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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for October 5 - October 11, 2005
Thursday 06 October @ 06:16:57
Hot TicketsThe Stooges Brass Band...Little Man/Sound Unseen...Mia Doi Todd...The Posies...The Blind Shake CD Release...Nathan Jurevicius...Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit...The Honeydogs...Poosa...these shows/events will warm up your frigid fall week! Check Your Pulse!

October 5 - October 11, 2005

The Stooges Brass Band
Lili’s Burlesque

The Stooges (no relation to Iggy) are proving that it takes more than a category 4 hurricane to quell the spirit of a New Orleans brass band. After Katrina obliterated their 9th Ward homes—destroying belongings and instruments—these eight musicians reunited in Atlanta with little more than the clothes on their backs. Now they’ve embarked on a 15-city “March On” tour that lands them in Minneapolis this week. Local musicians from the South Side Aces and Jack Brass Band helped organize the tour and coordinated an effort to send them replacement instruments. The show takes place at Lili’s Burlesque with South Side Aces and Jack Brass Band. 9 p.m. $6 (all proceeds go to the band). 327 N. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-325-0987 or 612-871-6591. Also at Nomad World Pub on Fri. Oct. 7. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424. Nancy Sartor



Little Man/Sound Unseen
Oak Street Theater

The first time I saw Chris Perricelli he was on stage at First Avenue doing a wicked sexy cover of a T. Rex song. A devotee of all that’s glam, I was instantly smitten by the powerhouse sound coming out of this captivating fella. Since then I’ve caught gigs by Perricelli’s band, Little Man, as well as his recent stripped down solo show at the 331 Club. There’s something about this guy that makes you smile and swoon—that simultaneously rocks and soothes you. Perricelli celebrates his birthday this Saturday with a Little Man show at the Nomad World Pub, and also opens the 6th annual Sound Unseen Film Festival on Friday with a concert before the screening of “Born to Boogie”—a film with Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Ringo Starr and Elton John. Minnesota Film Arts says the 1972 film features these rockers cavorting with “otter-men, mirror-eating dwarves, burger-scarfing nuns … and other oddities.” What could be more enticing? This year’s Sound Unseen looks particularly heady, with films that cover a multitude of genres, artists and musical associates—from Nick Cave to Leadbelly, Charles Mingus to Phillip Glass, and Radiohead to Brian Epstein, to name just a few. Mary Lucia hosts. Opening night Fri. 7 p.m. Runs Oct. 7 – 16. $5/$8 per film; various festival passes $35 - $100. 309 Oak St. SE, Mpls. 612-331-3134 or Sartor

Mia Doi Todd
The 400 Bar

A classically trained vocalist who started off self-releasing sparse acoustic recordings while attending Yale during the early ’90s, Los Angelino Mia Doi Todd’s music has always been driven by her oddly beautiful voice and stark poetic lyrics. A rather surprising turn of events at the dawn of the 2000s saw Ms. Todd recording a lavish major label debut for Sony under the tutelage of über-producer Mitchell Froom that largely consisted of elaborate re-workings of earlier material (2002’s The Golden State). When, surprise surprise, Todd’s arty and oblique take on the singer/songwriter genre didn’t sell well, Sony dropped her cold. Now Todd’s back in indie-land with a new record, Manzanita, that shows her returning to her sparse roots. If Chan Marshall’s Cat Power were more lyrically inventive and musically dynamic it would probably sound a lot like Ms. Todd. Not to be missed. With headlining act Dungen. 9 p.m. $10 adv / $12 door. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Rob van Alstyne



The Posies
The 400 Bar

Some bands have a hard time breaking up and making it stick. From damn near the first week since Seattle power-pop mainstays the Posies called it quits back in 1998 they’ve seemingly been inching towards this reunion. Vocalists/guitarists Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer were reuniting for one off acoustic gigs in the Northwest before some even knew the band had gone away in the first place (one of these shows became the acoustic live album In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Plugging In). By 2003 they were releasing split solo EPs togethe—and they still saw each other as members of the retooled Big Star lineup. So although the Posies’ comeback album, Every Kind Of Light, is severely lacking in the “surprise” factor that draws most people to comeback albums in the first place, the group more than makes up for it by delivering the goods. It’s not quite Frosting on the Beater, but the album does still manage to pack plenty of fluffy pop goodness into its generally tame and mid-tempo framework. Power-pop for adults doesn’t get much better. With Oranger, The Wholesome People. 9 p.m. $10 adv / $12 door. 21+. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. van Alstyne

