Your guide to 10 Thousand Sounds Festival

The Walkmen kick off City Pages' inaugural music festival in the heart of downtown Minneapolis

That creative partnership blossomed in fall of 2011, with the group starting to play live in March 2012, drawing from raw but riveting bedroom recordings — including the local radio sensation "Potential Wife" — and now a more-polished 7-inch recently recorded at White Iris Studios in Los Angeles. Joined in a live setting by Andre Borka and Fletcher Aleckson, the amiable twosome have several high-profile summer festival appearances planned, including a slot at our 10 Thousand Sounds Festival.

Later this year, Strange Names are finally on target to release a full-length album based upon extensive recent writing sessions. They hope to be done recording it by fall and then shop it to labels. "We're literally about to start recording it in about a week," Benzvi says. "And hopefully the studio vibe will help us work towards a cohesive piece of music. We're really excited to go from, like, A to Z, where we start at A and see how it carries us throughout the entire arc of the album." —Erik Thompson

Prissy Clerks

4:10–4:40 p.m.

The Walkmen
The Walkmen
The Chalice
The Chalice


General admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and includes admission to the 10 Thousand Sounds Afterparty at Mill City Nights. Both events are 21+.
Available for purchase at the Electric Fetus and online at

VIP: Pamperings include all-you-can-eat Pizza Luce artichoke dip, wings, lucky Luciano pasta salad, a variety of pizzas, and dessert. Plus, there’s exclusive seating in the shade, a viewing deck next to the stage, an exclusive bar with shorter lines, and private restrooms. It includes admission to the 10 Thousand Sounds Afterparty at Mill City Nights. Plus, you will be entered into a drawing to win a limited-edition festival poster designed by Burlesque of North America’s Mike Davis. Tickets are $45 in advance online only, and not available at the door.

Mill City Nights (111 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis) presents the official City Pages 10K Sounds Afterparty. DJ sets by Free Energy & BadNraD. 21+, free with 10 Thousand Sounds wristband or $5 at the door. 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

The buzz surrounding Prissy Clerks has grown so steadily that this spring the Minneapolis indie rockers even played a show at Shea Stadium. Granted, it wasn't the same Shea Stadium that the Beatles and the '86 Mets made famous — no, this was an underground club in Brooklyn that "borrows" its name wryly from the legendary but long-lamented ballpark. But still, it confirms that Prissy Clerks have grown a wide audience far beyond Minnesota.

The gig came about after lead singer Clara Salyer sent a copy of their sensational debut record, Bruise or Be Bruised, to Lio Kanine [founder of Brooklyn-based Kanine Records]. The album was released via boutique indie label Forged Artifacts last year, and was the first piece of vinyl of Total Babe vet Salyer's career. "It took me until after it was pressed, and I actually had a chance to hear it before it really sunk in," she says. "And I realized that people aren't being douchebags when they say, 'It sounds better on vinyl.' I mean, it really sounds better on vinyl — I would prefer to hear it that way every single time."

At the end of March, an unexpected e-mail back from Kanine arrived inviting Salyer, bassist Howard Hamilton III, guitarist Dylan Ritchie, drummer Tim Leick Jr., and accordian player/keyboardist Emily Lazear to open for a band the label was already planning to sign. But the show was in only a month. "Immediately, I thought, 'We have to find a way to do this,'" Salyer says. So the band crammed into Salyer's little station wagon with borrowed gear and set out. "In my head, I thought, 'We're going to drive to New York, and Lio Kanine is going to sign us, and it's going to be this total fairy tale.'"

The gig didn't turn into a signing, but it was cool in its own right — a bonding experience and a chance to put one over on their parents. "Both Dylan's dad and my dad thought that we were actually playing the Shea Stadium," she says. "I only corrected my dad last week — I let him think for so long that we really played Shea Stadium."

The band's summer agenda includes an appearance at Des Moines's 80/35 Festival, a Music & Movies series performance at Walker Art Center, and, of course, a place at our very own 10 Thousand Sounds Festival this weekend. Devotees can expect new material sprinkled into the set, and a quick 7-inch or an EP could result soon. Salyer notes, "Our new songs are possibly a little heavier." — Erik Thompson

Hosts: The Chalice

Could there be a better group than the Chalice to host 10 Thousand Sounds’ first go around? In short, no. These three ladies — with their brash, sassy, and fun-loving brand of hip hop, their brightly colored outfits, and their choreographed dance moves — have quickly set themselves apart as sheer entertainers. In fact, despite dropping their first single, “Push It,” just 12 months ago, the collective of Lizzo, Claire de Lune, and Sophia Eris have quickly left a mark, topping City Pages’ Picked to Click poll last fall. So it comes as no surprise that they’re ready to party.

“I see it as us having a party, and people being a part of our party,” says de Lune of the group’s upcoming hosting duties.

Indeed, the members of the Chalice are plenty busy these days. Lizzo, for one, has her debut solo record, a much buzzed-about collaboration with Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson called LIZZOBANGERS, due out this fall. De Lune, too, is working on her own solo record with Grant Cutler, and Eris and Lizzo have already put out tracks as a duo called Absynthe. Still, more Chalice songs are coming, and judging by their fierce performance at Soundset, the group is tighter as a live act than they were even a couple of months back.

So 10 Thousand Sounds is just another chance for them to do what they do best. “As long as there’s drinks,” Lizzo says, “we’ll be straight.” —Jeff Gage

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