Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps + No Bird Sing + Adam Svec-Kitty Cat Klub
Adam Svec is celebrating the release of his new LP with two highly entertaining local acts out.
E.L.NO- Lee's Liquor Lounge
Life changing? No. Fun as Hell? Yep.
Mystery Palace + These Modern Socks + Two Harbors- Turf Club
A solid lineup of pop/rock from some local scene mainstays.
Hunting Club + Lazlo Supreme + The Blend- Triple Rock Social Club
Lazlo Supreme CD release show with The Blend (which they share members) and indie pop band Hunting Club.
Currents 5th B-Day Party- First Ave
What out for the frenzied masses in and around First Avenue tonight.
Private Dancer + The Dynamiters + Baby Tears + Fuck Knights- Hexagon
Private Dancer is one of my favorite live act in the cities. If you haven't seen them, this is a great chance, for free no less!
Kill To Kill + Grant Cutler & His Gorgeous Lords + IS/IS- 7th Street Entry
Grant Cutler is from Lookbook, Is/Is features members of First Communion Afterparty and Gospel Gossip. Kill to Kill feature members of Kill to Kill. All three bands are good.
Chooglin' + Awesome Snakes- Turf Club
Drink crappy beer. Rock out. Repeat.
The Arms Akimbo + Joey Ryan & The Inks- Sauce
Pop music being played in Uptown.
Love-Cars + The Evening Rig + Colder In Moscow- Triple Rock Social Club
Love-Cars play one of their not-very-often gigs with some other solid local acts. Should be a very good time.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Surfer Blood + Turbo Fruits
7th Street Entry
Florida 90's revivalists Surfer Blood will be returning to the Twin Cities for a headlining show in April in support of their excellent Astro Coast LP. The video above is from their really strong performance opening for Art Brut last year at the Triple Rock.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
What the hell is wrong with people? It only takes a few idiots with too much testosterone to ruin an event, not just for that night, but probably for at least a few years. Way to go guys, I am sure whatever you were fighting about was totally worth it.
The same night as Best New Bands there was a also a great show next door at the 7th Street Entry featuring Gay Beast, Seawhores, Daughters of the Sun and Total Babe . Check out Adam's pics and my videos HERE.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Modern Radio 10 Year Anniversery- Turf ClubNight one of the celebration for the influential local record label, featuring sets by FT (Shadow Government), Daughters of the Sun, the Chambermaids, Double Bird and Sheridan Fox.
No Bird Sing- Depot Coffee House
One of the best new hip hop bands in the city playing a small, intimate venue.
Twin Cities Hip Hop Awards- First Ave
Lots of acts, but I know for sure Guante and I Self Divine will be there, so that is well worth the price of admission.
Zoo Animal + Grant Culter and the Gorgeous Lords- Kitty Cat Klub
ZA are WHG favorites and Grant Culter (of Lookbook) and his band the Gorgeous Lords are a new band to keep you eyes on.
Dessa + Jeremy Messersmith + Aby Wolf + Cecil Otter- Fine LineDessa has a diverse group of bands helping her celebrate the release of her new LP. Messersmith and Wolf are quiet folky types and Cecil Otter is Dessa’ Doomtree member.
City on the Make + Black Blondie + Military Special- SauceSolid bill top to bottom of strong local bands.
Modern Radio Record Label 10 Year Anniversery- Cedar Cultural Center (All Ages 5PM)
Plastic Constelations + Vampire Hands + Skoal Kodiak + STNNG. Wowza. Night two of the Modern Radio 10 year party is a beast. Should be lots of fun.
Red Pens + Zombie Season + Minor Kingdom- 501 Club
My love of the Red Pens is well known, but the two other bands on this bill are nearly as good. A good, free, option for people looking for more music after the All Ages Modern Radio show at the Cedar is over.
Claps + Gospel Gossip + Mercurial Rage- SauceLocal electro group Claps are celebrating the release of their new EP with some help from some great local bands.
Coolio- Fine Line(Insert Coolio/Gangsters Paradise joke here)
I think we already know that Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, is an awesome guy. Anyone who wrote/record For Emma, Forever Ago is good in my books. Now word is coming out that he is hooking up his hometown of Eau Claire, WI, not known as a hotbed for indie music, with a music venue that Vernon and his brother will run. In addition to the venue, the building will have a studio and a level for seminars about music. AWESOME. With all of his friends in the local music scene, many of whom he ventures to Minneapolis to see and occasionally hop on stage with, I am guess this venue will become a frequent stop for many touring acts.
