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Minnesota has a TON of very talented bands.  Every month Minnesota Homegrown will highlight one of those local favorites.  As music fans who support the local music scene, simply vote for one of the five choices in the right hand column.  You can vote ONCE PER DAY.


The band who has the most votes during the month will kick off Minnesota Homegrown for every show of that month.  We'll also highlight the band right here at Rockin101 - dot - com.


Top non-winning band will carry though to the next month's voting. 

NOTE:  Bands can only carry over one month.


Qualified band should have enough material for a month of airplay on Minnesota Homegrown.






November 20, 2016


Average Mammals "The Senses" (Band of the Month)

Sirens & Stardust "Scar"

Buzzard "Fists Of Thunder"

Powermad "Terminator"

Blue Felix "Beating Heart"


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Flipp "Le De Da"

Modern Condition "Crack The Code"

Lamp Shade Betty "Party At The End Of The World"

Cold Kingdom "The Moon And The Fool"

Tepetricy "Challenger"


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Sin City Escape "White Flag"

City Of The Weak "Censor This"

Left In The Lurch "Out Of The Night"

Crossroader "Touch Of Cruel"

Arena "Take Me Down"









Ryan Mulner - Vocals & Guitar
Grant Hagen - Bass
Josh Lubovich - Drums



Average Mammals out of Hibbing, Minnesota, have taken the area by surprise. While bands are being turned out of the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports on a regular basis, they have worked their way out of a smaller environment with an original mix of indie-rock and other original experimental material featuring solid instrumental and vocals that shouldn't be ignored with their latest album, Life Under the Influence.

Their music has evolved over some years and they recorded many of the songs on Life Under the Influence locally, but eventually went out to Pie Studios in Pasadena, CA in June 2013 to record a final version of several years of material. The results of the album launched the band into another step of their current place in Mid-West rock.

The band consists of Ryan Mulner (guitar/vocals), Grant Hagen (bass) and Josh Lubovich (percussion/backing vocals). Mulner mixes songwriting with a definite drive to this band's material. Average Mammals are an unexpected addition to the music scene of what is coming out up north. They have the charisma to keep people happy for hours and the original purity to gain the attention of the most discerning of concert goers. Over the years they've gained a definite presence that is undeniable.








Spencer Olson - Vocals

Andy Olson - Guitar



Version 5 brings an addictive blend of rock and electronic instrumentation that grabs the listener and hits them with catchy hooks that won't let go. This quickly caught the attention of multi-platinum record producer Jeff Blue (Macy Gray, Linkin Park), and in December of 2013 they recorded 3 singles, which are now available on major online retailers.

Version 5, or [v5] is an electronic rock duo featuring brothers Andy and Spencer Olson. They got their start playing music after their Grandfather (a Midwest Rock & Country Hall of Famer) bought them their first guitars in 2003. After playing with numerous bands and lineup changes, they decided to strip it down to a two-piece in January of 2013.

[v5], create an inventive live feel from blending live vocals and instrumentation while also implementing and triggering beats and industrial style effects. This creates an infectious combination of rock and electronic/industrial (“Elo-Rock”) that is perfect for fans of Nine Inch Nails, Muse, & Linkin Park.










Max Bergstrom- Vocals, Guitar
Dustin Daniels- Drums
Travis Wheeler- Bass, Vocals
Vaughn Esparza- Guitar, Vocals




In 2009 lead guitarist Jimi Paulet and frontman Max Bergstrom were jamming together and trying to get a band off the ground. They immediately started putting together a killer set list and began the search for band members to fill out the rest of their lineup. Soon afterwards, Avenue Army was born. Over the next few years Avenue Army played Minneapolis-St. Paul’s most iconic venues, all the while crafting their unique, radio-friendly alt. rock sound; combining catchy vocal melodies and harmonies with hard-hitting drums, low-end bass, and gritty guitars. In 2013 they released their breakout debut album “Words With Action” to critical acclaim and followed it up with their first national tour in early 2014. Shortly afterwards, drummer Jeremy Galloway and bassist Josh Thacker joined Avenue Army. Fully armed with a ton of new material they wrote while touring and playing the Minnesota club scene, Avenue Army returns to the studio to record their follow-up album entitled “On The Level” which will be available this Fall. Come join the army of fans who support the band and find out what the buzz is all about!








