Category Archives: Articles/Interviews

Interview – The Gated Community’s Sumanth Gopinath

A year or two ago, I received a package at the coffee shop I co-own with my family that included a CD and some press information. It was from someone named Sumanth Gopinath, and the cover art was vague so I wasn’t sure of the style of music. Continue reading

Article – Record Store Day 2017 – First Annual Roll & Spin with Farmstead Bike Shop

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 22: Record Store Day on April 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Credit: © Tony Nelson

On April 22nd, the tenth annual, and somewhat polarizing Record Store Day was celebrated. Here at home, nearly 1400 stores participated, with thousands more worldwide. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Interview – Robat

Photo by Kassidy Renee Paige

By Rich Horton

You have to like surprises, and when I got a first listen of Robat, I was pleasantly blown away. I usually shy away from things tagged as emo, but this band is wonderful. Complex layers of guitar with intertwined vocals that just grab your soul a bit.

I had to get something up about this band, I want people to give them a listen. It will be well worth your time.

RIFT: How did you come up with the name of the band?

ROBAT:  Robat has been playing together for a few years now but before we called ourselves Robat we went by “Prints”. It was mostly a joke, but considering we hail from Minneapolis and we were tired of explaining the joke to people, we decided to come up with something a bit more self-explanatory. Don’t know that we totally pulled that off with Robat, which we came up with while sitting at a patio. We were talking about robots and bat flew overhead. We have a natural gift for puns and word play. We came up with “Robat” and it just kind of stuck.

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Article – Keep Your Eye On The Prize!

By Rich Horton

First of all, let me start off by saying I can safely say that I am disheartened by the recent political climate. I won’t go into too much detail about my politics, but let me just say I feel we are going backward as a country if the powers that be continue on their awkward path. Continue reading