Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Black Lips "I'll Be With You"

New video from the Black Lips for their song "I'll Be With You," which comes off of their excellent 200 Million Thousand album.


In addition to prepping the release of their fantastic new album Fantasies, Canadian indie band Metric have announced they will be crossing the border for some shows, including a headlinging gig at 1st Ave on June 13th.

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler, the silky voiced singer who recently released the excellent Little Hells LP, will be returning to the Twin Cities for a show April 16th at the 400 Bar.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Handsome Furs

(Photo by Jon Behm from Culturebully.com)
The amazing Handsome Furs played a great show Thursday night at the 7th Street Entry. My review is up over at Culture Bully and can be found, along with some amazing photos from Jon Behm and great videos by Brody McCoy, HERE.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Vampire Hands

(Picture by Jon Behm for Culturebully.com)

My short write up about Vampire Hands was added to Erik's Black Lips review from their amazing show at the Turf Club on March 16th. Check it out HERE.

Flaming Lips playing P-Fork Festival


The Flaming Lips will close the three-day 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival in
Park on July 19, promoters will announce Friday.

(Hat Tip: Erik & Chicago Trib)


The wonderful Santigold will be playing a show at the First Ave Mainroom on May 28th.

Evening Rig CD Release Show

Tonight will see the official CD Release party for the Evening Rig's excellent sophomore CD, Is Doin Stuff. The band will be playing a Switchblade Comb sponsored show at the 7th Street Entry along with the Dynamiters. The show is 18 + and will set you back only $6, so don't miss out.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A.C Newman/Broken West

My review of the A.C Newman and Broken West show from Tuesday night are up over at Culture Bully. Check out the review, with pics and videos from Brody (including the one above) HERE.

Grizzly Bear/Beach House

Grizzly Bear and Beach House are two bands that have created some of the most beautiful music of the last few years, and when together (at least 1/2 of Beach House at least), the results are as would be expected. Check out this great video from You Ain't No Picasso of Grizzly Bear with Victoria playing "Two Weeks," at SXSW. As is the case when it is on of the best songs of the upcoming Grizzly Bear release Veckatimest, her vocals are beautiful and make this great song reach another level.

Handsome Furs TONIGHT!

Frequent readers know my love for all things Dan Boeckner, so this post will be no surprise. To nights Handsome Furs show at the 7th Street Entry is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The latest Handsome Furs CD, Face Control, is still sitting atop my "Best of '09" list and their live show is always frantic and memorable. The show is at 9pm tonight at the 7th Street Entry.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pretty Much Amazing

The blog Pretty Much Amazing just put up a blog under the "Thinking Man's Take" section that is...well...pretty amazing (sorry, I couldn't resist). It is his list of things that bug him at a concert, and based on this list he/she may be my musical soul mate. Check it out HERE.

Passion Pit "The Reeling"

Passion Pit, who released the unreal jam "Sleepyhead" (video below) on their debut EP Chunk of Change last year, have released a new song titled "The Reeling" on their Myspace Page. The song is the first to be released from the upcoming debut LP Manners, which is due out May 19th.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

People Party

Pitchfork.tv has a special presentation of the DVD People Party that indie producer Mike Tyson (yes, that is his name) released last year. The disc, which follows Noah around for his very short tour he did to support the amazing Person Pitch, was a big sensation when it was first released. I remember seeing the news and ordering my copy (I think I paid $10) and eagerly waiting...and waiting...and waiting. Then came the email that demand had far overtaken supply, so there would be no DVD coming. While I was happy that there were so many other Panda Bear supporters, I was a little disappointed. After watching clips of the movie now, I realized that, while still being cool, the DVD would not have been something that would have warranted repeat viewings, so maybe it wasn't so bad. While Person Pitch was my favorite album of 2007, it leaves something to be wanted in the live setting, which isn't terribly surprising. Either way, check out this cool video, which also includes live footage of other bands including Black Dice, while it is still running.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bonnie "Prince" Billy review

My review of the wonderful Bonnie "Prince" Billy show at the McGuire Theatre from last Thursday is up now at Culture Bully. Check it out HERE.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Doom- Born Like This

Maybe it is because I am tired...but this album is blowing my mind. The whole CD is crazy, not unlike everything (MF) Doom has done, so I guess I am not surprised, but new Doom albums always seem to amaze me in a different ways. The album drops this Tuesday...pick it up.

