performing on a run of prominent US festivals, including Governor's Ball in NYC, Buku Festival in New Orleans and SXSW in Austin, TX.
Sounds Like: Aussie hip-hip such as Hilltop Hoods, Urthboy, Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate
The Magnolias have been a revered Minneapolis power-pop institution for more than a quarter century, bringing their intensely tight, high-energy Buzzcocks / Clash / Undertones-influenced rock to audiences throughout the United States beginning in 1984. The band enjoyed an initial stint on Minneapolis' famed Twin-Tone Records, as well as Alias, Veto and SMA. The Magnolias are fronted by singer/guitarist John Freeman, the only member to fly The Magnolias flag non-stop since the group's inception in 1984 and who spearheaded the band's revival. Their current lineup includes re-recruited lead guitarist Mike Leonard, who had been in the group from 1993-95 and drummer Pat Mckenna who played with Freeman in The Pushbacks (1997-2000). The band is complete with the rediscovery of bass talent Kyle Killorin, whose service to The Magnolias dates to 1987.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Gardner is the kind of inspired artist who comes along rarely, possessing sophistication well beyond his years. His earliest memory, musical or otherwise, is of playing maracas onstage during a performance of “Hang on Sloopy” at the age of four with his dad's band. Gangly and bespectacled offstage, Dylan is a self-described “music nerd.” He collects classic '60s rock albums (The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors are particular favorites). He owns a thousand vinyl records. He can play every Ben Folds song ever written.
Dark Time Sunshine is comprised of Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul (Rhymesayers) and producer Zavala. Onry and Zavala first met and collaborated while working on mutual friend and rap artist Sleep's Hesitation Wounds in 2009 (Strange Famous). After this session the two continued their collaborative efforts and began amassing a collection of songs, melding Onry's debonair persona and wordplay with Zavala's strikingly innovative production to create Dark Time Sunshine's signature sound.
Sounds Like: Grayskul, Mike Mictlan, Sims, Rob Sonic, Blueprint
Omaha, NE's Twinsmith will release their sophomore album Alligator Years on May 5, 2015 via Saddle Creek – their first full-length for the label. Alligator Years expands upon the charming surfy haze of Twinsmith's 2013 eponymous album and "Honestly" single, with the band pushing themselves musically while moving toward a more dynamic pop sound. Each diverse track is imbued with an individual voice and style, and ranges from propulsive, melodic rock ("Seventeen") to buoyantly playful pop ("Alligator Years") from soaring, sing-along retro pop ("Is It Me") to sumptuous, evocative new wave ("Constant Love"); from shimmery, summery pop ("Said and Done", "Haunts") to moody, slowburning ballads ("Dust", "Carry On"). Special guest for the night will be The Olympics, an indie rock group out of Iowa City who excel at weaving catchy riffs and melodies into a unique brand of pop music that makes for an upbeat live show. Little Village Magazine boasts The Olympics as "one of the most prominent bands in Iowa today" while TV personality Yale Cohn also claims "...The Olympics, one of the best young bands in Iowa..."
Sounds Like: The Clash, The Undertones, The Only Ones
At the Turf Tuesday night will be a trio of bands including Filligar, an alternative/indie rock band recently described as “one of the best young bands in America.” They have toured to enthusiastic audiences all over the world—from North and South America to Europe and the Middle East. Filligar's latest record Hexagon (Decade Records, 2013) was named “Best New Music” by American Songwriter Magazine and “a fresh take on indie rock” by Paste Magazine, while their previous release was nominated for “Best Rock Album” at the 2012 Independent Music Awards. By appointment of the U.S. State Department, Filligar has served as cultural ambassadors representing “the best of the U.S.
Louisville, KY's The Pass tout a “never-ending quest for a balanced perfection of synthesizer pop and dance-floor psychedelia.” Mere twentysomethings, they are already expert organizers of a barrage of sound that would be otherwise easy to let derail. Thanks, they say, to endless nights in a basement sound laboratory and influence by the likes of Justice, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk and '80s synth-pop. The Pass are half from Jersey and half from Kentucky. Kyle Peters and Will Roberts played in garage bands in the former; Brian Healey and Neil Lucas honed their craft in the latter.
