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RADIO K REVIEWS: Florist, ‘Holdly’

Published December 10, 2015

The warm months are behind us, meaning Brooklyn-based four-piece Florist timed their new EP perfectly. Acting as a study in the realms of melancholy and heart-wrenching realities, “Holdly”...

Radio K-ritical: Ought, “Sun Coming Down”

Published October 8, 2015

Back by popular demand, the post-rock, Montreal-based and DIY-living Ought returns with a sophomore full-length, “Sun Coming Down.”    Once again appearing on the Canadian label...

“Poison Season” by Destroyer

Published September 24, 2015

After the critical success of “Kaputt,” Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) sticks with the showy lounge-singer aesthetic and ditches the previous inaccessible moaning that was a hallmark of “We’ll...

Silicon’s Personal Computer

Published September 17, 2015

In the wake of dozens of heart-wrenching releases this summer (Torres, Waxahatchee, etc.), “Personal Computer” is a refreshing escapade into funk, electro and letting your hair down.     Producer...

Deradoorian, “The Expanding Flower Planet”

Published September 10, 2015

Casting her wavy veil of kaleidoscopic pop over the end of this summer’s release season is Angel Deradoorian, previously of Dirty Projectors fame. Yet on her first full-length release as a solo artist,...

Local rapper speaks up with his lyrics

Published May 4, 2014

For Minneapolis native Jason “Ecid” McKenzie, growing up on gangster rap was just as natural as breathing. Starting out in high school as Dice the Greedy Player, McKenzie felt it necessary...

Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club performs at Varsity Theater in Dinkytown Tuesday evening.

Show review: Bombay Bicycle Club

Published April 30, 2014

If there was one thing that the audience could take away from last night’s Bombay Bicycle Club concert, it’s that only listening to music on a superficial level often leads to misconceptions...

Neither wind nor rain could deter these free spirits

Published April 26, 2014

Before the light show could begin or doors even opened for the Mowgli’s show I was ushered into a small room, thick with the aroma of Chinese food. I had to step over both Suki and Abby, the dog...

Its more than just the bare necessities for this folksy septet.

Carrying the sunshine wherever they go

Published April 24, 2014

Colin Louis Dieden, lead singer and guitarist for the Mowgli’s, associates their hit song “San Francisco” with the smell of the ocean breeze with maybe “a little bit of marijuana...

Mrs. Doubtfire 2: Electric Boogaloo

Published April 19, 2014

Its' the moment we all haven't been waiting for -- Hollywood is going to try ruining Mrs. Doubtfire. I don’t even know why I’m surprised anymore. It shouldn’t be a surprise...

Mod Sun reps locks larger than your nearest smithy.

Mod Sun raps fast and oozes positivity

Published April 17, 2014

After a long, hard day of recording and relaxing, Minnesota native Mod Sun unwinds with some mangos, his go-to in the munchies department. That fruit choice embodies the peace-loving, positivity-infused...

A musical Friday night fight

Published April 17, 2014

At the Spring Jam Battle of the Bands next Friday, five student bands will slug it out for the chance to play in front of their largest crowd ever — opening for the festival’s headliner, Mac...

Angel Deradoorian, keyboardist for Avey Tares Slasher Flicks, performs at the Triple Rock Social Club on Wednesday Night.

Concert review: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at the Triple Rock

Published April 17, 2014

I didn’t know what to expect when a solitary, nondescript man named Dustin Wong walked out on stage last night to open for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at the Triple Rock Social Club. Lacking...

Speedy Ortiz blazing a trail to the 7th Street Entry

Published April 15, 2014

Speedy Ortiz is a hard band to catch, not only in their fast-paced fret work, but also as they busily zip cross country from one show to the next. These hard-rocking Bay Staters are making 7th Street Entry...

Video games for a cause

Published April 10, 2014

One more point and Grape would beat Ma3la. In a desperate move, Ma3la jumped at Grape, only to be met with a shotgun blast. Match over. That was just the final seconds of one “Team Fortress 2,”...

Killing Starks and breaking hearts

Published April 8, 2014

Game of Thrones (or more appropriately, the soft-core  version of “Lord of the Rings”) has made a huge splash in cultural media. From memes to vines (spoilers on that one), Game of Thrones...

Delivery manager Nathan Nato Coles collects orders in preparation to deliver at Mesa Pizza on Friday.

Drivers dish trade secrets

Published April 1, 2014

This fall, Dave Searle was attacked with a hammer. The man who attacked him made away with $20 in cash, Searle’s bicycle — which he recovered after chasing the man down — and an order...

The Black Keys tease upcoming album

Published March 29, 2014

  On March 21st, three days prior to the release of The Black Keys’ newest single “Fever,” an inconspicuous video appeared on YouTube. It was odd that the first announcement about...

University sophomores Brian Chi and Jake Nokovic at their apartment in Keeler Apartments near campus.  Chi and Nokovis have been hosting music shows in their apartment since November.

Unofficial, unorthodox and undiscovered

Published March 27, 2014

The term “trap house” can cause the minds of some people to wander to less-than-reputable characters and substances. Others might recognize it as the style of music that made artists such as...