Friday, May 29, 2009

Heliotrope 6

While there are some great national (including but not limited to YYY's, Camera Obscura & GogolBordello) and local (Rockfurd Mules CD release) shows tomorrow night, the most diverse and exciting show may be the local music showcase Heliotrope Six. The event, in it's sixth year (duh..) will feature such amazing local groups as Skoal Kodiak, Knife World, a dual percussion set by Milo Fine and Davu Seru, Vampire Hands, Gay Witch Abortion, Paul Metzger, Knife World, Michael Yonkers and quite a few bands that, frankly, I have never heard of but hopefully are as original and entertaining as the bands listed above. The bands listed are well worth the $8 to get into the Ritz Theatre in NE, so if you didn't score a ticket to one of the expensive big name acts, check out what should be an amazing show that will get you a little more bang for your buck.


This is not going to help.....

Wavves were already a divisive band for music fans and they did not help their cause with what sounds like a disastrous performance. My review of their 7th Street Entry show, which was slightly more pulled together, is HERE.

(Hat Tip)

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The Culture Bully 4 Takes on the latest Phoenix album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, is now up.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday Shows

A couple good shows tonight if you are looking to head out onto the town.

Dent May & His Magnificant Ukulele- 400 Bar

His last show here, opening for AA Bondy, was light and fun, and I imagine the headlining spot will allow him to play up his cheekiness even more as it will be his fans there to see him, not the overtly serious AA Bondy fans that populated the crowd last time.

Mt. St Helens Vietnam Band- 7th Street Entry

This band has an interesting story (..14 year old drummer!!), but are actually pretty solid and should put on a great show.

Mouthful of Bees

My short write-up (and mp3) of "Mickey's Bed" from the new self titled sophomore record from Minneapolis based Mouthful of Bee's is up over at Culture Bully.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Walker Movies and Music

Sweet! Movies and Music in the park are one of the great things to do in MPLS summers, and this year doesn't look any different.

Movies and Music in the park are one of my favorite things of the summer.

The Early Films of Paul Newman

Loring Park (Walker Art Center if rain)
Music at 7 PM, films at dusk (8:45 PM)Free

2009 Line-Up:

07.20 - Halloween, Alaska + Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
07.27 - Roma di Luna + Hud0
8.03 - Gospel Gossip + Cool Hand Luke0
8.10 - Hanggai + The Hustler

(From Switchblade Comb via More Cowbell)

Cass McCombs "Dreams-Come-True-Girl" Video

Grizzy Bear Veckatimest

The Culture Bully team just posted our 4 takes on the amazing new Girzzy Bear record Veckatimest. Check it out HERE.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Barbette's Bastille Day Block Party

Barbette's Bastille Day Block Party
Sunday, July 12
4-10pm Free

Les Sans Culottes
Halloween, Alaska
The Idle Hands
Yid Vicious
Foxy Tann & the Whambamthankyouma’ams

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Animal Collective TONIGHT!

I was told set times will be something in the general area of 7pm for Grouper and 8pm for Animal Collective. See you there!

Ballon Party

Not sure what a balloon party is, but if you want to find out, check out the Kristoff Krane show June 13th at the Entry. There will be an early All Ages show and a later 21 plus show. The press releases included this nugget which I will allow you to interpret yourself:

"Balloons will be provided for all guests, who will be urged to write their
most important message to the world on their balloons."

Rock for Pussy

This is one of the great annual event in Minneapolis. The songs will all be Bowie and the proceeds benefit the Human Society, so if you are in town for the weekend definitely check this out.


My weekend recap of Art-A-Whirl is up over at Culture Bully.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Woody Allen + Larry David

So I will always defer to the much more well informed staff at Switchblade Comb about film matters (and they are not excited about this), but I have to admit I am looking forward to one of my favorite TV actors of all time working with one of my favorite directors of all time.

King Khan and the Shrines

(Photo by Jon Behm)
My review (along with some awesome pics from Jon Behm) of the amazing King Khan and the Shrines show Saturday night is up over at Culture Bully.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Elvis Costello

Wow, the Taste of Minnesota got someone decent to play one of the nights this year! After promising new (better) acts, they came out with a lineup featuring Bret Michaels, Staind and Judas Preist, which ranks somewhere between horrible and fucking-bullshit on the concert rating sliding scale. They may have mildly redeemed themselves with Elvis Costello, which should be really cool on the 4th of July. I believe they are jacking the price up from $0 to $10, but still not too bad to see a legend.

