Counter Records / ODESZA’s record label gush: KASBO

Counter Records / ODESZA’s record label gush:

With his new 13 track project ‘Places We Don’t Know,’ Kasbo has refined his sound and come into his own. Throughout this album he excels creatively, producing his most compelling music to date. He actively explores juxtaposing ideas, creating tracks which are complex yet relatable, melancholic while still beautiful. For us, this is Kasbo at his best. We are proud to give this record a home at Foreign Family Collective and can’t wait for it to resonate with listeners like it did for us.

Only TWO WEEKS to get your tickets to see Kasbo at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on April 6!

Get to Know: Farewell Milwaukee, Good Morning Bedlam, and Marah in the Mainsail

Ahead of the Reina del Cid, Marah in the Mainsail, Farewell Milwaukee and special guest Good Morning Bedlam show, we got to ask each of the bands a few questions. Read what they had to say below, and don’t miss them in the Mainroom on Friday, March 9.

Liz Legatt: What do you admire most about your counterparts for this show?

Farewell Milwaukee: We first saw Reina del Cid at Ed’s No Name Bar a couple years back during the Mid West Music Fest. It was packed and the band was on fire. I was struck right away by the beautiful songwriting and Toni’s guitar playing. They seemed like veterans of the scene, but I later realized they were a fairly new band. I’ve been a fan ever since and can’t wait to share an evening of music with them.

Good Morning Bedlam: We are incredibly excited for a show where every band on the bill has a distinctly different sound from one another. Although each act has its roots in the same genres, Americana, rock, and blues, all of our bands have a different unique take on what can be done with those genres! We are all bands that can appreciate and inspiring each other, and are known for putting on entertaining live shows! This is going to be an exciting night of music!

Marah in the Mainsail: We are SO pumped about this lineup. Reina Del Cid is a master class of folky roots rock, and have made such an impact on the MPLS music scene. So excited to see them perform.

I actually hadn’t heard of Farewell Milwaukee before this show, but the more people we tell about the lineup, the more we hear about everybody loving them so much, the passion there is really cool. I think we have a very intertwined fan base with them, it’s crazy we haven’t crossed paths before. I think we’re gonna click great at the show, and it’ll be an amazing time for fans of both groups. Good Morning Bedlam is our brother band. We’ve been playing and touring with them for years. We’re all great friends, and I think it’s really gonna show on stage. They are amazing musicians that constantly push us to be better at our craft.

LL: Would you say that your Minnesotan roots have had any influence on your folksy sound? 

FM: The name Farewell Milwaukee is a tribute to our hometowns and the Midwestern roots we all share. We’re huge fans of where we’re from and believe it has shaped our sound greatly. I’ve always been a fan of southern music like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. When you think about it though, there are a ton of Midwestern bands that have those same leanings mixed with their midwestern upbringings, and the result has been beautiful. Bands like The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Bellwether all fall under that category and are large influences on us. 

GMB: We are incredibly influenced by our Minnesota roots. Minnesota has very down to earth people, it’s very raw, and we find a lot of beauty in that. These are the same things that we strive to bring to the table when we are writing our songs.

MITMS: Definitely! We take a lot of inspiration from nature. With songs like “Northern Born”, about when you’re freezing your butt off, but you just keep going because you’ve got that MN blood. And our last record “Bone Crown” is all about a forest kingdom of MN native forest animals. Musically, we take inspiration from a very wide variety of genres, but it all builds on top of a gruff, folksy, northern core.

LL: How do you know when a song is finished?

FM: There’s a point with a song where you just have to push it out of the nest. I’ve recorded songs and released them, and then three years later I’ve come up with a better line for the song. Playing a song live can help it take on a life of its own. Lyrics can change as you play them live, or you can sing the line wrong enough times it becomes right. Haha…I like to embrace that. It’s the beautiful thing about music. It’s always changing. Always morphing. Understanding that has been a very freeing thing. 

GMB: Usually about four months after we start playing them live!

MITMS: This is such a hard question, and honestly, as a songwriter, I struggle with overwriting songs and making them too long and complicated. I think a song is finished when the last note leaves you in a different place than the first note. I think to feel complete, you need to experience a journey as the song progresses. We have a song called “The Great Beyond” that I think is a great example of that journey. It starts out small and quiet, and then slowly descends into total chaos, and ends in one of the most intense crescendos we’ve written. It’s all about the journey!

LL: Apart from music, what do you work towards in your free time?

FM: There are six of us and we’re all married and have a couple kids. Our lives apart from music are spent with our families and raising our kids. We’re a dad band and are very proud of our families and the fact that we’ve been able to invest time in both areas. 

