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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for April 4 - April 11, 2006
Thursday 06 April @ 14:14:05
Field Guide and the New Amsterdams... Brokenheart Jones... Stephcast Stephanie Miller... Crush Kill Destroy... Reggae vs Hip Hop... Pilot posse... Latino Workers March & Esperanza Rising... Local Musician Mingle..., plus, other independent shows/events/oddities/hot tix this week...
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4 - April 11, 2006
Field Guide and the New Amsterdams
loud-rock rulers Swiss Army on some kind of indefinite hiatus, singer/guitarist
Andy Lund has started up a new project called Field
Guide. Shying away from the punk stylings of Swiss Army, Field Guide
is a little gentler on the ears. The sound is still big, but the hooks
are rounder, with Incommunicado’s Adrienne Vaughn providing solid
vocal counterpoint. The fourth-grader in me just loves seeing boys and
girls playing nice together. It should make for a good pairing with headliners
Amsterdams, who are really just the Get-Up Kids with acoustic guitars.
Or Reggie and the Full Effect without ’80s keyboards. The ratio
of heart-on-sleeve/tongue-in-cheek is about all that changes among the
various projects, but don’t think it means they have delusions of
grandeur: to their credit, the New Amsterdams’ Myspace page says
they sound like the Get Up Kids. Which is partly true: They slow it down
and country it up, while retaining some of the venom, and do it all about
a hundred times better than Dashboard Confessional. Nostalgia is equal
parts regret and fondness, and Matt Pryor’s best songs have always
broken it down and smashed it back together; violently with the Get-Up
Kids, delicately with the New Amsterdams. “Bad Liar” is a
good example right from its first line: “I told you everything was
fine, but you called bullshit.” Expect a night of what Field Guide
claims as influences: Drinking too much, relationship troubles and not
being able to sleep at night. With To Reinvent. 6 p.m. $10/$12.
All Ages. 629 Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612-333-7499. STEVE MCPHERSON
Miller and the Old 97’s should probably start keeping an eye out,
Jones are about to steal some of their thunder. Their recent release,
Sunday’s Best, kicks off with some sweet guitarmonies shared
between slide and non-slide guitar and Tim Greenwood’s weathered
(but not too weathered; see again, Rhett Miller) voice railing against
a “stupid girl.” They strike right into the vein of true Americana,
recalling the salad days of artists like Ryan Adams and Wilco before they
went all wiggy with their sonic palettes. A lot of alt.country tends to
wallow in its crapulence, with every song about drinking, smoking and
crying, but Brokenheart Jones leavens the recipe with a good dose of pop,
even if they sometimes weave dangerously close to the edge with lines
about the inadequacy of four chords to express true love. Come on, boys:
if Bono could do it with three chords and the truth, four is 33% more
to work with. Math problems aside, Brokenheart Jones have got the stuff
to rise up and make a run at the big time. With the Josh
Davis Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. 18+. 318 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8100.
Museum of Broadcasting
The decade-old Pavek
Museum of Broadcasting has filled a warehouse with fascinating detritus
from the long history of recorded sound, including bronze microphones
that might be mistaken for objets d’art, plastic novelty radios
constructed to look like characters from Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and
a fully functioning quiz show set where you can test your knowledge of
popular culture. Amazing. 3515 Raleigh Ave., St. Louis Park. 952-926-8198.
leave me this way/one more queen strung out/dragging himself toward the
fabulous grave of Oscar Wilde in order to leave Marilyn lips printed all
over the pure white stone carved into a Deco sphinx.” You don’t
gotta be gay to like the way erotic poet Greg
Hewett (“To Collect the Flesh,” “Red Suburb”)
writes. The guy’s language is absolutely fluid and he comes up with
crystal clear imagery. And, as legendary lady of eros Carolyn Forsche
states, “‘The Eros Conspiracy’ is an urbane, sophisticated
meditation on sexuality, politics and history … ” Should make
for some interesting classes at Carleton College, where Hewett teaches
English. The excerpt above is from “The Eros Conspiracy” (Coffee
House Press), Hewett’s new collection. You can hear more when he
reads at Willmar Public Library on Friday, and then on April 17 at Magers
& Quinn Booksellers in Uptown. 7 p.m. Free. 410 5th St. SW,
Wilmar. DWIGHT HOBBES
U of M - Coffman
filling the time slot on Air America formerly held by Wendy Wilde (who’s
now considering a Congressional bid in the 3rd District) is apparently
the top female liberal radio commentator in the U S of A (why would her
website lie?). As a comedian and daughter of a well-known Republican,
she has the verbal ammunition to put Fox News commentators in their place—she
says she puts the “broad” in broadcasting and watches Fox
News as a public service, so her audience doesn’t have to get depressed.
