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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for October 27 - November 2, 2004
Thursday 28 October @ 01:29:32
Hot TicketsJohn Cale...Missing Children Minnesota Benefit Concert...Day of the Dead Celebrations...Warped: A Story of Loom & Doom...Vic Chesnutt...and many other feverish tickets this week!

October 27 - November 2, 2004

@ The 400 Bar

The unexpected death of Elliott Smith late last year hit many people hard, but few harder than Aaron Espinoza, the leader of Los Angelino group Earlimart and Smith’s neighbor at the time of his death. Espinoza dedicated his band’s fourth album, the sublime Treble & Tremble, to Smith’s memory and it’s clear that the spirit of Smith’s lush, late-period albums looms large over the proceedings. Co-produced with Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild, Earlimart finds the middle ground between Grandaddy’s heavily synthesized semi-psychedelia and Smith’s Beatles-obsessed classicism—and it’s a truly beautiful place. Some of the album’s tracks read like open letters to the departed Smith (“Slow Down Hold On,” “It’s OK to Think About Ending”) and are especially poignant. Even stripped of its press-perfect back-story though, Treble & Tremble is an engaging listen and laudatory achievement, an unsettling document that anyone who’s ever loved and lost a friend can relate to. With redleaves, Planes for Spaces. 9 p.m. $8. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Rob van Alstyne

Two Cow Garage, Lil’ Cap N’ Travis
@ The Triple Rock Social Club

Alt. country bands seem to be coming from everywhere these days, even Manhattan and L.A. (and those that claim to be the real deal are really just big city hucksters who like to shop at thrift stores—take that, Beachwood Sparks!). Real alt. country bands are from lame states where you’re driven to drink and fantasize about the cowboy life—states like Ohio and Texas. Two Cow Garage (from Columbus, Ohio) and Lil’ Cap N’ Travis (Austin, Texas) possess the requisite geography and goofy names to qualify as authentic Americana acts. They’ve also got the tunes, and if you’re wondering whether Two Cow Garage kick ass, here are two facts that should answer your query: 1) Their new album was produced by Slobberbone main-man Brent Best 2) They have a song on it called “Smell of Blood.” Also pulling out all the honky-tonkin’-rockin’ stops are Lil’ Cap N’ Travis, a sensation in their home town. It should be interesting to see how the boys’ adventurous take on twangy rock fares here in the Midwest. With the TC’s own goofy-named Alt. Country ambassador’s Ol Yeller. 9 p.m. TBA. 21+. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. Nathan Dean

John Cale
@ First Avenue

I don’t know what this says about pop music’s current state of affairs, but it looks like the most forward-thinking album of pop songs I’ve heard in recent memory is the product of a man in his 60s. John Cale is still probably best known for the few years he spent helping Lou Reed reinvent the rock ’n’ roll wheel with the Velvet Underground but he’s managed to make a fair share of landmark works on his own in the nearly four decades since he left that band—admittedly none in recent memory. Cale’s first album of original pop song material since ’96 reverses that trend though as Hobosapiens is a stunning kaleidoscopic affair that feels like the album David Byrne has been trying (and failing) to make ever since the Talking Heads dissolution. “Reading My Mind” balances found sound snippets of foreign-language dialogue and whirring ambulances with calming backing choir vocals and loopy xylophone fills all while bopping along to a bouncy new-wave guitar riff. Elsewhere, skittish programmed drumbeats brush up against minimalist string sections and cheapy keyboard textures. The whole affair is about as strange as one would expect from an avant-garde chameleon like Cale, but at the same time stays grounded in traditional songcraft and melody, so no matter how weird things get (spoken word fill anyone?) it’s hard to turn away. With TBA. 6 p.m. $18 adv/$20 door. 21+. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. Dean

Book Signing & Dialogue
@ Walker Church

Most of our ideas about police officers come via Hollywood (from “The Andy Griffith Show” to “NYPD Blue”), official press conferences and the occasional “caught on tape” scenario that makes the local news. But with more than 25 Minnesotans killed by cops in recent years, even videotaped assaults don’t prevent police from receiving automatic immunity. Why? Michael Quinn—an officer and trainer with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) for 23 years—addresses this and other tough questions in his new book, “Walking with the Devil: The Police Code of Silence.” With the police becoming more militarized after the “drug war” and Patriot Act, police accountability may finally become an issue that goes beyond people of color and the poor. Quinn reads from his book and addresses the community in an event sponsored by members of Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), an organization instrumental in bringing federal mediation to the MPD two years after police shot an 11-year-old boy from the Jordan neighborhood. With yet another fatal shooting of a 15-year-old North Minneapolis boy this weekend, cop accountability is once again in the spotlight. Thu. Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-874-7867, CUAPB.org. LYDIA HOWELL

Missing Children Minnesota Benefit Concert
@ The Fine Line Music Café

Missing: Code Blue is that all too rare double treat of a great album benefiting a great social cause. Legendary local producer Tom Herbers and album executive producer Sonya M. Southward were able to coax 15 of the Twin Cities finest folk-rock leaning bands and solo artists to record new songs specifically for this charity album benefiting the nonprofit Missing Children Minnesota. As the liner notes so eloquently put it, “38 musicians descended upon Third Ear recording studio in Minneapolis … eighteen hours of recording time later this unique collection of music emerged.” Among the local heavy hitters contributing new material to the album are well-established vets (The Honeydogs, Dan Israel, Jessy Greene) and some of the area’s most exciting younger folk-rock acts (Romantica, Martin Devaney, Ben Weaver). Nearly everyone comes through in the clutch on these 15 cuts, there’s nary a dud in the bunch. Copies of this exciting landmark project will be available for sale for the first time at this special CD release show featuring performers who all appear on the album as well. Featuring: Alicia Wiley, JoAnna James, Jessy Greene, Billy Johnson, Dan Israel and the Cultivators. 7 p.m. $12. 21+. 318 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8100. van Alstyne

