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Review – Annie and the Bang Bang – Save Yourself


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

Interview – Porcupine – From LaCrosse To Beyond


Porcupine has been slowly inserting itself, into the local Twin Cities music scene. If you didn’t ask, you wouldn’t know that two of them Dave Reinders (Bass) and Casey Virock (Guitar and Vocals) live and work in LaCrosse, WI., While Ian Prince (Drums) lives in Northeast Minneapolis.

That means over 3 hours of commuting for practice and for playing shows. The band has also been keeping busy, releasing new albums both on CD and Vinyl.

Slightly reminiscent of those hook-laden rev 105 indie rock songs, Porcupine’s quick and quirky stop and start riffs and a rhythm section that holds it all together is putting together a sound that is all their own.

Their new album Carrier Wave was released just a few weeks ago, and the band traveled to Chicago to record at Electrical Audio Studios to record with the legendary  Steve Albini.

I had a chance to ask Casey Virock about the experience, and what the future holds for Porcupine. Continue reading

Listen – On The Curb – Ripper

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Ripper gets it rolling, with this hard rocking track “On The Curb”.  This is off their new A.D. EP from Lawnchair Records and Land Ski Records.

Release show where Cassette will be available – http://riftmagazine.com/event/ripper-tape-release-deleter-cd-release-murder-shoes-cherry-cola-dj-some-pulp/


Listen – Surgery at the Hands of Machines – The Haunting

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Cool track from Surgery at the Hands of Machines off their new album. Check it out here – https://surgeryatthehandsofmachines.bandcamp.com/album/bermuda-love-triangle



Listen – The Heavy Set – Chance To Change

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Check them out at the release party for their new album – http://riftmagazine.com/event/the-heavy-set-album-release/

Buy the album – https://theheavyset.bandcamp.com/album/everybodys-got-a-mountain

Video – Porcupine – In the Studio with Steve Albini

Porcupine is back with a new 6 song CD entitled Carrier Wave. The new songs, were mixed and engineered by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Always a steady, tight and really good indie rock band. Porcupine has pushed itself up into another level. Catch them live over the next few days as they play release shows in Duluth and Minneapolis. Then hit Winona, LaCrosse and Eau Claire next week. Order their new CD, it’s worth it. I assure you.

Buy the album here – http://www.shopriothouserecords.com/product/porcupine-carrier-wave-cd

Minneapolis CD Release Show – http://riftmagazine.com/event/porcupine-carrier-wave-release-show-w-valet-and-mike-gunther/