The Minneapolis band hit the road, searching for inspiration in the desert
With temperatures in the Twin Cities starting to head consistently north of freezing, chatter regarding summer music festivals is also on the rise. So it's as fine a time as any to proudly announce that City Pages has a live music event of its own coming up -- the inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Festiv ... More >>
Clara Salyer's newest band revels in youthful abandon and high volume
After hundreds of ballots and votes, the best of the best new bands have been chosen
#9. Prissy Clerks: 34 pointsPrissy Clerks frontgirl Clara Salyer has built her pedigree around an ability to adapt. Last year, the 20-year-old guitarist's pet project, Total Babe, dissolved amid the departure of her lead guitarist -- a certain Julian Casablancas doppelganger who sought opportunities ... More >>
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HowlerJanuary 14, 2012Triple Rock Social ClubAfter setting the U.K. ablaze with both hype and hyperbole in 2011, Howler returned home to Minneapolis to try and do the same thing to the sold-out Triple Rock on Saturday night. While the groundswell of support for the quintet has been slowly buil ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzRed Pens' Howard HamiltonNothing says summer like hawking all your wares at a garage sale or flea market, which is the basis for this Friday's Rock 'n' Roll Swap Meet at the Hexagon Bar. As organizer Howard Hamilton of Red Pens says, there are "NO RULES and it's FREE," whic ... More >>
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenTelekinesis/The Love Language/Red PensMarch 2, 20117th Street Entry"There's something about Minneapolis," exclaimed Missy Thangs, the keyboardist for the Love Language, halfway through the group's rousing set at the 7th St. Entry on Wednesday night. "There sure is," fr ... More >>
I'm not sure how to put this without sounding strange, so I'm just going to say it.
Photos by Erik HessWhile Picked to Click alums Red Pens, Zoo Animal, and Gospel Gossip are frequently spotted around town headlining their own gigs, Thursday night's show at the Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box) will be a rare chance to catch all three stellar live acts on one bill. To get ... More >>
There's something oh-so-appropriate about watching artists and musicians Laura Bennett and Howard Hamilton, a.k.a. Red Pens, rock out amidst paint brushes and portraits at local gallery Tarnish and Gold. Which is one of the many reasons we're excited to drop a new City of Music video today, which ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessRed Pens EP-releaseNovember 6, 20107th Street EntryIt is a rare show where the band clearly gives everything they have on stage, yet leaves the crowd wanting more. Saturday night's Red Pens show at a packed 7th St. Entry was one of those performances, as the band, spent and swe ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe fuzzed-out rumbling you hear emanating from the local music scene these days is the sound of the triumphant, thunderous return of Red Pens (as if they ever left), who are back with a blistering new six-song EP, Limitations, that is simply brimming with both fury and ... More >>
Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll
photo by: Robyn LewisSeptember 17th at the Hexagon Bar, prepare to be sold shit. A lot of it. The Great Rock And Roll Swap Meet is sort of upon us, and you are not ready. Unless you totally are ready to buy goods and crafts from some local notables like Laura Bennett, Christy Hunt and maybe (mayb ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzIt was another busy night in Loring Park last night for a performance by Red Pens and a screening of the independent film Nobody. Director Rob Perez was even on hand to say a few words before the film screening, which also included a preview of the upcoming, locally shot m ... More >>
Original design by Howard Hamilton of Red Pens; his band is playing a free show tomorrow night at the Hex with Is/Is (Sarah Nienaber of Gospel Gossip and Sarah Rose of First Communion Afterparty), Cadette, and Bombay Sweets.Submit your flyers for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Props to Red Pens frontman Howard Hamilton for making this cool drawing and flyer. The talented artists and rockers (who were also our Picked to Click 2009 winners) will play a free show this weekend with Total Babe, Teenage Moods, and Nice Purse.Send your suggestions for Flyer of the Week to asw ... More >>
The dynamic duo are preparing to leave on their first tour.
Howard Hamilton III and Laura Bennett are the ultimate DIYers