She is the daughter of former Republican U.S. Representative William Miller,
who was Barry Goldwater’s running mate in the 1964 presidential
election. It should be a lively show with her sidekick, political voice
impersonator Jim Ward, on hand. There will be a light lunch reception
after the show, for which reservations are required. 8 - 11 a.m.
Show is free; reception is $25. 300 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls. 952-946-8885.
Crush Kill Destroy
The Turf Club
the first salvo of rusty-stringed guitars whips around you in a quasi-drunken
pas-de-deux on opener “Walter Mondale” from Crush
Kill Destroy’s Metric Midnight, you’ll probably
think Fugazi. And you’ll think it again and again for different
reasons: the democratic way in which off-kilter drums share the spotlight
with the driving bass, the Ian Mackaye-worthy vocals. What makes them
interesting, though, is the way in which they seamlessly blend Fugazi’s
latter day tactics (abstraction, instrumental breakdowns) with the spleen
of their earlier stuff. A fan on the band’s MySpace
page describes them as “difficool,” which is very apt.
Midway through most every song, it seems like the band falls in love with
the sharp angles of a bridge or the weird way a chorus sits against the
verse’s drum part and they begin a lengthy meditation on the complexities
therein. It’s kind of beautiful and hypnotic, if you’re willing
to work for it a little. Power is achieved not through volume, but through
repetition and development. Despite its reputation as a haven for alt.country
and classic rock, the Turf Club makes a surprisingly warm fit for math-rock,
so come on down, drink your drinks, and smoke your smokes (outside). With
The Poison Control
Nina, The Pinta! and Heroes
and Liars. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. Corner of University & Snelling
Aves., St. Paul. 651-647-0486. MCPHERSON
Life & Work of Avatar Meher Baba
Baba, the God that rock-god Pete Townshend of The Who recognized as
a perfect manifestation of Infinite Consciousness, gained notoriety in
America during the 1960s for taking a strong stance against drugs and
coining the phrase, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” But Meher
Baba’s unparalleled life might best be described as “All Walk,
No Talk,” since he maintained a 44-year silence traveling thousands
of miles by train, plane and on foot to spread his message of love and
truth. To celebrate his life the Meher Baba Center of the Twin Cities
is presenting a special screening of “God in Human Form: The Life
& Work of Avatar Meher Baba.” Local writer Leah Johnston kicks
off the event by sharing her explosive personal story of “coming
to Baba.” A brief panel discussion follows the film. 3 p.m.
Free. Campus Center, John B. David Lecture Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St.
Paul. 651-696-6000. MAY SETON
Cedar Cultural Center
dust, wind and distance: the desert. In the Western mind, Arab and African
countries remain places of civil wars, refugee camps and deep poverty.
The Walker Art Center sponsors the spiritually seductive musical group,
Touareg people of the southern Sahara. Torn by French colonialism and
later divided between Mali, Niger, Algeria, Mauritania and Libya, the
members of Tinariwen had been armed rebels living in Libyan refugee camps.
But in 1982 they traded their guns for electric guitars and began making
music that’s been dubbed “desert blues.” It innovatively
mixes raga-like rhythms that echo sounds of India and offers chant-singing
reminiscent of Arabic prayer or Son House, with blues licks that carry
a memory from Middle Passage slave ships that traveled to Mississippi.
Unlike anything you’ve ever heard, Tinariwen is the exultant cry
of exiles, both ancient and utterly now, that provoke action against displacement.
8 p.m. $26/$22. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-375-7600 or WalkerArt.org.
vs Hip Hop
If there are two truly international musical genres, they’re reggae
and hip-hop. Although the two usually don’t converge, an extraordinary
lineup of local talent may change all that.
