Via driving rhythms, colorful solos, and vocal harmony, Minneapolis-based roots act Little Riddles delivers complex stories with simple melodies. Drawing from the frameworks of the bluegrass, early rock ‘n’ roll, and country western traditions, Little Riddles creates its own sound, blending important aspects of these genres into a 21st century aesthetic.
Having released their self-titled, debut EP in April of 2016, the band is following the momentum of their successful introduction, playing in the Twin Cities region and greater Midwest. Little Riddles returned to the studio in Winter 2017 to record at Minneapolis mainstay The Terrarium and will be releasing the resulting material Summer 2017.
Summer’s coming early this year if Al Church has his way. His new solo LP, Next Summer, is a suite of pop confections conjuring up carefree days of his youth. His summers were filled with driving around with the windows rolled down bumping Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and R.E.M.’s Monster. “My album is like [Monster], but with saxophone and keyboards instead of Peter Buck’s guitar tremolo,” the Duluth-raised multi-instrumentalist exclaims when the Athens alt-rock legends’ “Strange Currencies” hits the speakers. He’s with City Pages at Mackenzie Pub on a frigid night in downtown Minneapolis.
ERIK BERRY & RYAN YOUNG (of TRAMPLED BY TURTLES)
You may have seen them in Trampled by Turtles, but now you get to experience these 2 fine musicians on a whole new dimension! Ryan and Erik will be playing original compositions, covers and traditional old time, bluegrass and Irish music. Of course, you can expect there will be some jamming and improvising too! Come see what great talent these guys carry and get to know them on a more personal level.