Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Karma Kicks Kick Crap Karma To The Curb on Studio 5!



Sporting some serious half-beard charm and a relatable hipster-ish pride for the Northlands, The Karma Kicks have seemingly nothing on the horizon but a brightly golden kismet. The Saint Paul berthed trio bear a likable tongue-in-cheek confidence that percolates amidst their folksy blues-rock performance, and immersion within it provokes feeling of both feel-cool melancholy, and the slight paranoia that they just might be making fun of you in their lyrics. The latter may be induced by their smoothly unanticipated transitions amongst styles, such as jungle tom-tom drum work dropping suddenly and painlessly into a milky folk chop, followed by a raspy Detroit-blues kick. Consisting of Andy Arvidson on drums and organ, Andy Vogl and Dave Abbot on guitars and bass, and all three boys behind the mic, The Karma Kicks leave their listeners with a digestible down-to-Earth taste in their mouths, one that many local artists constantly strive for but fall just short of. 





Conspiring in March of 2012, The Karma Kicks released an eponymous debut album later that year, followed by their sophomore effort All Gone Wrong in 2013. Their music is available on their Bandcamp page, link provided below. Catch these cool dudes at a live performance as soon as your girlfriend lets you leave the apartment.






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://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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:  

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/72157648583747924/ 


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tim Casey & The Martyrs Jam For What They Believe In On Studio 5!



If you’re up for a quick dose of some cool-drivin’ rock n’ roll that doesn’t leave much else to be desired, Tim Casey & The Martyrs are your boys. Serving up sloshy drums, crunchy guitars, happy harmonies, and lyrics pertaining to a jocular kind of love (and not to mention a badder-than-badass homemade Hammond organ), this fab foursome is a refreshing dab of feel-good rock that we all probably need as soon as possible. Just in time for Valentine’s Day Weekend, The Martyrs might actually make you feel good about dropping hundreds of dollars on a single date night. 


Under the ever-watchful eye of Kirsten Ann Lind.

The man himself, Tim Casey, is the primary songwriter of the group, as well as the lead singer and guitarist. Following him into melodic battle are his loyal sycophants, drummer Robb Burnham, keyboardist Kris Brauning, and Mike Cronin on bass guitar.  Although they currently reside in Minneapolis, The Martyrs have graced stages up and down and all around the Midwest. They released a well-received album, titled Boom, in 2010, and have recently been promoting their newest release called You Should Know, which debuted in 2012. Their music is available on their website, as well as iTunes and Spotify. 




Links to Tim Casey and The Martyrs’ website and Facebook have been provided below:



Also, 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://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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:  


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



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Multi-Talented Members Make Up Rat Pit

Multi-Talented Members Make Up Rat Pit


Legend has it that Rat Pit was formed “in the back of a ’98 Saturn SL4”, but for all any of their fans truly know, this story may simply be the result of some cosmic contact high. The four lads that make up this group (drummer Tyler Hudson, bassist John Manning, and guitarists Sam Arneson and Ian Carson) formed in July of 2012, and since then have unleashed a hell storm of irresistible musical virtuosity upon the Twin Cities. Besides the fact that each member contributes vocal harmonies and the classic-cool gimmick of the guitar players swapping instruments mid-performance, Rat Pit proves that it is hardly held down by any singular genre. Perhaps more prominently featuring a dance-inducing, feel-good-real-good jam band feel, the boys have no hesitation when it comes to sliding into a snaky Alice In Chains doom groove, a Black Crowes junk blues throw down, or even a Grateful Dead acid-voyage. Not to mention, they wield their pedal boards like King Arthur wielded the mother f***ing Excalibur. In short, Rat Pit will make you feel the polar opposite of crappy, so if the weather, the flu, or the broken New Year’s Resolution has got you down, flip on any of these dude’s songs at random and prepare to feel better than Hulk Hogan at a high school wrestling meet. 



Rat Pit recently threw a release party at the 331 Bar in Minneapolis in celebrating of their newest album, Birthday Season, unveiled to the public barely two weeks ago. The collection contains more than a few badass drops of the finest style, including songs like “Cheese”, “Mars Is Our Native Planet, We Are Martians”, and “He’s Probably Been Drinking”. Be sure to check out their website (posted below) for an instant listen to any of their songs off of Birthday Season as well as info on upcoming shows, events, and the friendly band members themselves.