GMB: Living fully creative lives by going to shows, reading, traveling to new places, and being with the people we love. Also, we do music so…What free time?

MITMS: Personally, I’m all about stories. Movies, comic books, whatever. Before I started the band I was planning a career as a comic book artist and writer. Our albums are all story albums, so the whole record has a concrete plot line with characters and twists. Our album Bone Crown comes with a written short story that you can follow along with each song, and then all of our merch designs are based on those characters. So aside from the music, I’m always dreaming up stories and characters, that usually end up bleeding into the music we write. But regardless of the medium, I always want to be a storyteller.

LL: Tell us anything else you would like people to know about you or your current projects.

FM: We have some fun shows shaping up for the spring and summer schedule, and we’re starting to move into the writing phase. We love making records, so hopefully, new music will be on the horizon.

GMB: We are working on releasing a new album this July called “Like Kings.” We can’t wait for our fans to hear it! It’s a wild album with all of the twists and turns of our daily lives. Be on the lookout for it!

MITMS: Marah in the Mainsail is a really unique project. There’s kind of a culture and mythos that’s formed around the music that I just love. Some fans dress up to fit the setting of the story and know all the interactive parts of the show. We have this great group of fans that all howl like wolves instead of clapping after each song, it’s just a lot of fun, and so cool to have such a passionate fanbase. We crafted the sound of the band around the narrative of the stories we tell, and in the end, it almost sounds like a movie score, or a live play or something. We strive to put on a thrilling live show first and foremost, but there’s a really deep well of the backstory behind the music, and the more you dig in, the more little secrets you uncover in each song, and the more you’ll enjoy the live set. I would encourage everybody to take a listen to our album “Bone Crown” on Spotify, or wherever you stream music, before the show. There are some really cool interactive moments in the set, and if the audience knows they’re coming, we can all do them together and make it such an incredible night. Teamwork makes the dream work. Let’s do this thing together!

Blog by Liz Legatt (Marketing Intern)

Get to Know: Early Eyes

 Ahead of Early Eyes show in the 7th St. Entry , we got to ask Jake Berglove a few questions. Read what he had to say below, and don’t miss them in the 7th St. Entry on Friday, March 2.

Liz Legatt: Which Early Eyes song best describes you as a group?

Jake Berglove: I
think our Magnum Opus as of now, is “Penelope.” It’s a song that we
have a lot of emotional connections to and its probably one of our
most musically dense songs. Also, its a song that has really evolved
with us as we grew, like there have been minor rewrites all over the
board and as we learned more about making music together and writing
music together, a lot of that development was channeled
into “Penelope”. Lately though, every time we write a song, and its
still new and fresh in our heads, that always feels like the best
description of us you know?  Like when we write a new song, it really
feels like the most present and up-to-date representation
of the band. Speaking of new songs, odds are very high we might play a
few of them at the entry ;) ;)

LL: I’m assuming, that since you’ve recently released a song called
“Coffee”, you’re all coffee people. How do you take your drink?

JB: Warm
drinks and I go way back. If I end up at a worldwide coffee shop,
possibly named after a minor character in Moby Dick (hint. hint.)
I usually take my coffee black, maybe if the day is getting to me,
black with a shot of espresso. If I do, however, end up at an
establishment of higher character, I am super into a good Miel. Like
holy shit into Miels.

LL: There is so much debate surrounding who’s performed the best Superbowl
half-time show of all time. In light of the recent Superbowl
in Minnesota, care to weigh in?

list of my favorites are Prince, obviously. Also, I think Bruno Mars
and Co. was probably the grooviest Super Bowl I’ve seen. Beyoncé with
“Formation” in the middle of Coldplay’s
performance was everything I wanted and more. As for JT, I think It was
pretty okay. I definitely don’t think it deserved all the hate it
received. There was a lot of angry bleed over from people hating Man of the Woods,
which is fair, but I think the
rest of the show was pretty rad. The Tennessee Kids throw down. The one
thing that I really was upset about, though was that JT didn’t reunite
NSYNC for a one-night-only rendition of “Dirty Bop”. That song is
vanity. I was only crying a little.

Fun Fact: my first concert ever was NSYNC . I was probably like 2 years old, but it was right after No Strings Attached came out.

LL: Collectively, as a band, how many hats would you say you own?

JB: More
than you’d expect, but less than you’d hope for. The thing is, we share
a bunch of hats with each other, so on the surface, It may
look like we have quite the collection, but I think our hat game is,
for the most part, pretty modest compared to most Minneapolis

LL: If you could claim any piece of art as your own, what would it be?

