Named the Citypages Best Jazz Artist of 2011, Atlantis Quartet have garnered the attention of jazz fans and critics alike, fitting right into the sweet spot where complexity and accessibility meet.
What started as a demo project for Andrew Jansen turned into a full band named after the content of the songs he was writing about, Crimes. The original demos, with all parts performed by Anderew, were about a seedy action, jealousy, or crime. The songs were posted online and paired with links to Minneapolis Crime Statistic.
Hailing from Foley, MN, the county seat of Benton County, Matt Latterell has been crafting songs for the past 13 years. Now a resident of Northeast Minneapolis and a regular performer at the 331 Club, Matt has honed in on his country-meets-indie sound.
Members of Fog, Lateduster, and Dosh have joined forces under the name The Cloak Ox. After taking a three year break from songwriting, Fog front man Andrew Broder started writing songs that he knew his friends Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer), Mark Erickson (Fog), and Martin Dosh could help bring to life.
Folk rocker Mason Jennings, alt-country darlings the Jayhawks and electro-pop project Halloween, Alaska all have new CDs out this month.
Villa Rosa is the recent collaboration of longtime friends Maria Isa and Muja Messiah. Maria Isa, The local Latin MC, singer, and actress had lent her vocals to Muja Messiah's 2008 "Adventures of BBoy DBoy," and 2010 "M-16's" releases.
Since forming in 2002 Halloween, Alaska has become one of the most beloved electro art-rock outfits in the Twin Cities. Their latest album "All Night The Calls Came In," out on Amble Down Records, is their most stripped down offering to date.
With the exception of the amateur talent contest and our own Garrison Keillor, it's all national acts playing the Grandstand at the State Fair this year. But there are plenty of opportunities to catch local music at the fair. And if you don't count the cost of admission to the fairgrounds, they're all free!
When Dave Simonett, Ryan Young and Tim Saxhaug are not playing at break neck speeds in Trampled by Turtles they can be found with electric instruments in tow performing as Dead Man Winter. Joined by country blues guitarist Erik Koskinen, and drummer Noah Levy, Dead Man Winter takes the tempo down a few notches from Trampled by Turtles and adds a bit of country charm.
Mystery Palace is the local electronic project from the former 12 Rods member, Ryan Olcott, jazz bassist James Buckley and drummer Joey Van Phillips. Olcott, who also fills his time producing bands in the Twin Cities, produced their latest effort, Nervio.
Too visceral? Yep. Bad grammar? There's no other way to say it. Haley Bonar and her mighty, musical companions have created something marvelous indeed.
In the vein of Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Alexis Krauss (of Sleigh Bells) John Maus is the latest in a recent slew of teachers that rock. The Austin, MN native teaches Political Philosophy and Theory at the University of Hawaii while working towards a PhD in Political Science.
Howler may have been started as a side project by Jordan Gatesmith from Total Babe, but the attention they are receiving is front and center. Howler was recently signed to London based Rough Trade Records home of The Smiths, The Strokes, and Belle and Sebastian.
The trio of Jim Blaha, Mike Blaha, and Dave Roper have now been gracing the Twin Cities with their brand of noise rock--with its hints of blues and 60s garage-psych--for the better part of a decade.
After conquering the 2010 Picked to Click Poll, playing First Avenue's Best New Band Showcase and claiming the hearts of Twin Cities music fans, Pink Mink is ready to release their debut self-titled album.