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2014 Stories by Rob van Alstyne

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  • Ben Kweller

    published July 9, 2014

    All child prodigies grow up and most burn out, with only the lucky few maturing into capable adult talents that make it over the long haul. Ben... More >>

  • The Both

    published May 7, 2014

    Combine refined folk-pop artist Aimee Mann and jagged-edge power-pop practitioner Ted Leo and the Both emerges. United by their rapier lyrical wit... More >>

  • Cloud Nothings

    published April 30, 2014

    Raucous Ohio-reared indie-rockers Cloud Nothings started off their existence proffering short bursts of sunny power pop on 2010's Turning... More >>

  • Angel Olsen

    published April 30, 2014

    Chicago's Angel Olsen is smoldering on the strength of her just-released third studio album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Clearly a... More >>

  • S. Carey

    published April 23, 2014

    Inevitably linked with Bon Iver bandmate and musical mentor Justin Vernon in press coverage of his music, Sean Carey has managed to build up his... More >>

  • Big Lake album release

    published April 23, 2014

    Talented Twin Cities rockers Big Lake end a too lengthy absence from Twin Cities stages tonight to celebrate the release of their self-titled... More >>

  • Tyte Jeff EP release

    published April 16, 2014

    It's been six long years since Twin Cities post-punk band the Plastic Constellations' joyful swan song, We Appreciate You. Now ex-TPC cog... More >>


    S. Carey: I read John Muir's writing to escape touring

    published Apr 22, 2014

    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... More >>

  • Colin Stetson

    published April 16, 2014

    Bass saxophone innovator Colin Stetson has performed as a touring member of indie-rock icons Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, and favors a similarly... More >>

  • Twenty One Pilots

    published April 16, 2014

    The hyperactive glitch-pop of Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots fits our current mash-up cultural moment perfectly. Their major-label debut album,... More >>

  • Speedy Ortiz

    published April 9, 2014

    Speedy Ortiz is the rare post-punk band that's both musically ferocious and lyrically complex. The Massachusetts quartet began when former NYC... More >>

  • Dean Wareham

    published April 9, 2014

    Dean Wareham's been a college-rock icon for nearly three decades. With slow-core progenitors Galaxy 500 in the twilight of the Reagan era and... More >>

  • London Grammar

    published April 2, 2014

    British indie-pop trio London Grammar's debut album, If You Wait, is simultaneously soulful and synthetic. While lead singer Hannah Reid's... More >>

  • Dum Dum Girls

    published March 26, 2014

    Always sounding a bit like a garage-rock take on Blondie's chic-pop stylings, Dum Dum Girls clean up and shine brightly on their third album,... More >>

  • Future Islands

    published March 26, 2014

    Heartbroken synth-pop heroes Future Islands' fourth album, Singles, is a document worthy of their high-drama live presence. Single "Seasons... More >>

  • Real Estate

    published March 26, 2014

    Formerly the breeziest blog-buzz band in all the land, New Jersey quintet Real Estate used to pen carefree songs with titles like "Let's Rock the... More >>

  • Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes

    published March 19, 2014

    Proffering smoothly polished piano pop of the highest order, Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes' sophomore album, Kid Tiger, blends the... More >>

  • Max Gremillion steps into the spotlight

    published March 26, 2014

    Max Gremillion has been active in bands for his entire adult life, but remained purposely slow in making his own music heard. With sporadic... More >>

  • Augustines

    published March 12, 2014

    Augustines swing for the indie-rock fences throughout their self-titled sophomore album. Up-tempo rockers like "Nothing to Lose But Your Head" are... More >>

  • Andrew Belle

    published March 5, 2014

    Sounding a bit like Coldplay covering M83, Chicagoan Andrew Belle's sophomore album, Black Bear, ditches the wholesome acoustic sound of... More >>

  • Bob Mould: "25 Years of Workbook"

    published February 26, 2014

    Last June, beloved ex-local icon Bob Mould blasted ear drums at Rock the Garden, mixing in choice selections from his thunderous back catalog with... More >>

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks

    published February 26, 2014

    Sounding a bit like the boisterous younger brothers of fellow Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks favor pretty much one tempo... More >>

  • Hospitality

    published February 5, 2014

    On their lithe and intelligent 2012 debut, NYC trio Hospitality set cleverly worded post-collegiate angst atop jangly '90s-redolent college-rock.... More >>

  • Gloss

    published January 22, 2014

    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... More >>

  • Anonymous Choir is pitch perfect

    published January 22, 2014

    In the wrong hands, cover songs are often overly deferential to the almost-always superior source material. Nona Marie Invie's all-covers... More >>

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