Links to Rat Pit’s website and Facebook have been provided below:



Also, 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, just like the guys in Rat Pit did, simply call us at 612-341-3144, or donate online! 

Online donation: http://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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/241RatPit

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/72157650247412068/


-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Supreme Seduction and A Groove Worth Getting with Nooky Jones on Studio 5!




Maternal figures, lock up your progeny, for Nooky Jones is on the loose, bearing a notoriety for successfully crooning just about every human being in their vicinity while simultaneously sexing the place up. The group dropped into Studio 5! on Wednesday to crank out a serious spate of smooth jams that would’ve made even Gary Busey chill out and enjoy himself. With the brilliant urban syncopation from the drums and bass, the intellectual skat of the keys, the dutiful brass section, and, of course, the passionate vocal melody percolating through it all, Nooky Jones weaves a deadly cool sound that demands nothing less than absolutely all of your attention. Fluxing between milky smooth downtown grooves, hip-hop imposition, and jazz-esque instrumental constituents, the band makes you want to fall in love with the object nearest to you, simply so that you’ve got an excuse to purchase a bottle of wine and feel all tender inside. 




Nooky Jones consists of some of the best soul-spittin’ musicians the Twin Cities has to offer, including vocalist Cameron Kinghorn, keyboardist Kevin Gastonguay, bassist Andrew Foreman, trombonist Ryan Christianson, trumpeter Adam Meckler, and, last but not least, one of this writer’s former drum instructors, the massively talented Reid Kennedy on drums (Kennedy also wrote most of the tunes himself). Be sure to follow these guys on Facebook and Twitter, where they’ll be announcing upcoming shows, releases, and a hell of a lot more. They'll be performing this Saturday night at the Cabooze in Minneapolis. Doors open at 9 PM, with Nooky starting their half hour set at 10 PM. They'll be followed by Black Market Brass and More Than Lights. The show is 18+, with advanced tickets at $8 online, and $12 at the door. Don't miss it! 




Provided below are links to Nooky Jones’ video for "The Way I See You", as well as their Facebook page:



Also, 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://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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:  

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/72157650124332899/

The video will soon be here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KFAIRocks

-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Friday, January 23, 2015

Beasthead and Glow Mechanics Plunge Studio 5! Into Enigmatic Ambience



Kicking off a rare two shows for the price of none last Wednesday at Live Fsrom Studio 5! was Beasthead, the Minneapolis-grown electro-indie rock four-piece with a taste for spacey sounds and a firm back beat foundation that both rocks and rolls. Formerly known as Mustardbus, the oracular quartet began making music under their new name in April of 2013, and consist of guitarist and vocalist Harry Reynolds, bass guitarist Paul Novak, sampler, drum machinist, and trumpeter Doug Deitchler, guitarist and vocalist Nick Whebbe, and their beloved drummer, none other than Mitch Miller.


Since then, the group has performed live extensively and has cooked up a considerable name for themselves in the Twin Cities area. The band brings to mind Daft Punk's elegant combo of instrumental prowess and ambient, soaring vocals, while also jumping to pleasantly disenchanted Beck-esque and tongue-in-cheek angry Gorillaz-style rapping. Beasthead is currently collaborating on an EP with the Glow Mechanics, who happened to be the second group featured on this Studio 5! session.




Grabbing the mic at the show's halfway mark was hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics. Fresh off the 2014 release of their EP, Factored In, Bev, Es El, and Ghostmeat prove that they can assert lyrics fatter than an American stereotype and truer than a South Park satire. The triad throws back to the undeniably cool 90's hip-hop style, reminding the listener of a couple of age-old beloved groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. In short, the three combine hip-hop elements both old-school and fresh to meld a sound that's sure to get your car's hydraulics in gear and the cutest girl you know in the seat next to you as you cruise through downtown Minneapolis. Be sure you check out Glow Mechanics' release from September of last year, Factored In, as well as their upcoming collaborative EP with Beasthead, currently set to be dropped in March.

