3PEAT's Steve, E.GG and Dill The Giant form a triangle offence of rap styles and influences. Their high energy set features sample driven beats with an updated sound. Their focus on developing a great live show has seen them play in hardcore shows, open for rap acts, and perform with live bands.
Bruise Violet is an "angry harmonic grunge punk" band, made up of the members Emily, Bella, and Danielle. Deriving their sound from the roots of the Riot Grrrl movement, the girls are loud and angry, while wearing dresses and looking as feminine as possible on stage. They add their own twist with three part harmonies on top of the loud riffs playing. It's like Broadway meets Bikini Kill. They've played many venues around the Twin Cities, such as 7th Street Entry, Triple Rock Social Club, Studio B in the Skyway Theatre, Memory Lanes, The Fallout Arts Initiative, and many others.
Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017's 'Asilomar', 2013's 'Fathom Lane' and 2012's 'Down By Half') Fathom Lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. Michael Ferrier's songs are at once accessible and memorable, but are also sneaky with their quietly innovative touches. Ferrier cites classic touchstones such as The Velvet Underground, Tom Petty, Gram Parson's "Cosmic American Music", and the Laurel Canyon songwriters, but even with these influences Fathom Lane manages a contemporary sound. The blend of Ferrier's steady and simple tenor with fellow singer Ashleigh Still's more mellifluous soul is a main feature of the rich sound Fathom Lane brews; the band invite their listeners in and then delight them with audio surprises.
Holed up in the pop culture hinterland of Winnipeg, VIKINGS has been crafting big melodies and headlining festivals without leaving the walls of their prairie ice palace. It's not often anyone breaks out of here – but VIKINGS has places to be. It's a sound you'd expect in London, Los Angeles, or Atlanta. But Winnipeg? Maybe its true, and there's something in that frozen water that's growing big sounds in a quiet little town. Focusing on those big sounds and the spaces in between, VIKINGS' music is equal parts dance-worthy and expansive synth trip. Featuring the earworm vocals of Josh Youngson, long ago punk-singer now falsetto-wielding crowd-mover. He is flanked by two brothers – Dave and James McNabb, each manning a bastion of synths. Luke Janzen (drums) adds the foundation, taking VIKINGS out of the box and onto the dance floor. Animal Kingdom EP was released March 10 by Head In The Sand (Apparat Organ Quartet, Les Jupes, Rococode). Lead single Burning Man, mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Snow Patrol, Garbage) is out now.
Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) is one of the U.S.’s premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, online and live audiences and operates a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 900,000 listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services—MPR News, Classical MPR, and The Current—produce programming for radio, online, and face-to-face audiences. The Minnesota bands participating in next month’s Manitoba X Minnesota project were chosen by fans in The Current's music exchange contest.