Guess What?

Yes, we are under construction. Rachel is exploring London and we are collaborating on new new new (good) things.

Look for our brand-new, refreshed site coming soon!


Daytrotter- Maps & Atlases

I’m a little behind on this one but, Maps & Atlases did a Daytrotter Session a couple of weeks back. The few songs they chose to do for the session (most of which are off their just released first LP, Perch Patchwork) are certainly less intense than the Maps & Atlases that I’m used to…

Download the session for free and listen for yourself on Daytrotter.

:: Haley Rheinhart

It’s been a while, TK…

It’s been nearly a year since Michael Benjamin Lerner and co. released their debut album, Telekinesis!

In honor of record store day this Saturday, here’s the brand new single from our favorite Telekinesis, courtesy of NPR. Hurrah!

Happy Spring,


Mates of State Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)

If you’re in need of something to look forward to this summer, listen up. Mates of State just announced a new album entitled Crushes (The Covers Mixtape). The expected release date is sometime this summer. The sooner the better, I say, especially after seeing that the album includes a cover of Death Cab’s “Technicolor Girls”.  Read more about it on the Mates of State official site.

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Laura (Girls)
2. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
3. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
4. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
5. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
6. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
7. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
9. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)

The first track, “Laura”, is available as a free download on the Mates of State as well.

— Haley Rheinhart —

2010 Lollapalooza

The rumors will soon be put to rest as the official line up for the 2010 Lollapalooza Festival in Grant Park will be confirmed tomorrow. Many big names (and Dustbowl favorites) and been leaked; here are a few of the acts that I am getting really excited about…

  • The xx
  • Dirty Projectors
  • Green Day
  • Stars
  • Phoenix
  • Spoon
  • Arcade Fire
  • The Strokes
  • The Temper Trap
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • MGMT
  • The National
  • Devo
  • The New Pornographers
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Wolfmother
  • Yeasayer
  • Metric
  • Matt & Kim
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Blitzen Trapper
  • Minus the Bear

So much more… check back at the Lollapalooza site tomorrow for the complete official results.

— Haley Rheinhart —

Voting is easy!

Chicago band Honest Engines has been nominated by Deli Magazine for “Chicago Artist of the Month”. The votes are pretty close right now, and Honest Engines are coming in a close second. Every vote really does matter.

It takes two seconds.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to Honest Engines yet, pick up their newly released Captain’s Log from Tandem Shop Records.

— Haley Rheinhart —

The Dustbowl’s 365 Day Celebration!

Loyal fans, friends, and stumblers, after 365 days of The Dustbowl we would first off like to thank you for your kind thoughts and support. For everyone who has helped out with this site including all of the contributing writers who took time out of their busy college lives to submit work, we applaud you.  Many thanks to the videographers that helped out on Skyway Sessions and Matt Cici for your countless direction and great attitude. And to those of you who kept us company during the hours upon hours of editing, we love you.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Twin Cities and all of the artists who inspire us to continue down this dusty trail of sharing what we feel most passionate about– music, film, and other facets of popular culture.

The Dustbowl will never be perfect, but we surely will try and we’ll always make allusions to old Death Cab songs as long as we’re able. We’re just two girls trying to remain conscious and hoping to shake every sleeping car we can.

To commemorate our one year anniversary, we’d like to share with you a playlist showcasing a mixture of artists we’ve reviewed in the past year along with some of our personal favorite songs. Thanks again and keep reading in 2010!

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Adele-Hometown Glory
The Beatles- Octopus’s Garden
Beyonce- Ego
Bishop Allen-South China Moon
Blitzen Trapper-Sleepytime in the Western World
Bon Iver- Re: Stacks
Broken Bells- The High Road
Caroline Smith- Where Has Sally Gone?
City and Colour- Sleeping Sickness
Clipse- Hot Damn
Death Cab for Cutie- Coney Island
The Dirty Projectors-Stillness is the Move
Drake-Little Bit (feat. Lykke Li)
Fat Segal-Clutch (Skins Theme)
Fleet Foxes- Oliver James
Florence and the Machine- I’m Not Calling You a Liar
Gorillaz- Feel Good Inc.
Haley Bonar-Queen of Everything
Honest Engines- Sweet Familiar Doubt
Jenny Lewis-Acid Tongue
Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West-Make Her Say
The Killers-Midnight Show
Kristoff Krane- Crystal Clear
Lightspeed Champion- All to Shit
Leonard Nimoy- The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
Lupe Fiasco- Go Go Gadget Flow
Lykke Li- Dance, Dance, Dance
Maps and Atlases- The Most Trustworthy Tin Cans
Matt & Kim- Daylight
Noisettes-Saturday Night
Rilo Kiley- Pictures of Success
The Smiths- There’s a Light That Never Goes Out
Stars- The Calandar Girl
Telekinesis!- Coast of Carolina
Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down- Bag of Hammers
The Ting Tings- We Walk
The Veils- Sit Down by the Fire

–The Dustbowl —
Haley Rheinhart and Rachel Summers