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With a nearly full moon in the sky (94% full, to be exact and called waxing gibbous for all you science-types), the stars were out at the Rivercentre in St. Paul –

Not in the sky, but actually were on hand for The Starkey Hearing Foundation 16th Annual Awards Gala, which generated a record $9.5 million dollars to accelerate the pace and scope of Starkey Hearing Foundation missions and locally help to support grants for area nonprofits.

This year’s Award honorees included actress Jennifer Garner, advocate for early childhood education and trustee for Save the Children, Paula F. Goldberg, executive director and co-founder of PACER for making a lifeline for parents of children and young adults with all disabilities, and Right Honourable Tony Blair for his relentless belief in the future of Africa.

We’ll have full coverage for the gala itself shortly, which included brief musical performances from Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp); singer-songwriter John Mellencamp; country duo Maddie & Tae; The Tenors; and American Idol winner Trent Harmon, but wanted to first showcase the red carpet arrivals and the numerous celebrity attendees that showed their support.

Among the additional guests were:

Former astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Charles Duke; the first deaf winner of America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with The Stars winner Nyle DiMarco; Miss World America 2016 Audra Mari; actors Cedric The Entertainer, Michael Madsen, Verne Troyer, Barry Bostwick, Frankie Muniz and Kyle and Christopher Massey; The Blind Side actor Quinton Aaron, Austin & Ally actress Laura Marano, Gilmore Girls actress Vanessa Marano; Ray Donovan actor Steven Bauer; entrepreneur Rohan Marley; Minnesota Vikings player Kyle Rudolph, and legend Carl Eller; Boxing legend Evander Holyfield; boxer Andre Berto; Paralympian Mallory Weggeman; Arizona Cardinals players Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd; MLB Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Rollie Fingers; pitcher Barry Zito; Minnesota Timberwolves’ Cole Aldrich; NBA champion Ron Harper and Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson.
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We’re unabashed fans of The Wombats—

…not the actual marsupial, which is a fine animal native to Australia (fun fact: a group of wombats is called a wisdom); rather the indie synth-pop Liverpool-based trio, making music since 20003 and out in support of third label full-length, Glitterbug (Bright Antenna Records).

The band was back in town last week for its third proper local concert on the current tour (after last May at the Varsity and a brief slot at December’s Go 96.3 Snow Show) and their audience seems to be only growing. The show was all but sold out, with a crowd still seemingly getting younger, which is rare for a band that has been around for over a decade.

W♥M gave a heads-up about the band as early as 2007, and yours truly was likely the first DJ in the country to play the band, spinning a limited ‘Lost in the Post’ single, long before the band had signed to any label. So, we’ve been on board for a while…

The evening began with a spirited short set from relative newcomers, Coast Modern, a Los Angeles-based duo (Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp) rounded out by a full band and in support of a handful of singles (on 300 Entertainment).

Self-proclaiming themselves “America’s Newest Band”, their forty-minute set was filled with the eagerness and exuberance of a band just starting out, and happy to be reaching audiences everywhere for the first time.

The released singles (‘Guru’, ‘Animals’, ‘Hollow Life’) were sprinkled in-between even newer tracks, likely destined for their first album, with not much talk between songs, choosing instead to properly introduce themselves with their music. Grouplove and Cage the Elephant comparisons have been made, but the duo is clearly striking out on their own and returns again in September, opening for The Temper Trap.

Choosing to open with ‘Give Me a Try’, The Wombats properly introduced themselves to any of the uninitiated with an open invitation to enjoy their music. ‘Moving to New York’ started uncharacteristically quiet, but quickly built into a dervish, with drummer Dan Haggis pounding increasingly harder, and bassist Tord Knudsen leaping from one end of the stage to the other as his instrument kicked in. “Let’s see you dancing!”, singer Matt “Murph” Murphy asked (but didn’t have to).

Murph recalled the band’s first gig in town years back, and driving past First Avenue that day, being told of the venue’s history, saying how grateful they were to finally grace the legendary stage. The irony of ‘Patricia the Stripper’ is that Murph’s mother is a Patricia, though the song thankfully has no relation.

