Tag Archives: Minnesota music

The Chambermaids, Down In The Berries

Twin Cities post-punk quartet The Chambermaids sounds like it might have stepped out of a time machine, freshly arrived from 1983. Its new seven-song Down In The Berries fits comfortably back-to-back with spiky, art-punk classics like Wire’s Chairs Missing or Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, and though it’s undeniable that the band’s hardly breaking new ground by bringing that sound into 2009, it’s …

Michael Yonkers With The Blind Shake, Cold Town / Soft Zodiac

St. Paul power trio The Blind Shake was already a pretty good band before it hooked up with Michael Yonkers, the psychedelic guitarist whose long-buried 1968 debut, Microminiature Love, was finally released in 2003 by Sub Pop, giving him a long overdue cult renaissance. The combination of Yonkers and his much younger brethren has been electrifying, both on last year’s Carbohydrates …

Pictures Of Then, And The Wicked Sea

Given the remarkably polished pop songcraft that Pictures Of Then exhibit on And The Wicked Sea—not to mention that the songs from their 2007 debut, Crushed By Lights, got airplay on MTV’s The Real World and The Hills—it’s hard to imagine that the next CD-release show the Minneapolis quartet plays will be at a venue as small as the Uptown Bar; here’s a band …

Tarlton, Papa Theses

Brett Bullion first made his name as a drummer and electronica artist with the Minneapolis trio Tiki Obmar, which took a sampler-heavy twist on the genre of guitar-based indie rock. Since the mid-2000s, Bullion has gone solo under the new moniker Tarlton. He now creates ethereally beautiful instrumental soundscapes that live somewhere between ambient electronica …

Dosh: Wolves And Wishes

Even in this age, songwriters relying too heavily on samplers and electronic effects run the risk of creating cold, soulless, boring music that lacks a human touch. That emphatically isn’t a problem for Minneapolis musician Martin Dosh, whose deft touch at manipulating sound seems to grow more organic and appealing with each record, including his …