Music

Bells’ Toll: Let Independents Ring – Our Q&A with North Styrenn

North Styrenn is quite possibly one of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s best kept secrets. The band would have remained one, too, if drummer Clint Trotter hadn’t given it all away via Instagram. Better known as @a_music_affair in the IG vinyl community, he revealed that his band was on Spotify one day, later posted a story of himself …

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Bells’ Toll: Let Independents Ring – Our Q&A with The Wild Honey Pie

Although our “Let Independents Ring” series typically focuses on independent artists, we’ve decided to highlight an organization doing a world of good in the independent music scene this time around – The Wild Honey Pie. When Eric Weiner, CEO of The Wild Honey Pie, first started the organization, he was interning at MTV UK and …

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Bells’ Toll: Let Independents Ring – Our Q&A with L.A. Edwards

We first discovered L.A. Edwards (the band, but also Luke Andrew, the lead singer, himself) via Instagram, when he liked one of our posts about our Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ vinyl collections. We had been on a #tompetty listening craze, but understandably so, since the two-year anniversary of his untimely death was approaching, and …

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Bells’ Toll: Let Independents Ring – Our Q&A with David Vivian

So, we seem to be discovering a lot of artists through the Instagram vinyl community, which we love. David Vivian, a singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, first liked one of our vinyl collection posts, and we returned the favor (and kindness) by checking out his various covers, ranging from songs by Tame Impala and the Beatles …

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Bells’ Toll: Let Independents Ring – Our Q&A with “the Original Sweety Guy,” Average Dez

About the “Let Independents Ring” Series: When we first started writing for IE Weekly back in 2007, we wrote a few columns on mainstream artists before we began covering the local IE music scene, mainly discovering bands via MySpace. Around the same time, we started collecting records more obsessively. We met and fell for so …

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