The Starfolk


October 3, 2013
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Video Premiere, “The Great Unknown”

We just premiered a new video for “The Great Unknown,” from our self-titled debut LP.  The stop frame animated video was made by our own Allison LaBonne who captured thousands of dramatic black and white images of Brian Tighe, Jacqueline Ultan, and the breathtaking Minnesota winter snowscape on her iPhone.  The premiere was featured on, and local frames.  It’s beautiful.



September 10, 2013
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The Starfolk Self Titled, a Carbon Neutral Release

We did it!  The Starfolk self titled is out today on Korda Records; the label we started with friends.  If you’ve read my blog The Wednesday Post, you may know that I (Allison) am always on the lookout for ways to eliminate packaging waste.

We decided to use recycled jewel cases for The Starfolk release.   I scoured craigs list, record stores, radio stations for used cases; purchased many and some were given to me.  The greater challenge was that we had to assemble the cds ourselves.  Many dear friends, including our Korda Komrades pitched in to help.  We want to thank Vanessa & Jeremy Messersmith, Jim Ruiz, Jeff Kearns, Kathy Olmstead, David & Janel Schelzel, Mike, Charlotte & Jane Crabtree, and Jim Sexton for their generous assistance.  We could’ve done it without you, but it would’ve been a real drag!

In an effort to make this release carbon neutral, we also purchased a 7 metric ton carbon offset.  Breathe easy and enjoy the music!




August 23, 2013
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Minneapolis CD Release Show 8/24/13!

So excited to play this show with dear friends, celebrating a record it took us four long/short years to finish!  Wow, that’s like a college degree.  If you live in the vicinity please come to our graduation party!

Set Times:
9:00pm Jim Ruiz Set
9:45pm The Orange Peels
10:30pm The Starfolk

Facebook Event

City Pages Review

Online ticket sales have ended.  Tickets will be available at the door.  $10

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Press for the bands:

“The present iteration of Tighe’s Anglophilia lands The Starfolk somewhere near the land of The Left Banke in the time of The Three O’Clock, and that’s the kind of music that gets me all fired up with religious fervour.” –The Big Takeover

“The Orange Peels’ fifth disc, Sun Moon, overflows with bright, healing alt pop salvos that sound primed for vacation playlists. . .” –The Aquarian

“Jim Ruiz Set creates music that’s quite hard to pin down. Cocktail jazz? Art-pop? Sometimes wry, sometimes romantic, never overwrought –Mount Curve Avenue is one of the best new, non-rock albums I’ve heard in quite some time. Immediately appealing on its first listen, the album only improves on subsequent spins.” –Musoscribe


August 8, 2013
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Request The Starfolk “Come and Play” on 89.3 The Current!

If you’re a music lover in the Twin Cities, you already know about our beloved and influential alternative station 89.3 The Current.  If you’re a music lover outside the Twin Cities, you should check out this terrific station by streaming online!

We are thrilled that “Come and Play” from The Starfolk’s debut LP has been added to rotation.  We’d be much obliged if you would rate or request it here!

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July 1, 2013
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Flower of July

This little charmer popped up from a crack in the alley.  I dedicate it to the four super friends that helped us mix our new record:  Brad Kern, David Schelzel, John Crozier and Andy Thompson, we love you.  Kisses and garage flowers.

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