BUHU: We Are All Living Out Our Relationshapes

BUHU: We Are All Living Out Our Relationshapes

About midway into their tour, Austin, TX based BUHU returns to Winona following the release of their first full-length album, Relationshapes. A follow up to their acclaimed audio-visual EP, 4-Track Cinemat, their new album expounds upon their earlier work, honing their form and sharpening edges while keeping the dancy, warm, and fuzzy post-pop core we […]

BUHU: A Couple Drinks and You Can Make Us Do Anything

BUHU: A Couple Drinks and You Can Make Us Do Anything

Brilliantly constructed electro-pop hits make up the masts of the BUHU ship with textured vocals and undefeatable  DIY ethics filling up their sails.  Red Fox Grey Fox join them, fitting the theme with strongly written songs bearing electronic tinges underlain by strong musicianship and lofty vocals.  RFGF are known in the area for crack songwriting […]

The Wide Awakes: Let Freedom String

The Wide Awakes: Let Freedom String

As the traditional Second Winter lingers on, you can rest easy knowing that Winona’s newest regiment of seasoned musicians will marshal in a proper Spring this week with sunshine and warmer temperatures among their ranks.  The bluegrass super group, The Wide Awakes, break on to the scene this week with their inaugural show at Ed’s […]

The Traveling Suitcase Open Their Armoire For Winona

The Traveling Suitcase Open Their Armoire For Winona

The Traveling Suitcase bleeds rock ‘n’ roll in its truest and most honest form.  Booked for their first time at Mid West Music Fest, you have the chance to witness the Oshkosh based sonic beast at Ed’s (no name) Bar on Friday.  No-frills rock that puts up a wall of sound, the current three-piece draws […]

Aramoff Be Praised: New Art, Loud Music, and Petrified Snapping Turtles

Aramoff Be Praised: New Art, Loud Music, and Petrified Snapping Turtles

Aramoff revealed to them that this was no ordinary petrified turtle but his PROPHET. This prophet revealed to Nate where the cave of wonders was located above Stone Circle and Nate hiked up there and killed a cyclops. Upon killing the cyclops, he pulled the BOOK OF THE WAY out of his stomach which revealed all of Aramoff’s decrees. […]

Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets: “Then we all kind of realized that this was a real band”

Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets:  “Then we all kind of realized that this was a real band”

Kevin Bowe’s list of credentials, partnerships, and accomplishments rivals the cartoonish scroll where Santa keeps score on the wee ones.  Writing, playing guitar, and producing for Paul Westerberg, The Replacements, Etta James, Jonny Lang, Communist Daughter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Joe Cocker have netted him rights to having much more than a hand or a fist […]

We Are The Willows: New Album, New Label, and Bears with Snakes for Arms

The orchestral indie-rock sextet, We Are The Willows, have been steadily winning the hearts of the Upper Midwest and beyond for the last five years. Their second full-length, Picture (Portrait), has received some well deserved buzz for not only establishing and conveying a poignant and personal story without coming off as trite, but displaying top notch musicianship […]

5 Reasons You Should be Going to the 5th Annual Mid West Music Fest

5 Reasons You Should be Going to the 5th Annual Mid West Music Fest

5. BEAUTY Whether you’re camping, crashing at a friend’s, or stuffing yourself and your three other sweaty, tour-worn bandmates into one hotel room, allow me to welcome you to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Welcome to Winona. Nestled between the bluffs on either side, Winona is home to some of the most […]

International Festival of Owls Draws Fans and Researchers from Around the Globe

I can’t believe I let the International Festival of Owls fly under my radar for so long (wink).  Going into its twelfth year, it doubles and nearly triples the gem of a town that is Houston, Minnesota. When I initially stumbled upon it I thought, “Wow, a festival completely devoted to one of the coolest […]

Jake Ilika Releasing Debut EP

Jake Ilika Releasing Debut EP

Former Winonan and now full-time Minneapolis-based musician Jake Ilika will be releasing his debut EP he recorded with his band, The Heavy Set, on March 1st, 2014 at Ed’s (No Name) Bar .  Joining the bill is Minneapolis-based Americana musician and RealPhonic Studios owner/engineer/producer Erik Koskinen and his band.  The cost is $5.00 and doors […]