Friday, April 24, 2015


Posted February 11, 2015in The Sound

Brave new world

It used to be that any kind of large-scale success in the music business was a bit like going through the minors to become a big league ball player. You toiled for a while, paying your dues in local circuits as an independent musician, then, if you were good enough,

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Posted February 04, 2015in The Sound

Business as usual

Minneapolis has a well-earned reputation for pumping out quality music. Legendary acts like Prince or the Replacements are the most obvious examples, but they’re hardly the end-all. Hit up a club any night of the week there, and you can see the direct descendants of acts like those performing throughout

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Posted January 28, 2015in The Sound

Powering through

Powerman 5000 isn’t what you think they are. For nearly a quarter century, the Boston-based act has been confounding fans and detractors alike, mainly by refusing to be easily categorized. But for Spider One, Powerman 5000′s charismatic frontman and the band’s only original member, that’s what it’s all about. “I’m

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Posted January 21, 2015in The Sound

Driven By Faith

Jeremy Camp has heard it all before. Christian music artists are not cool. Christian music is just the purview of home-schooled Jesus freaks. You cannot be successful — not really successful anyway — by singing Christian music. That is the reason why any Christian act that has attained a level

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Posted January 14, 2015in The Sound

Still Reeling

Reel Big Fish is one of those bands that you look at and think, “Man, have they really been at it for that long?” On one hand, it feels like the California ska act has always been there, doing their thing. On the other, it seems strange to actually say

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Posted January 07, 2015in The Sound

Roots music

Rusted Root has the feel of your hippie neighbor’s campfire drum circle that got a record deal and made it kind of big. They have a kind of amorphous lineup, the overall sound is jammy and loose, and the songs make it feel like the journey is more important than

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Posted December 31, 2014in The Sound

On the road again

Whitey Morgan just spent part of his Christmas week stranded in the Rockies with a broken down car. It was a minor set back, and one that the Flint, Michigan, native takes in stride. But after singing the praises of AAA, the conversation quickly switches to the state of pop

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Posted December 24, 2014in The Sound

The sound of one hand clapping

  We live in a fickle world. There are few acts that understand this in the way that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah do.   With the release of its 2005 self-titled debut, the Philadelphia based five-piece seemed poised as the next big thing. They were supposed to be the

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Posted December 17, 2014in The Sound

Steamrolling Christmas

Mannheim Streamroller is, perhaps more than any other pop sensation, the brainchild of one man. The whole concept started back in 1974 when Chip Davis — who was also busy at that time penning songs for novelty country act C.W. McCall — decided to create an outlet to showcase his

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Posted December 10, 2014in The Sound

Carrying a legacy

Iowa may be best known for corn and Slipknot, but make no mistake, Pieta Brown is one of our greatest exports. The 41-year-old Iowa City native spent much of her formative years living in Alabama, but her ties to the state are indelible. Her 2002 self-titled debut came out on

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