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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Voltage 2010 Band Lineup and Runway Designers announced

Blue Sky Blackout at Clubhouse Jaeger in September

Voltage Fashion Amplified just released the band line-up and runway designer list for 2010, and it's awesome.

Bands include Blue Sky Blackout, Ruby Isle, Mayda, Red Pens and Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps.

Click here for the full press release and runway designer list.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Me and My Arrow: Two free MP3s from new EP and big show at Uptown October 28th

Me and My Arrow are out on tour right now, but will be returning to Minneapolis to release their second EP (appropriately titled "EP2") on Wednesday, Oct 28th, at the Uptown bar.

HowWasTheShow is pleased to provide you with two free MP3s from the upcoming EP.

Song 1 Download Link

Song 2 Download Link

On 10/28, there will be six bands on the bill, with music starting at 6:30. Schedule as follows:

  • Alicia Wiley
  • Death Cube
  • Speeds the Name
  • Chooglin'
  • Story of the Sea
  • Me and My Arrow

The show is just $6, and no cover is charged until 9.

Me and My Arrow on Myspace:

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Fantastic Merlins release new CD, A Handful of Earth October 30th

The Fantastic Merlins will celebrate the release of their new album Handful of Earth on October 30th. It's an album of world class jazz that should be in every Minnesota music fans collection this year, one I've been enjoying personally, one your dad will probably like too, and one that has been popular since I squeezed it into rotation at Kings Wine Bar in South Minneapolis which now spins only local music (more on that great news in a future post.)

Read more about the Fantastic Merlins and sample some tracks below.

For Immediate Release

St Paul, MN—

Fantastic Merlins, will be performing live on Friday, October 30 from 8:00 - 11:00 PM at the Black Dog. Concert will include performances from special guests, Desdemona and Carnage.

-- Fantastic Merlins, a trio of tenor saxophone (Nathan Hanson), bass (Brian Roessler), and drums (Pete Hennig), create a mysterious blend of jazz and chamber music by bringing together the visceral power of Charles Mingus and the sparse textures of Steve Reich through original compositions and improvised pieces - producing sounds that are intriguing, energetic, and positive.

A Handful of Earth, their latest CD, has been garnering notice and favorable reviews in the US and Europe, including “three stars” from Jazzman in France.

Fantastic Merlins will celebrate the release of A Handful of Earth with a concert at the Black Dog in St. Paul. Special guests Desdemona and Carnage, of Ill Chemistry, will join them onstage. Copies of the CD will be available for sale at the concert. All ages, No cover.

The band is available for interview and live radio performance spots prior to the event. Review copies of the release are available by request.

Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

308 Prince St.

St. Paul, MN 55101


CD Details and Sound Clips:

The Final Days of the Uptown Bar

As local media everywhere prepares stories reminiscing about the days gone by at the Uptown Bar, here's a handy list of what's still in the future. And no, it's not your imagination that there are some killer good lineups on here.

*Mon October 19: Repo + Gallactic Cannibalism + The Running Scared - 9pm doors, no cover

*Tue October 20: Switzerlind + Butcher's Bag + Phil Solem (of The Rembrandts) - 9pm doors, no cover

*Wed October 21: The Deaths + Nightinghales + Bloodshot - 9pm doors, no cover

*Thu October 22: Alpha Consumer + Tarlton + This City Defects (Calgary, AB) + Ghostband + Shegeki - 8pm doors, no cover

*Fri October 23: Dumpster Juice + Spittin' Cobras + Spacewolf - 9pm doors, $tba

*Sat October 24: The Show Is The Rainbow (Lincoln, NE) + Super 8-Bit Bros (ex-Mindless Self Indulgence) + Unicorn Basement - 9pm doors, $5 cover

*Sun October 25: Prozac Rat (CD Release) + Sherbetty + Koo Koo Kanga Roo + John Snell The Tenth - 8pm doors, no cover

*Mon October 26: Where Astronauts Go To Hide + The Invincible Kids + At Any Speed + Nallo - 9pm doors, no cover

*Tue October 27: The Evening Rig + Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo + tba - 9pm doors, $tba

*Wed October 28: Me and My Arrow (CD Release) + Story Of The Sea + Chooglin' + Speed's The Name + Alicia Wiley + Death Cube - 6pm doors, no cover before 9pm, $6 cover after 9pm

*Thu October 29: Faux Jean (original line up) + John Swardson and Get Gone + Luke's Angels - 9pm doors, $8 cover

*Fri October 30: Janis Figure + The Rockford Mules - 9pm doors, $10 advance/$12 at the door. Advance tickets are available online. At or at the bar.

*Sat October 31: Lusurfer + Zebulon Pike + Buildings - 9pm doors, $tba

*Sun November 1: The Day of The Dead: The Hawaii Show and Friends. More information on the final show will be released as the day gets closer.