Kirsten Dunst to Make an Appearance at Dinkytowner Tonight!

It’s been a while since I played “Kirsten Dunst” with a band.  The song, which was put on tape during my run with the Speakeasy Heroes in the summer of 2000, has remained a fan favorite (and a Toby favorite) despite the fact that I only play it when I play solo at unsuspecting coffee… Continue reading Kirsten Dunst to Make an Appearance at Dinkytowner Tonight!

Dinkytowner with Charlie Van Stee, Shivering Fits, and Lisa McGuire

I read today that Wednesday night’s Charlie Van Stee Trio show might be one of their last as a band, which saddens me.  Those guys have been staples of the local scene for some time.  Though, I guess if they are exiting the local stage soon, I am glad that I get to do one… Continue reading Dinkytowner with Charlie Van Stee, Shivering Fits, and Lisa McGuire

Show Tonight at Acadia Cafe with Eliza Blue, Jeffrey James, and Jack Ventimiglia

It’s that time of the month again!  I am playing a full set with Dave Rowley (of “Heat It Up!” fame) tonight at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.  It’s free to get in!  Here’s the lineup: 8 p.m. – Jeffrey James 9 p.m. – Eliza Blue 10 p.m. – Toby Cryns 11 p.m. – Jack… Continue reading Show Tonight at Acadia Cafe with Eliza Blue, Jeffrey James, and Jack Ventimiglia

Creating a Buzz for my Band (Step 1)

I had a great meeting today over at Spyhouse Coffee with Shirani, a young dynamo/promoter in the Twin Cities. Among the topics discussed were: – Promoting the new album, “Faraway Farm” – Email distribution list – Booking shows for April, May, and beyond The goal of the meeting was to start to put together the… Continue reading Creating a Buzz for my Band (Step 1)

The day after a great show is always kind of depressing.

The day after a great show is always kind of depressing. Last night I was a rock star, and today I am Toby Cryns, mild-mannered computer geek. Last night I was empowered and could potentially change the world. I had a microphone. Today I have a blog, which is a much more passive device. I… Continue reading The day after a great show is always kind of depressing.

Tired but Cannot Sleep

Maybe it’s pre-show jitters, or maybe it’s the fish and chips I ate earlier, but it’s 2:15 a.m. and I’m up. Hmmm… I did discover two fantastic bands/performers in my post-nap/pre-sleep binge. First, check out Metronomy’s “A Thing For Me” video below (Thanks, Liana!) and then check out Matt Latterell, a brilliant up-and-coming songwriter from… Continue reading Tired but Cannot Sleep

I Like to Play Guitar Really Really Fast.

Sometimes when I practice, I like to play along to a random selection of The Meat Purveyors’ tunes. That band plays upbeat bluegrass faster than any other band I have heard. Their music is great, but the way they burn through certain songs is more impressive than their songwriting. During my time in Los Angeles,… Continue reading I Like to Play Guitar Really Really Fast.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser! Fight Slumlords!!!

I am so pumped about this!  We are planning our 3rd annual fundraiser this Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th) at the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis.  Titled, “Heat It Up!”, the fundraiser will be raising money to purchase thermostats so that local renters can monitor their apartment temperature and report heating violations to the city of Minneapolis… Continue reading Valentine's Day Fundraiser! Fight Slumlords!!!

Eagles vs. Rockets KICKED SERIOUS ASS Last Night at the Acadia Cafe!

Last night’s Eagles vs. Rockets show at the Acadia Cafe kicked some serious ass.  We had some minor issues with sound to kick things off, and we took our dear time about developing momentum, but the final four songs were played from heaven on high!  Ripping through Ticky Ticky Tembo, Con El Sol, Revolution, and… Continue reading Eagles vs. Rockets KICKED SERIOUS ASS Last Night at the Acadia Cafe!

Eagles vs. Rockets this Friday at the Acadia!

I would be overwhelmed with joy if one or two of you showed up to the Acadia this Friday, Nov. 7 to support the second live performance by my new old band, Eagles vs. Rockets.  The band features my former Corrupt Senators, Speakeasy Heroes, Big Jerry, Cryns #3, and JC & the Moonshine Band mate,… Continue reading Eagles vs. Rockets this Friday at the Acadia!