Sylvan Esso at First Avenue, Minneapolis

I’m tempted to review this show in a single sentence, then apologize because I have to pay by the word. But I won’t, because I’m not a jerk and more importantly, because Sylvan Esso is amazing and they deserve better. If you don’t know them, Sylvan Esso is an electropop duo, consisting of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn. They combine Meath’s sharp, boisterous … Continue reading Sylvan Esso at First Avenue, Minneapolis

Live at Coachella: Galantis

I cannot stress the importance nor the weirdness of the fact that Galantis‘ Weekend 1 performance was their first ever live performance.  Their first release, Galantis EP had been released a scant eleven days earlier.  In short, their inclusion in the line-up was a gamble on the festival organizer’s part.  Sure, they’ve both toured and played live shows, either solo (Style of Eye) or as … Continue reading Live at Coachella: Galantis

Review: Prince at Paisley Park

I feel like now is a good time to come clean with my dirty little Minnesotan secret: Before last night, I’d never seen Prince perform live.  I’ve been going to concerts for over twenty years, I’ve loved Prince just as long and I’ve lived all but a few months in Minnesota.  Plenty long enough to catch a show.  It’s one of those things that never … Continue reading Review: Prince at Paisley Park

Gramatik and FLAG in the same night: Dual Reviews

It must be my birthday, because I got to see Gramatik and FLAG in the same night.  Pinch me all you want, I know I’m not dreaming.  Each of these concerts represent completely different, but equally important parts of my musical make-up, part history and part future.  The good news for each concert came Friday when I got a text from my girlfriend telling me … Continue reading Gramatik and FLAG in the same night: Dual Reviews

Sunday Sounds: First Aid Kit

I’m sure I’d heard this song before I saw it performed live, but seeing First Aid Kit perform “Emmylou” live at Coachella in 2012 was where I was able to connect with the song.  That’s where it hit me. The power of the girls’ harmonies is undeniable.  They capture perfectly the innocence and simplicity of old-country.  They have obviously spent a lot of time immersed … Continue reading Sunday Sounds: First Aid Kit