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Best Up-And-Coming Minnesota Bands To Check Out In 2016

Minnesota is a state full of musical talent and a land of many bands. While most of them put on a good show, some actually have what it takes to gain a bigger following. With all of the shows going on throughout the weekends, it can be hard to know which ones are worth the cover charge. These bands were born in Minnesota and have been playing around the state for awhile, however, they are the ones worth seeing before venues get sold out as they gain a large group of followers.

Hustle Rose

A Minnesota favorite, Hustle Rose has played packed venues such as First Ave. and the Dakota Jazz Club. A group of friends that went to high school together in Minneapolis formed a band that has stood the test of time. After adding a horn section, Hustle Rose was able to put out the funky blues sound they had fallen in love with. Their shows are fantastic and energetic, likely to push them to the top of the local favorites list.


Har-di-Har is the child of couple Julie and Andrew Thoreen. This talented duo has combined their love of music and creativity into a genre they call "freak-pop." Many of their tracks consist of three instruments and only two musicians, leaving them both to play the third together. An interesting and fun show as well as a great sound, Har-di-Har has travelled from music school in Iowa back to Minnesota and around the state to share their sound and talents with all.

The Dirty Banks
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The Dirty Banks

It's cool when a bunch of friends who are also musicians can get together and start a band. However, the band is rarely something special. This is not the case with The Dirty Banks. Five food friends and coworkers had kicked around the idea of a band for awhile and finally went for it in 2013. With instruments that range from guitar to electric piano, they put out great music and put on a great show as well. The Dirty Banks has the reputation of drawing a great crowd and a following that seems to grow with every show. They are almost guaranteed to take over the music scene in Minneapolis this year.

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Bae Tigre

Bae Tigre was born from native Minnesotan Ranelle Johnson, a music therapist as well as a gifted musician. They describe their music as "Indie-Electro" and have played venues that range from Pizza Luce in Duluth to the Icehouse in Minneapolis. With haunting vocals, strings, drums  and some rare and unusual instruments, Bae Tigre has put together a truly unique and dreamy sound. Their music has amazing melody and a strong presence. Any opportunity to see them live should be taken without question.

Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League
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The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League

Four string players from all corners of Minnesota have converged to form a fun and fantastic string quartet. The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League takes the best style of music from each decade after Prohibition and creates a unique musical style that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. With a violin, bass and a couple guitars, the GATL has been traveling all over Minnesota and the midwest to entertain and win over new fans. Check out their webpage for upcoming shows and bring your grandmother as well as your niece, they really do appeal to everyone!

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.

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