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2013 Stories by Rob van Alstyne

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  • Run Westy Run

    published December 25, 2013

    The mid-'80s were a great time for ragged-but-right rock in the Twin Cities. It's easy to remember Soul Asylum and the Replacements, but the... More >>

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    Dosh: The only person I'm trying to impress is me

    published Dec 18, 2013

    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 wit... More >>

  • Actual Wolf

    published December 4, 2013

    Eric Pollard is a glass-half-full kind of guy. When he claims that almost going to prison was actually "an entirely positive experience for me,"... More >>

  • The Cloax Ox

    published November 27, 2013

    It all started with a wedding gig. When Andrew Broder's best friend tied the knot in 2008, it brought together all former members of cryptic... More >>

  • John Legend

    published November 13, 2013

    Neo soul icon John Legend's latest album, Love in the Future, reflects the five-year wait since his last outing. It's too long (16 tracks),... More >>

  • Diarrhea Planet

    published November 13, 2013

    Nashville's Diarrhea Planet own the worst name in all of indie rock, but make up for it with their riff-tastic new album, I'm Rich Beyond Your... More >>

  • Minor Alps

    published November 13, 2013

    Minor Alps is the official moniker chosen for the unexpected pairing of Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws and solo songstress Juliana Hatfield. Their... More >>

  • Aaron & the Sea EP Release

    published November 13, 2013

    Local specialists in shadowy synth-pop Aaron & the Sea return for an EP release after delighting hipsters in Reykjavik at this year’s... More >>

  • Gloss transform their image

    published November 20, 2013

    Growing up together in Eagan as indie-music-loving outsiders, three of Gloss's founding members were far from the toast of the... More >>

  • Albert Hammond Jr.

    published November 13, 2013

    Shorn of his famous curly locks and a debilitating heroin habit, newly clean and sober Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. made a punchy return.... More >>

  • Little Green Cars

    published October 16, 2013

    A sort of Mumford & Sons in miniature, youthful Irish quintet Little Green Cars also favor group sing-alongs, forceful strumming, and sea-shanty... More >>

  • Actual Wolf's Eric Pollard captures his creative spark

    published October 23, 2013

    Eric Pollard is a glass-half-full kind of guy. When he claims that almost going to prison was actually "an entirely positive experience for... More >>

  • Islands

    published October 9, 2013

    An indie-pop shape-shifter of the highest order, Nick Thorburn has cut a collaborative path through multiple groups over the past decade. But the... More >>

  • Bill Callahan

    published October 9, 2013

    First as Smog, and lately under his real name, Bill Callahan has crafted powerful and precise songs over the course of 18 albums and two dozen... More >>

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    Picked to Click 2013: #6 (tie). Ginkgo

    published Oct 15, 2013

    #6 (tie). Ginkgo: 44 points A Picked to Click honoree who's already "clicked" plenty, Ginkgo's Josh Grier rocked the likes of Letterman and Coachella with his blog-buzzed rock band Tapes 'n' Tapes du... More >>

  • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

    published October 2, 2013

    Sarah Lee Guthrie is the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, and Johnny Irion is the grandnephew of author John Steinbeck, and their songwriting... More >>

  • Gold Panda

    published October 2, 2013

    Ideally suited to soundtrack über-hip coffeehouses, the work of Berlin-based Gold Panda recalls forebears like DJ Shadow in his propensity to... More >>

  • The Chambermaids' dynamic sibling duo returns

    published October 9, 2013

    Growing up together in rural Illinois during the '90s, Neil and Martha Weir were surrounded by bucolic beauty. They lived on an apple orchard,... More >>

  • Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

    published September 25, 2013

    Sporting a warm Americana sound indebted to Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams, Drew Holcomb's Good Light floats by so smoothly that its... More >>

  • The Cloak Ox emerge from the Fog

    published October 2, 2013

    It all started with a wedding gig. When Andrew Broder's best friend tied the knot in 2008, it brought together all former members of cryptic... More >>

  • Har Mar Superstar

    published September 18, 2013

    Alternately praised and dismissed for his decade-long run as an ironic, '80s-loving R&B lothario, Minnesota native and current NYC resident Sean... More >>

  • Iron & Wine

    published September 18, 2013

    Recovering acoustic crooner Sam Beam's muse keeps expanding further on his fifth album as Iron & Wine, Ghost on Ghost. Ditching the dark... More >>

  • Empire of the Sun

    published September 11, 2013

    Gooey and glitzy as all get out, Australian synth-pop wonders Empire of the Sun swing for the fences throughout their overstuffed but irresistible... More >>

  • Porcelain Raft

    published September 11, 2013

    Electro-pop project Porcelain Raft first made blogosphere waves just a year ago with an MGMT-ish debut album, Strange Weekend. On their... More >>

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    Ginkgo's Josh Grier: My favorite records talk about deep and sad things in funny ways

    published Sep 18, 2013

    In some ways Josh Grier still doesn't know what hit him when Tapes 'n Tapes unexpectedly blew up seven years ago. On the strength of their ragged-but-right debut album, The Loon, they surged from li... More >>

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