Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Events Happening in the Twin Cities

No Kilted Farmer Koncerts this month but there are some fairly interesting events going on in October.

Phantogram (tonight)
Symphony of Brotherhood at Club Underground  (10/2)
American Head Charge with BREED and A:POD  (7th St Entry 10/6)
The Pixies  (State Theater 10/11)
The Afghan Wigsw with Joseph Arthur (First Avenue Mainroom 10/11)
DSMN Presents: Terror in the North (R.T Quinlanns in Duluth, MN 10/11)
Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine: The Ladykillers Tour (7th St Entry 10/14)
Betty Who (First Avenue Mainroom 10/17)
L'Assassins EP Release Party (Triple Rock 10/18)
Ani Difranco with Jenny Scheinman (First Avenue Mainroom 10/18)
The Pretty Reckless (First Avenue Mainroom 10/21)
Dum Dum Girls with Ex-Cops (Fine Line 10/22)
Hot Topic Presents: Black Veiled Brides with Falling in Reverse (Myth Nightclub 10/24)
The Protomen with Urizen (Triple Rock 10/31)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Album of the Week: Tiny Deaths by Tiny Deaths

If you haven't heard of the local electropop duo Tiny Deaths featuring Claire de Lune and ex-Lookbook Grant Cutler (who also worked on the Wolf Lords album with Aby Wolf), you should now. Their new self-titled EP came out today. I really like it a lot. It definitely reminds me of Wolf Lords. So check it out.

Monday, September 29, 2014

5 Artists You Should Check Out

01. Mirabilis

02. Lykke Li

03. Voicecoil

04. Astronomique

05. White Sea

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lizzo and Caroline Smith at First Avenue on 09.27.2014

Last night I attended the sold out show featuring Lizzo and Caroline Smith at First Avenue. I have been looking forward all summer to seeing this show. Last month the two women released a single they collaborated on called "Let 'Em Say" with all proceeds going to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.

Recently they put out a fun little video for the song.

Saturday night's show was sold out (which led to a second show on Friday night). I think it really is testament to the growing popularity of Houston born, now Minnesota-based artist Lizzo. Like Friday night, the show last night kicked off with an hour-long dj set from two members of Grrrl Prty Shannon Blowtorch and Sophia Eris under the name TAWST. That was a fun set even if I wasn't familiar with a lot of the songs the duo played.

After TAWST's set was Caroline Smith and Lizzo. They kicked off their set with their bouncy and infectious collaboration "Let 'Em Say". The energy the two women gave off quickly set the tone for the night. Both women performed together as well as solo (with Lizzo, her fellow GRRRL PRTY member Sophia Eris joined her on stage). Prior to last night's show, I was only familiar with Caroline Smith in name only. Lizzo on the other hand I am very familiar with. I started listening to her after getting into GRRRL PRTY this past summer when I finally saw them back in July at the Bastille Day Block Party and later Pizza Luce Block Party. I am not going to pretend and say that I went bananas over Caroline's music. I'll be honest modern r and b music really doesn't do much for me however I thought she really put in a highly entertaining set (with and without Lizzo). I appreciate that she doesn't take herself too seriously (like Lizzo) in her lyrics. I also appreciate the fact that she likes to make her live performances as personal and engaging with her audiences. Lizzo as expected did not disappoint me one bit. She has so much energy as a rapper and performer. Since the Pizza Luce Block party back in August and I had an inkling that I would be seeing members of GRRRL PRTY at last night's show and I was totally right about it. I was thrilled when the women came on stage to join Lizzo for "Top Floor" (I think). Another highlight from the show is when Lizzo had to apologize to her mother who was in the audience prior to singing (with Caroline and her GRRRL PRTY crew) a song that involved some obscenities in it which just cracked me up. I also loved it towards the end of the evening when a bunch of women got on stage with Caroline and Lizzo in their underwear for a song. If you haven't seen pics from last night's show on my Twitter/Facebook pages, you can find them on this slide show I made just for GRRRL PRTY and anything related to the members of the group.
goth_maven's All things Grrrl Prty and its members album on Photobucket

Last night's concert will easily go down as one of my favorite concerts of 2014. If you haven't seen Lizzo, Caroline Smith, or GRRRL PRTY, I do recommend that you do whenever the opportunity arises. I am particularly a big fan of GRRRL PRTY which is a shocker for this normally non-hip hop fan. Definitely recommend checking out their free EP GRRRL PRTY TONIGHT.

