Your Very First Complete Concert Calendar of May 2023: May 2-8
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
10:07 AM CDT on May 2, 2023
Happy belated May Day, lovers of live music. Here, as always, is as much of what's happening this week as we could wrangle into a single post for you.
Tuesday, May 2
- Mike Dreams Tribute @ 7th St Entry—Local rapper Mike Dreams died in February at the age of 34, and tonight the local hip-hop community he gave so much to will celebrate him. On hand to perform are Ashley DuBose, Lizea Harper, Just Wulf, and a slew more of notable performers.
Wednesday, May 3
- Feist @ First Avenue—Wow, Feist and the New Pornographers in the same night? An exciting time to be a Bush-era nostalgic. Of course, like her fellow indie Canadians, Feist has done plenty since those days, though she's hardly as prolific: Multitudes is her first album since Pleasure in 2017. The new album offers thoughtful if sometimes overly dreamy and prettified folk carried by the singer's breathy vocals and livened up by production techniques Feist cooked in collaboration with several others, including two Millses—clever Cali guitarist Blake and R.E.M. alum Mike.
- The New Pornographers with Wild Pink @ Fitzgerald Theater—Dan Bejar has departed to commit himself to full-time Destroyer-ing, leaving Carl Newman and Neko Case and let’s not forget bassist John Collins as the only founding members of a Canadian pop crew who’ve been at this for nearly a quarter-century. Their ninth album, the recently released Continue As Guest, may be relatively dull by NP standards, but there are still New Pornographic titles like “Pontius Pilate's Home Movies” on offer as well as countless well-turned phrases linked so indelibly to unshakable melodies that you can almost convince yourself you know what they’re singing about. And while it’s fun to bounce around to the New Pornographers’ indie-pop, I’m sure no one old enough to remember where they were when they first heard Mass Romantic won’t mind being able to take a seat at the Fitz.
Thursday, May 4
- María Isa – Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Fundraiser @ Hook and Ladder—Good to see that María Isa Pérez-Vega's new role as a state rep hasn't interrupted her music career much. In fact, her terrific new 2023 album, Capitolio, leads with a clip from Bernie Sanders urging her to keep rapping—who else can claim that? Tonight's show is a benefit for a very worthwhile cause.
- Blink-182 with Turnstile @ Xcel Energy Center—The latest much-ballyhooed Blink-182 reunion tour—this one featuring the return of prodigal son Tom DeLonge—got off to a rocky start when the band’s all-world drummer, Travis Barker, injured his finger so badly it required surgery. Now, finally, the world’s greatest pop-punk band is at full power, and “Edging,” the lead single from their upcoming comeback album, suggests a return to their self-titled artistic opus from 2003. Never mind mercurial DeLonge’s (increasingly non-crackpot) extraterrestrial obsession, and forget Barker’s odd turn as a tabloid fixture: Following co-frontman Mark Hoppus’s victory over cancer, the vibes in Blink land appear stronger than ever. The trio’s fun, muscular Coachella set felt like celebratory fan service.
Friday, May 5
- Built to Spill with Prism Bitch and Itchy Kitty @ First Avenue—We blurbed the Built to Spill show at First Ave. less than a year ago, so this is giving us the strangest sense of déjà vu. What’s different now? Welllll, we can talk about When the Wind Forgets Your Name, Built to Spill’s first release for Sub Pop and its first with a lineup that includes Le Almeida and João Casaes of Brazilian jazz-rock band Oruã; Pitchfork says it “shakes things up without breaking their pattern of low-key, late-period releases.” But the fun of a Built to Spill live show (we can’t really shorten it to BTS, can we?) is in the jammy way Doug Martsch and co. approach the entire oeuvre; no two shows are ever quite alike. So yes, even if you caught them at First Avenue in August, it’ll almost certainly be worth seeing them again in May.
Saturday, May 6
- Onyx with R.A. the Rugged Man @ Cabooze—Let the boys be boys! Rap nostalgia shows at the Cabooze are always (well, often) a lot of fun. It's customary to say things like "Hard to believe it's been 30 years since Bacdafucup," but really, is it hard to believe? Onyx's breakthrough album and their belligerent hit, "Slam," do seem like they hit a long time ago. I'll close with this wonderfully clunky Wikipedia quote: "They have been quoted as describing their style as loud screaming, aggression, fighting with each other, stage diving, throwing water, rapping with grimy voices, and bald head fashion." UPDATE: Onyx has dropped out of the show. So enjoy R.A. the Rugged Man!
Sunday, May 7
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