New Video: Silent War by Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse have just launched their video for Silent War. Catch them live on March 29 at Ground Zero with Chicago’s I:Scintilla, Go Fight and Goodnight Criminals. It’s going to be a great show! Details:

https://kiltedfarmer.com/2012/12/13/329-iscintilla-wgata-gofight-goodnight-criminals-at-ground-zero-18/

City Pages and MPR Continue the “Golden Age of MN Music” Conversation

City Pages and MPR are back at it again, discussing whether Minnesota is in another Golden Age of music. We posted a blog a few months ago responding to an earlier City Pages article on this topic and the conversation continues. What do you think of this whole discussion on a Golden Age of Minnesota music?

Gabriel and the Apocalypse Release Video

Minneapolis-based Gabriel and the Apocalypse have released a video for Here Comes the Crash, the ferocious opening track on New World Disaster. You can see Gabriel and the Apocalypse live on September 12, when they share the stage with Icon of Coil, [:SITD:] and Dissociate at Ground Zero. Get there early to witness the destruction.

The Rope Release Video, Sign with Spiralchords

Congratulations to Minneapolis-based rock/post-punk band, The Rope! They’ve just released their first official video for Water to Wine and signed on with US and Germany-based indie record label, Spiralchords. Spiralchords is also home to Deadstar Assembly, Stayte, The Mission Veo, MDM, We Got This Far and more. Live footage for the Water to Wine video was filmed at The Varsity Theater at their show on January 5. Look closely and you might see yourself or your friends in the crowd 🙂

Golden Age of Minnesota Music?

I had a conversation a while back with someone from Chicago about the Chicago “industrial” music scene, and he asked me “What bands are even in Minneapolis right now?”. I didn’t have a good answer for him at the time, not because we are lacking in great music, but because a lot of the currently active bands have a mostly local focus.

Figgles McGee of Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Figgles McGee of Gabriel and the Apocalypse by aztalanturf

Long time City Pages Gimme Noise blogger Andrea Swensson has departed the paper for The Current and in her farewell post this week, she articulated what’s been in the back of my mind for a while:

Just last month, during a taping of The Local Show with my new employer, 89.3 the Current, host Dave Campbell asked his guests if we thought we were living through another golden age of Minnesota music. Without pause, Chris Riemenschneider from the Star Tribune, Ross Raihalafrom the Pioneer Press, and myself—all longtime documentarians of the local scene—nodded our heads and answered in a unanimous “yes.”

There is some phenomenal music being created in our back yard, and it’s not just one or two genres that are thriving right now. We are very lucky. From hip hop to rock to metal to the various electronic genres, there is an abundance of tremendously talented artists and bands in the Twin Cities. But let’s focus on the darker, synth based and electronic bands.

As|Of at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release

As|Of at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release by aztalanturf

The abundance of great local shows this past week is a perfect illustration of what’s happening on the synthy/darker side of local music right now.

  • Thursday, January 5:
    The Rope, Safewords, Still Pacific, Blood and the Sun at The Varsity
  • Friday, January 6:
    OBCT, Thought Thieves, Dissociate at the Fine Line
  • Friday, January 6:
    Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Pinwheel, I Corvinus, UZZA at the Triple Rock
  • Friday, January 6:
    Men of Sport and Leisur, Jealous Jester, Torch the Spires, As|Of at Club Underground
OBCT

OBCT at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release by aztalanturf

There were three shows on Friday night that I had on my calendar. Three! While it’s unfortunate that I had to choose one show, it says a lot about the depth of talent in the Twin Cities.

The Rope

The Rope Varsity Theater Marquee

Source: The Rope's Official Facebook

I’ll start from the top with The Rope. Most of The Rope’s shows have featured extremely diverse bills at a wide variety of venues and this is reflected in their following. The band made their debut at The Varsity Theater this past Thursday night and the crowd was filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life – everyone from the leather and combat boot clad to university students to music geeks of all assortments.

Whether they realize it or not, The Rope are on the cusp of doing something big for Minneapolis music, in particular because of their willingness to join forces with bands very different from themselves musically, including electropunks Thought Thieves and The Night. More on the electropunks later.

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Happy Holidays and Upcoming Shows

synthy christmas

No matter what holidays you’re celebrating (or not celebrating) this year, Happy Holidays from the Kilted Farmer team. Here are a few live music events coming up this holiday season and be safe!

12/21 The Night 7″ Release Show

The Night are releasing their new 7″ on the 21st and have invited their friends The Rope, Ghost in the Water and The Trapezoids to celebrate with a show at the 7th St. Entry. Check out The Night and The Trapezoids on the new TC Electropunk Volume 6 compilation. Show details.

