For such a patently American locale, the Twin Cities have lacked a remarkable group that evokes the American rock canon in a classic manner for a long time. Enter Night Moves. Formed in 2009 by guitarist and vocalist John Pelant, bassist Micky Alfano and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema, Night Moves is a distinctly original concoction. Their honey-dipped sound seethes with a kind of down-home tenderness – and like the best glittering music – the arrangements are colossal in shape. Night Moves’ powerful debut Colored Emotions is this Minneapolis group’s first album.
Minneapolis’ Carroll (two R’s, two L’s) was born in late 2011 when frontman Brian Hurlow started composing melancholic pop songs that caught the ear of college classmate and drummer Charlie Rudoy. The lifelong musicians clicked and moved in together to a house on Carroll Avenue, coining the psychedelic, shoegazey-pop band’s name. After guitarist Max Kulicke and bassist Charles McClung came on board for the live show, Carroll started turning heads.
More than likely, Rupert Angeleyes is a local musical project that doesn’t mean anything to you (yet). But that’s no testament to a lack of musicianship, commitment or enterprise. Rather, it’s simply that creator Kyle Sobczak (of Sleeping in the Aviary) has maintained his solo project somewhat under-the-radar since his debut tape release If You Touch Me, I Will Love You in 2008. In fact, when it comes to promoting himself he’s the first to humorously admit it that he’s done “a piss poor job of it.” But on the heels of his strongest release to date, When the Sangria Dies, Sobczak leaves nearly inarguable evidence that his music deserves the positive attention that thus far has remained largely unsung. [City Pages, September 2012]
Siblings Neil and Martha Weir formed the band (under the name the Shut-Ins) in 2003 in Minneapolis with a drum machine. They cut ﬁve demos and began playing shows in the Twin Cities. Shortly thereafter, live drummer Colin Johnson (Vampire Hands/Skin Flowers) joined the band and the three-piece began playing under the name The Chambermaids, and subsequently recorded the tracks that would later become their self-titled debut full-length.