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Continued: Chris Riemenschneider: A 'Fun' finale for local music's class of '05

"Nils Lindahl told jokes and Happy Mother's Day I Can't Read laughed. It made 2005 hell-arious!"

Keri Carlson, Minnesota Daily arts reporter

"Who are we kidding? The local music scene here will always be alive and well. And just to add some flavor, First Avenue now has flatscreens hung all over the club. Kinda scary ... "

Lars Larson, editor, DUNation.com

"Nationally renowned and distributed independent record labels backed albums this year by the likes of Hockey Night (Lookout), Robert Skoro (Yep Roc) and Jeff Hanson (Kill Rock Stars), meaning that for the first time their music is actually readily available in stores outside of Minnesota."

Rob van Alstyne, Pulse

"Not that we need to look east for justification, but when CMJ's e-mails promoting the Music Marathon feature five photos and two of them are of Atmosphere and the Hold Steady, it's a good indication that Twin Citizens, current and former, are doing some serious work on the national stage."

Steve McPherson, music editor, the Pulse

"You couldn't take two steps in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Conference without running into a musician, label rep, writer, etc. from the Twin Cities. The scene is strong and even the out-of-towners are taking notice."

Lindsey Thomas, City Pages associate arts editor

"Seeing around the same number of people at First Ave for Low, the Hold Steady, Curtiss A, Motion City Soundtrack, Soul Asylum and Mason Jennings as were there for the Arcade Fire, Jeff Tweedy, etc. And Atmosphere beat them all."

Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

"I have 500 Myspace friends and only about four of them actually like me."

Peter Scholtes, City Pages

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