Get To Know The Locals: Tribute Bands Saturday in the Mainroom

What is your favorite song to cover?

Wangs (Wings/Paul McCartney tribute band): The middle breakdown part in "Mrs Vandebilt" where everything drops out and we're all yelling in non harmonized falsetto. That part rules.

All Tomorrow's Petty (Tom Petty tribute band): It's pretty impossible to pick a favorite, but we do have a special kind of love for the all-instrumental "post-rock" version of "Free Fallin'" that we sometimes do. That's the one song we kinda refuse to do in a way that's true the original, just because it's so inescapably famous, and because Cameron Crowe allowed a powerful Scientologist to pee all over it in one of his movies.

Arron "Al" Bergstrom of Steeling Dan (Steely Dan tribute band): I'd have to ask all the other 12 members for a consensus....but my personal fave is "Throw Back the Little Ones" off of the album Katy Lied.  But in the end, all Steely Dan tunes have unique & cool twists to them....which make the band a fun one to cover.

All Tomorrow's Petty
Steeling Dan

First Avenue Mainroom
Sat August 2, 2014
$10 | 8pm door | 18+
Free w/Paul McCartney ticket stub

How do you choose what you'll cover?

Wangs: We take it to the streets and ask the women what they want. Turns out, they want Wangs. So we go on stage and give it to them slow and deep.

All Tomorrow's Petty: The set list is always pretty democratic, mainly radio/MTV hits from various records. Thus far, we haven't dealt too much with anything after the late '90s. We also try to pull in guests/friends when we can to mix it up. It's just down to wherever the Petty love is greatest on any given day. 

Steeling Dan: Sometimes we get song requests from our fans (we have actually received sheet music before!), sometimes i have a particular song or entire album I/we want to do, sometimes the band as a whole chooses the set list, etc. I try & mix up the ways to choose to keep everyone interested & fresh on the material.

As a cover band, how would you define "success"?

Wangs: Playing the First Avenue mainroom.

All Tomorrow's Petty: Playing someone else's music as a collective platform for generative social fulfillment, for love and money. Or just the time when we played a wedding and the bride got to take a guitar solo during "American Girl."

Steeling Dan: We've been playing music together since 2002 & [had] very little band turnover, so I'd consider that a success. Another thing would be the very dedicated fan base we have & to them we owe any success we could possibly have.

What’s your claim to fame?

Wangs: We took pictures of each others Penis's and made a collage out of it. WANGS.

All Tomorrow's Petty: Of the many bands that involve JT Bates, this is the only one where you might hear him on lead vocals.

Steeling Dan: I personally dig our horn section & I'd like to commend our horn chart writer /arranger Jim Hann for doing such an excellent job with arranging the complex material. Not to say the rest of the band is lame or anything (kudos to the rest of my bandmates for their commitment to the band & their ability), but I really like our horn section. It gives us a lot of unique arranging options, all you need to do is just listen to them - pros all the way.

If you could turn a potential fan onto your music in one sentence, what would you say?

Wangs: We play Jet.

All Tomorrow's Petty: "We play Petty, you're human, do the math."

Steeling Dan: If you like jazz, r&b, funk, rock/pop &, in general, music of the 70's, you will definitely enjoy the music of Steely Dan. It's like a fine wine.

You boast a very long list of (possible) members. How did all of you Petty lovers meet and start making music?

All Tomorrow's Petty: We're all friendly via original music endeavors — various bands you've seen or heard or at least heard of. ATP came about after Jake Hanson and James Diers separately watched the epic Petty documentary Runnin' Down A Dream, which is pretty definitive in showing how Petty is such a huge figure in commercial rock music. Watching the film reminded those two guys how many great pop songs Petty wrote, and they thought it would be fun to get some folks together once in a while and play some Petty tunes live in a very non-calculated way — i.e., not trying to "re-create" anything or do them totally note-for-note, but rather just grabbing the basics, keeping it loose and just having a good time playing them among friends. The first ATP "show" was just Jake and James playing duo in the corner at a holiday craft sale. Other players gradually just kinda recruited themselves, cuz who doesn't wanna hang out and play Petty jams. It's as much a social affair as it is a band, which is partly why there's a growing posse of people who participate.

How does it feel to be the deemed Best Cover Band 2014 by City Pages? What brings you to this point in your cover stardom?

Wangs: There are a lot of good cover bands this year but I guess we're just the best looking one. #JET

When covering Steely Dan and Donald Fagen are you looking to recreate their sound as closely as you can? What kinds of artistic license do you allow yourselves?

