Kopacz | Press

Pulse of the Twin Cities | 04.13.05

The Suburban World Theater
"Everyone knows what the 23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival is supposed to be about-but if they didn’t want the spotlight from the cinema being taken away, why did the organizers go ahead and book such kick-ass musical acts to play their festival headquarters? The entire two weeks has seen an unbelievable assortment of local musical talent on display and they’re clearly pulling out all the stops for the closing night celebration. Some of these names are undoubtedly already familiar to local music-heads (Valet, Thunder in the Valley and moonlighting DJ Ross Raihala, who works the local music beat for the Pioneer Press), but the hidden gem of the night is Kopacz. A longtime fixture on the mind blowingly large Hang Ups/Legendary Jim Ruiz/Owls contingent of friends and artists, Karen Kopacz and her collaborators have been intermittently showing off their shimmering dream-pop wares on rare occasions over the last few years. Rumors of a long awaited recorded debut sometime soon are in the air ..."
- van Alstyne

Featuring: Kopacz, Valet, Thunder in the Valley
and DJs Ross Raihala and Chris Strouth. 9 p.m.
Free w/closing night ticket, $10 without. 21+.
3022 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. 612-331-3134.

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 06.03.02

"Karen Kopacz (May 31, Turf Club). In her opening set for Lateduster and Redstart, this newcomer's voice and drone-strummy electric guitar was all but drowned out by the chatty Turf crowd. But two songs - one with the mantra-coda of "I love you, you destroy me," the other about murdering a cheating lover - distinguished her as a songwriter to be reckoned with, and a heart not to be messed with."
- Jim Walsh

First Avenue In-House Magazine | 12.30.98

"For those who enjoy the warmth of pop music that's dark and dreamy with a dash of eclectic, mark January 13th on your calendar. The 7th Street Entry will be hosting a special evening of Minneapolis and Milwaukee pop bands that is sure to please. Minneapolis-side. Karen Kopacz (solo) No stranger to the music scene, Kopacz has done her share of dabbling in photography, writing and music. Former member of the band Swoon, Kopacz has been on a year-and-a-half hiatus and has released a cassette of her solo work, Kopacz: Interview With Myself. The album meanders through a musical landscape which Kopacz says contains both candy pop and dark-sided insanity. Kopacz plans to play a few songs off the album, as well as newer stuff and an overall musical hodge-podge. With so few femail performers taking the lead in Minneapolis, Kopacz's performance will be a unique treat."
- Penelope Impaler

Pitchfork | 1997

"The Hang Ups have been together since 1990 and, along with 12Rods and Kopacz, are your best bet for Minneapolis rock."
- Ryan Schreiber