If F. Melius Christiansen were a student at St. Olaf College today, would he play lead guitar for a campus band and routinely stage dive like Eddie Vedder? For over a hundred years St. Olaf has a long history of supporting musical excellence, but the specter of the on-campus music organizations has often eclipsed student bands striving to fill a vacant niche in alternative music.
Its inevitable that a school as old as St. Olaf will accumulate a fair share of ghost stories. In fact, the college seems to be extraordinarily endowed with a paranormal presence so much so that, in an online survey of the most haunted places in Minnesota, St. Olaf College is listed four separate times more than any other single site in the entire state.
The Portland-based band The Decemberists sailed into the Twin Cities for the second time this year last Friday, and when they told the audience to "Scream like youre being eaten by a whale," we all did.
The sophomore release from Twin Cities rockers Tapes n Tapes proves that they are, in fact, sticking around for some time. Embodying a sound that is distinctly reminiscent of 1973, the record sounds like David Bowies Hunky Dory but with more dirt and frustration.