Fort Wilson Riot Continue to Chase Their Sound Ahead of Icehouse Residency

Photo by Dave Mendolia, cutup by Jesse Draxler

Fort Wilson Riot have been slowly evolving their electro-tinged R&B sound over the last few years. That change in sonic direction has been made easier with the addition of a full five-piece band during their live shows and studio sessions, which allows Amy Hager and Jacob Mullis to expand their rich sonic palette even further.

Ahead of their two-night residency at Icehouse (which begins on April 12 and continues on April 19), we are pleased to premiere "Tryin,'" the first of two new singles the band are releasing in conjunction with those performances. We were also able to talk with Mullis about the sessions that produced these new tracks, and what the band has in store for their Icehouse shows and beyond.

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Behold the UnderCurrentMPLS Residency at Triple Rock

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Catbath will be performing on night four of the UnderCurrentMPLS residency

We don't have all the data, but UnderCurrentMPLS has quickly become the only reason that the Twin Cities' punk/indie/DIY community even bothers to go online anymore.

Based around a YouTube page updated nightly with fresh videos of live music, culled from the harder, weirder end of the local spectrum, UnderCurrent is sort of like your Eyewitness Punk News at Nine. Instead of sports, weather updates, and creepy anchors that resemble mannequins, there's just more bands.

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VAN STEE Going Under the Microscope During Nomad Residency

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VAN STEE | Nomad World Pub | Thursdays in December
Indie-rock quintet VAN STEE have continuously redefined their sound since last year's debut, We Are, weaving in traces of pop and shoegaze rock into their aesthetic. But that doesn't mean the transformation is complete. The group still feel they haven't settled on want they want to be yet.

This month, VAN STEE will push their musical boundaries further with a residency at the Nomad World Pub along with some musician friends. In his hilarious fashion, lead singer Charlie Van Stee shares what the band has been up to and what is on the horizon for the group.
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Reina del Cid & the Cidizens wrap up Amsterdam residency

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Reina del Cid & the Cidizens | Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Monday, September 8
What a difference a year and nine months can make. In that time, Reina del Cid and her band the Cidizens took over the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul on Monday nights and earned themselves a career. Tonight, the band will end their residency, which has taken their musical journey from bluegrass indie rock to evolve and integrate new experiments by trying new things with their sound.

Gimme Noise caught up with lead singer Reina before the band hits the stage for the last Monday night to find out what she has learned after playing 88+ shows during their residency.
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Reina del Cid announces residency at Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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To be able to translate a name from something that people hear to something that they know is a tough transition for a lot of artists these days. Reina del Cid & the Cidizens run into that a lot. The young artist has been playing around town for a bit now, working hard and making a name for herself. Beginning January 21, Reina & the Cidizens will be taking over the Amsterdam for their Monday night residency.

Gimme Noise spoke to Reina about her plan for their Mondays in St. Paul and how it all came together.

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