Steeling Dan: When covering Steely Dan (Donald Fagen/Walter Becker) or Donald Fagen's solo material, we always try & pay attention to the finer details of the music. It is very difficult music to properly recreate. There are certain songs which I have everyone play spot-on as possible, generally the hits, but I definitely allow for improv within solo sections of certain material.  We may tweak certain things here or there arrangement-wise & we definitely search out live arrangements / performances for guidance on extensions of parts or endings or whatnot. I personally definitely learn a lot by learning their music...

Get To Know The Locals: “New Space” This Friday in the Mainroom

Who's your number one local inspiration?

Sarah White of Shiro Dame: That's tricky because for me it falls somewhere in-between Polica and Up Rock. I can't pick one, so both merged together will have to be my answer. Up Rock is on some futuristic afro electronic eruption, while Polica is emotional, limitless and fearless. I love them both.

Allan Kingdom: My mom.

tiny deaths: How to pick just one? Impossible! Really inspired by the work Father You See Queen has been doing of late. Love Aby Wolf, Solid Gold, Polica, The Cloak Ox, too. Also super inspired by some talented instrumentalists I surround myself with... JT Bates, Mike Lewis, Frankie Lee, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mike Rossetto, Martin Dosh, Joey Van Phillips... the list goes on and on and on.

Manny Phesto: I was late in learning about the scene here but the first people I became aware of, that I'd credit with inspiring me would be Big Quarters, Big Zach, I Self Devine and Glo Pesci of the Abstract Pack.

Ander Other: The pursuit of a practical and efficient coping strategy for seasonal affective disorder.

DJ Just Nine: My inspiration would be this community and local scene that I'm lucky enough to be a part of. I get to see a TON of great works of art come out of here every single day. I have so many friends who not only make music but also draw, paint, sculpt, write, cook, craft, build, sew, amongst many other things and do it very very well. The creative process is never ending here. If that doesn't inspire you to be doing more, good luck finding something that will do that for you. 

Ms Kenna Cotta, director for Voice of Culture Drum and Dance: Right now, I'm inspired by Ndugi Njoroge - this Kenyan sister who works on literacy with very young Black children. She's my sister, our kids are each others brother and sisters, she's a revolutionary for educating Black children.  I'm planning on making a Liberation dance about her kind of work.  Musically I love listening to Pavielle sing - she opens her mouth and pours all this pain and pleasure into the air.  It's cathartic to experience.

Sound Verite & City Pages present
New Space
Greg Grease
Shiro Dame
Allan Kingdom
tiny deaths
Manny Phesto
Ander Other (Doomtree)
DJ Just Nine
Voice of Culture
  Drum & Dance

First Avenue Mainroom
Fri August 1, 2014
$7 | $10 | 7pm door | 18+

As a musician, how would you define "success"?

Shiro Dame: I feel like music is successful if I am happy making it and my heart stays in the right place. It sounds like such a simple task, but I really often times get so lost in the process and the expectations, that I lose sight of how much I love the journey. When I'm in a pocket where I feel good about making music and feel the music I am making really reflects who I am (without outside influence), I feel successful. Fame comes and goes, but the beat goes on.

Allan Kingdom: Being able to express myself, improve the living experience, and connect to the largest amount of people possible.

tiny deaths: Lately I've been defining success as making music you're proud of with people you respect. Being able to live off of it is nice too.

Manny Phesto: Success to me is being able to make music people can connect with and relate to, & to support myself with it. Being able to travel and live a comfortable lifestyle doing what I love is success.

Ander Other: Near-satisfaction, in perpetuity.

DJ Just Nine: Success for me is to be able to have people listen and enjoy the stuff we create. Having people hear it and respond in a positive way is all we could really ask for. If they decide to come support us through the releases and the live shows is just an added bonus!

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance: Voice of Culture makes music that represents the various modes and facets of Blackness.  We are successful when people connect with those stories and learn more about themselves from interacting with our work.

How did you first start playing music? How did you become involved in the Twin Cities music scene?

Shiro Dame: I was trained in piano, flute and choir as a young child. My love for music was pretty apparent even at a really young age. Once I found a passion for words and was old enough to make the deep connection between the two, I began writing lyrics and poems. I'll always give credit to Big Zach for teaching me to write bars and raps, and the rest is history. After forming Traditional Methods and playing around the midwest, I definitely grew some serious roots in the Twin Cities music scene. Even once I moved to Brooklyn, I kept my ear on the twin cities. It will always be a home and creative space in my heart.