The MP3 below features my favorite rapper of all time (Ghostface Killah) and comes courtesy of some blog in a different language that I don't understand from the Hype Machine website. Enjoy!

Doom ft Tony Starks- Angelz

The Ropes "Be My Gun"

Pretty dark and sexy song/video by a group I don't know anything about, The Ropes. In the promo email I got they described themselves as Chromatics meet the Knife (two bands I love).....I will let you decide how accurate that is. Either way, it sounds like they have got an EP coming out soon, so keep your eyes out for that.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Black Lips Pictures

My friend Austin was on hand for the amazing Black Lips show Monday at the Turf Club and was able to snap some great pics. Check a few out below.


(Photograph from Jon Behm @ Culturebully.com)

The last time the Rosebuds and Megafaun rolled through town, it was one of my favorite shows from 2008, so I was very excited to see the two bands will be coming back to Minneapolis. This show will be at the smaller, but still great, Whole Music Club on the U of M campus. The show isFriday April 10th and is $10. Highly Recommended.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Black Lips @ Turf Club

The Black Lips absolutely slayed last night at the Turf Club. Although I was a little worried about a letdown after seeing them in the more appropriate Entry the last time they were here, they played material both from their amazing 200 Million Thousand and all of the old favorites to a packed house and did not let up in during their 70 minute set. My esteemed colleague Erik will have a review, surely longer on words and heavier on details, up shortly on Culture Bully. Also look out for a photo set from Jon Behm, who fought towards the center of the raucous crowd to get what looked like some great shots.

If you haven't checked out 200 Million Thousand yet....do it.

The National

One of my favorite bands, the National, will be coming back to Minneapolis to headline a show at the First Ave Mainroom on July 16th, which is very awesome news. I imagine more bands will be playing before/after the Pitchfork festival (July 17-19 in Chicago), but this one will probably be the best. Tickets are $22 and will be well worth every single penny.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Mayfair Set

The Mayfair Set are a new band comprised of the single members from the bands Dum Dum Girls and Blank Dogs coming together to create some really good fuzz pop. Check out two of their new songs at this post HERE over at Culture Bully and keep an eye out for their upcoming release.

Peter and the Wolf "Safe Travels"

To start off a new series at Culture Bully where we look back at some of our favorite songs and albums of the 00's, I did a write up on one of my favorite songs from that time, "Safe Travels" by Peter and the Wolf. If you have never heard the song, do yourself a favor and check it out at CB...you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Black Lips in India

Remember the Black Lips Video I wrote about? Well, since then, they have released the excellent 200 Million Thousand and are heading out on the road to show America their wild and crazy antics. Now, they have finally released the 4 part video of their tour from India. Most definetly NSFW, but still wildly entertaing and gets me very excited for their must see show Monday night at the Turf Club. The new disc, the video and the show Monday are all Highly Recommended.

SXSW Sendoff Show

Set times for the show tonight, courtesy of the How Was the Show Blog. $6 at the door.

5:15pm Bella Koshka
5:50pm First Communion Afterparty – introduced by Jill Riley
6:25pm FOUR ROOMS Trailer
6:30pm Gospel Gossip
7:10pm The Idle Hands – introduced by Mary Lucia
7:55pm Jeremy Messermsith – introduced by Steve Seel
8:30pm WINTER LILACS Short
8:35pm Sims of Doomtree
9:15pm Solid Gold – introduced by Barb Abney

Friday, March 13, 2009


More cools shows tonight....

