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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for May 18 - May 24, 2005
Thursday 19 May @ 00:36:10
Sarah Harris...The Wailin' Jenny's...Al Green...Kansas City Southern: A Tribute to Gene Clark...Youth Military Recruitment Protest...Michael McCarthy...Robbie Fulks...The Good Life...Dolour...Headphones, The Crystal Skulls...Check Your Pulse! (it's hot up in here!)
18 - May 24, 2005
Sarah Harris has been the artistic director for Patrick’s Cabaret
since October 2001. During her nearly five year tenure, she enhanced the
Cabaret by expanding its repertoire of artists to include diverse new
and experienced talent, especially from marginalized communities. Join
Harris this weekend as she curates and emcees one last time before heading
off to San Francisco, where she will pursue interests in film and community
organizing for women of color. The extravaganza of artists—including
Leigh Combs, Abigail Garner, Mankwe Ndosi, Amy Salloway, Valandra!, Matthew
Harris and Leslie Ball—will present five minute pieces on subjects
ranging from good-byes and breakups, to “us and them” and
fear of flying. Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. Different performers
and a silent auction each night. 8, 9 & 10 p.m. $20. Also Sat.
5/21. $21. 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 612-721-3595. Nancy Sartor
The Wailin' Jenny's
Cedar Cultural Center
Q: What do you get when three melodious Canadian solo singer/songwriters
join forces? A: The Wailin’ Jennys. The vocal wall of sound created
by Annabelle Chvostek, Nickey Mehta (vibes) and Ruth Moody (voice) could
be considered a new musical instrument. Their first collaboration, 40
Days, recently won a Juno (Canada’s Grammy). Breathtakingly
gorgeous, there are hints of country and Appalachian music here, too.
All three women have won converts at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Opening
is Jerree Small, who’s been lighting up Duluth stages with her early
Michelle Shocked-style guitar and vocals, singing original material that
is mature beyond her youth. 8 p.m. $12 adv/$15 door. 416 Cedar Ave.
S, Mpls. 612-338-2674. Lydia Howell
God knows how many seductions have taken place to the titillating sounds
of Al Green. For more than 40 years and through 30-some albums, the Reverend
has been crooning sweet soul, R&B, pop and gospel tunes that have
inspired multitudes to get down, stand up, shake it and shout “Hallelujah!”
Showing no signs of slowing, Green is in the midst of a tour to promote
his new Blue Note Records release, Everything’s OK. With
a four-star review from Rolling Stone, the album has garnered favorable
buzz in a music world not always kind to its elders. Whether you’re
looking to get laid or get saved, couldn’t we all use a little more
love and happiness? 8 p.m. $43 – $63. 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
City Southern: A Tribute to Gene Clark
The Hexagon Bar
Anybody who’s ever seen local faves The Glenrustles or Ol’
Yeller play live (or just spent a half-hour shooting the shit with the
band members) already knows about frontman/songwriter Rich Mattson’s
deep-seated love and respect for the music of Byrds co-founder Gene Clark.
Clark, who wrote such classics as “Eight Miles High” and “I’ll
Feel A Whole Lot Better,” as well as a veritable cornucopia of his
own rootsy solo material, passed away in 1991, but his music lives on
in the sound of bands like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Flatlanders
and, of course, Ol’ Yeller. Mattson, who was inspired several years
ago to form KC Southern after a visit to Clark’s grave, plans to
make this loving tribute an annual or semi-annual event, and a quick peek
at the lineup and special guests appearing tonight proves that he’s
not the only Gene fan on the scene. Along with longtime mates Keely Lane
and Dale Kallman, Rich will share the stage with the likes of Dave Beckey
(The Autumn Leaves), pedal steel whiz Bill Quinn, singer/guitarist Chris
Mirski (The Youngers, Saw Boss), Jon Hunt (Landing Gear), Chris Dorn (The
Beatifics), and several surprise artists. Don’t miss this true-blue
tribute to one of rock’s most enduring and influential pioneers.
You’ll definitely feel a whole lot better after this one. 9 p.m.
Free. 21+. 2600 27th Ave. S., Mpls. 612-722-3454. Tom Hallett
Military Recruitment Protest
Hennepin & Lagoon
A high school newspaper editor recently went undercover, posing as a dropout
as he talked to a military recruiter at his school. In the end, the recruiter
was exposed for offering to lie about the student’s graduation and
for assuring him that they could beat the drug test. Manipulation, false
promises about college money, deception about job assignments or lies
about enlistment length are just some of the techniques that military
recruiters employ in order to make their monthly quota. In addition, Pentagon-
created computer war games are marketed to kids from age nine and up.
Youth of color, the poor and working-class—those unable to afford
college and living in economically depressed areas—are often the
main targets of recruiters. Youth Against War and Racism has called a
National Day of Action to resist the militarization of public schools.
