A BENEFIT FOR BRAD KERN
89.3 The Current and Vita.MN present
A Benefit for Brad Kern
with performances by
THE HANG UPS
Plus special guests.
Produced in cooperation with Twin Cities Music Community Trust
After the breakup of Trip Shakespeare, Minneapolis natives Dan Wilson and John Munson teamed up with drummer Jacob Slichter to form Semisonic in 1993. Trip Shakespeare had spent years amassing a loyal audience with artistic harmonies and unexpected guitar counterpoints, but bandleader Dan Wilson took Semisonic in an entirely different direction, embracing a tightly crafted sound that proved to be more appetizing to mainstream audiences. "Closing Time" was the band's biggest hit, dominating the airwaves in 1998 and picking up a Grammy nomination the following year.
As one grows into adulthood, remaining steadfastly single-minded about one’s pursuits gets increasingly difficult. The musician becomes a band mate navigating the creative energies of those around them. He becomes a boyfriend, a husband, a businessman. She becomes a lover, a mother, a practitioner of her art. Life becomes multifarious, and the pressure to not let the disparate threads of a chaotic life unravel can cause strain on any relationship.
To call Jeremy Messersmith a musician is half-truth: He’s also a storyteller, who has carefully crafted a trilogy of songs that narrate life. His first full-length release The Alcatraz Kid is a moving collection of acoustic-driven lullabies with titles like “Novocain” and “Beautiful Children” that innocently question the purpose of things to come. The integrity of these delicate songs immediately struck a cord with critics and fans alike, and captured the attention of Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, who offered to produce Messersmith’s follow-up album, The Silver City.
Hailing from the musical landmark town that gave us the post-punk of The Replacements and Soul Asylum and the glam-funk of Prince, Minneapolis snow angels The Hang Ups offer twelve glowy, pensive pop songs on their second full-length release, So We Go. "We wanted to make this a classic album," says guitarist/lead singer Brian Tighe. Well, they've succeeded. A year in the making, So We Go is song after song of enduring, genuine beauty - one of those rare "classic" albums that people want to listen to all the way through, over and over again.
Two Harbors are back! The new Make It Alright EP features four shimmering slices of dreampop, showcasing the songwriting, performance and production that have made Two Harbors a standout on the vibrant Minnesota music scene. Writing as a collaborative unit, the band tracked the songs live at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis without the aid of headphones or click tracks.