Art A Whirl

Pump up your bike tires, fill the backpack with PBR and get ready for a busy weekend in NE Minneapolis. More free art exhibits/music than any sane person could ever hope for. Here are some of the set times for the shows (found on message board). There is lots and lots more....let me know what I missed.
331 Club

Fri, May 15, 9pm, indoors Sicbay, France Has The Bomb, Daughters of The Sun

Sat, May 16, outdoors noon-10pm, indoors 10pm-2am:


  • Skoal Kodiak - 9pm
  • Lookbook - 7:45pm
  • Mystery Palace - 6pm
  • Communist Daughter - 4:45pm
  • One for the Team - 3:15pm
  • Jeremy Messersmith - 2pm
  • Roe Family Singers - noon


  • Luther the Devil - 10pm
  • All the Pretty Horses - 12am

Grumpy's NE Sat. 5/16 set times:

  • 1:00-1:20 Little Irvy
  • 1:40-2:00 the Short Cuts
  • 2:20-2:40 Iquano
  • 3:00-3:20 Fiero
  • 3:40-4:00 Lady Hard On
  • 4:20-4:40 Beaver
  • 5:00-5:20 Best Bitch in Show
  • 5:40-6:00 Bitter Spills
  • 6:20-6:40 Bastard Sain
  • t7:00-7:20 Awesome Snakes
  • 7:40-8:10 Gay Witch Abortion
  • 8:30-9:30 Guzzard

Lisa Elias Metal Studio1129 Van Buren St NESat. 5/16 set times:

  • 12:00 Blacki
  • 1:00 Marcy Rock Band
  • 2:00 belarus
  • 3:00 The Bitter Spills
  • 4:00 Gay Witch Abortion
  • 5:00 The Twilight Hours
  • 6:00 First Communion After Party
  • 7:00 Snake Hearts

Creative Electric Studios, Rockway Docks, 2124 Marshall (Behind the Sample Room), floating on the river!

  • Fri, May 15, dusk:Gay Witch AbortionKnife WorldSat,
  • May 16, morning:Jon Olson & Cavemenafternoon:Adam Wirtzfeld & Friendsdusk:White Map with Zak SallyAllison Labonne of The Owls with friendsNew music video by Phil Harder

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Sunday night saw a great double bill roll into town as Women and Mogwai came to the First Avenue Mainroom.

First up was the proggy pysch noise of Women, who are a 4 piece Canadian band. The group, whose debut self titled LP on JagJaguwar came out last year, played an unrelenting set that highlighted their zig zagging pop music that was covered in layers of sound. The album, produced by fellow Canadian pop provocateur Chad VanGaalen, came across as even more massive and intense in the live setting and showed a new band with a lot of potential at their disposal. I got to the Mainroom a little late so I missed the first part of their set, but the band definitely left me wanting more and I hope to see them back here soon in a headlining spot.
The Mainroom was pretty full by the time Mogwai hit the stage, and the band wasted little time pummeling the crowd with their massive wall of sound. The 5 piece band played their ethereal post rock to grandiose effect for the attentive crowd. While their shows booming volume is well known, it is still impressive when sound seeps through your ear plugs and you can feel the bass. I didn't stick around for their whole set, but Mogwai were very impressive and showed why they have reached such critical acclaim over their storied career.

Gastro Non Grata

If I am able to get up by 11am on Sunday after a weekend of Art-a-Whirl, I will be at the Modern Cafe for this really cool event from Gastro Non Grata, which combines great food and beer with some excellent local bands, this time featuring Chooglin and Private Dancer, among others.


My review of the Bruce Springsteen concert Monday night is up over at Culture Bully.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Mallman

Mark Mallman recently announced he will be releasing his new studio album, Invincible Criminal, later this summer. I am a long time (un-ironic) fan of Mallman and his records, especially the underrated Red Bedroom, and look forward to this new disc. While most of the attention he draws is for his insane live show, I have always thought his studio outputs have been pretty good and deserve some more attention. The new disc apparently features a collaboration with Craig Finn, which is both crazy and awesome. I will update when I find out more.

Memory Lanes Block Party

A great local showcase will be going on next weekend at Memory Lanes. The show will be featuring such excellent local acts as Kill the Vultures, Fuck Knights, Bouncer Fighters, Black Blondie, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lappeles, Nightingales, City on the Make, Chooglin and Mystery Palace. Really, if you are looking for an opportunity to the see the strength and diversity of our amazing local scene (for FREE!), check out this great event next weekend.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Great Shows Tonight

There are two great shows tonight on the West Bank as El Guante and Big Cats! celebrate the release of their EP Start a Fire and Jeremy Messersmith plays with Kaiser Cartel at the Cedar. Both shows are sponsored by Culture Bully, who has a video up that has the artists collaborating on a promo video in anticipation of their shows. Check it out HERE.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Vivian Girls

My review of the mostly lackluster Vivian Girls show from Tuesday night at the 7th Street Entry is up over at Culture Bully. Check it out along with some great pics from Adam Bubolz (including the one above).

