Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Electric Arc Holiday show- Fitz Theatre 7PM $20
Faux Jean- Hexagon 9PM Free
Haley Bonar/The Owls- Cedar Cultural Center 7PM $18
Alpha Consumer/Gospel Gossip/First Communion Afterparty Turf Club 9pm $6
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The great folks at Vice sent over an MP3 from the record.
The Raveonettes-Come on Santa (yes, I'm doing my best) MP#3
The other news coming from the Vice Records camp is that there is a new Japaneese Motors video out for the song "Better Trends." Check it out HERE.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Can’t make it home for the holiday? First Avenue has got you covered as we team up with Radio K to present the 2nd Annual Too Much Turkey free Thanksgiving dinner at First Avenue & 7th Street Entry on Thursday, November 27, 2008.
Please join us in the mainroom for a full Thanksgiving dinner catered by The Meadows Café and our friends at Rock Bottom Brewery. We will be spinning the music of our Too Much Love DJ, Sovietpanda, while you eat to your hearts content.
WHAT: The 2nd Annual Too Much Turkey free Thanksgiving dinner at First Avenue WHO: All Ages-Open To The Public
WHEN: Thursday, November 27, 2008 5-8pm
WHERE: First Avenue, 701 First Avenue North, Minneapolis
HOW: email@example.com or just show up!
WHY: It’s a completely FREE dinner! Why not?!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1. Blood Bank
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Few bands are eminently qualified to perform on election night. Or rather, few bands are qualified to perform on the most recent election night, in which the streets of Minneapolis (and everywhere else) were awash with hugs, cheers, yells and impromptu celebrations of all varieties. Sure, Bob Dylan or whatever was playing at Northrop but who really cares about him still?
There are two types of jam bands - the ones that "noodle" for hours on end and the ones that use improvisation as a jumping point for truly mindblowing exercises in musicianship. Gang Gang Dance is one of the latter, but lest anyone have any illusions - they are indeed a jamband. A very good jam band. Eschewing the more structured, glossy incantations of their newest and most accessible release "Saint Dymphna", for the powerful tranced out jams of this live session was a good choice. The album is inconsistently weak due to its lack of experimentation but this live set had incredible power as the songs would alternately form, rise out of nothing and materialize, then be deconstructed into a globby mass sound as it rose again into another song. Much has been made of GGD's world-music aesthetic, but beside the vaguely tribal drumming and Bjork-like wordless (worldless?)shriek of Lizzi Bougatsos, it was clear that the only aesthetic these Brooklynites adhere to is the sound banks on their numerous keyboards. At times it was like a demonstration of what can be achieved through the use of modern effects boxes, samplers, laptops, drum pads and synthesizers. But at other times, when it all came together, it was totally amazing. GGD probably want you to think they're from another planet where all musics are one and weirdness is a universal truth, but they were particularly down to earth on that night. For an encore set they played a raucous dance rave-up that lasted about 10 minutes.The remaining audience loved it.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
- First up were Daughters of the Sun. Daughters of the Sun are a 4 piece band that sound like a more psychedelic Animal Collective. They are structured in the classic guitar/bass/drums set up, but they do it in a unique way. They were at their best when played were pounding floor drums and guitars were swirling and their mad cap vocals were spinning through the speakers. They are always a fun act to see live.
- Next up was WHG favorite Private Dancer (pictured above). I have been spinning their debut CD a lot in the last couple months and their set was mostly songs from that CD, so I was happy. They range from bombastic , almost Les Savy Fav type rock to moody, Explosions in the Sky esqe instrumental tracks. The band is one of my favorite new MPLS bands and it is worth checking out both their CD and their live show.
- Third up were His Mischief. His Mischief are a British rock centric three piece who played the most straightforward music of the night. Their myspace page lists them as sounding like Spoon covering Queen, which is pretty much dead on. They also had the most energetic set and the crowd seemed to really enjoy them. I am looking forward to checking them out even more.
- Last up were garage revivalist France Has the Bomb. Minneapolis's answer to the Black Lips, France Has the Bomb played grinding and angular rock and roll that was a perfect end to the night. Their music takes a simple form of music and adds buzzing layers to create some great music. They are a band that has rightfully earned a spot as one of the best Minneapolis rock bands.
Overall, you could not ask for much more on a Thursday night as far as a rock show goes. The show is just the tip of the iceberg as far as MPLS talent goes and shows how many great bands there are right now in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Make sure to check out live and local music whenever you can, I will be you won't be disappointed.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Many of the best songs, including songs like “Get over it” and “eL rO shambO” are rumbling time bombs that draw out the strengths of the band, leading with the almost Sonic Youth like guitars and Greener’s commanding vocals. Songs like “Torn to Pieces” bear a resemblance to mid nineties alternative rock and offer a good change of pace from the harder rocking other numbers. One of my favorite songs from the album, the unnamed number that comes at the end of the disc, is also one of the most straightforward songs on the album and has a simple guitar part with Greener’s vocals sounding great.
The CD is a great success and really keeps the listeners attention for the duration. Harder edged indie rock is not always my favorite genre, but this CD brings the elements I love in music (great lyrics, lots of guitars and propulsive rhythms) and presents them in a unique and challenging way that should bring in listeners from genres across the board to appreciate the great songs that the Smoking Rolo Sideshow have put together on Mucho Mojo Baby.