A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:
Psychedelic Furs, State Theatre. Singer Richard Butler still has it, dancing and singing as if he's still in his 20s. I felt like I was transported back to the '80s. Absolutely amazing.
Camp Dark, "Nightmare in a Day." This cinematic gem by the Minneapolis electro-pop group was composed and produced meticulously by Adam Svec and Graham O'Brien. The project was recorded after Svec spent a year in Charleston, S.C. His experience of the American South resulted in several song ideas, including racism, sexism and homophobia. This is an album meant to be heard with headphones.
Ride coming to Mill City Nights Sept. 29. Yes, it's been 20 years since Ride's last live concert, and I can't wait to see them again. I'm a huge fan of '80s British pop and was exposed to the Manchester music scene in the early '90s while attending a university in the U.K. Ride makes a wall of beautiful noise and has style and sheer confidence.
KRISTA VILINSKIS, Bloomington
Minnesota music crop art, State Fair. This year's entrants show love for Minnesota music by offering a portrait of Jeremy Messersmith and a must-see(d) very detailed depiction of the poster for the Replacements' 2014 Midway Stadium concert.
Dessa interview, the Current (89.3 FM). DJ Mark Wheat asked the too-busy queen of Twin Cities hip-hop if there's a celebrity thing she hasn't done yet. She playfully suggested that she wants to create a fragrance called Fatigue.
Fancy Ray McCloney's commercial for AutoFugue Classical DJ App. With wigs and period costumes, the Minneapolis comic/pitchman does a hilarious ad for a new app that will convert any sound into a classical context. The whole things seems like a "Saturday Night Live" bit but it's for real.
Jon Bream, Star Tribune