Night Moves

Night Moves new album, Can You Really Find Me, pulsates and glows with the same sublime energy that radiated from breakout single “Carl Sagan” in 2016, however in the intervening years, John Pelant and Micky Alfano have grown up. The songwriting, while still steeped in super-catchy, velvety riffs and pure pop glaze, feels more sophisticated and modern.

Since the pair met in high school, awestruck by such ear-candy wizards as Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, they set off to craft their version of what sophisticated, emotional modern pop music can and should sound like. 2016’s Pennied Days was a breakthrough, and set a new bar for the members of Night Moves. After spending the subsequent two years on Can You Really Find Me, they’ve scaled new heights, where the sounds are still just as sweet, but now smarter, more evocative, and perfectly designed for a summer release.

So how did something that feels so warm and breezy – like the perfect summer soundtrack - emerge from the dead of a bleak and frigid Minneapolis winter? Pelant and Alfano sequestered themselves, dreaming their way out of the cold by writing songs like “Coconut Grove,” a whirly psychedelic love song, and “Ribboned Skies,” a blazing ode to guitars and syncopation. Minneapolis has always played a part in the creative process for these dyed-in-the-wool locals. Long heralded as local hot shots in the cold, desolate, land of Prince, Westerberg and Dylan, John and Micky have still never stopped working the grind; in donut shops, bakeries and restaurants, toiling to make ends meet yet trying find beauty in the mundanity, and in the tranquil midnights.

Pelant, as a writer, thrives in the gloom of isolation; a cold void, “I think it's this type of environment that helps me feel focused. Zero distractions. Focused in a way where I can tap into certain emotions. I think some of the best music transports you to a place in time where your memories become potent visualizations. When writing closed off like this, you can see the images easily and your brain will pick the right chords and tones and guide you where you ought to go. I think being alone during that type of hibernation season is a great space in which to create.”

Once they emerged from their creative cocoon, it was down to the warmth and mythical allure of Austin, TX to bring the album to life. If Minneapolis was about hunkering down in cold isolation, Austin was about heat and life, working with producer Jim Eno (founding member and drummer of Spoon) out of Public Hi-Fi Studios, alongside live band members Mark Hanson and Chuck Murlowski, to record the ten tracks that make up Can You Really Find Me.

The tunefulness of this collection is not by accident. As Pelant deadpans, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a record that sounded like it has a lot of singles on it?” Whether it’s the infinitely hooky “Strands Align,” the up-tempo synth flourishes of “Recollections,” or the buttery soul of “Saving the Dark,” each song so adeptly sticks to the album premise of feeling “single-like” that you wonder how they will even choose any.

In the grab bag of modern pop genres, from neo-psychedelia to shoe-gaze, ambient pop to cosmic country, Night Moves dream big on Can You Really Find Me and deliver a genuinely sparkling set that corrals all of these styles into one cohesive collection.

Reflecting once more on the new album, Pelant feels it functions in part as a rumination on aging; a period piece denoting his last 3 years, "I told myself at 18 I wanted to dedicate my 20’s to music and if nothing came of it, I would move on. So now closing out my 20’s, I feel there is still ground left to cover, I’m not quite satisfied yet. Our last album saw us hit a lot of hurdles; despite the successes we had, we parted ways with our management and lost a founding member of the band. While it’s proven to be a bumpy ride, I feel it just may be worth the trouble. I think I'm more comfortable now in my skin than I was at 24.”

Past Shows


Apr
3
rd
2020
7th St Entry
Apr
3
rd
2020
7th St Entry
Dec
28
th
2019
Turf Club
Dec
28
th
2019
Turf Club

Night Moves

with Kansas Plates and Free Music
Jul
20
th
2019
Mainroom
Jul
20
th
2019
Mainroom

Night Moves

with Lady Lark and Sam Cassidy
Oct
31
st
2018
7th St Entry
Oct
31
st
2018
7th St Entry

Night Moves

with Monica LaPlante, A PINK DREAM (The Cure Tribute) and LOVE SEQUENCE
May
25
th
2018
Mainroom
May
25
th
2018
Mainroom

Night Moves

with Anonymous Choir, WELLNESS and Shilpa Ray
Dec
30
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
30
th
2017
Turf Club

Night Moves

with Loud Sun and Friendless Passenger
Oct
28
th
2017
Fine Line
Oct
28
th
2017
Fine Line

