From the City Pages:
"Booker Pete Christensen says he'll turn Eat Street into Beat Street."
"In the ever-incestuous Twin Cities music scene, it was only a matter of time before some of the most prominent pop punks in town joined up for a new project."
-- The Songs We Can't Escape feat. 3 Doors Down, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Choir of Young Believers & the Fiery Furnaces.
"The duo includes the adorably sweet, super quirky husband and wife team, Nathan and Mandy Tenfen Woolery; two Minneapolis musicians who pay consistent mind to the feather painted details while also not taking themselves more serious than a couple complex dreams and pet stories."
"Tuesday night at the Minnesota Zoo was a summit of these two Nigerian music legacies, and the outdoor amphitheater overflowed with fans, many of them Yoruba-speakers."
"Daughters of the Sun were kind enough to send us another update from the road, this one detailing their journey through Omaha and Texas."
"Doesn't it seem like there is an astonishing cultural exchange program underway between the Twin Cities and Portland? And doesn't it often feel strictly one-way?"
"We're still catching up from a long 4th of July weekend, but it seems like the coolest thing to happen in local music while we were away is the release of a free online-only Atmosphere EP titled Leak At Will."
"Bob Dylan is skipping over Minnesota on the current leg of his Never-Ending Tour, so one of the Midwest's only chances to see the man in action was to trek over to Michigan last weekend for the Rothbury Festival."
Wednesday, July 8 (Gimme News)
"Let's just get this out of the way: DJ ESP Woody McBride is famously weird. Not the creepy Steve Buscemi kind of weird but the coolly endearing Christopher Walken kind."
"The building next door to Big V's in St. Paul caught fire around 9:15 p.m. last night and sent a wave of panic throughout Twitter and the blogosphere that the punk club might be threatened by the blaze."
"And then came No Age, the new look of SubPop, the Pitchfork darlings. The capacity crowd didn't make for the exit, nor was there audible grumbling. But the sea of bodies that faced the stage was so dreadfully inert, one almost felt embarrassed for the L.A. two-piece."
Next Week's New Releases (July 14):
Clutch Strange Cousins From The West [Weathermaker Music]
The Dead Weather Horehound [Third Man Records]
DevilDriver Pray For Villains [Roadrunner]
Ty Segall Lemons [Goner]