CC Club 80th Anniversary, night one, 12/6/13

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CC Club's 80th Anniversary (Night Two recap)
With Tapes n' Tapes, Red Daughters, Pennyroyal, Personhurter, Sean Anonymous, and Hardcore Crayons
CC Club, Minneapolis
Friday, December 6, 2013

The two-day celebration of the CC Club's 80th anniversary did not play out like a scene from the now-notorious New York Times dating piece. Instead, the rare concert series was all about the bar's tight ties with the local musicians who live nearby, who are featured on the CC's jukebox, and who are often found rubbing elbows with other regulars at the Uptown institution. (A lot more of that lore is tucked into City Pages' oral history.)

Even if Tom Arnold and Tommy Stinson were nowhere in sight, it proved entertaining to see which local artists were roaming the room and put two and two together as to which act would play next on the unannounced bill. Somewhere in the midst of rambling speeches between sets would Curtiss A announce who was coming to the stage next. It was set up where the pool tables would normally sit, and a pair of see-thru curtains emblazoned with a glimmering "CC" were a nice touch.

See Also: Slideshow: The CC Club's 80th Anniversary: Night One

Both nights of the bash proved eclectic and not for the squeamish. Hardcore Crayons' densely layered post-rock noise kicked off Friday night, and it was easy to remark to a companion throughout the long sold-out night that there was more room inside than on some regular weekend nights. Energetic rapper Sean Anonymous used this space to jump into the crowd and worked every interactive bone in his body to hype us up. With breath control that suggested he could rap underwater, he laid out bar after astounding bar of fast rhymes. "It's so weird to be rapping here and not drinking," he said with a laugh. "Just kidding, I'm drinking."

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The smiles continued during Personhurter's mix of punk, grind, and thrash, or as they like to call it, boner metal. In between rigorous explosions of growls, riffage, and Mitch Robbie's kit lambastings, bassist Steven Fuller cracked jokes ("This one's about love") and seemed pleased to play instigator in the now-buzzed room of revelers. They even dropped in a birthday song for the CC as soothing as brushing your teeth with sandpaper.

Pennyroyal frontwoman Angie Oase displayed impressive range teasing out prairie punk, lusty alt-country, and straight-up heartfelt rock. It'd be like if Neil Young and Neko Case morphed into one, basically. With all of her energy and harmonica blasts, it felt like she was running laps around her band. Even when Curtiss A joined her for a Jagger-cised take on the Replacements' "Achin' to Be," Oase kept her grip on the room.

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Riding that momentum and then some, retro rock enthusiasts Red Daughters opened with the Louvin Brothers' "Satan Is Real," and their voices mixed together as sweetly as whiskey and coke. Their own chest-beating "Black Ice" followed, and the swagger of these guys didn't let up. After the band took turns with the vox, drummer Mark Hanson settled in and belted so hard his shirt flew open. (That might have been his doing, but it was pretty hard to know for sure.) The hardest-working band in the Twin Cities? Quite possibly.

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