Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
- Private Dancer will be playing at the Turf Club with WHG favorites Vampire Hands and France has the Bomb.
- Military Special will be playing with Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapellesat the Hexagon Bar.
If you miss Private Dancer tonight, you will have another chance to help them celebrate their new CD tommorow at Eclipse Records in St. Paul at 7pm. This show will be all ages.
Also, tonight is the night for the Spark 24 event, which features Cloud Cult, the Alarmists, Chris Koza and others playing for free at Orchestra Hall starting at 2am and going until 6am for the insomniacs out there.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- State Fair 8:30 FREE
Vampire Hands- Uptown Theatre 11:30
One for the Team/Now Now Every Children/Themes- Entry 5PM/9PM
POS/Solid Gold/Vampire Hands- Hexagon 9PM FREE
Welcome to the Cinema CD release show w/the Hopefuls- 400 Bar 9pm
PLUS LOTS MORE......No excuses this weekend if you don't check out some of great live music.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
A quick update for those of you who are wondering who the fuck is this guy I am fawning over. Dan was the lead singer/songwriter/guitar player for Atlas Strategic before he joined up with Spencer Krug to form Wolf Parade. He writes the more brooding, contemplative and frankly bleak songs that are on their two amazing CD's. Last year he teamed with his wife to make a minimalist, even more dark version of his songs under the pseudonym Handsome Furs. The songs are about dark, lonely cities and are driven forward by pulsing drum machines and Dan's ringing guitar and his impassioned howl. I know there is some debate about the value his wife brings, and to be honest I feel like the band would survive without her quite easily, so take that however you want. She mostly seemed to start the drum machine and play some rudimentary keyboard licks. I guess one way you get a spot in a kick ass band is to marry into it, right?
The band was as to be expected. Their sound is more low key than Wolf Parade and relies entirely on drum machines, so it was not nearly as captivating as WP was last month, but it still was a good show on the strength of Dan's songs and stage presence. They played a lot of new material that sounded really good, so that has me excited for their forthcoming sophomore release. Dan seemed less fucked up than last time and was pretty funny with a dry sense of humor. He thanked the crowd with "Thanks, dudes" and like the WP show, ended with "This is out last song, bitches". He also prefaced a new song by saying "This is about coke". When the crowd laughed/cheered, he said "I could write about far away lands and horses and other mystical stuff, but I figure you should write about what you know." Overall, the band was very good, but left me wanting to see the power of Dan with his Wold Parade partners again.
Bon Iver was playing at almost the same time in the Mainroom to a significantly larger crowd. Justin Vernon and his band (now 4 people, up from 3 last time and 2 the first time I saw him) apparently cannot do wrong in MPLS. They have moved up from the Turf Club to First Ave and have sold out each room. (The funny thing is that less than year ago there was about 30 of us at the Uptown Bar and his name was miss spelled on the banner, so it goes to show that a year can make a big difference) I only was able to catch about a third of his set, but it seemed pretty consistent with my previous experiences with him. He is coming into his own as a performer and had the crowd eating out of his hands. He played his new song Blood Bank (video on a post below) and used the new muscle of his bigger band to really flesh out the atmospheric flourishes on his excellent debut For Emma, Forever Ago. If you haven't seen Bon Iver, he comes highly recommended. Just make sure to buy tickets right when they go on sale, otherwise you will be on the outside looking in.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The album is one track with intentionally warped transitions and songs that bleed into each other. It is chalk full of highlights that make this his strongest album since the double album masterpiece Mono/Stereo. Westerberg is at his usual self deprecating best and delivers and album that is well worth letting it play straight through. The great thing is that there are many wonderful gems that only Paul could write, but he forces you to take it all in as one lump experience. Only someone as bold (and talented) as the legendary Replacements singer could get away with this stunt. The album is wonderful and is highly suggest (if you can find it).
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Bon Iver @ First Avenue Mainroom 9PM $14
Handsome Furs @7th Street Entry 9PM $15
Charlie Parr/The Dad in Common @ 331 Club 9pm FREE
Roma Di Luna/Black Blondie @ Triple Rock Social Club
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
It may not have totally been the bands fault, as I was annoyed within seconds of walking in the door. First Avenue was packed to the gills and teeming with equal mix of the button down crowd that gets their "hip new music" from the 89.3 the Current and baby boomers who spent the money on a babysitter and were "partying". Even more than on CD, Zooey Deschanel sounded like a mirror image of Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley (the soothing folk Rilo Kiley, not the coked out disco sellout Rilo Kiley, fyi) and did not have the stage presence required to boost her mid tempo pop songs. The band was mixed weirdly, at least from where I was standing, and there were points were I could see M.Ward playing slide guitar but not hear his contribution. They seemed less than interested and I told Robyn as we were leaving that it was a shame nearly 1,500 people would come out for this and there are local bands who play to 20 people and are working hard and making significant (read: not re hashed folk/doo wop/motown music sung by a movie star) music. Maybe that is not a fair argument against She and Him, but I couldn't help but think it.
I know I am in no place to tell people how to spend their money, but I couldn't help but being blown away that people spent nearly $20 on a band that has released about 50 minutes of material, and it is not like they are the consummate showman like the Hold Steady(or even the Strokes, who charged as much or more while supporting their debut, but at least their music had a pulse). Either way, I was glad I got in free so I didn't feel guilty leaving halfway through the set, leaving the baby boomers to get their soft rock fix until the next time The Eagles or Fleetwood Mac come back to town.
We Are Scientist/Oxford Collapse- Varsity Theatre 9PM $14
Two "indie" bands that get lumped into all sorts of genres that they in reality do not really fit into. They both make fairly quirky/smart indie centric angular guitar rock. Got it? Either way, it should be a really fun show.
She and Him- First Ave 7PM $18
Folksy duo consisting of Indie man about town M. Ward with film vet/newbie singer Zooey Deschanel. They created a alluring album of easy listening folk songs that they titled Volume 1 and released this year. A little spendy, but when you get the buzz, the prices always go up. May be a short set, but it should be solid and charming.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The mystery behind the artist Burial has finally come to a screeching halt. The U.K based dubstep artist responsible for a couple amazing CD's in the previous years (especially the mesmerizing Untrue from 2007) has finally come clean about his identity(and picture, which is above).
So drum rolls please.................................................................He is ..........................................................a regular guy. huh?!. Not the dude from Fatboy Slim or the guy who is Aphex Twin, so sorry folks. Either way, it never really mattered to me, although mystery is always cool (right?) As long as he keeps pumping out crazy good music that helps me pass the midnight hours and making me feel like I am in London on a rainy night, I could care less if he is an accountant from Mississippi.
Check out his music at his myspace page HERE.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The band had a indie garage rock sound, but it veered more towards almost T-Rex type boogie live compared to the punk version of the other two bands. Their songs were well written and took on a cool nature in a live setting, similar to Built to Spill. They stretched the songs out nicely, but it never turned into a jam-band like masturbatory overindulgent mess that many bands seem to do. They had songs that were densely layered, but still maintained the fun, rollicking aesthetic that makes rock music great. When they break down one of their songs with a chorus of "Rag, Mamma, Rag", I couldn't help but think of the Band and their classic song. Just like The Band, Private Dancer are adept at creating a forceful fusion of different genres that somehow works out to make music that sounds both new and classic. Their friends section on their myspace page does a good job of showing their diverse and eclectic influences and offers a little insight into the methods behind their madness.
Check out this rising local band on August 30th at the Turf Club for their LP release show with WHG favorites Vampire Hands and other cool local bands.
Download: Of Montreal-id engager (from Minneapolis Fucking Rocks)