If 2010 was the year of hyper-collaboration in the Twin Cities, then 2011 was the year of the meteoric rise. Minneapolitans Elite Gymnastics and Austin, Minnesota, native John Maus became recognizable names in the indie blogosphere this year, the former fueling and experiencing their success almost exclusively online. Poliça, too, had a full album recorded and a healthy roar of buzz accompanying them before they had played a single show, and by their third gig they were opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on a sold-out tour. But no act had a more incredible rise than the young quartet Howler, who were plucked out of obscurity by a Rough Trade A&R rep while they were still in their infancy as a group and have since been shipped abroad to tour the U.K. with the Vaccines and accumulate enough press clips to... More >>>