This Friday August the 11th Rebel, Rebel Rock For Pussy XIII will be held for the 13th year at First Avenue. [Read more…] about Event – Rebel, Rebel Rock For Pussy XIII – 8/11 First Avenue
Photos By Tony Nelson
The recent storm clouds of public dissent seem to have momentarily lifted as Rock The Garden was once more held at The Walker this year after a ten million dollar renovation of the Sculpture Garden and a delayed re-opening celebration. The delay happened due to the controversy surrounding the sculpture “Scaffold” by Sam Durant, a controversy that resulted in its subsequent removal. [Read more…] about Review – Rock The Garden 2017 – The Walker Art Center/Sculpture Garden
If the opening moments of POLIÇA’s latest album, United Crushers (2016), leave you feeling unsettled, then Channy Leaneagh has done her job. With her voice pitch-shifted down into an ominous, nearly unrecognizable register, she sings of a post-industrial urban landscape littered with broken promises, a land of poverty and violence that’s been rigged against us from the start.
With special guest Spank Rock. First Avenue Mainroom. Saturday, February 11, 2017. 8:00pm. $25.00. 18+.
Presented by: 89.3 The Current.
“It feels like a resurrection,” frontman/songwriter Ben Kyle says of Shadowlands, Romantica’s fourth album and first new release in seven years. Shadowlands will be released on Last Chance Records in the US and At The Helm Records in The UK on February 10th, 2017.
Indeed, the emotion-charged set marks a creative rebirth for the sprawling Minnesota-based ensemble, with Kyle’s evocative vocals and vivid songwriting illuminated by his bandmates’ organic instrumental rapport. Romantica’s lush, melodic songcraft has won considerable attention in the Americana/alt-country community, but the Irish-born Kyle’s unique perspective resists easy categorization. While the band’s personnel has shifted and evolved over the years, its unique musical vision has remained consistent.
Shadowlands’ 14 lovingly crafted originals encompass intense introspection and celebratory uplift, with such heartfelt tunes as “Let the Light Go Through You,” “Harder to Hear,” “Give Your Heart a Shelter,” “Here It Comes” and the heartfelt Gram Parsons tribute “Cecil Ingram Connor” reflecting on life’s trials and triumphs in a manner that echoes the album’s title.
Romantica’s extended hiatus—during which Kyle released a self-titled solo album as well as a collaborative effort with Carrie Rodriguez, pointedly titled We Still Love Our Country—was a product of the band’s disputes with its former label, as well as the realities of family commitments.”
“I have five children, and between us there’s about thirteen kids in the band,” Kyle says. “We needed those years to ground ourselves and our families, so now we’re coming back together with a little more life experience.”
Now, with Romantica back on track and ready to hit the road, Kyle is decidedly enthused about the band’s future.
“We’re not taking ourselves too seriously, and we’re doing it for the right reasons,” he says. “We’re doing it for the joy of it, and because we love it. We’re a community of friends who like being together, and it’s valuable and fruitful for us to continue making music. It’s not about being successful in the generic sense. It’s about bringing the gifts we’ve been given and giving them to each other and the world in the way that only we will.”
Online processing fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. All orders found over the posted ticket limit will be voided without notice. Saturday, February 4, 2017. 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Buy tickets, $22 to $45.
This program is made possible in part by the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund Created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.