Special Halloweekend Events and Other Treats in This Week’s Complete Concert Calendar: Oct. 24-30
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
12:36 PM CDT on October 24, 2023
This upcoming weekend is Halloween (observed) for many venues, with lots of tribute band cosplay and other wonderfully spooky nonsense afoot. Hope you're ready.
Tuesday, October 24
Wednesday, October 25
- Fantastic Negrito @ DakotaDuring the pandemic, Xavier Dphrepaulezz learned a remarkable bit of family lore from his father: turns out his seventh-generation grandparents, married in 1750s Virginia, were an enslaved African and a white Scottish indentured servant. As Fantastic Negrito, he made a 40-minute film and a bluesy album centered on that historical relationship, both called White Jesus, Black Problems. This will be the film's premiere, followed by an acoustic performance.
Thursday, October 26
Friday, October 27
- Flo Milli with Maiya the Don @ FillmoreRap has no shortage of trash-talking women these days, and it can never have enough. This Mobile, Alabama, brat is one of the most wickedly playful of the crop, fluent in every form of insult and boast. She emerged in 2020 with a mixtape that asked the eternal question Ho, Why Is You Here? spouting an assured, unruffleable comic confidence. Naturally, she followed that up this year with an even more pressing question: You Still Here, Ho? She’s pure smack-talk, true to the spirit of the old school if not the letter, and I appreciate that one of her best brags is that she’d wear the same clothes four days in a row. And now the Ho Trilogy is to be completed with her upcoming Fine Ho, Stay.
- Wheeler Walker Jr. with Channing Wilson @ First AvenueWe could not possibly have predicted that Wheeler Walker Jr. would ever headline First Ave, but those are the strange machinations of the TikTok algorithm for you. For the uninitiated, WWJ trades in raunchy, country send-ups with names like “If My Dick is Up, Why am I Down?“ and “Which One o’ You Queers Gonna Suck My Dick?” They’re a big hit on road trips and at BBQs; I’m especially fond of Walker’s ode to titties, “Drop ‘Em Out.” (But, uh, know your audience: The chorus of “Family Tree,” for example, begins “If I had my druthers, I’d buttfuck both your brothers,” and it doesn’t get less weird from there.) Anyway a handful of Walker’s hits, including “Fucked By a Country Boy” and “She’s a Country Music Fan” (I’ll give you one guess which syllable in “country” he emphasizes), have been big on TikTok of late, and now we get Walker headlining the Mainroom. What a time to be alive.
- Freak On A Leash Fellowship ⏤ Nu Metal Dance Party @ 7th St EntryForget the corn maze—it’s time to party to Korn, mates. Freak on a Leash Fellowship, which bills itself as the Midwest’s longest-running nu-metal dance party, is back at 7th St. this weekend with a Halloween-themed edition. The folks wearing the best costumes will have the opportunity to win concert tickets, nu-metal apparel, or even cash. That’s really all we have to say here besides “nu-metal rocks,” so please enjoy this tangentially related clip from the criminally underrated, gone-too-soon Comedy Central gem Detroiters.
- Ashley McBryde @ Uptown TheaterPlenty of the artists classified as “Americana” (another word, as Todd Snyder jokes, for “unpopular country music”) would have just been called “singer-songwriters” in a less brand-conscious age. But though she expresses herself plenty, McBryde really does have a Music Row knack for structuring a song around a taut conceit—“One Night Standards” may be my favorite country song of this young decade so far. The Arkansas native is no kid—released her first album, Girl Going Nowhere, at 35 in 2018—but she’s been making up for lost time since, with her fourth album, The Devil I Know, out later this week. The new album shows her range: “Cool Little Bars” understands why dives matter, “Light on in the Kitchen” dispenses homespun advice without getting (too) mawkish, “Learned to Lie” blames her wayward day for her cheatin’ heart, and “Made for This” gives her road-tested band a rockin’ workout. As for the title track, it rhymes “bourbon” and “hurtin',” as dang well it should.
Saturday, October 28
- NATL PARK SRVC (Album Release) with Unturned, Careful Gaze, and Fend @ AmsterdamOK, let's make a deal. I'm going to call NATL PARK SRVC "orchestral pop" and you're going to promise not to be scared off by that term. Whatever negative adjectives that descriptor might call to mind—cluttered, pompous, fussy—Magician, the band's latest album, avoids completely. This is just richly layered, capital-R Romantic pop, with tunes a given but exceeding your expectations. Great stuff.
- A. Savage with Cha Cha 9 @ Turf ClubSolo albums are typically where songwriters veer away from their band’s sound, get a little more personal than they usually do, or just take the opportunity to work with different musicians. On his second recording under his own name, Several Songs About Fire, Andrew Savage of thoughtful but ferociously engaged indie mix-and-matchers Parquet Courts, does a bit of all three. Significantly, Savage has recently decamped from New York City to live in Europe, a break he addresses somewhat elliptically in songs like “Elvis in the Army,” where he identifies with the King on sojourn in Germany (and with James Joyce exiled in Trieste)—alienation has always been one of Savage’s great lyrical themes. As produced by frequent PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, this album’s tone is a bit more sedate and ruminative than the PC norm, centering Savage’s forlorn but never defeatist baritone, though the tamed guitars are just as anxious as ever. Why wouldn’t they be?
Sunday, October 29
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