Though Clipd Beaks left the Twin Cities shortly after their inception in 2003 for Oakland, we still get to claim some fame for the Minneapolis-bred trio. Yesterday, the band announced via facebook that its just-released album To Realize was reviewed in Rolling Stone - but apparently it was just a psyche!/belated April Fools' joke. But the boys have actually done something to make us proud - last month, they received a favorable review in that harbinger of music blogs, Pitchfork.
The writeup earned the band a pretty-darn-good 7.7 rating. Originally a five-piece, the band now composed of childhood friends Nick Barbeln (ex-Leaves), Scott Ecklein and Ray Benjamin (both ex-Victoria) has since enjoyed a good deal of attention over the past few years, including nods from The FADER and VICE Magazine, and a slot on the official roster of SXSW every year from 2006 to 2009. (Sidenote: I went to high school with Barbeln and am honored to have witnessed his earliest musical incarnations, as well as Ecklein and Benjamin's earlier bands.)
A belated congrats, boys!
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