Sunday, March 18, 2012

Light/Dark Photos

"It was profound beyond words, so I'm not even going to try, except to say that I hope that's what heaven is like."
-Anna Cioffi

Brian Laidlaw receives arts grant to record

Yes!Lets member Brian Laidlaw has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to record his next album.

Laidlaw will collaborate with instrumentalist and Hibbing native, Danny Vitali, to research and produce the album "Echolalia." This multimedia music project will incorporate interviews with current Hibbing residents around issues of land use, mining, and urban expansion. A weeklong tour of towns on the Iron Range will follow the album's release in Hibbing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

City Pages Features: Light / Dark: Isolating the Senses (March 17)

Check out the recent City Pages feature on YLC's Light / Dark: Isolating the Senses

Date: March 17

Time: 7:00-9:00pm; Followed by open reception

Location:The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis) Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation; Refreshments served

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yes!Lets Collective presents “Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses” (March 17)

Yes!Lets Collective presents “Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses” on March 17 at The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis).

Time: 7:00-9:00pm; Followed by open reception Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation; Refreshments served

Yes!Lets Collective, in partnership with The Third Place Gallery, is teaming up with an array of local visual artists, including Colin Kopp, Alfonso Fernandez, Ali Rogers, and Bridget Blatzheim. In a time when we are constantly over stimulated by lights and sounds, images and advertisement, the Yes!Lets Collective invites you to this rare opportunity to isolate your senses for an evening of visual and audio art, themed Light / Dark.

The event kicks off in complete silence, with the audience using only their eyes to soak in the visual art. Next, the audience will be guided into complete darkness, using only their ears to soak in the music. The event will culminate in a discussion with the artists.

Check out the feature by the City Pages.
Check out the L'etoile Magazine listing.
Check out the SouthwestMinneapolisPatch listing.

Friday, March 9, 2012

City Pages Feature: VSA EP Release (March 10)

Very Small Animal CD-Release Show By Erik Thompson The local roots-folk quartet Very Small Animal are finally set to give their fans something tangible to connect with at the record-release show for their debut EP, Starlings. The earnest young group have slowly been cultivating quite a devoted following in the Twin Cities due to their impassioned, stirring live shows, which feature stark, affecting arrangements and genuine lyrics. This evening should be an enjoyable one, with the band not only having their EP on offer, but also providing crayons and limited-edition coloring books inspired by their lyrics available so everyone can "channel your creative inner child." It's a free, full night featuring a bill composed solely of talented local acts, so come early and stay late to celebrate with all the bands. With Sleeping in the Aviary, Brian Just Band, and Oak Ribbons. View it here.

Check out the post-event feature by 89.3 The Current.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Casey Peterson published in Little Fiction's LISTERATURE

YLC member Casey Peterson was featured in Listerature, Volume 1, a publication by the digital short story publisher Little Fiction. Listerature is an anthology of stories told through lists (shopping lists, song titles, itineraries, etc). Casey's story, "Headlines," is told through news headlines.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Very Small Animal EP Release 3.10.12

Very Small Animal will be celebrating the release of their debut EP Starlings on Saturday, March 10 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall with Sleeping in the Aviary, Brian Just Band, and fellow Yes!Lets duo Oak Ribbons. Event sponsors Rage to Order, and music blog MPLSSTPL will provide limited edition coloring book pages inspired by the imaginative, often dark lyrics of Starlings, which concertgoers will be invited to color and show off. Starlings is a set of dreamy, beguiling folk songs that reflect the expansive imagination of a man no longer encumbered by the walls of his cubicle. Listen to a few cuts off the disc here.

Check out the event page!