Welcome back to your favorite unnamed weekly local music column. Hm, column ends in “MN.” Maybe I could do something wacky with that?
It’s Trampled by Turtles, Not Trampled By COVID
You may have already seen an Instagram post from Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles (and other sundry projects) asking showgoers to stop whining about having to bring a vax card or a negative COVID test to the band’s shows, with a photo of an outraged fan holding a “Trampled by Tyranny” sign. Simonett reminded the gripers that the whole music industry is in danger of grinding to a halt once more if shows become COVID incubators, and the way he tries to be patient with the dopes but can’t quite (“Trust me, I can’t wait to not give a shit about your personal health choices again.”) is entertaining. As is this PPS: “Stop yelling at each other in the comments like a bunch of goddam teenagers.” Yeah, what he said.
Don’t Ask YYY
Just in time to prepare you for wintery isolation, YYY, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Austin Carson, has dropped a video for “Keep Off the Lawn,” a suitably stir-crazed electro-pop diary entry from the shut-in days of the pandemic. You might remember Carson from Tribute to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, the tribute to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds he released with myriad local guest vocals. He’s now back with a fully fledged full-length album, the moody but melodic Aquadungeonafterdark, and he’ll celebrate its release on Friday, Oct. 8 at Icehouse.
The Big Pay Gap
Did you skip the fair this year and miss going to the ol’ State Fairgrounds? Well, you can swing by this weekend for the Pay Gap Festival, a pay-what-you-can event being held to raise awareness of the fact that women are still paid less than men. (And that ain’t right.) There will be plenty of entertainment at the festival, including music: Erin Schwabb & Jay Fuchs, Annie and the Bang Bang, Annie Mack Jamecia Bennett, and DJ Keezy will take the stage on Saturday; Sunday you can catch Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. And to prep you for the event, we’ve got a wor-or-or-or-ld pre-miere-ere-ere-ere-ere video from Annie and the Bang Bang for “Shake the Shaker,” from their 2021 album Loveland.
Dua Saleh Sees “Fitt” to Release New Song
If you’ve been watching Season 3 of the Netflix show Sex Education, you’ve seen politically engaged, multidiscplinary artist Dua Saleh in action as the nonbinary student Cal. In the wake of their new TV career, Saleh spoke to Elle UK for its “My LIfe in Culture” series and to Teen Vogue. And today, to remind us that they haven’t left music behind, Saleh dropped the new single “Fitt,” a collab with Ghanaian-American singer Amaarae.
Sanni B Tells Some Worthless Chump to “Dry It Up”
Kick anyone to the curb lately? “Dry It Up” is the track for you, “about the moment you realize that the person who’s been taking all your good shit for granted has really and truly got you fucked up.” If Sanni B looks familiar, you might know her as Sanni Brown, co-host of the Current’s Purple Current.
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