Nicole Atkins To Play Turf Club
First she was “Nicole Atkins and the Sea,” and then just “Nicole Atkins” after shedding her old bandmates. Now apparently at least three of them are back and are now being billed as “The Black Sea.” Or maybe its a different band. Who knows? But Atkins is generally a top notch live performer, even if her records don’t do a ton for you (I am still on the fence). Atkins and crew will be playing at the Turf Club on 3/1. Usually by that time I have given up on going out and am in hibernation for the late winter, but I may make an exception in this case.
— Jon Behm
Nicole Atkins – Vultures (email required)
Nicole Atkins: Myspace
“Eye Will” Benefit For Michael “Eyedea” Larsen
For those of you who missed the recent First Ave benefit, or just want to help out a bit more, friends of recently deceased local emcee Michael “Eyedea” Larsen are putting on another benefit concert to help raise money for Larsen’s family’s expenses. The show will be a two part feature with original art by Eyedea on display (free admission) followed by performances by local artists (10 bucks). See below for more info:
Opening Party for EYE Will (A Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen Benefit Art Show)
Saturday, November 27th – Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN
EYE Will is a celebration of the visual art of a young Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen and the artists he worked with later in his life. The show displays sketches and paintings done by Larsen from grade school through high school alongside collaborations, album covers, and original work from Louis LaPierre, Michael Gaughan, James Penfield and others. Larsen’s visual art shows ageless poise and wisdom, traits warmly familiar to those deeply affected by his poetry and music.
EYE Will opens at Nicademus Art and Framing – 225 Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul, MN on November 27th with a reception from 6-9pm. The show is FREE and open to the general public through December 10th.
Immediately following the reception, the nearby Turf Club hosts “Opening Party for EYE Will” featuring live sets from Face Candy, Kill the Vultures, Kristoff Krane, No Bird Sing, Carnage, Guitar Party, Sector 7G, Mr. Dufaux.
Ticket: $10 at the door. Discounted tickets of $8 will be available at Nicademus Art and Framing preceding the Opening Party.
The Opening Party is 21+
Both EYE Will and the Opening Party are Benefit Events. All art and ticket sales go to the Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen & Family Fund.
Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords: EP Review
I know what you were thinking. “It is a bummer that Lookbook broke up, but at least Maggie is working on a side project and now there is this new EP from Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords. I am sure it sounds just like the great 80′s flavored indie dance music he was making with Lookbook….right?” Well, if I was close at all to your thought process, I regret having to tell you that Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords couldn’t be farther from the work he did with Lookbook, for better or for worse.
The four song EP is short and not very sweet, with a significant dark streak running throughout the record. Starting off with the somber, clear eyed “Orphan,” which finds Cutler singing “If I was an orphan, I’d have nothing, nothing to hide.” It is a pretty morose song that sets the tone for the 4 song, 18 minute album. Things don’t change much with “Our Love is a Mighty Fortress,” “The Light” and album closer “Hold on to Me.” The instruments are spares, like a more electronic, less gruff version of Mark Langan’s epically dark solo material.
If you listen to this album expecting to hear anything like Lookbook, you will be disappointed. Cutler doesn’t yet seem as precise in writing of dark, singer/songwriter tracks as he was creating 80’s electro dance bangers, but you have to take into consideration that this is the group’s first output. There is definate room for improvement on the record, but also some real potential. The EP comes across as a talented muscian trying out a new avenue, with imperfect results but a clear indication that really good things could be coming in the future. It will be interesting to hear what the band has in store next now that Cutler can dedicate all of his time to his new project, as the local scene has already seen how talented an artist Grant Cutler can be.