Brolly is an ambient indie rock band based out of Denver, Colorado comprised of a group of friends from California, Colorado, and Australia. The band began in 2011 from the songwriting of vocalist Jacob Ithurburn and ambient guitar tones of childhood friend Cody Martin. The two were joined by drummer Kristen Famularo, and keyboard player Chelsea Famularo who became fast friends with Ithurburn during his travels abroad in New Zealand.
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang are at the Turf Wednesday to perform what they would call, original lady-flavored basement rock. In addition to the night's lineup will be Rebel Queens, a high energy all female rock band performing classic rock & punk. To round out the trio for the night, Verretta, a two-piece band including Dan Veverka, “Danny V.”, a self-taught musician hailing from the sprawling metropolis known as Austin, MN. Dan learned to play drums by playing along to songs by Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, etc. His singer, Tony Crispigna, "Tony C." or "TC", is a self-taught musician hailing from the dynamic beauty of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, 2013 proves to be just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album after almost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups' vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance. With the release of their debut album, In The Kitchen (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003's Tales from Magic Stone Mountain (Livin' Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, Feet First, which became proof positive that Cornmeal's tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, Feet First features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.
Black Market Brass is a Minneapolis-based group performing their own brand of originally composed Afrobeat/Afrofunk music, as well as completing authentic renditions of the classic 1970's West African sound. Taking their cues from the godfathers, the band draws on complex polyrhythmic percussion, driving bass lines, dizzying guitar interplay, rolling keyboards, and room-commanding brass. The result? An eclectic blend of cool deep funk and driving Afrobeat grooves that will lure you to the dance floor and never let you leave.
Secret Stash Records' house band, The Lakers, have recorded with Wanda Davis, Jack Harris, The Valdons, and most notably Sonny Knight. As Knight's backing band (Star Tribune's Best Live Band of 2014), the group sharpened their hard-soul sound by touring throughout the US and Europe. Today The Lakers are hard at work writing a new record with Sonny Knight to be recorded this spring. Before heading back out on the road this summer, The Lakers have decided to start playing instrumental shows at home.
Gospel Machine is garage gospel band out of Northeast Minneapolis resurrecting the soul and R&B styles of the 1960's. The band features Jayanthi Kyle (Romantica, Black Audience) on vocals and members of Twin Cities rock band The Small Cities - Wes Burdine (guitar, backing vox), Jimmy Osterholt (Bass), Scott Munson (keys), and David Osborn (drums).
Every good songwriter must be honest with themselves — or be a master of complete self-deception. Whether Frankie Lee writes his world-weary alt-country songs because he knows how to sing 'em, or the other way around, he's found a calling. On Middle West, Lee fills his mouth with the perfect words to fill out portraits of sorrow, loneliness, blurry memories, and on "Country," the country. "City life just brings me down, all I do is drive around," he argues, with an ache that is palpable for anyone who's felt their life dripping out of them while waiting for an I-94 ramp to start moving. On "East Side Blues," he wrestles with the distances we create for ourselves or have created for us. Lee's songs are about almost nothing. And yet, at the same time, they're also about almost everything.
Hosting the night is Rana May, whose deadpan delivery and punk rock sensibility make her comedy different than anything you might have seen before. She has a self-proclaimed issue with authority – but loves dogs – which is why she is so ambivalent about police dogs. Something she loves and hates wrapped up in such a medium fluffy package.
Trash Film Debauchery: Satisfying your trash film needs since 2003. This month: Paul Verhoeven's original Robocop (1987). Synopsis: In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Straight from the great Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin Party Penguins. Don't let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 5 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will make Rush Limbaugh wanna pay taxes. This quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the "string band" while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy!
Opening the show is The Dead Pigeons, a roots-based americana band that formed over the course of a 5 year residency at Palmer's Bar, the notorious West Bank institution. Gretta Hunstiger has been with Drew from the very beginning, perfecting her sound with beautiful and haunting fiddle layerings, along with fresh backup vocals. The rest of the supporting cast includes Ryan Douglas Canyon on mandolin, Daryn Christenson on percussion, and John Reinhart on bass.
Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden's pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born. The Govinda live show is truly a multi-sensory experience that features professional dancers, live projections, resonating vocals and a sonical sound-scape. His live experience is full of vibrant energy that plays to its crowd. Govinda performs on Ableton Live accompanied by classical violin. Govinda is currently touring in support of his album Universal On Switch which was released independently earlier this year.
Sounds Like: STS9, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Karsh Kale
Lil Dicky is the voice of the voiceless. In an era where rap is dominated by racial, social, and economic minorities, LD decided to put the upper-middle class on his frail, Jewish shoulders. The results have been monumental. His debut mixtape, So Hard, has been categorized as “funny,” and “impressive” by his friends. A non-traditional rapper, Lil Dicky uses a mix of comedy, lyrical ingenuity, and self-deprecation to spew out entertaining and relatable content. When he was 14, he opened up for the R&B group 112 at his overnight camp. He's been rapping ever since. Join him on his quest to change rap forever.
Sounds Like: G-Eazy, Hoodie Allen, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino
After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012, Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea. It's Craft Spells' second proper full length LP, and first since 2010's critically acclaimed Idle Labor. Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area's music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a severe bout of writer's block he retreated to his parent's house in Lathrop, CA. Away from the city, he put down his guitar for a full year in favor of properly training himself on piano, the instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written. Nausea could easily have been a record rife with indecision and anxiety. But like the song for which the album is named, Craft Spells was able to turn the chaos and disillusionment into a work that provides ammo against that very thing, with beauty, vision and melody.
Touring support The Bilinda Butchers are a dream pop group based in San Francisco who take their name from My Bloody Valentine guitarist and early inspiration, Bilinda Butcher. The group experiments with genre-blending and dramatic themes to create sprawling, cinematic music.
Sounds Like: Wild Nothing, DIIV, Minks, Cults, The Radio Dept.
You don't get this kind of immediacy in music much anymore, not in a band that can play with such precision. You rarely see a five-piece just a few years out of college playing with the gifted focus of consummate professionals while also throwing themselves around stage with the abandon of kids at a punk show in someone's friend's basement. Magic Man — and particularly frontman Alex Caplow — leave themselves on the stage, roughing up their tight, euphoric pop anthems and giving up everything as they simultaneously invite you in. Also performing Saturday night are Great Good Fine Ok and Vinyl Theater.
Sounds Like: Walk The Moon, The Griswolds, Bad Suns, Smallpools
Tony Simon, aka Blockhead, grew up in downtown New York City. As the son of an artist, surrounded by visual culture, he early on found that his passion was for music, for the sonic. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists, a quiet accumulation of knowledge and know-how. After a brief stint as a rapper, he realized his calling was behind the boards and not on the mic – and from there he began to produce beats. Since making that decision, he's kept pretty busy: carving a niche as a quality underground beatmaker that people call when they want something special. Blockhead produced nine tracks on Aesop Rock's critically acclaimed album Labor Days. Additionally he produced half the tracks on Aesop's follow up EP, Daylight. He has also worked with other indie giants Atmosphere, Murs, Mike Ladd and Illogic. In between, he found time to complete a break beat album entitled Blockhead's Broke Beats, with ten hard-hitting instrumental tracks, which was released on Mush Records, the US home of cLOUDDEAD.
Openers Arms and Sleepers, composed of Boston duo Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic, revealed itself to the world almost a decade ago. In that time, the group has put out a total of 18 releases, collaborated with dozens of prominent artists (Tom Brosseau of Fat Cat Records, Philip Jamieson of Caspian, Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari) and worked on numerous remixes (Caspian, Helios, Ef, Tape Deck Mountain, and others). The project has taken Mirza Ramic, the live performer of the duo, across North America, Europe and Asia over the past 8 years, attracting worldwide attention and garnering widespread appreciation from all corners of the industry.
