Communist Daughter, the Wisconsin-via-Minneapolis quintet formed a couple of years ago by the onetime frontman of Friends Like These, excel at the kind of mellow, catchy folk-rock that is a staple of the Twin Cities rock scene.
With his three stellar albums and excellent live shows, Jeremy Messersmith has endeared himself to The Current audience. We were thrilled to invite him to perform at our stage at the Minnesota State Fair.
Peter Wolf Crier have graced The Current studios and the MPR State Fair booth before, and their popularity among Twin Cities music fans is widespread and enduring, so it was a no-brainer for us to bring them back to our stage at the Fair for another stellar performance live on this week's Local Show with David Campbell.
When Dave Simonett, Ryan Young and Tim Saxhaug are not playing at break neck speeds in Trampled by Turtles they can be found with electric instruments in tow performing as Dead Man Winter. Joined by country blues guitarist Erik Koskinen, and drummer Noah Levy, Dead Man Winter takes the tempo down a few notches from Trampled by Turtles and adds a bit of country charm.
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.