Nicknamed the Mayor of Saint Paul, Martin Devaney has been a staple of the Twin Cities music scene for years. He started with local hip-hop group Heiruspecs before returning to his roots as a jazz saxophonist with Roma di Luna.
The five-piece, Joey Ryan and the Inks, have been winning fans over with their energetic stage presence since they formed in 2009. Many of the members knew each other through other musical dealings around town and playing in various bands together.
If you haven't heard of Canada's Hollerado yet, you will soon. Having already been hand-picked by Jack White to open for The Dead Weather as well as opening for esteemed acts like Andrew WK and Malajube, they also scored big with a viral internet video for their song "Americanarama" depicting 24 actors stacked in a grid dancing out specific patterns, done in all one take with just $4,000. It goes to show you that this Canadian outfit is a resourceful bunch, ready to expand their creativity to a wider audience.
This Twin Cities staple has been making emotionally-fused experimental rock for years, packing venues with capacity crowds entranced by live painting, dozens of instruments and encouragement to sit on the venue floor and become fully absorbed with the sound surrounding them.