Monthly Archives: February 2010

Last Dinosaurs

“I’ll teach you what you need to know.”

Young Brisbane, AU band Last Dinosaurs is supremely under-represented in blogosphere. I expected a good page or more of hits from the Hype Machine (hypem.com), but all that came up was a lonely few. The EP launch show earlier this weekend celebrated the release of Back From The Dead. Pick up a copy when you get chance, as all five tracks are equally fantastic. For preview below is my favorite cut – “Honolulu”. The band shares the roster over at Brisbane’s Dew Process (indie label and licensing) with new greats Yves Klein Blue, Mumford & Sons, and Tokyo Police Club.

Last Dinosaurs – Honolulu

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Winston Audio offer "The Red Rhythm" – FREE

“If you push, we’ll push back…”

In honor of the one year anniversary of their debut album, Atlanta indie band Winston Audio is giving away The Red Rhythm for free. There is a “pay what you want” option, and any DIY band will tell you that every bit helps…but the idea is simply to reach as many new ears as possible. Tell your friends. The band is in the midst of a short Midwestern tour, and will hit the 400 Bar here in Minneapolis this week both Thursday and Friday. I’ll be sitting down with the band before they play on Friday, and will post the interview soon after. The album can be downloaded directly here, and posted below is my favorite cut from the disc.

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Bear Hands

“You are dragging me down.”


After go-to media outlets like Pitchfork and the Hype Machine have had their way with a band, I have a tendency to pigeonhole hypothetical band as hipster buzz-waste. Not the case with Brooklyn’s Bear Hands. Absolutely not the case. The debut single “What A Drag” was released last week by way of Cantora Records, and is followed with a solid two months of shows throughout the US. I plan on attending the first Minneapolis show on March 9th, but additional dates can be found in the replies. The band is offering the single

(MP3) Bear Hands – What A Drag (LINK REMOVED)

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Broadcast 2000

“Make my day, come and let me out.”

Joe Steer, the multi-instrumentalist and mastermind behind Broadcast 2000, is making larger waves than he probably ever expected he would. Steer started as one half of humble London folk duo Artisan, who I had the pleasure of seeing a few years back and have since posted about more than a few times. Steer’s stunning and multilayered brand of neo-folk is awe inspiring considering it’s all coming from the mouth and mind of one man. He enjoys the company of a number of talented musicians when playing live, as seen above. The debut self-titled disc was released earlier this week, and features both tracks posted below. “I Hold My Breath” was originally an Artisan track, and has been one of my favorites since I first heard it 4 or 5 years ago.

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The Xcerts

“We’ll all burn out until there is nothing left at all.”

I’m only surprised I hadn’t written about them sooner. Scottish 3-piece the Xcerts released one of my favorite discs of 2009, and I impatiently pass the time until the next. They head to New York later this month to start work on the second record. In the meantime, In the Cold Wind We Smile is available via London’s Xtra Mile Recordings. The band is finishing up a mini-tour through England in support of Fightstar, which ends in London this week.

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Halloween, Alaska to play First Avenue

“You don’t have to have opinions on everything.”

One of my favorite bands, local or otherwise, will be playing a benefit show in the First Avenue main room tomorrow night here in Minneapolis (Friday, February 12). Halloween, Alaska will play to help local sound engineer Matt Lindquist, who was recently holed up in the hospital with a bad case of H1N1. Anyone without health insurance knows the bills can mount all too quickly, even for the most routine of clinic visits. The show costs $12 at the door and is hosted by local hip-hop star Brother Ali. There are quite a few other bands on the bill – such as Story of the Sea and the Idle Hands. HA released their critically lauded second effort, Champagne Downtown, last year. Posted below is one of my favorite tracks from the 10-song disc.

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Itch

“Why can’t we all just get along?”

Leeds, UK alt-punk outfit Itch came to me in a dream. Or in an e-mail. Either way, they came to me, and I haven’t been this excited about a new artist in awhile. The band can alternate between the raucous and the melancholic in a matter of seconds, and their arsenal of technical guitar licks is enough to keep anyone interested. The recently released full-length An Illusion of Grandeur from a One Trick Pony is available to purchase and comes highly recommended. Additionally, the band provides their extensive back catalouge free of charge on their Bandcamp site. Included below is 2007’s “At the End of the Day It’s Night.”

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