Record review: Two Gallants

51bofohwn-l_ss500_Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have long been trying for a sound that’s both earthy and artsy, Bright Eyes folk rock delivered with an aw-shucks squint. So far — on two full-lengths and a pair of EPs — the results have been underwhelming.
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Track review: Immaculate Machine, “Dear Confessor”

immaculatemachineimmacunv7Chances are, when you heard the New Pornographers were replacing Neko Case on their tour with Carl Newman’s niece, you said to yourself, “Someone’s taking Neko’s place? And Carl Newman has a niece old enough to sing for the New Pornographers!?”
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Interview: Brother Ali

aliBrother Ali burst onto the Minneapolis hip-hop scene in 2000, when he released his cassette-only demo Rites Of Passage. He soon signed to Twin Cities label Rhymesayers Entertainment, which has released his two acclaimed records, Shadows On The Sun and the Champion EP. It’s been three long years since hip-hop fans heard from Brother Ali, and during that time, Ali divorced, became homeless, and fought for custody of his son. He addresses these and other topics on The Undisputed Truth, produced by Ant from the Minneapolis rap duo Atmosphere.
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Record review: Mouthful of Bees

87138bacd7a0dfc940e66110_aa240_lMinneapolis-based Mouthful of Bees, with its barbed guitar lines and swarms of distortion, is a rare musical species: a band whose name perfectly fits its music.
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