My Town My Music is a new arts promotion outfit in Rochester, MN. The organization’s stated mission is to create and nurture a vibrant music scene in that city. The plan calls for a focus on local Minnesota and regional artists. That noble effort kicks off November 30 at the Rochester Civic Theatre Black Box with Bad Bad Hats, The Shackletons and Author.
Details and tickets are available HERE
Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock gem of a band that formed 6 years ago at Macalaster College in St Paul. They quickly gained notoriety and label interest with their brand of classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, front woman Kerry Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.
Their 2015 release Pyschic Reader was immediately noted by publications like The New Yorker, NPR and Pitchfork. Paste said with regard to that album: “Psychic Reader still remains sincere rather than saccharine right to the last drop. Unlike what its title suggests, the album proves to be unpredictable from track to track, adding splashes of crunchy garage-rock where others would’ve gone full-blown syrupy. Bad Bad Hats have concocted an effervescent record worthy of refill after refill.”
Their sophomore follow up Lightning Round met with more critical acclaim, air time and set the band on a national tour. In the past year they have shared the stage with the likes of Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus, Third Eye Blind and The Hold Steady. If you are a listener of 89.3 The Current, you know their music has been in regular rotation over the past handful of years. Presently, Nothing Gets Me High is getting a lot of love and was featured in a Rolling Stone article.
Speaking of The Current, hard rocking Twin Cities power trio The Shackletons will support BBH. Rochester music fans got their first dose of The Shacks over the summer as the band headlined one of the downtown Thursday night street festivals. The band of brothers were tabbed as a Best New Band by numerous outlets including First Avenue, City Pages, Star-Tribune, The Current and Go96.3. Their song Minnesota Girls was voted #3 by Minnesota artists in this year’s Current listeners’ poll.
Expect their live show to bring the heat. According to Chris Reimenschneider of the Star-Trib: “This band of rowdily rocking brothers has been in steady rotation at 89.3 The Current with their Brian Wilson-evoking pick up song Minnesota Girls, a good example of frontman Colin Campbell’s wry, raspy charm. Their live show, however, offers a mightier, wilder, more high energy sound with traces of Soul Asylum and even a little classic Who.”