Music Video Premiere – Chronicle 656 – Street Hassle

Ahead of a new album (their in the studio now), local garage rockers Street Hassle have released a brand new video for their song “Chronicle 656”, produced by their very own Tony Nelson. This is the second video that photographer Nelson has directed, his first video being for the Ukulele charmer Katy Vernon for her song “Pearl”. Check out the video, and check out Street Hassle at the Driftwood Char Bar on Friday, June 24th with That’s What You Get. Event link:


Review & Slideshow – Rock the garden 2016 – Walker Art Center

By Rebecca Marx Photo Credit Tony Nelson

A cloudless sky crowned with a bright ball of sun, alongside the mighty Mississippi River was the gorgeous setting for the Rock the Garden music festival over the weekend. Continue reading

Event Review – Jaedyn James & the Hunger CD Release at The Cabooze 6/11


By Ann Treacy

Raw is the name of the latest CD by Jaedyn James & the Hunger. I might have gone with Raw With Sequins” based on the CD release party on the Cabooze Saturday night – not just because James lit up the stage with an amazing red sparkly dress but because that bawdy, naughty sequins funk attitude seems to come straight from the heart. Continue reading

Review – Astronomique Self Titled EP – Astronomique


By Desney Cody
“Past reality, outside of time – we find what is real” are the lyrics that circle your head as you listen to Astronomique’s self titled EP – Astronomique. The EP explores the depth of life and love by showing it through music and art in a ‘60s psychedelic manner, but with an ‘80s love pop song twist. Continue reading

Video Premiere – “Reactor” – Niki Becker

One year ago today, Niki Becker released her album Reactor, which appeared on Rift Magazine’s top releases of 2015. Its anniversary has the artist releasing the video of the title track. Jesse Allen Draeger filmed the video that features Becker’s bandmates Colleen Borgendale and Sara Horishnyk. Becker did the editing of the video herself. The video is a fun filled romp through the St.Anthony Main/Stone Arch Bridge area of Minneapolis. Enjoy!

Listen to Reactor:

See Niki Becker & her full band on Friday June 17th at the

Review – Land Speed Record at the Walker: a discombobulated look at snapshots in time

Land Speed Record

By Ann Treacy Photo Chris Larson

If my 16 year old self knew that one day I’d be talking to Grant Hart about an Irish band covering Diane (my favorite Hüsker Dü song!) or Paradise Lost in his last album, my 16 year old self would have walked with a much better swagger. Continue reading

Interview – Wingman finds balance and success with debut LP Honcho, in an “unbelievably collaborative” musical partnership


By Kelsey Simpkins

For a band comprised of two guys with a highly compatible musical and personal chemistry, one could think the name Wingman was chosen with great purpose. Continue reading

Interview – Mary Bue – Rock n Roll With a Namaste Twist

mary2By Rebecca Marx, Photo Credit Jason Kokal/JLK Images

To say that Mary Bue is a mover and a shaker is a very literal statement, since the 2015 release of her grunge punk masterpiece Holy Bones, the musician’s career has been speeding along at a heady pace. This spring the Duluth based Bue pulled up stakes, making the move south to Minneapolis. Rift caught up with her to find out just how the transition is coming along. Continue reading

Live Review – Cantus’ 2016 Covers: A Pop Concert

 CantusBy Kelsey Simpkins,  Photo Credit Curtis Johnson

Covers: A Pop Concert, is an annual tradition for nine very talented male singers who comprise the Twin Cities ensemble of Cantus – but there is nothing traditional about it. Continue reading