‘Pink Lemonade’ was written in Barcelona in the midst of a relationship squabble Murph had, and older favorites ‘Kill the Director’ and ‘Tokyo’ had the crowd clapping and singing along to end the 70 min. main set.

After chants of “one more song”, the crowd was actually given three as an encore, starting more gently with Murph alone singing ‘Isabel’ with its opening lyric, “Two tickets to the rabbit hole, please”.

The new album’s second single ‘Greek Tragedy’ made things more cheerful with the bartender sending a set of shots up to the band following the song, of which Murph viewed the pours and described them as “American-sized” before downing his own.

Fueled by a little alcohol (except for Knudson), the set-ending ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ got everyone moving and singing along with its “So happy” lyrical bridge before the song ended with a crunchy, hard rocking instrumental end.

For bypassing Minneapolis on its initial US tours, The Wombats have more than made up for it, playing here at least three times each for the last two tours, and to ever-growing audiences. They’re a secret no more- the cat, err, wombat, is out of the bag, and with glorious results.

Wombats Setlist

Give Me a Try
Jump Into the Fog
Moving to New York
Be Your Shadow
Your Body Is a Weapon
Patricia the Stripper
Pink Lemonade
Techno Fan
The English Summer
Kill the Director
Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)

-- Encore --
Isabel (Murph solo acoustic)
Greek Tragedy
Let's Dance to Joy Division

Coast Modern Setlist

Going Down
Tiny Umbrella
Comb My Hair
Hollow Life
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It’s only a few days into March, but already the death list is piling up to 110 for the year 2016.

A couple of interesting deaths recently.

UPDATE: We had just learned that Harvey Danger’s founding bassist Aaron Huffman died yesterday to “respiratory failure”, according to; he was only 43.

As you know, we love their song “Flagpole Sitta”, which featured the catchy, singalong line of “I'm not sick, but I'm not well! And I'm so hot, 'cause I'm in hell!” You can listen to the song here.

Joey Feek, one half of husband-wife duo Joey + Roy, died at the age of 40 to cervical cancer. The duo was third place on CMT's Can You Duet in 2008, but they didn’t walk away empty-handed. They got signed to Sugar Hill/Vanguard Records and released seven studio albums.

The news of Joey’s death wasn’t as shocking, because her husband actually blogged about the whole ordeal. They had discovered the cancer in June 2015 and they knew it was terminal. She lived long enough to see her daughter’s second birthday in February 2016, and passed away on Wednesday (March 4th).

The other interesting death is Bankroll Fresh (or sometime Yung Fresh), who was shot multiple times at Street Execs Studio (according to police, over 50 shells were collected from the scene). As of this writing, there are no motives and no arrests made.

March (11)

[07 Mar 2016] Koyo Bala, 32, cancer
[06 Mar 2016] Aaron Huffman (Harvey Danger), 43, respiratory failure
[06 Mar 2016] Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Vienna Symphony), 86, illness
[06 Mar 2016] Kalabhavan Mani, 45, liver ailment
[04 Mar 2016] Keli Rutledge, 18, car accident
[04 Mar 2016] Bankroll Fresh, 28, murder
[04 Mar 2016] Joey Feek (Joey + Rory), 40, cervical cancer
[04 Mar 2016] Ekrem Jevrić, 54, heart attack
[03 Mar 2016] John Thomas (Budgie), 63, pneumonia
[03 Mar 2016] Gwyneth George, 95, not given
[01 Mar 2016] Gayle McCormick (Smith), 67, cancer
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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on March 9, 2016.

Read more Minneapolis Music Guide.

with Feels / Royal Brat
at First Avenue
Wednesday, 03/09/16, 7:30pm ($20)

Man, the last time I saw Ty Segall, we were on a boat and Redd Kross’ Steve Mcdonald was on bass! There was maybe about 100 people on the small boat, and it was pretty rad. You can read all about it here: NXNE 2011 (Saturday).

Segall’s eight studio album Emotional Mugger came out this year via Drag City Records, and, of course, is on tour to promote the new album. Apparently his new live band will be called The Muggers, featuring: bassist Mikal Cronin, guitarist Kyle Thomas, guitarist Emmett Kelly, and keys Cory Hanson (Wand) and drummer Evan Burrows. Segall will play the part of “Sloppo”, a grown man wearing a baby mask.

