Rob Van Alstyne

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  • 1 year ago | Q&A

    Inevitably linked with Bon Iver bandmate and musical mentor Justin Vernon in any press coverage of his music, Sean Carey's managed to build up his own formidable catalog of ethereal folk-pop when he's not busy touring the world as part of the fame...

  • 1 year ago | Essays

    Max Gremillion has been active in bands for his entire adult life, but remained purposely slow in making his own music heard. With sporadic gigs with a rotating band and a rarely updated Bandcamp page, his alluring alt-country work as Better Bones...

  • 2 years ago | Essays

    In the wrong hands, cover songs are often overly deferential to the almost-always superior source material. Nona Marie Invie's all-covers female vocal group, Anonymous Choir, sidesteps such issues entirely. They don't so much cover songs as wholly...

  • 2 years ago | Essays

    Andy Ulseth loves folk music, but much of the current Mumford-powered folk-pop explosion doesn't interest him. "Most popular folk music nowadays is frustrating to me because it feels like it has never evolved," claims the 27-year-old. "People are ...

  • 2 years ago | Q&A

    Martin Dosh wears many musical hats. A former percussion teacher, the 41-year-old local has spent the majority of the past decade touring the globe behind the kit for Andrew Bird and collaborating with Andrew Broder -- first in art-rock act Fog, n...

  • 2 years ago | Essays

    Growing up together in Eagan as indie-music-loving outsiders, three of Gloss's founding members were far from the toast of the town. "We didn't really have very many other friends growing up," admits singer/guitarist Jeff Cornell sheepishly of him...

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