Pete Haas, Lead Vocals
Slinger, Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Duane Plath, Rhythm/Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals
Andrew Dubman, Bass
Jay ‘Bomb’ Stevens, Drums and Backing Vocals




 FATAL KALIBER was formed in North Minneapolis in September 2008. The name came about thanks to the Military Channel and a program it aired about body armor and damage caused by varying calibers of bullets. From 2009 to 2011, the band went through its share of lineup changes and jokingly compared itself to an Xbox video game: each year there was a new version that was better than the previous one, with a couple new characters. In 2011 the band solidified its lineup and entered The Terrarium recording studio in Minneapolis in February 2012 to record its debut self-titled CD. Before the CD was released, the band knew its rhythm guitarist was leaving. After finding a replacement, Fatal Kaliber spent the next couple of years playing a steady schedule of shows in the Twin Cities.

In recent years, the band started gaining traction on the local scene by putting together consistently solid shows with distinguished bands in its peer network and receiving airplay on Minneapolis radio. The members of Fatal Kaliber focused on writing songs with better dynamics as part of a natural growth period during this time. In early 2015, the band replaced its bass player and continued with plans to record again later in the year. Fatal Kaliber returned to The Terrarium studio and recorded 11 songs with an idea to release one EP in 2015 and another in 2016. The EP titled ‘Bashed On The Rocks’ was released on December 4, 2015. The band’s performance at its EP release party caught the attention of a local promoter - it led to Fatal Kaliber’s recent appearance at Rock Fest 2016 in Cadott, Wisconsin that featured national acts Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, and others.

Fatal Kaliber’s EP titled ‘Grab A Vice’ was released on July 22, 2016. Prior to its release date, the EP’s opening track ‘Shine’ received airplay on Minnesota radio stations.

Fatal Kaliber prides itself on being self-produced and sounding like a classic hard rock band, especially since the members’ influences include Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and others. When describing modern rock, Buckcherry’s Josh Todd was quoted as saying “I just think it’s boring. I think it’s forgettable.” Song structures and arrangements have certainly changed with modern rock, which is why Fatal Kaliber is often described as a breath of fresh air on the music scene - its music contains the same elements that made classic rock memorable. A Fatal Kaliber show is full of raw energy and a certain amount of unpredictability, just like a rock n’ roll show should be!










Cameron Heacock – vocals
Chad Hanks (Banks) – bass
Chris Emery – drums
Justin Fowler – keyboards, samples, backing vocals
Karma Singh Cheema – guitar
Ted Hallows – guitar



 AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE HAS RESURRECTED! Having survived severe addictions, countless tours, the major label minefield, and the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson, they have returned to create new music and decimate crowds across the globe. Following the 2007 deactivation of the band (due to reasons that aren't terribly interesting), the classic line-up of vocalist Cameron Heacock, bassist Chad Hanks, keyboard player Justin Fowler, drummer Chris Emery and guitarist Karma Cheema is back! To solidify their return, they've added guitarist Ted Hallows to round out the lineup.

In November 2011, the band quietly embarked on a 10-date Midwest tour, cheekily dubbed American Head Charge's Tourette, that saw them triumphantly returning to markets they hadn't played since their earliest days. The run concluded with a sold-out show at the 1,200 capacity Primetime in Burnsville, MN. In the middle of the tour the band took a day off to record live-to-tape 4 new songs and a cover of the Patti Smith classic "Rock N Roll Nigger". These 5 songs, formally christened the Shoot EP, were recorded by Don Debiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, OH, and mixed by Dave Fortman at Balance Productions in New Orleans, LA. Artwork was created by Sam "Mister-Sam" Shearon. "We're extremely proud of this little gem. For an EP, it was a long, arduous process that spanned 5 states and 6 studios, but we persevered and succeeded." notes bassist and co-founder, Chad Hanks. "This is our first major step back into the game, and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record. The "heavy music scene" is even worse off than we left it 6 years ago. We're looking to rectify that." "Shoot" was self released by the band on CD and digitally on July 23, 2013. The first leg of the Shoot Tour soon followed on August 2nd in Madison, WI and wrapped up on September 6, 2013 with a blowout homecoming event at the famed Minneapolis concert venue, First Avenue. The band continued on with the Shoot Tour II in November of 2013 which marked the first time the band toured the UK in several years and then returned to the US in February for third and final leg, Shoot Tour III that concluded on March 1, 2014.

