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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for July 8 - July 12, 2004
Wednesday 07 July @ 17:50:27
Hair...They Might Be Giants...The Counting Crows (?!)...ElectroPunk...Idiot Box...Dead Meadow...and so many more hot-as-a-barbeque-in-Texas-in-August Hot Tickets!!!
7- July 13, 2004
@ Pantages Theatre
as the first rock musical, "Hair" broke down Broadway's traditional
barriers of language, action and nudity. Debuting to mixed reviews back
in the day, some audiences weren't ready for its daring style and frank
commentary on sex, drugs, military service, and organized religion. Now
a classic, "Hair" has become synonymous with 1960s Vietnam-era
America: The Age of Aquarius. Its excellent score penned by Galt MacDermot
helped to define the era with "Aquarius," "Hair,"
and "Let the Sunshine In." Check out "Hair" this week
at Pantages Theatre. It'll be a trip. July 8 - Aug. 1. Tue.-Thu. 7:30
p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 5 & 9 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. $32.50 - $46.50.
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-673-0404. Gyros
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Birds Hill Park, Winnipeg
July for the past 30 years, thousands of people from around the world
have gathered at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Birds Hill Park. From the
time the lights go up for the opening concert Thursday evening until the
last refrain of the grand finale Sunday night, you'll hear and discover
some of the finest musicians on the planet. This year's lineup includes
the Buena Vista Social Club, Utah Phillips, Tegan and Sara, Taj Mahal
and the Hula Blues, and many, many more. July 8-11. $55 per day; $135
four-day festival fast. Birds Hill Park, Winnipeg, Canada.1-888-655-5354.
They Might Be Giants
@ First Avenue
to Weird Al, no ones made a better living off quirky joke-heavy pop music
than They Might Be Giants. Although reknowned for their zaniness, the
band's talent shouldn't be overlooked and their way with a pop-rock melody
is consistently solid (unlike Yankovic, these guys are actual musicians
who write their own songs). The duo of John Linnell and John Flandsburg
are going on 20 years of achieving the ultimate "Revenge of the Nerds"
coup, morphing from High School wallflowers into bonafide rock stars (of
a certain geeky stripe at least). Get ready for accordions people —
lots of accordions! With Corn Mo and Common Rotation. 6 p.m. $15. 21+.
701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. Louis Lenzmeier
@The 400 Bar
Mike has seen a lot (the man spent a few years pulling roadie duty for
both legends and has-beens in L.A. before moving to the Twin Cities and
putting his own music down to tape); the experience shows in his music.
Although a tantalizing tiny sampler, Mike's latest EP, the three-track
Letter To Yourself is a slick and sassy slice of pop (which makes sense
when considering Mike's past pedigree as a guitarist with the hip-shakin'
Iffy). It will have to do until a full-length drops this fall —
Mike is currently spending time between gigs holed up in the studio with
the likes of Ev Olcott (12Rods) and Joe Mabbott (who's worked extensively
with Atmosphere). As far as what to expect on the forthcoming record,
I was given only this cryptic description by the man himself, "the
new stuff is probably a tad more on the rock/groove side of things."
And to think I already thought things were rockin' and groovin' as is!
With Coach Said Not To and Story of the Sea. 9 p.m. $6. 21+. 400 Cedar
Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Rob van Alstyne
The Counting Crows
@ The Basilica Block Party
know I'm bound to catch tons of crap for this, but it's time I come clean
- I like the Counting Crows … a lot. Lead singer/dreadlock-sporting
cabbage patch doll Adam Duritz is the sort of polarizing figure that all
rock stars should be, you either buy into his heart on sleeve intensity
and manic stage energy … or find it really obnoxious. I can't understand
why the same histrionics that people love in say, Michael Stipe, are deemed
unacceptable from Duritz (maybe it's a facial hair prejudice). Duritz
and Co. have continued to crank out some of the best the mainstream has
to offer, even as the Crows commercial profile continues to slip steadily
out of the superstar spectrum. 2002's Hard Candy was a solid record of
Sgt. Peppers inspired studio splendor, but barely got noticed on radio
before the ill-advised hidden track take on Joni Mitchell's "Big
Yellow Taxi" became an unexpected, and completely facile, hit. The
equally questionable "Shrek 2" anthem "Accidentally In
Love" is the Crows' latest gambit to stay on the pop radio radar.
