Sad Dads, Rad Benefit Shows, and My Chemical Romance in Your Complete Concert Calendar: Sept. 13-20
Pretty much all the live music in the Twin Cities this week.
12:26 PM CDT on September 13, 2022
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but it looks like we're midway through September, just about.
Tuesday, September 13
- Jimmy Eat World, Charly Bliss @ First AvenueAn important part of your youth, Jimmy Eat World shoehorn approximations of emotional maturity into choruses anthemic enough they could feel like genuine insights. (Maybe less often than it might have seemed when you were 16, but who’s counting?) I have no such reservations about openers Charly Bliss, who burble with pop ingenuity, making good on the melodic promises of ’90s alt-rock that nu-metal and teenpop cut short.
Wednesday, September 14
- Benefit for Chris Bierden @ IcehouseAs we reported last week, Bierden—the bassist for Poliça, an integral part of several local musical projects, and a dynamic songwriter in his own right—recently had emergency surgery for a brain tumor. Medical care, as you know, ain’t cheap, and so, as he recovers and anticipates further treatment, the Cactus Blossoms, Sid Sriram, and Centrific (along with “special guests”) are throwing a little benefit on his behalf.
- The National with Indigo Sparke @ Surly Brewing Festival FieldMatt Berninger remains dad rock’s greatest sad sack, his lyrics enacting the eternal battle between insight and self-pity that leads inevitably to a stalemate. The National have been largely mum since their 2019 album, I Am Easy to Find, which was like opening a window into their claustrophobic settings, with women guest vocalists completing the other halves of Berninger’s baritone monologues. Along with Berninger’s wife and writing partner, Carin Besser, they did find time to write the music for the Peter Dinklage vehicle Cyrano, which I guess is classier than a jukebox musical, if you’re keeping score. The band recently returned with “Weird Goodbyes,” a collaboration with Bon Iver.
Thursday, September 15
- My Chemical Romance @ Xcel Energy CenterCongrats to Gerard Way and the boys for calling it quits before embarrassing themselves—no “Uma Thurman” or “High Hopes” in their closet, thank you very much. The reward for their good judgment is this reunion tour, met enthusiastically by fans who get to pay tribute to their weirder, younger selves in venues big enough to reveal that they were never as alone as they thought they were. And unlike their fans, MCR’s mix of glam, prog, goth, and punk hasn’t aged a bit.
Friday, September 16
- A Tribute to Shania Twain @ Turf ClubI love the way time turns pop upstarts into elements of a new country music tradition. In Shania’s heyday, the idea of a crew of mostly country- and folk-identified singer-songwriters toasting her at the Turf Club would have been sacrilegious. A quarter-century later, she’s just the latest in the long line of stars who modernized country music, with the great songbook to prove it. And so Faith Boblett, Jaedyn James, Jillian Rae, Laura Hugo, Leslie Vincent, Savannah Smith, and Siri Undlin will turn out to honor that heritage. As a little bonus, there’s not just a DJ set from Hold You Lady Tight Night, but line-dancing lessons.
Saturday, September 17
- Alice Glass @ AmsterdamGlass’s debut full-length, Prey//IV, is as grueling a listen as anyone familiar with the Crystal Castles’ member’s recent history might expect: When she left the group, she leveled allegations of rape and long-term abuse against bandmate Ethan Kath. The album is a harrowing survivor’s account set to a steady, danceable beat.
- Julian Lage Trio @ DakotaA former child prodigy who performed at the Grammys when he was just 12, Lage (now 34) has become one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists of his generation. On his second album as a bandleader for Blue Note, View With a Room (out this Friday), he once more works with bassist Jorge Roeder and (local angle!) drummer Dave King, playing with an expressive fluidity no matter how many ingenious detours he takes.
- Rock It For Ukraine! @ Palmer’sWith three mighty women up atop the bill—Monica LaPlante, Christy Costello, and Cindy Lawson— “it” will definitedly be rocked. The rest of the lineup ain’t too shabby neither: Murzik, Whiskey Rock and Roll Club, Mad Mojo Jett, The Unnamed, and Tiny Daggers. Proceeds go to the Protez Foundation, which provides free prosthetics to victims of the Russia-Ukraine War.
Sunday, September 18
- Balaklava Blues with Ukrainian Village Band @ Cedar Cultural CenterSpeaking of Ukraine: Canadians Mark and Marichka Marczyk have a history of wild folk-electronic fusions, both as instigators of a “folk opera” and with the massive Balkan punk of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Their latest project combines brash Ukrainian folk melodies with modern electronic beats.
Monday, September 19
- Porridge Radio with Adam Gnade @ 7th St EntryA spooky organ drone runs intermittently throughout this moody and exasperated Brighton band’s latest, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky, but it’s practically redundant: lead vocal droner Dana Margolin accomplishes the same effect with her singing. The fact that their catchiest chorus goes “I don’t wanna be loved,” over and over and over, suggests some room for emotional growth; similarly intoned refrains of “I don’t wanna go back,” “It stops the rot from spreading,” and “I associate you with good things” suggest they’re getting there.
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