|Nice Beaches at the Fine Line Music Café July 6th 2013|
|Jelly Project at the Cabooze July 13th 2013|
|Step Rockets playing at Lake Harriet Band Shell August 13, 2013|
|La Madness at the Cabooze July 13th 2013|
http://www.vita.mn/best-of/215711651.html Along with recounting the best in fashion, drink, and dining, they presented the musicians of the area with a few categories to compete for position as the best of the twin cities in 2013. In the music category there were lists from the best record stores in town, the best rappers, and the sexiest band, to the best bands to see live. There was a list for everyone's interests. Although some of the lists compiled for the music section did not make it into the print version, most of the lists are available online to represent the interests of the community at the time. However, I do have a bone to pick with their decision to omit the list of best bands to see live in the cities. Many of the bands who were on that list, along with their supporters, resent the indignity they received in response to their hard work and determination. Many in the local music scene were dismayed, but we collectively shrugged off the inconsistency in coverage to disrespectful attitudes within the magazine toward the artists they do not specifically endorse that managed to sweep the top ranks. It was a disrespectfully saddening slight to the hard working original music writing underdogs of the local music scene in the Twin Cities. As one person put it, they were not surprised since Vita.mn is less a reputably impartial observer and more a tabloid magazine interested in pop culture at the expense of the camaraderie that holds the network of starving musicians in the area together. So it is what it is. The musicians will continue to strive for exposure in lieu of the expected recognition from vita.mn.
Enormous Beast CD release party at the 7th Street entry with Danger Ron and the Spins. Conveniently located down-town near the river, it was just a short distance to walk to see the fireworks display by Saint Anthony Main. After the display, the bands celebrated our country's independence with an intense show.
|Via at The Pourhouse July 19th, 2013|
|Poverty Hash at Palmer's Bar for Palmfest 2013|
La Madness to join them for the filming of the music video for their song "Got Me Wrong". However, I will be devoting a whole post to the shoot after their Video release party this next weekend, so as not to spoil the surprise. Suffice to say at this point that I had a fantastic time. It was a true honor to be invited to see the process.
Sasha Mercedes, released her new album "Captives" at the Three Crows Café and coffee house. Although I missed the show, I would definitely suggest taking a listen to her soulful Americana music. She has a beautifully relaxing voice.
10th annual Pizza Luce Block Party on August 10th, 2013. This year the Pizza Luce block party was held next to their down-town location, rather than the usual Uptown location, in honor of the down-town location's 20th year serving some of the best artisanal pizza in the Twin Cities. Along with the nationally renowned bands After the Burial and Motion City Soundtrack closing out the night to enormous crowds, the festival also featured some of the Twin Cities' best lesser known musicians including: Pennyroyal, who sport a few employees of the Luce pizza chain; one of the most impressive local rap artists, Sean Anonymous; and the up and coming band BloodnStuff, who's song "Fire Out At The Sea" was getting regular play on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current this last winter. Overall the block party was a huge success. Through the support of The Current and the local news publication Cities Pages, the crowds thronged to the streets to see one of the summer's most anticipated events.
|After The Burial|
|Motion City Soundtrack|
Pizza Luce Block party however, there were a couple other shows that followed. I dropped by briefly to the Kitty Cat Club in dinky-town where San Dimas, Enormous Beast, Space Cats, and Nice Beaches played. However, I had a purposeful destination right by the Pizza Luce Down-town location I soon headed to. At the Fine Line Music Cafe there was another Itmusic.us promoted show with the bands Hog Nosed Basterds, July Fighter, Tender Meat, and The Style Biters. That night Itmusic.us had broadcast their intent to hold a dance competition during The Style Biters set for a $50 target gift-card. They are an intense video game music inspired electronica/rap/band hybrid that breaks down the barriers between nerddom, pop culture, and local music. As an avid dancer to local music I made it a point to be there for the dance competition, and I succeeded in winning the prize! Overall it was a fantastically fun day packed to the brim with great local music.
|The Style Biters at the Fine Line Music Café|
Later that weekend on Sunday August 11th I went to Cause Spirits and Soundbar to see Danger Ron and the Spins play. They have recently released a new EP called Petition for Peace that showcases the newest music they have been performing over the summer. They are great people and really fun to see perform live. The other bands were new to me and included a local band called Chalk and a really fun band from Iowa called The Olympics.
