Grooveshark Shuts Down Permanently

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From the Grooveshark website:

Dear music fans,

Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all the data on our servers and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer ­and think you deserve. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders. You can find out more about the many great services available where you live here: http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music.

It has been a privilege getting to know so many of you and enjoying great music together. Thank you for being such passionate fans.

Yours in music,
Your friends at Grooveshark
April 30, 2015

Basilica Block Party Line-Up Announcement

Basilica Block Party 2015

The Basilica Block Party being held on July 10-11 is now in its 21st year of existence. The Block Party is dedicated to raising funds for the restoration of the Basilica of St Mary in downtown Minneapolis as well as contributing to the St Vincent de Paul outreach program which provides food and other services to those in need.  In partnership with Cities 97, the BBP has announced their 2015 line-up including many “classic” Cities 97 artists.

Friday July 10th 

Sun Country Airlines Stage

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Vita.MN Stage


Saturday July 11th

Sun Country Airlines Stage

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Vita.MN Stage

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Brand New Release First Track In 6 Years

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Fans of Brand New waited for six years (2,033 days to be exact) to finally hear new music from the iconic band.  On Monday, April 13, Brand New released “Mene,” a single speculated to be part of an album coming out this year.

In the past few stops of their tour, Brand New seems to be affirming this speculation as they have played a few unreleased songs.

Brand New’s style was already hard to pin down, as their first four albums were completely different from each other.  Now, the trend continues as “Mene” showcases an exciting new sound unlike anything we’ve heard from them before.

“Mene” is a fast, guitar-driven song – perfect for inciting massive crowd participation.  With the verses speeding along with guitar licks and drum fills in between lines, the whole song leads into a screaming, repeating chant of, “We don’t feel anything!”

Brand New played at Coachella on on April 19, and will continue their tour from there.  They will be in Clive, Iowa on April 25 and will play the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza in Minneapolis on June 30.

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Top Small-Print Coachella Bands

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With so much buzz over festival headliners, many of the small-print bands at major festivals can slip through the cracks and go unnoticed, despite being amazing artists.  Here is out list of the best small-print acts to catch at Coachella this weekend.

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Night Terrors Of 1927 released their debut L.P “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” in January of this year.  Featuring many anthemic tracks like “Always Take You Back” and “When You Were Mine,” this pop group being signed to Atlantic Records shows a promising future.


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With their debut L.P released last summer, the Wisconsin-based folk/indie rock group has picked up quite the following including fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) who invited the group to play in his inaugural hometown festival “Eaux Claires” among many other distinguished acts.


Benjamin Booker

New Orleans born blues-man Benjamin Booker utilizes his rough and gritty vocals to bring a modern take on classic New Orleans’ blues.  After quickly gaining the attention and respect of Jack White Booker’s live album was both hosted and released by White’s label “Third Man Records.”


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Until The Ribbon Breaks are a uniquely skilled, singing, songwriting, and producing collective.  Decidedly honest, their music embraces an old-school passion for intricate, clever writing and the slicing together of sounds, samples and lyrics.  This group continued to show their musical talents on their debut album “A Lesson Unlearnt.”


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Photo By: Thomas Dagg

In my own biased opinion, many DJs/Producers these days have begun to blend together so much that I rarely take notice of any of them, Ryan Hemsworth is a definite exception to this.  Bringing a fresh take on songs by the likes of Grimes, Frank Ocean, Tinashe and Cat Power, Hemsworth has released two albums to date to much acclaim.


Sylvan Esso

Blending soft and sweet vocals with electronic sounds in a very unique way, Sylvan Esso debut self-titled album in an instant stand-out.  The duo of  Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and have been continuing to gain traction ever since.


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Born and raised in southern California, Weaver started experimenting with music as a child and moved on to writing and producing as a teenager.  With her debut album set for release this summer produced in party by Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelako, keep an eye out for this up and coming artist.


