Fall Show Roundup: Recommended Concerts
Fall is here! What that means is it is time to get ones show calendar in order. This particular Autumn we have a wealth of great shows coming through town from local as well as national/international bands. Here are just a few that I recommend catching:
9/10: Rat Columns at the Seward Café
Rat Columns are a great jangle-pop act out of Melbourne Australia featuring members of (also awesome) Total Control. They’ll be joined by the mysterious The Pen Test, an experimental/electronic ensemble out of Athens, GA.
9/11: Steve Palmer “Unblinking Sun” Record Release show at the Acadia Café
Steve Palmer is an amazing American Primitive guitarist who has a terrific record, Unblinking Sun, coming out on this day via Dying For Bad Music. He’ll be joined by a very talented cast of musicians including Kyle Forsburgh, Matt Helgeson, and Matt Sowell. And the Acadia has great beer!
9/13: The Blind Shake at the Turf Club
You don’t need us to tell you how great the Blind Shake are. Plus Birthdays Suits (whom I had thought were broken up?) and Whatever Forever.
9/14: Papercuts at the 7th St. Entry
Papercuts make pretty, dream-pop rock that could move the stoniest of hearts. And West Coast psych duo Skygreen Leopards should be a draw as well – very curious to hear them for the first time.
9/17: Guerilla Toss at Shit Biscuit
I will cop to not knowing a thing about funk/punk weirdoes Guerilla Toss but I have heard great things! Plus they are performing with three bands I can definitely vouch for: Miami Dolphins, Larry Wish and his Guys, and Weakwick.
9/19: Old Familiar Chime Guitar Festival at the Turf Club
All you need to know about this is here (with the exception that Sir Richard Bishop will now be replaced by Bill Orcutt)
9/20: DEVOLUTION VOLUME 2 at Tinytown
OK, I am not sure where/what “Tinytown” is but Devo covers! Awesome!
9/22: Wand at the 7th St. Entry
Wand to me sounds like a hybrid made up of Ty Segall and Black Sabbath. You’ve got psych-garage weirdness alongside the occasional crushing guitar riff. Their new record Ganglion Reef is real good and it is out now via Drag City imprint God?
9/24: Naomi Punk at the Hexagon
Disappointed you didn’t get tickets to the sold-out Ty Segall gig across town? Don’t be! The free show featuring these Washington post-punks the same night at the Hexagon should be just as awesome. Also featuring The Stevens (Australia), The Hollow Boys, and Animal Lover.
9/28: Il Sogno Del Marinaio at the Turf Club
This is Minutemen (and fIREHOSE, Dos) legend Mike Watt with a couple of Italian guys making jazzy, breathy tunes together. Should be interesting, no?
10/3: Dick Diver at the Hexagon
Lots of Aussies visiting the Hex this Fall! These guys album Calendar Days from last year was one of my favorites. They have a split single coming soon on local label Soft Abuse.
10/4: Ana Tijoux at the Cedar Cultural Center
I have been waiting years for Chilean/French rapper Ana Tijoux to finally play a Twin Cities gig! She’s real good.
10/8: Banks at First Avenue
Banks is an up-and-coming R&B singer with a new record coming out in just a few days. From what I have heard thus far she sounds super talented.
10/11: Afghan Whigs at First Avenue
You know who these guys are.
Hammerhead “Global Depression” + Release Show TONIGHT
4 years ago Hammerhead got back together to play AmRep’s 25th Anniversary show at Grumpys downtown, their first shows since their late 90s breakup. A few sporadic shows, a limited 4 song record and a few years later, they’re back with a 6 song record.
The title track kicks things off in classic Hammerhead fashion. Steamrolling bass and shouted vocals pick off just where Hammerhead left us years ago. “Santa Prisca” slows down a little with a shouted chorus of “I’m dead, you’re dead, we’re dead, all dead” that I can’t help but think is a nod to their old labelmates Calvin Krime’s “Oh My Goth”. The bass led “Like A Wizard” (video here) leads the next two faster cuts before the sludgy guitar noise of “Outer Rim”. The tropical drum machine beat and distorted vocals of “Descended From Apes” closes out the EP with a nice little curveball, both sounding completely different than anything from the band before yet totally making sense.
