Interview with Scott Laurent “Love Don’t Let Me Down”

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By: Becca Martin

In part, Dan Wilson may be to blame or to praise, as a reason why MN rocker Scott Laurent-a musician with a respected name and success, left his hometown. “I was recording some new songs with Dan Wilson, when I was entertaining the idea about moving to Nashville. I really needed a change. Dan, and many others, gave me the encouragement I needed to make the move.” 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

Interview with Botzy

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By Becca Martin

Sitting across from Botzy over coffee he laid it out for me “Creativity at the rate of consumption.” He has been climbing a mountain since January, with FOUR releases in the space of THREE months. Three months? I know, feel challenged… 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

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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Beasthead – “Tallest Trees”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Not that long ago, Beasthead sent in a video to Rift; it was of them playing at a house party. I’d never heard of Beasthead, but I really liked what I heard. Then they sent us a link to their newest EP, “Tallest Trees.” And I won’t lie, I was somewhat at a loss on how to describe them (this is my second pass at writing this review).

It’s too easy to describe Beasthead’s sound as ambient, although that’s one component – “Tallest Trees” is more of a continually evolving soundscape. Their music’s effect is like taking in visual art; much like looking at a fine painting, their music doesn’t require constant involvement on the listener’s part, he/she can hang in the background and simply add to the atmosphere, but this particular atmosphere is rife with sonic richness.

There’s a silky texture to the vocals and instruments as they thread around each other and finally intertwine. While at times it sounds a little disintegrated, more listens reveal simple, delicate loops that give way to fainter and shadowy works.

Beasthead is comprised of Harry Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Doug Deitchler (guitar, synth, percussion), Nick Whebbe (guitar) and Paul Novak (bass).

There are five tracks on this EP and “Numbers” and “Louder” were my favorites. Local rapper Dem Atlas is a guest vocalist on “Different Son.”

As much as I really like “Tallest Trees,” there’s just one thing I didn’t like: I am not a fan of autotuning vocals. At the beginning of “Numbers” you’ll hear Reynolds’ voice and in my opinion, it doesn’t need any affecting. Like I said, it’s just my opinion.

I recommend you buy “Tallest Trees,” listen, experience and repeat.

The EP is available online; hard copies of “Tallest Trees” will be available for free at Beasthead’s live shows.

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July Fighter – ‘Live and Let Live’

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

The July Fighters call their new album, ‘Live and Let Live,’ their “most ambitious album to date.” I don’t know that I’d personally call it ambitious, but I would call it a departure from their previous albums. Continue reading

The Great Went Have Gone There – Interview

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By Tim Kraus

Discussing homebrew and interesting TED talks at the home of The Great Went bassist Kevin Hurley, one might not expect that this group of cordial fellows was the same group behind The Great Went’s melodic and thunderous new self-titled release.  The Minneapolis kings of delay (a begrudgingly accepted title) methodically wrote this layer-cake of an album earlier in 2013, before recording and mastering at SignatureTone Recording with the increasingly infamous Adam Tucker. Continue reading

Review – Strange – EP I

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Review by Tim Kraus

Metal as a modern genre seems to have many faces.  Some of its faces have many notes, played in such fast succession as to make each of them meaningless individually. Other of Metal’s faces seem more concerned with looking/sounding scary than making music that is enjoyable to listen to. Continue reading

Dear Data – “Wait Until You See”

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Dear Data’s new album is entitled “Wait Until You See” and it seems so fitting after a listen. I knew nothing of this band and with a name like Dear Data I expected a quirky, Devo-esque vibe, or maybe even an obscure Star Trek: The Next Generation reference thrown in, but what I got what was none of the above. Continue reading

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