Minnesota band Cloud Cult, founded in Duluth by Craig Minowa, is releasing a video distillation of 12 years of songwriting that features acoustic performances at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, along with interviews and behind the scenes footage. The movie is the product of an eight-year collaborative relationship between Minowa and co-producer Jeff D. Johnson.
There will be a screening on April 30 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, with the national release on the following day, May 1. No word on a Duluth screening yet.
It’s been nine years since Sarah Krueger first auditioned for American Idol. Since then, she has been the lead singer of a funk band, become a solo singer/songwriter and captured the attention of music lovers all over the Midwest. More importantly, she has learned that making music is about honesty.
“It takes time to hone in on your craft and to focus on the aesthetics of your art,” Krueger said. “I feel like I wanted something authentic, and I didn’t want to be breaking any extreme boundaries or try to be different or stand out. I think sometimes art gets lost in that idea that you need to be different than everyone else. It’s not about being different, it’s about being honest.”
Krueger is a teacher at the Montessori School by day and also works as a waitress at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill. A normal day means waking up early, opening the blinds in her home, preparing coffee and reading and writing before she teaches.
Adam Sippola began an introspective journey with Rising Point. He explains how years of experimenting with looping technology became a full-fledged album. Click on the image above to hear the interview.
Gin Street takes youth and energy to give audiences a highly interactive show. The group opens up about a sense of community inside and outside the band. Click on the image above to hear the interview.
Wood Blind delivers acoustic driven Ska into the North Woods. Jason Wussow and Veikko Lepisto explain how the song “Big Voice” brings sunshine into the world. Click on the image above to hear the interview.
The Farsights take one part storyteller and one part punk for a rocking good time. Phil Jents, Ryan Nelson and Brynn Sias explain how they developed the band’s sound. Click on the image above to hear the interview.