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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for May 4 - May 10, 2005
Friday 06 May @ 21:13:46
David Poe...Built to Spill...Robert Putnam...Nora O'Connor...Low Skies...Amy Goodman...Breast Cancer Benefit...Trio Tipo...Media Fair...Check Your Pulse for great local shows/events this week!
4 - May 10, 2005
The Bryant Lake Bowl
Poe may “officially” live in New York City, but he’s
entwined himself closely enough with the Twin Cities music scene (as a
fixture in Kraig Johnson’s backing band The Program) that one can
be forgiven for mistaking Poe’s home address as somewhere in Minneapolis.
Tonight he’ll be showcasing songs from his just-released third album,
Love Is Red, a unique live recording that spotlights new material, as
well as some reworking of top-notch cuts off his previous two recorded
platters. A witty wordsmith and always energized performer, be ready for
emphatic strumming, sassy lyricism and wide grinning from Poe, the rare
singer/songwriter who makes you want to get up out of your seat and pump
your fist rather than sit back and sip a latte. With Kraig Johnson, The
Original Mark Edwards, The Melismatics. 7 p.m. $15. All Ages. 810 W.
Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-8949. Rob van Alstyne
Built to Spill
definitive jam band for indie-rockers, Built to Spill have been keepin’
it like a mega-secret in the exceedingly quiet four years since their
last album, the completely underwhelming Ancient Melodies of the Future.
Last I checked, however, Doug Martsch still rode swirling-guitar-stairways-to-indie-rock-heaven
better than all comers, and knew his way around a wistful tune, so there’s
always hope that BTS’s long-awaited new album (which still hasn’t
wrapped recording) will be a welcome return to totemic-Northwestern-indie-rock
form. You’ll get the chance to judge for yourself at this pair of
gigs, as the band will likely be debuting much of the material on stage—right
before your very eyes! As long as Martsch ditches the totally gross headband
and unfortunate “Freebird” cover that marred their last otherwise
great performance I caught in town, this show should be sublime. With
Mike Johnson. 9 p.m. $8. 21+. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388.
And again on Thu. May 5. 6 p.m. $15. All Ages. van Alstyne
Westminster Presbyterian Church
his 2000 book, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American
Community,” Harvard professor Robert Putnam came to a shocking conclusion.
We have become a nation of lonely, isolated people, and all forms of human
interaction have declined dramatically in the last 30 years. Families
having dinner together, neighbors coming over for poker games, Kiwanis,
bowling leagues, political participation, voting—all were common
in the America of 30 years ago, and all have become rare, practiced only
by the elderly. His 2003 follow-up, “Better Together: Restoring
the American Community,” written with Lewis Feldstein, describes
ways that people across America are re-weaving our social fabric and restoring
hope. Putnam will talk about the reasons for the decline of American society.
noon. 1200 Marquette Ave., Mpls. email@example.com or 612.332.3421.
The 400 Bar
years spent in the role of stunning guest vocalist on innumerable solid
albums, such as the New Pornographers and Andrew Bird, Chicago chanteuse
Nora O’Connor finally stepped out on her own last year with the
release of ‘Til the Dawn, a side of tasty Americana meat. Although
just a half-hour long and a bit light on original material (six of the
nine cuts are covers), O’Connor more than makes up in artful execution
what she might lack in songwriting prolificacy. A tuneful singer with
musical chops who tactfully avoids the oversinging cowgirl route, O’Connor’s
laid-back, slightly jazzy delivery is perfectly suited for her material.
Besides, anyone who can recast a Stevie Nicks tune (“That’s
Alright”) spectacularly enough to make a life-long Fleetwood Mac-hater
like myself possibly reconsider their position is truly a musical genius.
With The Pines, The Julie Puppets. 9 p.m. $5 adv / $7 door. 21+. 400
Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Nathan Dean
The Minnesota Museum of American Art
ideal band to share a bill with our own kings of the musical macabre,
Kid Dakota, Chicago’s Low Skies craft similarly theatrical and downbeat
epics. The group’s recent EP, I Have Been To Beautiful Places, manages
to make a lasting (and exceedingly haunting) impact over its five tracks.
Whether opting for sweeping grandiosity (the eight-and-a-half minute “New
Deal”) or restrained noir warble (the organ heavy dirge “Pull
It Over”), Low Skies deliver the goods. It’s exceedingly strange
to hear this sort of music paired with an exceptionally tuneful and rich
vocalist (front man Christopher Salveter sounds like an Americanized Morrisey
on more than one occasion), but the contrast is perfect, injecting unexpected
beauty into the heavy-lidded despair of songs with titles like “Funeral
Pew.” With Kid Dakota. 7 p.m. $7 ($5 for MMA Members). All Ages.
Kellogg Blvd. at Market St., St. Paul. 651-266-1030. van Alstyne
Wesley United Methodist Church
two decades, Amy Goodman has fearlessly reported the real news, the stories
that should be headlines on CNN and FOX. At times she has risked her own
life filing news reports from war zones, as when she was badly beaten
while reporting on the genocide in East Timor—a story not a single
U.S. news outlet covered. As the host of “Democracy Now!,”
Goodman has been one of the first to report on America’s most important
issues long before they “leak” into the elite media. She frequently
tours the country, talking with regular Americans in churches and town
halls. This Saturday, Goodman returns to the Twin Cities to talk with
Americans here about her new book, “The Exception to the Rulers:
Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them.”
Proceeds benefit KFAI Radio, Minneapolis Television Network (MTN, public
access) and the St. Paul Neighborhood Network. 7 p.m. $15. 101 E. Grant
St., Mpls. http://www.indietickets.com or 612-341-3144. Kaller
Breast Cancer Benefit
The Triple Rock Social Club
Yet another case of local musicians banding together to benefit a worthy
cause, this special show rounds up some of the best talent in town from
all corners of the music scene (alt. Country to punk rock) to help lead
the fight against breast cancer. The bands will be donating their time
and talent to help the fundraising efforts of Lara Bollweg of Minneapolis
and Laura Grimes of Eagan, who will join thousands of other dedicated
women and men at the Twin Cities Breast Cancer 3-Day, benefiting the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust
Breast Cancer Fund. The participants will walk 60 miles on June 24-26
to increase breast cancer awareness and to raise money for critical research
and community outreach programs. So even if your physical conditioning
isn’t up to the 60-mile journey, you can at least do your part by
making the short trip on down to the Rock and plunking down some money
for the great tunes. Really, it’s the least you could do. Featuring:
Superhopper, Martin Devaney, Mike Gunther & His Restless Souls, The
Lonely Assassins Club. 9 p.m. $7. 21+. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903.
“Music at once familiar and strangely exotic” would be a fair
description of Trio Tipo. Steve Haskin writes music that combines Middle
Eastern, Spanish and Brazilian rhythms with jazz melodic lines. He is
joined by the excellent guitar playing of Don Sellers and the sure beat
of Terry Lee Storhaug on percussion. They’re easy to listen to without
being Easy Listening. 8 p.m. 1579 Hamline Ave. N., Falcon Heights.
651-644-9959. Ed Felien
Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul
2006 Congress wants to make television and radio go digital. Expensive
for broadcasters to implement and unaffordable for many citizens to access,
what are the implications? Will government and corporations have even
more control of information? Local media activists and public broadcasters
are holding a Citizens Media Fair on this critical issue for democracy.
6:30 – 9 p.m. Free. 175 E. 4th St. @ Sibley, Lowertown, St. Paul.
651-229-1559 or Lee Dechert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lydia Howell