Passion Pit "Manners"

Have had a chance to let the debut Passion Pit LP, Manners, really soak in and I have to say I am liking it quite a bit. I enjoyed their EP, Chunk of Change, especially the amazing "Sleepyhead," but was a little worried that they/he wouldn't have enough to make a strong full length. While none of the songs reach the dizzying heights of "Sleepyhead," the album is strong front to back and I am hoping to see them live sometime in the near future.

Above are the videos for "Sleepyhead" and the first release from the new album titled "The Reeling."

St. Vincent 4 Takes

Culture Bully just put up our latest 4 Takes installment. This time the subject is Actor, the latest album from St. Vincent. Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dan Deacon

(Above photo from Jon Behm for Culture Bully/City Pages)
I saw Dan Deacon for the 3rd time Saturday night, although it was the first with him being backed by a massive (11 piece) band, so that was new. My review and some photos from Jon can be found HERE.

Levon Helm at Fitzgerald Theater

This guy is a stone cold legend and this should be an amazing show.

Levon Helm
Fitzgerald Theater
June 10th

Monday, May 4, 2009

John Vanderslice/The Tallest Man on Earth

Two amazing artists, John Vanderslice and The Tallest Man on Earth (whose show last month was highlighted by me in the Culture Bully Retorselective), will be playing a show together on June 1st at the Turf Club. It will be great and should not be missed. Highly Recommended.

April Retroselective

The Culture Bully Retroselective for April is now up. Check out what we found to be the best parts of April HERE. My choices were the Tallest Man on Earth show at the Turf Club and the crazy set by Fucked Up at the Triple Rock...check out the post to see why and the choices from the other Culture Bully staff.

Fleet Foxes @ First Ave

Fleet Foxes will be back in Minneapolis at First Ave on August 9th. They have been excellent live every time I have seen them, so this should be great. Apparently the opener will be stoner rock gods Dungen, which would be a trip if it is true. I just hope that a large crowd in the Mainroom doesn't overpower them like they did at times during the Bon Iver show last August.

(Hat Tip: More Cowbell)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Solid Gold @ First Ave

Solid Gold will have their first chance at filling the Mainroom this upcoming Friday with some help from Lookbook and Marajuana Death Squad (members of Building Better Bombs).

Friday, May 1, 2009

more bands for Pitchfork....

Some REALLY great news about P-Fork from today. Adding Beirut just took the weekend to the next level for me. His last show in the Twin Cities (at the Triple Rock a few years back) was amazing and I can't wait to see him again.

Frightened Rabbit
Mae Shi

Get off Yr Ass (May Day 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!
Nomo + Military Special-The Whole Music Club 7:30 PM
Nomo is one of the best American Afro Beat bands out there, and they will be playing some tunes from their upcoming release Invisible Cities. Hopefully they dust off the great songs from 2006's excellent New Tones.
The 501 club, the sister site for the wonderful 331 club, will be having their "grand opening" celebration on 5/01 tonight (clever...) with a great lineup featuring Alan Sparhawk's noisy Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir and buzz worthy electro pop group Lookbook. Like the 331, it is always free, so it should be pretty packed.
757's + The RedFlags- Uptown Bar
The 757's fit nicely in the local alt country rock revival that is going on, and they will use tonight to celebrate the release of their new disc Freeway Surrender.
Probably the best local show of the night will be at the Turf to will fall under the name of"Jugs Birthday Jamboree." In addition to the great bands on the bill, there will be a DJ set by Paddy Costello.
Cloud Cult- First Ave 6PM
If you have never seen Cloud Cult before...go see them.
Dan Deacon- Triple Rock Social Club 5PM and 10 PM
Day glo madman Dan Deacon will bring his dance party back to the Twin Cities for not one, but two, shows at the Triple Rock. Instead of his last few shows which were just dan and his rig (and were still pretty awesome), this set will feature an 11(!!) piece band. Should be crazy.
Two great live bands playing together at a local dive bar institution...yes please.
So It Goes + Battle Royale- Fine Line 9PM
I don't know who So it Goes are, but their CD release show is featuring Battle Royale, who are awesome and should play more shows (and not at the Fine Line is possible)