Los Angeles’ Feels (not to be confused with Portland’s Feels, synth-trio The Feels, or New York’s The Feels, or Poland’s Feel, or London’s The Feeling) is also on the bill ... which, incidentally, they were in the news recently for an awful reason. A Feels fan got stabbed to death during a Feels-headlined show at the Underground DTSA (on Thursday, March 3rd).

The band, of course is devastated by the news and wrote:

We watched as the fight broke out, crashing onto the stage knocking mics over while the second band played, saw fists flying and more and more people dog piling on to try to break it up but still had no idea... then there was blood on the floor, cops and paramedics, the whole show was shut down of course, but still when we left we were under the impression that he was stabbed in the shoulder and was going to be fine.

Waking up this morning and finding out that he died in the hospital... There are no words. We are sending all of our love to the spirit of Nathan, his friends and family. We seriously hope that the murderer is captured and prosecuted to the fullest.

Local queer punk core Royal Brat to open the show (the band features Clara Salyer, from Babes in Toyland, Prissy Clerks and Whatever Forever). The new-ish band promised to showcase some new songs for this show.

Tour dates:

03/07/16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
03/08/16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
03/09/16 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
03/10/16 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/11/16 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
03/12/16 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
05/01/16 Levitation
06/11/16 NOS Primavera Sound

with Mind Over Mirrors / Dosh
at Cedar Cultural Center
Wednesday, 03/09/16, 7pm ($18/$20)

Chicago’s Tortoise has been making music since 1990, and some critics have said that the band is behind the development of the post-rock movement (others have argued that Tortoise is only influenced by progressive rock that preceded them). Still, it’s hard to ignore that in their 26 years, that the band definitely has made an impact on experimental, post-rock, and progressive music. Since many of their shows are part improvisation, familiar songs may sound completely different than whatever they previously recorded.

Tortoise’s seven studio album The Catastrophist is out now on Thrill Jockey.

Opening up for Tortoise will be Chicago’s Mind Over Mirrors (aka Jaime Fennelly) and local Dosh.

USA Tour:

03/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar #
03/11 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig #
03/12 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
03/13 - Montreal, QC @ Fairmount #
03/14 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse #
03/15 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
03/16 - New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge #
03/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield #
03/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
03/19 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
03/20 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern #
03/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
03/22 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall #
03/23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival #
03/24 - Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio #
04/26 - Boise, ID @ Radio Boise Tuesday
04/27 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/28 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
04/29 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
04/30 - Sonoma, CA @ Sonoma Winery
05/01 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
05/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
05/03 - Solana Beach @ Belly Up
05/04 – Phoenix AZ @ Desert Daze Phoenix a
05/06 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05/08 - Dallas, TX @ Dada
05/09 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
05/10 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/11 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
05/12 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
05/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

# w/ Mind Over Mirrors

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The last time Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) was in Minneapolis, he was part of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series show. John described his show as both a visual and audio …

at Triple Rock Social Club
Wednesday, 03/09/16, 9pm ($3/$12)

Oneohtrix Point Never (a.k.a Daniel Lopatin) will be continuing his tour, following the release of Garden of Delete on November 2015 via Warp Records.... and the tour starts this Wednesday at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. We saw him in 2013, and wrote that he was “ambient minimalist.”

The Triple Rock Social Club show is one of the great Red Bull Sound Select shows, which we have previously attended in the past. They are basically awarding you for RSVP (with will cost $3). For lazy people it will cost you $12 at the door. So it’s highly recommended that you RSVP now. Bonus: You get a Red Bull with purchase, so that $3 is basically you buying a Red Bull. Highly recommended if you were on the fence about going.

Leisure Birds and Psymun to open.

