I’m glad I’m at this phase right now because there was a time when I was thinking “You know I’m not going to put this record out.”~Michael Ferrier
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:
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.” [Read more…] about Review – All Natural Disaster – Pelicant
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. [Read more…] about Review – Dark Impulse EP – Drunken Mau
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!