Erik Wivinus doesn't quite get it. Since releasing a debut album in 1992, his remarkably good psych-rock outfit, Salamander, has become one of the few nationally acclaimed young bands in town, while remaining largely unknown in local rock circles. Twenty-eight years old and sporting a tight-fitting sweater and bowl cut, the retro-styling Wivinus looks like he'd fit right into a Minneapolis scene that has long idealized mid-'60s chic, from the Dig's legendary early-'80s mod-pop to the Hang Ups' alt-updates on the Left Banke and the Kinks. Yet as Wivinus sips coffee at an Uptown restaurant on a snowy night in late December, he gives off an air of someone who has been let down by the very infrastructure that's supposed to support... More >>>