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Listen – Niki Becker – Blink


Niki Becker continues to enlighten us with her new single “Blink” which will be featured on her upcoming album to be released in 2017. “Blink” explores the real “reality” of social media, and urges its audience to “open your eyes”. Take a listen and see why Becker has been one of Rift’s favorites artists for quite a while.

See Becker and her band at the 331 Club (where there is never a cover) every Tuesday in May:

https://www.facebook.com/events/253808675027372/

http://www.nikibecker.com/

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Review – All Natural Disaster – Pelicant

Rebecca Marx

Local band Pelicant released their record All Natural Disaster last year, and celebrated its release at the Minneapolis Eagles #34 Club this last weekend. The band never fails to display a tongue in cheek humor about their album, proclaiming that it was “25 million years in the making”, and referring to their release show in heady terms, calling it the:  “the Facebook event of the year.” Continue reading

Review – Dark Impulse EP – Drunken Mau

By Ann Treacy, Photo Credit Laurie Ingram

Dark Impulse is the debut EP for Drunken Mau (Michael Duren), a Minnesota native. It’s ambient techno synth. It’s the kind of music that wears just as well after midnight when the party is grooving as it does the morning after. Continue reading

Listen – Long Line of Fools – Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir

By Rebecca Marx, Photo Credit Crystal Leipa

Do you hear the name Leslie Rich and find yourself recalling the local Celtic band Hounds of Finn? Me too, but actually Rich has been doing something quite different for a while now with his band Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir. The band, who in addition to Leslie Rich are Jason Wahl (bass/vocals) and Pete Boulger (drums/percussion) have helped the singer songwriter to shed some of his Irish born roots to embrace a more rock Americana vibe. In fact, the stand out song “Long Line of Fools” from the band’s EP Kidder’s Son may be Minnesota’s answer to the sultry alt Americana rock sounds of Chris Isaak. Don’t take my word for it though, check it out:
Look for Kidder’s Son vinyl to be released on April 22nd, which will be quite a special day to mark on your calendar as it is Record Store Day!

Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir Kidder’s Son Vinyl Release Show: The Acadia 4/22

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

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