Review – Little Man – Original Face

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By Becca Martin

I don’t usually start an album review with a thank you but, why not? Yep, thank you Little Man for making this record. Get ready to Love “Original Face”, here’s why: Continue reading

The Persian Leaps – “Praise Elephants”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

With a name like the Persian Leaps, I expected something exotic, a sound that would require me to buy armloads of incense to set the listening mood. Not so! The band describes themselves as a noise pop band from St. Paul, Minn., and you know what? That’s exactly what they are.

The Persian Leaps is Drew Forsberg (vocals, guitars), Brad Hendrickson (bass, guitars, vocals) and Mike McCloskey (drums, vocals), and their debut EP “Praise Elephants” features five hyper-catchy tunes that whiz by in less than 30 minutes.

“Praise Elephants” is a nod to 80s post-punk. “Hard Feelings” starts things off on the right foot with pristine and clear harmonizing, brimming with influences by The Smiths and Morrissey. Each of the songs are short and snappy, with some sharp edges (Hard feelings on parade / Took their lemons – choked on the lemonade) and endings.

Next is “Not That Brave” and what follows is my favorite track on the album, “Silent Treatment.” It’s damn catchy and after hearing it just once, it’ll burrow into your subconscious and take root, its melody coming back to you when you least expect it. The EP is rounded out by “Exponentially Devoted” and “Sleepless.”

The Persian Leaps is a group with potential you can’t ignore. Check them out.

http://thepersianleaps.com/

Review – The Chambermaids – Whatever Happened Tomorrow

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By Tommy Rehbein

It’s almost always a treat when a well-respected producer gets the chance to step away from projects he or she is enlisted to help create for a living and focus inwardly, often resulting in imaginative records that are aching to get out. Such is the case whenever a Chambermaids album is released. Continue reading

Album Review – Pennyroyal – Baby I’m Against It

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By Becca Martin

“ A little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll”- I never thought that I would quote that but it is true.  Pennyroyal plays music that makes you want to tap your feet.  This is a band on the rise. “Baby I’m Against It” is exceptional.  It is their second release and was produced/engineered by the talented Ed Ackerson at Flower Studios in Minneapolis.  Ed is well known for BNLX & Polara and just recently produced The “Songs for Slim” project. Pennyroyal’s sound is robust with a purity of form and function in it.  Elements of alt country are heard with a soul of rock and roll. Continue reading

“Where Do You Want” – Brilliant Beast

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

“Where Do You Want” is the latest album by Brilliant Beast. In a nutshell, the album is seven solid tracks of shoegaze with distortion, featuring two lead vocalists – a guy and a girl, brother and sister to be more exact, who each bring their own unique style and still create a very cohesive sound.

Brilliant Beast is Jordan Porter (vocals, guitar), Hannah Porter (vocals, guitar, violin), Mark Kartarik (bass) and Eric Whalen (drums).

“A Child On Fire” opens the album with Jordan on vocals. I was quickly struck by the infectious and unforgettable hooks. And while I enjoyed each of the tracks on the album, “Nepotism Shakes” is my favorite with its shimmery guitars in combination with Hannah’s vocals, where she sounds much like Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell.  “Someone Else Did” closes the album with a hint of rock and a pretty sweet bass line.

The band lists My Bloody Valentine, Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, Pavement – even the The Buzzcocks and The Clash – as influences. I hear a little bit of Oasis in the mix as well.

“Where Do You Want” is simply a great record, but check it out for yourself and you’ll hear what I mean – it might just be the perfect addition to your music collection.

Brilliant Beast’s “Where Do You Want” is brilliant and anything but beastly.

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Brilliant Beast’s release show for “Where Do You Want” is Friday, November 8, at Cause in Minneapolis, along with Crimes, Fury Things and Bad Bad Hats.
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Review – Robots From The Future – Entendres

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By Kristine Volovsek

The first 15 seconds of Robots from the Future’s Entendres made me think I was getting into some sort of weird dub step album.  However, when the vocals and guitar came in on the first track, my fears were subdued.  Throughout Entendres they play with robotic, computer-esque, and synthy sounds which I found rather fitting and fun.  Though the name Robots from the Future, to me, connotes something new – perhaps a sound that hasn’t been done before – this album kept reminding me of other bands.  My impression is that I can hear who, perhaps, influenced Robots from the Future but I can also hear how they’re trying to expand on those sounds and create their own.  Continue reading

Music Review – Verskotzi – “Lemon Heart “

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By Becca Martin

“Lemon Heart” is Verskotzi’s first full-length album release. The band is Joey Verskotzi, Izaac Burkhart, Ian Allison, & Grady Kenevan. The album was recorded and produced by Izaac Burkhart at The Color Lounge in NE Minneapolis. Continue reading

CD Review – Vernon Wayne – Jazzes

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Review By Nigel Carleton

There’s something about Vernon Wayne’s short new EP, Jazzes that feels fresher than a majority of other math-rock acts that live in the Twin Cities as of late. Across the five tracks here, Vernon Wayne pushes listeners through a colorful obstacle course of complicated time-signatures and mood changes. They craft their sound with a mechanical prowess, but the emotions that they are conveying stay in tact. Continue reading

Review – Fathom Lane – Self Titled

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By Becca Martin

Just a year after the debut of Fathom Lane’s first album “Down by Half” the band is set to release their self-titled follow up. Self financed through Michael’s own label Longplayer Records the recording was done on vinyl.  This was in line with the band’s mission to replicate the sounds that Michael grew up with in the 1970’s.  Ferrier noted influences like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Continue reading

Deleter – “56789”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Deleter recently released their new EP, “56789,” and it’s very solid. Deleter did a great job of combining an older punk sound with their own sound to create something original. Each of the songs is equally pissed off, yet so damn catchy you won’t be able to get them out of your head. The band describes their sound as: “Skewed but catchy. Straight forward yet obtuse. Angry but thoughtful. Sleeker, simpler and meaner.”

Deleter is Knol Tate (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Travis Collins (bass guitar and vocals), Zach Roth (guitar and atmospherics) and Joshua McKay (drums and percussion).

You’re introduced to Deleter by the first track, “Change Your Fucking Name.” The intro sounds like feedback, but lets you know what you’re in for – it’s raw, intense and loaded with an I-don’t-give-a-fuck-attitude. I couldn’t wait to hear the rest and I wasn’t disappointed. The second track, “Kings and Queens of Sympathy” delivers more of the same.

The vocals on the next two tracks, “Question Our” and “Control_Chaos,” take a more menacing, almost sinister tone. They reminded me of Andrew Eldritch from The Sisters of Mercy. On “Art Fucks Need Fucking” (my favorite title) and “You Are Welcome” the vocals sound like Richard Butler from the Psychedelic Furs’ self-titled debut.

“56789” closes with a bonus track: A cover of Black Flag’s “Greg Ginn Lawsuit Pending.”

Usually, the first song or two sets the tone for the rest of an album or EP, but in this case, that doesn’t really happen. Each track is original to the others, but it’s solid and cohesive. And a rarity: I don’t have just one favorite song from “56789,” I liked each one.

Recommendation: Buy Deleter’s “56789.” This EP kicks ass.

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