Oh, NMK. What to say other than I adore their wonderfully talented faces? I’ve been keeping an eye on these guys since 2009 and they haven’t disappointed me yet! Their latest collection of songs are about zombies (no explanation needed), an amazing cover of “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”, and karate (“Enter the Dragon”).
This band writes about anything and everything - on their past albums, you’ll find songs on the Peanuts characters (“About Schroeder”), Gulliver’s Travels (“Leaving Lilliput”), the Knight Rider (“Michael (Jumpin)”), video games (“Critical Hit”), just to name a few. You can find more of their stuff here
Grinnin’ In Your Face (originally by Son House) - The Vespers
The Vespers are a four piece band out of Nashville, Tennessee, made up of two brothers and two sisters - Callie & Phoebe Cryar and Taylor & Bruno Jones. Their music can be explained as folk. Folky folk folk. Soul-infused folk, basically. If you’re interested and want more, you can find the album here.
P.S. The guitar part in this makes me mucho happy.
Going on with this current theme of bands from Minnesota… this lovely lady is from Minneapolis and you can check out her debut album here and follow her tumblr here. She’s a self-taught guitarist and her style is…well, think Colbie Caillat or Ingrid Michaelson’s style of music. It’s breezy and light-hearted and so. freaking. good.
The Narrow Vines are another band from Minnesota (Dude, I know what I’m doing when I go home for Minnesota this Christmas! Seeing all these freaking awesome bands.) This five piece band came into being when keyboardist Chris Kline and drummer Clayton Miles started co-writing songs together.
They saw great potential in their songwriting skills and wanted to take it to the next level, so they brought in the beautiful Elyse Barnard on vocals, Wesley Berger on bass/vocals, and Zach Brose on guitars. These five wonderfully talented human beings have their debut album coming out in October, so keep an eye out for it, yes?
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, here comes West of Aldine in all it’s groovy glory. These men were originally an acoustic trio but are now a quartet of freaking fantastic synth pop. Some find their genre hard to define, but I say think…the band Minus the Bear and you’ll be on the right track. And want to know something super awesomely sweet? If you’re enjoying what you hear, you can get this song and several others for free via their Facebook page! YAY FREE STUFF! YAY SYNTH POP!