Later in August I missed the 23rd art opening at Cause Spirits and Soundbar on August 16th because I was headed out to my first ever music festival in south-west Minnesota at the Minnesota River Valley Sanctuary and Retreat. The festival was put on by Seahorse Productions and it was called the Valhalla Music festival. This was a small festival by comparison to others that happen nationwide, but it was a very fun intimate reasonably sized gathering of local musicians and their fans. From bands I knew like Dead Larry, MeMeMe, and Thee Evil Creatures, to all the ones I didn't, it was a very entertaining weekend filled with debauchery and relaxation.
Late August brought the Minnesota State Fair as always. I did not make it out to the fair this year, but I should note that my friends in the A Capella group Six Appeal were lucky enough to perform there on August 22.
|Enormous Beast at Cause Spirts and Soundbar August 23rd|
|Iguano at Cause Spirits and Soundbar August 23rd 2013|
On August 25th Step Rockets had their "Kisser" single release party at Cause Spirits and Soundbar in Minneapolis. As I have already stated earlier, this song has literally made people across the globe from Los Angeles, California to Sidney, Australia take notice of this up and coming group of local musicians. With over 130,000 plays on soundcloud by today's date, this song rightfully serves as the song of the summer for me. The other bands to accompany the Step Rockets that night were Magikatz and the Joseph Walker Band with DJ Kasper filling in the music in between sets.
The next day Monday August 26th was the Aitas CD release party at the 7th Street entry with Space Monster, Headband Jam, and Kind Country. I sadly missed that show. None the less, they are a fun band to see and they deserve acknowledgement for their achievement.
Moto-I near Cause Spirits and Soundbar in the Lyn-Lake area of Uptown to see him perform at their open mic night. To my surprise the level of talent represented at their open mic night is much higher than most. Additionally, they constrain each performer to only two songs each and keep the pace moving so that upwards of 30 people can be fit into one night! With such a large draw of musicians the crowd is quite impressive and the music delivers great entertainment. Along with the tasty Sake they brew in house, and local beer from The Herkemer next door, I was so impressed by the musical ordeal that I soon made it my goal to write and perform two songs there myself. I decided to give myself two weeks to prepare two songs and on the 17th of September I succeeded in fulfilling that goal. Early in the evening September 13th I played two original songs for my first ever live performance of originally written music!
|Hot Damn! at Foodstock 2013|
|La Madness at Foodstock 2013|
|Nice Beaches at Foodstock 2013|
|Alicia Rea at Foodstock 2013|
|Simon Calder and friends performing at the Kitty Cat Klub September 8th|
On September 6th I once again traveled to the Nomad World Pub to see Danger Ron and the Spins, Snowbank, Enormous Beast, and Thee Evil Creatures for an Itmusic.us Residency. To my surprise the bar was packed already before the show started because the Nomad World Pub happens to be the gathering place for the niche of people interested in watching the USA football (Soccer) team games. So in spite of the patrons being somewhat distracted by their engagement in the game, the musicians were able to bring their music to a totally different crowd from the usual local music show goers.
|Danger Ron and the Spins|
|Thee Evil Creatures|
|Moving Parts at Memory Lanes September 14th, 2013|
|Junebug at Memory Lanes September 14th, 2013|
|Turn Back Now at the Nomad World Pub for their 5 year Aniversary|
|Breakfast Anytime at the Nomad World Pub|
Thee Evil Creatures' song Dead Soldiers. The make-up artists made us all into zombies and we had a terrific time pretending to be the living dead while enjoying some beer and socializing. The final result turned out great. I am so happy I got the chance to be involved in their music video.
The final weekend of the summer came upon us suddenly. The warmth of the summer continued unabated in the days, but we finally received a bit of long awaited rain to refresh the flora before the fall season hit. The evenings began to show the signs of the waning daylight. The temperatures began to drop much more dramatically overnight into the 50's, foretelling the coming autumn color change.
|Calabooze playing in the backyard of a House Party|
|Fuzzy Machete at Club Underground|
|Bad Bad Hats at the 331 club September 21st, 2013|
|Step Rockets at the 331 Club September 21st, 2013|