We’re changing it up

Crown & Sparrow has always been a project about artists helping artists, telling great stories and making cool stuff happen. In that light, we’re changing up who we are and how we do things, because we’ve been taking on a lot of exciting projects of our own.

Natalie Gallagher has gone and taken over as the music editor at The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt-weekly. She’s doing a phenomenal job covering the local scene and the national acts coming through Missouri, and is, as ever, fabulous.

Colin Wilkinson launched a new record label and distribution hub for new tape gems called Milk Wax. Check them out, and go see Colin deliver the punk you’ve always wanted with his killer outfit Tree Blood.

Carl Atiya Swanson is a dad now, and continues to make theater with Savage Umbrella, as well as working with artists to create a living and a life as the Director of Movement Building at Springboard for the Arts. He just launched a new storytelling and resource-sharing platform, Creative Exchange.

What does this mean for you and your projects? It means that we have a limited capacity to take on new and in-depth work and run projects for you. We’re definitely still interested in you and what you’re doing - if we’re not able to do it for you, we want to help you figure out how you can do it for yourself, or find the right person to help you. Be in touch at crownsparrow@gmail.com, and keep on doing what you do.

On October 25, Twin Cities poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw celebrates the release of his new EP Echolalia with a show at Icehouse, featuring his band The Family Trade, followed by a headlining set from The Farewell Circuit.

Stream Echolalia here: https://soundcloud.com/brianlaidlaw/sets/echolalia-ep

Read more here!

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMinneapolis, MN - At last, a new single from Fort Wilson Riot! 
 Rumors have been flying that daring avant pop duo FWR and renowned production wizard Ryan Olcott have been scheming to unleash a new set of sounds into the world. With the former 12 Rods and Mystery Palace man at the production helm, Fort Wilson Riot promise an album that blurs boundaries while immersing the listener in hypnotic waves from some sunset alien shore. With “Yes Indeed” we’re about to get a taste of that wash of cosmic synth, dirty guitars and shimmering melodies, resulting in a surreally cinematic train ride.
 Sit back, relax, and let “Yes Indeed” move you: https://soundcloud.com/fort-wilson-riot/yes-indeed-1

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Minneapolis, MN - At last, a new single from Fort Wilson Riot!


Rumors have been flying that daring avant pop duo FWR and renowned production wizard Ryan Olcott have been scheming to unleash a new set of sounds into the world. With the former 12 Rods and Mystery Palace man at the production helm, Fort Wilson Riot promise an album that blurs boundaries while immersing the listener in hypnotic waves from some sunset alien shore. With “Yes Indeed” we’re about to get a taste of that wash of cosmic synth, dirty guitars and shimmering melodies, resulting in a surreally cinematic train ride.


Sit back, relax, and let “Yes Indeed” move you: https://soundcloud.com/fort-wilson-riot/yes-indeed-1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   16 JULY 2013   MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Four-piece indie-rock outfit Dear Data has been spreading its own R&B-style, fuzzy electronica around town for the past three years, quietly building a reputation for putting on savvy, dynamic shows matched with expert musicianship. This August, the band will be officially releasing their debut EP, Wait Until You See, a dazzling six-song collection that fans have long awaited. Read more here.
Stream Wait Until You See on Bandcamp here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
16 JULY 2013
 
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
—Four-piece indie-rock outfit Dear Data has been spreading its own R&B-style, fuzzy electronica around town for the past three years, quietly building a reputation for putting on savvy, dynamic shows matched with expert musicianship. This August, the band will be officially releasing their debut EP, Wait Until You See, a dazzling six-song collection that fans have long awaited. Read more here.

Stream Wait Until You See on Bandcamp here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   21 JUNE 2013
Just as the sun finally seems to be on our side, so comes the massive outpouring of summer arts events. Adding to the impressive roster is the next installation of Republic’s Art & Music Series, welcoming the expressive paintings of Danny Sigelman for an eight-week residency, with music by Chris Koza on June 30, sponsored by Secret Stash. Read more here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
21 JUNE 2013

Just as the sun finally seems to be on our side, so comes the massive outpouring of summer arts events. Adding to the impressive roster is the next installation of Republic’s Art & Music Series, welcoming the expressive paintings of Danny Sigelman for an eight-week residency, with music by Chris Koza on June 30, sponsored by Secret Stash. Read more here.

City Pages Feature on The Shakin Babies Release Show Tomorrow!!!!!

The Shakin Babies are making some pretty awesome press these days and here is another one! 

Local paper/music blog City Pages did an interview with them about their release show tomorrow! 

Check it out HERE and remember the release show is TOMORROW at the Hexagon! Its going to be soooo sick! 

NEW SHAKIN’ BABIES TRACKS “EASY MEAL” AND “MARY WANTS TO ROCK” ON THE FADER!!!!

Oh man this is so awesome! The Shakin’ Babies are getting there! Today The Fader featured two new tracks off of The Babes debut record, Stocked Casual.  

"Easy Meal" and "Mary Wants To Rock" are avalable for streaming at MJ MJ Records Bandcamp. 

LET ROCK N ROLL WILL PREVALE!!! 

The Shakin’ Babies New Single Out Very Soooooon!

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The Shakin’ Babies released their very first single, “Katrina”, last week on Decoder Magazine but very, very soon a new single from their debut, Stocked Casual, out on local label MJ MJ Records, will be released! But which one?!?!?!