The Evening Rig will be playing some of the songs from their excellent upcoming sophmore album Is Doin Stuff supported by another of the best alt-country rock bands in the cites, the Rockfurd Mules.

Some great old fashioned rock and roll from 4 really solid bands in a really solid venue for seeing such things.

P-Fork Fest

Tickets went on sale today for the P-Fork Festival in Chicago the weekend of July 17-19. Here is some info for what should be a great weekend. The lineup is pretty good so far and the bands that I have heard as rumored to be added are also pretty great. Tickets go fast, so don't miss out.

Friday, July 17 Write the Night: Set Lists by Request

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19
Vivian Girls + many more!

One day pass for July 17, 18, or 19: $35.00

Honeydogs Set Times

An update from below about the Caroline Smith/Hopefuls/Honeydogs show.

Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps-9:15
The Hopefuls-10:15
Honeydogs- 11:30

Turf Club

Another Friday night with multiple options to see some great local music. One of the strongest shows tonight is quadruple bill at the Turf Club. Playing will be:

  • Epic rockers Leisure Bird, who are somewhat of a Thunder in the Valley offshoot .
  • Grizzled punks (and middle aged Best New Band) the Dynamiters
  • Blues rockers His Mischief, who will be celebrating the release of the their new disc The Perfect Lover
  • Har Mar Superstar, who cannot be accurately described in words. The first time I saw Har Mar was at the State Theatre opening for the Strokes. He is an overweight bald (white) man who sang R &B and stripped down to his whitey-tighties. If this wasn't enough, near the end of of this set one of the less tolerant Strokes fans walked down the isle and threw a beer right at his hairy, unclothed chest. Expect something along those lines tonight.

The show should have something for everyone and again proves the depth and variety of our amazing local scene.

Honeydogs "Good Fight"

My short review of the Honeydogs track "Good Fight" is up over at Culture Bully. The track comes from their really strong new EP Sunshine Committee, which the band will be celebrating the release of tonight at First Ave. The show, with the Hopefuls and Caroline Smith and the Goodnight opening, will show off some of the strongest pop artists MPLS's past, present and future. Door are at 8pm.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent will be returning to the Twin Cities on June 4th for a show at First Ave. It doesn't say the Entry, so I assume it is in the Mainroom, which is pretty crazy. Not sure she has warranted it yet, but stranger things have happened. Hopefully she drags along her full band, as she is much more dynamic with a full band than she is doing her solo show.

(Hat Tip: More Cowbell)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Office (BBC)

Just got done watching the BBC Office for about the 3rd time, and it is still amazingly funny. For those of you who only know the American version of the show...do yourself a favor and check out the original. It is not for everyone (British humor can be lost on some Americans), but I can assure you if you give it a chance you will love it. Ricky Gervais is a genius.

Hunting Club

My review of the Hunting Club track "Deep Sea Diver," from their debut Pretty/Ugly is up over at Culture Bully.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Handsome Furs Face Control

My review of the Handsome Furs sophomore album Face Control is up over at Culture Bully. For anyone who has read this blog in the last few months, you know that I love this album and highly, highly suggest you pick it up today at any of our fine local independent record stores.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Vivian Girls

Fuzz-pop buzz band Vivian Girls will be coming to Minneapolis for a show at the 7th Street Entry on Tuesday May 5th. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. Check out their new video for the A>D>D program on P-Fork above.

PB & J

I still don't understand the new direction, but at least give them credit for not making "Young Folks II."

I'm Confused Video

Handsome Furs "I'm Confused" from Sarah Marcus on Vimeo.

I have never hidden my man-love for Dan Boeckner, but really folks...buy Face Control when it comes out tommorow. It is amazing. My hyperbole laced review will be up on Culture Bully in a short period of time, but while you are waiting, check out the weird zombie video for the lead single "I'm Confused," seen first on More Cowbell.

