Thursday, April 30, 2009

Super Furry Animals "The Very Best of Neil Diamond"

Got a short review of the Super Furry Animals track "The Very Best of Neil Diamond" up over at Culture Bully. The track comes from their recent release Dark Days/Light Years, which is out now.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart "Young Adult Friction"

New Video from the self titled release by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Hopefully in addition to seeing them at Pitchfork they will add a date to Minneapolis on their current tour.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Metric "Gimmie Sympathy"

My short write up for the new Metric song "Gimmie Sympathy," from their fourth disc Fantasies, is up over at Culture Bully. Head over to the site to check out the MP3.

Thermals review

My review of the Thermals show Sunday night is up over at Culture Bully. After the mellow Neko Case show, the Thermals provided a great spark that was needed to keep me awake and played a really great show. Check out the review for some great pics from new CB photag Adam Bubolz (including the shot above).

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be coming back to Minneapolis at the First Ave Mainroom on May 30th. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 am.

Neko Case

My review for Sunday Nights Neko Case show at the State, along with some stealth photos from Jon Behm, are up at Culture Bully HERE.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cymbals Eat Guitars

I wrote a review of the amazing new Cymbals Eat Guitars song "And the Hazy Sea," from their debut record Why There Are Mountains. Check out Culture Bully for a free MP3 of the track, which is highly recommended for any fans of NW 90's indie rock....or good music.

Peter Bjorn and John & Chairlift Review

My review of last weeks Peter Bjorn and John show with Chairlift is up over at Culture Bully. Although PB & J were a let down, Chairlift played a pretty good set that really brought their debut LP, Does You Inspire You, to life.

Sonic Youth

Some cools news out of More Cowbell land. Sonic Youth, who will be supporting their 15th (!) LP The Eternal, will be coming to First Ave on July 21st. Should be a great show.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Backyard Tire Fire

Backyard Tire Fire played a great 100 minute set Thursday night to a small but dedicated crowd at the 7th Street Entry. The band, with its powerful 2 guitar attack and a strong rhythm section, played material from their back catalog (including a few requests) and also played some songs from their upcoming album, which by the sounds of the songs will be great. The two covers they played, "Lawyers, Guns and Money" by Warren Zevon and "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young showed the band at their best, playing loose yet powerful Americana rock and roll. They ended their set with a stinging take on their song "How in the Hell Did You Get Back Here," which prompted the crowd to scream and cheer until the band finally said they would play one more song. While I hate pre-planned encores with a passion, seeing a band play such a great show and have the small crowd scream and cheer out of appreciation made their seemingly impromptu one song encore (the previously mentioned "Cinnamon Girl") even better, and capped off a great show.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Backyard Tire Fire TONIGHT!

Backyard Tire Fire will be coming to the 7th Street Entry tonight for what should be a great show tonight behind their excellent Places We Lived LP.

The Alpha Centauri

I wrote a brief write up of The Alpha Centauri track "Rainbow" from their upcoming LP Lava Rocks, which is now up over at Culture Bully. The disc will be officially released with a show this Friday at the Kitty Cat Klub with Lookbook and DJ Tendercakes.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Great Lake Swimmers tonight @ 7th Street Entry

The Canadian folk band Great lake Swimmers will be playing a show tonight at the 7th Street Entry. I would like to go, but will do the smart thing and get some rest and try to beat my cold so I can be ready for my 7 shows in 4 day run that starts tomorrow with the awesome Backyard Tire Fire.

Doves 4 takes

The Culture Bully Four Takes on the Doves Kingdom of Rust is up now. The album didn't do much for me, but The Doves have always been a band that I don't seem to fully get (at least compared to a lot of people who love them).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Los Saicos

My write up of the legendary Peruvian band Los Saicos is up over at Culture Bully. Seriously folks, I don't claim to know much, but I do know that this band is awesome, so check out the free MP3's over at CB and see for yourself.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Bad Plus CD Release

Don't forget to pick up tickets to the Bad Plus CD Release show this upcoming Saturday at the Cedar. The band will be celebrating their really cool new disc, For All I Care, which is their first with vocalist Wendy Lewis.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sunset Rubdown

The red headed step child of the Wolf Parade songwriting team (in my eyes only....which isn't totally fair since I am a fanboy for Dan) will be returning with a new album and a tour. Spener Krug, with his pretty great band Sunset Rubdown, will be touring behind their upcoming release Dragonslayer when they stop at the 7th Street Entry on July 6th.

