I’m Too Sick to See Any of the Shows on This Week’s Complete Concert Calendar: March 14-20
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
12:42 PM CDT on March 14, 2023
No, it's not Covid!
Tuesday, March 14
- SYM1, CRAISHON, and Yasmeenah @ 7th St Entry—Last week's Carbon Sound residency at the Entry was an excellent showcase of local talent and just a great scene generally—stylish, energized, young, diverse, and above all, cool. The tone shifts to future soul this week: cyber-pop diva SYMI's dancefloor anthem "Perfect and Pretend" will surely slam live, R&B singer Craishon will likely expand on his sharp Small Beat Tape III, and "dance floor therapist" Yasmeenah, known for her party UNBOTHERED (which comes to the Red Sea on Saturday the 18) will keep the crowd moving at all other times.
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16
- Spaceport with Carlisle Evans Peck and Alicia Thao @ The Treasury—A classical cellist turned indie rocker, Arianna Wegley leads a dreamy pop trio whose tunes'll keep you awake. The standout on their new album, Window Seat, is lead track "Hey Neighbor," a gradually unspooling story of being spotted crying outside her car after leaving a Walgreens, which does sound very specific but also, you know, relatable. Now if I could just figure out which "restaurant that looks like the inside of EPCOT" she's singing about.
- MIKE with 454 & Niontay@ Underground Music Cafe—Earl Sweatshirt pal Michael Bonema has released 10 albums and 11 EPs since he turned 17 in 2015, and that's too damn many for anyone. For me his moody stream-of-consciousness raps don't quite cohere until Disco! in 2021, but he's been on a roll since. Last December's Beware of the Monkey features everything you can ask of the guy: charming off-key singing along, a self-production that relies on crate-digging soul samples, and even a little boastfulness. Chalk his progress up to maturity, quality control, or practice-practice-practice.
- Young Nudy @ Varsity—21 Savage's cousin has a string of accomplished mixtapes and albums behind him, but the East Atlanta food-obssesive's latest, Gumbo. Sure it bogs down in some tough guy shit, at its best it recalls the era when all the best rap was on mixtapes. You can even hear echoes of Gucci Mane in his drawl—though rap's intergenerational being what that it is, he's also Gucci's rival.
Friday, March 17
Saturday, March 18
- Andy Shauf with Katy Kirby @ Cedar Cultural Center—Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter Shauf's tunes are so modestly pleasant you can breeze past the conceptual and narrative conceits of his albums. His latest, Norm, is told from a stalker's perspective, though god also gets a word in. The melodies and arrangements on Texan-born Kirby's 2021 album, Cool Dry Place, were a bit on the slight side but promising enough that I'm still curious about what she's been working on since.
Sunday, March 19
Monday, March 20
The Beths @ First Avenue—New Zealand guitar-pop is indomitable. The island nation is an inexhaustible well of simple-but-smart guitar bands who will continue to jangle, chime, and sing about their very ordinary problems while the rest of us are drinking our own pee to survive. The title track from the Beths’ third and best album, Expert in a Dying Field, lands the relationship analogy of the year, zeroing in on how all your knowledge about a lover, from the intimate to the mundane, becomes instantly useless once you break up. Elizabeth Stokes is a brilliant songwriter whose gift with the phrase and the hook never falters here, and Jonathan Pearce is no slouch on guitar, leaning into a more rocking power pop than the Auckland norm. Rescheduled from February.
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