St. Vincent

A short writeup about the new St. Vincent song "The Strangers" is up over at Culture Bully. Unlike the movie from last year, which was compeltly fucked, this song won't give you nightmares...in fact it is quite good.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dan Black "Alone"

Although the song leaves a little to be desired, this video is pretty cool.

Deny May/AA Bondy Review

My review of the Dent May/AA Bondy show at the 400 Bar is up over at Culture Bully. Check it out, if nothing else for the great pictures from Jon Behm, including the one above.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Dirty Projectors "Making Music"

The Dirty Projectors Making Music event last night, mainly consisting of chief projector David Longstreth talking about his music, was a pretty entertaining event. Although they only played two songs (a new one and "Gimmie Gimmie"), it was an interesting event and David proved to be a wildly interesting and funny guy. He talked a lot about his influences (everything from classical to Nirvana) and showed a true passion for his nearly unclassifiable music. If you haven't checked out the band, look out for the two releases they have on deck for this year.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hyder Ali Careless Talk Review

My review of the new Hyder Ali EP Careless Talk is up over at Culture Bully. The band will be previewing the new disc Saturday night at the Nomad starting at $5 with some cool food and drink specials.

Thursday Shows

Get your weekend started early with any of these excellent shows. See any I missed? Leave them in the comments section.

Dent May/AA Bondy- 400 Bar 9pm
AA Bondy is a more straightforward folky-singer/songwriter, while May is much more quirky and has a dry wit accompanied by his ukulele playing. Should be a great show.

Dirty Projectors- McGuire Theatre 7PM
This is a free show in coordination with the U of M's Making Music series where they will interview the lead singer/songwriter of the Dirty Projectors and find out a little more about their interesting song arrangements.

Anni Rossi- Cedar Cultural Center 8PM
The Chicago based singer/violinist should sound great in the warm confines of the Cedar.

Black Audience- Red Stag Supper Club 10 PM
Gospel/Soul/Folk group play a late night set at the great NE supper club.

Minneseries- Nomad World Pub 9PM
The first in the monthly series that this month finds Military Special celebrating the release of their new album Civil Union not once, but 4 times. This week has First Communion Afterparty, The Guystorm and Tendercakes opening.

Two up and coming alt-country bands from Minneapolis play together at the Uptown Bar.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Grizzly Bear Live

Some great, great news. Grizzly Bear live at the Cedar June 7th. Highest Possible Recommendation.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dent May review

My review for the quirky and fun Dent May album The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele is up HERE over at Culture Bully. He opens the show for AA Bondy this Thursday at the 400 Bar, so if you haven't heard the album, check it out and see May and his band Thursday night.

Retroselective for Feb

The Culture Bully crew's best of February is up HERE. Check it out and tell us what we missed.

Black Lips Video

So the Black Lips, purveyors of the great 200 Million Thousand I reviewed HERE, are making the rounds to local blogs to talk a little about some of the songs on the disc. They started at My Old Kentucky Blog and today are up over at Culture Bully. Check it out, and don't forget about their can't miss show at the Turf Club on March 16th.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Do You Realize?

The Flamings Lips "Do You Realize" is the official rock song of Oklahoma. Awesome.

Military Special

Military Special, a great local electronic band, will be celebrating the release of their new CD The Civil Union with shows every Thursday at the Nomad as part of their Minneseries monthly showcase. Minneseries is a cool showcase where a local band plays free shows every Thursday at the Nomad and invite their friends to open the shows. This month will double as a celebration for Military Special and their new CD, so don't miss out.

March 5: First Communion Afterparty, The Guystorm, Tendercakes
March 12: Big Trouble, Bouncer Fighter, Man is Doomed
March 19: Estate, Unicorn Basement, Gigamesh
March 26: Nobot, Aaron & The Sea, Bat Masterson
(Hat Tip: Switchblade Comb)