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

Review – Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band – Promises To Deliver

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By Tommy Rehbein

Nato Coles has made himself a bit of a household name in the Minneapolis punk community with his heavy playing schedule and energetic live shows. He’s been in a number of well-respected punk groups over the years and now leading his own Blue Diamond Band, Mr. Coles has taken on the mantle of a rock ‘n’ roll revisionist. Continue reading

Review – Crooked Saws – Mo Fi

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By Brandon Henry

Crooked Saws’ Mo-Fi is fuzzed-out blues-rock that sounds like Alice ‘n Chains meets a sinister Black Keys. Recorded in an afternoon on an old-school 8-track reel-to-reel, the gritty grooves resonate with spirituality and powerful minimalism.  These songs are the sound-track to hot, desolate deserted drives. Continue reading

Review – Botzy – Buck Fotzy

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By: Becca Martin

Botzy has been waiting for a moment. Well, his arrival is imminent. Catch his CD release party for the album Buck Fotzy, Saturday, July 13th at the Triple Rock Social Club. The album was released on July 9th from the label Fake Four Distro. The release is well crafted with a great mix of hip-hop, old school scratch, catchy lyrics, and some creative tracks featuring retro feeling horns, and piano. Continue reading

Reckless Ones – Self-Titled EP – Review by: Kaleb Bronson

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Review by: Kaleb Bronson

Minneapolis’ own trio of rhythm, rebellion and rockabilly, the Reckless Ones, are back with a thumpin’ self-titled EP to swing everyone into the summery rock-n-roll drag races. Continue reading

Review: Wolf Lords

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By Kristine Volovsek

Although I had heard a few of the songs already on the radio, for unknown reasons it took me a long time to get around to listening to Wolf Lords in its entirety – almost two months after it was released. It just wasn’t the right time for me to listen to it. However, getting tasked with this review ended up being just what I needed to help me get through a tough time. The universe works in mysterious ways like that. I firmly believe that music can help heal, and I continue to gravitate toward Wolf Lords with every listen. Continue reading

Review – Regal Treats – Gimme

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By Nick Habisch

The genre of “Garage Rock” has always been one that’s hard to pin down. Ranging from the simple, noisy sounds of groups like The Seeds to the more mainstream sounds of The Who , or even the more modern sounds of The Black Keys, this genre spans lots of sounds, but generally involves distorted guitars and vocals that push the limit of what could be considered singing. Continue reading

Review – Dichotomy – Nocturnal

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By Kami-O Betzina

A Robust Soundtrack

Alex Kauffman told Ben Weise of The PostBulletin he was influenced by the violins in a televised version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, you can definitely hear it in his band; Dichotomy’s latest, Nocturnal. Continue reading

Review – Katy Vernon – Before I forget

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By Nick Habisch

There’s not many ways to explain Minnesota’s recently chaotic weather patterns: Snow, rain, warm weather, then more of the same. It has been off the wall in terms of predictability, but with the wet, cloudy days comes an opportunity to really appreciate the albums that wouldn’t seem complete in the bright shining sun. One of these such albums is from local artist Katy Vernon. Continue reading

Review – This is Daybreak – Influence/Coincidence

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Review By Nigel Carleton

One is tempted to say that Minneapolis band This is Daybreak has a sense of humor. After all, their bandcamp page proudly proclaims that they are, “5 dudes who use star power to create new universes”. However, on their first full-length release, Influence/Coincidence, the band has ostensibly serious intentions of creating beautiful music that is unique, haunting, and growing. This is Daybreak has every possibility of becoming local big names, and they earn that right on their new album. Continue reading

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