This week, listen to a playlist of the three winning tracks by Aviette, Glorious Monster, and Quarter Acre Lifestyle. ALSO: we're calling for songs from MN musicians for the next mnSpin series (Deadline is July 7)
By mnSpin
June 9, 2008

This week listen to a playlist of three winning tracks by Aviette, chosen by Matt Perkins, Glorious Monster chosen by Sarah Askari, and Quarter Acre Lifestyle chosen by M.anifest.

Aviette | Everest Spyhunter

Playing progressive and accessible indie rock, Aviette is Minneapolis-based band made up of Holly Muñoz (guitar/vocals), Justin Hartke (bass), and Kyle Larson (drums). Their debut record, Until We Hear From Dave (2007), was recorded with Chicago-based engineer Jonathan Raymond and producer Devon Bryant (Sybris, Crush Kill Destroy, Brighton MA, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir). Until We Hear From Dave was CMJ's #18 add and has charted at core stations such as KALX, WRSU and WTCC. Aviette recently finished recording their second full-length album with Minneapolis-based producer Darren Jackson (Tapes n' Tapes, Kid Dakota, The Hopefuls). Aviette will celebrate the release of The Way We Met on June 28 at the Triple Rock Social Club.

Glorious Monster | In the Movies

A two man team in the studio, Glorious Monster is Danny Burke (electronic musician / pianist) and Brian Casey (vocalist / guitarist), who met while studying music at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the spring of 2005 they formed their music production company, Skeptic Music, and started making a name for themselves as the production team, The Skeptics. They have written and produced music used in national TV ads for brands such as BMW and Coke, the movie trailers for Rescue Dawn and The Curse of the Golden Flower, and the theme to MTV's Parental Control. They have also worked on scores for several short and feature length films. Recently, Glorious Monster's music has been featured on episodes of MTV's The Hills and Real World.

Quarter Acre Lifestyle | Yeah Nah

QuarterAcreLifestyle was founded in New Zealand by two brothers, drummer Aaron and bassist Cameron Pollock. In 2000, Aaron moved to the US and the band consequently became a global effort. Since recording a self-titled album in Minneapolis, Minnesota in early 2006, their music has evolved into a sound they can call their own in a brand-new second album, Blood on the Lawn.

about mnSpin

Winning tracks from each contest are selected by panelists from within the music industry. Each week a three-song playlist from the winning submissions will be featured on the and Summit Brewery web sites. Quarterly listening parties at area venues will take place and a compilation CD of music from the yearlong contest will be produced.

Submission Specifications and Entry Process Any and all types of music accepted; only three tracks per musician will be reviewed for possible inclusion on the CD. Tracks can be uploaded to artist pages on, and a URL of the page can then be e-mailed to [email protected]. Submissions must come from members. To sign up for membership, visit For assistance with registration or with uploading music tracks, please e-mail [email protected] or call 612.375.7611.

mnSpin is sponsored by, Summit Brewery, Springboard for the Arts, and McNally Smith College of Music.


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