Rock the Garden headliners My Morning Jacket are one of the last decade's greatest indie rock acts, and we were thrilled to have them perform. The band brushed aside the bad weather and delivered a blistering set of their trademark psychedelic indie-Americana.
After forming in 2002 and discarding more metal sounding names, members of Zebulon Pike found that the name of the early American explorer was the best fit for their blend of instrumental prog-doom metal. Since then Zebulon Pike have won numerous awards including City Pages "Best New Band of 2004," Best Hard Rock Group" and "Best Hard Rock Recording" at the 2004 Minnesota Music Awards.
Bob Mould, co-founder of the seminal Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, as well as the hit-making alt rock group Sugar, has written an autobiography. It's called "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody." He read from the new book, talked with Mary Lucia and played a few songs in the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio.
Taking their name from a short story written by Russian author, Tatyana Tolstaya, the Austin, Texas folk-rock band could literally be called a garage band - they recorded their debut album in a garage before being signed to Jagjaguwar records where they released four more critically-acclaimed records.
The Roe Family Singers have long been a mainstay at the 331 Club playing every Monday night, minus two, for the past six years. Formed by the husband and wife duo of Quillan and Kim Roe in 2004, now nine members strong the Roe Family Singers are fine tuned folk organization including a musical saw and jug player.
"Soaring vocals" seems to be how Seattle's The Head and the Heart tend to be characterized in many of its music reviews. Writers use those words to describe the multiple part harmonies anchored in solid songwriting that are all over their debut, self-titled release on Sub Pop Records.
David Bazan, who led Pedro the Lion and dabbled in side projects like The Headphones and Undertow Orchestra, began his solo career in 2009 when he released "Curse Your Branches," which touched on personal themes like faith and family. With his latest album "Strange Negotiations," Bazan has changed his songwriting focus from personal struggles to larger, societal struggles including themes of the current political and social climate.
The Sam Roberts band, the five-person Canadian indie-rock band led by their namesake singer-songwriter, recently released their fourth full-length album, Collider. The album offers more of the band's trademark catchy, classic-rock-infused style, but features surprising and interesting guest contributions from members of Chicago rockers Califone and Afrobeat revivalists Antibalas.