New Bands, Old Bands, Non-Bands—They’re All in Your Complete Concert Calendar: January 9-15
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
8:31 AM CST on January 9, 2024
I think winter is supposed to finally feel like winter by this weekend. But don't let that slow you down!
Tuesday, January 9
- Rosanne Cash @ Dakota—Last year, Cash celebrated the 30th anniversary of her eighth album, The Wheel, with an expanded rerelease, packaged with some live performances from the period. (Among the new tracks is a moving revamp of “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady, reminding us that before she was known as an acutely personal singer-songwriter, Cash’s rep was as a brilliant interpreter of other people’s material.) The Wheel was a watershed album for Cash, her first since moving to New York and making a break with Nashville and her first husband and regular collaborator Rodney Crowell. The transition now feels inevitable—Cash had already begun to leave country-pop stardom behind with her 1990 album, the unrelentingly introspective Interiors—but all changes seem that way in retrospect. The Wheel is also the first Cash album co-produced by John Leventhal, who’d soon become her new husband, and he’s performing with her on this tour. It’ll be great to hear her revisit these songs, and that moment in her career, in as intimate a setting as the Dakota.
Wednesday, January 10
- Rosanne Cash @ Dakota—See Tuesday's listings.
- Yellow Ostrich 3rd Annual Winter Shindig Night #1 @ Icehouse—For the third year, Alex Schaff's Yellow Ostrich is hunkering down at Icehouse for four Wednesdays. For the inaugural residency session, they'll be joined by Bathtub Cig and Bad Bad Hats side project Megasound. For week two, Zak Khan and Honeybutter will be in the house. Max + Jeremy Ylvisaker and Trash Date join Yellow Ostrich for the third week, and for the finale, Aesha Minor and Nat Harvie are on hand.
Thursday, January 11
Friday, January 12
- Best New Bands of 2023 @ First Avenue—With the death of City Pages and the Picked to Click poll, First Ave’s annual Best New Bands showcase is the best cheat sheet for folks who want to keep abreast of what’s new on the local scene without putting in too many hours. This year, the club has gathered up a typically superlative crew: art-funker Barlow, witty pop youth Ber, sharp country singer-songwriter Clare Doyle, rootsy outfit Lamaar, ace jazz drummer L.A. Buckner and his group Big Homie, the moody and atmospheric Reiki, and tuneful shoegazers She’s Green. It’s possible that you’ve read about six of the seven here on Racket, so either I’m doing something right or First Ave is. Or both of us are.
- Happy Apple @ Icehouse—Somehow a quarter century has gone by and onetime jazz upstarts Dave King, Michael Lewis, and Erik Fratzke have become the grand old men of Twin Cities improv. And you've got too chances to check them out this week.
- The Silent Treatment (Album Release) with The Mood Swings, Spit Takes, and Loki's Folly @ 7th St Entry—On the Silent Treatment's new album, Suplex in 10!, singer Claire Luger is all snarl and attitude as this terrific garage-punk quartet’s takes on white supremacists, exurban moms, and Hulk Hogan with blunt aplomb.
Saturday, January 13
- Happy Apple @ Icehouse—See Friday's listings.
- Arcwelder (New Music Release) with Eleganza! @ Turf Club—Everybody loves a comeback, but the Twin Cities really love a comeback. So the news that brothers Rob and Bill Graber and drummer Scott Macdonald were releasing their first music in nearly a quarter-century even excited folks who weren’t around for Arcwelder’s first act. The noisily tuneful trio that began life in the ’80s as Tilt-a-Whirl, then made noise nationwide in the ’90s recording for Touch & Go Records, and released their last album in 1999, though they had still played out occasionally in the interim. They’ll release their new full-length, produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox, at the start of 2024, and two new tracks give us a sense of what’s in store: the yowling “Lafayette” and the harmony-buoyed “Take It Slow.” And they told Chris Riemenschneider they may release even more songs later in the year; maybe they’ll preview a few of those at the Turf. Arcwelder will play two sets tonight—one of the new material, and one of the oldies
Sunday, January 14
- 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 concludes with 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 during its 30th anniversary.) Don’t get frostbite—do enjoy two nights of live music for the bargain basement price of 12 bucks.—Em Cassel
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