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    ON THE RADAR – Fires of Denmark Album Release Show With Dreamspook and Mottle

    Fires of Denmark is a dreamsynth/synthpop solo band out of Rochester, MN. The music sparks the interest of many because of its electrifying songs and creative live performance.  Album release shows are my favorite kind. The night is filled with electricity. It’s an achievement to celebrate and the band wants to play their best. Fires […] More

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    Caught on a nostalgia trip with The Midnight in Minneapolis

    My monday night started on a train. I was heading to see the Atlanta-based synthwave duo, The Midnight, live at First Avenue. The Midnight have raised a cult following exclusively through their online presence. My friends and I have been fans since 2014, after we heard their music on a random Reddit post.  It was […] More

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    Song-Telling Tuesday: Haley and the Poetry of a Patriot

    “Anyone can do ambient sounds, but it’s all about the feelings. Anybody can throw paint on a huge canvas and call it Jackson Pollock, but there’s a reason why things like that happen.” ~Haley Songwriting Since her first full album release in 2003, Haley McCallum has continued to evolve as a prominent songwriter in Minnesota. […] More

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    Yam Haus Trade Synths for Acoustic Guitars with Surprising Results

    There’s a lot of well-deserved hype surrounding Hudson’s Yam Haus.   Their melodic, dreamy pop has been streamed nearly a million times on Spotify, they impressed at the 2018 Best New Bands showcase at First Ave, and the fresh synth-pop of their debut album Stargazer legitimized the hype.  Their most recent release, The Stargazer Sessions, takes a completely different approach. The layers of synths and big pop sound of Stargazer is replaced with acoustic guitars and sparse […] More

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    John Maus electrifies The Cedar with strange energy, synth beats

    Seeing John Maus perform live is comparable to witnessing a self-inflicted exorcism. Unassuming in his button-down shirt and tennis shoes, Minnesota’s own Maus created a disquieting stage presence worth seeing Thursday night at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. From the very beginning of his set, Maus jumps, jackknifes and shakes his fists at a crowd that […] More

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    Porches Bring Their Dark, Synth-Pop Vibes To The Entry

    7th Street Entry is one of the best places to see a show in Minneapolis. Small and dark, it’s got that warm, cozy feeling you get when putting on an old, worn-in pair of leather boots. That smallness and familiarity are what makes it so appealing. It’s a grungy basement that happens to have an awesome […] More