Little Fevers is a sweet and crunchy amalgamation of pop rock that has formed, much like a pearl, over many years around a tiny grain of sand. Little Fevers emerged in 2013, floating up out of the ocean to walk around on land. Comprised of two guys and two girls who, having operated as longtime collaborators, have honed their craft traveling the country together for several years. The group is a project curated by the eyes and ears of those that sit on the same little raft, letting the sun wash over them as they paddle and splash to their next port of call.
Graveyard Club recorded a collection of haunted, synth-laden songs in a 19th century mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall of 2013. These songs would comprise the group’s lo-fi debut EP Sleepwalk, released in January 2014. Founding members Matthew Schufman (vocals, synths) and Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar) began the project inspired by a unique list of shared interests: the classic short stories of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, the music of Ryan Gosling’s little-known band Dead Man’s Bones, and a fascination with both 50’s crooners and 80’s pop music.
Shooting Star and the Pop Tart, the most recent release from Twin Cities-based band King Colt, is an album about striving for success, love and happiness while being haunted by one’s demons and shortcomings. It was written and produced by Sean Keith (vocals, guitar), Dan Mariska (engineer, guitar) and Aaron McGuire (drums) over the course of three and a half months with a revolving cast of musicians and collaborators. Sonically, the music moves from indie rock to confessional singer-songwriter to punk rock. And, Keith’s lyrics and delivery attempt to bring to mind the work of Conor Oberst, Talking Heads and Randy Newman.