Provided below are links to Beasthead's and Glow Mechanics' Facebook and Bandcamp pages:

Beasthead Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beastheadband?ref=br_tf

Beasthead Bandcamp: http://beasthead.bandcamp.com

Glow Mechanics Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glowmechanics

Glow Mechanics Bandcamp: http://glowmechanics.bandcamp.com

Also, 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://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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:  

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: Glow Mechanics
and here:  Beasthead



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Courtney Yasmineh Returns to Studio 5!


Bearing all the desired sweetness and devilish, indomitable performing power a music fan could ask for, ultra alt-rocker Courtney Yasmineh provides a service that most humans, regardless of gender, can only vaguely dream of producing. Backed with a first-class rhythm section and a fairly-mythical upbringing, Courtney has made some serious headway in bringing the notoriously collective term “alternative rock” back into everyone’s face with a serious vengeance. Yasmineh’s sound combines aspects of Hole’s crunchy disparity, No Doubt’s tongue-in-cheekiness, the choppy punk of The Clash, and the sarcastic wit of Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette, amongst many others. Although she may remind us of some of our throw-back righteous pleasures, her transitions between soaring, haunting melodies and abrasively rapped verses, dauntingly anxious guitar riffs, and hell-raisin’ jungle drums, Courtney Yasmineh has proven that she is easily capable of weaving her own solitary concoction of sound. 



After leaving her stomping grounds in Chicago for the more secluded serenity of Minnesota’s Great North Woods, a 17-year-old Courtney proceeded to support herself by singing in bars and waitressing while living alone in her grandfather’s hunting cabin, all the while convincing high school officials that her parents were still actually residing with her. Once The Man finally blew her cover, the Iron Hammer of Swift Justice was substituted for a suggestion to attend the Twin Cities’ Macalaster College (where her singing and songwriting would earn her a full scholarship, no less). Courtney obliged, and eventually left with a degree and the world as her precious oyster. 


Since then, Courtney and her loyal band (who now consists of John James on guitar, Kevin Gastonguay on the keys, and Rob Genadek on the drum kit) have performed across the US consistently, released four separate albums, and have even booked 9 different European tours. The band is currently promoting their fifth release thus far, Red Letter Day. 

If you want to check Courtney and her band out as soon as possible, they’ll be playing at the Wine Bar and Cafe in Excelsior, MN, on January 22nd at 8 PM, and Icehouse in Minneapolis on January at 24th, at 8 PM. After that, they’ll be on their way to New York City. Courtney’s albums are also available on iTunes for purchase, including her most recent release, Red Letter Day. 

Links to Courtney Yasmineh’s website and Reverbnation are provided below:



Also, 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://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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:  

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

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



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Wrong Omar Gets It Oh So Right In Studio 5!


Stompin’, strummin’, and hummin’, one-man wonder The Wrong Omar graced the studio last Wednesday with his cheeky folk prowess, telling tales of loving and losing, coming of age and immediately being kicked out, and parents who don’t want to share their weed with their adoring progeny. Joey Shaheen, the man behind the mix, impressively kicks out the acoustic guitar, a fleet of harmonicas (complete with harp rack), and even a kick drum and tambourine, all at once. Imagine the likes of Bob Dylan, Jack White, John Popper, and a young Bruce Springsteen embodied within one organic vessel, and you’ve got an idea of what Joey is coming from and getting at. His ultra-personal, yet tongue-in-cheek, pauses mid-song simultaneously confuse the hell out of and offer a unique opportunity to the listener to truly connect to Joey’s current state of mind.



Aside from performing regularly, The Wrong Omar has conquered 3 national tours, has jammed on several radio stations (including KUMD Duluth, WDVX Knoxville, KMSU Mankato, and KDTR Missoula), is on the Snowbank Records label, and has released a multitude of original albums.


The Wrong Omar will be performing at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais, MN, on January 16th and 17th, both at 9 PM, as well as Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale in Alexandria, MN, at 8 PM. 

Links to The Wrong Omar’s Facebook and Reverbnation accounts have been provided below: 



Also, 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://bit.ly/1yKUfq4

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:  

Check out the video on our You Tube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrUDE2QGaCY&list=UUMeJC71i9gFjLQ8jjM2DHWA 

You can see the Flickr pix from that show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kfai-fm/sets/72157649779223090/



-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette