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Picking Up Crumbs: The Rural Alberta Advantage

19 Jan

While many in Minneapolis were over at First Avenue for the Best New Bands Showcase last Friday, CakeIn15 caught not one but two shows by The Rural Albert Advantage, first at an in-store at the Electric Fetus and then at the sold out show at the Cedar Cultural Center. The Canadian trio were charming throughout and although frontman Nils Edenloff’s voice was noticeably suffering from some strain by the end of the night, he managed to provide a memorable goodnight to the crowd from the center of the room at the Cedar. He also played his cover of “Eye of the Tiger” at both venues, noting that he liked to think that “before it was this big anthem, there was just a guy sitting, playing it in his bedroom.” Drummer Paul Banwatt and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole provided a lot of firepower backing Edenloff, giving the straightforward indie-folk tunes from their 2009 debut Hometowns a kick up.

Quasi-local band Dark Dark Dark opened the night at the Cedar with their sweet, pointed melodies, and with their cello, keys, accordion and banjo, they were a more complex and subtle opener than the main event, but won over the crowd nonetheless. Brett Bullion (also of Tarlton) was a welcome addition on drums and the band announced that they should have an EP out in March and are about to go and record a full-length in a couple of weeks here, so look for big moves from that talent.

For the City Pages review of the Cedar show by Erik Thompson, comlete with Staciaann’s photos, click here.

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