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Summer 2016 Preview

Summer is almost here, and with it will come releases from several of my all time favorite bands. Get excited in advance for albums from Band of Horses (!) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (!) among others. I’m kicking my summer off with Catfish and the Bottlemen’s newest release, The Ride. It was actually released this week,…

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: Hellkamp

Today’s featured group has a lot going on musically, and they make it work. Hellkamp’s sound is a fusion of Americana, blues, power pop, and rock behind 90’s-esque vocals. Of course, this is easier heard than described, so perhaps listen to their new single “Echoes” (embedded below) while you read this post. This German quartet released their first album in…

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…

Album of the week: Imagine Dragons’ Smoke + Mirrors

Yesterday Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons released their second album, Smoke + Mirrors. Sophomore records tend to be flops, especially when a band’s first album is so good. 2012’s Night Visions gave us such hits as “Demons,” “Radioactive” and “It’s Time.” As such, I was doubtful that the group would produce another killer album, let alone one that is perhaps better than the…