Review – Omen – Bad

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By Clara Tsac

Twin Cities artist Omen packs a heavy metal punch in new album Bad A fusion of hip-hop and rock, Omen spits smooth existentialist bravado over distorted guitar lines and punk drums. Produced by DJ Name and Wesley Opus with additional backup vocals by Wesley Opus, the instrumentation leans towards the Midwestern punk-rap sensibility of Doomtree.  It’s difficult to say whether the album is a rap album steeped in metal, or a heavy metal album with no singing. Continue Reading →

Listen – The Gated Community – Georgia

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Video – 12 Rods Documentary – Kickstarter

Review – Hotelecaster – The Farther Fewer EP

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By Derek Lynch

Farther Fewer is the debut release of the foursome of Twin Cities music veterans that make up Hotelecaster. Founded by singer and guitarist Kevin Scott and a set of demo tapes dating back to 2012, the current lineup also includes Charlie Ward of Dear Data, Marc Zazzaro of Grammar, and Stephen Lindquist of We Are the Willows. The resulting sound is one that resides comfortably in the Twin Cities indie rock revival alongside WATW, Hippo Campus, et al. Continue Reading →

Listen – HOT H – Minneapolis, Minnesnowta

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Video – Camp Dark – Bad News

Bad News from Camp Dark on Vimeo.

Listen – Vision The Kid & Tru – Can’t Take It Anymore ft. Justyn Dow

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Review – Murder Shoes – Self Titled EP

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By Kelsey Simpkins

On Friday, May 1, Land Ski Records welcomes its fourth band into the fold with a self-titled EP by Murder Shoes. This group of five is comprised of: Tess Weinberg (vocals, keyboard), Derek Van Gieson (guitar), Chris White (guitar, vocals), Elliot Manthey (drums), and Tim Heinlein (bass). Following their Cash On Fire EP, Murder Shoes partnered with Knol Tate this time around to record, mix, and master a self-titled release. Join them on Sunday, May 3, for the release show at The Red Stag Supper Club at 10pm. Continue Reading →

Video – Scott Wooldridge – If You Don’t Keep Running You Fall Behind

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Review – Filthy Animals – Music House

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By Clara Tsac

St. Paul indie rock band Filthy Animals must’ve had a hell of a time making their newest album, Music House. From beginning to end, the energy is infectiously positive without being cloying, bringing it back to the roots of rock band music- a couple friends jamming out in a garage. A foot-tapping swirl of funky jam sessions and bluesy guitar riffs, the album ranges from old-school rock n’ roll throw backs to groovy delta rhythms. Continue Reading →