This week accomplished recording artist Mary Bue released her latest album, Holy Bones. It is an indie-pop, musical commentary regarding a frazzled & hungry society. Written primarily on electric guitar with thick bass & rock 'n roll drums, her new sound is fresher and lighter even when exploring the shadows of the modern American psyche. Mary Bue's 6th studio album is a creative shift from her typical piano-driven singer-songwriting, funded in part by a career development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council of Minnesota. The impetus for Holy Bones sprang out nightmares of cleaving a grand piano in half with a table saw. Sassy and full of fire and joy, the songs explore themes like simplicity, following your bliss, mindfulness and love as well as darker shades of human experience – addiction, family dysfunction, and mortality. Holy Bones is a reflection of the shattered attention spans which swirl in modern American life, the enormous pressure we carry to attain wealth and success, and the ultimate bliss of letting go.
Tuesday night's bill also features the Brian Just Band and Chris Koza. The Brian Just Band recently enlisted some of the finest folk and jazz influenced talents in the Minneapolis music scene (including members of the Como Avenue Jug Band, The Brass Kings, John Mark Nelson and Corpse Reviver) the seven-piece band spent two years writing and recording their second full-length album Enlightenment released in June of 2013. Chris Koza is a singer-songwriter-composer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Critics have taken note ranging from local press: "The man's got 'pop' down!" (Minnesota Monthly) to national attention: Paste Magazine calls Rogue Valley one Minnesota's best bands. Koza performs with regularity in the Twin Cities, the greater Minnesota region, and also nationally.
Sounds Like: Jenny Dalton, Chris Koza, Lily Holbrook, Jennifer Terran
You know that feeling, when you hear a song that makes all of life's realities melt away? It could be one lyric in the middle of a verse or a big soaring chorus. Whatever it is it takes you somewhere, it impacts you, inspires you. This is what Chiefs of the North survive on. They conspire to make rock-n-roll that moves people. Mike Nilsson of mplsmusic.com wrote:
They were a band I saw randomly at a show at 7th St Entry. It didn't take long to see their live energy contain the room; making me a fan from then on. Every time I see these guys the stage is way too small to contain them. The sound they produce takes you on a real journey, not just your average grab-another-beer modern rock band; but rather an uncommonly unique sound, like if a twisted reincarnate of the birth of rock and roll met the 90′s grunge era. There's not a big enough stage for the Chiefs; they'll continue to take over the whole thing. What you can do is go to one of their shows, buy their albums, play it in your car and learn something more about yourself. This is the type of band and album that will change your life; whether you want it to or not, and you will know exactly why.
Supporting the act that night will be a combination of three talented, local bands. MEMEME has been collaborating for three years now and has performed at Triple Rock Social Club, The Cabooze, The Fineline and many other venues. Denim Matriarch, a young, heavy, three piece band guaranteed to blow your mind. And finally, Inspired by numerous prog-rock and post-rock acts, The Great Went is a band with a unique blend of instrumental rock that gets to the point.
The band who brought the car song into the shoegaze era, Swervedriver was formed in Britain in 1990 by vocalists/guitarists Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, bassist Adi Vines, and drummer Graham Bonner. Fusing the swirling textures of the shoegazer aesthetic with the more traditional boundaries of pop, the group debuted with a series of brilliant EPs - Son of Mustang Ford, Rave Down, and Sandblasted - before issuing their full-length debut, Raise, in 1991. The show at the Turf Club will be the sixth stop for Swervedriver as their recently launched North American tour comes into full swing. The tour features the band's newly released album, I Wasn't Born to Lose You.
Sounds Like: Slowdive, Ringo Deathstarr, My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse
Al Church's career began in a sunny living room, over coffee, on a Friday morning that quickly turned into every Friday morning. Musician and songwriter, Al Church has a distinct style, matured over years of Minneapolis gigs, wove to form lyrics that are both contemplative and playful with harmonies both sophisticated and singable. This will be the release show for his latest CD, Next Summer. The early parts of Friday night will feature Alpha Consumer, the Lady Heat DJ crew, and Staraoke karaoke in the Clown Lounge. The members of Alpha Consumer have worked with Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Chuck Statler, Brother Ali, and more while DJs Christy Hunt, Danielle Morris and Sara Jean Hanson take the decks as Lady Heat.
Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis and have been blending their voices as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic harmonies and unforgettable songs have made them favorites in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene. Their latest album, Live at the Turf Club, blurs the line between old and new as they sneak a few originals into their repertoire of early country and Western swing. "Country" and "music" has become such an unsavory combination of late. On the other hand, the Cactus Blossoms are the result of myriad wise pairings. First off, the interweaving of the brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey's voices are era-less, ageless, and fearless. Second, the Turf Club has such faith in teaming with the Cactus Blossoms that it has etched the whole band onto its outside wall as an elaborate mosaic and booked weekly meetings of a twangy broken-hearts club for more than a year now every Monday night.
Sam Outlaw is a country singer living in Los Angeles. He was born in South Dakota and 'Outlaw' is his mother's maiden name. Sam writes original songs that seek to capture the spirit of the classic country music he learned from his favorite singers: George Jones, Willie Nelson, Gene Watson, Don Williams, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, etc. While still relatively new to the scene, 2014 was a pivotal year for Outlaw. CMT premiered his first-ever music video last Christmas, after which his second music video became a viral hit, premiered by The Bluegrass Situation and shared by thousands in the Americana community.
To close out the weekend at the Turf Club, the stage will feature a variety of local rockers such as Blackwater and The Courtney Yasmineh Band as well as local rock and rap lyricist, Buddakao. For the emerging artist Courtney Yasmineh, whether it's in her cogent body of work over four albums, or in her bewildering back story that continues to inform Yasmineh's convincing amalgam of alternative rock, folk, pop and soul. It's a deep, poisoned well she urgently draws from, filled with hard reflection, brutal honesty, bittersweet inspiration, brief flights of sexual fantasy and blistering romance, and saving graces. Live onstage, she's sexy, smart and somehow simultaneously shy and brazen. As a teenager whose family life in late '70s Chicago suddenly cratered around her, she fled to the great north woods of Minnesota that Bob Dylan once facetiously claimed he ran away from. It had something to do with her father, a freaked-out mother, broken brother, the law and insider trading. That glimpse into her saga is told, in part, in the redeemingly funny and ironic "Married to Bob," a fanciful tune from her six-song EP, Early Days, pretending herself hitched to Hibbing, Minnesota's most famous native son. Lyricist Mike Athorn had known of songwriter Tom Dub in high school when they both played in the South High School orchestra. Since then, they have sought their own musical avenues: Mike has released two albums under his rap moniker 'Buddakao' with various local producers while Tom has performed his sample-based compositions for theater, dance and the rock group Just Foes. After Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism and Tom with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, they reacquainted while working at the Eat Street Social. Mike invited Tom to add live instrumentation for the CD release show of his second solo album, Save a Place for Me. The collaboration was such a success that Tom composed original instrumentals with his co-writer Alex Kim, which eventually lead to their newest release, Hand Over Hand.
Kid Dakota is the musical moniker of Darren Jackson. He started performing as "Kid Dakota and the Tumbleweeds" in 1998 while living in Providence, Rhode Island. The name was chosen in homage to his home state of South Dakota and also as a parody of Kid Rock. In the summer of 1999, Darren recorded the five songs that would appear on the So Pretty EP with long-time friend and producer, Alex Oana, at City Cabin (formerly Blackberry Way). Darren moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota that winter and self-released the So Pretty EP in the spring of 2000. The EP caught the attention of Alan Sparhawk, singer and guitarist for the seminal slow-core band, Low and he offered to release the EP on his label, Chairkickers' Union under the condition that it be expanded into a full-length LP. The LP version of So Pretty was released in the spring of 2002 with three additional songs. In 2004 his second album, The West is the Future, was also released by Chairkickers. It was recorded live at Seedy Underbelly in Minneapolis, MN by Alex Oana and featured Zak Sally, the bassist from Low. A Winner's Shadow, was released on March 11, 2008 on Graveface Records, who would release Kid Dakota's next album, Listen to the Crows as They Take Flight, in October 2011.
