There are so many different music circles in the Twin Cities that if you blink, you’ll miss a talent like Aby Wolf. What started as an experiment a year ago at the Cedar Cultural Center, turned into a bank by the name of A. Wolf & Her Claws, and an album.
Brute Heart opened with a very melodic, almost psychedelic sound that was aided by the crazy visuals on the screen behind them. The mix of viola (I played it from 5th to 10th grade, so I appreciate the choice), bass and drums made for a wavy undertone to accompany the the vocalists. Vox so powerful and unique that they were recently crowned “Minneapolis Best Female Vocalist” by City Pages in their annual “Best of the Twin Cities” edition.
A. Wolf & Her Claws took to the stage and their set was as eclectic as Aby’s hair. One part was classic, operatic, the other was wrapped in her hip hop influence with a hard beat. Zero to 60 is a good example of the latter, while her encore of singing A cappella over her own vocal loops account for the former. The other parts of the band were made up of Joey Van Phillips, Linnea Mohn, and Jesse Whitney.
Over the last couple years, I have only seen and heard Aby as part of a backing group to other artists. The show was very enjoyable and once again, The Cedar made for a wonderful atmosphere.