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Night Moves

March 14 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
Night Moves took the reverse Radiohead route in getting its full-length debut, Colored Emotions, a proper release. The Minneapolis trio streamed its self-produced album for free on Bandcamp, eventually drawing notice from the peeps at Domino Records, who released a “refurbished” version of the album last fall.   

Mod Sun

Feb. 19 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
Mod Sun works a feel-good genre angle he’s dubbed Hippy Hop that runs on sunshine, positive vibrations and righteous herb. His infectious positivity and zest for living makes him Hip Hop’s Andrew WK.     

Mice Parade

Jan. 31 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 29, 2013
It’s been nearly a decade and a half since New York City percussionist Adam Pierce anagrammed his name in order to christen his new solo project Mice Parade.   

Swear and Shake

Jan. 9 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Swear and Shake coalesced just a couple of years ago, but from the sound of its debut full-length Maple Ridge, you’d swear (and shake) that this electric Folk marvel has been percolating over the course of a decade or more with a half dozen previous releases under their belts.   

Lagwagon

Oct. 6 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Joey Cape might be among Punk’s busiest purveyors, but his longest standing and best-known band is obviously Lagwagon, one of the original Punk/Pop groups that emerged from the early ’90s California scene.   

Worst Nights, Best Music

Mixtapes stockpile their favorite songs to create Even on the Worst Nights

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mixtapes guitarist/vocalist Ryan Rockwell and his bandmates developed an interesting songwriting regimen after the release of their first recording. Whenever Rockwell and Maura Weaver, Mixtapes’ guitarist/vocalist and Rockwell’s songwriting partner, would hit on a particularly resonant tune, they would relegate it to a slush pile of material for an album they intended to serve as their full-length debut. Mixtapes’ song bank proved to be an effective strategy.   

Little Dragon with Red Hot Chili Peppers

June 6 • U.S. Bank Arena

0 Comments · Monday, June 4, 2012
In July 2011, Esquire writer Andy Langer argued that Little Dragon's sound bears great resemblance to Prince's.But even with those similarities, Little Dragon is far too capable and confident to ape another artist without showing its own personality. They are careful both when they go fiery and when they chill out, and with an extra dash of the right je nais se quoi, their sound has legit potential to be big on the right radio stations.   

Colin Hay

May 17 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, May 11, 2012
 Australian Pop/Rock band Men At Work hit me — and many other music fans around the world — at just the right time. I was 12 when the single “Who Can It Be Now?” exploded onto the charts. I was intrigued by the group’s quirkiness, but it was singer/guitarist Colin Hay’s voice that initially drew me in.  

Rebelution

March 28 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, March 26, 2012
 Rebelution’s infectious blend of Reggae and Pop underscores their socially conscious lyrics, creating a positive vibration that has proven to be engaging and wildly popular.   

People Who Need People

Jack’s Mannequin’s mere existence might be its greatest triumph

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
In an interview last year, frontman Andrew McMahon of Pop Rock band Jack’s Mannequin said the band’s mission was simply to get “people fired up for some new music.” That new music arrived in early October with People and Things, the third album from the group led by the piano-playing vocalist McMahon.   

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