Cults perform live in The Current studio

Cults perform their song "Go Outside" live in studio at 89.3 The Current (MPR Video / Nate Ryan, Lauren Knapp)
Cults perform live in The Current studios
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Cults can owe much of their success to the internet. Two and a half years ago, the duo of Brian Oblivion (whose real name is Ryan Mattos) and Madeline Follin met at a rock show in San Diego, began dating, and a week later decided to move to New York and start film school at New York University.

They began playing music together, and what emerged was a mixture of throwback '60s pop and ethereal, lo-fi recordings. Those songs were posted on BandCamp, and it wasn't long until they were garnering attention from record labels and new fans.

Brian Oblivion of Cults
Brian Oblivion of Cults (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)

Songs performed: "You Know What I Mean," "Abducted" and "Go Outside."

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