Tour dates:

03/09 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
03/10 Chicago, IL - Levitation Chicago
03/11 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
03/12 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03/14 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
03/15 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
03/17 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
04/29 Austin, TX - Levitation
04/30 Las Vegas, NV - Further Future
05/21 Durham, NC - Moogfest
06/04 Nagano, Japan - TAICOCLUB
06/18 Barcelona, Spain - Sonar
06/19 Best Kept Secret Festival
07/15-17 Pitchfork Music Festival
08/20 Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival

The Gimmie Love Tour
at Varsity Theater
Wed., 03/09/16, 6:30pm ($25/$30/Sold Out)

The “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen sold out her appearance at the Varsity Theater this Wednesday. Although some people may have dismissed her as a one-hit-wonder, it would appear that her new single “I Really Like You” is top 5 in the UK and top 10 in Japan.

Cardiknox and Fairground Saints to open.

Tour dates:

03/07/16 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
03/08/16 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/09/16 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
03/11/16 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
03/12/16 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
03/13/16 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
03/14/16 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
03/17/16 Covington, KY Madison Theater
03/18/16 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
03/19/16 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
03/20/16 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
03/22/16 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
03/23/16 Providence, RI Fete Music Hall
03/25/16 New York, NY Terminal 5
03/26/16 Huntington, NY The Paramount
04/02/16 Popspring
04/03/16 Kobe, Japan Kobe World Memorial Hall
04/07/16 St. John's, NL Mile One Centre
04/08/16 St. John's, NL Mile One Centre
04/11/16 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum Complex
04/12/16 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Centre
04/14/16 Kingston, ON Rogers K-Rock Centre
04/15/16 Peterborough, ON Peterborough Memorial
04/16/16 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
04/18/16 Barrie, ON Barrie Molson Centre
04/19/16 Oshawa, ON General Motors Centre
04/20/16 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
04/22/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
04/23/16 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
04/24/16 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena
04/26/16 Windsor, ON WFCU Centre
04/27/16 Kitchener, ON Kitchener Memorial
04/29/16 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
05/05/16 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
05/06/16 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
05/07/16 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
05/09/16 Medicine Hat, AB Canalta Centre
05/10/16 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre
05/12/16 Dawson Creek, BC Encana Events Centre
05/13/16 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
05/14/16 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
05/16/16 Prince George, BC CN Centre
05/17/16 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
05/19/16 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial
05/20/16 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
07/15/16 Pitchfork Music Festival

with Tyler Sjöström
at Turf Club
Wednesday, 03/09/16, 7pm ($12/$15)

The problem with the name “Joseph” is that it is too common. For example, there is a British DJ billing himself simply as Joseph, etc. The American (Portland, Oregon) Joseph band is actually three sisters: Natalie, Allison, and Meegan. They’re named after their grandfather.

We previously caught the sisters in 2014, and wrote, “They harmonize as only very close family members can achieve.... I got the impression that the sisters were very fun to be around.”

Chicago’s Tyler Sjöström to open.

Tour dates:

03/06/16 Spokane, WA The Bartlett
03/09/16 Saint Paul, MN Turf Club
03/10/16 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi's
03/11/16 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
03/12/16 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
03/13/16 Bentonville, AR 21c Museum Hotel
03/17/16 SXSW
04/19/16 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre
04/20/16 Los Angeles, CA Lyric Theatre
04/22/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
04/23/16 San Francisco, CA Swedish American
04/27/16 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
04/27/16 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
04/28/16 Seattle, WA The Showbox
/29/16 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
04/29/16 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01/16 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java
05/03/16 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
05/04/16 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
05/05/16 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs
05/06/16 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
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Snow is melting, the days are longer, and clocks are about to spring forward—

In addition to winter nearing an end, it also marks the beginnings of Comic Convention Season, with a virtual event to officially kick off the season. For the second year, and now with distributor Diamond’s support, The In Store Convention Kickoff is an all-day event, happening TODAY at participating retailers.

The eight-hour-long live broadcast featuring interviews and specials with your favorite creative team and special guests, and hear about upcoming projects from Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and more. It'll be like going to a whole day's worth of comic-con panels but without the lines, tickets, or crowds...and you can hang out with all your friends from your local comic shop.

For the collector, the event is also offering exclusive Convention Kick-Off Variant Covers for purchase on the following new releases- Boom Studio’s Jonesy, Marvel’s Power Man and Iron Fist, and DC’s Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl and Harley Quinn, as well as an exclusive gold Star Wars bank from Diamond.

