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‘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.

Kiss the Tiger
Morgan Winston

Lotta fun showcases for local music this week, as you are sure to discover if you keep reading.

Tuesday, October 18

International Reggae Allstars @ Bunkers

Acoustic Alchemy @ Dakota

St. Dominic’s Trio @ Driftwood

Twin Temple with Bridge City Sinners @ Fine Line

The Way Down Wanderers, Friend Dog @ Icehouse

Rare Americans with DYLYN @ 7th St Entry

October Conspiracy Series featuring The Supper Club Collective, Doyle Turner, Chris Holm @ 331 Club

Workers Playtime, Mike Munson @ 331 Club

Arlo McKinley with Ritch Henderson @ Turf Club

St. Lucia @ Varsity Theater

Trevor McSpadden & Mary Cutrufello @ White Squirrel

Jung Yeller (Tuesday Night Residency) with Jackson Atkins @ White Squirrel

Wednesday, October 19

Keep for Cheap with Q-Tip Bandits and Dad Bod @ Amsterdam

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley @ Aster Cafe

Dylan Salfer @ Bunkers

Adam Calhoun @ Cabooze

Lori Dokken @ Crooners

Lodge, the Dillweeds @ Driftwood

Grady Philip Drugg, Pleasure Horse, Prathloons @ Eagles 34

Spacey Jane with joe p @ Fine Line

Nick Costa, James Eugene Russell @ Icehouse

Ghost Kitchen, Tang & the Tabs, Laura Hugo, Brian Herb & the Outstanding Achievements @ Mortimer’s

The Valors, Market Flies, Identity Crisis @ Palmer’s

Tigercub @ Studio B

KFAI House Party Presents Alexander Craig @ 331 Club

Better Mistakes @ 331 Club

Planet Booty with Wonderstate @ Turf Club

Militarie Gun, Restraining Order, New Primals @ Underground Music Club

St. Paul Mudsteppers Monthly @ White Squirrel

Thursday, October 20

Brooke Elizabeth & Friends (October Residency) @ Aster Cafe

Jay Bee & the Routine @ Bunkers

Maurice Jacox and We Still R @ Crooners

Mick Sterling Presents the Songs of Elvis Costello @ Crooners

The Weight Band @ Dakota

Senor Blues, Scott Woolridge @ Driftwood

Miyavi @ Fine Line

Lonesome Dan Kase @ Granada

Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs, Molly Jean @ Icehouse

Deborah Briggs @ KJ’s Hideaway

The Cult of Lip, Off Contact, Time Room, Household Chemicals @ Mortimer’s

The Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs @ Palmer’s

Dead Poet Society with BRKN LOVE @ 7th St Entry

KEN mode with Frail Body and Feral Light @ Turf Club

Cross Pollination: The Gentlemen’s Anti Temperance League @ 331 Club

Pig’s Eye Records presents… Lifestyle Shakes, Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band, Saffron Dealer @ White Squirrel

Friday, October 21

John Magnuson Trio with Gini Dodds and Terry Isachsen @ Aster Cafe

The Good, the Bad, and the Funky @ Bunkers

Lyla Abukhodair with Paul Cerar and Dark Bunny @ Cabooze

  • Crazy Broke Asians @ Cedar Cultural Center
    In 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.

Mick Sterling Presents: The Wild Swing of Louis and Keely @ Crooners

Moore By Four @ Crooners

Patty Peterson: Memories – The Music of Barbra Streisand @ Dakota

Them Dots, Love Train, Milton’s Playhouse @ Driftwood

Lee Fields with Daniel Villarreal @ Fine Line

  • Dessa with Open Mike Eagle @ First Avenue
    Dessa… 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?

Orquestra La Clave @ Granada

Jake LaBotz @ Hook and Ladder

Trench Size Trio @ Icehouse

  • Swear Jar with SYM1, shadingthesun, Palmbutta @ Icehouse
    I’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.

Miss Myra and the Moonshiners @ KJ’s Hideaway

Catfish Troy Band @ KJ’s Hideaway

Chief Kaya X Prophet @ The Loft

Drunk Drivers, Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, Deep Dark Lake, Riggs Calvero @ Mortimer’s

The Rank Strangers, Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir, and The Silverteens @ Palmer’s

DJ Nanobyte Presents Byte Nyte @ Palmer’s

  • Papa Mbye with Mike Kota and RIOTGRRRLDARKO @ 7th St Entry
    Papa 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.

