Square Lake Music and Film Festival – 8/9

This is coming up in 12 days, save money by buying your tickets in advance.

http://www.squarelakefestival.com/

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Live Concert Review – Shiro Dame and Up Rock at the Dakota Jazz Club

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By Becca Martin

When you write about music naturally artists will invite you to see them perform. Not a burden, but a problem that I confront is that I tend to unconsciously overbook my commitments. On January 17th 2014 I had THREE shows in the space of FIVE hours! Continue reading

Event Review of Sound Verite presents Zulu Zuluu and Shiro Dame 7/05/14.

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By: Becca Martin

“Choosing Sound”, is something that Jon Jon Scott of Sound Verite Records has a real talent for. Minneapolis can thank Sound Verite for uniting unique music and art in an approachable way. Soundverite1.blogspot.com won’t let you down if your music tastes lean toward a more world, hip hop, jazz, or experimental variation that can be a challenge to find on the dial. Continue reading

Rock The Garden Photos By Tony Nelson

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Music Review – Cause Soundbar Featuring: Prichard, Two Harbors and Little Man 6/20/14

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By Becca Martin

Prichard opened the night up with their powerful drum driven sound. The trio of Dave Cottini, Neil Hoying, and Christine Garcia are out of Chicago and represent very well the unique Chi-town chord sound that bands like Shellac perfected. I love a female bass player and Garcia played with a stony demeanor. Hoying is a technical guitar player and Cottini is an intense, heavy banger, of whom it is hard to take your eyes off of.

Jumping across the pond, the sounds of Manchester, UK come to mind as Minneapolis’s Two Harbors takes the stage. A more pop and lyric focused band, Blur & Oasis meets Semisonic. Around since 2006, they have a guitar style that swoops and drones while the bass brings the energy level up. The four piece consisting of Chris Pavlich, Kris Johnson, Jeremy Bergo, and Shawn Grider have just released their album “The Natural Order of Things”, and have been supporting it intensely.

Little Man is the glue. Chris Perricelli and Dave Cottini had not only performed in The Ike Reilly Assassination together, the two were classmates as well. Lately, Two Harbors and Little Man have shared the bill of quite a few shows together. I have seen Little Man several times and can tell you they never disappoint. Pericelli is the consummate frontman, total rock star in poise and talent. His bandmates, Brian Herb on bass plays with a dramatic, flailing flair, and Sean Gilchrist drums with abandon. The glam influenced rock trio is powerful and tight, and the crowd loved every moment they played, insisting on an encore. Their latest release “Original Face” has been a critical success.

If the three play together again it would be a show well worth attending, you will experience three very different styles of rock, and get enjoyment out of each. I hope that Little Man brings more friends from out of town to play here in Minneapolis for us to check out.

http://www.littlemanmusic.net/
http://www.twoharborsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prichard/296059663741424

 

Lori Barbero Talks – Life, Music, and Legacy

Lori Barbero at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis

Photo courtesy Tony Nelson: www.tonynelsonphoto.com

Written by: Becca Martin

“Babes in Toyland get outta town, I’d rather listen to gerbils in a blender than Kat’s vocals from Hell!” How did the infamous tee shirt slogan come to be? It was from an anonymous City Pages reviewer. She went on to say how she loved it. “Oh my God! It was the best thing ever! Some people would go home and cry, and write an angry letter. I was like, this is the best fucking thing for promo! Didn’t affect me, any emotion is good, a lot of people don’t have emotions anymore, technology is killing the world.” She is concerned that as we progress technologically, we are losing the ability to really relate in a deep and real way. “People have to keep doing genuine, artistic acts, and not rely on technology, it will kill you. I am just not into it, communication is faster, but is it better? People have lost connections, looking at one another and talking.“ Continue reading

Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners “You Will Go To The Moon”

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“You Will Go To The Moon” is the latest album by singer/songwriter Dan Hylton. Backed up by the Ghostrunners, Hylton culled the nuances of everyday life and crafted six different songs, or maybe it would be more accurate to say, he crafted six different stories and put each to music. Continue reading

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