Author Archives: Rebecca Marx

Article – To Fathom Lane’s Michael Ferrier, Inspiration Comes Full Circle

Photo Credit Sara Montour

In the last year, it has become chillingly obvious with the loss of David Bowie, Prince, and most recently Chuck Berry, that our heroes don’t live forever. Blessed are we that their music does live on, and while we mourn their passing we have to celebrate those among us that carry on that legacy, inspiring us with their music and enriching our lives.

For every great musician, there is one that came before them as a sort of catalyst that helped to ignite the whole music making fire. One local musician who is unafraid to enthuse about the talents of those who have inspired him on his musical journey is Michael Ferrier of Fathom Lane. Continue reading

Event Review – Maha’s Local Music Showcase #2 – Maharaja’s 3/18/17

By Emma Andrews

On Saturday, March 18th in honor of his late daughter, Maharaja’s hosted an event featuring local musicians and artists, his hope is to continue this tradition of showcasing artists, music and otherwise for his daughter who hosted the event at the West 7th Maharajas location. Continue reading

Interview – Nick Leet – Pasadena ’68 & Dakota Shakedown

 

By Rebecca Marx, Photo Credit Karyn Hjelden

Sometimes a social media post is so thought provoking, or utterly honest that it sticks with you and doesn’t let go. That was my reaction when I read a Facebook post last year by local musician Nick Leet of Dakota Shakedown and Pasadena ’68. I even messaged him about it. I won’t share the original post to protect the innocent, but it stripped down WHY he will continue to make music even when it seems like the odds are all stacked against it. Even in an era when an artist as successful as Mason Jennings is questioning its feasibility. Continue reading

Live Review – The Lowest Pair – The Dakota Jazz Club 3/2/17

By Rebecca Marx, Photo Credit Joseph Daniel Robert O’Leary

The Lowest Pair are underrated stars in the “Old Timey” Bluegrass music genre, though they seem humbled by the knowledge that they have successfully earned that moniker. Their sound is authentically backwoods Americana Roots with a modern twist, as though you could as easily stream their music right now as revisit them in a past life, or find them in Alan Lomax’s massive archive of folk music. Continue reading

Interview – Cobey Rouse – ComeToUnity Artists & Action Concert Series

Rebecca Marx

There is a resistance happening in the hearts and minds of many in our country, and right here at home Cobey Rouse, the frontman for the local band batterboy has created ComeToUnityArtists & Action Concert Series to build a community for the purpose of making positive change. The first concert is happening on February 26th at The Nomad World Pub to support the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). To learn more about ComeToUnity, Rift spoke to Rouse about it. Continue reading

Review – Maria and the Coins – Wide-Eyed and Restless EP

Emma Andrews

Maria and the Coins self proclaimed mini-album” EP–Wide-Eyed and Restless, which consists of three singles, debuted November 5th, 2016. This EP, although short, gets to the point with what they are trying to convey and have their image hold up to, and they do it gracefully and with ease. Continue reading

Interview – WTF’s Warren Thomas Fenzi

Rebecca Marx, Artwork Warren Thomas Fenzi

Since my recent infatuation with WTF’s single “We Were Never Meant To Stay The Same” doesn’t seem to be waning in the least, I thought that it was time to have a conversation with WTF’s frontman Warren Thomas Fenzi. He clued me in on a few things, including how collaboration keeps him humble. Continue reading

Listen – Stone’s Throw Away – Michael Ray Pfeifer

Somehow our little Rift Magazine hit a nerve with the 100 Days of Local Music promotion! So much so that there has been an influx of songs that were submitted beyond the 100. Keep sending us your music, we are listening with local love.

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Event Review – Savage Aural Hotbed – Public Functionary February 10, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN FEBRUARY 10: Savage Aural Hotbed perform at Public Functionary on February 10, 2017 in Minneapolis. © Tony Nelson

Rebecca Marx Photo/Video Credit Tony Nelson

Children do it, they grab any sort of utensil-like object and bang it, succumbing to the primal urge to make noise, to lay claim to a rhythm that exists within them somewhere. We have the same response when we satisfy the instinctual need to groove as we find ourselves nodding our heads or tapping our feet to a song. Musicians will tell you that nothing feels better than finding that beat or groove that is just right… Continue reading

Live Review – Gambler’s Daughter EP Release Show – Black Dog Cafe 1/27/17

By Desney Cody

“Gambler’s Daughter takes her very own experiences, thoughts and perspectives on life and the world around her and is able to create poetry, then adds musical melodies to it. She doesn’t write “typical” songs, as in a verse, bridge, chorus, another verse and a chorus that is repeated a couple more times. Her songs are in essence over-sized poems.” Continue reading