Ryan Adams @ State Theatre

Amanda Standalone (album release) Red Eye Ruby (solo) @ 331 Club

Trash Catties (EP Release) with Lunch Duchess, Butter Boys, and Wish Wash @ Turf Club

Emma Jeanne (EP Release) with Lapdogs & Present Company @ Underground Music Cafe

HIPSHAKER MPLS: Funky Soul Dance Party @ Uptown VFW

Eli Gardiner Band with James Eugene Russell Band @ White Squirrel

Saturday, October 22

Capital City Cabaret’s UNCOVERED @ Amsterdam

Slander @ Armory

Chandler + Muja Messiah @ Aster Cafe

The Good, the Bad, and the Funky @ Bunkers

Jennifer Grimm and Joe Cruz @ Crooners

Summer of Soul with Ginger Commodore @ Crooners

Jearlyn Steele with The Pianist Knows Best featuring Fred Steele @ Crooners

Tyrone Wells @ Dakota

Team Larry House Band, the Skalectric Company @ Driftwood

Becky and the Fat 6 @ Dusty’s

Voxtrot with Yellow Ostrich @ Fine Line

Judah & the Lion with The National Parks @ First Avenue

The Belfast Cowboys @ Hook and Ladder

Cornbread Harris Ensemble @ Icehouse

Tarli + Afrogeode & the Gemstones + Graydon Francis @ Icehouse

AG and Friends @ KJ’s Hideaway

American Straight 8th’s Quintet with U of M Jazz Combo @ KJ’s Hideaway

Izzy Vadim @ The Loft 

Throw the Fight X 3 Pill Morning @ The Lyric

Captured! By Robots @ Mortimer’s

Monchy, Karlos Rose, Jiory @ Myth Live

Marcus Mumford with The A’s @ Palace Theatre

The Right Here, Sparrowhawk, and Petty Larcenists @ Palmer’s

The High 48s and Frog and the Bog @ Parkway

Dirtwire with Vincent Antone and Banjolectric @ 7th St Entry

Blunts & Blondes @ Skyway Theatre

Wardruna @ State Theatre

UH2BT Kpop Night @ Studio B

Night Jobs, Getting By, Warcake @ 331 Club

  • The Chills with Unwed Sailor @ Turf Club
    For 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.

Bloodline, MINKA, Bobby Rethwish, Lower Automation, Loon Booster @ Underground Music Cafe

Alexander Craig (Album Release) with Red Eye Ruby & Cat Tales @ Uptown VFW

Upright Forms w/ VAZ & 1055 @ White Squirrel

Sunday, October 23

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons @ Aster Cafe

Hot Club Mania Quartet with Red Hot Django Peppers @ Cedar Cultural Center

JazzMN Orchestra Featuring Kurt Elling @ Crooners

Karrin Allyson @ Crooners

Vic Volare @ Dakota

Super Duty, Shotgun Ragtime @ Driftwood

Johnny No Cash Band @ Eagles 34

TAUK Moore with Mungion @ Fine Line

The Knocks x Cannons with Juliana Madrid @ First Avenue

Corda @ Icehouse

Stephen Kellogg + the Americans @ Icehouse

Ghost Town Blues Band with Joyann Parker Duo @ KJ’s Hideaway

Maudlin, Muun Bato, Palm Ghosts  @ Mortimer’s

Caravan du Nord featuring MMYYKK with War Bonnet and Delphia Cello Quartet @ Ordway

Cornbread Harris: Church of Cornbread @ Palmer’s

The Sapsuckers @ Palmer’s

FènixDion (Record Release) with Kid Dakota and Goon Tribune @ 7th St Entry

Julia Klatt Singer with Corn Sweat @ 331 Club

Preoccupations with Cindy Lee @ Turf Club

Carlaoke!!! @ White Squirrel

Monday, October 24

Dr. Mambo’s Combo @ Bunkers

Sidewalk Cafe @ Dakota

Chris Bates Presents Low End Theories @ Icehouse

Pretty Sick @ 7th St Entry 

The Roe Family Singers @ 331 Club

Matt Arthur Contraption @ 331 Club

Chef Sounds (DJ NIght) @ White Squirrel