Everyone at Kilted Farmer is extremely excited for the I:Scintilla show coming up on March 30. I had the opportunity to go to Milwaukee last weekend to see I:Scintilla play a duo acoustic set on Saturday the 25th and see guitarist Brent Leitner’s other band, Goodnight Criminals, play on Friday the 24th.
I:Scintilla had to cut the set a bit short, as Brittany was sick and her voice ran out of steam, but it was still great to see them in such a rare format (I’m a sucker for acoustic shows). It was also very clear where Brittany got her musical talent from, as “Dadscintilla” (aka Brittany’s dad) joined them on stage for Prey On You and a cover of Nick Cave’s The Ship Song.
I talked with Jim, Brittany and Brent at the shows and they are all very much looking forward to playing in Minneapolis. This will be the band’s second ever show in Minneapolis and their first Minneapolis show in 4 years.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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, 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.