Thanksgiving weekend concert guide

Ike Reilly by Alexa Jones
Let's face it -- the best part about Thanksgiving isn't the turkey, or the pie, or the relatives, or the napping. It's the fact that many of us have a four day weekend on our hands, giving us no excuse to miss the opportunity to get schlitzed at a slamming rock show or dance club. That throbbing hangover will make the food taste that much better, anyway. Here are the top shows we're thankful for this extended weekend, with a little something for everyone:

Wednesday, November 25

Ike Reilly Assassination at First Avenue
In what has become a yearly tradition, Chicago-based punk rock poet Ike Reilly returns to First Ave to celebrate the release of his latest album, Hard Luck Stories. Get there early, because Reilly has invited Martin Devaney's latest project, the Crossing Guards, to open the show with scene vets the Magnolias. 18+. $12.00/$15.00 at the door. 7:30 p.m.

The Twilight Hours at the Nomad
This fantastic pop duo, which features former Trip Shakespeare and Flops bandmates John Munson and Matt Wilson, will play an intimate Thanksgiving Eve gig at the Nomad Pub. With Petty Demons and DJ Deep & Wide, "Minneapolis' best new beardless DJ dude duo spinning records to close the night while you get Holiday Drunk." More info on Facebook. 21+. $10. 8 p.m.

Throw the Fight at Mario's
These slick, radio-friendly heavy rock locals are in the midst of recording a new album, so chances have it their show will feature plenty of fresh material. They will be joined by 3 Pill Morning and Dying Euforia. More info on MySpace. 21+. 9 p.m. $5.

Transmission at Clubhouse Jager
DJ Jake Rudh is pulling out all the stops for his Thanksgiving Eve version of Transmission, inviting breakout Britpop band the Big Pink to join him for a special DJ set from 1-2 a.m., following their sold-out show earlier that night at the Entry. More info on Facebook. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.

E.L.nO. at Lee's Liquor Lounge
If you've never seen this amazing, afro wig-sporting, Jeff Lynne-channeling ELO cover band, tonight's the night. Frontman Dave Campbell (host of the Current's Local Show and Radio Free Current) will be joined by an all-star cast of local musicians as they pay tribute to the ultimate fun-loving '70s rock band. 21+. $6. 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 26

Heatbox and Roster McCabe at the Cabooze
Beatbox specialist and Root City Band collaborator Heatbox will headline a special Thanksgiving show at the Cabooze along with popular local jam band Roster McCabe. Take one look at Heatbox's hilarious music video, "Pizza Funk," and tell us this isn't going to be a fun show.

Ritmo Caliente at First Avenue
Some of the rock clubs will be closed on Thanksgiving proper, but First Ave will remain open for its weekly Latin dance night. Featuring DJ Christian Velasco spinning Cha-Cha, Meringue, Hip-Hop, Cumbia, Salsa, Latin House, and Reggaeton. 21+. 10 p.m. $3 before 11 p.m., $6 after 11 p.m.

The Bungalow in the VIP Room
The "Smoked Turkey Edition" of the Bungalow features DJ Verb X & DJ Nex Spinning Reggae, Hip-Hop & Reggaeton. 21+. 10 p.m. $3 before 11 p.m., $6 after 11 p.m.

Outside and Friends at O'Gara's Garage
Local hip-hop crew Outside will return to O'Gara's for another holiday show, featuring Raps Deluxe and FeedBack. 9:15 p.m.

Tim Mahoney at the School II
We mostly just tacked this on here to point out that, yes, Tim Mahoney has a gig booked every single day of the year. This one's in Chanhassen.

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