Friday, May 22, 2015

There Are Simply No Words. RapeDoor, Everyone...



Salvation has arrived for the denizens of the Twin Cities who seriously dig absurdly righteous quirk punk/metal. What was birthed as a joke has slowly grown into a full-fledged performing musical act (possibly via Satanic umbilical cord) and is now the entity infamously known as RapeDoor. Comprised of hellhounds Nicole Jean Rowdy (drums & vocals), Odi “Black Jesus” (bass), Ron Q Rudlong (guitar), Jake Sweet (drums & guitar), this fearsome foursome brings unavoidably real punk and metal elements to both their sound and performance. Heavy, grinding guitars and a barrage of percussion are just a couple of their signature attributes as a band, not to mention a punk-as-f**k wardrobe choice that would make Johnny Rotten weep due to his inability to keep up. 





Their lyrical content pertains to every mind-in-the-gutter subject you could possibly con-cock-t (see what I did there?), including staring at people’s breasts and taking s**ts in the kitchen sink. If you were the class clown in 4th grade, your retribution has finally come to pass. Despite all this, however, a lot about the band remains shrouded in mystery, so perhaps the only way to truly grab a feel for what the hell this band actually is would be to smoke some serious herb and observe their bizarre, yet mystifyingly awesome, mating ritual on stage. 

Links are provided below to Rapedoor’s Bandcamp and Facebook page:



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 




-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Bad Companions Are Anything But On "Live From Studio 5!"


Take some home-made rockabilly and season it with some Delta-blues lyricism, a lonely country kick, and a Johnny Cash travelin’ sincerity, and the end result would be the Bad Companions. These boys know how to bust out a fast-talking, hard-hitting jam with a vengeance, complete with perfectly placed stop times, cheeky vocals, and a cycle of instrumental spotlight time. The southern-esque guitar style, provided by string snappers / vocalists Dan Gaarder and Al Subola (Subola was nominated as best electric guitar player in the state by N Music Association) cruise parallel to drummer Frenchy Fremont’s rock-steady punch beat, both unwilling to let up until they sense a hint of weakness in the other (which, fortunately, never happens). Meanwhile, bassist Bill Keefe stands back and keeps the entire train steady to the track. If you want to see the Bad Companions live, simply step outside your front door, listen for the hordes of screaming fan girls/guys, and follow suit. 



The Bad Companions recently released their newest album, 12 Bars. Check it out today!




Links are provided below to the Bad Companions’ website and Facebook page.



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  
https://ia800309.us.archive.org/32/items/255BadCompanions/255%20-%20Bad%20Companions.mp3

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUvisYhtPfE
You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157652392510038 



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Heavy and Heartbreaking, It's Nick Hensley



Singer / songwriter Nick Hensley graced Studio 5 this week with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, his stoic, growling voice, and a slew of original tunes hellbent on forcing you to lie down and deeply contemplate your life. His lyricism bears heavy nostalgic tones and self-aware philosophy, while his powerfully reaching voice brings to mind notes of grunge-rockers Eddie Vedder, Scott Weiland, and the late-great Kurt Cobain. As I sit writing and listening to him sing me an emotional tale on Sin City, I’d be lying if I wasn’t feeling a progressively growing urge to shed a tear and hug my mother. The beauty in Hensley’s songwriting is his relentlessly effective ability to make you stop whatever rat-race-esque task you’re currently working on and just f**king think about things for a moment, coated with a reminder that everything you care about can and will be gone someday. So whether he’s singing to you about Las Vegas, whiskey, or feeding his dog and mowing the lawn, if you want a dose of musical truth delivered via juggernaut vocals and driving acoustic strings, Nick Hensley is your man. 



Be sure to check out Hensley’s album Love Songs For Angry Men, as well as his newest 2014 release.

Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette.)
Check out the video on our You Tube page here:  Nick on You Tube

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157650091251924/

-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, May 2, 2015

From The Souls Of Your Shoes, It's Mark Lickteig



Ask anyone with a basic grasp on logic, and they’ll tell you that Mark Lickteig is to soul what Muhammed Ali is to knocking someone the f**k out. Equipped with a legion of legendary musicians, a voice worthy of wielding the Excalibur, and a beat that pulverizes any attempts to stop it, Mark Lickteig infiltrates your ears with a relentlessly desirable ferocity. 




Influenced by the likes of Otis Redding, Albert King, Booker T & The MGs, James Brown and the like, Mark was brought up on the good stuff early and soon learned to hone the sound of soul as his own. After touring throughout the Midwest and the South with the group The Houserockers, Mark eventually set up shop in Minneapolis, where he played with a number of different bands, including Dr. Mambo’s Combo, The T.C. Jammers, Spark, and The Ruperts Orchestra. Recently, though, Mark proved that he was an equally hot item as a solo artist, releasing his first solo record, Workin’. This record delivers an all-you-can-eat amount of bright, brass-backed feel good anthems, greasy sax solos, everyman lyricism, some winding, snaky grooves, an ultra-punctual rhythm section lightly sprinkled with percolating keys and guitars, and a whole hell of a lot more. Again, ask anyone with a basic grasp on logic, and they’ll tell you that they already own two copies of this album.



