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Heavy Rotation: Twin Cities Edition

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Heavy Rotation: Twin Cities Edition

Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: Twin Cities Edition

Part Of World Cafe's Sense Of Place Series on Minneapolis

Heavy Rotation: Twin Cities Edition

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Minneapolis' Gospel Machine is one of Andrea Swensson's favorite local bands right now. Sarah White/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Minneapolis' Gospel Machine is one of Andrea Swensson's favorite local bands right now.

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Andrea Swensson is host of The Local Show and a blog at St. Paul, Minn., public radio station The Current. As part of this week's Sense Of Place series, World Cafe asked her to pick five bands representing the best the Twin Cities scene has to offer right now. You can hear and download each song in the playlist on this page.

Hear The Songs

01Sketchy Jeff

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Bruise Violet, 'Sketchy Jeff'

  • from Survival Of The Prettiest

This raucous punk trio from Minneapolis wears its influences on its flannel-clad sleeves, borrowing its band name from a Babes In Toyland song and its ferocity from the riot grrrls that came before. Two of Bruise Violet's members are still in high school, making their tightly woven harmonies and unbridled passion all the more impressive.

01Color Me Bad

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Dizzy Fae, 'Color Me Bad'

  • from Color Me Bad

This 17-year-old nocturnal pop artist from St. Paul has crafted a unique, alluring style. Dizzy Fae is just starting to make waves locally (she made her live debut in October, opening for The Internet), and she's more in tune with forward-thinking R&B and electro artists like The Weeknd and FKA Twigs than other artists in the Twin Cities.

02You Don't Know (A Damn Thing)

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Perfume Monster, 'You Don't Know (A Damn Thing)'

  • from A Slow Drip

Perfume Monster is a dream-pop band whose lead singer has a gorgeous, magnetic voice. The band is just as compelling live as it is on this debut EP — at Perfume Monster's second show ever, a man in the crowd ran up to me and screamed, "These guys are going to be huge!"

01Some Things

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Fury Things, 'Some Things'

  • from Split EP

Clearly influenced by Hüsker Dü and other pioneering Minneapolis punk bands, Fury Things combines chugging guitars with dreamy, shoegazey vocals that would make Bob Mould proud. In fact, the band has already won Mould over — he taps Fury Things to open his shows every time he comes through his hometown.

02Just Call Me

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Gospel Machine, 'Just Call Me'

  • from Tracks Of Your Holy Ghost

Gospel Machine is a self-described "garage gospel" band with a powerful lead singer, Jayanthi Kyle. With a voice that can be equal parts sweet, scintillating and hair-raising, Kyle has already established herself as a force in Minneapolis, and the songwriting in this project propels her abilities to a whole new level.