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Twinsmith @ 7th Street Entry

Jun 03, 2014

Summer jams breezed into the 7th Street Entry on Monday night, as locals Jack Ventimiglia and Apollos opened for the Omaha natives, Twinsmith, for a show that felt like an official welcome to a fun, laid-back summer.

JACK VENTIMIGLIA

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Minneapolis singer, Jack Ventimiglia, showcased his impressive talent with his new EP Transdigital. As he wrote every part of the new project, he had a crew to back him. Sunny harmonies kicked off their first song, and the feeling of lightheartedness continued through the entire set. . Jack slowed the pace down, only to build it back up to their final, harder hitting, instrumental breakdown. Ranging from loose and groovy to hypnotic to jump worthy, the easy style and colorful lyrics from Jack and the band members grasped the audience and was a great gateway to Apollos.

APOLLOS

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Apollos, newcomers as well as Minnesotans, and their more ambient sound were a compelling transition from Jack. With some mild electronic backing and filler, the group built up the first song on their instruments before ramping to a full out jam session reminiscent of, but more alternative than, Russian Circles. The frontman’s voice was evocative and seized audience attention, while their complex and layered playing held it. Interweaving high and fast plucking with full, drawn out chords, Apollos filled 7th Street with their noteworthy mix post-rock instrumental and alternative/indie feeling vocals. Closing with their new hit, “Final Words”, Apollos easy but full sound was an effective lead in to Twinsmith.

TWINSMITH

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Opening with several brand new songs, Omaha's Twinsmith, brought the sweet and breezy sounds of the beach and summertime to the Twin Cities (finally!). Front man Jordan Smith, crooning the first few lines of their opening song, impressively drew the audience in. They played several songs that would fit in perfectly at a bonfire beach party and the crowd couldn’t help but move along to the beat. Twinsmith then turned their sound a little smoother, almost sultry, with longer guitar resonance and lulling vocals from Smith. They didn’t stay in that zone long, however, and came back with their hit, “Honestly”. In preparation for their strong finish, they picked up the pace once more for their final song, Mind Freak” which included high guitar notes and vocals to fill the space. Twinsmith’s upbeat but undemanding tempo had Jordan dancing on 7th Street’s floor with fans and included a bounce-worthy instrumental break. A quick and fun staccato start to their encore performance quickly turned into a joyful jam session; an encompassing finale for their “perfect soundtrack to summer”, surfer-pop vibe.

Summer jams breezed into the 7th Street Entry on Monday night, as locals Jack Ventimiglia and Apollos opened for the Omaha natives, Twinsmith, for a show that felt like an official welcome to a fun, laid-back summer.