The actual convention season kicks off big next week, with Chicago’s C2E2 (happening a little earlier than usual this year), our favorite of last year’s shows and the largest convention in the Midwest. Held at the expansive McCormick Place (an even bigger area than the NYC Comic Con), last year’s show attracted 70,000 fans and the highlights were plentiful.

Wrestler-turned-writer CM Punk was announced as the Guardians of the Galaxy spinoff, Drax writer at the show, and remains on the book, with issue #4 out just recently. M. Night Shyamalan was on-hand with lead actor Matt Dillon, to give everyone a first look at the acclaimed 'Wayward Pines' mini-series.

Sylvester McCoy and Neve McIntosh provided plenty of humor at their Dr. Who panel, perhaps the most fun of the weekend, Hayley Atwell and Ming-Na Wen's panel called the "Kick-Ass Women of Shield" was the hardest to get into, and Jason Momua mesmerized the crowd with his Games of Thrones tales and hints of his take on the Aquaman character he is set to portray in upcoming movies.

93-year old Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee was on hand as well, for a light-hearted and informative Q+A, with Lee retaining all of his unmissable personality, though his hearing is admittedly declining.

Lines were long to meet the most popular creators, with writers such as Scott Snyder, Rick Remender, and Jonathan Hickman, being among the most popular (which is a recent change, as comics are a primarily visual medium with artists traditionally getting most of the attention).

This year’s C2E2 is packed with guests as well—entertainment guests include Chicago native John Cusack, Melissa (Supergirl) Benoist, and several from the cast of Agents of Shield, along with the usual bevy of wrestlers, reality stars, and famous cosplayers.

Comic creator guests include the Batman creative team (soon to leave the book though) of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, famed X-Men writer Chris Claremont, longtime fan-favorite Art Adams, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

If you can’t make it to Chicago for C2E2, there are several area comic shows happening as well—pack your pull list, wallet, and patience—comic convention season is officially here!

Upcoming area comic book-related shows so far announced include:

Mar 12 - Sound+Vision Pop Culture Collectibles Show- Woodbury, MN
Mar 20 - MortCon – Mound View, MN
Apr 8-10 - Wizard World – Madison, WI
April 16 – ComicCard- Bloomington, MN
May 6-8 – Wizard World - Minneapolis, MN
May 13-15 - Wizard World – Des Moines, IA
May 7 – Free Comic Book Day – participating retailers
May 14-15 - MSP ComicCon (formerly SpringCon) – Falcon Heights, MN
June 19 - MortCon – Mound View, MN
July 23 - Sound+Vision Pop Culture Collectibles Show- Woodbury, MN
Sept 11 - MortCon – Mound View, MN
Oct 8 - MSP MicroCon (formerly FallCon) – Falcon Heights, MN
Nov. 5 - ComicCard- Bloomington, MN
Nov 19 - Sound+Vision Pop Culture Collectibles Show- Woodbury, MN
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“Thanks for coming out on a Tuesday night,” Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier said on stage. When someone in the audience shouted out, “Thursday!”, Frazier followed with, “What did I say? Did I stutter? Honestly don't know what f**** day it is.”

That’s the spirit that Ringo Deathstarr was in at the Turf Club in St Paul, last night (March 3rd). The Texan band is touring in support of their new Pure Mood album.
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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on March 8, 2016.

This is the special “SXSW Edition” of Minneapolis Music Guide.

with Handsome Ghost
at 7th Street Entry
Tuesday, 03/08/16, 7:30pm ($10/$12)

Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine OK is back in Minneapolis next Tuesday. We previously caught the band as the opener to Magic Man in March 2015, and noted that the audience was absolutely blown away by the band, demanding “One more song!” despite the fact that they were just the opener.

Handsome Ghost to open the show.

Suspiciously dates around SXSW are left blank at the moment... but we suspect they’ll be down in Austin after March 12th.

