Strange Names performs in The Current studios

by David Campbell, Jon Schober

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    Sep 7, 2012 Strange Names performs in The Current studios

Blue Ivy, Sage Moonblood, Moon Unit and Dweezil are strange names. Comparatively, the moniker of Minneapolis lo-fi duo Strange Names is relatively normal. Luckily, their unique brand of music is anything but.

Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez met while studying at the University of Minnesota and began collaborating on a dream-pop project that eventually became Strange Names. The result is a lo-fi reverb sound that mixes subtle harmonies with waves of crunchy electronic grooves that blend elements of rock and dance.

The band's debut EP was featured on The Local Show's most anticipated fall releases list — "the musical chemistry between Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez is immediately apparent on the layered electro-jams that fill their first studio EP." The duo talked with Local Current blogger, Andrea Swensson, in August and have returned to The Current studios to chat with David Campbell and play a few songs.

Songs performed: "Strange Revelation," "Luxury Child," "Potential Wife" and "Young"

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  • Strange Names performs in The Current studios
    Strange Names performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Strange Names performs in The Current studios
    Strange Names performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Strange Names performs in The Current studios
    Strange Names performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Strange Names performs in The Current studios
    Strange Names performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Strange Names performs in The Current studios
    Strange Names performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Strange Names performs in The Current studios
    Strange Names performs in The Current studios (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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