Assembled in 2011, Minneapolis rock quartet Sleep Study has lived up to high expectations set by their dedicated followers and the media. "Coupled with strong chemistry within the band and an updated '70s aesthetic as heard on their first single 'Flower Girl,' the group has been making waves since their formation last summer." (NPR – 89.3 The Current). The band has tackled the near impossible task of being relevant while nodding to heroes of rock's past. After being discovered by Michael Simon, President of The Harry Fox Agency, Sleep Study's debut album Nothing Can Destroy was officially released August 2012 on Simon Recordings and immediately noted by Star Tribune writer Chris Riemenschneider as an album expected to "be on many local critics' year-end lists" Starting off the night at the Turf will be Buffalo Sleeper, a five piece band from Minneapolis, MN, consisting of Don Diez, Chuck Miller, Heath Henjum, Neil Pederson and Eva Moe.
Sounds Like: The Microphones, Mount Eerie, Candy Claws
Bear originated in Minneapolis and continues to rock shows around the Upper Midwest. Their first release is a 7" EP called Out-of-doors that was introduced the summer of 2013 on Folkmonger Records, check it out. This band loves the opportunity to take the stage at the 7th St Entry and will surely put on a great show Monday night. The last time they performed here a band-member (Mike) blogged about their experience at the 7th St Entry:
We're not the types to "play it cool", we were goddamn ecstatic. From the second we loaded in, everything just felt right. The staff at First Ave could not have been nicer or more polite. We were treated good, which I think is a big reason any band you talk to loves playing at the Entry (or the Mainroom). We played what we felt was our strongest set yet.
Malaparte is a St. Paul based, indie-rock band that will make their first appearance at the 7th St Entry tonight. Stacy K's debut full length album, Swarming with Frenzy, Swirling with Delight, is experimental in sound; intertwining acoustic instruments and electronic elements. Stacy was featured on 89.3 The Current Blog's brand new acts to keep an eye on - “Breathy, gauzy, moody pop” as well as the Vita.MN Are You Local 2013: Best Tracks.
Tuesday night will feature a plethora of midwest artists who sum themselves up as Official Dopeness. Rich Lee, The Crxsh, Matt Dylan and the Overflow, The Rotation, Ronnie Vyce, Jay Linen& Von Louie, and Major G will all be taking over the 7th St Entry. This mix of rap, hip/hop, and rock & roll artists will combine to make the night "officially dope." Rapper Ronnie Vyce spits fascinating lyrics of an Electric Hip Hop sound, that tends to engross the mind. His verses are not what you would call aloof, rather referred to as particular. Major G has appeared alongside artists such as Snoop Lion, Mac Miller at Soundset music Festival 2013 and Cam-ron at First Avenue just to name a few. Matt Dylan and the Overflow are certainly the most diverse in style for the night as they restlessly refuse the concept of genre respective limits. Bringing forth songs with strong elements of Rock, Folk, Funk fusion, and even some country.
Harbor and Home started as a small group of individuals who grew up attending church and school together. As of spring 2013, they are a band dedicated to the sole purpose of being a light in the darkest times of life. Being the hope and the inspiration that gets us through the most difficult of times. The name, "Harbor and Home" comes from places of refuge and security. Places you can trust and things that you call dear. They believe that their music can be this for anyone who is searching for it. Misch is a Minneapolis-based indie-pop, alternative-folk artist with a winning personality and compelling music to share. Her music recollects moments and memories we can all relate to while her passion exudes from every mystifying melody. Also performing that night will be Austin Plaine, an artist inspired by Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, and Ryan Adams. It's easy to see why he has found a love for songwriting and lyrics. The Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter turned to music as his personal outlet and hasn't looked back since.
Sounds Like: The Lumineers, Needtobreathe, Neon Trees
Since Women's dissolution, the members of the Calgary band have gone on to form various projects, and this includes Viet Cong. Formed in 2012, the group features Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace from Women, along with Daniel Christiansen from Sharp Ends and Scott Munro from Lab Coast/Reuben And The Dark. Following a scattering of live shows, Viet Cong‘s highly anticipated, self-titled debut album is receiving critical acclaim across the board for it's depth, power, and sheer inventiveness. It takes less than sixty seconds of album opener “Newspaper Spoons” for you to decide that Viet Cong is a winter record. The album has barely begun, and the guitar doesn't snarl until the end of that opening minute, but it still presents a palpable iciness in just a few short moments. It's bitter. It stings. But once you're in it, and you're bracing yourself and charging ahead, “Newspaper Spoons” moves from a punishing, almost militarized drumbeat to a melody that's still menacing but also delicate, almost celestial. Special guests of the night will include Andy Shauf and Hollow Boys.