Allan Kingdom: Been playing music since birth in some form. Whether it be writing, singing, an instrument, recording, I've just always naturally be involved in it. Same with the twin cities music scene, went to an arts school in high school and tried to immerse myself in every way possible.

tiny deaths: I've been writing songs since I was 5. I became involved in the twin cities music scene by going to Perpich, the arts high school, and playing every open mic night and shitty gig where someone would let me in front of a microphone.

Manny Phesto: I've been free styling forever. One of my first real shows was a benefit for the family of Fong Lee, a St. Paul kid murdered by police. I started organizing small shows around town as I began to discover and network through the different corners of the scene. In 2012 I co-founded and curated a day long music festival on the west bank, Hip Hop Harambee. I released my first body of work, the Social Capital EP at the event. After 2013's event I decided to focus more on my music and released Southside Looking In June of of this year.

Ander Other: My parents played music when I was young and I took to it. I started using digital audio workstations and video production suites in school and had interfaced with software at a young age. I made blends and mixes with the software I knew how to use and handled the musical aspect of a few family gatherings. Technology and music converged further in my teenage years. Shortly after that, I became involved in the Twin Cities community through spectatorship, persistence and staying true to the dreams that came true (some nightmares, too).

DJ Just Nine: My father was a musician so when I was really young, I started seeing an interest in music from the things he was doing recording and playing out. After trying out a number of instruments in my youth, I saw a DJ with some turntables and decided I want to do that! I became involved in the Twin Cities scene back around 2007 with my late friend Abdulle Elmi when we started up a group called "The Usual Suspects." Later joining forces with Greazy, Akrite and I.B.E. and playing out as much as possible

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance: My grandmother and father are Jazz radio DJs on KFAI, and my mother was a member of some of the first African Drum and Dance groups in the Cities.  I grew up as a Black American Griot, learning from and through the music and movement in our culture. I started seriously drumming in 2004 when I got my first set of douns (west african bass drums).  VoC formed in 2008 with myself and my children and a few other folks from the African drum and dance community.  We used to practice in the basement of this art studio down the block from my house and our first performance was at Juneteenth when it was still over north.

What’s your claim to fame?

Shiro Dame: Hmm... I'm not sure I know the answer to that, or I'd claim it.

Allan Kingdom: Making music people like.

tiny deaths: I have the world's coolest mom.

Manny Phesto: People know me for smashing free style cyphers. throwing dope events, speaking my mind, and handling business.

Ander Other: I've been recognized from time to time but I'm not living or working to achieve some enviable notoriety.

DJ Just Nine: probably my skills on the turntables. Actually, maybe it's the hair...

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance: Only the very young members are worried about that.  My seven year old son said 'oh yeah i wanted to be famous!' when we got to be on a web TV show for the Children's Hospital. But here's a quote from one of our songs, "Say VoC": VoC/That's the name/Voice of Culture/ not out for fame/we play the beats/we learn the steps/ its more than shows/this is Blackness we rep!  I think we are unique because we are a Black space for African culture in a white dominated environment.

If you could turn a potential fan onto your music in one sentence, what would you say?

Shiro Dame: Sultry Electric Neon Soul Revival.

Allan Kingdom: Hey I really hope you like my music.

tiny deaths: Imagine if Twin Peaks was set in the future, in the cosmos.

Manny Phesto: I'd say "you probably shouldn't listen to this." Reverse psychology. Just kidding, I'd say it's some soul sample/bars/real life/smooth/politicized rooftop music.

Ander Other: Once this fantastic debt is paid to my most patient teacher I must learn from my mistakes and will a joy celestial into existence for you.

DJ Just Nine: "It's the best thing since the internet."

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance: I think our tagline says it well: West African Drum and Dance with a Black American Twist!

We loved your single "Crazy Ways." When will we get to hear more?

Shiro Dame: We are about to jump in the studio to finish recording the rest of our EP and will be dropping it late fall 2014. We promise it will be worth the wait.

Future Memoirs was a big deal this summer, but you're known for making lots of music in very little time. Should we be looking forward to something?

Allan Kingdom: Yes, always look forward to something because I'm always looking forward to share something new. Even when I can't talk about it.