Grant Cutler-Our Love is a Mighty Fortress
The band will celebrate the release of the EP tonight at the Clown Lounge at the Turf Club with Holly Newsom (Zoo Animal)
High Five with Mark Mallman
Between October 7-10 Twin Cities musician Mark Mallman will be attempting to one up his previous 52 hour music marathon by performing at the Turf Club for 78 hours straight(!) Mallman will have help from about 100 backup musicians (in shifts) as well as around 400 pages of lyrics to choose from, and will apparently play non-stop the whole time (presumably with bathroom and food/water breaks).
1. If you were going on a cross country road trip and could bring a long any three people in the world, who would they be and why?
Last night I had a dream that I was in this tiny New York bar seeing a three piece band made up of LOU REED, JOHN CALE, and JOE JACKSON. We kept calling him JOE JACKSON, but it was really TOM WAITS in a hat. I don’t know the state of dreams, but the played on a tile floor with only three of us watching. After the show, I went up to (New Sensations era) Lou, and complimented him on how well he spun in a circle. He was the bass player. I don’t know what this dream meant other than that there are both 3 people in the dream and your question, so I’m assuming that my psychic sense was telling me to answer with these 3 dudes.
2. What is one album that you feel has changed your life and how?
CHUCK PROPHET’s fantastic album “AGE OF MIRACLES” surely changed my life. I supported that record on my first tour of Europe. Chuck and his band The Mission Express played flawless renditions night after night. It was an amazing experience, musically and personally. Without “AGE OF MIRACLES” I wouldn’t has seen the world the way I do today. I love Chuck so very much, he is one of the most important figures is my musical world.
Who are a band that you feel should get more recognition than they do, and why?
There are some Twin Cities bands who are rockin’ good. My town(s) is mistaken for Indianapolis these days it seems, at least when I talk to LA music biz hot shot types. A band called CHOOGLIN just tears it up like a Hunter S Thompson gonzo bar band hallucination. There is a fantastically accurate retro act CLAPS here that does this HEAVEN 17 / HUMAN LEAGUE England pre GARY NUMAN thing, that blows my mind every time. And Koo Koo Kangaroo, who are on tour with AQUABATS and REAL BIG FISH – well, I guess they are getting some attention, but they are sooo funny and positive and brilliant nerd dance comedy music.
What is your favorite live music memory (performing or attending)?
So may amazing things have happened in my short life thus far, it’s hard to decide. So, I guess I’ll just pick one at random. Shortly after the STROKES “Is This It?” record came out, I went to see them in the 7th St. Entry. The Entry is a 200 person rock room attached to our much bigger, famed FIRST AVENUE nightclub. So, U2 producer, STEVE LILLYWHITE, was in town that month to work on a record. Steve is such a great person, he would just hang out with all of us local musicians and make jokes and be just a fun person. So, I totally forgot he was a famous rock producer when I was chatting him as the Strokes were playing. I said “Hey Steve, did you watch the VMAs last week?” and he said “Yeah, Mark, I was there. I won one.” and we both laughed. And then the band prolly played New York City Cops or something and history was made.
Finish this sentence: “Minneapolis is a great place to…”
Minneapolis is a great place to sing Sintara at Nyes Piano Bar, then run downtown for last call at Eli’s, take a cab to Little T’s for some deep fried Ice Cream, then sit on the Lake Calhoun pier drunken at 4am discussing Bergman and house cats.
Mark Mallman: Myspace
Grass Widow: Tuesday
Thanks to our recent High Five with Eternal Summers today I was reminded of something very important: San Franciscan post-punk girl group Grass Widow will be coming to town soon (9/21) to play at the Turf Club. With our local favorites Brute Heart opening it ought to be a fantastic show.
Here’s a taste of Grass Widow for you to sample: “Tuesday” is the closing song off of the band’s recent full length Past Time (8/24 Kill Rock Stars), and it highlight’s the trio’s no-nonsense approach to jangly post punk, sounding like a ballsier, less moon-eyed version of the throwback sound currently hitting the airwaves in the form of Best Coast and the Dum Dum Girls.
— Jon Behm
Grass Widow – Tuesday
Grass Widow: Myspace