Reminder--More Cowbell Show Tonight

See you there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jason Isbell Tonight @ Turf Club

Jason Isbell, formerlly of the Drive By Truckers, will be playing what should be a great show tonight at the Turf Club with Justin Townes Earle. Isbell has released two solo albums, both of which have been really solid, and he still apparently still plays some old DBT classics like "Outfit," which is above, with his new songs.

King Khan "What Is?!"

My short write up of the 2007 King Khan record What Is?! is up over at Culture Bully. The label was nice enough to let the site stream the disc, so if you have not heard this amazing band, head over to Culture Bully and check out (and then buy) this great album.

Rosebuds & Megafaun

Another Rosebuds & Megafaun show, another great night. These bands, who rolled through town last year at the Turf Club, are two of the most fun bands to see together that I have found. Last Friday they stopped by the Whole Music Club at the U of M for a show I reviewed HERE with some more great pics from Jon.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Girl Talk

I forgot how much I liked this song. Not sure what reminded me of it, but either you go. Enjoy.

Phoenix @ Varsity Theatre

Phoenix will be returning to Minneapolis on June 23rd for a show at the Varsity Theatre. The band, who recently played on SNL, will be promoting their excellent new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Should be a great show.

(Hat Tip and poster via More Cowbell)

Dr. Dog and the Cave Singer @ 400 Bar

Dr. Dog, one of my favorite bands, played a great show Saturday night with the Cave Singers at a very sold out 400 Bar. While the crowd was pretty annoying up front (they obvisouly didn't read THIS), the show was solid start to finish. My review is now up at Culture Bully with some great pics from Jon (including the one above).

Frightened Rabbit

My short take on the Frightened Rabbit live album Liver! Lung! FR! is up over at Culture Bully. Check it out for some Free MP3's from the album.

Friday, April 10, 2009

St. Vincent "Actor out of Work" Video

From her excellent sophomore album Actor, out in May.

More Cowbell 5th Year Anniversary Party

Our friends over at More Cowbell will be celebrating 5 years in the biz with a great lineup for their party next Thursday at the Turf Club.

Get Off Yr Ass (Weather getting warm edition)

This is a weekly feature that takes away your lames excuse that there is "nothing going on" this weekend. So put away your sweatpants and slippers, put your Bud Light back in the fridge, take the Lost disc out of the DVD player and get off your ass and support live local music. If I missed any shows that are worth seeing, leave them in the comments. HAVE FUN!

Kill the Vultures + Mike Mictlan- Triple Rock Social Club
CD Release show for the lo-fi avant garde rap duo Kill the Vultures with one of the best MC's from the Doomtree crew.

Halloween, Alaska + Chris Koza + Aby Wolf -First Ave
Some easy listening rock music on a night that will celebrate the first new CD by Halloween, Alaska in over 4 years.

Rosebuds + Megafaun- The Whole Music Club
One of my favorite shows from last year is back for round two.

The Nightinghales + Zoo Animal + Black Audience- Hexagon
3 really great bands will be playing for free tonight to celebrate the release of the Nightenghales new CD.

Andrew Bird + Haley Bonar- State Theatre SOLD OUT
If you don't got tickets, you ain't going.

Dr. Dog + Cave Singers- 400 Bar SOLD OUT?
Dr. Dog are one of the my very favorite bands and this show will be excellent. It is apparently sold out, but the 400 Bar usually sells tickets at the door, so get there early and don't miss what will be a great show.

Fucked Up @ Triple Rock Social Club

Check out my review of the Canadian punk band Fucked Up over at Culture Bully. If nothing else, check out Jon's awesome photos of the wild show.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Moz

My review from the Morrissey concert is now up at Culture Bully. It was a good, not great, show...but I am still glad I got the opportunity to see the legend live and in concert.

