mnSpin, a quarterly music contest for Minnesota musicians. This week listen to a playlist of the three winning tracks by Erik Ritter, Love in October and Aviette.
By mnSpin
May 12, 2008



This week listen to a playlist of three winning tracks by Erik Ritter, chosen by Matt Perkins, Love in October chosen by Sarah Askari, and Aviette chosen by M.anifest.


Erik Ritter | Virus Fighters Unite

 Erik Ritter is a St Paul musician and multimedia artist.


Love in October | Petrula the Destroyer

They say modern day Renaissance folk are simply multi-talented. For Love in October, The Musik Group's Minneapolis-based movers and shakers, they transcend what it means to have their fingers in a little bit of everything. Their debut full-length, Pontus, The Devil, and Me, is set to be unleashed January 22, 2008, and showcases LiO's ability to diversify all the subgenres found in pop.

Native Swedish brothers, Erik and Kent Widman, formed LiOin the summer of 2006 and quickly released a snappy six-song EP recorded by Ed Rose, which went on to receive national radio airplay and glowing reviews. The lineup has evolved over time and now also includes guitarist Ryan Morgon and drummer Troy Groenke.

The name of the debut full-length album, Pontus, The Devil, and Me, was chosen to reflect the schizophrenic nature of the songs. "We noticed that there was a real contrast from song to song, and that they basically fell into three categories," says Erik. "A - songs that tell a story about somebody or something (Pontus); B - Fast angry dark songs reflecting the bipolar nature of humans (the devil); and personal songs (me)."

With Pontus, The Devil, and Me, LiO has painted the picture of life complete with love, sadness and the awkwardness that falls between.

Love in October is:

Erik Widman - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Moog

Kent Widman - Bass, Moog

Ryan Morgon - Guitar

Troy Groenke - Drums


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.


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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