Read more about it HERE.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Looks like Conan is getting Neil Young for his last show on Friday, which is pretty cool. While I don't watch any of the Late Night Shows, if I had to take sides, I think I would choose just about anybody over Jay Leno, who sucks pretty bad. A funny side note is that apparently Conan is blowing through NBC's money as fast as possible this last week, spending over a million bucks on a 1 minute skit the other day. Gotta love it when you get a chance to stick it to the man.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It is often batted around that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, but I offer up this video as a more direct version of what the word means. Really scary stuff. These two make George W Bush seem like William Buckley.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
"If the Democrats run for cover, if we become pale carbon copies of the opposition, we will lose--and deserve to lose," he said. "The last thing
this country needs is two Republican parties."
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Dear Pat Robertson,
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or "Damn Yankees"? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there'd be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox -- that kind of thing. An 80
percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it -- I'm just saying: Not how I roll. You're doing great work, Pat, and I don't want to clip your wings -- just, come on, you're making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That's working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.
This guy seems pretty cool. I think the thing that keeps me so deeply interested in politics is moments like this, when it genuinely seems like this guy is pissed off and speaking for a large swath of people. It must be at least somewhat gratifying to berate these selfish assholes, even if in the end it won't change a thing. At least somebody is saying something.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Best New Bands- First Avenue
Red Pens, No Bird Sing, Slapping Purses, Moonstone, Peter Wolf Crier, Twilight Hours and Leisure Bird. One of my favorite events of the year is this event, which brings together some of the best new bands each year for a great night of local music.
Cash Only Tribute- Cabooze
All Johnny Cash, which is always a good thing.
Rural Alberta Advantage- Cedar Cultural Advantage SOLD OUT
I am still surprised how big these guys are around here. They sold out the Entry last time, this show at the Cedar has been sold out for a while. If you don't have tickets, check out their free in-store performance later today at the Fetus.
Gay Beast + Seawhores + Total Babe + Daughters of the Sun- 7th Street Entry
First Ave has a wealth of good music tonight. In addition to the 6 bands playing in the Main Room, there are 4 really, really great bands playing together right next door at the entry.
Zoo Animal + Whitesands/Badlands + Velvet Davenport- Sauce
Any other night I would be at this show no questions. ZA are a WHG favorite and W/B are a really great live act. Another testament to the great strength and scope of our local scene.
Private Dancer- Turf Club
One of my favorite local bands, both live and on record, playing a all too rare live appearance in the cities.
Low- Varsity Theatre SOLD OUT
This show, the first ever in the Varsity's new "Quiet, Please" series starts out with about the best possible band for the series, Minnesota's very own legendary Low.
Prgphs + To Kill a Petty Bourgiouse- 501 Club
Prgphs are celebrating the release of the excellent new EP with a show with another great buzzing electronic band for what should be a really great free show.
France Has the Bomb + Bombay Sweets + Invisible Boy- 7th Street Entry
Rock. and. Roll.
Gospel Gossip + Red Pens + Chambermaids + Flavor Crystals- Sauce
GG and RP, two of the very best young Minneapolis based bands, will be joined by retro rockers Chambermaids and Flavor Crystals for a really great top to bottom lineup at this still fairly new Uptown club.
First Communion Afterparty + Telepathos-Kitty Cat Klub
Psychedelic rock and roll.
Rockford Mules + Dragons Power Up!- 331 Club
331 gets some high energy rock and roll to bring in people on Saturday night.
Fuck Knights + Is Is + Strangelights- Kitty Cat Klub
Got Monday off from work? Want to celebrate the Vikings big playoff win with some scuzzy psychedelic rock and roll? KCK is the place to be.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to
the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill;
The excellent Sweedish pop group Shout Out Louds are back with their new LP, Work, which is going to hit the streets on Feb 23rd. The band will be touring in support of the album, including a stop in Minneapolis at the Varsity Theatre on May 11th. The video above is one of the songs from the LP, titled "Fall Hard."
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Like I said earlier, Jay Reatard is dead at the way too young age of 29. I feel like he might finally get some of the attention he deserved, but that really is a hollow prize for losing such a talented guy in the prime of his life. Above are a few of the videos to some of my favorite songs he has done. Like I said, he always seemed to keep his really natural pop songwriting talent at bay, either with noise/dissonance or weirdo videos. When I saw him live a few years back I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that he pummeled through his really great songs with such ferocity and speed that I didn't feel like they were done justice. I always felt like he was in his Husker Du (i.e fast and angry) mode and was going to turn into this highly respected rock songwriter a la Bob Mould. I feel like he would have mellowed slightly with age (a good thing) and would have really been a songwriting machine. He had so much talent and was doing such interesting things, it really is a shame to not have him around anymore. The weird thing is that he is now going to become this legend, like all artists who die young. He will become something in death that he probably would never had become in life.
