Best New Band (2013)


Minneapolis and St. Paul will never be lumped among the "cities that never sleep," so nocturnal jams for after-bar cocktails will always be essential. Here's where the late-night special that is Carroll's "Billionaire" comes in handy. In the song, the fresh products of Macalester College have hatched upon a keyboard pop strategy that's slow, slick, and filled with evening ambiance. The yearning in Brian Hurlow's voice occasionally climbs to the heights of Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars's, and his backing outfit doesn't betray this fantasy. The rest of the group's Needs EP is parked at the intersection of potential and raw talent, but they could be steering it over the hill into serious live poise by the time the year's out.


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