Toro Y Moi – “What For?” – Album Review

Toro Y Moi – What For?
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Chaz Bundick has been fortunate to find success in various musical projects, most notably with “Toro Y Moi” and “Les Sins.”  Bundick, under the moniker “Toro Y Moi”, is known for a lo-fi, 80’s inspired, dance-ish sound, and continues this theme on his new album “What For?.”  The consistent mix of electronic synth noises, dreamy vocals, and simple percussive rhythms creates exactly what you would expect based off Toro Y Moi’s previous releases, which is both a good and a bad thing.  This mix of sounds clearly has worked in the past, launching Toro Y Moi into Indie-Rock stardom over the past few years, however after listening to “What For?” multiple times through, the tracks begin to blend together and struggle to create individuality or meaningful substance (with a couple exceptions perhaps).

What For? starts off exactly where 2013’s Anything In Return left off, with the track “What You Want” which is a moderately paced, lo-fi tune with exactly the same instrumentation Toro Y Moi fans are familiar with.  While there is nothing wrong with this track, unfortunately the same description could be given to at least 8 out of the 10 total tracks on the album.  There are however 2 exceptions to this in the form of “Empty Nesters” and “Yeah Right.”  “Empty Nesters” while remaining similar, simply has a catchier melody and more hooks than the other tracks (which explains why it was the early released single off the album).  With all of Toro Y Moi’s past albums, there has been 1 or 2 songs that simply stand out as being more memorable than others, Causers Of This had “Blessa,” Underneath The Pine had “Still Sound,” Anything In Return had “So Many Details,” and now What For? has “Empty Nesters.”

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Photo By: Andrew Paynter

The only track that seems to have stepped outside the box in any way, is the final track “Yeah Right.”  An epic 6:11 min instrumental track (yes there are some lyrics, although they are clearly not the focus of the track) that transports you into a sort of modern version of the 1970’s, with Led Zeppelin-esque smooth guitar riffs, ambient noises, and lofting vocal bellowing, all while holding firm to the lo-fi dance-pop undertones of every Toro Y Moi song.

Musically, there are indeed some shining moments on this album.  With pleasant and charming guitar solos/melodies throughout its entirety as well as dreamy cascading vocals, there is definitely something for any Indie Rock fan.  Lyrically, this album is undoubtedly lacking. While Bundick has never been known for his deep emotional lyrics, with the maturation of his musical abilities there was hope that his lyrical capabilities with mature in a parallel fashion, but unfortunately they have not.  All in All, although I was slightly disappointed with the predictability of What For?  it remains a solid and respectable release from an artist who is clearly talented.

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Garrett Kato Releases New Track “UFOS”

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Known for his acoustic folk/country sound established on his debut release “Love. Murder.Songs,” singer/songwriter Garrett Kato has released the first single “UFOS” off his forthcoming release “That Low And Lonesome Sound.”  Taking a drastic turn from his previous release, “UFOS” opens with dramatically haunting vocals accompanied by pulsating guitar and keys.  This leads into the break of the first chorus which is quite shockingly equipped with a strong bass beat, a ridiculously smooth electronic sounding drum beat, and Kato’s pure and all-encompassing vocals. While showing glimpses of his sincerity and folk roots with small pleasant guitar riffs mixed throughout, this tracks shows a much darker and more serious side of Kato.  While some musicians are unable to convincingly step out of their comfort zone into a new type of sound, Kato clearly demonstrates here that he is capable of much more than simply folk/country acoustic songs.  This track not only leaves me beyond excited for the album release (slated for September) but quite possibly will make it on my list for tops tracks of 2015.

Garrett Kato recently performed at the Bleach Festival, Gold Coast, Australia, and will be performing at the upcoming Canadian Music Week in May.

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Aero Flynn Album Release Show – 7th Street Entry – 4/3/15

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Photo By: Cameron Wittig

It is 2002 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin upstairs in a rented student house and Justin Vernon is in my arms weeping, saying, “I just want my band back.”

Over a decade has passed and still, just today, I was on the phone with a writer from the New York Times who was doing a story on Wisconsin music, and really all anyone wants to talk about is the early aughts in Eau Claire. How many fucking times can my dear old friend Vern have his truly magical narrative incanted? How many times must his story be invoked by another, held up by an also-ran?

One more time. This one. It’s the last one. You know that oblique, Grammy-winning line “That time you played me ‘Lip Parade’”? “Lip Parade” was a Josh Scott song.