It’s been years since the AmRep domination of the 90s but with a current crop of bands clearly influenced by the sound (Ex-Nuns, Animal Lover, etc), it’s good to have the band back in town that did things best. Let’s hope this keeps happening.
Stream a track at Brooklyn Vegan.
Hammerhead plays an official release show for Global Depression tonight at the newly reopened Turf Club with Comb Boats and The Hand. More info and tickets here.
Old Familiar Chime Guitar Festival Announced
This is big news for anyone interested in experimental/primitive/Americana guitar: it was recently announced that the Turf Club will host the Old Familiar Chime Guitar Festival, which will showcase a number of gifted and unique artists from around the world. The festival was organized by Chris Berry who runs local record label Soft Abuse and will be co-presented by First Avenue. The show will take place on September 19th and will utilize both the upstairs and downstairs of the newly renovated Turf Club.
Glenn Jones (Boston, MA)
Glenn Jones is an American experimental guitarist known both for his work in the American Primitive style as well as instrumental rock band Cul De Sac.
Michael Chapman (UK)
Michael Chapman is a British songwriter/guitarist who has been active since the sixties. His influential early albums have been re-issued by impeccable curators Light in the Attic records.
Sir Richard Bishop (Seattle, WA / Thailand)
Sir Richard Bishop is an experimental artist in a number of genres, most notable for being a founding member of Sun City Girls as well as for helping to form and run the Sublime Frequencies Record label (another curator with excellent taste).
Read a review of the Sun City Girls Funeral Mariachi here.
Spider John Koerner (Minneapolis, MN)
Spider John is a local legend and founding member of Koerner, Ray and Glover. He was a big influence on Bob Dylan and remains a West Bank fixture.
Steve Gunn (Brooklyn, NY)
Steve Gunn is a Brooklyn based guitarist, formerly of Kurt Vile’s Violators.
Alexander Turnquist (Hudson, NY)
Alexander Turnquist is a young American guitarist and composer who creates beautifully atmospheric instrumental pieces of music.
Matthew De Gennaro (Webster Township, MI)
Matthew De Gennaro is a reclusive Michigan artist who creates sparse, pastoral tunes using a variety of instruments. De Gennaro has one album out (and soon to be another) on loccal label Soft Abuse Records (the founder of which, Chris Berry, also organized this event).
Read a review of De Gennaro’s record Chuang Tzu Motherfucker here.
Animal Lover: “Guilt” / Show Tonight
Below this quaint little post is a link to an Animal Lover LP that will pummel your eardrums and shatter your quiet Thursday morning. The trio hails from Fargo, and they have a no-frills, post-hardcore sound that combines noise and hard rock in a way that sounds very tightly executed while at the same time straying near the edge of a nervous breakdown. Local Label Learning Curve seems like an obvious home for such a sound and sure enough, they are releasing Animal Lover’s new LP Guilt this Spring (5/20). If you can’t wait a few days, the band will be kicking off their U.S. tour tonight at the Turf Club with STNNNG, Solid Attitude and Les Deux Maggots. Shoul;d be a terrific show!
Warehouse Eyes: “Through the Glass” / EP Release Show
Warehouse Eyes may look like a duo from their band photo, but according to their bio the band is comprised of five: Jennie Lahlum (vocals/synth), Christopher Williams (keys/synth), Jason McGlone (drums), Colin Sheffield (guitar), and Kevin Scott (bass). The local quintet produces moody, ethereal dream pop that is focused around the vocals of Lahlum. And Lahlum has a good voice – the kind of prettily breathy alto that is perfectly suited to this genre. Thus far, Warehouse Eyes only has a single track available for streaming so it is difficult to describe the range of their sound beyond the single track. “Through the Glass” sounds pretty promising though. Though still labeled “demo” it has a nice, clean sound and a pretty melody. The band will presumably be including more tunes on their debut EP, which is called Carvings and will be released on Friday, May 23rd at the Turf Club.