Often described as a Midwest Roxy Music, but with more humor and rock scruff, The 'Burbs have been making their unique punk-pop-art-dance records and performing off and on ever since the ‘Mpls Sound’ heyday.
Founded in 1977, The Suburbs are recognized worldwide as among the original heroes of the "Minneapolis Sound”; a historic music era that saw the emergence of other bands like The Suicide Commandos, Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du.
Led now by original keyboardist and singer Chan Poling, original drummer Hugo Klaers, and longtime saxophonists Max Ray (also of The Wallets), they are augmented by a supergroup of newcomers: Stevie Brantseg and Jeremy Ylvisaker on guitars, Steve Price on bass, Janey Winterbauer on backup vocals, Rochelle Becker on Bari Sax and Stephen Kung on horns and keys.
With dance-club hits like “Waiting” and ”Music for Boys" and radio hits like ”Life Is Like”, “Rattle My Bones”, and the recent Marriage Equality Anthem, "Love Is The Law”, The Suburbs could be forgiven for resting on their laurels. But the music and accolades keep on coming. Their last single "Turn The Radio On" was voted "Song Of The Year" by a poll of local music critics in the Mpls Star Tribune in 2013, and their brand new album “Hey Muse!” is already gathering what can only be described as a worthy buzz.
The Suburbs continue to entertain at the highest level and remain one of the most creative and vital bands out there today, honoring their past and blazing into the future. As The New Yorker magazine said about their latest ; “the ensemble maintains its quirky spunk and funky pop energy”, and we are proud that the music critic Chris Remenschneider tweeted after their last 1st Avenue show: “I didn't get to see @thesuburbsband Back in the Day™, but I see a lot of bands today & would rate em very high among em.”
John Munson and Matt Wilson of the Minneapolis band The Twilight Hours grew up on opposite sides of Minnesota’s Twin Cities. But the two came together as teenagers in a rock band, and they’ve been drawn to one another, both as friends and musicians, ever since.
The group’s primary songwriter Matt Wilson was raised in St. Louis Park where he became a fan of Elvis Costello, The Police and Bruce Springsteen. Initially, Matt had chosen to play the drums which suited his hyperactive energy. As a drummer, Matt and high school friends formed a rock group called The Panic, spending much of their high school years as under-aged performers in Minneapolis nightclubs, warming up for future luminaries Husker Du and The Replacements at Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry, and for U2 at First Avenue. Matt eventually followed his brother to college at Harvard University where they performed in bands together, including the Love Monsters, marking Matt’s first turn as a songwriter and lead singer. That group won the school’s Battle of the Bands earning a chance to record a 4 song 7-inch EP. Matt quit school before his senior year to learn to play guitar and to make music full time.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Twin Cities, a bass playing prodigy from St. Paul was finishing his stint with an Aerosmith and Rush cover band. Now the young John Munson was on a higher mission to crack the codes of jazz bass, a quest the would continue throughout his life. It was the mid-80s when 19-year-olds John and Matt first collaborated as high-powered rhythm section for the Minneapolis new wave band E Brown, but the two eventually teamed up with Matt’s brother Dan to form their own group, Trip Shakespeare, for which the brothers shared music-writing duties while Matt penned the lyrics. That band toured the country for a decade during the 80s and 90s, releasing four albums including two on the A&M label. After Trip Shakespeare’s dissolution, John and Dan went on to form a power trio, Semisonic, eventually producing a platinum-selling album, “Feeling Strangely Fine.” In the wake of Semisonics commercial success, John also established a now-renowned jazz trio, The New Standards, performing modern pop hits in a boisterous jazz style.
But John and Matt seemed born to make music together and eventually they found themselves joined again, this time as an acoustic duo which they came to call The Twilight Hours. In 2007 the pair released their first LP, Stereo Night. The plan had been to create a predominantly acoustic recording, but the album that emerged was a rock record at heart, full of invention and musicality. Airplay on a local radio station, The Current, nudged John and Matt to build a band full of musical heavyweights including Dave Salmela on keyboards, Steve Roehm on guitar, rhythm savant Richard Medek on drums, and Minneapolis punk rock producer Jacques Wait on lead guitar. In 2016 The band’s second album, Black Beauty, evinced a refined sound with arrangements built from classic elements into a sort of rock that defies easy categorization. The music ranges in mood from subtle to soaring, but the band’s rangy melodies and energetic performances are always full of art and joy.
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If you're a follower of the midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally), you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way.
