Secret Stash Record’s Will Gilbert Weighs In On Minneapolis Soul


By: Becca Martin

Rift: Why is Minneapolis ripe for soul acts like Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Wanda Davis, Black Diet, and Southside Desire? Continue reading

Just another Saturday Night at First Avenue

Farewell Milwaukee at First Avenue

By Becca Martin
Photos By Tony Nelson

Just another Saturday night in the Mainroom of First Avenue, or was it? Continue reading

Tandem Shop Records – 5 Year Anniversary – 8/3 at Light Grey Art Lab


Saturday August 3rd at 4pm.

Music Review – batteryboy – Up For Air


Review By Kristine Volovsek

batteryboy recently finished their forthcoming Up for Air album.  Stories of love being lost and found (or at least the hope of finding it again), the songs on this emotionally-driven indie folk rock album have been brewing in their souls since before batteryboy became a trio.  The tracks on Up for Air generally start gentle, build you up with high energy and lyrics straight from the heart, and then gracefully set you back down while still delivering those little-skin-tingles at times.  Cobey Rouse (vocals, guitar, drums), Shannon Frid (vocals, violin), and Eric Carranza (keys, guitar) completely complement one another’s sounds as batteryboy. Continue reading

Crunchy Kids’ Mint


By Kristine Volvsek

Minneapolis hip-hop group Crunchy Kids just released their second album, Mint. A little less jazzy than their first album Crunchy Kids, Mint allowed the band to experiment with new sounds. Continue reading


Review – Fathom Lane – Down By Half


By Becca Martin

Awkward. That is what I feel after listening to the latest LP release by Fathom Lane. I own that emotion as I experienced the band live recently and was not wowed. However, I really like what the bare bones, vintage if you will, recording to tape technique accomplished in the studio. This old school way of recording evokes an earlier but very resonant and brooding sound. Continue reading

Video – Radio K Live on Radio K: Carroll – “Alligator”

Live on Radio K: Carroll – “Alligator” from Radio K on Vimeo.

Public Enemy – Get Up Stand Up Featuring Brother Ali

Transmission Presents “Common People” (a night of 90’s indie & alternative classics)


My wife is going to this tonight, as is the guy I played Star Wars action figures and Atari with when I was a kid, local radio guy – Brian Oake. I am not much of a go out and dance guy and nostalgia is for suckers. I am sure tons of people will have lots of fun at this event. Just not this guy. Jake Rudh is a stand up guy, he played a Rift party back in the day before he was super famous.

Transmission’s 12 year party.
Friday, March 15th 2013 18+ $6/$8
First Avenue Mainroom.


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