Ada Jane is the latest manifestation of the musical efforts of Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Matt Marka. The band also includes Charlie Wilson (drums), Collin Neugebauer (bass), David Strahan (lead guitar, pedal steel) and various other guests. Ada Jane delivers a varied sound style, ranging from moody dirges similar to the darker moments of Wilco or Bruce Springsteen, to rollicking, rousing rock ‘n roll that has been compared to Hüsker Dü.
Again…Again combines all that we love about bona fide Minneapolis rock: sincere lyrics, catchy riffs, potential to disable ears, horns, and enough growl-singing to be convincing without sounding Battle of the Bands. Remember the good days, before musicians went soft and started playing glockenspiels? Ada Jane remembers. One of the stronger tracks, “Down the Highway,” […]
It’s been a while (two decades to be precise) since Minneapolis became the first official buzz city of American indie rock. Hüsker Dü, the Replacements and Soul Asylum all hailed from the frigid city. Now, the likes of the Hold Steady (who have since relocated to New York) and Ada Jane appear poised to make […]
Ada Jane have a sound all their own. After three albums as the Matt Marka Band, the band’s first album under its new moniker stretches out in all kinds of directions, yet contains a surprising cohesiveness. There are blistering rockers (the Kings of Leon-ish blues workout “You’ll Never Be Satisfied”), yearning ballads (the dark “Everybody […]
I’ll be playing solo briefly on August 20th @ Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicolett Mall for NEED magazine’s Street Music For Street Kids benefit.
The new Ada Jane record, “Again…Again,” is finished and will be released
Stiff and straight and set. Never to move. Claiming truth truth true. And now claiming you. Some want. Some want. Some want proof pure. Their end all’s to be sure. But I like your question marks. I like your exclamation points. I like your choice of words and how those words sounds with your voice. […]
Well today they came with the pulleys and the cranes and they carried my home away. Took a hundred wheels and cables made of steel and machines that looked like men. Well I’m sorry to say I checked my pockets for change, and I can’t make it out that way. Got a need to tame […]
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