10 Thousand Sounds festival 2013: A music and photo timeline

Photo By Erik Hess

10 Thousand Sounds Festival
Free Energy, Greg Grease, The Chalice, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks
Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 22, 2013

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak defiantly proclaimed early on at Saturday's 10 Thousand Sounds Festival that, "A little rain isn't going to keep Minnesotans from putting on a music festival." And indeed, for fans and artists alike, a day filled with music provided a necessary distraction from the widespread devastation brought on by Friday night's deluge, and gave those without power a few hours of fun while the Twin Cities slowly recovered from the storm.

As for the music itself, the opening part of the festival presented a terrific cross-section of what makes the current Twin Cities scene so vibrant and vital in the first place, as Prissy Clerks, Strange Names, Greg Grease, and The Chalice (who, in addition to hosting the festivities, also played a four-song set), all looked perfectly comfortable and confident on the big outdoor stage, and kept the gradually swelling crowd entertained with spirited sets throughout the afternoon. And Minneapolis expats Free Energy brought the party vibes in the early evening, giving the festival the jolt it needed as the day started to grow long.

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4:10 p.m. The sun was shining strong as Prissy Clerks kicked the festivities off early on Saturday, with fans still wandering in and getting settled as the band built up steam. Their hard-hitting half-hour set drew mainly from their stellar debut record, Bruise Or Be Bruised, with a few brand new songs fitting seamlessly alongside their earlier work. Frontwoman Clara Salyer's deadpan between song banter (including the first 'free energy' joke of the day for the power-deprived folks in the crowd) proved to be endearing introductions for the bristling songs themselves, as the group churned through their well-paced set with precision and potency.

Photo By Tony Nelson

Emily Lazear played keys throughout the entire set, which gave the songs a subtle electronic dimension, adding to the poppy garage-rock squall the rest of band were generating. The rapid-fire set ended strongly with a dynamic version of "Blast Off Girls" ringing true into the heat of the afternoon, and one can only hope that the fortunes of this talented Minneapolis band take off sometime soon.

5 p.m. After a playful introduction by Mayor R.T. Rybak where he said as someone with a strange name himself, he was naturally drawn to a band called Strange Names, the quartet launched into a pulsing, dynamic set that proved to be the best of the day. After a soaring, funky take on "Luxury Child," Liam Benzvi joked about the band's bedroom recording origins, "We used to be lo-fi." But their songs have now taken on a more prodigious, assured tone that only adds to their appeal. After an elegant run through of their current single, "Once An Ocean," the band debuted the first of three new songs on offer throughout the set, as "Ricochet" simply soared in the outdoor setting.

Photo By Erik Hess
Photo By Erik Hess

Before the Thomas Dolby-esque "Minor Times," guitarist/vocalist Francis Jimenez asked, "Has anyone ever felt sad? Well, fuck that!" And indeed, this exuberant set was filled with a blissful pop buoyancy that put a smile on the faces of everyone in the crowd. After a vivacious take on "Potential Wife," the set ended with two more new songs, "Overused Phrase" and "Neighborhood," as the band confidently gave their fans a small but stellar taste of where they are planning on taking their sound in the future. Hopefully they don't keep us all waiting too long for their highly-anticipated full-length.

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