Mark’s massive entourage consists of Lightning Joe on the Hammond Organ, Ali Washington on vocals, Ryan Butler on 5-string bass, Petar Janjic on drums, Joe Peterson on keyboards, Joe Elliot on guitar, Bob Hallgrimson on trumpet, Gus Van Sant on tenor sax, Gus Sandberg on baritone sax, and finally, Mark Lickteig on the Hammond B3, keyboards, and lead vocals. 

Provided below are links to the Mark’s website and Facebook:



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: Mark Lickteig Video

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/phot…/kfai-fm/sets/72157651874106320/



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Monday, April 27, 2015

Filthy Animals Get A Whole Lot Dirtier On Live From Studio 5!

Take a ridiculously kickin’ Saint Paul indie rock band and add a delicate seasoning of jazzy saxophone, bluesy  stop time, a righteously hard hitting crunch, lyrics for mostly any mood, the simultaneous capacity to bring down the house AND cradle you into an elegant slumber, harrowingly-hallucinatory harmonies, and five unconditionally lovably personalities / faces, and what've you got? Well, the Filthy Animals, dude. 




The 5 boys that make up the band have been at it since 2011, and aside from dishing out enticing live shows and ever-steadily building a name for themselves, they recently released a full-length album, entitled Music House. The quirky quintet consists of Jake Eisenbeis on lead vocals and strings, Ross Hackenmiller on the booming bass, Josh Dietsche’s sticks percolate across the drums, Andy Lorenz takes on the lead guitar, and finally, Mr. David Saunders provided the soothing saxophone. 
Check out Filthy Animal’s Facebook page and website for further information on upcoming shows, releases, and announcements in general! 



Provided below are links to the band’s website and Facebook:

Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: Filthy Animals Video

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157649813795713/


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette



Friday, April 17, 2015

Danami And The Blue Gets Real, Real, Real Cool, In Studio 5


Driven by the fierce intent to bag and tag the righteous world with a fistful of soul and a lyrical gun, Danami and his band The Blue are the physical embodiment of the word cool, shot up with a serious dose of smooth. Born and raised in Detroit, Danami fused his R&B upbringing with a smoky-sly hip-hop style, along with stable hints of blues, jazz, and slam poetry, to birth his own unique style that has since had his fans held in the chillest frenzy imaginable. 



Eventually making the move to the chilly Twin Cities, Danami attended McNally Smith College of Music and managed to pick up a larger than life live band: Erik Gustafson, humbly boasting his trumpet on tap each day of the week, G-Mo Hollins, tapping the keys with a dangerous amount of grace and style, and Trevor Weist, who’s famous guitar wizardry echoes the canyons of furious fretwork and sexy-subtle stealth alike. Combined, these cats have no problem letting you know just how green the grass is on that fabled other side. If you’re looking for lyrically-driven genius engineered by laid-back instrumental dominion, a sound that induces serious self awareness and existential relaxation simultaneously, look no further than Danami and The Blue. 





Provided below are links to the band’s website and Facebook:

Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 

If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  
https://archive.org/details/251DanamiTheBlue

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: Danami Pix


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Radio Drive Conjures Up Every Positive Vibe Known To Man In Studio 5


Kicking out incessant jams faster than a race horse that really needs to take a piss, Radio Drive rocked the ever-loving socks off of the Studio 5 crew last Wednesday. Space-headed keyboards, soaring arena-rocking melodies, and a relentlessly rigid rhythm section combine to make this Minnesota-bred group’s unique sound, encapsulating notes of driving indie rock, psychedelic phenomena, 80’s hair metal, instrumental section badassery, and loads more. The alt rockers have received acclaim from US and European critics alike. Lead singer Kevin Gullickson had a massive success streak before forming Radio Drive as well, including working with Gene Paul (son of Les Paul), releasing a tidal wave of original material, and receiving notice from several major record companies and Grammy-winning producers. Powered by Wes Henderson on bass, Patrick Spott behind the kit, and Joe Maffei tapping the keys, Radio Drive has morphed into a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of musical ability, making plans to tour through your hometown and promptly destroy it. 




Provided below are links to the band’s website and Facebook:



Be sure to support your local “Fresh Air” Radio Station, KFAI! We are a non-profit organization, so we need your help as the listener to keep this amazing radio station alive and running, so as to deliver a wide-array of music for years to come! 




If you would like to make a donation, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation:  http://kfai.org/node/46434

If you missed the original broadcast you can still listen at ANY time from ANYWHERE on the planet on our FOREVER archives just by clicking here:  

(Archive also contains interview with Live From Studio 5!’s blogger, Seth Hynes-Marquette)

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette