A Very Special Tax Day Edition of Your Complete Concert Calendar: April 18-24
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
10:15 AM CDT on April 18, 2023
Happy gecsday to all who celebrate!
Tuesday, April 18
- 100 gecs with Machine Girl @ Armory—Racket’s Em Cassel may have arrived at the core appeal of 100 gecs, and it ain’t complicated: The superstar hyperpop duo is fun as hell. Like its predecessor 1000 Gecs, their latest, last week’s 10,000 Gecs, mines the depths of gleefully uncool ‘90s tastes (nu-metal, pop punk, ska), blends everything into an experimental stew with glitchy PC bleeps and bloops, and emerges, somehow, with singular pop earworms. It’s the party soundtrack antidote to doomscrolling—Dylan Brady and Laura Les don’t take anything seriously, so why should you? Sum 41-evoking single “Hollywood Baby” might be the standout 10,000 Gecs jam, but don’t sleep on “Frog on the Floor,” a demented hoedown nursery rhyme about a misunderstood amphibian who loves keg stands but can’t get flies out of his teeth. We’ve all been there.
- Screaming Females with Generación Suicida and The Mimes @ Turf Club—If there's such a thing as meat-and-potatoes punk, this NJ trio has been grinding it out with midtempo determination for two decades. And they'e not about to change up their sound now—on their latest album, Desire Pathway, Marissa Paternoster continues to state her prerogatives over snarly guitar.
Wednesday, April 19
- Loudon Wainwright III @ Dakota—Now 75, the acerbically comic singer-songwriter has made old age his main subject for at least a decade—in 2012, Older Than My Old Man Now flaunted the fact that he'd already lived three years longer than his dad. His latest, Lifetime Achievement, has a few tender moments, a few irritating ones, a few funny ones. and the instructive "How Old Is 75?"
Thursday, April 20
- Bikini Kill with CB Radio Gorgeous @ Palace Theatre—Now that Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, and especially Kathleen Hanna stand unchallenged as elder stateswomen of punk feminism, it’s important to remember something: People fucking hated Bikini Kill. Not all people, true, and mostly men, but no punk band of the time drew violent hecklers and smug interviewers quite like these women did. As they take their belated victory lap with this reunion tour, it’s tempting to reduce their moment to an encyclopedia entry (“they epitomized riot grrrl as movement and music”), but in their day Bikini Kill were scary, exhilarating, challenging, and annoying. Lyrically they acknowledged rape and abuse and other grim aspects of life as a woman that weren’t talked or sung about, and musically they rebuilt punk from the ground up, their barrage as simplistic as the all-boy hardcore bands but more innately tuneful and less bullheaded. Let’s hope the men have sense enough to stand in the back without Hanna having to tell them
- Soul Asylum @ State Theatre—To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band's MTV Unplugged performance, recorded at the height of their fame, Dave Pirner has decided to recreate it. New Orleans great Ivan Neville rejoins them on keys, and local outfit STRINGenius will be on hand to flesh out some arrangements.
Friday, April 21
- The Suburbs with The Hang Ups @ First Avenue—Two Minneapolis music institutions on one stage. Since reforming, Chan Poling's old new-wavers are no longer a rarity in local venues, but a Hang Ups show comes along a little less often these days.
Saturday, April 22
- Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba @ Cedar Cultural Center—A master—if not the master—of the three-stringed West African lute-like ngoni, Kouyate has recorded some of the most exciting semi-traditional music to emerge from Mali in the past decade. I’m fudging with that “semi-” because he’s nudged the instrument into the modern age, plugging in and toying with effects like wah-wah to expand his range. There’s a reason African music stars like Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, and Youssou N’Dour keep his phone number handy. If you’re curious, start with Jama Ko, released in 2013 just after his nation suffered a military coup and sounding damn fired up about. Or just come on to this show and enjoy the live Ngoni Ba experience, which includes dynamic vocalist Amy Sacko (who also happens to be his wife).
- Sunny Day Real Estate with The Appleseed Cast @ First Avenue—Did you hear? Emo is back. Not in the way it was back 10 years ago, when the Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball revitalized the genre following its post-TRL decline. Today’s emo resurgence, according to a feature from freakin' CBS News, is being championed by Demi Lovato, Mod Sun (son of Minnesota), Landon Barker (son of Travis), and the founders of Emo Nite. Sunny Day Real Estate didn’t appear anywhere in the head-scratching segment, but real-heads know the Sub Pop-signed Seattle band helped put emo—then known as emotional hardcore—on the underground map with 1994’s Diary. Jeremy Enigk & Co. tend to break up a lot, though it seems the classic lineup (minus bassist Nate Mendel) will be onboard for this fourth reunion. We dare you not to smile when the opening riff from “In Circles'' hits at First Ave.
Sunday, April 23
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