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Twin Town High (vol. 8)
Hot Tickets for September 22nd - September 28th
Wednesday 22 September @ 14:47:42
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter...Drunk Drivers...Arab Film Festival...Scott Laurent...Bryan Barnett...Rilo Kiley...and many other tickets on fire!
22 - September 28, 2004
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
@ The 400 Bar
Sykes and her band The Sweet Hereafter (which features co-songwriter and
former Whiskeytown guitarist Phil Wandschler) are currently logging road
miles in support of their second slice of sublimely weary Americana, the
pensive and wholly engrossing Oh, My Girl. Sykes creepy cigarette-songbird
voice proves the perfect fit for her band's cinematically leaning
material on cuts like the dramatic wind-blown noir of "Troubled
Violinist Anne Marie Ruljancich, also of the Walkabouts, is the group's
secret weapon and artful purveyor of tear-inducing melancholia, but every
element of the group's sound screams class (from the upright bass
plunks of Neko Case sideman Bill Herzog to the mallet-heavy percussive
work of drummer Kevin Warner). With Redleaves. 9 p.m. $8. 21+.
400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. Rob van Alstyne
@ The Turf Club
you ready for some football? No, Hank Williams Jr., I'm not. I'm
ready for sunburn. I'm ready for global warming. I'm ready
for some summer for crying out loud. But since none of the above is likely
to happen for another eight months, I'm more than ready to toss
back a few gallons of La Crosse Lager with the Drunk Drivers and think
warm thoughts. Back again for one of their quarterly visits, Drunk Drivers
barrel into town to present a reasonable rock 'n roll threat
to any can of PBR within reach. Last time in Eau Claire, a poor, unfortunate
can of Old Style hit the stage and began hemorrhaging its precious golden
nectar all over. But the ever-calm Stretch Hudson allayed any alarm by
simply saying, "We'll get some sutures and nurse it back to
health." Now that's what I call love. And if we ply these
gentlemen with enough of that and some booze, maybe they'll play
"Gwyneth Paltrow" a treat normally reserved for their hometown
set. With The Blind Shake, Box of Steaks. 9 p.m. $3. 21+. The
Corner of University and Snelling Ave., St. Paul. 651-647-0486. Donny
Arab Film Festival
@ Intermedia Arts
CNN and Hollywood manufacture a single image of "enemy Arabs,"
a sumptuous feast of films made by and about Arab people from around the
world is being curated by MIZNA - the Minneapolis-based Arab-American
literary/arts journal. The filmfest features contemporary documentaries
and shorts, with an emphasis on Egypt, one of the most developed film
industries in the Arab world. Nadi El Fani's "Bedwin Hacker"
might be the next feminist classic, while "Rana's Wedding"
by Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, is a love story set in the Occuppied
Territories. Emmanuel Hamon's "Selves & Others"
is a portrait of the late, eloquent Palestinian intellectual Edward Said.
And corporate media cheerleading for the Iraq war is exposed in "Democracy
in a Time of War" a film produced by reporters from Democracy Now.
The second annual Arab Film Festival provides contradictory perspectives
and explores the full range of human experiences within diverse Arab cultures.
For a complete schedule go to: MIZNA.org.
Thu. Sept. 23 – Sun. Sept. 26, $5/film, $25/festival pass. Intermedia
Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-871-4444. Lydia Howell
Scott Laurent, Bryan Barnett
@ The Bryant Lake Bowl
Two solid local singer/songwriters with decidedly different approaches,
the pairing of Bryan Barnett and Scott Laurent should yield an interesting
show. Laurent is still performing in support of his Ed Ackerson-produced
breakthrough from last year, Truth is Lies, it's a package of gritty
street-ready tunes that show Laurent is worthy of more attention here
on his home turf (he's already got a respectable overseas following).
Opening the show is Barnett, who has his own breakthrough record (last
year's Two & Out) helmed by an equally well-known and respected
studio vet (John Hermanson). It's a collection of lush lengthy songs
not afraid to go for the dramatic (the number of string flourishes on
this here joint is staggering). Barnett's about to head back in
the studio with Hermanson again to record the follow-up to Two & Out
so be on the lookout for new songs in his set. Helping Barnett bring the
noise is his recently assembled band featuring Blake Erdahl and Mike Kelly
(who've both logged time with Big Ditch Road) and Troy Alexander
(who also plays with Laurent). Should be a band-member swapping,
theatre-rocking night. 9:30 p.m. $6 adv/$8 door. All Ages. 81 West Lake
Street, Mpls. 612-825-8949. van Alstyne
Poster Offensive 2
@ Frank Stone Gallery
Nearly all the pieces unveiled at the first Poster Offensive show at the
Frank Stone Gallery last February sold out in a heartbeat on opening night.
Don't miss your opportunity this weekend to view new works by more
than two dozen artists who use their voices and visual talents to offer
political statements that far outshine the traditional candidate yard
event is an independent, nonpartisan show, featuring contemporary interpretations
of political dissent. Despite that nonpartisan assertion, local powers-that-be
at the Strib denied Frank Stone Gallery ad placement for this show because
they were "offended" by the Iraq war statistics detailed in
artist Jeff Johnson's poster. With just six weeks to go before the
election, come see what you're missing in the mainstream media.