You're very active in the local music scene and involved with other projects. How did get started with Tiny Deaths in the midst of everything else? What does this project offer that Chalice doesn't?

tiny deaths: I got started with Tiny Deaths because I met Grant Cutler and was really inspired by his work and wanted to make songs with him. I think Tiny Deaths allows me to stretch my songwriting muscles in a totally different way, and it's fun to sing all the time instead of just 1/3 of the time, too.

You dropped your debut full-length earlier this year. You describe the project as a stream of consciousness – what can listeners expect? What do you hope they take away from the mixtape?

Manny Phesto: People can expect to hear my thoughts on everything that crosses my mind. You'll definitely get a feel of who I am through this project, the environments we're in and the struggles and dreams we share. Everyone takes something different from music, and interprets it differently.  I just hope people find some sort to connection with it, if so it's a mission accomplished.

You've only been in the Twin Cities since 2009. What initially drew you to the Twin Cities and Doomtree? What do we have to offer that California didn't?

Ander Other: The Twin Cities offered a change of climate and enough growth to stunt. Through Doomtree I found sounds that were thoughtful but less equivocating. Minnesota seems to want to be right all the time, and I'm working on dealing with being wrong all the time. Minnesota has grey ducks, California had geese.

You have been touring with I Self Devine for the past five years. What have you taken away from this experience?

DJ Just Nine: Too many things to list really. I learned a lot from my experiences from working with the legendary I Self. Some of the main ones are consistently work hard to achieve your goals, be humble, and never under any circumstance stop at a small taco shop in the middle of the desert.

Can you tell us a little more about how you put your West African-based art to work as a vehicle for social change in the Twin Cities?

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance: My mission in life is to transmit cultural and technical knowledge to my people through our children. Voice of Culture is interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and all about providing a space for Blackness to be the dominant culture. The change we want to see is an end to white supremacy that oppresses Black people for being who we are, when the way we talk, the way we dress, our music and dance, and our spirituality becomes the foundation for everything passed off as 'American culture'.  We make music and beats, and we engage with members of my community in creating this art that makes us strong and helps us change our community for the better.  This is the reason the drums were taken from us.  Voice of Culture brings our drums back to the Black community.

Tickets On Sale This Week: July 31, 2014

Tickets On Sale This Week: July 31, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, August 1 at 10:00am CT

The Flaming Lips Transmissions From The Satellite Heart + Additional Hits Mainroom SUN SEPT 14
Drowners - Dr. Martens #standforsomething Tour 2014 7th St Entry MON SEPT 29
The Pretty Reckless Mainroom TUE OCT 21

ON SALE: Friday, August 1 at noon CT

Genders Turf Club SUN SEPT 7
Papercuts 7th St Entry SUN SEPT 14
Weedeater Turf Club MON SEPT 15
Ought Turf Club MON SEPT 22
Zeus 7th St Entry TUE SEPT 23
Black Cobra 7th St Entry WED SEPT 24
Lizzo and Caroline Smith Mainroom SAT SEPT 27
The Last Bison 7th St Entry FRI OCT 3
Big Freedia Triple Rock SAT OCT 11
Meatbodies | Hunters 7th St Entry THU OCT 16
Foxygen Fine Line SAT OCT 18
Minus The Bear Lost Loves & Bear Commercials 10 Year Anniversary Tour Triple Rock FRI OCT 24
David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet The Cedar TUE NOV 11
Horse Feathers Turf Club SAT NOV 22
Shakey Graves The Cedar SAT DEC 6

ON SALE: Tuesday, August 5 at noon CT

Jon Bellion The Beautiful Mind Tour 7th St Entry TUE OCT 28


Treading North Release Show 7th St Entry SAT AUG 23
What Tyrants 7” Release Show 7th St Entry TUE AUG 26
Sylvan Esso Mainroom WED SEPT 3
Old Familiar Chime feat. Glenn Jones, Spider John Koerner and more Turf Club FRI SEPT 19
Up Rock | Pretty Ugly | Casual Confusion | Tshisuaka 7th St Entry SUN SEPT 21
Colony House + Knox Hamilton Turf Club SUN OCT 5
Into It. Over It. Triple Rock FRI OCT 17
The Legendary Shack Shakers Turf Club SUN NOV 16
Gary Gulman Turf Club THU NOV 20

This Week in the Entry: July 28, 2014

Monday: Woods

Prolific Brooklyn folk rockers, Woods, released their eighth album With Light and With Love earlier this year. Known for their trademark stoned folk, their newest release features an expanded sonic palette. The boys introduced a singing saw into their repertoire, put a heavier emphasis on percussion and showcases a saloon piano. Woods has developed into a special kind of contemporary drug music, a sophisticated take on pop songs. In support of their latest release, Woods will be touring and are stopping by the Entry! We can’t wait to have them – see you there?

