Actual Wolf, “Baby Please” First Baby Driver, now “Baby Please.” Like the Simon & Garfunkel song, this Actual Wolf single sounds like it could be from the turn of the ’70s, given its gorgeous vocal layers over unhurried electric guitars and tambourine. As the starring heisters prove in this Erik Nelson-directed “road story,” the song also makes […]
Web of Sunsets: Steel New Days Members of the acid-country trio Web of Sunsets come from many corners of the musical world, but the title track of their new Steel New Days EP centers on a droning jangle. Slowly but surely the song takes flight and before you know it, your feet are far from […]
Five years ago, producers at Vega Studios had the idea to collect several Twin Cities artists and ask them to cover Beatles songs, then donate proceeds to music and arts education. In the ears of many listeners, it was a very good idea. This year, Minnesotans have the pleasure of hearing 13 of the state’s […]
Various Artists, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis sound Before Prince broke to the top of the pop charts in the 80s, a group of progressive and like-minded artists were already heating up the Twin Cities music scene through the end of the 70s. Specializing in funk, sex, and technological advancement, these artists—from Andre Cymone to […]
January 11 marks the 2013 installment of First Avenue’s long-running Best New Bands showcase. The line-up this year is filled with bands that made a huge impression in the local community last year. Among the mix are high-school born acts Bomba De Luz and John Mark Nelson, Strange Names’ ’80s-influenced dance-pop, the dirty electro of Wiping Out Thousands, Picked To Click winners The Chalice, Eric Pollard’s new Bob Dylanesque affair Actual Wolf and the brand spankin’ new group Eleganza!, hopefully filling a void that rockers The Rockford Mules left after breaking up in the fall.