The Color Bars, Joey Sweeney, BC Camplight
@ Uptown Bar and Cafe

An already solid local double bill of scene vets the Hang Ups and newcomers the Vestals is fleshed out here in grand fashion thanks to a triple shot of formidable talent from the Philly/NYC area. Joey Sweeney is the head of currently-on-hiatus countrified rockers the Trouble With Sweeney, who released a slew of critically acclaimed albums in the national indie press the last few years. Moving away from the sound of his old group, Sweeney’s latest project is apparently dedicated to his love of soul music and features an electric piano/drums/bass core lineup with Sweeney handling bass duties. Should be an interesting change of pace from his usual work with the Trouble, but as long as his sandpaper street-tough voice and way with character sketches accompanies his new venture all should be well. Playing with Sweeney and also knocking out his own set is Brian Christinzio (aka BC Camplight). BC has just released his debut EP, Hide, Run Away, after years backing up the likes of beloved bedroom popper Bill Ricchini, and shows a similar knack for channeling the Zombies. Rounding out the bill are equally inspired retro-ish Technicolor poppers The Color Bars. There should be enough hummable songs in this five-band bill to keep your head buzzing for weeks. With locals the Vestals and headlining act The Hang Ups. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. 612-823-4719. van Alstyne

Day of the Dead Celebrations
@ St. Paul’s WEST SIDE & Minneapolis greenway

An observance with roots in pre-Hispanic and Mexican traditions, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to honor those who have passed on to the next world. In St. Paul, ofrendas (altars) will be set up at various locations throughout the West Side. In Minneapolis, the Midtown Greenway Coalition is having a public art procession and celebration, including an opening ceremony, lanterns, decorated bikes, puppets and dancing beginning at Nicollet Avenue. Participants can bring offerings of flowers and candles to individual altars, and are encouraged to wear black and white clothing, representing the traditional skeleton symbol for Day of the Dead. Fri. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. – midnight & Sat. Oct. 30, 2 – 7 p.m. St. Paul’s West Side. 651-222-6347 or DistrictDelSol.com. Sat. Oct. 29, 4 – 10 p.m. Midtown Greenway entrance ramp at Nicollet Ave. S. & 29th St. Mpls. 612-879-0103, MidTownGreenWay.org. NANCY SARTOR


Health and the Mind: Talk on Tibetan Buddhism
@ Northwestern Health Sciences University

Tired of fundamentalist political proclamations? With the election only a few days out, it’s time to take a few a moments out of your busy schedule and get some inner perspective. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche is a 70-year-old Tibetan Buddhist teacher who is in the midst of a world tour. Drawing from the centuries-old tradition of Tibetan Buddhist medicine, he will talk about the relationship between health and the mind. Tsultrim Gyamtso has few possessions and no fixed home, embodying the qualities of a modern-day yogi. Known for his dohas, or spontaneous songs of realization, expect some inspiration beyond the usual stump speech. Sponsored by the Shambhala Meditation Center. 11 a.m. $10/$15. Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington. 612-331-7737. JOHN TRIBBETT

Warped: A Story of Loom & Doom
@ Hidden Falls Park

Barebones Productions presents its 11th Annual Halloween Show—a community created pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, dance, pyrotechnics and live music. Barebones offers an alternative to the increasing holiday commercialization, and they move their show to various urban neighborhoods each year. The productions are eclectic events that blend traditional harvest-time folklore with contemporary artistic interpretations. This year’s pageant explores the web of the Norns, a Nordic version of the Greek Fates, who spin our evolving past, present and future. Audiences will be led down a webbed trail to the pageant site where huge spiders weave webs in trees, fire spinners battle ice giants and players dance a creepy jig. The play concludes on the banks of the Mississippi, where a boat will launch and carry a message to the other world. Dress warmly and bring blankets. Sat. – Sun. Oct. 30 – 31, 7 p.m. Base of the North Entrance to Hidden Falls Park, off of Mississippi River Blvd., roughly ¼ mile south of Ford Pkwy. Bridge. 612-721-4979. SARTOR


Vic Chesnutt
@ The Turf Club

Vic Chesnutt is a songwriter’s songwriter, meaning that pretty much anybody who’s ever picked up a pen and a guitar and tried to string together a half-decent narrative regards Chesnutt’s recorded oeuvre (equal parts spiritual searching and droll humor) in complete awe —as they damn well should. Currently recording for former ‘Mats manager and legendary Minneapolis music figure Peter Jesperson’s New West Records, Chesnutt took his slightly skewed Georgian drawl and oddball narratives to new creative highs on his last record, 2003’s mostly live full-band effort Silver Lake. Where he goes from there is hard to say, but Chesnutt’s about to record the follow-up so now’s as good a time as any to witness the songs he’ll be laying down in the studio for his 10th proper album. With TBA. 8 p.m. $10. 21+. The Corner of University and Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. 651-647-0486. van Alstyne

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