Minnesota is best known, musically and otherwise, for producing Prince and Bob Dylan. Less attention is paid to the way American pop-punk went from boy to man in its cold winters in the 80's, as The Replacements and Husker Du perfected the form with their respective albums Let It Be and Zen Arcade.
Motion City Soundtrack are a few shades more radio friendly then their gruffer, drunker predecessors, but stand apart from the heap of post-Blink 182 pop-punk drivel thanks to gracious helpings of sincerity and cleverness.
Every Monday night, C&L's Late Nite Music Club showcases an act from every state, alphabetically by state, as part of LNMC's 50 State Strategy. Know a band or artist that you think is the best in their state? Email suggestions to latenitemusicclub [at] gmail.com. Next week: Mississippi.