Since bursting on the scene as a baby-faced 21-year-old with Iowa City's white-hot, road-chewing pub rockers, High and Lonesome, in 1992, Zollo has done just about everything you can do in the rock and roll business. Whether as a singer/songwriter/keyboardist with his own bands; as a sideman for an incredible array of roots music talent (Todd Snider, William Elliot Whitmore, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, The Pines); as a found/owner/operator of legendary underground label Trailer Records; or producer to up-and-comers (The Pines, Brother Trucker, Kelly Pardekooper), Zollo has always maintained a frenetic schedule, logging thousands of miles and 200+ gigs a year.
Of the many things David Zollo does and does well it is on stage that he seems most comfortable and happy. Long known as an exuberant, passionate performer, Zollo is relishing the opportunity to do what he does best-- make music. Catch him while you can and experience the timeless power of a voice that seems to have been with us forever.
Schlieske, originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and is best known for fronting the band Tina and the B-Side Movement, now Tina and the B-Sides.
As a child of Lithuanian immigrants, she spent her formative years in the Mid West, fertile territory for an inspired teenager to absorb and blend all the local musical influences of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, blues and dusty Americana. Pursuing every avenue she came across from the glam rock of Bowie and T Rex, the showmanship of Elvis, the soul music of Aretha to the singer-songwriters of Joni Mitchell et al. Tina honed her skills, writing songs and playing every bar, club and festival that would have her.
Endless touring helped her cultivate not only a dedicated following but a distinctive, blues driven and raspingly passionate vocal style reminiscent of Janis Joplin. She released several albums on her own label Movement Records with the B-Sides and soon signed a major record deal with Sire Records in 1996.
The band released two CD’s for Sire, “Salvation” and “It’s All Just The Same”, with their songs featured in commercials and major movie soundtracks such as ‘The Traveller’, ‘Very Bad Things’, and ‘A Simple Plan’. Tina and band shared stages with Lenny Kravitz, The Wallflowers, Indigo Girls and Etta James as well as collaborating with artists like Stewart Copeland and Me’Shell Ndegeocello. During that time, Tina was even asked to play the role of Janis Joplin in Paramount’s “Piece of My Heart” a film about the late singer’s life.
In 1999, and after heavy touring and sale of Sire to Elektra, the band decided to go on hiatus indefinitely. To commemorate their 10 plus years of hard work, they played 2 sold out nights at the legendary First Ave and released a double live CD of the event, “The Last Polka” which was the last release for the B-Sides.
Schlieske moved permanently to California to bring up her family while continuing to travel the country doing solo acoustic shows.
She formed and played with several other bands, Lola and the Red Hots (now Lola and the Red Family Band), Tina’s Elvis and most recently California-based, Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles.
Also during that time Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughn’s band) asked her to tour singing lead and playing rhythm guitar in support of their 2001 album “Been A Long Time”. She garnered rave reviews as the bands front woman touring that summer in the States and Canada with popular blues artist Kenny Wayne Sheppard.
In 2005 Tina released her first solo album produced by Sheldon Gomberg, “Slow Burn” which features such renowned musicians as Don Heffington (Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), Marc Ford (The Black Crows) and Rami Jaffe (The Wallflowers). To her enduring thrill, she even had Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton play on two of the tracks.
In 2008 Schlieske released ‘Evil Gal Blues’, (also produced by Gomberg) an homage to her favorite female blues singers. Covering songs by artists like Big Momma Thornton, Memphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.
In 2009 Tina did a reunion show with the B-Sides at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater and released “A-Sides: The Best Of TBS” on her own label Movement Records to great acclaim.
Besides releasing solo albums and playing in her various bands, Tina has kept busy with helping to run a program called “Sing It Out!” for a non-profit organization called AHA! It’s an out reach after school program for at-risk teens in the community, teaching self esteem and expression through music. Schlieske acts as musical director for the teens as well as a mentor. She has also donated her time teaching songwriting in her son’s elementary school in which they wrote songs about all the subjects they were learning. They even got to go into a studio to record their songs and release it on a CD.
Music is Tina’s lifeblood and she still goes back and forth playing in her different bands in Minnesota as well as in California, with friends, musicians and colleagues “I just love music and need to play it whenever, where ever and with who ever I can!”
Next up for Tina is the release of “Pinned Up”, an EP of cover songs by various Minneapolis artists from her band One Of The Boys as well as the release of ‘Sweet Relief III’ on Vanguard Records on July 9th. Tina contributed a killer rendition of Joe Cocker’s ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. The album also features such great artists as Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Shelby Lynne, founder Victoria Williams, She & Him, Ron Sexsmith, Rickie Lee Jones and Joseph Arthur.
