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Strange Names
Alternative | Minneapolis MN

Minneapolis duo Strange Names are on track to becoming the young harbingers of American next-wave funk. Combining an unabashed live energy with the rhythmic and melodic romance of late 70s & early 80s new wave, (think Kid Creole meets Echo & The Bunnymen meets The B-52s), Strange Names kicks out straightforward pop songs with meticulous care and intricacy. Liam Benzvi, raised in Brooklyn, NY, came to Minnesota for college where he met Minnesota-bred Francis Jimenez in the freshmen dorms. They began exchanging ideas for songs in late 2010, and quickly established an appreciation for each other's writing. With two EPs and a single 7" with White Iris Records (Best Coast, Electric Guest, FIDLAR), the duo has performed alongside Janelle Monae, Yeasayer, Mac DeMarco, The Walkmen, and Matt & Kim among others. Debut Full Length will be out in 2015!


Holden Laurence
Rock | Cleveland OH

Holden Laurence skillfully marries raw emotion and subtle craftsmanship in his debut release, "Romantic Americana". The sparse presentation of a lone guitar and a solitary voice complements and frames his emotionally intricate lyrics and soothing, at times hypnotic, melodies. Holden Laurence melds the lean precision of John Prine, the lamenting spirit of Townes Van Zandt and the vivid imagery of Iron & Wine to produce a collection of songs saturated in youthful innocence and aching nostalgia.
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