JB: Like if I got to steal anybody’s art for myself?

really want to write a book, or screenplay, or something like that.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love music, but I feel like If
I have a musical idea, I can usually figure out how to turn it into a
reality. Lately, I’ve just been obsessed with putting together a
narrative and building characters in a form that gives me more that 5
minutes of music, you know? It’s something I’m still
figuring out, so I’d probably want to claim something like that. I
think I’d probably take Slaughterhouse 5  that’s one of my
favorite books. To be honest, one of my many guilty pleasures is teen
coming of age novels, so maybe I’d claim a John Green
novel, or something similar.

Blog by Liz Legatt (Marketing Intern)

Get to Know: ‘Daddy MPLS’

Ahead of Daddy: Queer Variety Show, we got to ask Archie Bongiovanni (Daddy MPLS co-founder), Nick Jordan, and Symone Smash It a few questions. Read what they had to say below, and don’t miss them at First Avenue on Saturday, February 10.

Liz Legatt: Daddy has sold out 4 nights (5 nights?) at Icehouse since its beginnings. How has it evolved and where to do you see it going?

Archie Bongiovanni: Daddy has sold out 5 nights which is amazing! It’s evolved in that Brent and I are much better at being organized and knowing what to expect during each show. We’ve gotten better at all the behind the scenes planning and each event is a little tighter and more polished, but still raw in a lot of ways. I’m hoping that in the future Daddy can host even more fun, wild, weird, and experimental performers!

LL: What does the recruitment process look like for Daddy performers? Are there specific traits or genres you search for?

AB: There isn’t much of a process, folks can email us ( and we will take a look at what folks are creating. We want to have the stage be a place where folks can be vulnerable, weird, or sexy–or some amazing combination of all of it! We enjoy having a mix of experienced performers and folks who are new to the stage, that’s really important to us. We also want to make sure there’s a representation of many bodies/genders/sexualities on the stage each night as well. There aren’t any specific genres we search for, although we do ask performers to be authentic and not appropriative with their work. In the future we would LOVE to have a queer magician, someone performing live ASAM, dance troupes, more fashion shows, and anything new and fresh!

LL: In what ways do you feel Daddy has affected the queer community?

AB: The queer community in Minneapolis has always been super active and vibrant. I feel lucky to live in a city where throughout the week there’s a mix of things to do from theater to live music to dance nights to book clubs to all the wonderful things that happen underground. Our hope with Daddy is that it can be a connector between various queer groups and communities in the cities, we want everyone mingling and dancing and sweating together. We want Daddy to be a place to be loud and visible, whether that be totally dressed up or arriving in a flannel while celebrating the incredible varied queer talent the Twin Cities has to offer.

Liz Legatt: You’ve been awarded City Pages’ Best R&B Artist in 2016, Star Tribune “Are You Local?” Winner in 2017, and have performed at venues all across Minneapolis. What sort of planning goes into your impressive live performances that have earned you these titles?

Nick Jordan: I think it’s all about playing off of the beautiful energy exchange that occurs between the artist and the listener. It’s my responsibility as the artist to make sure I’m providing that energy to begin with! You need to give people something to believe in. You need to make it worth their while; time is sacred. It’s also important to be well-rehearsed, but not over-rehearsed. I just prepare and put in the work that makes it possible to reach my higher self on stage. I have this intense passion inside of me that’s hard to explain. It literally makes me blackout during my live shows.

LL: What are you most looking forward to about performing at Daddy this Saturday?

NJ: I’m looking forward to playing some new, unreleased music in addition to cuts off of my Dividends EP. My outfit is cute, too. I might overheat in it, but it’s a risk I gotta take. I love playing on stages large enough to accommodate my dancers, so I’m bringing 4 with me. Last February was my first time playing in the Mainroom. I feel really proud that I’m here now — a year later — with a completely different setlist and a better grip on my artistry.

Liz Legatt: What is the inspiration behind your signature ‘smashbotic’ fashion and musical style?

Symone Smash It: My fashion inspiration comes from all things sci-fi and futuristic but I pull inspiration from specific individuals as well–  David Bowie, Sailor Moon, and Lady Gaga. The inspiration for my music comes from a variety of electronic artists including Kerli, Purity Ring, and Zedd.

LL: This is not your first Daddy performance; how did you become initially involved and what excites you the most about returning?

SS: Prior to performing at Daddy, I had never been but I had heard it wasn’t something to miss. I did my research and I wanted to be a part of it immediately. I reached out to the Facebook page, and luckily Brent and Archie were already considering bringing me into the next event!

What excites me most is getting to be a part of an environment that I know accepts me and my team for what we do and who we are. I feel completely supported when I’m at Daddy and that’s not something you find often as an artist.

Blog by Liz Legatt (Marketing Intern)


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