Gather at 2 p.m. and march at 2:30 p.m. to the Lake St. military recruiting
station. Hennepin & Lagoon Aves., Mpls. 612-760-1980 YAWR.org
or email@example.com. Lydia Howell
St. Stephen’s Church
Michael and Andrea McCarthy are members of Pax Christi, a Catholic peace
organization in Michigan. They went to Cuba in April 2001, brought medicine
to nuns in Havana and participated in religious services. Last year an
administrative law judge fined them $5,250 for defying the travel ban.
They were offered a deal—$1,000 each if they would plead guilty—but
they decided to test the constitutionality of the law and went before
the judge. Michael is a physician’s assistant and Andrea is a nurse.
They brought samples of medicine to Cuba as they have to Haiti and Mexico.
They are devout Catholics, and they believed their trip to Cuba was a
kind of missionary trip. “In the Gospel we’re called upon
to make peace,” Michael said. Michael McCarthy and representatives
of the Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan for 2005 will speak at St. Stephen’s
Church about their experiences. 7 p.m. Free. 2123 Clinton Ave. S.,
Mpls. 612-724-6150 or 612-276-0778. Ed Felien
The 400 Bar
The alt. Country craze has come and gone more than once over the last
decade, and even as many of those hailed as its greatest stars have shucked
their copies of Sweetheart of the Rodeo in favor of Kraut-rock
records (I’m looking in your direction Mr. Tweedy)—others
have stayed true to the medium. Robbie Fulks has been playing traditional
country with a modern lyrical slant to it for more than two decades. On
his first album of original material in four years, Georgia Hard,
Fulks returns to the Countrypolitan Roger Miller inspired sounds of his
earlier recordings. With Sara Softich. 9 p.m. $8 adv/ $10 door. 21+.
400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Nathan Dean
The Good Life
The Triple Rock Social Club
the home lives of these Saddle Creek guys really that shitty? Like his
protégé Conor Oberst, Omahanian-turned-world-spanning-musician
Tim Kasher seems to have a strong aversion to ever taking more than a
two-week break between gargantuan tours. Not content to dominate the indie
music spotlight with merely one band (that being the bone-crushingly cool
orchestral-tinged metal of his band Cursive), Kasher long ago branched
out with a side band, The Good Life, to channel his lower-decibeled-muse
and take it into Mogis-abetted baroque folk terrain. The music on the
most recent Good Life longplayer, the cheekily entitled Album of the
Year, is indeed frequently sweet and airy, but the overall tone (thanks
to a markedly woe-heavy lyric sheet) is just as acidic and bleak as anything
off of Cursive’s landmark fly-on-the-wall-divorce-chronicle Domestica.
In Kasher’s world the semi-protagonists are still deceiving, lying,
getting black out drunk and self-shattering their dreams. It may make
for a rough life, but damn if the man hasn’t managed to wring some
great albums out of relationship rough patches. With Make Believe, The
Zykos. 6 p.m. $10. All Ages. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399.
The 7th St. Entry
Currently Seattle’s best-kept pop secret, Shane Tutmarc and his
revolving cast of buddies in Dolour are already much beloved in their
home city, and ready to start winning converts outside of “Singles”-land.
Each successive Dolour record has seen Tutmarc further refine his keyboard
driven songwriting chops, and the lush and adventurous New Old Friends,
released this fall on Damien Jurado’s Made In Mexico Records, finds
Tutmarc working snuggly in a pop music sweet spot equal parts Fountains
of Wayne and Beulah. If you thought energetic indie-pop was dead, Dolour
have arrived just in time to let you know the error of your ways—and
make your head bop while teaching the lesson. With Melodious Owl, The
Catch. 9 p.m. $7. 21+. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. van
Headphones, The Crystal Skulls
The 7th St. Entry
the idea of Telev ision revisited a quarter century later and forced to
whittle their magic into concise pop songs sound appealing to you? Yeah,
to me too—and that’s just part of the reason I can’t
seem to stop spinning the debut from Seattle’s next big thing, The
Crystal Skulls. Far more than the-Strokes-with-sweaters-and-better-hygiene
than some have made them out to be, the Crystal Skulls’ slightly
jazzy and always-a little-off-kilter pop songs are would-be anthems for
the awkwardly dancing set. Headlining the night are Headphones, the new
electronic pop project from Pedro the Lion front man David Bazan and his
buddy TW Walsh. Is anyone else more than a little bit suspicious that
this project was perhaps “inspired” by fellow Washington State-er
Ben Gibbard’s runaway success with his Postal Service sideproject?
Unlike the Postal Service’s extreme-makeover on the Death Cab sound,
Headphones pretty much sound like Pedro-the-Casio-Loving-Lion, the beats
here just as slow and mournful as the rhythms of Bazan’s more organic
material, and the old school synth and drum sounds are nowhere near “techno.”
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, and any fans enamored
of Bazan’s previous work will have no trouble acclimating to Headphone’s
synthetic anti-groove. With Duplomacy. 9 p.m. $10. 21+. 701 First Ave.
N., Mpls. 612-338-8388. van Alstyne
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