10 Twin Cities music acts who deserve to be famous

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3. Some Pulp

The fuzzed-out garage-rock duo Some Pulp have gradually burst onto the scene with a self-titled cassette-only collection that -- as good as it is -- only hints at how great they are live. In fact, their other substantial release, in addition to two rousing singles, was a scorching live set recorded at Kitty Cat Klub a few months after their cassette was released. But one thing is made quite clear when you listen to Some Pulp and see them live. Graham Barton and Dane Hoppe are on to something that has both a modern and timeless appeal. They've hit on a special sound that effortlessly sweeps you away.

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2. Allan Kingdom

On a night that was essentially a spirited coming-out party for both GRRRL PRTY and Four Fists, the young MC Allan Kingdom damn near stole the show. Breaking out a slew of tracks from his vibrant recent release Talk to Strangers, Kingdom and his crew even overcame a laptop crashing in the middle of the performance and delivered a memorable set. Allan's buoyant stage presence and boundless lyrical talents can win over any crowd. His rhymes are imaginative as well as enlightened. The Twin Cities music scene has warmly embraced a series of local hip-hop stars who have gone on to break it big on a national and worldwide stage, and all signs point to Allan Kingdom being the next one.

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1. CLAPS

Back at Heliotrope 9 in 2012, several bands caught my attention, but one group's sound stuck with me long after. The electro-clash trio CLAPS' pulsating, saturnine set left me spellbound. On the just-released EP Lies/White Lies, the group's four moody, synth-driven songs contain hints of the future while being firmly rooted in the past. The disconsolate isolation within CLAPS' music gives it an icy edge that sets their sound apart, and they've churned out terrific releases for the past three years. It's time to give CLAPS the recognition that their inventive material deserves.

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158 comments
Isaiah Hunziker
Isaiah Hunziker

Mamma Brass knuckles and the crafty 6! oh and Battlefish and Metaforte

Henry Faber
Henry Faber

There are so many better bands than those listed. Who paid you off? Hmm... Go to a few real shows for once.

Kevin Cowabunga
Kevin Cowabunga

Wiping out thousands. Alaine Dickman and Taylor Nelson

Millie Ginder
Millie Ginder

Quietdrive, some shitty cover band, electric anthem, the role call, the picture perfect!! And The Modern Era

Josh Matthews
Josh Matthews

TNT / Tragedy and Triumph / Hennessy and Soulution

Eye Lasers
Eye Lasers

Metallagher blows all these choads out of the water, but I suppose they are already totally fucking famous anyway.

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

The Fire - Tony Bones & Jaron Mcdaniel

Michael Kalpiers
Michael Kalpiers

I really liked Frankie Teardrop when they played at the Entry with Fidlar.

luv2wsurf
luv2wsurf

And I repost this from "Newman" farther down in this thread -

"Hire someone that likes rock music sometime.  That segment of the Twin Cities music scene is completely ignored by the City Pages, and it's really annoying.  Not everyone loves hipster bands...some diversity would be nice."

And I must agree.  I have felt this way for a while now and just haven't come out and said so.  Not that it makes any difference what I feel, but the talent in our Twin Cities spans all musical styles.  Rarely, rarely do I see any kudos given to rock musicianship.  

Chad Evenson
Chad Evenson

Todd Clouser & A Love Electric. See him December 20th at Amsterdam Bar & Hall on big stage for confirmation.

Gerald Scott
Gerald Scott

Good article , Good acts. If they want to include Hard rock acts they should include DEEP SLEEP OPERATOR . They have a cd and a "Killer " stage show. True Up and Commers.

Derek Kosky
Derek Kosky

I've never heard of any of those listed in the article.

Bryce Beverlin II
Bryce Beverlin II

haven't heard of most of these. what does "deserve" to be famous mean? like a punishment?

Dancing_Matt_Sudduth
Dancing_Matt_Sudduth

It's weird that I go to local music shows literally every week and of all the musicians on this list I've only ever heard of Dem Atlas (who honestly does deserve more attention).  However, that's more a testament to the fact that there is such an abundance of good music in the cities than a slight towards the musicians on your list.  I'd say I have known more great bands who faded away due to lack of exposure from the likes of The City Pages and other mainstream media sources than I have who actually received the kind of acclaim they deserved.  In fact, I have been trying to buck that trend by creating my own blog about local music.  If you're wondering about the musicians I am talking about you can check out my blog at http://mnlocalmusic.blogspot.com  You can also find my blog's page on Facebook at 'Local Minnesota Music Blog'

Roxane Smith
Roxane Smith

Definately Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders with Alex Crankshaft Larson!! Great band!

Cory Qualey
Cory Qualey

Ive never heard of any of these bands, just 3 hours from the cities and active on Facebook. None of them deserve fame until they expand their reach beyond the safety of their home-base clubs.

Chantel Huston
Chantel Huston

I have never heard of any of these bands. I've never even seen a Facebook posting about them. What about Emergent? Gabriel and the Apocalypse? Nuisance? ReadyGoes?

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