Tour dates:

03.03 - Houston - Rudyard's British Pub
03.04 - Austin - The Sidewinder
03.05 - Norman - Opolis Prod
03.07 - Kansas City - The Riot Room
03.08 - Minneapolis - 7th St Entry
03.09 - Chicago - Lincoln Hall + Schubas
03.10 - Toronto - The Drake Hotel
03.12 - Brooklyn - Music Hall of Williamsburg

All dates with Handsome Ghost

with Verskotzi
at Turf Club
Tuesday, 03/08/16, 7:30pm ($10/$12)

We randomly caught Kevin Garrett at a Communion showcase last April 2015.

Like many artists, Garrett is touring towards SXSW, following a string of sold-out dates with Alessia Cara, and has decided to add Minneapolis/St Paul on his roadmap to Austin.

Verskotzi, who we previously saw with Joy Formidable in October 2015, to open the Kevin Garrett show.

Kevin Garrett National Tour

3/08: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
3/10: Chicago, IL @ Martyrs
3/11: St Louis, MO @ The Demo
3/12: Kansas City, MO @ Tank Room
3/15: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/20: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/21: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
3/22: Nashville, TN @ High Watt
3/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
3/25: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
3/26: Washington, DC @ Songbyrd

with The Weather Station
at Cedar Cultural Center
Tuesday, 03/08/16, 7pm ($12/$15)

Toronto’s Basia Bulat will be stopping by the Cedar Cultural Center next Tuesday in support of her third album Good Advice... but like many bands touring at this time - she’s really touring towards SXSW in Austin, Texas. Anyway, the new album has already been streamed over 800k times and its lead single “Infamous” is high on the charts (#7 on CMJ AAA chart, #9 in the Canadian album charts, etc.)

Check out her show on March 8th and find out why the New Yorker called Bulat “a singular voice, with a confident yet vulnerable tone, and she sings with an impassioned yearning that suggests the vast wilderness of her homeland.”

You may recall that we previously saw Bulat in 2013, and wrote, “ It's been a long time since she was last in the Twin Cities, but you can tell her fans missed her by making their way to the show, despite the pending snowstorm outside.”

Also fellow Toronto-based band The Weather Station (musical project of Tamara Lindeman) will open the show. Weather Station was previously in Minneapolis in 2014 with Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen). The Weather Station’s latest album Loyalty is out now on Paradise of Bachelors.

Tour dates:

03/03/16 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge
03/05/16 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
03/07/16 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
03/08/16 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
03/09/16 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
03/10/16 Milwaukee, WI Colectivo Coffee
03/11/16 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
03/12/16 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
03/13/16 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
03/14/16 Norman, OK Opolis
03/16/16 Austin, TX The Parish
03/21/16 Dallas, TX Three Links
03/22/16 Birmingham, AL Saturn
03/23/16 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
03/24/16 Nashville, TN High Watt
03/25/16 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
03/26/16 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
03/28/16 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade
03/29/16 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
03/30/16 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
04/01/16 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
04/02/16 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
04/03/16 Portland, ME One Longfellow Square
04/04/16 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
06/05/16 Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on March 4 to March 7, 2016.

Read more Minneapolis Music Guide.

at Triple Rock Social Club
Friday, 03/04/16, 4:30pm ($13/$15)

This all-ages show will start at 4:30pm at the Triple Rock Social Club this Friday. Headlined by Foxing, the tour also feature instrumental Lymbyc Systym, singer/songwriter Jess Abbott (billed as her stagename Tancred), and Adjy. Originally O’Brother was also listed on the tour, but as far as I know, the band is not playing this Friday.

Also note: Tancred was previously in Minneapolis last “Rocktober” 2014.

Tour Dates

03/03/16 Omaha, NE Slowdown
03/04/16 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
03/05/16 Iowa City, IA Gabe's
03/06/16 Chicago, IL Subterranean
03/08/16 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
03/09/16 Columbus, OH The Basement
03/10/16 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
03/11/16 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
03/12/16 Cambridge, MA Middle East
03/13/16 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
03/14/16 Oneonta, NY SUNY
03/15/16 Hamden, CT Space
03/16/16 Washington, DC Rock And Roll
03/18/16 Norfolk, VA Work Release
03/19/16 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
03/21/16 Orlando, FL The Social
03/22/16 Tampa, FL The Crowbar
03/24/16 Houston, TX Walters Downtown
03/25/16 Austin, TX Sidewinder
03/26/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
03/28/16 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
03/29/16 San Diego, CA The Irenic
03/30/16 West Hollywood, CA Roxy Theatre
03/31/16 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
04/02/16 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
04/03/16 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
04/06/16 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
04/08/16 St. Louis, MO Luminary Center

with Jai Wolf and Brasstracks
at Skyway Theatre
Saturday, 03/05/16, 8pm ($20/$25)