While losing such a talented musician is a sad thing, my thoughts are really with his friends/family, who lost someone dear to them at a criminally young age. Hopefully they know how talented and respected that he was and how he will be missed, even by people who never had the pleasure of actually meeting him.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I can't remember if I already posted this, so just in case....
They were great at the Triple Rock last year(I shot the video above at the show), but they unfortunately are playing the same night as Beach House at the Cedar, so I will have to miss out.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I was already going to write something about the Red Pens since I was quoted in the MPR story about them last week (found HERE) when I saw this morning that they got a solid 7 and a nice write up on Pitchfork for their song "Weekdays."
Regular readers will know that they were my favorite find of 2009 are currently my favorite local band playing, so it is great to see them getting so much great publicity.
If you haven't seen them live yet or heard their debut LP Reasons......well, you know what I am going to say here, so go out and do it!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I talked about this show in the Get off yr ass post yesterday, but I would be remiss if I didn't give it a shout out of its own. If you have never seen the full lineup of Vampire Hands, you really should get to the Turf Club tonight. Drummer Colin Johnson is back and playing with the band and seeing live shows with the full band are becoming something of a rare occurrence, with rumblings that they may end altogether sometime in the near future. This would suck. Vampire Hands are one of the very best bands from the local scenes in the last few years and should not be missed. In addition to the seeing this great band, both Birthday Suits and The Blind Shake are amazingly powerful live acts that should be seen by all local music fans.
Really, if you are a local music fan and don't have plans tonight. Grab $6 and head to the Turf Club, you won't regret it.
Going back to the well again, but it is hard to resist when the good folks at Chocolate Bobka keep posting awesome stuff. This time it is a stunning video of east coast dream pop "group" Julian Lynch playing a show from a few weeks back. Really great music and some really great video work.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Gay Witch Abortion + Double Bird + Arcwelder- Turf Club $6
Rock. and Roll. If you are looking for some heaviness on your Friday night, the Turf Club is the place to be.
Elvis's 75th B-Day- Lee's Liquor Lounge $6
The King has left the building, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate his birthday tonight.
The Alarmists + Arms Akimbo + The Evening Rig- 7th Street Entry $6
Some solid local bands taking over the entry.
Vampire Hands + Birthday Suits + The Blind Shake- Turf Club $6
Wowza. Three of the very best live bands in the city sharing one stage? Yes Please. Vampire Hands will be hitting the stage with their reunited original lineup (drummer/singer Colin Johnson is back from Montana for a short while). If you are looking for something to do and want to see some of the best, most high energy music this city has to offer, head over the St. Paul for this great show.
Red Pens + Sharp Teeth- 501 Club Free
The glow from the Red Pens is still shining bright. If you haven't seen this excellent band, this is a great opportunity to see them for free at the 501.
Lucy Michelle- Dakota $5
Lucy fits in just fine in the Dakota Jazz club for what should be a low key and entertaining show from the ukulele wielding singer/songwriter.
Tribute to Big Pink- Cabooze $12
As a big fan of the band, and especially their amazing live DVD The Last Waltz, it is a travesty I have never seen this show. I went one year and drove around for about 20 minutes looking for parking before giving up, so be warned that this even is very popular.
Kid Dakota- Kitty Cat Klub $5
Underrated local band led by Darren Jackson (also of the Hopefuls) plays one of their semi regular gigs for the kids in Dinkytown.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The excellent folks over at Chocolate Bobka have a video from their Church show from a few weeks back of buzzing girl group Mountain Man. Pretty great stuff. Expect to hear a lot from these young ladies in 2010.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Here is a video of the very talented Sharon Van Etten performing on a beautiful day in Central Park in New York. If you can get past wistfully looking at the unfrozen water and trees bursting with life, check out this great young artist. She is new to my radar, but I have really liked what I have heard so far. She will be visiting Minneapolis on January 19th opening for the great Bowerbirds at the Varsity Theatre.
Especially when they come at the tail end of days off from work bonanzas and are the lead up to 3 months of little to no time off and freezing temps. Boo. Saw this song highlighted on VH1's top 1 hit wonders of the 80's while spending time with the family and thought it was appropriate. Pretty interesting back story to the tune, much deeper than the normal "case of the Mondays." Read the true background of it HERE and good luck making it through the week. Only 5 more months till Memorial Day!
Friday, January 1, 2010
In case you haven't heard this song...it is my #1 all time favorite New Years jam. Hope you had a fun and safe NYE and I hope 2010 brings all of you many great things. Thanks for reading my blog this last year and look for many exciting things in 2010.