TCM’s Weekly Music Musings 4/19/2019


Welcome to the first article of what we hope will become a regular feature highlighting happenings in the Twin Cities Music Scene. Our Weekly Music Musings will bring you news focused on local artists and happenings.


Local Filmmaker Sam Luloff Snags Midwest Emmy For Best Music Video

University of St Thomas student Sam Luloff was awarded the Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation Student Production Award for Best Music Video.  The Midwest Emmys are a part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.  Their mission is to promote and encourage high school and college students to pursue media arts. 

Competition is intense and the quality of content is professional in all respects, sans financial remuneration.  The award ceremony, replete with red carpet, took place Friday, April 12 at the Mall of America Crowne Plaza hotel.

Luloff worked with long time friends The Shackletons in directing, editing and producing Happy Boring Life.  The Shackletons are a Minneapolis based band comprised of three brothers.  They recently returned from the official SXSW Showcase in Austin, TX.  They are familiar to 89.3The Current listeners for their songs Minnesota Girls, 4AM and Genevieve. 

Sam’s video also debuted recently on The Current and may be viewed here.  Congratulations, Sam Luloff!



Mae Simpson Get Reader’s Choice As Best New Band – Enter The Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Mae Simpson music turned out to be one of my favorite bands I have stumbled across in the past year. Every time I catch one of their performances I end up with a big grin on my face. Turns out I’m not alone in my opinion.  The band just selected as best new band by the readers of City Pages – Last Import won the “official” title but who cares about music writers’ opinions 🙂

The band is also throwing their hat in the ring for a shot a one of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. We wish them the best of luck



The Owl-Eyes @ Can Can Wonderland

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and enjoy the nice weather coming our way make sure to keep the following shows in mind:

The Owl-Eyes are having their album release show this Friday (4/19) at Can Can Wonderland. This group began as the solo-project of multi-instrumentalist, Ethan P. Teel. He had the opportunity to be involved with the Kansas City School of Rock House Band at age 14, which provided him with the opportunity to open for several well-known musical artists, some of which including: Heart, Jason Bonham, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. At the end of that journey, he eventually attended McNally Smith College of Music where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Music Business. His album, “Hallelujah Hysteria”, was recorded partly in the McNally Smith studio spaces as well as Cloverleaf Audio. Cloverleaf Audio is in St. Paul, and was established by another McNally alumni, Matthew Groso. The Owl-Eyes is heavily influenced by Talking Heads, System of a Down, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, and The Flaming Lips. Make time to check out this event as the album represents his hard work and techniques developed throughout his time at McNally Smith making it a pivotal moment in Teel’s career.

Doors @ 8:30 p.m.

Midnight Notion
Jack Kean
The Owl-Eyes



Goodnight Ritual @ Day Block Brewing Company

Goodnight Ritual will be celebrating their fourth full-length release, “Galore”, in 8 years this weekend at Day Block Brewing Company. This group is a local rock band from St. Paul, and brings listeners an eclectic combination of musical talent. Produced and engineered by Jeff Halland at the Lower Town Rock Cave, their new album is a dynamic collection of songs that is driven by lyrical depth, a thread of sonic bombast, and seamless groove change. Make sure to check out the video below to get a feel for the tunes you may be checking out!

Doors @ 9 p.m.

Late Night Fights
Goodnight Ritual