Beach Bunny, Unturned, Why Not @ Fallout Urban Arts Center 08/21/18

Boy howdy, Beach Bunny finally had another MPLS gig before they embark on a west coast tour opening for Remo Drive. Super proud of Lili and the boys, and it was really warming to hear all those people singing along to her songs, brought tears to my eyes! Why Not opened the show with high energy as always even though they had just gotten back from their second tour of the summer only hours before. (They released a new single that night also, listen to it below!) Unturned is a band I’ve heard a lot about but hadn’t seen yet nor had I ever listened to their music, and if you’re thinking, like I was, “wow, Unturned sounds like an emo band name,” you would be correct! Think Retirement Party-ish – lots of fun. Here are some photos!

Why Not

 

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Unturned

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Beach Bunny

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Diet Cig with The Spook School and Great Grandpa @ The Whole 2/3/18

Last night was truly a celebration of friendship and crushes, so shout out to all the bands, shout out to all the friends, and shout out to all the crushes :’)

The Spook School

Real good for those of us that have been missing some quality indie pop in our lives but have outgrown listening to the The Naked and Famous’ first album and TDCC on repeat. For fans of Radiator Hospital, The Maccabees, and Remember Sports. Songs to listen to: “Still Alive,” “Keep in Touch,” and “Body.”

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Great Grandpa

I’ll say this a million times over, again and again until I’m dead, then I’ll haunt everyone I know in the afterlife and still be saying this, but ladies who scream on stage are SO cool. The coolest. For fans of Charly Bliss, Bully, and Cayetana. Songs to listen to: “Teen Challenge,” “28 J’s L8R,” and “NO.”

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Mid-Post Friendship Appreciation

Hi Margie. Hi Syd. I love you both a lot.

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Diet Cig

They hold a special place in my heart. The first gig review for Got Any Tunes, the first interview for Got Any Tunes, led by a kick-ass lady who loves glitter just as much as I do. Their tunes are empowering and cathartic and perfect for scream-singing  and dancing all your feelings away. For fans of friendship and love and crushes and everything good and wholesome and fun in this world. Songs to listen to: Literally all of them, but especially “Pool Boyz,” “Scene Sick,” and “Bite Back.” Diet Cig, Alex and Noah (plus Anna and Karli), you are so loved.

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Alvvays with Jay Som @ First Ave 11/02/17

Another late one, woo! Ms. Hannah, Got Any Tunes’s Alvvays expert, shared a notebook dump of observations and below are some photos I shot – Enjoy!

  • Alvvays is the type of band you’d bring home to your mom– cordial and collected with a sprinkling of comedy.
  • If you can believe it, “Archie, Marry Me” actually sounds better when it’s accompanied by a singing audience.
  • With Molly in her jazzy janitor suit and Kerri in her teacher-y plaid trousers, the two ladies tag-teamed the Grade School Faculty™ look. If you know me, you know I ate it right up.
  • The lights really corresponded with the mood of every song, especially “Party Police” (a personal fave). Emotion is so raw in color.
  • Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties during their set, but watching how they worked through them and supported each other was extra heartwarming.
  • Definitely saw Monica Laplante as I was waiting in line! Always fun to get an idea about what inspires our very own local scene here in Minneapolis.
  • What was that cover they closed with?! Such a fun song for them. Tried and failed to find it on the Internet though. Wondering if it came from friends of theirs?
  • Jay Som gave us a beautiful introduction to an overall fantastic night. I walked in right as they started “I Think You’re Alright.” Check them out if you haven’t!

 

 

Jay Som

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Alvvays

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Q-Pup’s new album Peaceful Night

This album is unconventional to say the least, but it has all the best qualities of experimental electronic music and bedroom-folk, with a good dose of some heavy distortion. Eighteen short songs spanning a mere 34 minutes may seem like it would be an easy listen, but Q-Pup’s new album Peaceful Night demands the listener’s attention and their emotion.

As I was giving this album a first listen, I noticed five different versions of the same song, scattered throughout, “Peaceful Night.” The whole No. 1-5 variety deal is evocative of Arcade Fire – but when I say different, I mean very different. If it weren’t for the lyrics, you wouldn’t know they were all versions of the same song.

Slower, more intentional songs like “Holiday, Holiday” had me seeing sad, indie movie montages of friends hanging out and loving each other and just being friends. But then “Quiet” jumps in immediately after, disrupting those head-scenes, but not necessarily in a bad way, just in a way that lets you know it’s time to move on.

The album is available tomorrow on Subaquatic Records and is absolutely worth taking the time to listen to intentionally. Whether you need to focus in, or tune out for a little while, let Peaceful Night be the soundtrack.

The Shackletons and friends at Triple Rock Social Club 08/23/17

Colin Campbell and The Shackletons headlined quite the party at Triple Rock Wednesday night and all the kids came out for it. With support from friends’ bands Ping Pong Intermission, Last Import, and Ahem, the audience was dancing all night long. Below are some photos and a notebook dump!? It’s been awhile since I made a list on here!

Random Notebook Dump

  • They covered Fidlar and I wish Margie was here
  • The teens have gone wild! (Sink or Swim // Ping Pong Intermission)
  • Last Import’s drummer is badass
  • I know their lead singer from somewhere (Hey grrrl, we stood next to each other at Father John Misty 🙂
  • I like girl bands the most always
  • indie rock riot grrrl
  • “They sound like Spongebob together!” – Jack
  • the safari vest man is lip syncing but doesn’t actually know the lyrics….
  • Such characters, they have this stage presence thing down pat
  • I met a new Sophia tonight, she has witch shoes and likes to dance. Miss my own Sophie
  • Safari vest man still has no idea whats going on, asked me how much my camera cost, and is pissed about everyone moshing…?
  • majestic headbanger knows all the lyrics
  • music video for “Minnesota Girls” ! 

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Terror Pigeon! @ Eagles 34 8/3/17

I hate to be over dramatic and say that this was the best show ever, but it might actually have been the best thing ever. There was something so cathartic about dancing to some overly optimistic dance jams after having a long and emotional week. Here are some photos and a little video surprise featuring my favorite song off Melodrama from Terror Pigeon! last week.

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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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