So it’s Saturday, you’ve gone to the fair and eaten your fill of stuff on a stick, now what??? Well….if you are not ready to call it a night, you have some energy to burn, love music, and you like a challenge, make your way to the West Bank for an after hours show at MXXXXA.
MILITARY SPECIAL, WAXX MAXX, CLAPS and MERIDENE are playing a show you will not want to miss this Saturday, the 28th! Grab your smart phone, slam an energy drink, get ready to find the treasure at the end of the tunnel.
The prize at the end of this treasure hunt features MILITARY SPECIAL, who mark their first show in over three months—don’t call it a comeback!
WAXX MAXX is Mark Mallman’s brand new project with Nicole Godiva and Alyssa Brenny.
CLAPS released their minimalist, dark wave EP “No Party” last month on Guilt Ridden Pop.
MERIDENE recorded their new album “Something Like Blood” at Bon Iver’s April Base Studio
Now you have the Who, What, and When, but you’re probably wondering WHERE it’s happening.
posted August 27th, 2010 at 11:38 am
Time hasn’t allowed for much writing this week, but this latest development calls for some urgency! Something new and feathery is flying into the Turf Club tomorrow night. It’s a National Bird! No, no – not a bald eagle, and come to think of it, it may not even be that new and shiny (it’s been flapping around the local clubs for a couple years now), but it will be performing and selling something new and shiny.
National Bird is the machination of Minneapolis songwriting duo Dan Wenz and Casey Nelson, and they have a new EP dropping tomorrow called The Rhythm of our Science. The Rhythm of our Science is five tunes “steeped in all facets of rock” (if such a thing is possible!) According to the band, their “sound is reminiscent of Roy Orbison’s hair circa 1976 with highlights of Tom Petty’s attitude.” I’m still not sure exactly what Orbison’s hair or Petty’s attitude sound like (can someone help me out here?), so instead, I might just put it this way: The Rhythm of our Science – 5 songs that sound exactly like five of the sweetest things to have come out of the Twin Cities thus far in 2010.
No kidding, just listen to this, and hit up the Turf Club tomorrow for National Bird’s EP release! They’ll be joined by Borang favs BNLX, Wizards Are Real, and DJ sets by Psychedelic Shack.
Physical Fitness – National Bird
Who - National Bird
What - EP Release (The Rhythm of our Science)
When - August 6, 2010 @ 9PM
Where - Turf Club
Why – Give me one good reason why the heck not?
National Bird – Myspace
posted August 5th, 2010 at 11:20 pm
Concert Announcements, MN Rock
Although the sponsorships and/or organizers have changed, we’ll all still be treated this year to our music and movies in Loring Park that we’ve become so accustomed to in recent memory. The series kicks off tomorrow with local Grain Belt favorites Communist Daughter and a showing of Raising Arizona, a movie directed by Joel Coen featuring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter.
I know Communist Daughter will be well worth a visit to my old haunt, but the last Coen movie I caught (A Serious Man) was a real stinker. My fingers are crossed! Can anyone give me a head’s up on what to expect?
Not The Kid – Communist Daughter
posted August 2nd, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Didn’t that photo just catch your eye? If so, you should head over to the Kitty Cat Klub tonight to witness what I’d consider one the most highly anticipated single + video releases of the summer. The Melismatics are premiering the Tron-themed video for their hot new single “Your Love is a Poison”. The band has been leaking still shots all weekend from their newest music video, which was actually shot by a group of students at MCAD as a class project. (Color me Tron-neon jealous.)
And if you’re wondering why this is happening on a Monday, it’s because the event is also part of this weekend’s Minne-Motor Festival that we wrote about a while back. Detroit’s The Hounds Below (featuring Jason Stollsteimer, also frontman for The Von Bondies) join locals Strangelights and Hastings 3000 in supporting the bill, and the girls from Minne-Motor Festival linchpins Pink Mink will also guest DJ between sets as well.
This show is definitely loaded with musical and visual goodness, but here’s one last tidbit for you. Check out this brilliant flyer for the show (and click it to RSVP on Facebook as well) and see if you can figure out all the pun-tastic goodness for yourself! (The answers are below.)
Scooby Doo crew = The Melismatics
Scooby Doo himself = The Hounds Below
“The Man from Mars” Robot (blue) = Strangelights
“The Creeper” = Hastings 3000
Pink Mink = Pink Mink
posted July 26th, 2010 at 9:26 am
Concert Announcements, MN Rock
Koo Koo Kanga Roo once spent the night in my basement apartment. Contrary to popular belief, we didn’t play laser tag, overdose on orange soda, or assemble the couch cushions into a fort.
When I found them downstairs after returning from class one night, they were soberly composing songs—headphones on, a keyboard within striking distance, analyzing a synthesizer riff. The costumes were on hangers, the gold-emblazoned tennis shoes and choreographed dance steps were tucked away in knapsacks.
Take a tour of their comic-book website, hit up one of their shows (occasionally accompanied by a cake-eating contest), or listen to one of their songs about playing lava tag or saying their favorite alphabet letters, and you may get a different idea about the daffy rap duo’s diligence. For starters, the disclaimer that the band is “Beastie Boys Meets Raffi” may in fact be shooting a little highbrow: I would wager they’re more that guy who wrote the music to the Crossfire commercial guest-DJing for The Wiggles.
But here’s the catch: without you knowing it, Koo Koo Kanga Roo is amassing a quiet, all-ages empire.
posted July 23rd, 2010 at 5:28 pm
Concert Announcements, MN Rock, Music News
A little bird just tweeted in our ear news of a hot benefit show going down at Lee’s Liquor Lounge this Saturday night. Wind Cries Mary is being held in honor of Mary Michaels, a local punk and art scene mainstay whose battle with breast cancer came to an end only one year ago. Mary has been sorely missed, and this show will raise much needed funds for two charities that her friends know she would have avidly supported: Abbott Northwestern’s Breast Cancer Treatment Center (Piper) and animal rescue organization Pet Haven Inc.
Benefit attendees can expect to witness and hear the likes of Red Flags, You and Whose Army, Middle States, Al Grande Trio, and Mary’s own band The Harpies (featuring a selection of vocal artists standing in for Mary). Music starts at 9PM and a suggested donation of $6-$10 will be accepted at the door.
With a lineup of bands and causes like this, rocking out never felt so good! Be there!
posted July 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 pm