The sold out show filled First Avenue with hundreds of fans eager to celebrate 89.3 The Current’s 12th birthday on Friday evening.
With Soundset 2016 coming up this week, we here at Minnesota Connected thought it might be a timely moment to remember some of the highlights to the conversations we had last year.
Local Minneapolis band Tiny Deaths’ dark and dreamy pop sound with catchy beats that’ll compel you to dance has not gone unnoticed. Several of their songs, including their single “Ocean”, have played on 89.3 The Current and Radio K, and with the recent release of their second EP Night Flowers, Tiny Deaths will be playing a show in Duluth at The Current’s Launch Party with Babes in Toyland, Astronautalis, and more.
But, Tiny Deaths isn’t another electro-pop group without substance. Lead singer and songwriter Claire de Lune injects thoughtful and deeply emotional lyrics to the mix, giving a slice of her life and smoothly guiding you along with her ethereal vocals.
I had a chance to sit down with Claire over coffee and talk about her journey as an artist, what her struggles are, and where she is taking Tiny Deaths in the future.
One of Minnesota’s most iconic recording artists passed away on Thursday. Prince (full name Prince Rogers Nelson) died at the age of 57. The exact cause of death is not known at this time.
Playing a stripped down set, Gentry Schweiger and Colson Wabshaw of Boy on a Bike appeared on The Garage stage like two men born to be rock stars. Their unique and eclectic style showed as the white projector screen lifted. In the middle of the stage sat a thirteen-inch RCA television playing static with their band name in hot pink on the screen. Gentry, the lead singer and guitarist with long blonde hair, a black leather jacket, a black shirt, black skin-tight jeans, and white shoes, invited the audience to pull in a little closer to the stage.
Opposite him, Colson sat on a stool, his long brown hair and beard resembling a man of Biblical proportions come to jam on his electric guitar. On the outset, it’s hard to guess what style of music they’d play, but that’s the allure. They mix alternative rock, pop, synth, and dance all into one, bringing together their own sound, style, and voice.
Award season is here and what makes them more exciting is when one of Minnesota’s own is up for multiple Grammy’s. Allan Kingdom (real name Allan Kyariga), 21, isn’t the first from Minnesota who has been up for a music nomination and he certainly won’t be the last.
For those who don’t know, Kingdom is an up and coming rap artist who is also connected to the Electronic R&B group Stand4rd. His other aliases he goes by are “Peanut Butter Prince” and “The Northern Gentleman.”
Alyssa Wunderlich is not your typical music instructor. Yes, she does give lessons in both piano and violin. So, what makes her different from typical music instructors? The 25-year-old also builds her own violins — she also repairs stringed instruments, specifically of the violin family. It isn’t as common these days for someone to get a handmade violin since people find it easier to buy one that was made at a factory or they use a violin that was passed down from generation to generation in their family. It was a lifelong journey that led Alyssa to this career path. It all started at the age of three when she saw someone playing the violin.
“I remembered being just absolutely captivated at how it sounded and how it looked as the person played it,” Alyssa said.
Twin Cities metal guitarist Justin Lowe was found dead last Tuesday after a fall from the Arcola High Bridge near Arcola, Minnesota and Somerset, Wisconsin.
Lowe, 32, had gone missing a few days prior, and his car was found soon after. His disappearance proceeded a large Facebook post in late June detailing why he was leaving After the Burial, the band the Vadnais Heights native co-founded. The post alleged that nearly all people in his life were in on a conspiracy against him.
The artist who got Soundset 2015’s Fifth Element stage thumping early was a new face from a familiar place: SET THE SMITH. After wrapping up his performance he gave us a sneak peak at his new extended play Places which features a song of the same name (available in music video form too).
Minnesota Connected then got a chance to converse with SET THE SMITH, the man himself:
Twin Cities native John Rosensteel just released his self-titled John Rosensteel last month, and has received a lot of local support for the finished product.
“It’s a fun album, and I’ve been encouraged by all the positive feedback thus far,” John Rosensteel says of his debut album. “My goal was to write well-rounded songs; I think it resonates well with people not only musically, but because the lyrics are very relatable as well… And hopefully they’re fun songs to listen to.”