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

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

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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

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By Becca Martin
Photos By Tony Nelson

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

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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