Friday, September 26, 2014

10 of My Favorite Things in Music

My 10 Current Favorite Albums:
01. Phantogram: Nightlife
02. White Sea: In Cold Blood
03. Keluar: Keluar
04. Mirabilis: Here and the Hereafter
05. Lissie: Back to Forever
06. Black Label Society: Unblackened
07. Dead Can Dance: Spleen and Ideal
08. Dessa: Parts of Speech
09. Social Distortion: Social Distortion
10. The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep

My Top 10 Cassette Memories (inspired by Cassette Store Day which is happening tomorrow)
01. Buying a my first cassette tape which had the parental advisory sticker on it which was L7's Bricks Are Heavy.
02. Playing Bricks Are Heavy so many times until I could not see the track list on the cassette tape. lol
03. Going ordering cassettes from Columbia House Records or BMG long before That was always fun.
04. Getting the cassettes in the mail. I loved seeing that square box in my mail box in college. That always brightened up my day.
05. Playing Social Distortion's self-titled album and Siouxsie and The Banshee's Twice Upon a Time compilation to a point where I would often have to take a pencil and rewound the tape back into the cassette. I blame that on the shitty boombox I owned at the time.
06. I am not 100% sure but I think the first cassette I ever bought was Culture Club's Colour By Numbers. I was so obsessed with that album as a 9 year old.
07. Listening to my cassettes on an old red Panasonic cassette player. It looked exactly like this cassette player.
08. Making mix tapes. Still enjoy making them too to this very day. What I didn't like was sitting on my ass all day waiting for a particular song to come on the airwaves. That was a big fat pain in the ass.
09. Buying my first boombox with my birthday money so I could listen to my music . It looked liked this boombox but red. I thought I was so cool. lol
10. Selling my cassettes. I sold most of my cassettes a long time ago when I first moved back to the Twin Cities. I kinda wish I didn't. I miss my Phantom Blue tapes but at least I have my copy of Mothers Heaven by the band Texas.

10 Current Favorite Songs
01. Listen Like Strangers by Army On The Dance Floor
02. 16 Voices by Phantogram
03. I Bet On You by Lissie
04. Queen Of Sorrow (Acoustic) by Black Label Society
05. Elysium by Lisa Gerrard
06. Ball and Chain by Social Distortion
07. Storytime by Nightwish
08. Just Like Heaven by Lovelorn Dolls
09. NYC Loves You by White Sea
10. Keep It Healthy by Warpaint

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Alternative/Modern Rock Songs from 1994

For this week's Throwback Thursday, I decided to pick 10 of my favorite alternative/modern rock songs from 20 years ago. Where was I in 1994? Miserable as hell in my freshman year in college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. On the upside, I was listening to a lot of alternative rock music which to no one surprise went mostly unheard of by my peers at that podunk school.

01. Erasure: Always

02. Mazzy Star: Fade Into You

03. Veruca Salt: Seether

04. Jesus and The Mary Chain: Sometimes Always

05. Tori Amos: Cornflake Girl

06. Bjork: Big Time Sensuality

07. Enigma: Return to Innocence

08. Live: Selling the Drama

09. Hole: Doll Parts

10. Love Spit Love: Am I Wrong

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Album of the Week: Here and the Hereafter by Mirabilis

Last month I discovered on Facebook that the Texas neo-classical, goth band Mirabilis had a new album coming out in September called Here and the Hereafter. If you didn't know who Mirabilis is, the band consists of two women Dru Allen of This Ascension and Summer Bowman of the Machine in the Garden. Without a blinking, I pre-ordered a physical copy of the album via Projekt Records which according to them is only limited to a certain number (how many I don't know). As I am waiting for my copy of the album to come out later this month, I decided to listen to it on bandcamp. I am fairly familiar with the women's work through Myspace and Youtube but just never bought their music until recently (loved that I will be getting their other two albums with my copy of Here and the Hereafter). What I heard on the new album sure didn't disappoint me. The music reminds me of early Mediaeval Baebes but with only two women and nowhere as poppy sounding as the Baebes' music has become over the recent years. The music is enchanting to listen to between the lush melodies and the women's gorgeous vocals. If you love classical music with a hint of goth/darkwave, the new Mirabilis album Here and the Hereafter is worth listening to (and hopefully worth buying). I absolutely love the sounds of the harpsichord as well as hammered dulcimer. It is so refreshing to listen to instruments that have an organic sound to them or don't overwhelm the women's vocals. I chose Here and the Hereafter as my Album of the Week because I know I will be listening to it every day at least twice a day. I hope my readers will listen to the album. I think it is good to give your ears a break from all the stompy EBM ;).