Here's hoping it fails and the band go back to doing what made them one
of the few bright lights during the otherwise dim era of commercial radio
in the second half of the '90s - which means getting back to the classic
leaning mopey folk-rock they buttered their bread with in the first place.
With Wheat, the Honeydogs, Joe Firstman, the Humans, and O.A.R. on two
separate stages. Counting Crows at 9 p.m. 5 p.m. $30. All Ages. Corner
of Hennepin & 17th Street, 612-317-3511. van Alstyne
TC Electropunk Compilation Release Show
@ Big V's
get ready to be taken down to funky town as some of the Twin Cities sassiest
acts are getting ready to shake their money makers in the confines of
Big V's in honor of the release of the Twin Cities first ever electropunk
compilation CD. Ten tracks from a wide range of ambitious Twin Cities
up and comers with a fascination for all things synthetic. The comp is
free and available at shows like this one - which features five bands
for the very modest price of five ducats! Featuring Astral Grey, Thosquanta,
Telephone, UCKF & Avenpitch. 9 p.m. $5. 21+. 1567 U. Ave. St. Paul,
651-645-8472. Electro Suzy
Stories on a String
@ Midtown Public Market
Midtown Public Market is no longer simply a place to pick up some fruits
and vegetables. Now you can pick up some theater on your trip. For the
first time ever, the Market is featuring artists in residence. Kari Tauring
and Anne Sawyer-Aitch will perform a puppet show series every Saturday
morning from July through September. The performance, entitled "Stories
on a String," is inspired by Brazil's popular "Literatura de
cordel" or "String Literature" where small chapbooks containing
ballads and woodcut illustrations hang from pieces of strings in the market.
Adding puppetry and song to tell three different stories, Sawyer-Aitch
and Tauring put a Minneapolis spin on the Brazilian tradition. In true
market fashion, Chapbooks, CDs and puppets will be available for shoppers
to take home. July 10 - Sept. 30 (except July 31). 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
and 12 noon. Free. Midtown Public Market, Lake St. & 22nd Ave., Mpls.
612-376-7502. Katie Bodin
@ Hey City Theatre
Drop the remote and head to the theatre for a night of virtual channel
surfing. Idiot Box, a fast-paced multimedia sketch comedy group will once
again bring their unique blend of live performance and video segments
to the stage at Hey City Theater. Nothing
is sacred in an Idiot Box show — they spoof local celebrities, twist
current events, and expose corporate America. It's bawdy, irreverent and
it's still chock full of fat men in tights! July 10-31. Sat. 7:30 p.m.
$15. Hey City Theater, 824 Hennepin Ave., 612-872-0300. Gyros
@ Triple Rock Social Club
Maybe it's this whole Braid reunion business that's got me feeling nostalgic
for boys with buzzing guitars and emotional issues, but either way, the
sound of TC youngster's Kurmudgeon on their debut outing for local all
ages scene king Afternoon Records, Cables & Ties, has me doing
some pretty fierce head-bopping. Making up what they lack in originality
with some seriously passionate and technically impressive playing, Kurmudgeon
could easily make a large impact on the emo hungry masses of under-agers
populating this great nation. Featuring three vocalists, Kurmudgeon have
figured out that the only thing more energetic than one dude belting away
is two dudes helping him out (preferably in cool stuttering overlapping
patterns). With Cowboy Curtis (see
pg. 20 for feature) and TBA. 5 p.m. $7. All Ages. 629 Cedar Ave.
S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. van Alstyne
@ The 7th St. Entry
typical red-blooded American of today thinks of crooked politicians and
expensive Scotch on the rocks when playing word association games with
the phrase "Washington, D.C." Which is too bad-because in addition
to that crap-there's also a lively music scene, boasting groups like the
fun psychedelic/punky hybrid Dead Meadow. If you happen to be checking
into the land of power-hungry elected officials anytime soon, Dead Meadow
is just one of more than a few rock acts that political wannabes in the
nation's capital happen to be privilege to. Although admittedly indebted
to Led Zeppelin, Dead Meadow re-energize their '70s rock sound with a
refreshing "we don't give a shit attitude. With the Icarus Line and
Battles. 9 p.m. $9. 21+. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388.