Nominated as "Artist of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Awards, along with Prince and Paul Westerberg, Cloud Cult has been lauded by reviewers from Pitchforkmedia to National Public Radio as one of the best up-and-coming bands in the U.S.
Despite releasing their albums in an environmentally and socially friendly manner without label support and on a shoestring budget, their radio charting has been a thorn in the side of the major labels, who typically invest millions in promoting any given album to get the kind of airplay and media attention Cloud Cult has inspired. Cloud Cult's new album "Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus"debuted on the college radio charts at #3 (most adds) just under Cold Play. It has been nominated "Pop Album of the Year" for 2005 by the Minnesota Music Awards.
Cloud Cult’s previous album "Aurora Borealis" charted #19 on North America's college radio charts, #18 on the U.S. AAA charts. The albums have received airplay on over a thousand radio stations across North America, over 100 of which charted Cloud Cult in their Top 10.
The band's music, unique live performance and singer/songwriter Craig Minowa's environmental politics have been covered by a variety of media across the country, everywhere from VH1 to the Washington Post to the LA Times.