In January, 2012, the band made their first appearance at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA and headlined the Schecter Guitars party at The Juke Joint. Making the most of their journey west, the band played another 9 shows and dubbed the run the West Coast Tourette. Shortly after the Tourette wrapped, AHC were invited by fellow midwesterners Mushroomhead to join them on their Head2Hed 3 tour (featuring Mushroomhead and Hed PE). After (nearly) 40 shows across the USA, plus another dozen headline shows after that, the band decamped to the studio to complete the Shoot EP and work on new material for their upcoming fourth album.

American Head Charge burst onto the national scene in 2001 with their Rick Rubin produced American Recordings debut The War of Art. Aggressive, strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different, they blended the industrial grind of Ministry and Marilyn Manson with the tripped-out melodic experimentation of Faith No More. OZZFEST 2001 and a worldwide tour with Slipknot followed. During that time, The War of Art went on to sell in excess of 250,000 units, and it propelled the band to international acclaim with the singles "All Wrapped Up" and "Just So You Know."

The follow-up, The Feeding had its genesis during the limbo in which AHC found themselves after touring intensively behind their debut — two years of prolonged exile from the road and ongoing internal tumult that found several band members in a virtual death match with their personal demons. American Recordings turned a deaf ear to their bold sonic forays, but Greg Fidelman, who'd engineered The War Of Art, embraced the band's new material. The band requested to leave AmericanRecordings, and signed with Nitrus/DRT. "Rick Rubin was gracious enough to let us leave American Recordings without hassle. It could have been a litigious nightmare," adds Mr. Hanks.

AHC's final release before dissolving in 2007 was a DVD/CD compilation ironically titled Can't Stop the Machine, a 75-minute documentary with tour and studio footage from the five year period between the release of The War Of Art and the conclusion of the touring for The Feeding. Packed with numerous extras, music videos and live, remixed, and unreleased tracks, viewers are granted an all-access pass to the enigmatic band like never before. It also includes jarring and candidly-honest interviews with members both past and present. Holding nothing back, the film captures the dark genius inherent within American Head Charge.

American Head Charge have supported Wayne Static on a few select dates of his 15th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour and have returned to the UK to perform at the Download Festival along with a performance in London with Kill Devil Hill in June 2014. Based on the success of their recent Indiegogo campaign to help fund the recording of a new album, American Head Charge will be entering the studio this summer to begin recording a new album.

American Head Charge have literally survived it all, and are back to show that they are the stuff rock and roll is made from.



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Rev. John Wheeler: Songwriter Vocals Synth Guitar
David Murder: Bass Synth Guitar Backing Vocals
Jace: Guitar Backing Vocals Live Piano
Mitch Tyranny: Drums
Figgles: Sample Trigger Audio Modulation
RyaN: More Guitars




MY ZERO is collection of sexy rock songs created through arcane magicks by legendary dirtbag, Rev. John Wheeler, and performed by degenerate punk rockers.


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Louie Paretta
Scott Patton
David Wagner
David E. Paquette





All original members of the 1980s/early 90s Minneapolis, MN original band The Colour.

Chasing Colors released their first ever album available to the public July 18th 2015.

The band has renamed ourselves, Chasing Colors...so much more appropriate!! Chasing Colors (Formerly The Colour) back in the day were compared to The Cure, U2 and even The Cars. Surprisingly, Louie Paretta (Lead Vocals/Guitar), David Wagner (Bass/Vocals), David E. Paquette (Drums/Vocals) and myself, Scott Patton (Lead Guitar/Vocals) have written and professionally recorded original songs all through our careers but were just never able to get past handing our cassette demo tapes out to our fans at live shows. We had a good shot when local talk radio host Terry “Griff” Griffen was managing us. Unfortunately, Terry passed away from leukemia and with hard times, the band broke up. In the last two decades, Louie Paretta, David E. Paquette and I were active in the local music scene together as well as on our own. Louie then moved to Georgia, had a go at it but later moved back to Minnesota. Louie played with local musicians including Dave E. Paquette while I, Scott Patton had moved to California, played in bands there, and after a decade moved back to Minnesota. In 2014 we got the original band back together including Dave Wagner on bass guitar who had taken a two decade hiatus from the music scene.


