Truth be told, Gabe Douglas and the 4onthefloor are something of connoisseurs of moments. In a live setting, there is no escaping the powerhouse rhythm and rock lit up by Douglas, James Gould, Chris Holm, and Mike Larson, with four bass drums in 4/4 time and super-charged blues guitars. The band's sophomore album, Spirit of Minneapolis, follows a tradition of dynamic jams that recall an era of music where rock wasn't, as Douglas puts it, quite so stigmatized. "A lot of my friends think everything 'rock' is just a homogenized version of Nickelback," he says, splaying his hands across his notebook. "I don't think that's the case, but I think that's a huge thing that's going on. I think that rock music at its inception was super fun and energetic. It wasn't a polished gemstone you would wear to a party. It was a juke joint in Tennessee. It was Sun Records." All together, Spirit of Minneapolis is the swampy, riotous blues-rock that the 4onthefloor have been cultivating since their inception in 2009, and it stands alone in its category as a beefy slice of hometown pride-meets-classic American spirit. In some ways, it's a throwback record. With Murder By Death, White Iron Band, American Scarecrows. On the plaza. 18+. (Photo by Ryan Siverson)
Sat., May 31, 4 p.m., 2014
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