Truth Maze, a Twin Cities innovator affiliated with the MN
Spoken Word Association will perform pieces from his debut CD Expansions
& Contractions. In addition, Pee Wee Dread from Dred
I Dread, King Ras John from Belize and West Bank rapper Shiz will
show their stuff. David Daniels, Reggae Theatre Ensemble founder and spoken
word artist, hosts. (Given the response to his last solo work, Black Hippie
Chronicles, one can hope that he’ll share pieces from it as well.)
With this much talent in one room, it’s sure to be an exhilarating
evening. 8:30 p.m. $8. 21+. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424.
There’s a new art posse in town: Pilot is a consortium of 12 artists
whose aim is to increase their visibility in Minnesota and nationally.
In May the group will launch a national advertising campaign in Dwell
magazine to create awareness about their eclectic membership and steer
people toward their website (PilotArts.com).
This weekend Pilot is hosting an exhibition at their temporary gallery
space in Uptown. Michael Sweere, one of the artists, said the group is
using the space for three or four months, and will change displays monthly.
After that Pilot will host events elsewhere in the Twin Cities. “The
idea is to pool our resources and equity,” he said, “to combine
our contacts and push it a little further.” In addition to Sweere,
the group includes John Alspach, Yuri Arajs, Amalia Biewald, Tara Costello,
Jennifer Davis, John Diebel, Jao, Ben Olson, Terrance Payne, Amy Rice
and James Wrayge. Meet them Saturday. 7 p.m. Free. 3045 Hennepin
Ave., Mpls. 612-724-6502. NANCY SARTOR
Latino Workers March & Esperanza Rising
St. Paul Cathedral & Children’s
will be a march and demonstration on Sunday to show solidarity with Latino
workers. This is part of the nationwide demonstrations that have attracted
millions in California. The march begins at the St. Paul Cathedral at 2:30
p.m. and goes to the state Capitol. It is sponsored by a broad coalition
of labor, civil rights and community groups. Also, take some time in the
next few weeks to see “Esperanza
Rising” at the Children’s Theatre. It’s the story
of one young immigrant from Mexico and the development of her understanding
of the promise and the reality of the American dream as manifested in migrant
camps in California in 1930 and ’31. It’s a triumph of
the human spirit and an indictment of racist exploitation. We need
theater like this. We need to march in solidarity with our Latin brothers
and sisters. El pueblo unido jamas será vencido! The People United
Will Never Be Defeated! March: 2:30 p.m. State Capitol, St. Paul.
651-291-4542. “Esperanza Rising” through Apr. 15. Fri. –
Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 5 p.m. CTC, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-874-0500.
Market BBQ Downtown
The first weekly acoustic open stage and “pickin' circle,”
this local musician mingle is an interactive weekly community event which
is more geared towards the musicians than the audience who enjoys them.
Hosted by shugE (a re-invented Minneapolis musician who has spent the
last two years in Gainesville, Florida invigorating the bluegrass/ old
timey/acoustic singer-songwriter scene) who will play a brief set before
opening up the stage. There’s no telling what sparks may fly in
an open jam, so don’t be bashful and bring down yer' fiddle, guitar,
banjo, guit-jo, accordion, mandolin, stand-up bass, etc to play some songs,
pick with the band, chow some ribs, and mingle with other local musicians!
10 p.m. Free. 1414 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 612-872-1111.
Free State Book Party
The mid-1990s fights to stop the Highway 55 re-route through Minnehaha Park
became far more than protest. Unexpected allies discovered each other: due-to-be-displaced
homeowners, old hippies, environmentalists and youth anarchists stood with
Indigenous people to fight for land they’ve considered sacred for
centuries. Encamped for 18 months, “the Minnehaha Free State”
was as much about re-imagining a future liberated from corporate commodification
as it was about land preservation. Ellie King, a teenage participant who
called herself “Freedom,” has written an eyewitness account
of the experience entitled “Listen: The Story of the People of the
Taku Waken Tipi & Re-Route of Hwy 55 or The Minnehaha Free State.”
King hosts a book-release party, reunion and celebration that includes food,
an art and photography exhibit and a cabaret of readings and performances.
Come bolster your dreams for a post-corporate culture. 4 p.m. door/6
p.m. food/6:30 performance by Thunder Nation Drum Group & cabaret. Free.
31st St. &16th Ave. S., Mpls. HOWELL