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The Walker Art Center's yearly pairing of high-concept film and local music, Summer Music & Movies, has just unveiled this year's slate of entertainment. Running on Mondays between July 29 and August 19, each of the four shows -- under the subhead "Roadways" -- expresses something different from the mind of Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, who curated the series.
Among the artists involved are 2012 Picked to Click winners the Chalice, as well as a night that has the potential for Weird Visions/Zoo Animal/Wolf Lords songs on the table. Each evening at Loring Park will also feature some DJ boost from 89.3 the Current. Check out the schedule below.More »
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With Surfer Blood and Blondfire
First Avenue, Minneapolis
May 20, 2013
There are a few different ways for musicians to approach the dreaded Monday night show, where typically fans and bands alike are still feeling the effects of the weekend and the obligatory drag of the start of the work week. The first is to play like every show is on a Saturday night, and bring enough energy to your songs that the crowd simply gets swept up in it. The second is to go through the motions, get through the set with little more than is required, and save yourself for the big shows on the weekends when everyone is naturally in a party mood.
Those two techniques were on full display at First Avenue on Monday evening, where the Oxford, England, quintet Foals delivered a dynamic and forceful 90-minute set that completely invigorated the crowd, while Palm Beach, Florida's Surfer Blood gave a listless, tepid performance full of flat new songs that didn't come close to packing the same musical punch as those found on their debut.More »
Rhymesayers label treasure and representative Blueprint is an articulate and prolific figure. Founder of Weightless Recordings, half of the super-duos Soul Position with RJD2 and Greenhouse Effect with Illogic, and a standout solo member of the biggest independent label in the region, the veteran emcee/producer that goes by Printmatic, or even just Al, celebrates nearly 15 years of putting Midwest rap on the map this weekend.
Charged with the task of warming up the Soundset Festival patrons with a headlining show at the Triple Rock on Saturday night, and then hosting the festival itself the next day, Blueprint paused to connect with Gimme Noise on his history with Rhymesayers, future projects, and how he'll handle his responsibilities at the landmark event that features headliners Atmosphere, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and many more first-class rap acts.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
First Avenue, Minneapolis
May 18, 2013
It has been a rather tumultuous couple of years for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. In late 2010, the California trio suffered the shocking passing of Michael Been, legendary frontman of the Call, who died of a heart attack backstage at one of the band's shows. Been was not only the father of BRMC's Robert Levon Been, but he had also been the band's sound engineer for years, providing a welcome and steady sonic influence on the group while on tour.
The songs from BRMC's just-released new album, Specter at the Feast, are justifiably drenched in raw emotion and dignified remembrance of Been and his long musical legacy, and the band's triumphant return to First Avenue on Saturday night appropriately kicked off with a raucous cover of the Call and only got better from there during their generous two-hour, 23-song set, which drew liberally from throughout their entire 13-year career.
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Art-A-Whirl Night One
With the Blind Shake, Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Kill the Vultures, Jaill, Quiet Corral, and Tramps Like Us
331 Club, Minneapolis
May 17, 2013
The 331 Club emphatically kicked-off the musical portion of 2013's Art-A-Whirl on Friday night, with a diverse line-up that only grew better as the night wore on. Sadly, the fans who gathered for the outdoor portion of the event seemed to be a bit subdued by the unseasonable cool May evening and the chilly winds that blew through the tent-covered parking lot stage, as most concert-goers were indifferent to the acts who played during the early part of the night. But once the festivities moved indoors and packed the small, intimate club, the night caught fire as did the music on offer.More »
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