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The Accidentals celebrate 10 years with new album 'Vessel'

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The Accidentals are Katie Larson, Sav Buist, and Michael Dause.

Katie Larson and Sav Buist started playing together in high school in Traverse City.

This month, The Accidentals celebrate 10 years as a band. To celebrate, they're dropping a brand new album called Vessel.

The release culminates with two shows at the City Opera House in Traverse City Thursday and Friday night (Sep 29-30).

The band says it received several offers from music labels to release the new album, but ultimately decided to do it independently.

“Everything is kind of backordered right now,” Sav Buist explained. “A lot of releases are being saved until 2022 and that was the case for the label deals we were considering.”

Buist says it felt like the music just needed to come out right now.

“We didn’t want to wait any longer on it,” she said.

Buist and co-founding member Katie Larson are calling their 10 years together their “band-iversary”. It’s something they’re very grateful for.

Larson says back when they were busking in coffee shops as teens, she never expected they would cultivate a community of supporters like they have.

“Now we go to a venue in the U.K. and we can actually sell tickets,” she said. “We just have really cool moments with fans.”

While The Accidentals were Up North this summer for a few shows ahead of their album release, one of their performances had an unusual opening act– IPR’s Sound Garden Quintet. Leader of the quintet, Mei Stone, spent the summer bringing classical music into unexpected places and trying to close the gap between performers and audiences. She spoke to IPR's Dan Wanschura after his interview with The Accidentals.

Ever since he was young, Dan has been fascinated with radio. From hearing the dulcet tones of John Gordon broadcast Minnesota Twins games, to staying up late listening to radio theater, he was captivated by the imaginative medium.