A Reminder That the Thursday Show Is Actually on Wednesday in Your Complete Concert Calendar: Jan. 30-Feb. 5
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
9:27 AM CST on January 30, 2024
That's right—Thursday (the band) is playing on Wednesday (the day). Hope that clears things up.
Tuesday, January 30
- DJ Shadow with Holly @ First Avenue—Do you kids even know what a giant this crate digger was back in the ’90s? Does anyone under 30—and I’m asking sincerely—ever rock Endtroducing…, or its less celebrated but even warmer follow-up The Private Press? At a time when we’re supposed to accept the duplicitous jumble of our culture as a postmodern inevitably, maybe Josh Davis’s method of reassembling a cohesive world of sound from the scraps he collected feels like a quaint exercise, foolish or even suspect rather than heroic. Your loss. Shadow’s 2023 album, Action Adventure, isn’t just his best since his heyday; it may also be his most personal, constructed from “all my records and tapes,” as one sample on this primarily word-free album puts it. Not that he reveals much of himself, except by referencing the music he loves: 808s and boom-bap, rockabilly guitar and chopped choral voices dah-dah-ing and a husky R&B plaint. What does it all mean? That question is beside the point when something unique has been crafted with such loving care.
Wednesday, January 31
- Thursday with Rival Schools and Many Eyes @ First Avenue—Contrary to popular belief, 2003’s War All the Time was not intended to protest the Iraq War. It was, perhaps unsurprisingly coming from a screamo band like Thursday, about the internal warring inside every twentysomething in post-9/11 America. To call this New Jersey group “screamo,” however, sells ‘em a bit short; Geoff Rickly & Co. were always more indebted to Joy Division than Hot Topic, and that artistic depth permeates their whole discography, which holds the hell up. On War, their major-label debut, Thursday screamed a little less, grew more musically muscular, and trended in more complex directions than their peers. (That didn’t stop an Island Mercury label boss from publicly commenting on Rickly’s cute lil butt at the time.) It remains a visceral wallop of Bush-era malaise, and it’ll get the 20th anniversary front-to-back treatment tonight in the Mainroom.—Jay Boller
- Klezmer on Ice: Lea Kalisch & JEWBALAYA @ Hook and Ladder—Don’t take the title of "Klezmer on Ice" too literally—this festival isn’t a week of wailing clarinet players on skates. (It’s not like there’s a lot of ice to go around this winter anyway.) But it is offering plenty of great Jewish music, kicking off today at the Hook and Ladder and concluding with a performance by FORSHPIL at the Cedar on Sunday. In between are events in collaboration with the Art Shanty Projects and the City of Lakes Loppet, as well as a screening of new film The Klezmer Project, a klezmer workshop, and a “KlezmerKabaret” at Eagles 34. If you’re even a tiny bit curious about this elastic musical tradition, which has historically incorporated countless outside styles while retaining its essence, now’s your chance to learn more
- Yellow Ostrich 3rd Annual Winter Shindig Night #4 @ Icehouse—For the third year, Alex Schaff's Yellow Ostrich is hunkering down at Icehouse for a weekly January residency. For the finale, Aesha Minor and Nat Harvie are on hand.
Thursday, February 1
- The Craft: A Showcase of Hip Hop Songwriters with Longshot, Jayso Creative, Rich Garvey, Manny Duke, Mixie, and Big Zach @ Hook and Ladder—If you recognize the names, you don't need me to tell you what a great lineup of local lyricists this is. If you don't recognize the names, then you really should check this out.
Friday, February 2
- Jovonta Patton with Maya Marchelle @ First Avenue—Northsider Patton may be the biggest Minneapolis music star you've never heard of. Unless you follow gospel, that is—he first topped Billboard's gospel album charts in 2016, landed at No. 1 on the singles chart in 2023 with "Always," and has spent plenty of time on both in the seven years in between. He also hosts services at The Wave, a "pop-up church" in north Minneapolis that he started with his wife Symone. Not your typical First Ave show, to say the least.
- Sleeping Jesus (Album Release) with Harlow and rosie @ 7th St Entry—I'm not sure anything on Hollywood Smile, the album Sleeping Jesus released in December, tops "Ferdy," which bustles with perky Aughts hookiness. But the rootsy lead track "Last Time" sure comes close, and the rest of the album is a treat too.
- A Benefit & Supply Drive for Camp Nenookaasi @ Underground Music Venue—Whatever nihilist dumbasses think, punk is about building a better world. Bring some supplies for the unhoused and catch sets from Dystopian Dispatch, Observant, and Cody Bourdot of Stranger Gallery.
Saturday, February 3
- Klezmer on Ice: KlezKabaret @ Eagles 34—See Wednesday's listings.
Sunday, February 4
- Klezmer on Ice: Forshpil with Di Bayke @ Cedar Cultural Center—See Wednesday's listings.
- Michael Shannon & Jason Narducy @ First Avenue—There was a time when Murmur was generally (and correctly) acknowledged as REM's finest moment, though as youngsters began preferring "their" REM, Automatic for the People has become the dubious consensus pick. Did you "have to be there," as they say, to hear the beauty and mystery and striving for connection in Peter Buck's jangling guitar, Michael Stipe's gauzy incantations, and the snap of the underrated Mike Mills/Bill Berry rhythm section? Tonight, versatile indie vet Narducy and yes, that Michael Shannon will make their case for Murmur as they cover REM's debut front to back, and toss in some of the band's other material to boot.
Monday, February 5
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