It’s Your First Complete Concert Calendar of 2024: Jan. 2-10
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
12:23 PM CST on January 2, 2024
January is, as ever, a slow month for touring acts here in the usually much colder north. But there are plenty of locals onstage. Take a chance on someone you haven't checked out yet.
Tuesday, January 2
Wednesday, January 3
- Laura Jane Grace, Mya Byrne @ Cloudland—Don't get your hopes up—both the early and late shows are sold out. But the fact that this new southeast Minneapolis club is already drawing acts of Grace's caliber is such a good sign I felt it couldn't go unremarked upon.
- Dilly Dally Alley (Single Release) with Floodwater Angel, full catholic and The Confused @ 7th St Entry—The single that horn-driven local sextet Dilly Dally Alley spotlights tonight is "Same Damn Door," a punky change of pace with singer Sophia Spiegel showing amazing breath control.
Thursday, January 4
- A David Berman Celebration @ White Squirrel—I was one of the last people to interview the late, great David Berman. As I wrote in a Q&A published the day after the Silver Jews/Purple Mountains mastermind died in 2019 by suicide at 52: “In both his songs and his poems, Berman snugly fit dazzling imagery, razor-sharp wordplay, effortless humor, and world-weary melancholy into deft couplets, all delivered through his drawling, unmistakable deadpan growl. The musical arrangements that showcased his lyricism ranged from cowboy shuffles to mournful twang to herky-jerky psychedelia… losing [him] hurts like hell.” Almost five years later, fans still miss the hell outta the singular singer-songwriter/poet, as this tribute showcase featuring Twin Cities musicians makes clear. Among the locals tipping their caps to Berman via his timeless songs: Emmy Woods, Dot Operator, Stressica, the Cottonwood Shivers, Cara Lillian, New Seven, and Gabe Berkovski.—Jay Boller
Friday, January 5
- Shrek Rave @ First Avenue—“It’s dumb just come have fun.” So reads the promotional pitch for Shrek Rave, a dance night themed around everyone’s favorite Scottish ogre. For irony-soaked millennials who spend too much time online (hello!), the 2001 animated film has sprouted a cottage industry of memes and in-jokes, a phenomenon that L.A. host/artist Jordan Craig first translated into a dance night few years ago. By 2022, the Grey Lady was writing about his lime-green party. “When people say there’s a Shrek rave, where else are you going to go?” Nick, a 28-year-old raver, told the New York Times. “I found out about this a day and a half ago. I wish I knew earlier, I would have brought earwax.” In what trippy, bass-throbbing ways will Shrek, Donkey, Lord Farquaad, and the gang manifest in the Mainroom, which’ll be rebranded as “The Swamp,” tonight? You gotta see for yourself. (P.S. Did you know the late, great Chris Farley was originally planned to voice Shrek? Check out these fantastic early recordings.)—Jay Boller
Saturday, January 6
- Why Khaliq (EP Release) @ Icehouse—This prolific St. Paul rapper hasn’t headlined a show in five years, but he’s been plenty busy during that time. His new eight-track EP, Road Runner, dropped at the end of September, just a year after he released the album NORTH BABY, a collaboration with producer Smokey Visions. On his latest release, Khaliq remains smooth as ever without being slick, and the vibey tracks match his sensibilities, with synths washing unobtrusively over the beats. Album highlights include “Brodies,” with its ping-ponging “wassup”s, and the fast-paced “Speed Bumps,” with an assist from fellow MN MC Knucky.
Sunday, January 7
- Martin Dosh Presents: The Larry Schaefer Memorial Orchestra @ Dakota—Dosh has gathered an incredible lineup here: Bryan Nichols and John Keston on electric piano and synth; Jeremy Ylvisaker and Dee Kesler on guitars; Erik Fratzke on bass; Peter Goggin and Chris Thomson on saxophones; Jake Baldwin on trumpet; Joey van Phillips, Martin Dosh, and Umar Malik on drums and percussion. Their music draws from electric Miles Davis, early Weather Report, Can, James Brown, and Fela Kuti, In other words, this is going to be A Lot.
- Radio K's Frostbite Residency @ 7th St Entry—Everyone’s favorite umm-ing DJs are taking over the Entry for two Sundays of local music to kick off the new year. This week, that means TABAH, Carnage The Executioner, student 1, and SoulFlower; next week, it’s Gramma, RiGBY, Mold, and Psylo. And hey: We’ll take any chance to re-share last year’s excellent, extra-long Racket oral history on Radio K in honor of its 30th anniversary.—Em Cassel
Monday, January 8
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