The best songs for summer 2014 in the Twin Cities

Tomorrow’s Friday Roundtable is all about summer music. Kerri will chat with Minneapolis rapper Toki Wright, The Current’s Mark Wheat, and Radio K’s Music Director Ross Koeberl about their favorite summer songs. In anticipation for the show, I asked a few prominent voices in the Twin Cities music scene what they’ve been listening to.

Sonia Grover, the booking manager for First Avenue said her favorite of the summer is The New Pornographer’s single “Brill Bruisers.” Their new record is coming out at the end of the month.

When I called Bob Fuchs, the record manager at The Electric Fetus, he directed me to Reigning Sound. He has been “beating to death” the rocker off their most recent release Shatter, “My My.”

The Wake Sound & Vision Editor Sara Glesne has been listening to the dreamy track “Ordinary People” by Twin Peaks. They just played Pitchfork Fest and dropped their second full-length, Wild Onion. Listen to the song here.

Andrea Swensson, Local Current blogger, loves the new Sia record. 1000 Forms of Fear, came out early July, and “Chandelier” is hands down the standout track.

“I love everything about this – the way Sia’s voice cracks in just the right way during the chorus, the way the melody buries itself into my brain, and of course this incredible video, which stars 11-year-old dance phenom Maddie Ziegler,” she said. “It’s poppy and summery and oh so satisfying.”

Let us know what you’re listening to and make sure to tune in tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the Friday Roundtable.

  • Here are a couple of summer songs I really love, but my favorite is probably Catey Shaw’s “Brooklyn Girls.” It has a hilarious video and while it’s Brooklyn-specific, it kinda fits any area with a bunch of tough hipster girls:

  • Matt in MPLS

    I am listening to a great local band called The Last Revel that just won the best side-stage performance Red Ants Pants Festival in Montana. Go see them when they come back from their tour of the Rockies. Great folky/ bluegrass with awesome songwriting and harmonies.

  • Sad state in music on the way?

    Could you quick discuss between yourselves a story I heard yesterday afternoon on NPR about a station in Canada that is doing an experiment in changing their station format, by taking mostly pop songs and shortening them to between 90 and 120 seconds, supposedly because their target audience pretty much listens to a song for 60-90 secs and then hits the Next button on their phone/Ipod. If this turns out to be anywhere near sucessful, what does that say about kids listening to this? I’m old enough to remember listening to albums, in their entirety, because that is what the artist intended. ADD has struck again?