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Fort Wilson Riot (Minneapolis)
Indie Rock/Synth Pop
Six years ago, the Minneapolis Star Tribune named Fort Wilson Riot the fifth most popular live act in the city. Prince came in first. That’s pretty good company to keep. FWR’s dual carb engine consists of multi-instrumentalists Jacob Mullis and Amy Hager, who trade vocals, keyboards and guitars (Hager even picks up an occasional trumpet) in the service of songs that recall a time in the ’80s when synths and guitars co-existed and thrived in an atmosphere of creativity and invention, long before the scene devolved into looped and uninspired boredom. There is an arty Talking Heads/Beach House verve at the heart of Fort Wilson Riot, as evidenced by their Indie Rock opera Idigaragua, their intriguing follow-up Predator/Prey and 2011’s potent EP, Generation Complex. There is most definitely a Riot going on.
YDIIYD: David Byrne and Siouxie Sioux trick-or-treat as Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise. (BB)