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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for April 12- April 18, 2006
Thursday 13 April @ 13:32:52
The New Congress... P.O.S.... Zooman and the Sign... Happy Apple... Start Seeing Haiti... MN Rollergirls... Henry Butler... plus, other heated shows/events/hot tix to spring you forward...
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12 - April 18, 2006
Bunkers Music Bar
Every once in a good while a band comes along that simply has it. Thoroughbred
New Congress throw down with their debut release Everybody Gets
Up! The CD is nasty silk at its absolute finest. These guys have to
be seen to be believed, so catch them at this week as they break it down
live to promote Everybody Gets Up! Can you say “off the hook”?
Front man singer-guitarist Aaron Cosgrove is a songwriter who actually
gives a damn about what he says, and is not only good, but also downright
innovative. Sometimes the songs are about sex on the science-fiction tip,
sometimes they focus on existential social commentary and sometimes they’re
just regular, man-to-woman crooning. When ace keyboardist Russ King contributes
to the music, it’s some of the best stuff you’ve heard since
’80s groove merchants like Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and Tower of
Power. You think TNT explodes? Feel some TNC. With their chops and innovative
material, if anybody has big-time stamped all over them in block letters,
it’s The New Congress. 9:30 p.m. $5. 761 N. Washington Ave.,
Mpls. 612-338-8188. DWIGHT
Making Music featuring P.O.S.
The Whole Music Club
only gotten to check out one of the Making Music series at the Whole
Music Club so far, and that was with James Diers of Halloween, Alaska
back in the fall, but I’m really looking forward to this installment.
As the press release states, the Making Music series is “easily
described as ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for local musicians,”
with host JG Everest not so much grilling as gently stirring the guests
with questions about their music making process and life in general. A
couple questions, a live performance, rinse, repeat. This week, Everest’s
guest will be Stef Alexander, who’s better known as rapper P.O.S.,
but also leads hardcore band Building Better Bombs. Alexander’s
got way more to talk about than two turntables and a microphone. For instance,
I bet you didn’t know that he’s a music gearhead who knows
way more about guitars than most guitarists. Bring your questions for
the Q&A session and settle in for a mellow evening of musical banter.
8 p.m. Free. All Ages. Coffman Memorial Union, U of M, Mpls. 612-625-8269.
Cable Channel 6
“Searchmode” is a refreshingly unflashy and down-to-earth
local music program that eschews fancy graphics and “colorful”
commentary in favor of solid live footage, one-on-one interviews and the
calming narration of executive producer Ossian Or. Thursday’s episode
features highlights from this year’s South by Southwest Festival
in Austin, Texas, which featured a large number of Twin Cities bands.
The episode includes live clips of The Plastic Constellations, Coach Said
Not To, The Owls, Luke Zimmerman and the suddenly red-hot Tapes ‘n’
Tapes. Gritty footage of the bands is intercut with close-ups of their
CD artwork and even shots of the festival guide and the Austin edition
of the Onion calling attention to Twin Cities bands. Week in and week
out, Searchmode is shining a light on Twin Cities bands and next week’s
edition is scheduled to feature footage from Chris Koza’s CD Release.
I’d suggest adding it to your TiVO queue ASAP. 9 p.m. Also
showing on Sat., Apr. 15. Cable Channel 6. Searchmode.tv.
Zooman and the Sign
Theatre Company stages one hell of a ringer in “Zooman and the
Sign” by Charles Fuller, a Pulitzer Prize winner for “A Soldier’s
Play” and historic icon of Negro Ensemble Company lore. With gangs
in St. Paul, Minneapolis and everywhere else in America gunning each other
down, and in the process shooting innocent bystanders, our city streets
have become reminiscent of the Old West. “Zooman and the Sign”
strikes a telling nerve. In the immediate aftermath of their daughter’s
tragic murder, the Tate family struggles to find her killer. A once-compassionate
black community is rendered powerless by recurring gang violence and police
apathy. Reuben Tate’s pleas to his neighbors are met with icy refusals
or indifference. Racked with a sense of helplessness, he posts a plea
for humanity that rouses an emotionally ravaged neighborhood to its feet.
It’s about time Penumbra got back to the classics, and artistic
director Lou Bellamy, who directs “Zooman and the Sign,” could
not have picked a better show. Through May 7. Thu. 7:30; Fri.
8 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 7:30 p.m. $15 - $32. 270 N.
