Strange Relations Redefine Confessional Songwriting on -Centrism

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Strange Relations | Kitty Cat Klub | Saturday, March 14
There is a boundless sense of freedom that permeates -Centrism, the debut full-length from the Minneapolis indie-rock trio Strange Relations. Core members and longtime friends/bandmates Casey Sowa and Marisa Helgeson invited guitarist Nate Hart-Andersen to join the band just a few months before they went into Humans Win! studio to record the follow-up to 2013's debut EP, Ghost World.

Strange Relations' music echoes the sonic expansiveness of Blonde Redhead and Foals, the buoyant guitar-fueled pop of Velocity Girl, and the untamed edge of Sleater-Kinney and Fugazi. You better believe such an unsettled musical dichotomy played a key role in the band's creative vision.

Gimme Noise asked Sowa and Helgeson about the wintry inspirations for these songs, and the meaning of "diary rock."


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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/13-15

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Johnny & Molly from Communist Daughter -- see Sunday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 3/9-12

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Swervedriver -- see Thursday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/6-8

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Zoo Animal -- see Saturday!
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Get Cryphy Starting a New Chapter After Seven Years of Bangers

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L-R: Jimmy 2 Times, Last Word, Plain Ole Bill, and DJ Fundo

Since they began unleashing an expansive variety of rap bangers every first Friday since 2008, the Get Cryphy DJ crew has expanded in a number of directions. They've hit the road with Atmosphere, and all four guys have become in demand behind the turntables for other Twin Cities rappers.

Now they're putting an end to the monthly Record Room residency to focus on the new endeavors -- but not without one last blast on Friday. It's a busy month for Jimmy 2 Times, Plain Ole Bill, Last Word, and DJ Fundo because they'll rock the First Ave mainroom for their seventh anniversary party in the First Avenue Mainroom on March 14 with Le1f, Tickle Torture, and some more surprise guests.

Gimme Noise caught up with the Cryphy crew in the midst of their espresso-fueled workflow as they put the finishing touches on this year's anniversary mega-mix -- set to drop on March 9 -- to talk about their journey so far and where they're going from here.


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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 3/2-5

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The Church -- see Thursday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 2/27-3/1

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Rave of Thrones with DJ Kristian "Hodor" Nairn -- see Friday!

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 2/23-26

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn -- see Wednesday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 2/20-22

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Travi$ Scott -- see Saturday!
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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 2/16-19

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Damien Jurado -- see Thursday!
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