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

 

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

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.

https://www.facebook.com/brilliantbeast

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.
http://spiritsandsound.com/cause/

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