Related Artists: Foxygen, Cass McCombs, Real Estate

Tuesday: Mimicking Birds

Mimicking Birds make some of the best catchy, warm-hearted, compassionate folk around, blending ethereal melodies, cosmic psych-folk vocals and themes rooted in universal logic and evolutionary concepts. What began as the solo project of Portland native, Nate Lacy has beautifully blossomed into a four piece now including Aaron Hanson on drums, Adam Trachsel on bass and Matthan Minster on keys and electric guitar. Since the release of their self-titled album in 2010, the band has been traveling the nation in a Subaru Outback playing festivals and touring - sharing stages with the likes of Conor Oberst, Fleet Foxes and The Tallest Man on Earth. Make sure to catch ‘em in the Entry!

Related Artists: Monsters of Folk, Maps & Atlases, Great Lake Swimmers

Wednesday: Tiny Ruins

Tiny Ruins released their second album, Brightly Painted One, in May of this year. What began as the solo project of New Zealander, Hollie Fullbrook has become a proper band and is now touring internationally all over New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and Europe. Their latest release features a classic folk sound, accompanied by stately horns and Rhodes piano that shape a kind of country-soul vibe. Intimate lyrics telling the tales of mannered love affairs and daydreams, Tiny Ruins are sure to draw you in.

Related Artists: Perfume Genius, Marissa Nadler, Valerie June

Thursday: Bollywood | New Wave Hookers | Ripper

Local experimental art-rock trio Bollywood, known for menacing guitar riffs and jazzy undertones, will be joined by Minneapolis-based New Wave Hookers and Saint Paul rockers Ripper. These Twin Cities-based noise rocker will make music to make you hurt. If you dig industrial/noise/punk there is no better place to be this Thursday!

Related Artists: MAKr, Astronomique, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays

Friday: Drenge

Recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know: July 2014, Drenge is a name you should start paying attention to - it means “boys” in Danish, but you know that isn’t really what we mean. Two brothers from Sheffield who have been recognized for some time now in the UK. Actually a Minister of Parliament for the Labour Party, Tom Watson, resigned soon after seeing them live and even mentioned people listen to Drenge in his letter of resignation. Their viscerally impactful sound will leave an impression, so be sure to see it for yourself.

Related Artists: Temples, Jagwar Ma, DIIV

Saturday: Wooden Shjips

San Francisco’s psych-rockers Wooden Shjips are coming to Minneapolis with all of their droning, minimalist, spacey and experimental goodness. Expect something a little different this time, though. Back To Land is the first of Wooden Shjips’ studio albums to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Drummer Omar Ahsanuddin and vocalist/guitarist Ripley Johnson moved to Oregon where they were heavily influenced by lush climates, expanding the four-piece’s scope to include more earthly, grounded tones. More or less abandoning their modernist psych core sound for acoustic guitars and an increased brightness.

Related Artists: Thee Oh Sees, The Horrors, Ty Segall

Sunday: Run River North

Formerly known as Monsters Calling Home, Run River North is a Los Angeles-based Korean-American indie outfit. With their breakthrough viral video "Fight To Keep" the band has made it onto Jimmy Kimmel Live. Made up of classically trained musicians - violinist Jennifer Rim wasn’t even familiar with pop music before she joined the band - Run River North makes beautifully composed tunes reminiscent more of Simon and Garfunkel than Korean pop group Psy known for “Gangnam Style.” Many Run River North songs reflect the expectations of their immigrant parents to get good educations in jobs in return for the sacrifices they made to give their children a better life. While their parents’ are still getting used to their chosen career path, Minneapolis is overjoyed to welcome them to the Entry this Sunday!

Related Artists: Twin Forks, Branches, The Paper Kites

Video Rewind: Echo & The Bunnymen

High quality versions of a bunch of classic Echo & The Bunnymen music videos were recently uploaded to YouTube. We’ve collected them here in this playlist, followed by a new clip for ‘Lovers on the Run’ off the band’s 2014 album, Meteorites.

Don’t miss Echo & The Bunnymen in the Mainroom on Saturday, August 9 (7:30pm/18+). Get your tickets now: CLICK HERE


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