Tony Bennett, For the News Tribune
It was obvious that Courtney Barnett was a star when she dropped her single "Avant Gardener" a few years back. That song — with its half-spoken, half-sung, just-rolled-outta-bed vocal approach and sneakily catchy chorus about breathing troubles — was comprised of familiar indie-rock component parts, but Barnett's soporific personality was singular enough that it all suddenly felt fresh and new.
Going solo is always tricky. It's a process that can take the most confident musician and reduce them to a mess of quivering, unsure emotions. A band dynamic is easy to rely upon and hard to replace. Gaz Coombes came from Supergrass, a group so high profile in their native England that Steven Spielberg once pitched them to star in a Monkees-style TV show.
The ukulele is one of the more maligned musical instruments. Along with its stringed sibling the banjo, it’s been blamed for a lot of spineless, style-over-substance recent music. But just...
It's a crime, how boring (and bored) most rock bands are these days. Nearly nine times out of nine, the latest thing is just a warmed-over version of something better from a decade ago, two decades ago, half a century ago. To be fair, it's hard to make rock music in 2015 because everything's basically been covered. Every permutation of instrumentation, every degree of emotion — it's been done. Perhaps this explains the languidity of most guitar music today.
James Moors has been kicking around the Twin Ports for a long time. He used to play under the ill-advised nom de plume “Sterling Waters” way back when; he’s put...
Hans Peterson describes his music as "indie spiritual eco-folk," and there's a photo of him on his website singing to sheep.
It almost seems like a hacky sketch from an old episode of “Mad TV” or something: Bob Dylan doing an album of Frank Sinatra covers. Simple premise, simple execution —...
Sleater-Kinney fans last year were shocked to learn that their heroes had reassembled in secret to make "No Cities to Love," the band's eighth album and first since 2005's high-water mark "The Woods." Shocked, because the group had somehow managed to keep the reunion on the down low, but also because they seemed unlikely reunion candidates due to guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein's new career as a comedian on "Portlandia." But, here we are. It's probably not their best album.
Artist: Doomtree Album: "All Hands" Recorded at: The Hideaway and 1331, Minneapolis Produced by: Doomtree Website: doomtree.net Personnel: Paper Tiger, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Sims, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Dessa Upcoming show(s): 8 p.m. tonight with Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS at Grandma's Sports Garden, 425 Lake Ave. S. Tickets: $18, doomtree.net Listen to "Grey Duck" at duluthnewstribune.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCJJ5aR5vwA It's not many groups that find themselves at the height of their powers in their second decade.
It's tough to distinguish yourself as a musician.