Mystery Palace is the local electronic project from the former 12 Rods member, Ryan Olcott, jazz bassist James Buckley and drummer Joey Van Phillips. Olcott, who also fills his time producing bands in the Twin Cities, produced their latest effort, Nervio.
You'd think someone who's married to a food critic is more likely to be at restaurants rather than rock shows, but that isn't the case for Bombay Sweets' Nathan Grumdahl. Married to local food writer, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, he enjoys his duck confit just as much as his garage-surf-rock band. The former guitarist for Selby Tigers and Monarques, Grumdahl started the Bombay Sweets as a one- man-band and added His Mischief drummer Jeff Brown to the mix shortly after.
Husband and wife duo Nathan and Mandy Tensen-Woolery, formerly of the local band Fitzgerald, have shifted their sound from quirky folk to electronic, syth-dance in their latest project Ghost in the Water. Their new self-released record, Shooting Stars and Battle Scars draws on heavy influences from the 80's.
Thurston Moore is an indie-rock icon who founded and continues to play in the legendary Sonic Youth, and has also dabbled in solo work, racked up an impressive list of collaborations in the experimental classical and noise scenes, founded a record label and still found time to raise a family with Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon. 89.3 The Current was thrilled to welcome Thurston Moore to MPR's UBS Forum for a special solo session.
Beneath its pleasant exterior, the music of Joey Ryan & the Inks is a study in contrasts: sunny California vibes with earthy Midwestern roots; hummable melodies with a tinge of melancholy. The sound was established on the band's 2009 debut, "Well, Here We Are Then," and the group continues in the same vein on their brand new sophomore effort, "Dennis Lane", which was once again recorded and produced by the group in their home studio.
This group of Texans wereat the forefront of the alt-country movement in the 90's. For the past 20 years, this innovative four-piece has showed us their genre defying skills. As they effortlessly combine reckless punk with catchy pop hooks that are sure to not exclude the down home twang their known and loved for. Some have described their music as a stylistic imagination of The Buzzcocks from Dallas, TX as opposed to England.
In the vein of Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Alexis Krauss (of Sleigh Bells) John Maus is the latest in a recent slew of teachers that rock. The Austin, MN native teaches Political Philosophy and Theory at the University of Hawaii while working towards a PhD in Political Science.
Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard have a relationship that lies beyond band mates. Forming in 2001 immediately after their marriage, the two found themselves in a sea of differences years later and decided to call it quits after their fourth album in 2008. Fortunately for their dedicated indie rock and folk fans the two discovered a whirlwind of beauty and remorse as they define their relationship not only as musicians but as friends after a tumultuous marriage.
Jolie Holland may have once been a founding member of the Vancouver group the Be Good Tanyas, but she was born in Texas. It's those American roots, perhaps, that color her solo career, which is built upon a rich tapestry of different Americana styles, from bluegrass to blues to folk.