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Summer 2015 Wrap Up

As sad as I am to see it go, summer is packing its bags. While it went extremely fast for me, I squeezed a lot in. I listened to tons of great music, attended several amazing concerts, and got to write for the Current, something I’d never even considered to be a possibility before this…

Song of the Day: “Fight Song” by Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats, a three-piece band out of the Twin Cities, had me hooked back in 2013 with their first EP, It Hurts. I can’t help but feel like dancing when I hear Kerry Alexander’s light and playful voice layered over acoustic guitars, clapping, and even kazoos. Their song “Super America,” about the gas station chain, remains a…

Review: GNDWIRE Launch Party Featuring Bones & Beeker, John Mark Nelson and Gramma’s Boyfriend

Last night I attended an exclusive bash for Minnesota’s newest label, GNDWIRE Records (pronounced “Ground Wire”). Created by Mark Gehring and Dave Simonett (of Trampled By Turtles fame), GNDWIRE’s first release will be John Mark Nelson’s forthcoming album, set to drop in September. The launch party was held at Icehouse in Minneapolis, which was packed shortly after doors…

Band of the Day: The Mammoth Catches Fire

A recent submission introduced me to The Mammoth Catches Fire, a young quartet based here in Minneapolis. They released their self-titled debut EP in April and have since been featured on the Local Current Blog and in Rift Magazine. Modest Mouse is listed as a musical influence on their Facebook page, and it shows in their…

Band of the Day: Treading North

Next on Suburban Hipster’s Catch Up Series: Treading North. Last month this little-known 7-member band released their debut EP at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. They describe themselves as “dreamfunk,” incorporating guitar lines that remind me of Red Hot Chili Peppers in their prime. They delve into experimental rock, jazz and even some blues, and while…

2014 In(die) Review

With 2014 coming to a close tonight, I figured I should probably get with the end-of-year program. Today I’ll reflect on 2014, which was a great year for me. I started my college career at an amazing university, attended the wedding of my mother and stepfather, got a bunch of ear piercings, and of course listened to tons…