I received two submissions fairly recently that I felt mirrored the exact emotions I've been feeling lately. With the changing seasons, exam weeks, and general chaos of campus life, I often feel like a mental case indeed. And while the senior slide is undeniable, the sophomore slump is a beast of its own. All I want… Continue reading Songs of the Day: “Sophomore Slump” by Bryn Rich & “Mental Case” by SKATERS
BOY's debut album Mutual Friends (2011) had me hooked at first listen. "Skin" was the first song I learned to play on the guitar, and the voices of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass were the first I heard on the main stage at First Avenue. They're kind of my absolute favorites. As such, I was thrilled to hear that their… Continue reading BOY Blossoms on We Were Here
Fall has finally arrived, and tagging along is Indie @ ND, Notre Dame's favorite indie/alternative radio show. I started the show last year and fell in love with WVFI, our college radio station. The show went into hiatus during the spring semester, but it's back and better than ever! WVFI is an internet-only station, so tune in here… Continue reading The Return of Indie @ ND
As sad as I am to see it go, summer is packing its bags. While it went extremely fast for me, I squeezed a lot in. I listened to tons of great music, attended several amazing concerts, and got to write for the Current, something I'd never even considered to be a possibility before this… Continue reading Summer 2015 Wrap Up
I was introduced to Sjowgren this week, a very new trio that I'm hoping is here to stay. They wrote a self-introduction on Medium, so I'll let them do the talking: About a year ago We spent a weekend recording Then a couple months back, on a whim We posted those recordings to soundcloud and… Continue reading Song of the Day: “Seventeen” by Sjowgren
Bad Bad Hats, a three-piece band out of the Twin Cities, had me hooked back in 2013 with their first EP, It Hurts. I can't help but feel like dancing when I hear Kerry Alexander's light and playful voice layered over acoustic guitars, clapping, and even kazoos. Their song "Super America," about the gas station chain, remains a… Continue reading Song of the Day: “Fight Song” by Bad Bad Hats
Today is a great day. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality for all, and I got to write about it for the Local Current blog! On top of all that, it's Pride Weekend here in the Twin Cities, so the timing couldn't have been better.
Last night I attended an exclusive bash for Minnesota's newest label, GNDWIRE Records (pronounced "Ground Wire"). Created by Mark Gehring and Dave Simonett (of Trampled By Turtles fame), GNDWIRE's first release will be John Mark Nelson's forthcoming album, set to drop in September. The launch party was held at Icehouse in Minneapolis, which was packed shortly after doors… Continue reading Review: GNDWIRE Launch Party Featuring Bones & Beeker, John Mark Nelson and Gramma’s Boyfriend