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.

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

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  • Brian Oblivion of Cults
    Brian Oblivion of Cults (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Gabriel Rodriguez of Cults
    Gabriel Rodriguez of Cults (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Madeline Follin
    Madeline Follin of the band Cults (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)