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Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Minneapolis 2012 - Roma di Luna

Most chatter about Roma di Luna these days seems to focus on what came after their split — namely singer Channy Leaneagh's breakout success fronting buzz band Poliça. But this stellar Americana-turned-soul band deserves a proper farewell. What started as a sweet acoustic collaboration between Leaneagh and her then-husband Alexei Moon Casselle eventually blossomed into a more boisterous, bluesy seven-piece group, complete with horns. Everything about their origins was organic, right down to the first gigs they played at farmer's markets around town, and their gradual ascent to popularity in Minnesota seemed to indicate that the band would be in it for the long haul. Whatever personal problems caused their upheaval are irrelevant now; what should be remembered and honored for years to come is their five-year run as one of the state's best roots bands.

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