Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Best Pour On Tap Gets Down In Studio 5!


Supplying sick grooves that put your cerebral on cruise control and your priorities in check, Pour was spawned in Buffalo, Minnesota, and now slides into your cranium where its nothing but obliged to take up a permanent residency. A rock-steady drum kit keeps hard-headed time beneath a fury of funk-esque string smacking and a vocalist who knows exactly what he’s got to say. The five-piece spins out a fusion of 70’s afro-jam, classic rock, and at times, even disco and psychedelica. Lead singer Jon Sullivan proclaims his truths with a deceptively calm, yet undeniably in-control melodic style, while bassist Derek Strand, drummer John Berry, and guitarists Jacob Berry and Max Eichorst are given their ample time in the sun, meaning each and every member of this group gets their chance to shine throughout every piece they perform. On top of all that, Pour is also on the verge of releasing a new full-length album. 



A few of the band’s stated influences include The Doors, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, amongst others. Bottom line: these five dudes will hypnotize you into actually enjoying yourself. Go see them. Now. 



Links are provided below to Pour’s 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:  

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

Check out the video on our You Tube page here:Pour video

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157655059198855


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette


Friday, June 19, 2015

Liam Gerard Gets Stone-Cold Serious Smooth In Studio 5!



Presenting a blues-trodden past, downtown stomp-pop sensibilities, and a slicked-back swagger, Liam Gerard has risen as a breath of fresh air in the Twin Cities music scene (and we’re talking like, three Tic-Tacs at the same time fresh), combining throwback elements of key-driven love songs, layerings of instrumental simplicity, and humbly-experimental fretwork. Inspired by a slew of blues boys from back in the day, the Motown grind, and 90’s pop, Liam delivers a Noel Gallagher meets Jason Mraz sound that pleases even the most stubborn fans of melody. Liam delivered tales of love and labor all while strumming his six-string or caressing the keyboard in Studio 5 this week, and even paid homage to one of the man’s earliest blues idols, the late-great Otis Redding. Liam's voice retains a calming thickness to it, too prevalent to ignore, yet delicate enough to avoid being abrasive. Liam was backed in the studio this week by Cole Premo, his happenin’ guitarist, and Anahita, his happenin’ publicist. 


Liam has released his first studio work, the EP entitled Your Name (available on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play), and it currently at work on his first full length release, Belle and Music, which is set for a summer release. 

Links are provided below to the Liam Gerard’s 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:  


(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/sets/72157654315043209


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Thursday, June 11, 2015

British Invasion In Studio 5!



Having summoned musicians from different corners of the Earth to the humble streets of Minneapolis, vocalist / keyboardist Daniel Fiskum successfully birthed the alternative pop group Fiskum & The British Bluebirds, which is perhaps his most innovative and blatantly kick-ass group to date. Featuring the sick stylings of Bob Phillip on the drum kit, J. Evan LeFreak on bass, and Simon Husbands on the guitar, The British Bluebirds concoct an almost 80’s-like alternative dance energy, with bright, bursting drums, peppy six-strings, and launching synth sounds. Fiskum’s voice bears a Van Morrison-esque bellow, pleasantly invading and dominating the space in which it proclaims. At the end of the day, this group has provided a seriously fresh groove for the Twin Cities music scene. It’s like they say - if you throw enough stuff at the wall, something is going to stick. Fiskum & The British Bluebirds is the stuff that stuck. 








Links are provided below to the Fiskum & The British Bluebirds’s 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:  


(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/sets/72157654402483651


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Monday, June 8, 2015

Pseudoubt Psychs Out Studio 5


Forget everything you knew about your favorite alternative hip-hop / indie rock band, because Pseudoubt has invaded the Twin Cities music scene with a hypnotically trippy sound guaranteed to lull the hippies into a mellow nirvana and encourage the aggressive type to chill out for ten minutes. Lead vocalist Artifex both belts and raps with impressive syncopation, bringing to mind a similarity to the singing-rap style of Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd. Humming harmoniously beneath Artifex’s tales are Shatter the Primate and Adriatic, both of whom also handle the electronics. Underhill caresses the keyboards, Toivo Hannigan drops a deadly low bass, and finally, Iris commands the skeletal boardwalk of the electric guitar (Underhill, Toivo, and Primate are only part of the live band). Together they weave a solidly repetitious, droning wall of sound, spreading like a gas and penetrating the entire building with pseudo-peppy electric bliss. 


Pseudoubt has been around since early 2013, and released their album Greyscale in January the next year. Seeing these dudes live must be made your top priority as soon as possible.




Links are provided below to the Pseudoubt’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: Pseudoubt video

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157653588757129 


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

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