‘Twas the Week Before the Week of Halloween, and This Is the Complete Concert Calendar
Pretty much all the live music you can check out in the Twin Cities this week.
1:02 PM CDT on October 18, 2022
Lotta fun showcases for local music this week, as you are sure to discover if you keep reading.
Tuesday, October 18
Wednesday, October 19
Thursday, October 20
Friday, October 21
- Crazy Broke Asians @ Cedar Cultural CenterIn case you haven't noticed, some of the big movers and shakers in local music these days are Asian-American. Now some of the sharpest artists among them have put this event together to make sure you notice. Among those are rockers Kiss the Tiger, with powerhouse lead singer Meghan Kreidler, funk-popper Mayda, and rapper/Current DJ Diane. Also on the bill (and below my personal radar—for now): D'Lourdes, Vulgar Tongue, and Tekk Nikk.
- Dessa with Open Mike Eagle @ First AvenueDessa... well, we'll presume you're acquainted with her by now. Nice to have her back on the Mainroom stage. So let's take this space to spotlight Open Mike Eagle, one of the most consistently brilliant MCs in—uh, what are we calling smart rappers with modest fanbases these days? Alt-rap? Underground? Surely not backpackers? After a previous turn inward on Anime Trauma Divorce, his latest album, Component System With the Auto Reverse, gets off on pure rapping, with plenty of witty references for old heads to nod to. As for younger listeners—what, you afraid you'll learn something?
- Swear Jar with SYM1, shadingthesun, Palmbutta @ IcehouseI'll have more to say about SYM1 later this week (foreshadowing!) but you advance planners already scheduling out your week deserve to know more about this showcase of local alt-pop. The first edition of Swear Jar, last August, was billed as a "MySpace X TikTok Alt Dance Series" but Vol. 2 has the more cryptic subtitle of NEO_MASQUERADE.EXE. (Be careful downloading that file.) In addition to the cyborg headliner, tonight will feature gothy new-wavers shadingthesun and DJ Palmbutta. Guests are instructed to "Be Something Ur Not," and to expect a cyber-dystopian-but-fun vibe.
- Papa Mbye with Mike Kota and RIOTGRRRLDARKO @ 7th St EntryPapa Mbye is high on my list of "where's this guy going next?" locals. In the wake of his 2021 EP, Mang Fi, the Senegalese-born, north Minneapolis-raised Mbeye has released two singles "Pixels" and "Passenger," that accent the pop-rock elements that have always been part of his sound, with little rap or even R&B to them. A new direction? A slight refinement? We'll just have to wait and see.
Saturday, October 22
- The Chills with Unwed Sailor @ Turf ClubFor 19 years, this New Zealand institution, while still actively touring, held off from releasing a full-length album of new material. But with Silver Bullets in 2015, bandleader Martin Phillipps got back on track, and he/they have released two equally fine albums since, most recently Scatterbrain in 2021. They're a long way from their '90s peak with the gorgeous, righteous, even transcendent eco-pop of Submarine Bells. But hell, time passes. What's impressive is how they've preserved their sound and style: an even-keeled, yet slightly anxious tone, with keyboards and guitars equally ornate without being fussy and occasionally indistinguishable, and moments of beauty woven into longer stretches of modest attractiveness.
Sunday, October 23
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