Josh Scott is a disruption. He is as reliable as the wind. He is an earthquake. He is a drought. He is a thirty-year flood. He is my best friend.

That band Vern wanted back, DeYarmond Edison, shared members Brad and Phil Cook and Brian Moen with Josh’s band, Amateur Love. Vern and I were about to go see Josh’s band play. They were the better band and everyone knew it. The songs were better. The ideas were grander. The subject matter weirder. The narrators more honest and articulate. The frontman more compelling. The potential greater. Amateur Love were and remain the best band I have ever seen. Plans were hatching. Futures were congealing.

And Josh got spooked like a deer. He abruptly ended Amateur Love and moved to Chicago, essentially gifting the members fully to Justin, allowing DeYarmond Edison to resume full focus. The band gathered itself into a core and relocated to North Carolina.

Then, everything happened. Vern broke. Megafaun gathered, formed, flew. Brian Moen toured the world with Peter Wolf Crier. I started Field Report. Josh watched it all from Chicago and did nothing. Everyone tried to encourage him. Several years after he left, people were still talking about him. He had opportunities for record deals. He had another supergroup of who’s-who indie rock royalty assembled for him, ready to go, waiting only for him to show up. He got spooked again and went underground

Everyone tried to call him. Goad him. Coax him. Cajole him. To get him to do anything. He didn’t. We were dancing to make it rain. We were cutting ourselves in some blood ritual to appease something in his restless spirit that could not be appeased.

Vern started a record label, Chigliak, in large part to reissue the Amateur Love record, hoping that it would jumpstart Josh’s confidence and interest in performing again. And it did for a while. Songs were coming, but that was never the problem – Josh has literally hundreds of songs. But the wind changed, and waves crashed.

While the people who revered him and were influenced by him developed music careers (sustainable ones at least, once-in-a-generation ones at best), Josh developed crippling untreated depression and a mysterious autoimmune disease. He will need a kidney transplant in a few years. He will need therapy much sooner than that.

And then the wind changed again, this time carrying a fire. Word got out that Josh was heading into the studio recording a new batch of songs under the name Aero Flynn. He was back in school. He was writing a screenplay. He was blazing, and the heat around him was unavoidable.

Vern signed on as record producer and assembled a dazzling cast of musicians: Bon Iver players Mike Noyce, Sean Carey, Rob Moose and CJ Camerieri; guitarist Matt Sweeney; pedal steeler Ben Lester; Solid Gold’s Adam Hurlburt. The sessions went very well. Over the course of a year, the Aero Flynn record was finished.

Josh’s new songs coalesced into an incredible album. It is deeply personal and as cold as space on your bare skin. It club-bangs; it psych-jams; it cathedral-shivers. The album sounds like it could have been made by someone from a bleak future age, who grew up on lunar outpost listening to Robert Wyatt and Thom Yorke Earth-tapes. We are huddled around the radio, listening to someone whisper with canned air.

The record finished, the time came to figure out how to get the world to hear it. The Waiting and the Business are both very real, normal, frustrating stops on the journey of how records get to be heard. But as the road turned, the wind changed again. Josh disappeared. Communication fell apart. Relationships and health suffered. Bridges were badly burned. I hope they can be rebuilt in the antebellum reconstruction. I hope that you hear this record.

I don’t know if this is a bio, an essay, or a letter to a friend. I’ve known Josh since we were five years old. Josh was born into a more difficult life than many people, and some of it he’s made harder on his own. When he is off, it can be hard to know where you stand. But when he is on, there is no one better on Earth

I believe that this record, this long-awaited record, is quite seriously a life-or-death record. Josh had to make it to stay alive. And it must be heard in the context of deferred health, deferred relationships, deferred dreams, deferred healing. As spit in the fucking face of the symptoms of disease, like rot and destruction and apathy and cynicism.

When we were all together in Eau Claire in the early aughts, we would sometimes gather around a tube T.V. and watch the film about Wilco. When Tweedy sings about how he was maimed/saved by rock and roll, I think we probably believed it. I’ll never cast dispersion on what someone has gone through, but I do know this: Josh Scott has been maimed by rock and roll. I pray that it can save him.

– Christopher M. Porterfield, 1 April, 2014

Aero Flynn Release Show

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