Kent St., St. Paul. 651-224-3180. HOBBES
Named after a ’60s Fisher Price toy, which is appropriate for their
funkily playful spirit and style, Happy
Apple is back to wow adoring audiences at the AQ for not one, but
two spectacular nights. The rebellious rocking saxophone of Michael Lewis
is nothing short of astounding—in demand in France, he’s revered
far and wide for his riveting chops. 1960s European free jazz pioneers
such as Evan Parker have witnessed hope for the future of free jazz via
Lewis. Local lifetime achievement award recipient, saxophonist Eddie Berger
says Lewis is “incredible, just outstanding. That kid is really
good.” Percussionist and co-founder David King (The Bad Plus, Halloween,
Alaska, The Love-cars, F*K*G and more) is not only one of the busiest
drummers in town, but also one of the best. Every band he gives the beat
to seems to turn to gold. Bassist Erik Fratzke (Zebulon Pike) offers up
a metallic edge to this jazz band whose eclectic tastes and influences
range from Radiohead to Rollins, from math to planetariums. Happy Apple
surges with a huge energy and complex cohesiveness like no other in the
world. Not to be missed. 9 p.m. $12. 21+. 408 St. Peter St., St.
Paul. 651-292-1359. CYN
Raising the Fawn
said it before and I’ll say it again: Canada’s amazing. The
latest disc to come down the pipeline from our northern neighbors is The
Maginot Line by Raising
the Fawn, and it has the same caterwauling expansiveness and slippery
comfort that made Broken Social Scene’s self-titled effort and Wolf
Parade’s Apologies to the Queen Mary two of my favorite discs
of last year. A lot of bands from the Great White North seem to have this
ability to combine the lo-fi sound of the underground with the hi-fi payoffs
of the mainstream, and RTF is no exception to this. The songs often blossom
into six-minute plus territory, although there are short instrumental
interludes peppered throughout, marking them as a band that should fit
in quite comfortably at the Varsity.
With headliners the Stills. 8 p.m. $13/$15. 18+. 1308 4th St.
SE, Mpls. 612-604-0222. MCPHERSON
Start Seeing Haiti
neighbor Haiti is the only democracy born of an African slave uprising,
which took place in 1805. During the 20th century U.S.-backed dictators
led the country, until 1990 when Haitians choose the beloved priest Father
Jean-Bertram Aristide as its first democratically elected president. During
mass riots in February 2005, Aristide was removed from office. Local members
of the Haiti
Justice Committee (HJC) continue to travel there—the poorest
nation in our hemisphere. This weekend, HJC is at Patrick’s Cabaret
hosting an event to raise relief funds. Catch the spirit of the Caribbean
with Cyril Paul and the Calypso Monarchs, African and Haitian drummers
and dancers, local jazz group Honeysuckle Rose and spoken-word artists.
Tony Paul, KFAI’s host of the “Shake and Bake” show
will emcee. Enjoy this early taste of summer and support a great cause.
7 p.m. $10 - $15 suggested donation. 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls.
MN Rollergirls Final Bout: The Day the Rink Stood
think of Safety Last on this, the last bout of the Minnesota
Rollergirls for the season. Atomic Bombshells combat the Garda Belts,
and then Dagger Dolls try to blast off the Rockits. Before the action
starts, enjoy the pre-bout party in Rice Park, with Pabst, hot dogs and
hamburgers for a buck each from 5 – 7 p.m. Bonus! Be one of the
first 199 people to walk into the arena and get a free Minnesota RollerGirls
T-shirt. It seems like it just can’t get any more fun than this,
but then there’s Safety Last (Rusty Jones, Tim Mauseth and Jimmy
Tollefsrud) performing the halftime show. You have no excuse not to come
out and enjoy this last chance to catch one of the wildest events in Minnesota—there
are no taxes due until April 17, and there are free Shamrock Shuttles
from O’Gara’s Garage to Roy Wilkins at 6:15 and 7:00 p.m.
More partying is to be had at Station Four— Pre-bout Happy Hour
from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 PBR Tallboys, free snackbar, and after party
at 10 p.m. with the music of Street Hassle and Anchorhead. Proceeds go
to Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota. Large crowds
are expected, so you may want to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid
the lines. 6:30 p.m. Trackside $12/$14; general admission $10/$12;
9 and under free with adult. 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul. mnRollerGirls.com.
fact that Henry
Butler is a blind, Afro-American, southern born-and-bred pianist/vocalist
invites comparisons to the late, iconic Ray Charles. But New Orleans native
Butler has developed his own unique style, blending a century-worth of
Crescent City piano tradition into a mix of stride, boogie-woogie, modern
jazz and more. After a recording session and tour with an ad hoc group
of fellow Hurricane Katrina exiles, Butler is now living in Boulder, Colo.
Butler’s recent trials should add a certain poignancy and potency
to his Easter night performance at the Dakota. 6 p.m. $20. 8 p.m.
$15. 1010 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 612-332-1010. DAN
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.