Experimental Pop (Minneapolis)
It’s telling that Amy Hager and Jacob Mullis, aka Fort Wilson Riot, list general influences like Hip Hop, Rock & Roll and Punk Rock, and then get specific with directors (Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, Terry Gilliam) and authors (Tom Robbins, J.R.R. Tolkien, Salman Rushdie). It perfectly tees up the experience of listening to Fort Wilson Riot’s hallucinatory carnival soundtrack, a swirling surrealistic pillow that is somehow simultaneously epic and intimate, melodically conventional and thematically avant garde, wildly eclectic and strangely focused. Like the best abstract art, Fort Wilson Riot interprets the ordinary in extraordinary ways.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Ray Davies and Tom Waits write a cabaret musical based on the life of Kate Bush, starring Mates of State and the Innocence Mission. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)