Every week, I’m on the hunt for the best new local music, the best new local music videos, and the best upcoming live shows. Why should this weekend be an exception?
Night Moves, With Autumn Closin’ in
Last we heard from the Minneapolis groovin’ rock duo Night Moves was in 2019, when they released Can You Really Feel Me and then launched a COVID-curtailed tour. They’re back with a new song, “Fallacy Actually,” and, as is so often the case, a new video as well: Singer John Pelant intended the video to have “a UFO abduction, backroom Estonian roller rink discotheque kind of vibe.” (Oh, we’ve all been there, my friend. And by “there” I mean “Elsie’s,” the northeast bowling alley that appears in the vid.) Additional new tracks will be released serially, like a Dickens novel, and Night Moves will be at the Fine Line on Friday, November 26, which is the day after Thanksgiving, so it’s an extra weekendy Friday.
Can’t Live Without K.Raydio
K.Raydio is one of the Cities’ most prolific producers and vocalists—so prolific, in fact, that her work, which she often releases in small, modest batches rather than as ballyhooed grand works, can get lost in the local music shuffle. A recent recap: She released the largely instrumental collection Beat Tape? Vol. 2 in September, then a few weeks ago dropped a video for “Broken Spell,” one of two tracks she’d released on Bandcamp in October. The video, which drifts through a non-Minnesota city we’ll just call “Chicago,” is an ideal visual companion piece to the introspective R&B track. Word is there’s a longer project in the works, and this time, we’ll be ready for it.
Dylan Hicks Is Bringing Sex to Icehouse! Oh, Wait, No, That’s “a Sextet.”
Dylan Hicks’s Accidental Birds is one of the best Minneapolis albums of the year so far, but don’t take my word for it—check out this review here. (Scroll down a bit, you’ll find it.) Oh, wait, I wrote that review. So, actually, do take my word for it. After all, why would you even be reading this if you don’t trust me? Anyway, after gigging sporadically about for the past few months, Hicks has booked a bona fide “evening with” event at Icehouse, where his sextet (the best of all the ’tets) will essentially open for itself. And since the group consists of some top-notch bandleaders or standout instrumentalists themselves—guitarist Zacc Harris, cellist Michele Kinney, woodwindist (woodwinder?) Christopher Thomson, bassist Charlie Lincoln, and drummer Peter Hennig—some intriguing arrangements are possible.
Listings. Listings? Listings!
As a service to you, the Racket reader, I’ve been compiling show listings below. I hope you find them useful, and I’m trying each week to make them more so. Where previously I’ve stuck to local shows, for instance, this week I started adding touring acts too, ’cause why the hell not. These listings will never be all-inclusive, but I still want to make sure I’m not omitting anything obvious. So if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. (OK, I’d like to. Let’s not get carried away.) But be nice about it: This is just something I dick around with on Thursday nights while I’m catching up on my Hulu stories. Don’t expect perfection. Anyhow, take a look!