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July 18, 201312 Minnesota Bands You Should Listen To Now – Paste Magazine
“‘70s British rock meets ’80s power pop in this Minneapolis quartet. The infectious track “Flower Girl” off the band’s debut album was recently nominated for an Independent Music Award (Best Indie/Alt Rock Song), and they recently played Summerfest in Milwaukee.”

March 20, 2013Minnesotans nominated for two Independent Music Awards – The Current (89.3 FM NPR)
“Sleep Study was nominated in the ‘Indie/Alt. Rock’ category for their song ‘Flower Girl,’ a lo-fi, driving ’70s pop cut off their debut full-length, 2012′s Nothing Can Destroy. The song is easily their most popular to date, and has garnered over 50,000 views on YouTube since it was released last year.”Read More

February 28, 2013Weekend What’s What – l’étoile magazine
“Sleep Study is the quite-heralded band fronted by Ryan Paul Plewacki. Their music has a completely keen mid-’70s vibe — think a little bit T. Rex, a little bit Badfinger, a little bit of singer/songwriter (but the weird kind — way more Syd Barrett/Robyn Hitchcock, then, say, James Taylor).”Read More

December 18, 2012 – “Nothing Can Destroy by Sleep Study” – Vents Magazine
“…an incredible journey, full of emotion and nostalgia, where a band again shows us that there is hope, there is still good music, but at the same time makes us question ourselves: musically, were we better in the past?”Read More

October 14, 2012 – “Sleep Study, ‘Flower Girl’” – Diffuser.fm
“Today, we bring you ‘Flower Girl,’ the first single from classic rock throwbacks Sleep Study. The swinging sock-hop anthem teems with authenticity, almost blowing its rock ‘n roll top off when singer Ryan Paul Plewacki gets to the hook, ‘Everyone’s gunnin’ for you.'” Read More

August 16, 2012 – Sleep Study Star Tribune (US)
“…a classic and sophisticated Brit-rock sheen, from the T. Rex-y glam-pop of the opener ‘Flower Girl’ to several songs that recall Robyn Hitchcock to, yes, ample ‘Revolver’-style Beatles majesty. But no Radiohead, refreshingly. Expect to see this one on many local critics year-end lists” …Read More

August 16, 2012 -“Local Frames: New videos from Polica, Paper Tiger, Sleep Study and more” – City Pages – Gimme Noise (US) *Video
“The group seems poised for success with this highly anticipated release, and if the haunting title-track is any indication, Sleep Study should certainly deliver on the promise suggested by their riveting live shows.” … Read More

August 15, 2012– “Sleep Study debuts with bold pop-rock” – City Pages (US)
“With Eischen and new bandmates Justin Hartke on bass and Alexander Young playing drums, Plewacki’s once subtly catchy tunes have grown both more instantly accessible and richly layered. Plewacki still possesses a reedy-but-right tenor evocative of Tom Petty, and Sleep Study’s debut album, Nothing Can Destroy, dresses up its sturdy mid-tempo tunes with slick production flourishes and exotic keyboard overdubs aplenty.” Read More

August 5, 2012 – “Sleep Study performs in The Current Studios” – The Current (89.3 FM NPR) *audio included
“They fill a niche that the community hasn’t embraced as fully compared to other music genres, and perhaps that’s why the interest in Sleep Study’s future is so promising.”Read More/Listen to Performance

March 23, 2012 – “Minnesota Power at SXSW” – Minneapolis Star Tribune (US)
…the Sleep Study frontman went over his performance schedule — maybe the busiest of any Minnesotan“… Read More

March 16, 2012
– “SXSW 2012 Records” – Austin Chronicle (US)
RE: Sleep Study’s contribution to MN Remembers Vic Chesnutt “Some might recognize names like Charlie Parr, Ben Weaver, and Haley Bonar, who make noteworthy appearances, but it’s relative unknown Janey Winterbauer & Ryan Paul whose “Flirted With You All My Life” closes the disc with a moan filled by Chesnutt’s troubled memory stealing the show.”… Read More

February 23, 2012 – “Tennis and Sleep Study at the Triple RockCity Pages – Gimme Noise (US)
“Opener Sleep Study seemed similarly reserved, but they hid it well in Ryan Paul Plewacki’s tender singing and repeated solos amid the retro-filled rock melodies. The extended guitar breaks sometimes cut like stiff prairie winds, and sometimes felt like they climbed over mountains.” … Read More / photo slideshow

January 13, 2012 – “New Videos from Polica, Sleep Study, and more…” – The Current Blog (89.3 FM NPR) *Video
“Sleep Study is the new vehicle for gifted local songwriter and storyteller Ryan Paul (formery Ryan Paul and the Ardent), and if ’60s throwback pop song “Flower Girl” is any indication they’ll be a band to watch in 2012.”… Read More

INTERVIEWS:

April 22, 2013 – “Interview with Ryan Plewacki of Sleep Study” – KSRQ Radio *audio

March 28, 2013 – “Sleep Study” – Independent Music Awards
“I think genuine music fans also understand the industry and choose to carry it on. I believe that those who truly recognize that it’s a tough and erratic business are the ones who make sure that they have a $20 bill in their pocket when they go to shows so that they can buy merch. It’s those people who keep record stores alive and bands on the road.”Read More

December 17, 2012 – “Sleep Study” – Vents Magazine
An interview with Ryan Plewacki... Read More

December 8, 2012 – “Sleep Study” – ‘Round Magazine
…the journey to discover one’s own ethnocentricity is perplexing and slightly humiliating.” (a discussion about “Flower Girl“) … Read More

October 9, 2012 – “Q&A with Ryan Plewacki of Sleep Study” – Band Bombshell
We love pop music. We make pop music. Everybody is invited.“… Read More

August 15, 2012– “Sleep Study debuts with bold pop-rock” – City Pages (US)
“With Eischen and new bandmates Justin Hartke on bass and Alexander Young playing drums, Plewacki’s once subtly catchy tunes have grown both more instantly accessible and richly layered. Plewacki still possesses a reedy-but-right tenor evocative of Tom Petty, and Sleep Study’s debut album, Nothing Can Destroy, dresses up its sturdy mid-tempo tunes with slick production flourishes and exotic keyboard overdubs aplenty.” Read More

August 5, 2012 – “Sleep Study performs in The Current Studios” – The Current (89.3 FM NPR) *audio included
“They fill a niche that the community hasn’t embraced as fully compared to other music genres, and perhaps that’s why the interest in Sleep Study’s future is so promising.”Read More/Listen to Performance