Tina is also currently writing new material with the B-Sides for an upcoming album release for the fall of 2013.
LowRay are another in the long line of Trans-Atlantic musical partnerships. For his part in the duo singer and guitarist Dan Fowlds (Bump, Pill Hill) looked east to David Bowie, Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones alongside his Americana influences while growing up. A musical career started in Northeast Minneapolis in the 1980s woodshedding in his parent's basement later moved on to contest wins, touring and recording over the next 30 years. James Irving (22-20s) was very much looking back the other way from his English homeland. Son of a Jazz pianist, he was a big band drummer in his youth before eventually landing a gig with 22-20s - a deep south influenced 4 piece renowned for their fearsome, blues soaked live performances. Now they come together for their debut EP 'Columbia', a 6 track EP of new material featuring some of the Twin Cities best musical talent which is now available for purchase and digital download at our online store.
“If intimacy intrigues you and makes you into a skittish peeping tom, then be sure to catch Bue at her next performance.” – Alan Sparhawk, Low
Mary Bue is an indie musician and yoga studio owner based in Minneapolis. A prolific songwriter with 7 albums under her belt, Mary’s music touches upon archetypal themes of the human condition: love, loss, triumph, dreams, and the natural world. A longtime student of yoga and psychology since her early teens, Mary weaves sacred subject matter into her songs with inquiries into the spirit, the seeking of deeper levels of consciousness, and deep concern for the environment all mixed into her sometimes crass, real-world hue. Mary recently opened Imbue Yoga in South Minneapolis – an intimate, beginner friendly studio featuring many lineages of yoga – quite the “multi-passionate entrepreneur.” For the early half of 2017 Mary was an Artist in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM – spending time creating in solitude, along the Rio Grande river gorge and Sangre de Cristo mountains. She released her 7th project The Majesty of Beasts in May 2017 which landed on 2017’s Best of Minnesota Music lists for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and #3 in the City Pages. Mary’s long-time support of PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault) as well as the release of this EP was also recognized in November, honoring Mary with 2017 Community Ally of the Year.
NEW EP THE MAJESTY OF BEASTS
The Majesty of Beasts is Mary Bue’s 7th release, thick with transformative events which occurred in its making. The content ranges from trivial, catchy pop-punk to harrowing personal hell. From leaving behind a broken dishwasher and a toaster oven in “The Shit I left in Duluth,” to feeling like an aging loser in a sea of hipsters at a bar in “Minnesota Goodbye,” Mary ventures deeper into environmental and humanitarian concerns in the title track “The Majesty of Beasts.” By far her most aggressive recording to date is “Petty Misdemeanor” in which Bue reveals to the public for the first time her experience of being a victim/survivor of sexual assault and the injustice/betrayal/failure of the legal system and close communities when dealing with this type of trauma (a portion of the proceeds of records sold will go to aid for supporting victims of sexual assault).
The Majesty of Beasts is Mary Bue’s first venture onto vinyl with a limited edition run of EPs. This album fit together like puzzle of numerous moving parts: a prize from Welcome to 1979 studios in Nashville’s Battle of the Bands, (where the EP was recorded), a career development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, a successful crowdfunding venture with Kickstarter and a coming together and breaking up of a band of two years (not to mention a divorce and a move to Minneapolis). These four songs are a close companion in nature to 2015’s Holy Bones and is a sentiment to the depths Mary continues to plumb in her own personal heavens and hells as well as our society’s.
The 4th Annual Sioux Empire on Tap will be pouring up good times and great beer at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 12-8pm! Pick from two general admission sessions or go VIP early-access to sample 100+ craft beers from over 60 breweries!
Take 16 Brewing Company will be there!
The 6th annual Mankato Craft Beer Expo will be held at the Verizon Wireless Center on January 13th, 2018 from 3-6pm (Early admission at 2pm). The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as from across the United States. Attendees at the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition, enjoy education seminars, live music, and food vendors. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components, and flavors.
Take 16 Brewing Company will be there!
Feeling frazzled this holiday season? Take time for YOURSELF and join us at Yoga at the Brewery on December 15th from 6-7pm. Bring your spouse and friends. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $10. Bring your own yoga mat and water.
Tell your friends to meet you after class for drinks. It will be a fun and relaxing evening.
Class will be taught by Stephanie Hoven 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)