Zophia Dadlez @ Ginko’s 7/29

Rewind to last summer when I spent way too many hours on Rookie Mag in a stuffy office in South Florida. I read this piece (and this one a few months later!) on a road trip for artists; like literally a bunch of teenage artists got in an RV and took a road trip from MPLS to New York and worked on their art work. While this sounded like the road trip of my teenage-art-school-longing dreams, I was super excited to see something on Rookie from my lovely city. I messaged the writer/artist, Zophia Dadlez, gushing about how cool I thought the whole thing was and then we became internet friends.

This past year, having been back in MN, I was able to feature some of Dadlez’s songs (because yes, she does do it all) on Gamma’s monthly playlists. The one thing that for some reason or another we never did was meet in person – until last Saturday.

Dadlez played her first gig ever on Saturday opening for local songbird, Gabby Z. A handful of originals from the 2016 release, ZJD, as well as a handful of covers including some of my favorite artists. Three songs in and I had written down that she reminded me of the Crutchfield sisters (Allison Crutchfield and Waxahatchee), Daughter, and Julien Baker. Sure enough, Dadlez covered tracks from both Waxahatchee and Julien.

It warmed my heart to see the room filled and near silent as Dadlez calmly joked about the sadness of her set and how she was “sick of singing about [her] boyfriend from two years ago.” She closed her set with her most popular track, “Prayer for a Warm November,” as friends in the audience whispered the lyrics to themselves, transfixed on Dadlez’s soft smile to herself.

You can check out more of her music, originals and covers, on her soundcloud! Thanks Zophia, it was so nice to finally meet you!

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3TEETH @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall 7/21

“Maia’s Dad’s Second Concert Review”

So growing up in the 90s, the music culture was ripe with all kinds of new genres of music most notably was the Grunge movement that swept the scene. Along with grunge was the industrial sound that spawned such bands as Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMDFM, Skinny Puppy to name a few. This style of music was based around fusing several styles new wave, sampling/programming, electronica, and metal.

This brings me to 3TEETH; they are an Industrial band out of Los Angeles that has come on to the scene with guns blazing. They were tapped by Tool to open for them on several of their tour dates also for Germany’s own Rammstein. I was fortunate to witness their show last Friday night with my lovely daughter Maia.

They have a stage presence that is high energy, aggressive, calculated, and at times a little intimidating. The banter with the fans was friendly, humble, and amusing. They have nailed the sound and imagery of what an industrial band was and should be. They have a powerful sound with pounding beats and crushing guitar riffs that not only get the blood pumping but is amazing to watch live. I would highly recommend giving these guys a shot if you have even a little interest in the industrial sound.

My hopes are that they reopen the door for this genre and pave the way for others, the same way NIN did back in the day. Check out their latest release, Shutdown; they also have some very provocative videos on YouTube. Here are some Pics Maia shot at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Thanks!

Editor’s note: Thanks to my dad for being the coolest and writing this, but he asked me to add some of my own input on the show, so here’s where I’ll do that! I honestly hadn’t listened to 3TEETH at all before the show, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My dad likes to “prep” me for the crowds when we go to shows together, or if I’m going to see a band he’s into, but think I can handle a lot when it comes to crowd rowdiness – I’ve seen more people hurt in basement mosh pits than any venue with a touring metal band.

Whenever I roll up to shows like this with a real tough looking crowd and get in for free and get to shoot the bands, I feel like a real bad ass haha. I ended up really enjoying 3TEETH a lot more than I thought I would; they have an incredible stage presence that really keeps your attention the entire time and are extremely photogenic. I haven’t decided what I think about the lead singer wearing his own band’s logo on the back of his jacket, but I am very into the prehistoric-transformer-looking mic stand; that’s dedication to the look lol. Overall, super impressed and I’d definitely go again!

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Rock the Garden 2017 – Photos

Below are some shots from Rock the Garden 2017 – Thank you to The Current and The Walker for having me; I had the time of my life really. Stay tuned for more words about the festival throughout the rest of the week!

Margaret Glaspy: I was lucky enough to see her last fall at Festival Palomino, and I think I enjoyed this performance even more. She is so sweet and her lyrics can really shake ya up.

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Car Seat Headrest: Yes, you may have spotted me on the big screen making a fool of myself, this band is incredible. Also I’m not going to comment on the turtleneck because every other journalist already has and I honestly didn’t think much of it.

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Maxx: HIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!

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Dwynell Roland: He has a Brian Oake tweet printed on his shirt lol – This is funny because my dad made an “Oake for President” shirt back when he was on Rev105 – Long live the revolution!

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The crowd just before Benjamin Booker:

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BRUISE VIOLET: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THESE GIRLS SO MUCH IT WAS SO AMAZING GETTING TO SEE THEM PLAY ROCK THE GARDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (p.s. happy birthday, Danielle!)

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The Revolution: While I’m not the biggest Prince fan considering he was a bit before my time, I still teared up a little when Wendy gave a little speech about how he was watching down on us. ALSO JUSTIN VERNON

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Dead Man Winter: Unfortunately no photos of this band, I wanted to keep my barricade spot secured for Bon Iver since they weren’t allowing photo pit access.

BON IVER: I cried like 6 times, I didn’t even take any notes. This was earth shaking and the Moon Lady was watching – I felt her.

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Evenings // Austin Lombardo

Evenings is the perfect soundtrack for a Friday night, whether it be 2 hours or 12.

 Subaquatic Records presents Evenings.
A chopped and screwed, 8-track collage of psychedelia recorded entirely in his living room, Austin Lombardo (The Everett Interpretation) invites listeners into his home. His living room being cluttered mess of tape machines, Keeping Up With The Kardashians DVDs, pizza boxes and Soft Machine vinyls in place of feng shui.
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Instead of burying what some may consider recording blemishes Lombardo embraces the analog recordings, warts and all. This allows for the project to flow as a mix of brain droppings while still maintaining a singular voice throughout.
Evenings is the perfect soundtrack for a Friday night, whether it be 2 hours or 12.

[words provided by Subaquatic Records]

Alex G, Japanese Breakfast, and CENDE @ 7th St Entry 6/27

Working in a kindergarten classroom is exhausting and that’s all I’m going to say in defense of me posting these photos so late! I hadn’t seen or heard CENDE (pronounced like “send” I was confused too lol) before and I really enjoyed their set. Japanese Breakfast crushed it as always, playing a lot of newer songs as well as old favorites. And (SANDY) Alex G, I really have no words. I wasn’t ever a huge fan, just didn’t get into his grungier, bedroom-pop, sad-boy tunes as much, but the twangier Rocket that just came out this year, and now having seen him live, I’ve changed my mind. Weird and expressive is really the only words that I come to mind as I watched Alex G’s set and I liked that a lot of the songs were performed a lot louder and rowdier than the recorded versions. But anyways there’s some photos below, enjoy!