Fury Things / Brilliant Beast Split EP – Release Show – 2/25 Turfclub

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Whether you want to call it shoegaze or fuzz pop, Fury Things and Brilliant Beast bring you a nice wall of sound. Fury Things staying more on the indie rock vibe and Brilliant Beast being a little more out there. These two are a perfect fit for a Split EP, each bringing their distinct personalities as bands. Similar but different, which is a great combination.

Fury Things / Brilliant Beast Split EP – Release Show
Fury Things, Brilliant Beast and Catbath.
Wednesday, February 25th – 8pm – $5
Turf Club, St Paul MN.

Fury Things
Brilliant Beast
Catbath

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Review – Falcon Arrow – Tower

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By Tim Kraus

If you are perusing the metaphorical bandcamp physical record store in the sky, Falcon Arrow’s most recent release provides yet more evidence that the band refuses to be put in a box, or at least that there is not yet a box that exists for them. The typical labels for such music (such as the ones that you will see in the tags at the bottom of this review) fall short of classifying their particular decoupage of sonic textures in a way that is meaningful or even factual. 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.

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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.
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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

Track – Hey, Remember Nostalgia – And You (And You And You And You)

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Hey, Remember Nostalgia which features members of Paragraphs are heading into the studio to record their debut album with Neil Weir at The Old Blackberry Way studio. They are funding the new album along with the new Paragraphs recording at Kickstarter.

Crimes (MN) – “Thin Sunlight”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

On Crimes (MN)’s new album “Thin Sunlight,” the band has married a combination of sounds, that on paper, none of which seems like it should belong together, yet it all works in simpatico. Continue reading

Gospel Gossip – Self-Titled

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

After a three year lag, Gospel Gossip has returned with a new self-titled album. It’s a woozy dreamworld which threatens to swallow up the listener, but it’s unlikely anyone will resist being pulled in. Continue reading