Interview: Krar Collective

Ethiopian trio Krar Collective is made up of krar player Temesgen Zeleke, kebero drummer Grum Begashaw, and vocalist Genet Assefa. Known as the “Ethiopian White Stripes,” the group is known for their big sound, grounded by the krar, a five-stringed lyre used in traditional Ethiopian music. Krar Collective gives a modern sound to this ancient instrument […]

Photos: Oh Pep! at The Cedar July 12th

Oh Pep! playfully combine folk and pop music for a sound that is equal parts fun and forlorn, the kind of music that has you dancing along even if you don’t know the words. Composed of vocalist and guitarist Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs on the violin and mandolin, the band formed after […]

Interview: Oh Pep!

Oh Pep! playfully combine folk and pop music for a sound that is equal parts fun and forlorn. Composed of vocalist and guitarist Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs on the violin and mandolin, the band formed after meeting in secondary school, having a shared interest in folk music. The band is close to […]

Interview: Reina del Cid

In 2013, folk rock group Reina del Cid landed a weekly Monday night residency at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul. After playing to a nearly empty crowd, consisting of mainly just the bartender, Reina del Cid ultimately grew a fervent local fanbase and their time there pushed them to improve and flourish […]