Author Archives: Becca Marx

Review – Loss Molecules – Magnetic Ghost

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Rebecca Marx

Magnetic Ghost is the captivating solo work of Andrew Larson. Larson’s sophomore release Loss Molecules is primed to shine a focused beam on the shoegaze, psychedelia prowess that has been dismissed in the Twin Cities music community for too long. Continue reading

Review – Unemployment Blues – The Person & The People

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There’s something to be said for slow and steady wins the race. But there is also success in taking detours. The Person & The People are now subscribers of both with their latest release, Unemployment Blues. Continue reading

Live Video – The Blind Shake – Hymie’s Vintage Records 11/12/16

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Rebecca Marx Photo/Video Credit Tony Nelson

If you have a yearning to see a local three piece that rocks the North Cal surf punk sound–think The Dead Kennedy’s or perhaps the offspring of Devo/Fugazi, check out this live video of The Blind Shake taken at Hymie’s Vintage Records. Continue reading

Op Ed & Slideshow – The Mad Ripple Hootenanny 10 Year Anniversary – The Cedar Cultural Center 11/10/16

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Rebecca Marx Photo Credit David Tanner

Jim Walsh’s Mad Ripple Hootenanny celebrated its 10 year anniversary at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on November 10th, 2016. The host of the Hoot–Jim Walsh, was there to facilitate the post-election feelings and frustrations that the players carried burdensome in their hearts. In fact, many of the people inside of the Cedar had walked along with anti-Trump protestors–Gary Louris of the Jayhawks amongst them–as they journeyed to the show. Continue reading

Interview – Ike Reilly – Thankful in Minneapolis

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Rebecca Marx, Photo Credit Crackerfarm Photography

For over a decade The Ike Reilly Assassination has been making a pre-Thanksgiving stop right here in the Twin Cities. This year is no different as The Ike Reilly Assassination will be putting on a show like no other in First Avenue’s Mainroom the night before the holiday. I called up Ike Reilly to chat about the show, Bob Dylan, and a host of other timely topics, including a few questions about his wonderfully “rabid” fans and what he may, or may not owe them. Continue reading

Interview – Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris – Keeping the Home Fires Burning

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By Rebecca Marx

When I interviewed Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris early in the Spring of 2016, I knew immediately that there would be a follow up of some sort. The “secrets” that they divulged about the US radio charts, and just how they were navigating the music industry as independent artists really resonated with people who were trying to do it DIY style. For those same folks, check out my update on what the two have been up to, and for a rock n roll read/expose; I recommend the book by Semisonic drummer Jacob Slichter: So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer’s Life. Continue reading

Review – Annie and the Bang Bang – Save Yourself

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Rebecca Marx

If you are looking for an album that satisfies the need for a strong artistic voice then look no further, Annie and the Bang Bang’s Save Yourself delivers. A vibrantly alive follow up to their 2013 self titled debut, Save Yourself will keep you riveted until the closing chords of the sweeping title track fade awayAn ominous snapshot into what breaking up, and moving on can look like. A voyeur’s dream. Continue reading

Review – To Live and Die in the Midwest – Upscale Swill

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Upscale Swill – To Live and Die in the Midwest

By Brandon Henry

Upscale Swill’s full length album To Live and Die in the Midwest is a refreshing listening experience. It’s an album that tells a story through ten beautifully crafted folk-pop songs that bounce from sun-shiny love songs to heart-wrenching ballads of two souls drifting apart. Continue reading

Interview – j.Bell of j.Bell & the Lazy Susan Band – “Genre Resistant Rock”

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Rebecca Marx. Photo/Video Credit Jason Narverud

j.Bell & the Lazy Susan Band are a large band with a BIG sound. On the cusp of releasing their fifth record Underneath a Minnesota Moon, they have decided to throw away all labels. In essence they would like to be known for their brand of “Genre Resistant Rock”. Continue reading