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2012 Stories by Rob van Alstyne

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  • Electric Guest

    published July 18, 2012

    Danger Mouse superfans still holding their breath for a third Gnarls Barkley album — allegedly one's coming out later this year —... More >>

  • Saint Motel

    published July 18, 2012

    Buzzy Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel have mounted numerous visually intensive live shows across the country with titles like "Kaleidoscopic Mind... More >>

  • Youth Lagoon

    published July 11, 2012

    The home recording project of 22-year-old Idaho musician Trevor Powers, Youth Lagoon is aptly named. Sounding boyish but broken, the 10 tunes that... More >>

  • Hot Chip

    published July 11, 2012

    Previous albums from London electro-pop outfit Hot Chip always felt as neatly divided between get-on-the-floor rhythm-oriented outings (2006's... More >>

  • Lissie

    published July 4, 2012

    Confidently straddling the worlds of adult alternative pop music and West Coast country, Lissie made a big splash in 2010 with her debut album,... More >>

  • Tycho

    published July 4, 2012

    Occupying a compelling no man's land on the IDM scene, the elegant instrumental works of Tycho (a.k.a. San Francisco's Scott Hansen) are too... More >>

  • Still Flyin'

    published June 27, 2012

    Starting life in 2004 as a 15-person, reggae-oriented enterprise fronted by former Masters of the Hemisphere frontman Sean Rawls, Still Flyin'... More >>

  • Brendan Benson

    published June 27, 2012

    While still best known for his stint co-fronting the Raconteurs alongside Jack White, Brendan Benson led a rich musical life long before he ever... More >>

  • Bethany Larson & the Bee's Knees

    published June 27, 2012

    For most people, heartbreak leads only toward paralysis, marathon cushion-cradling crying sessions, or, at best, an uptick in unproductive... More >>

  • The Promise Ring

    published June 27, 2012

    Now that seemingly every early '90s alt-rock band with a modicum of talent has successfully mounted a cash-in reunion tour, the ever-accelerating... More >>

  • Destroyer

    published June 20, 2012

    Easily among the most compellingly eccentric wordsmiths operating in indie rock, Vancouver's Dan Bejar has trafficked in surreal imagery and... More >>

  • The Daredevil Christopher Wright CD-release show

    published June 20, 2012

    In the post-Bon Iver blogosphere it's understandable if Twin Citians are sick of the Eau Claire music scene 90 miles west stealing our thunder.... More >>

  • Greycoats stay theatrical but get catchy on new EP Helicline

    published June 27, 2012

    "When I was a little kid, my friends were listening to Guns N' Roses," says Jon Reine, frontman for ambitious local band Greycoats. "I... More >>

  • Peter Wolf Crier

    published June 13, 2012

    After a brief foray into trio-land, local-boys-made-good Peter Wolf Crier are once again operating as a daring duo, pared back down to founding... More >>

  • Wintersleep

    published June 6, 2012

    Easy to enjoy but hard to pin down, Canada's Wintersleep employ both intricate, prog-rock technical prowess and more anthemic moments sounding... More >>

  • Bethany Larson & the Bee's Knees

    published June 6, 2012

    For most people, heartbreak leads only toward paralysis, marathon cushion-cradling crying sessions, or, at best, an uptick in unproductive... More >>

  • Deer Tick

    published June 6, 2012

    Minnesota's always had a soft spot for scruffy alt-country and its various flannel-favoring permutations, so perhaps it was inevitable that the... More >>

  • Twin Cities quartet Demographics on dizzying debut If Ever

    published June 13, 2012

    Local quartet Demographics clearly have their eyes set on lofty heights with If Ever, their dizzyingly ambitious debut. They're the rare... More >>

  • Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles embrace maturity on Heat

    published June 6, 2012

    Most of Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles' musical growth has happened with the public eye already on them. The Twin Cities sextet surged... More >>

  • LaLiberte

    published May 16, 2012

    Firebrand frontwoman Maggie Morrison has kept a low profile since her beloved local synth-pop duo Lookbook called it a day two years ago. Well,... More >>

  • M. Ward

    published May 16, 2012

    After spending three years as a team player in super-groups both large (Monsters of Folk) and small (She & Him), M. Ward made a welcome return to... More >>

  • Spencer McGillicutty CD-release show

    published May 16, 2012

    Harkening back to a more innocent pop-music era, youthful quintet Spencer McGillicutty — they're a band, not a person — mine the... More >>

  • Spencer McGillicutty (the band) on writerly songwriting and school days
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    Spencer McGillicutty (the band) on writerly songwriting and school days

    published May 24, 2012

    Spencer McGillicutty -- they're a band, not a person -- mine the sounds of early-'60s AM gold on their third album, All the Happy People! Throughout, the local group swings effortlessly between cotto... More >>

  • Joe Pug

    published May 16, 2012

    With a lyrical world defined by a wry and restless romanticism, and a knack for homespun melodies on a par with the greats, Chicago's Joe Pug has... More >>

  • We Are Serenades

    published May 16, 2012

    Already firmly established as one of Sweden's most formidable indie-rock ambassadors thanks to his work in Shout Out Louds, Adam Olenius has now... More >>

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