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Line-Up for 2013–14 Sound Bite Series Revealed – New Season Blasts Off Oct. 7th w/ Alt Hip-Hop Hero Astronautalis

McNally Smith College of Music announced today the line-up for a third installment of the Sound Bite Series — the school’s popular on-campus concert series, which has already hosted acclaimed artists like P.O.S., Motion City Soundtrack and Chastity Brown in its brief existence.

Held within in the cozy confines of McNally Smith’s Sound Bite Café, students —and a few fortunate members of the general public — will be enjoying more of the same in 2013–14, with intimate performances from Astronautalis, Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, Jacob Hanson, Chris Koza and BK-One on tap in the coming months.

2013–14 Sound Bite Series Schedule:

  • Oct 7, 2013 — Astronautalis
  • Nov 14, 20123 — Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles
  • Jan 30, 2014 — Jacob Hanson & Guests
  • Feb 27, 2014 — Chris Koza
  • March 27, 2014 — BK-One

Alternative hip-hop extraordinaire and frequent Doomtree collaborator Astronautalis launches the Sound Bite Series’ new campaign on Monday, October 7th. Reprising his role as Sound Bite emcee, 89.3 The Current deejay Dave Campbell leads lively and informative Q&A sessions with the audience and artist following every performance, bringing artist and audience closer together.

Tickets are available to McNally Smith students one week prior to each concert, while a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public via McNally Smith’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for all shows — music starts at 7:00 p.m. Early arrivals can take advantage of fantastic food and drink specials. For a preview of the 2013–14 season, as well as highlights from past Sound Bite Series concerts, check out

The Sound Bite Café is located on the third floor of McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101.


About Astronautalis:

Astronautalis is described by Allmusic’s Stewart Mason as “if Beck were a decade or so younger and had grown up more heavily immersed in hip-hop.” His rapping style is noted for “blending elements of indie rock, electro, and talkin’ blues”with hip-hop. He has described himself as “historical fiction hip-hop.” During live performances, he often performs a freestyle rap based on topics chosen by members of his audience.

Astronautalis called in help from a cadre of musical friends for his latest full-length, “This Is Our Science.” Under the guidance of Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Bill Callahan, St. Vincent), the record finds rock darlings like Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Radical Face, (Electric President), members of Midlake & The Riverboat Gamblers all waltzing in time to the work of P.O.S. (Rhymesayers), Alias (Anticon/Sage Francis), Cecil Otter (Wugazi), Lazerbeak (Doomtree), and more of indie hip-hop’s finest. The resulting album is the full realization of everything Astronautalis has been chasing after for 7 years. Neither a rap record, nor a rock record, it is a work that finally captures the vein popping intensity and high melodrama of his famous live shows, all the while maintaining the steadfast literary tradition and masterful storytelling of his previous studio albums.

The Sound Bite Series Presents: Astronautalis 
Monday, October 7th 2013
Doors @ 6 p.m., Music @ 7 p.m.
Sound Bite Cafe, McNally Smith College of Music
Free for students, limited tickets available to public via Facebook & Twitter