12/31 Taj Mahpolitan New Year’s Eve 2011

Ring in 2012 at the Taj Mahpolitan New Year’s Eve bash in Northeast Minneapolis. The night features 7 DJ’S, live music by Thought Thieves (not one but two sets!), art, food and costumes. Facebook event.

1/5 The Rope, Safewords, Still Pacific, Blood and Sun at The Varsity

If you haven’t yet seen The Rope live, then you really need to mark your calendar for January 5. The Rope put on an excellent live show and will be joined by death rock band Safewords, indie rockers Still Pacific and Blood and Sun. Details

1/6 Countdown to the Apocalypse 2012

Explosive industrial rockers Gabriel and the Apocalypse take the stage at the Triple Rock on January 6. They’ll be joined by Pinwheel, I Corvinus and Uzza. GATA latest album, new World disAsteR, is a favorite of the Kilted Farmer team. Facebook event | Tickets

3/30 I:Scintilla with Thought Thieves and Cwn Annwn at Ground Zero

Looking a little farther ahead in March, we have the first Kilted Farmer show of 2012. I:Scintilla will be making the trip from Chicago to play Ground Zero on March 30. They’ll be joined by Thought Thieves and Cwn Annwn. Mark your calendars and start spreading the word! Full info and flyer are coming soon.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kilted Farmer team! There’s lots of great music to be seen and heard in the next few weeks. Here’s a sampling (links and details are in the table below).

Be safe this holiday season and we’ll see you at the shows. (Renee)

Transmission

Transmission is making it’s debut at the Varsity Theater on Thanksgiving Eve with SECONDS, which is an event not to be missed. Get there early to catch the deep cuts starting at 9 and come prepared to dance.

VNV Nation

VNV Nation returns to Station 4 the Monday after Thanksgiving with Straftanz. This probably goes without saying, but VNV Nation are always fantastic live. Here’s some video of Tomorrow Never Comes from the last time VNV were here.

The Birthday Massacre in Milwaukee

The Birthday Massacre is making a tour stop at the Miramar Theater in Milwaukee and are playing with _ash Aria_, featuring members of Imperative Reaction and The Awakening, and our friends I:Scintilla and Oncethesun. For those of you in Milwaukee or who can make the trip to Milwaukee, we highly recommend doing so.

Twin Cities Electropunk CD Release

Twin Cities Electropunk is releasing their 6th compilation showcasing 21 Twin Cities bands who embrace synthesizers, guitars, and the punk rock attitude. The compilation features Thought Thieves, Thosquonta, POP Inc., OBCT, Zwaremachine, Albuterol, Dissociate, MSRP, Avenpitch, Little Tin Box, The Blacklight, Mach FoX, Kether, OneNeoEon, St. Anthony Falls, The Trapezoids, The Night, Reflectivore, As|Of, Iron Balls Magente and iKKiA. A CD release show extravaganza is being held on December 3 at Club Underground on two stages. Watch the event’s Facebook page for a full band list and set times. All attendees receive a free copy of the CD. Or if you don’t want to wait, download the free compilation from Bandcamp.

The Dreaming

The Dreaming, featuring former Stabbing Westward singer Christopher Hall, have just announced a show in St. Paul on December 8 in support of their sophomore album and major label debut, Puppet. Puppet was released on November 1. The album gets back to Hall’s more electronic roots after 2008’s more rock oriented Etched in Blood. I’m personally a huge fan of both Stabbing Westward and The Dreaming and having seen The Dreaming live 5 times, I think I am qualified to say that The Dreaming put on one helluv an energetic live show. Here’s the video for their lead single, Every Trace.

A Moment Without’s CD Release

And for those of you who like your music a little on the heavy side, head over to Ground Zero on December 9 for A Moment Without’s CD release show. They’ve invited their friends Rivkit, Dying Euforia and Cwn Annwn to help celebrate. Here’s a preview of A Moment Without’s new EP, Born of Fire.

Date Event Venue
Wed, Nov 23 TRANSMISSION Varsity Theater
Thur, Nov 24 Dark Meat II with DJ Overdrive The Front
Fri, Nov 25 Static Image, Geodesic, Casket Parade, DJ SLT Ground Zero
Mon, Nov 28 VNV Nation with Straftanz Station 4
Wed, Nov 30 The Birthday Massacre, _ash Aria_, I:Scintilla, Oncethesun Miramar Theater MILWAUKEE
Sat, Dec 3 Electropunk 6 CD Release, 2 stages Club Underground
Thur, Dec 8 The Dreaming Station 4
Fri, Dec 9 A Moment Without CD Release w/Rivkit, Dying Euforia, Cwn Annwn Ground Zero

Happy Halloween! Get Out And Enjoy!

Jack-o'-lantern

There are some great events coming up in the next week or so. Be sure to get out and celebrate Halloween with some live music or a dance night! Below are a few events that we recommend. Happy Halloween!