Tuareg Blues! Japanese Noise! Possible Giants! And Lots More Live Music! October 11-17!
Pretty much all the live music in the Twin Cities this week.
10:49 AM CDT on October 11, 2022
Look at all these shows! Where should you start? I've got some suggestions.
Tuesday, October 11
Wednesday, October 12
Thursday, October 13
Friday, October 14
- Waco Brothers with Pit Stop @ Cedar Cultural CenterIf you think not touring has been rough for your band, just think how hard it must have been on Jon Langford, the most restless man in alt-country. The Wacos seem to have hung up their recording spurs in 2016 with the excellent Going Down in History. Now Langford, Dean Schlabowske, and the other bros are back on the road, with setlists drawing from RESIST!, a 2020 compilation of their quarter-century together. A not-exactly-best-of, it features the band at its fieriest and politically committed, closing with "Bad Times (Are Coming Around Again)." They recorded that one in 1995.
- They Might Be Giants @ First AvenueJust a couple pandemic-fucked years behind schedule, John Flansburgh and John Linnell were all set to bring the 30th anniversary anniversary of their 1990 album Flood to town. Then Flansburgh broke seven ribs in a car crash this spring. Thankfully, he's healed and TMBG's two-night, two-venue stand is finally back on. (For fans of sitting, there's an even more intimate show at the Fitzgerald tomorrow.) Both shows are two sets: One featuring Flood in toto, another selecting from their four-decade career of songs that transform the ephemeral into the essential.
- MELT-BANANA and No Age with DREAM_MEGA @ Turf ClubSupposedly the venerable Japanese noise-rockers in MELT-BANANA have an album in the works, which would make it their first since fetch in 2013, but I'll believe it when I hear it. In the time since, remaining M-B members Yasuko Onuki and Ichiro Agata have reconstituted the shape-shifting outfit as a duo. No Age is still the two-man guitar-drum unit it's always been, and no band has balanced anarchy and form or abrasion and tune so precisely, engagingly, or consistently over the past decade. Their latest, People Helping People, strays into abstraction a little, but they've earned the self indulgence.
Saturday, October 15
- The Might Be Giants @ Fitzgerald Theater (see Friday's listings)
Sunday, October 16
Monday, October 17
- Metric @ FillmoreFor some of us, no album summed up the frustrated bad vibes of the Iraq War era like 2003's Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, which somehow linked the hipster era's stale retooled retro musical styles and bombastic military chic and leftist disillusionment into a sturdy, resilient dance-rock. Metric haven't quite channelled their moment in the years since, but they've soldiered on with a persistence summed up by two standout tracks on their latest, Formentera: the ten-minute pulsing opener "Doomscroller" and the self-explanatory "I Will Never Settle."
- L7 with Fea @ First AvenueA little less versed in feminist theory than their riot grrrl peers and more steeped in the sleazy hard rock of L.A. than most alt-rockers of any gender, L7 burned through the '90s on pure sardonic fuck-offery, their politics rooted in hands-off-asshole whether fending for themselves in the pit or standing up for their since eroded reproductive rights. Their 2019 comeback album, Scatter the Rats, didn't quite have the smell of their old magic, but their live shows have been as killer as ever.
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