Brooklyn, by the way of Slovenia, DJ/producer Gramatik will be in town at the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis this Saturday. According to his biography, by the age of 13, he was making beats on his computer and by the late teens, Colorado’s Pretty Lights became a Gramatik fan. Pretty Lights immediately signed Gramatik to his Web label.

Other DJs on the bill: Jai Wolf and Brasstracks

Tour Dates

03/03/16 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
03/04/16 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
03/05/16 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
03/06/16 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
03/12/16 Lollapalooza Brazil
03/13/16 Lollapalooza Brazil
03/18/16 Lollapalooza Argentina
03/19/16 Lollapalooza Argentina
03/20/16 Lollapalooza Chile
03/26/16 Paris, France Zenith Paris
04/23/16 Lille, France Zenith Arena
05/27/16 Summer Camp Festival
05/28/16 Summer Camp Festival
05/29/16 Summer Camp Festival
06/03/16 Europa Vox Festival
06/10/16 Mysteryland
06/17/16 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amp
06/30/16 Open Air St. Gallen
07/20/16 Villa Ada Italy
07/21/16 Decibel Open Air Italy
07/22/16 Market Sound Italy
07/23/16 Flowers Festival Italy

ft Finish Ticket & Vinyl Theatre
at Triple Rock Social Club
Sunday, 03/06/16, 6pm ($17/$20)

You may recall that we randomly caught Finish Ticket at a show in July 2014. We thought they were from Finland, but they are not “Finnish Ticket”, they are from San Francisco.

The band is back in town, this time under the “Ones to Watch Tour” (Skype and Live Nation sponsored), with Milwaukee’s Vinyl Theatre, who we randomly caught in March 2015. This upcoming show should be a great show, especially if you’ve randomly seen both bands before.

Tour Dates

03/02/16 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
03/03/16 Detroit, MI Shelter
03/04/16 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
03/05/16 Milwaukee, WI Rave Bar
03/06/16 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
03/08/16 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
03/09/16 Kansas City, MO The Tank Room
03/11/16 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
03/12/16 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
03/15/16 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
03/16/16 Portland, OR McMenamins Lola's
03/19/16 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
03/21/16 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
03/22/16 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
03/24/16 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
03/25/16 Austin, TX The Parish
03/26/16 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock s
03/27/16 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic
06/18/16 Firefly Music Festival

at Triple Rock Social Club
Monday, 03/07/16, 8pm ($10/$12)

The Black Tusk & Holy Grail show (sponsored by Noisey) is coming to town this Monday. We already mentioned that Black Tusk is touring in support of Pillars of Ash (Relapse)... but as for heavy-metal band, they are touring for Times of Pride and Peril which according to their website is available now (February 2016).

Tour Dates

3/02 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
3/03 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/04 Detroit, MI @ Berserker Fest
3/05 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
3/06 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
3/07 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
3/08 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
3/09 Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel
3/11 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
3/12 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
3/13 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
3/14 Kamloops, BC @ The Office
3/16 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
3/17 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/18 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
3/19 Portland, OR @ Panic Room
3/20 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
3/23 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
3/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
3/25 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
3/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
3/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Divebar*
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
3/29 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/30 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
3/31 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/01 Indianapolis, IN @ 5TH Quarter
4/02 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
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The SiriusXM’s “Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour”, featuring Pop Etc, Banners, and The Moth & The Flame, just started their tour at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis last night (February 29th).
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The incredibly popular band Animal Collective sold out most of their USA tour, including First Avenue in Minneapolis last night. The experimental collective (Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin) is currently touring in support of their tenth studio album, Painting With, which came out February 19th via Domino Records.
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