Sister Species is a seven piece “orchestral pop” band hailing from Minneapolis that is fronted by sister’s Emily and Abby Kastrul. The band’s 2016 release Closer Now explores the sacred relationship between those that we share a bloodline with, including the working through of the inevitable issues that arise as we grow up so close to one another. Continue reading →
Multi instrumentalist and vocalist Chris Lynch is quite the enigma with his brand new record Dreams For Hannah. I have to admit that when I first learned of it, I was both intrigued and bewildered. This musician that I knew from rock bands was releasing what? Definitely an out of the box piece of elegance. I had to pick his brain to see just what makes him tick. Continue reading →
This Saturday cozy up at the charming Aster Cafe on St. Anthony Main and enjoy melodies from singer-songwriter Laura Nicholson. Special guest and singer-songwriter Faith Boblett will be starting off the night at 9PM. We would love if you could spread the word and invite your family and friends! Be sure to reserve a table ahead of time!
The Scott Wooldridge Trio is playing the Aster Cafe, 125 Main SE Street, Minneapolis, on Oct. 29, in a show that will be the official Twin Cities release of a vinyl single and the Trio’s new video.
The single, a joint release between Minneapolis resident Scott and his other project, the Milwaukee, Wis.-based Wooldridge Brothers, features one song from Scott’s 2015 solo album and one from the upcoming Wooldridge Brothers album. The single went out to many of the supporters of the WBs and Scott’s Kickstarter project, and will be for sale at the Aster show.
The new video is also of a song from the solo album, “Give It To The River,” and features Sloan Hamilton on mandolin and Josh Braun on lap steel guitar. The self-produced video was shot along Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. It is one of a series of videos that Scott has released in support of the solo album.
Also on the bill at Aster Cafe will be Kerns and Shelly, a Minneapolis duo featuring top-notch songwriting, off-beat subject matter, and high-energy harmonies.
Ben Cook-Feltz is a big part of the music scene in Minneapolis, a grinning face from the stage, but what do we really know about the oft hat-wearing, Cedar Falls, IA native? On the cusp of the release of Cook-Feltz’s record: She Doesn’t Believe Me, I wanted to learn more about the inner clockwork of the very visible musician. Jillian Rae and Doug Otto & The Getaways will joinBen Cook Feltz for the Record Release show at the 331 Club 10/23.Continue reading →
Join singer-songwriter John Louis as he debuts “Drift.” John will be backed by his full band including Mike “Razz” Russell (fiddle, mandolin, gypsy guitar); Jimmy Johnson (pedal steel); Brianna Lane (banjo, vocals); Dan Gaarder (bass); and Kris Schaefer (drums). Brianna Lane will open. Aster Café. Saturday, September 26. 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. $12.
John Louis is releasing his CD Drift at the Aster Cafe on 9/26, and I was privileged to possess an advanced copy to dig into. The CD’s title is well chosen, the work is elegantly paced, slow music if you will, and the piece as a whole is beautifully written. After several listens, I found myself struck by its direct lyrics, and especially obsessed by the track: “So Sorry”. I come by my adoration of music in relation to the lyrics first, a lifelong fan of poetry and prose. Continue reading →