Damien Juardo "What were the Chances"

Damien Juardo will be playing tonight at the Turf club.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hold Steady "A Postive Rage"

A Positive Rage, the Live CD/Documentary from the Hold Steady is out now and should be purchased at any of the fine local and independent record shops in our fair city.

Conor Oberst

Stereogum posted a new song, "Nikorette," from Conor Oberst today. In addition to releasing the first song from his upcoming album Outer Space LP, his second under his given name, Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band announced a show at the First Ave Mainroom on June 24th.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wavves/Vampire Hands

Wavves and Vampire Hands played to a pretty packed 7th Street Entry show Sunday night. My review, and Jon Behm's pictures, are HERE.

The Tallest Man on Earth

My Review for the Tallest Man on Earth at the Turf Club is up over at Culture Bully HERE.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Dent May

Dent May, who played a really fun set here a few months ago opening for AA Bondy, will be back in Minneapolis on 5/27 at the 400 Bar for a headlining set. He also just released a Daytrotter set, so check it out HERE.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Get off yr Ass (April 3-5)

This is a weekly feature that takes away your lames excuse that there is "nothing going on" this weekend. So put away your sweatpants and slippers, put your Bud Light back in the fridge, take the Lost disc out of the DVD player and get off your ass and support live local music. If I missed any shows that are worth seeing, leave them in the comments. HAVE FUN!
Junior Boys/Max Tundra- First Ave 9PM
Headlights- Nomad 9PM
Doomtree Party- Triple Rock Social Club 6PM
Solid Gold/Yer Cronies- Turf Club 9PM $7
Gaslight Anthem/Heartless Bastards- Varsity Theatre 9PM
Los Campesinos- Fine Line Music Cafe 9PM
Friendly Fires/Soft Pack/White Lies- Triple Rock Social Club 9PM
Maps of Norway(LAST SHOW EVER)/Gospel Gossip/Baby Guts- Turf Club

Free Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli, along with DJ Hi-Tek, will be playing a free show on the U of M campus April 25 at the Riverbend Plaza, which is located behind the Coffman Memorial Union on the U of M East Bank campus. More info HERE.

Good for You Iowa

I can't bash Iowa for being more backwards than Minnesota anymore.


I have loved all things Sasha Baron Cohen for many years, so after many months of seeing bits and pieces leak out, I was very excited to see the Bruno trailer finally come to life. I have to admit I was a little disappointed it was premiered soul sucking Myspace, but maybe I just long for the days when we watched the HBO series and didn't have to go to the bars and hear every drunk douche bag quoting Borat (and soon to be Bruno). I am a little worried that the people he is making fun of will pack theatres are now becoming his targeted audience, but that is neither here nor there. All worries were put on the back burner when I watched the hilarious trailer a few times in a row last night. No matter how popular he becomes, he still is a genius in my book and I am very excited to see this movie. Check out the trailer HERE at the great local site Switchblade Comb.

"Get Yo Shit"

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, a great retro Rock and Soul outfit, have recently released their major label debut Tell Them What Your Name Is!. I profiled a couple of the songs over at Culture Bully. Check out the story along with some great MP3's from the album.

Retroselective for March

(Very cool pic Made/Owned by Culture Bully CEO Chris DeLine)
The Culture Bully crew got together and went over our favorite things from the month of March for our Retroselective feature. Check it out HERE.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tallest Man on Earth TONIGHT! @ Turf Club

The Tallest Man on Earth is one man band Kristian Matsson from Sweden, and he is an amazing folk singer. Tonight, he brings the songs from his stunning debut album Shallow Grave to the Turf Club for a show that should not be missed. Highly Recommended.

Solid Gold/Yer Cronies @ Turf Club

Solid Gold and Yer Cronies, two of the best young bands in the Twin Cities, will be playing together tomorrow night at the Turf Club along with great new local band Switzerlind. You can buy tickets online at the Turf Clubs website..and it probably would be a good idea as this one will most likely sell out. The video above was unearthed by Solace and finds Solid Gold in their, um, developing stage. Needless to say, they have changed their look a little bit...but I will let you see that for yourselves tomorrow night.