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The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week
January 18, 2023
Turn Turn Turn: After emerging from the pandemic as one of the Twin Cities' best-loved new bands, the harmonious folk-rock trio of singer/songwriters Barb Brynstad, Savannah Smith and the Honeydogs' Adam Levy put all their live gigging of the past year and a half to good use on their rockier and more ambitious second album, "New Rays from an Old Sun." There's still a warm '70s Los Angeles breeziness in their three-part, Fleetwood Mac-ian vocal parts, but it's updated here with more of a psychedelic paisley-pop sheen — also very L.A.! — plus edgier and more emotionally wrecked songs, such as the searing "Hymn of the Hater" and the LP-opening searcher anthem "Stranger in a Strange Land." Truly an album to celebrate. (7 p.m. the Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $20-$30, dakotacooks.com)
As the World Turn Turn Turns
January 20, 2023
The Americana band's sophomore album, “New Rays From an Old Sun,” finds light in the darkness.
When grief comes to visit, it’s not the greatest house guest. It never calls ahead of time and often overstays its welcome. For the Americana band Turn Turn Turn (a trio comprised of guitarist Adam Levy, bassist Barb Brynstad, and guitarist Savannah Smith, who all share vocal duties), their sophomore album New Rays From an Old Sun doesn’t primarily center around grief, but the timing in which it was written and recorded became intertwined with it.
As the band felt around and tested the first few songs for the new album, Brynstad went into the studio with Levy during the winter months of the pandemic to record. She shared “Stranger in a Strange Land,” a track she had written about the death of her sister, without disclosing to the band the subject of the song. Brynstad’s sister died a couple of months prior to this recording session, and she was grateful for the forced quarantine to work through her grief.
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6 cool things in music this week
January 27, 2023
Turn Turn Turn, the Dakota. Celebrating their brand-new second album, this rising Twin Cities trio showed off their harmonies, songwriting and team spirit. Backed by four additional musicians, they wore their influences on their sleeves (Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac) but still sounded fresh and refreshing.
Smouse in the House Podcast With Turn Turn Turn
March 3, 2022
Smouse in the House Podcast With Turn Turn Turn
'Mad Max-meets-Beatles' concert series has bands play on the rooftop of a van
October 16, 2020
The Bands on Vans concert series is taking the fight for live music's return to the streets.
The year in Minnesota music: best albums and most trying moments
December 24, 2020
Looking back on the most trying year ever in Minnesota music, including the 10 albums that rose above.
Twin Cities Musicians Pick Their Favorite Live Albums
January 19, 2021
Picks from Cory Wong, PaviElle, Bill Lindsey and more.
City Pages Picked to Click
October 21, 2020
This morning City Pages published the results of their annual Picked to Click poll, one of the most looked-to indicators of which up-and-coming local artists are making waves in the eyes of a panel of over 100 Minnesota music influentials.
Adam Levy’s New Group Turn Turn Turn Hits With Debut Record, Can’t Go Back
June 28, 2020
If you’ve been primarily streaming (and who isn’t?) I’d highly recommend popping in an actual CD, or better yet, some newly pressed 180-gram vinyl. That’s where Adam Levy’s newly minted album Can’t Go Back in a new band configuration comes in.
Hear the debut single from Adam Levy-led harmony trio Turn Turn Turn
April 24, 2020
What started as a cover band for café and bar gigs has turned into one of the Twin Cities’ most promising new original acts: Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy’s harmonious folk-twang trio Turn Turn Turn with fellow singer/songwriters Savannah Smith and Barb Brynstad dropped its first single Friday, teasing to the June 5 release of their debut album.
Minnesota's best albums of the year (so far)
June 25, 2020
Ten records from the home team to spin while you're still stuck at home.
Adam Levy finds harmony in Turn Turn Turn – even when they can't sing together
June 24, 2020
Debut LP by Adam Levy's harmonious trio has arrived at either the worst or best time.
The Blue Grass Situation Mixtape: Turn Turn Turn's Sonic Journey
June 22, 2020
From Nashville to London to Los Angeles, BGS brings modern, self-aware, and progressive sensibilities to the editorial, curatorial, and marketing needs of the world’s American roots music communities.
Americana UK: Video Premiere of Turn Turn Turn's “Cold Hard Truth”
May 21, 2020
Gorgeous harmonies and beautiful finger-picking are features of this video premiere from Turn Turn Turn.
Almanac Asks Adam Levy: No Audience, No Paycheck
May 8, 2020
Almanac explores challenges in the Minnesota arts community during COVID-19.
Fast Horse Q&A: Barb Brynstad is a singer and guitarist with uncommon taste
June 15, 2020
Barb Brynstad is helping bring 60s harmonies back with Turn Turn Turn.
Brian Oake Show Episode 59 - Turn Turn Turn
May 26, 2020
Ep 59 features Minneapolis super group, Turn Turn Turn. Adam Levy, Savannah Smith and Barb Brynstad. All well-recognized on their own, have joined forces to create something truly beautiful. Evoking the the beautiful close harmonies of 60s and 70s country, early Americana and that delicious Laurel Canyon sound. The debut full-length 'Can't Go Back' is available June 5th.
KFAI interview with Barb Brynstad: New Album From Turn Turn Turn
May 14, 2020
Bassist and singer Barb Brynstad from the Americana band Turn Turn Turn talks about their new album, Can’t Go Back. You can hear the first single, “Cold Hard Truth” on YouTube.
Phone a friend: Musicians share how they're doing during coronavirus crisis
March 25, 2020
"I've been writing a ton of music, trying not to listen to the news too much just because that can really wear you down. The ideas are flowing right now, it's just hard to know when you're going to be able to share them other than online."
Minnesota songwriting at its finest: Willie Wisely, Turn! Turn! Turn!, and Dylan Hicks at the Turf Club
It would be easy to miscategorize Turn! Turn! Turn! as the latest project of Honeydogs founder Adam Levy. That’s only 1/3 of the story, though.
Americana Trio Turn Turn Turn Delay Release of Debut Album to June 26
June 4, 2020
Minnesota's all-star Americana trio Turn Turn Turn was getting ready to release its highly anticipated debut album Can't Go Back this Friday, June 5. Due to the protests following the murder of George Floyd, the band has decided to push back the release until June 26.