Sounds Like: Father John Misty, Cymbals Eat Guitars
Sam Cassidy is a genuine, everyday guy with a unique brand of blue-collar rock that is irresistibly likeable. He's endearing and introspective and his debut full length, Debt, is littered with golden melodies that hit the spot. The buzzy rocker is slightly twangy, mostly Americana, and certainly charming. His pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps everyman's music is supported by a “sprawling” live band and also earned him a slot as one of First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2014.
The Bros. Landreth consists of four bandmates, two brothers, and one album. Let It Lie, is the debut release from these Canadian roots-rockers. Anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of two voices that were born to mesh. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you'll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn't grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba — from their folksy friends in the Lower 48. Album highlights like "Our Love," "Firecracker" and Nothing" were all inspired by a string of rocky relationships, but Let It Lie is more than a breakup album.
Filled with mid-tempo rockers, butter-smooth ballads and cowboy lullabies, it's the sort of album that finds inspiration not only in the landscape of the human heart, but also the windswept prairies that stretch for hours on every side of Winnipeg's city limits. The music is steeped in the history and heritage of the band's hometown, and if it sounds wintry at times, that doesn't mean it's not downright lovely.
Opening the night will be Gabe Barnett. Gabe is an artist who could be compared to folk icons like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, but to do so would imply something less than genuine about this fiercely independent, grassroots folk singer. He embodies the spirit of the wandering troubadour, to be sure, but there are no gimmicks or mimicry to his music.
Sounds Like: Allman Brothers, The Eagles, Jackson Browne
The band formed in 2009, when Agin crossed paths with guitarist William T. Cook in Nashville. Surrounded by the rootsy twang of country singers and Americana bands, the two began whipping up a different sound, one that relied heavily on mood, melody and motion pictures. They didn't just write songs. They created complex backstories for each tune, digging deep into their collective imagination and conjuring up fictional characters, plot lines and landscapes. Those backstories helped inspire the band's symbolic clothing and stage setup, too, transforming Neulore's concerts from routine gigs into actual experiences. Animal Evolve, Neulore's Chop Shop/Island Records debut, is the soundtrack for an epic action movie that doesn't exist. “Cinema has always affected the way we think,” says Adam Agin, one half of the modern folk duo. “We have songs that sound like battlefield scenes. We have songs that sound like you're running wild in an open field. We're huge fans of movies, so it's natural for us to dream up some sort of visual scene... and then figure out how that scene would sound.” Anchored by tribal drums and electric guitars, Neulore's songs are better suited for the arena than the campfire. The music swells and swoons, with tense verses that break into epic, open-armed choruses. It's a sound that tells a story, much like classic folk music... but it does so with gang vocals, synthesizers and the anthemic sweep of rock & roll. Special Guest, Benjamin Cartel will open up the night at the 7th St Entry.
Denim Matriarch is a progressive rock group from the slums of Minneapolis. Comprised of friends Nathan Levin, Jon Lindquist, and Sam Ruff, Denim Matriarch has been making music since 2011 and draws from many different styles and influences. The cauldron of ideas each member brings to the table creates a unique sound, with blended aspects of blues, experimental, and psychedelic hard rock.
The "Inconceivable Master Plan" is a 100% pure improv trio that was formed in the last weeks of 2008. Since then, IMP has opened as direct support to : EOTO, Ozric tentacles, Vibesquad, Desert Dwellers, Eliot Lipp, The Widdler, The Bassist & many more. Aaron Bjerke (Loom In Essence) joined as the 4th member in December 2013. They have also had sets featuring guest artists such as: Willie Waldman on Trumpet and Seedless & Trevor on Digeridoo's.
After nearly a decade making music together, multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivkin and drummer Eric VanderVorste formed Meinong's Jungle with guitarist Nicholas Voltaggio in January of 2014. Taking influence from genres as diverse as IDM, glitch, funk, dubstep, jazz, and hip-hop, Meinong's Jungle fuses digital and organic elements to create unique sets of 100% improvised live music each night.