It's almost impossible to overstate the importance and the influence of The Beastie Boys in the world of hip hop and more importantly, in popular culture over the past quarter century.
A former member of dearly departed local band The Glad Version, Adam Svec has been warmly received since he debuted as a solo artist in 2008. Svec is a prolific songwriter, having come out with three albums in as many years.
Brute Heart is probably the only Minneapolis band with not one, but two members named Crystal. The three female vocalists lead the pack of Twin Cities avant-garde musicians with haunting (at times, howling) vocals and moody instrumental landscapes.
Like many acts these days, the Brian Just Band got their start by accident. Brian and his bandmate Josie invited their friend Rick to play trumpet on their couples' duet, but when he sang the horn part instead, the resulting harmonies inspired them to start a band together.
It's a big week for the local music scene. Minneapolis-based hip-hop act Atmosphere, Duluth-based Indie rockers Low, and local songstress Haley Bonar all release new albums this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Campbell for a preview of their new records. Campbell is the host of the Local Show, Sundays on 89.3 The Current.
The album is a fourteen-part essay on some of life's most challenging interpersonal issues, and certainly Atmosphere's most personal and intimate to date.
With a gas mask, kick drum, guitar, smoke and lasers, Hastings 3000 is notorious for his extravagant live shows. Hasting is a one-man band. Knowing how to play forty-seven different instruments, Hastings is able to play at least ten at the same time.
You'd never be able to tell that the majority of Buffalo Moon's members are originally from South Dakota (except for lead vocalist Karen Freire, who hails from Ecuador). Their unique hybrid of bossa nova, samba soul, and electropop is perfect for the oncoming winter when you need reminding that summer will, eventually, be back.
Lead singer of Trampled by Turtles Dave Simonett stopped by to take over The Current airwaves for a Theft of the Dial session. Dave sat down with David Campbell and shared a few of his favorite songs from some of the most influential artists in his life. Check out Dave and the rest of Trampled by Turtles at First Avenue on January 14 and 15, 2011.
Arzu Gokcen and Christy Hunt met shortly after high school in Minneapolis. But it wasn't until Hunt ended her two year stint on the road with the Von Bondies that the two came together to form Pink Mink.
Red Pens are Howard W. Hamilton III, former member of The Busy Signals, and Laura F. Bennet. The duo met when a friend introduced them to work on an art project. Red Pens are best known for their energetic and unpredictable live shows.
Dr. Dog has graced The Current studios with their presence twice so far, and each time the band has perfectly showcased their signature mix of psychedelic sounds and innovative indie rock. They've been called one of the DIY's generation's most promising up-and-comers, and over the last few years they have lived up to that expectation.
Since forming in 2002 local rockers STNNNG have consistently received critical acclaim for their hard, aggressive rocking and killer live shows.
It was only a year ago that Phantom Tails played their first concert ever to a standing ovation. Now, they are staples of the Minneapolis music scene. The band features members of other local bands such as Me and My Arrow and the now-defunct Plastic Chord, whose dissolution made Phantom Tails possible.
Lazerbeak has been in the local music scene for years, first playing with the band The Plastic Consetllations, who went on to get signed by French Kiss Records. P.O.S, an old high school friend, heard his work and encouraged him to start making beats. From there he started creating beats for the popular Minneapolis group Doomtree.