Reasons we love Mousey McGlynn:
1) She can pull off that jacket, and she doesn’t even need her fabulous mani to make it work.
2) She writes outspoken things like “Fuck Your Mall Culture”.
3) Statements from other acts like: “I’m hearing everything from Gregorian chants to touches of Southern gospel, but all with a firm footing in pop melody. Her musical leanings are about as diverse as her geographical history.”
4) She’s bouncing from North Dakota to London to Minneapolis for the SENSORY SOIREE video launch at CO Exhibitions on Friday, which means we get to party with her. MOUSEY PARTY!
5) Sunglasses. F’real.

Reasons we love Mousey McGlynn:

1) She can pull off that jacket, and she doesn’t even need her fabulous mani to make it work.

2) She writes outspoken things like “Fuck Your Mall Culture”.

3) Statements from other acts like: “I’m hearing everything from Gregorian chants to touches of Southern gospel, but all with a firm footing in pop melody. Her musical leanings are about as diverse as her geographical history.”

4) She’s bouncing from North Dakota to London to Minneapolis for the SENSORY SOIREE video launch at CO Exhibitions on Friday, which means we get to party with her. MOUSEY PARTY!

5) Sunglasses. F’real.

There’s no better way to kick off the summer (and we swear it’s coming) than with a great big music and art party at one of Northeast Minneapolis’ most stunning gallery spaces. Join us on May 10 for Sensory Soiree at CO Exhibitions, featuring music by Mousey McGlynn, Sleep Study, and Warehouse Eyes with an exciting art installation by local artists Kate Casanova, Laura Bigger and Stefanie Motta!  Mousey McGlynn is excited to return to the Twin Cities with the volume turned up—way up. Mousey is pleased to announce the debut of a brand new music video for her song “Walked To The Water,” scheduled for release at Sensory Soiree, Friday, May 10.  Check out the making of Walked to the Water here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRFYJUfHT3Y Check out more of Mousey’s music: http://mouseymcglynn.com/ Listen to Sleep Study here: http://open.spotify.com/album/1eJzNI2HKmaZv9fW1egHiC More about Warehouse Eyes here: https://www.facebook.com/warehouseeyes?group_id=0 Kate Casanova is a 2013 MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. She is supremely talented in ways that will baffle ordinary humans. Check out the art of Kate Casanova here: http://www.katecasanova.com/ The art of Laura Bigger: http://cargocollective.com/laurabigger The art of Stefanie Motta: http://stefaniemotta.com/home.html Doors: 6 p.m. Music: 7 p.m. $5 Cover (100% of the cover goes directly to the artists) All Ages Refreshments available for purchase :)

There’s no better way to kick off the summer (and we swear it’s coming) than with a great big music and art party at one of Northeast Minneapolis’ most stunning gallery spaces. Join us on May 10 for Sensory Soiree at CO Exhibitions, featuring music by Mousey McGlynn, Sleep Study, and Warehouse Eyes with an exciting art installation by local artists Kate Casanova, Laura Bigger and Stefanie Motta!

Mousey McGlynn is excited to return to the Twin Cities with the volume turned up—way up. Mousey is pleased to announce the debut of a brand new music video for her song “Walked To The Water,” scheduled for release at Sensory Soiree, Friday, May 10.

Check out the making of Walked to the Water here: http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=aRFYJUfHT3Y

Check out more of Mousey’s music: http://mouseymcglynn.com/

Listen to Sleep Study here: http://open.spotify.com/
album/1eJzNI2HKmaZv9fW1egHiC

More about Warehouse Eyes here: https://www.facebook.com/
warehouseeyes?group_id=0

Kate Casanova is a 2013 MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. She is supremely talented in ways that will baffle ordinary humans. Check out the art of Kate Casanova here: http://www.katecasanova.com/

The art of Laura Bigger: http://cargocollective.com/laurabigger

The art of Stefanie Motta: http://stefaniemotta.com/home.html

Doors: 6 p.m.
Music: 7 p.m.
$5 Cover (100% of the cover goes directly to the artists)
All Ages
Refreshments available for purchase :)

Just in time for the weather change comes an art and music gathering of epic proportions. Leg Up Studio, a Northeast Minneapolis printmaking studio, is gathering its members together for an eclectic showing that will hang in the Republic – 7 Corners event space for eight weeks, beginning this Sunday, April 28 with the opening reception.
 
Founded in 2011 by Edie Overturf, Lauren Schuppe and Gilpin Matthews, Leg Up Studio is a community printshop with facilities for Intaglio, lithography, woodcut/relief, letterpress, and screenprinting. Located in the Casket Arts Building, Leg Up Studio is a membership-based shop that promotes affordable, accessible outlets for creative-minded printmakers. In the two short years it’s been active, Leg Up Studio has made an impact in the Twin Cities arts community.

Marc Gartman’s Fever Dream will be the music portion of the evening on April 28. Gartman is based in Duluth, but under his moniker Fever Dream, he produces music that sounds like it came out of a vault from 1983. Gartman’s Fever Dream is an art project ode to a past era, re-imagined for listeners with luscious, layered synths.

Leg Up Studio Residency Opening Reception

Where: Republic – 7 Corners
When: Sunday, April 28
Doors: 6:30 p.m., Music at 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public!
 
Come celebrate the first real slice of spring with some fresh art and tunes (and, of course, one of Republic’s 40-something craft taps). See you there!

Chastity Brown's new Daytrotter!

Check out Chastity Brown’s new Daytrotter session! #mplsmusic #sospice 

And start your Record Store Day right with Joey Ryan & The Inks covering the Everly Brothers. See you at the Cedar tonight - be one of the first 150 there to get a free copy of [pause.]!