Another promising band rocks out of Minneapolis

Scouting Report: Music — The Honeydogs

Minneapolis, which has given America current chart-toppers Semisonic and Marcy Playground (not to mention Prince, the Replacements and Soul Asylum), is home to another melodic alt-rock band that some music insiders say is destined for big things: The Honeydogs. The quartet’s two singles “I Miss You” and “Rumor Has It” (from the band’s major-label debut, “Seen A Ghost”) have climbed the Midwestern charts and are getting nearly as many radio spins as Marcy Playground’s No. 1 hit, “Sex and Candy,” at the Minneapolis adult alternative station Zone 105. “The Honeydogs’ songs are radio friendly but not obvious or fluffy,” says John Lassman, Zone 105’s program director. “There’s no reason the band shouldn’t be as popular as, say, the Wallflowers.”

At a Manhattan show Tuesday night, The Honeydogs ripped through a 10-song set that included a spirited cover of Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Afterward, singer-songwriter Adam Levy told EW Online that the band will head into the studio this August to record a new album. “The songs will be darker, more reflective,” says Levy, who moonlights as a social worker. “I see people struggling every day to make something of their lives, and I wanted to write songs which reflect that.”