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THEEsatisfaction @ 7th St. Entry
August 28, 2012
Taking the stage at the 7th Street Entry on August 28th was female-funk duo THEESatisfaction. With no other instruments besides a computer, the two surprisingly owned the stage for the entire night, largely due to their synchronized dance steps and sassy finger snaps. The two write their own beats, and have made numerous mixtapes prior to their debut album release: awE naturalE. The setlist included a good amount songs from the album as well as mixtapes and even a few new songs. Most of their songs average only about two minutes long, however each funky/soulful hip-hop jam flowed right into the next; the crowd was entranced in one continuous groove the entire time. The audience was given two encores (one may only count as half because the two never actually left the stage). It's safe to say that the people inside the Entry that night felt a whole lot closer to living in the 70s, and witnessed a performance of truly funk-ified, hip-hop inspired soul music.
Written by Amanda Reeder, Radio K volunteer
Twin Shadow @ 7th St. Entry
August 7th, 2012
Returning for a second night in a row at the 7th Street Entry was Twin Shadow on August 7, 2012. Before George Lewis Jr. took the stage was opener Poolside, a duo out of LA. From these guys and their touring band, the crowd experienced a perfect dose of funk-ified summer-y jams to warm them up for TS later that night. If you were to mix the synths of bands like Tycho, the energy and sass of Fundadelic, and the seductive vocals of Twin Shadow, you would have Poolside - the perfect potion for get-in-the-zone, feel good funk music.
You could definitely tell it was a sold out show that night at the Entry; as the night went on, personal space decreased as more people stuffed the dance floor. Once Twin Shadow took the stage, however, I think I speak for most people when I say that was completely forgotten. Frontman George Lewis Jr. (wearing a hat that hid his infamously beautiful hair - as pointed out by an audience member) owned the stage that night. He started the set out with three songs off his latest release, Confess; "Golden Light" kicked the night off with the perfect amount of dance moves. The whole set was planned out excellently, I thought. He spoke in between just enough songs, slowed things down a few times during the night with songs like "Forget" but got right back into the groove with high energy anthems like "Five Seconds". He even hopped off stage and completely shredded on guitar while buzzing around the crowd.
What made the night truly special was how much Lewis thanked the crowd and complimented Minneapolis throughout the entire set. He called Minneapolis one of the most underrated cities in the country, and you could tell he meant it. He appreciated how awesome the people and the city are here, but we aren't too cocky and proud about it, like a lot of cities. I'm pretty sure everyone in the crowd was extremely pleased when he announced he will absolutely never skip over Minneapolis while touring.
Written by Amanda Reeder, Radio K volunteer
Olsen Twinns with Phantom Vibration @ 7th St. Entry
July 23, 2012
Local band Phantom Vibration rocked the 7th street entry on Monday for their EP release of Aged, opening up for the local talent of the Olsen Twinns. The house was packed with friends and local music lovers, all enthralled by the haunting voice of Daniel Clinton-McCausland, and the awesome pairing of Henry on guitar and Gunnar pounding on the drums. They played some tunes from their first two EPs, Kids and Growing, and finished off their set by playing some awesome new stuff, including a top-notch tune entitled "Sapience", one of my favorite new songs. As an avid follower of this group, I can say from personal experience that not only is their music flourishing with this new EP, but so is their stage presence. 6 months after the release of Growing and opening for Nurses in the same venue, their sound has delved into new turf and is even more exciting and complex than before. If you haven't heard them, check out their awesome in-studio on Radio K.org.
Following Phantom Vibration was another local act, Olsen Twinns. Despite the name, two blonde-haired babes are not behind these electronic beats, but in fact is 21-year-old Mickey Davis. He played a very filling set, which he introduced to the audience, "Some songs are for dancing, and some are not - you decide which ones are which." And the crowd definitely followed through with that suggestion. Throughout the night there was quite a bit of swayin' and groovin', but also slower moments to cool down (actually quite literally-in the heavily air conditioned Entry).
The entire night not only did I get a great dose of dance-able beats to get me out of Minneapolis' 80% humidity, but I was able to witness and be a part of the local music community and support behind it, was absolutely great. Hugs and handshakes were constantly being given to the musicians after and before their performances. It's no secret that the Twin Cities has some great talent out there, and this show was proof.
Written by Nailah Taman and Amanda Reeder, Radio K volunteers
Ava Luna with Buffalo Moon and Tickle Torture @ 7th St Entry
July 17th, 2012
Opening for Ava Luna were local friends Tickle Torture and Buffalo Moon. Tickle Torture (Sleeping in the Aviary's Elliott Kozel) was definitely in peak shape, popping-and-locking to his home-made dance tracks, playing up his hyper-XXX alter ego. Wearing only baby oil, ice made from a hood ornament, and tight leather pants, Kozel sang about desire, sexual frustration, and what every woman wants and needs (which incidentally he can provide.) Is he Prince's illegitimate lovechild? Word to the wise, don't pull up his Myspace page at work while your boss is looking over your shoulder.
The first time I heard Ava Luna was on a tour mix-tape put out by Sleeping in the Aviary (decorated with sparkles and potato stamps) and they were easily the best thing on the tape. Try and classify them under one genre or compare them to another band and you will probably make a categorical error, as it seems they take cues from piles of influences. Never boring, I would say that their main success is that their music actually has a soul, and on this night their shiniest moments had most to do with their vocals and harmonies—fronted by Carlos Hernandez backed by Felicia Douglass and Becca Kauffman. While performing their title track “Ice Levels” which opens with Kauffman singing the finest sung line on the album, the crowd whooped and hollered after each line she sang. There may have been some “amens.” Hernandez was no slouch either, looking like a Wonder Years character and endowed with some manly pipes, each song performed with even more groove than their recordings.
You probably missed Ava Luna, because the Entry was practically empty. My only complaint is that you should have been there.
Set highlights include “Ice Levels,” “Clips,” “No F,” “Past the Barbary” of course, with encore performance of “Eight Nine (Won't You Be Mine.)”
Memorable audience quote: “It's like, not often that my mind blown. But tonight, my mind was blown.
Written by Jamie Nelson, Radio K volunteer