Refried hip-hop ectoplasms and tuneful sample-styled pop meets old-school soul with new-school roles in our 1997 new band poll--with some beatific power-pop traditionalism thrown in for good measure. In a year of seismic genre shifts locally as well as nationally, all ears appear to have turned to Paul Robb and Barbara Cohen, cohorts of Brother Sun Sister Moon. Not only do Cohen and Robb together and separately boast eight nominations in the upcoming Minnesota Music Awards, at press time they were on the verge of inking a deal with Virgin Records. They've also landed the highest score ever (49 points) in the seven years of this poll, beating the previous landslide record of 43 points set by 12 Rods in 1996. And whether or not voters viewed them as the trip-pop studio... More >>>