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Prince & the Revolution "Let's Go Crazy"

Prince "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man"

Prince & the Revolution "17 Days"

Prince & the Revolution "Little Red Corvette"

Prince & the Revolution Pop Life"


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Prince "1999"

Prince "Creep" (Radiohead cover live from Coachelle 2008)

Prince "Crimson And Clover" (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)

Prince & the Revolution "Raspberry Beret"

Prince & the Revolution "7"

Prince "Endorphinmachine"


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Prince & the Revolution "When Doves Cry"

Prince & the Revolution "Purple Rain"




Foo Fighters "Darling Nikki"

Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U"









Johnny O'Neil
Kelly Peterson
Sean Smith
Billy Thayer
Craig Williams




Crossroader was formed in the fall of 2012, after Johnny O'Neil and Kelly Peterson teamed up to start an all-original hard rock band based on a twin-lead guitar format. Kelly suggested Sean Smith for the lead vocalist spot soon thereafter, and Billy Thayer joined on drums in the winter of 2013. The most recent member of Crossroader, bass guitarist Craig Williams, joined the band in the spring of 2015.

Crossroader features five eminent veterans of the Twin Cities hard rock/heavy metal scene, who have merged their songwriting and live performance talents to create an incendiary musical force:


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Andy Reyerson - Vocals & Guitar
Jesse Polak - Bass & Vocals
Matthew Wallberg - Guitar
Spencer Knefelkamp - Drums




A power house group of young, but experienced musicians with over 1,000 combined shows in the past 5 years, Arson River has Andy Reyerson at the songwriting helm backed by Jesse Polak on Bass, Matt Wallberg on Guitar, and Spencer Knefelkamp on Drums. Their debut record "Any given Day" dropped late in 2014, and is quickly becoming one of the regional benchmarks in Rock albums. All that combined with a pounding, heart stopping, and massively entertaining live show, Arson River has what it takes to do very big things. Poised to keep rolling further into the public eye, they are currently supporting their debut record, playing with other renowned acts on the regional and national levels. It goes without saying, but you will want to keep an eye out and an ear open for these guys!



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David Hostetter - Vocals, Guitar
Seth Hostetter - Drums
LeeMarie Hostetter - Vocals, Bass




Children 18:3 was originally formed in 1999 as a five-piece ska band, with David on guitar, Seth on drums, and some friends that played bass guitar, trumpet, and saxophone. In a later interview with HM Magazine, David admitted, "It wasn't like we wanted to be a ska band. It's just that our friends, who wanted to play horns, wanted to play with us. So it was like, 'Okay, we'll be a ska band.' It wasn't like a conscious decision." The three friends ultimately left the band in 2001 and, after going through several replacement bassists, David and Seth settled on their sister, Lee Marie, a year later. Now adopting a punk rock sound, the band recorded their first EP, Places I Don't Want To Go, in 2004 to sell at local shows. Around the same time, the band entered the local Club 3 Degrees' annual Music Tournament competition, and in 2005, they were awarded the grand prize of free recording time at Winterland Studios in Minneapolis. The band used this opportunity to record a second EP, Songs of Desperation, investing their own money when they had used up the allotted time. The band released the EP in 2006 and sent a copy to Tooth & Nail Records CEO Brandon Ebel. Ebel, having already taken a liking to the band as one of the judges at the Music Tournament, signed the band in January 2008.[4] The band released their self-titled debut, Children 18:3, on February 26, 2008. On April 21, 2015, the band released what is believed to be their final album, Come In.











Dani Engum - Vocals
Evan Ogaard - Guitar
Jason Michael - Bass
Zac Boyd - Guitar/Vocals
Chris Morley - Drums/Percussion




Cold Kingdom was created to be a full-out, juggernaut hard rock band and with their first released album, “The Moon and the Fool,” they achieved their goal. Originating in Minneapolis in January of 2014, Cold Kingdom has brought members from local rock bands to construct a lethal combination of fury, rock, and emotion.

In their first year of performing live, they’ve had the experience of playing with well-known acts such as Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Nonpoint, as well as festival slots on Northern Invasion, RockFest and Summerfest. This is, of course, because of their distinctive sound and unfailing drive to play energy-filled shows every time they walk on stage. The singles “Crash Poet,” “Let it Burn,” and “Surrender” quickly have become fan favorites and have lyrical and live footage videos online that are rising in views every day. Their album is easily played from front to back, over and over again because of its angry and sentimental lyrics wrapped in an unbreakable hard rock casing.

Each member of the band brings something diverse and fresh to the table. Dani, Evan, Jason, Zac, and Chris all work 9-5 jobs, but they knew that being in a touring band means sacrifice is a given. They are all willing to pay that price for their fans and their love of music. When you see them at shows, you can tell they are a close nit family that is open to making new fans and friends a-like. Their easy-going off stage personas help to make approaching them at their merchandise booth or bar easy because of their love making new supporters. They would also love to accept the free shot you are offering them.

Just like many groups, Cold Kingdom had an unfortunate bump in the road at the beginning of October 2015. They lost a trailer due to thievery: a trailer that was filled with a majority of their equipment and merchandise. They didn’t lose their passion or their drive to move on as a band, though. They continue to move forward looking to bring on new challenges, new venues, and new fans even if it is with missing, borrowed, or donated gear. They were surprisingly able to miss only two shows (which they are still bitter about) because they wanted to play for their fans and wouldn’t be brought down. Because that’s what it’s all about to Cold Kingdom: you the fan. The Midwest is their home, but they want to play all around the country for fresh faces and maybe just make a new fan or 100.

In late October of 2015, Electro-Voice and ColdCock Whiskey became sponsors of Cold Kingdom. They are blessed everyday because of it and would love to talk your ears off about how wonderfully remarkable these companies are. They are also thankful to the friends, family, fans and bands that went out of their way and contributed to them to help replace the loses they had. Cold Kingdom is forever thankful to these incredible people and would like to thank them again for their generosity and sympathy.

Cold Kingdom released their first feature music video “Crash Poet” in December 2015. They are extremely excited to share it with all of their dedicated fans.

Cold Kingdom plans on getting back into the studio to start recording their second full-length album within the next couple months.



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Fans got a chance to nominate and vote for their favorite bands of 2015.  Here is the list of bands who made some major noise throughout the year.


1.  Cold Kingdom

2.  Lamp Shade Betty

3.  Vaudeville

4.  Fifth Hour

5.  VIA

6.  Ivy Stone

7.  Sin City Escape

8.  Ashes From Stone

9.  Powermad

10.  Crossroader

11.  The Oddfathers

12.  Sleep Signals

13.  Downtread

14.  Kick

15.  Dividing Eden

 BEST OF 2014


1.  Strange Daze

2.  VIA

3.  Gabriel And The Apocalypse

4.  La Madness

5.  Kat Perkins

6.  Skywind

7.  Cold Kingdom

8.  Fifth Hour

9.  Emergent

10.  Windowvine

11.  Vaudeville

12.  Blue Felix

13.  Throw The Fight

14.  Going To The Sun

15. The Phoenix Philosophy







Cold Kingdom (Voted top MN band of 2015)

Children 18:3

Arson River


Chasing Colors

My Zero

American Head Charge

Fatal Kaliber

Avenue Army

Version 5

Average Mammals




Sleep Signals

Ivy Stone


Lamp Shade Betty

Ashes From Stone

The Phoenix Philosophy

Cold Kingdom


The Oddfathers

Dividing Eden

Sin City Escape



American Scarecrows


New Medicine

Going To The Sun

Throw The Fight

And We Danced

Agora Forte



The Suburbs



City Of The Weak

D.B. Curtis & the Suspects


Dirtee Circus

Boiling Point

La Madness

Arrows At Dawn


The Goodbars



Echo Effect





Fades Away

Crashing Daylight







Troy Castellano Group




Gabriel And The Apocalypse

Blood Root Mother

Electric Anthem

Chiefs Of The North

Soul Asylum

Cain's Alibi

Adam Hammer & the Impact

Tripping Icarus

Under None


Strange Daze

Scarlet Haze



Blue Felix


American Gothic



Section 30

Black Flood Diesel




3 Pill Morning

Seazon Of The Fly



Solution 13

Far From Falling

Hollow Face