The Blind Shake CD Release
Big V’s

Just as I figured agitated fans would finally mutiny and take The Blind Shake hostage in a recording studio, the guys have gotten a reprieve by delivering the goods. Yep. We’re talkin’ a new record out on Learning Curve, home to fellow blasting caps We Invented Tornadoes, the mighty Dames and the one and only Vaz. I’m pretty sure the initiated realize that the recorded product can’t quite kick it like your favorite band does live, but like good groupies, that still doesn’t mean we don’t want to take them home with us. Anyway, for those who’ve seen The Blind Shake, we know what awaits. The latest finds them invading new ghettoes and vaulting vaster musical vistas. If their previous three-song 7” was the tip of the proverbial iceberg, Rizzograph is the submerged mass that’ll send her to the bottom. Though it’s sure to satiate the jonesing fans, it will leave them howling for more as it shows a glimpse of future delights. The copious open tunings reveal the ongoing education of Jim and Mike Blaha on their guitars, while the stopping power of Dave Roper’s drumming evokes the Browning Automatic Rifle with its frightening report and deadly wallop. The trebly, slightly effeminate vocals are the perfect counterbalance that do nothing to lessen the terrible weight. So go down and slap’em on the back, then slap some dough in their hands for the new disc. You won’t be disappointed. With Mute Era, The Slats, The STNNNG. 9 p.m. 21+.1567 University Ave. W., St. Paul. 651-645-8472 Donny Doane

Nathan Jurevicius
Ox-Op Gallery

Even though I sometimes get upwards of 100 press releases a day about various artistic events throughout the Twin Cities—from banal to bracing—the ones that always stick out and command my attention are the shows at Ox-Op Gallery. A premier venue for showcasing underground and hipster art, Ox-Op never disappoints, and this Saturday’s opening of work by Nathan Jurevicius is no exception. Just opening the JPEG attachment had me squealing with delight as I ogled the spooky-cute characters rendered by this native Aussie. Jurevicius has been serving up delectable eye candy for more than 10 years through visual art, editorial illustration, animation, photography and short films. The creator of “Scarygirl” comic has also teamed up with notorious Hong Kong toy manufacturer Flying Cat to distribute a line of vinyl toys, products and clothing inspired by the strip. This is twisted artistry at its best, and just in time for Halloween. Reception Sat. Oct. 8, 7 – 10 p.m. Exhibit runs through Oct. 31. 1111 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. 612-259-0085. Sartor


Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit
Spectacle Shoppe

Despite FEMA’s tragic bungling of relief efforts to victims of Hurricane Katrina, communities and faith-based organizations around the country have coordinated efforts to deliver more than a billion dollars in aid to those in need. The outpouring of support continues locally this weekend with a benefit hosted by the Spectacle Shoppe and the Pizza Factory/Adagios. The event features an outdoor concert with The Kurt Jorgenson Band, Capital Sons, Jack Knife and the Sharps, Dwaine Larson and more, plus a silent auction of cool shades donated by Oakley, Neostyle and George II Trading Company. $10 suggested donation. 2050 Silver Lake Rd., New Brighton. 651-636-3434. Sartor

The Honeydogs
The Fitzgerald

89.3 The Current does so much for us: it wakes us up in the morning, give us cool stickers for our windshields and interviews us about the explosion of local compilations. OK, maybe that’s more “me” than “us,” but the heads over at the Current have come up with another great idea: “Guest Session Sundays.” These live sessions bring together bands and their buddies at the Fitzgerald. In this case, local luminaries The Honeydogs will be joined by singing and head-shaking wiz Dave Pirner, pedal steel wiz Joe Savage, bass and beard-growing wiz John Munson, big-voiced wiz JoAnna James and others. Who are all wizzes in their own way. Thorn’s going to host the whole shebang and it’s being recorded for broadcast on 89.3 at a later date. So you can clap your hands and when you hear it back, say, “That was the record I dug down at the Fitzgerald.” 7:30 p.m. $20 advance / $24 door. All Ages. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul. 651-290-1221. Steve McPherson



The Turf Club

Poosa is apparently a nickname that lead singer Melissa Sonnen has had since childhood, just by way of explanation, and Poosa’s music has a kind of childlike quality to it. Sonnen’s voice is untempered and excitable, while their album Hyacinth calls to mind Built to Spill’s unhinged and ramshackle raggedness. Elements of bossa nova sneak into “My Darling” and amiably swinging ballad “Brighton Beach” tempers the edginess of much of the rest of the disc. The title track shifts tempos several times, and while that’s pretty much as experimental as it gets, engineer Rich Mattson (who’s officially leaving the Twin Cities later this month) has gotten some good sounds down on tape for this one and the Ol’ Turf Club seems like just the right venue for Poosa’s charmingly off-key rocking and rolling. With Rich Rue and Nikki Matteson and Spike Driver. 9 p.m. Free. 21+. Corner of University & Snelling Aves., St. Paul. 651-647-0486. McPherson


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