9:30pm doors/10pm showtime
Curse The Day That Birthed The Bastard, by Makr, is now available for download and streaming. This 4 song opus was written as a reflection on certain phases of artist Mark McGee's life, made possible in part from a grant from the Jerome Foundation.
StoLyette is a Minneapolis based duo with Ben Clark (Votel, LaLiberte, Basuketto, Tiny Deaths, Cecil Otter) and Minsk-native Irene Ruderman-Clark whose previous background is in theater. StoLyette began as a project reworking Russian folk songs using only bass and vocals. Following their first live performance, the venue set up a 3 month residency with the duo, and interest and support from producer Ryan Olson (Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads, Lizzo) and producer Ryan Olcott (12 Rods, Mystery Palace, C. Kostra) encouraged the group to start writing original material.
The original compositions expanded to incorporate giga-delay pedals and a pitch shifter to fill out the material by creating dense harmonies, melodies, and beats over the beautifully unique and powerful Russian vocals while still adhering to their original credo of creating all the music with only bass and vocals at the time of performance without further augmentation with previously recorded tracks. In particular, these dynamic soundscapes mixed with an expressive vocal approach presented in Russian provide the listener room to interpret and reconstruct the meaning of each composition to reflect more personally the listener’s own experience and state. With the help of producer Ryan Olcott they have recently completed their first record, Lubymaya, released on Totally Gross National Product.
Mixed Emotions(Fletcher Barnhill):
Fletcher Barnhill has fingerprints all over the Twin Cities music scene. His most recent notable projects include the Totally Gross National Product-backed band RONiiA and Fugitive, both projects in which he is joined by Nona Marie Invie (Anonymous Choir, Dark Dark Dark) and Mark McGee (Father You See Queen, Maijuana Deathsquads). Preferring to stay more in the background, Barnhill's involvement in the Minneapolis music underground runs deep yet often leaves him shadowed — a name on a band's roster, but not necessarily on the radar. That's about to change.