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Oct. 2: Communist Daughter Concert

Homecoming week concert will take place in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 9-9-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Johnny Solomon and Communist Daughter will perform on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 pm. The homecoming week concert will take place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Communist Daughter founding member John Solomon writes about his struggles with addiction and difficult times. The Twin Cities’ band, whose work has been featured on the TV show “Grey's Anatomy,” was founded in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Solomon after the split of his band Friends Like These. Solomon, who took the name Communist Daughter from a Neutral Milk Hotel song, leads a band of area musicians which includes Adam Switlick on bass, guitar and vocals, Al Weiers, guitar, Dillon Marchus, keyboard/guitar, Dan DeMuth, drums, and lead vocalist Molly Moore. Moore married Solomon in 2013.

The band is signed to Grain Belt Records where they recorded their debut album soundtrack "To The End," the limited EP release "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and the most recent CD "Lions & Lambs." Their single “Not The Kid” reached number one on 89.3 The Current's Radio charts.

Rolling Stone magazine’s Melissa Maerz writes, “Communist Daughter features fragile, daydreaming harmonies with swirling synths that spin and spin until they fall down dizzy. Steady-galloping drums coolly pass you by. These Midwestern boys have wrapped it all up into rip-your-heart out ballads about getting older but not necessarily happier – songs that capture the old joy of classic records and do-nothing days, and the ache of knowing they're mostly gone. Yes, there's a good kind of sadness, and this is what it sounds like."

Communist Daughter has toured nationally with the CMJ Music Festival and has played numerous dates with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. In 2013, the band began to record with Kevin Bowe as a co-producer and was featured in Paste Magazine's Best of What's Next issue. In 2010, the band was voted Best Band of the Twin Cities in a City Pages reader’s poll. Communist Daughter won the 2014 Independent Music Awards Indie Pop award for their song “Ghosts.”

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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