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Concert Wed Apr 01 2009

Everybody Here is a Cloud


Photo by Cody York via the band's MySpace

Minneapolis-based Cloud Cult is the type of band that makes you want to be a better person. Eschewing offers from major labels, singer Craig Minowa created Earthology Records, built with recycled materials and run on geothermal energy. They use 100% post-consumer recycled or reused materials for all of their merchandise. The band accepts donations of old CD jewel cases, which they then clean and use to package their new albums, and the scraps created from manufacturing the CDs themselves are recycled into milk cartons. They even plant ten trees for every 1,000 albums sold. How cool is that?

It's hard not to fall in love with these guys at first listen. Their latest album, Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes), is a celebration of life and love, without being preachy about their ideals. The songs envelop you with a big indie collective-type sound you'll find with artists like The Arcade Fire or Polyphonic Spree, only with about half the amount of people actually playing instruments. They've got two visual artists in the band, who create paintings during each show which are then auctioned off at the end of the night. I don't think they could get any more charming.

Cloud Cult is opening for Margot & the Nuclear So and So's tonight at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. The show starts at 8:30 and is $15. 18 & over.

Check out the video for "Everybody Here is a Cloud" below.

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Amanda Griffin / April 1, 2009 5:26 PM

Great article and I couldn't agree more. I highly suggest everyone see them tonight at Metro, because no matter how much you love them after listening to the albums, I promise you will end up loving them 100x more after experiencing them live.

Mr. Baxter / April 1, 2009 6:16 PM

This band makes me want to eat granola.

MR. Baxter / April 1, 2009 6:21 PM

And by the way, I enjoy granola. I just learned about this band this week, and enjoyed this article as well. Nice work. PEFF!

Michelle / April 2, 2009 10:41 AM

aw, Painting during the show? That is adorable. Now I want to check them out...

Mark / April 2, 2009 1:56 PM

Is the same band that has the annoying song in an animated insurance ad?

Amanda Griffin / April 7, 2009 12:56 PM

Yep they have a song in the esurance commercial. I suggest listening to the rest of their stuff though, before writing them off as annoying.

David / April 9, 2009 1:48 PM

Good band; really good in concert.

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