Monthly Archives: March 2014

Episode #19 – March 26, 2014

jaybone_bellEpisode 19 revisits the new EP from Winona’s roots-rock & bluegrass collective Jaybone Bell & Restless Light, in addition to featuring music from Rochester reggae-rock act Push & Turn, MPLS post-hardcore trio All the Way Rider, electronic multi-instrumentalist Dosh, MPLS techno duo Complicit, Appleton WI folk-rockers Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, and Québec roots trio De Temps Antan.

It’s been a pleasure to witness the development of Jaybone Bell & Restless Light over the past year and a half. Defying the somewhat unfair “flash in the pan” stereotype of college bands, this six piece has demonstrated an applaudable level of commitment to both their music and the community. Not content performing only in front of friendly college-aged audiences, the band has performed throughout the region for new, diverse, and unfamiliar audiences alike. The group’s various members are also involved in a variety of other community projects, events, and ensembles.

Most importantly, their sound, songs, and stage show have gotten tighter and more polished along the way; showcasing a refreshing and unique take on a genre that sometimes seems over-saturated in our area. From front man Jason Ziebell’s Dylan-esque crooning to guitarist Kelly Blau’s virtuoso noodling, The Wind Shine EP is a satisfying snapshot of a credible young band that’s found its voice.

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Episode #18 – March 19, 2014

sapsucker1This episode gets off on the right foot with new music from Viroqua’s charming old-time country duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, MPLS indie-pop shoegazers Strange Relations, and Winona’s high-energy 7-piece Americana act Gravy Train; in addition to vintage cuts from mind-melting electronic folkie Jeff Mitchell, lyrically-driven alt-country group The Oh Eeks, Winona electro-rockers Apartment 4, and MPLS roots duo The Floorbirds.

The aforementioned Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers are a charming, and frankly adorable, duo that performs both original and traditional old-time fiddle tunes with tight harmonies, while bringing a light musical touch and a great sense of humor. The are involved in other musical projects in the Viroqua-area, including the Pie City Ramblers and the Kickapoo Barn Dance radio show on WDRT. They will be performing in Winona for Mid West Music Fest in the front room of Broken World Records on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 6pm.

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Episode #17 – March 12, 2014

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Episode 17 features brand new music from Winona’s preeminent pixie-goth sludge rockers The Ultrasounds, in addition to tunes from Duluth alt-country crooner Old Knifey, battle-ready melodic post-hardcore act Boats vs Manatees, MPLS synthpop Depeche Mode devotees CLAPS, now-defunct Americana aces Roma Di Luna, and Winona’s favorite fiddling clogger Matthew St. Francis (AKA Matthew Francis Byrnes).

The Ultrasounds’ Lost My Mind EP is a solid debut recording that leans heavy on deft distorted guitar work — just like their raucous live performances. The EP is a polished snapshot of this co-ed quartet’s 90’s rock-influenced sound. And while the guitars are indeed prominent, the mix shifts from song to song, and Megan Hanson’s bittersweet vocals never lose their inherent dreaminess. Coinciding with the release of their EP, the band also embarked on a mini-tour that took them into Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa — no doubt winning over some new converts to the holy gospel of Winona-bred pixie-goth sludge rock.

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