* BY NAME MEANS ARTIST IS INACTIVE
VANSIRE (PT 1&2)
Dream-pop wonder-kids Josh Augustin and Sam Winemiller's bedroom/basement project encapsulates both the sunny glow of the coasts and the midwestern winters we are all so familiar with. The reverberant, chorus-tinged guitars bounce around the pulsating rhythms as sterile synths swell and fall into the sonic landscape. ROCKchester Pt. 1 was the first real live performance the band gave and in just 2 years since then, they have acquired more than 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and millions of streams. Their most recent release, Angel Youth, was released in 2018 on Spirit Goth records shortly after their wintery self-released EP, The Rolling, Driftless North.
THE 9TH PLANET OUT (PT 1)
The 9th Planet Out is one of the more technically proficient hard rock/metal bands in the Midwest. Led by Rochester native Josh Kulack, the group is known for their show productions complete with pyrotechnics and steel risers. They recently self-released their first full length album, The 9th Planet Out, available now.
CHERRY ISLES* (PT 2)
Classic alternative rock from your dairy boys™. Consisting of Sam Butterfass and Dylan Hilliker alongside live musicians Wyatt Moran and Nikola Hamilton, Cherry Isles played around Rochester and the southeastern MN area during their time together. They released one self-titled EP. Currently, all members are in different projects but still play in each other's solo projects. All members play together as the backing band of Sam Butterfass' solo project.
CRS TWN HWY* (PT 1&2)
Rochester's first provocateur, crs twn hwy was the moniker of Andy Furness who has since then rebranded himself as "Lil Twink". Crs Twn Hwy was a project that confronted anxiety, angst, and depression all under the guise of self-proclaimed "spooky" beats. For Furness, crs twn hwy was an outlet to relieve tension from his daily struggles. Now, more comfortable in his sexuality and more confident in his skin, he has resolved to continue making music...just something a little more upbeat and a lot more provocative.
DYSTONIA* (PT 1)
The meme of the Rochester music scene, Dystonia—the project of ROCKchester creators Dylan Hilliker and Kevin Andrews—was a project based around collaboration and not taking yourself too seriously. The best friend duo learned their instruments together and have been playing music with one another since middle school. Over their lifespan, the group released two full length albums and two EPs as well as played numerous shows around the Rochester area, pulling in friends to contribute as they went. Dystonia serves as a reminder that anyone can form a band as long as they are willing to fail and laugh about it along the way.
PROJECT SUBSTITUTE* (PT 1)
This local jazz group consisted of various rotating members. Led by Marius Toussaint and Remi Moulder, the group played a variety of shows around the Rochester area and showed everyone in town that the kids could jazz it up too. Both Toussaint and Moulder are now attending colleges to continue their studies in jazz composition and performance, respectively.