First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2011 announced

sexcat-ericelvendahl.jpg
Photo by Eric Elvendahl
2011 Best New Band nominees Sexcat
With all of the holiday hubbub this week, this one almost got lost in the shuffle: the lineup for First Avenue's annual Best New Bands showcase was announced last Friday afternoon on Radio K's Off the Record, and now those of us who missed the live reveal can check out the seven chosen bands thanks to an announcement on the venue's site.

This year's Best New Bands show will take place on Wednesday, January 25, in the Mainroom, and as in past years several of the acts will look familiar to City Pages readers who picked up this year's Picked to Click issue.

Five of the seven showcasing bands -- blood&stuff, Dream Crusher, Gramma's Boyfriend, MaLLy, and Night Moves -- placed in this year's Picked to Click poll, and they will perform alongside fellow newcomers Fire in the Northern Firs and Sexcat.

For those looking to check out some new talent, here is a sampling of audio and video from this year's chosen acts:

blood&stuff




Dream Crusher




Fire In The Northern Firs




Gramma's Boyfriend



MaLLy




Night Moves




Sexcat

Thunderbaked (DEMO) by SEXCATband


Tickets are $7 and available online here

My Voice Nation Help
22 comments
Mrgasso
Mrgasso

It's ALL GOOD people! Especially hot blonds in loose fitting striped tops! Remember the 60's? And GoGo boots too!

Elliot
Elliot

Gatekeepers in the music industry (i.e. critics, radio DJs, etc.) should be required to be accomplished musicians themselves in order to qualify for the job. This would increase the likelihood that the new music people are hearing is informed by musically literate standards, that reflect the talent of performers, rather than the arbitrary (and generally terrible) tastes of so called music industry professionals. 

Squarelove82
Squarelove82

on a side note, I am really really excited for the new music editor at the City Pages.Hopefully he will take the time to explore the scene, and give attention to hard working artists, even if they don't make his personal taste in music. 

Squarelove82
Squarelove82

The issue here, is that the media in this scene keeps covering the same artists...and their new projects...over and over and over and over and over again. 

There are a lot of acts, with a larger draw and fan base than Sex Cat and Dream Crusher. 

For the record, I love Dream Crusher and everyone in the band...but I don't think they are worth "Best New Band". 

But hey! Half the members are in band are from existing projects the scene already loves, so it's easy to go where you are comfortable. 

I would be upset if a band with next to no draw got labeled as best because they were friends with the media too.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Sexcat has also made me list of "Top Loose-Fitting Striped Tops in Press Photos 2011"

Apryl Electra
Apryl Electra

Gah, just support local acts. Some of these kids are really good. Most people in MPLS just complain and whine instead of going out and exposing themselves to a band that their friends aren't in. Yes, it is great to support your friends but there are a shitload of amazing groups that you'll never hear if you are supporting ONLY your friends and ONLY listening to the Current. 

Sally
Sally

Indie, hiphop, and gimmick garbage. I'm shocked. Demand better, people. Cmon.

Apryl Electra
Apryl Electra

Get over yourself and go masturbate. Musical talent has nothing to do with a set of tits.

Yum
Yum

Dream Crusher def doesn't seem they should be claimed the best new bandand Sex Catbut isn't kinda funny that they are that makes me more happy

Stopbeingsuchafag
Stopbeingsuchafag

bigger draw than Dream Crusher as a new band? name a new band other than Polica and Cloak Ox (who aren't going to play a talent show even if it is at First-Avenue) that could pack a club 9 nights in a row, one of them being Christmas. 

Daniel Berube
Daniel Berube

I thought Mally was pretty good.  Not great, but good.

Jake Schaefer
Jake Schaefer

It is the "Best New Bands" showcase which means your not going to have any bands on the bill that aren't "indie". People are entitled to their own opinions, misguided or not so perhaps some constructive criticism would be more useful than complaining. Heaven forbid anyone could engage in any sort of actual dialog on the internet. 

Sally if you were in charge what would the line up look like?

Erica
Erica

Here's a suggestion to you Sally and all the CP haters...go write your own blog and stop visiting the site. Complaining isn't going to get any of you far. Unless your life is that meaningless to a point where you have to come here and complain incessantly about who the staff at City Pages covers in the local music scene. Secondly, CP mainly revolves around the Twin Cities vibrant music scene, not the suburbs. So again, go write your own blog since you obviously have so much time on your hands to troll her to complain about the bands CP writes about. Oh and no, I don't work at CP, just defender of music.

Guest
Guest

it doesn't hurt...

Daveed
Daveed

You might want to see them first before forming an opinion. Tits or no tits the singer can really sing quite well, IMO. 

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy? Even if Sally had been constructive, i.e. "there's nothing interesting about a band, with two skanks and a creepy dude, named Sexcat," she would still get attacked by the hater police, or at least ignored and silently scorned. The hater police don't engage in dialogue; they enjoy certain things and dismiss or insult anyone who disagrees with their opinion.

And besides, would you ask someone who loves a band or enjoyed a concert to be constructive about their statements?

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

In other words, unless you have a positive opinion about something, you're not allowed to speak. What are you thinking Sally, that you can just go around and say whatever you feel like on public blogs? No one likes a hater, remember.

There is one exception though. You are allowed to complain about other people who complain, because non-haters are obligated to teach opinionated complainers that we hate complaining.

henry
henry

Agreed. This is a show at First Ave. They booked it. Go complain to them. OR, do like what everyone else does for First Ave shows - if you like it, go, if you don't, don't go and wait for something that you do like to come around. 

mplsmusicscene
mplsmusicscene

Polica is horribly overrated.  And, Roma Di Luna sucked! Talk about regurgitation!  Geesh...

sue
sue

Quit complaining about people that are complaining about complainers! 

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...