The Lemon Twigs

with Night Moves
Oct
27
th
2017
Fine Line
Oct
27
th
2017
Fine Line

The Lemon Twigs

with Night Moves
Jun
21
st
2017
Turf Club
Jun
21
st
2017
Turf Club

Night Moves

with Mariah Mercedes, JADE EARTH and DJ RICH LEE
Mar
24
th
2017
Turf Club
Nov
23
rd
2016
7th St Entry
Nov
23
rd
2016
7th St Entry

Night Moves

with Rupert Angeleyes and Free Music
Oct
8
th
2016
Indeed Brewery
Oct
8
th
2016
Indeed Brewery

Indeed Brewing Company's Hullabaloo 2016

NO COVER
with Night Moves, Butcher's Union, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Apr
14
th
2016
Mainroom
Apr
14
th
2016
Mainroom

Night Moves

with Gramma’s Boyfriend and Carroll
Mar
18
th
2016
Midwest Day Party 2016 ft. NIGHT MOVES, WEBSTERX, BAD BAD HATS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, HOLIDAE (Are You Local? Winner), MY GOLD MASK, FEED THE DOG, THE BLIND SHAKE, ANNA VOGELZANG, ABSOLUTELY NOT, BRETT NEWSKI, and FEE LION
Mar
18
th
2016
Midwest Day Party 2016 ft. NIGHT MOVES, WEBSTERX, BAD BAD HATS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, HOLIDAE (Are You Local? Winner), MY GOLD MASK, FEED THE DOG, THE BLIND SHAKE, ANNA VOGELZANG, ABSOLUTELY NOT, BRETT NEWSKI, and FEE LION
Aug
31
st
2014
Turf Club
Aug
31
st
2014
Turf Club

Night Moves

with Carroll, Rupert Angeleyes and The Chambermaids
May
30
th
2014
Mainroom
May
30
th
2014
Mainroom

Girl Germs

with Night Moves, Pink Mink, Strange Names and more!
Jan
28
th
2014
LORD HURON
Jan
28
th
2014
LORD HURON

Lord Huron

with Night Moves
Dec
31
st
2013
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2013
7th St Entry

Night Moves

with Pony Bwoy, Carroll and The Fatty Acids
Aug
23
rd
2013
Triple Rock Social Club
Aug
23
rd
2013
Triple Rock Social Club

Night Moves

with Tickle Torture and UMAMI
Apr
24
th
2013
Mainroom
Apr
24
th
2013
Mainroom

POLIÇA

with RONiiA and Night Moves
Mar
16
th
2013
Mainroom
Mar
16
th
2013
Mainroom

Django Django

with Night Moves
Oct
16
th
2012
7th St Entry
Oct
16
th
2012
7th St Entry
Jul
21
st
2012
Mainroom
Jul
21
st
2012
Mainroom

Jeremy Messersmith

with Night Moves and Greycoats
Mar
16
th
2012
Swan Dive
Jan
27
th
2012
Mainroom
Jan
27
th
2012
Mainroom

89.3 The Current’s 7th Birthday Party

with Night Moves, Low, DEAD MAN WINTER and more!
Jan
25
th
2012
Mainroom
Jan
6
th
2012
7th St Entry
Jan
6
th
2012
7th St Entry

Buffalo Moon

with Elite Gymnastics, Night Moves and Tickle Torture
Nov
25
th
2011
Mainroom
Nov
25
th
2011
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with the 4onthefloor, STORY OF THE SEA featuring DAVID CAMPBELL and JIM MCGUINN, BNLX and more!
Nov
23
rd
2011
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2011
Mainroom

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION

with Night Moves and Crow Moses
Oct
17
th
2011
7th St Entry
Oct
17
th
2011
7th St Entry

Milagres

with Night Moves and HOLLY HANSEN
Sep
25
th
2011
7th St Entry
Sep
25
th
2011
7th St Entry

PS I Love You

with AATS and Night Moves
Apr
28
th
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
28
th
2011
7th St Entry

Howler

with Night Moves, Nice Purse and Gospel Gossip
Apr
16
th
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
16
th
2011
7th St Entry

Morning Teleportation

with Night Moves and Parallels
Feb
17
th
2011
Turf Club
Feb
17
th
2011
Turf Club

ATOMIC TOM

with Night Moves and Dragons Power Up!

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Mar
27
th
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Oct
30
th
Live Stream

The Skatalites

Oct
15
th
Palace Theatre

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

with Leah Senior
Jan
31
st
Fine Line
canceled

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with Nebula and Silvertomb