Jesus Told YouFeb - 14 - 14
The second the first guitar riff begins it becomes abundantly clear what First Communion Afterparty is all about. They play psychedelic rock. It would not surprise me if First Communion Afterparty found a time machine and used it to see Woodstock live. Saying this, FCA keeps the music definitively theirs. They aren't your hippie grandpa's old cover band, but an absolute gem repping an under played genra in the modern music scene. Oh, and they're from the Twin Cities.
VisionsFeb - 13 - 14
It can be a challenge to keep the singer songwriter model interesting. Adding a poppy chorus, and some delightful piano delay, “Visions” has no problem with gaining and keeping interest. The bari sax provides a transition between the verse and chorus giving “Visions” some much needed contrast and being generally awesome. Really, “Visions” is a testament to St James' versatility, an exciting single hidden inside a contemplative album more grounded in what is expected from a guitar wielding songwriter.
Captured HeartFeb - 12 - 14
This song belongs in a car ride through a forest with friends. Making excellent use of instrumentation, “Captured Heart,” implements xylophone and flute throughout the song, complementing the drawn out vocals and guitar line with earthy melodic sounds. It's easy to get lost in the repeated bass and guitar lines, punctuated by ethereal vocals and the aforementioned flute. These Italians have managed to create a song that fits perfectly into the Minnesotan wilderness.
Peter Jr.Feb - 11 - 14
This is garage rock. There is something incredibly appealing about a band containing four buddies whose soul purpose is to rock their respective hearts out, and Mozes and the Firstborn have that appeal on lock down. Mirrored guitar and bass parts, a charming lead singer, and clapping on 2 and 4, Mozes and the Firstborn know what works. Complete with a challenge to the dead end jobs, which constitute garage rock's worst nemesis, Mozes and the Firstborn are sure to put on an incredible show at 7th St. Entry on February 28th opening for together PANGEA.
WildsideFeb - 10 - 14
Despite being noticeably lacking in sax solos, “Wildside” by Cross My Heart Hope to Die is bursting with some dirty soul provided by lead singer Brevi of 50 Cent's “Be My Bitch” fame, and an organ heavy mix by DJ Muggs. The chorus weaves its way into your head after the first listen, and the thumping bass keeps the song moving despite its simple structure. Accompanied by compelling lyrics contemplating a walk on the wild side, CMHHTD earns a repeat or five.