Opening reception Fri. Sept. 24, 5 – 10 p.m. Sat. Sept.
25 - Sun. Sept. 26, 12 - 5 p.m. Frank Stone Gallery, 1224
2nd St. S.E., Mpls. 612-617-9965. Nancy Sartor
A Cancer Debt Benefit for Brett
Johnson of Blue Worm Records
@ First Avenue
A beloved local figure who probably does more to help the scene in one week
than most people do in a lifetime, Blue Worm Records founder Brett Johnson
has run into some medical problems and their accompanying obscenely high
treatment bills. Fortunately, there's something you can do to help - and
it's pretty easy. Simply make your way out to this incredible show
and plunk down your cover charge at the door knowing that the cash is
going to a mighty good cause (to help erase Johnson's medical debts).
In the six years Johnson's been running Blue Worm Records, he's
started the careers of too many great local bands to count, many of whom
might not have made it where they are today without his help and guidance.
So come on y'all, it's time to give back to a man whose done
more than his fair share of giving to the Twin Cities music scene. Featuring
Kid Vengeance, Dillinger Four, The Dames, Devilinside, The Swiss Army,
Claire de Lune. With special in-between set Hip-Hop/Poetry performances
by Doom Tree. 5 p.m. $8 adv/ $10 door. All Ages. 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.
612-338-8388. Nathan Dean
A Whisper in the Noise
@ The Bryant Lake Bowl
Soft-spoken local rock group A Whisper In the Noise know their way around
clever experimentation, and continue that tradition on their new album,
2D, a limited-edition collaboration with Duluth slow-core instrumentalists
If Thousands. Each act does a good job of not overstepping their bounds,
emitting similar sounds while simultaneously injecting a slightly different
energy into each other's work. If you're new to the macabre
layered sound of A Whisper in the Noise and don't find yourself
immediately latching on to them, don't fret. Wait until you're
in a different mood and give the band another spin, and I guarantee you
they'll be able to mesmerize you into a second, third, or umpteenth
listen. 9:30 p.m. $6 adv/$8 door. All Ages. 81 West Lake Street,
Mpls. 612-825-8949. Louis Lenzmeier
@ The 400 Bar
Ryan is an American songwriting treasure and the fact that he's
forced to trudge his lonely way through the nations bars performing before
a moderately-sized but rabidly-devoted audience rather than ply his wares
on the stages of large theaters has more to say about the sorry state
of pop music today than it does Ryan's skills. This is Ryan's
third stop in town since the release of his career-defining album Regret
Over the Wires last year, but his first headlining gig, so attendance
should be required for anyone claiming to be a fan of passionate and intelligent
songwriters. With a sandpapery voice that cuts to the quick, Ryan is the
rare press-appointed Paul Westerberg disciple actually worthy of the comparison.
With Sarah Woolever. Early show! 8 p.m. doors.
Ryan at 9 p.m. 21+. $8. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-332-2903. van
Rocks with Wings
@ Oak Street Cinema
You need some cheering up. You need an uplifting story about people fighting
back after they've been told they're no good, after they believe
they're no good, after it's been proven to them time and time
again that they're losers and it's futile to fight back. You
need a story like that, because these kids win. These kids are gonna make
it. You need to cheer for these kids, because right about now we all need
to cheer for each other. We need to believe we're gonna make it.
We've got to believe we can win. You gotta see these Navajo girls
play basketball. You gotta see their intensity. You gotta taste their
desire. Then try and tell someone you're giving up. You can't
do it. You see these kids and you regain faith, and most of all you regain
hope. Go see "Rocks with Wings" at the poverty series at Oak
Street Cinema. Mon., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Oak Street Cinema, 309
Oak St. S.E., Mpls. 621-331-3134. Ed Felien
@ The Ascot Room
Kiley have made the big leap to major-label land signing with Warner Bros.
imprint Brute for their third album, More Adventurous, and the signs of
change are everywhere. Shinier sounds, bigger arrangements, more dynamic
singing from formerly-twee-front-woman-turned-commanding-banshee Jenny
Lewis, and a general sense that Rilo Kiley have been taking their creatine.
The band turned once again to Saddle-Creek studio Svengali Mike Mogis
for knob-twiddling duties but the overall feel of this album is definitely
slick and big budget. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing (settle
down you indie snobs), Lewis has a great voice and hearing her actually
belt it out on the entirety of More Adventurous is nothing short of a
revelation. Particularly enjoyable is the soulful cowgirl showcase "I
Never," whose sweeping strings and sassy Wurlitzer produce a song
equal parts stately sophistication and sweaty desperation. The near-complete
absence of guitarist/co-songwriter Blake Sennett's voice is lamentable
(he's only got one track here), but that's forgivable since
he has his own side-project band the Elected going now anyway. So don't
worry about who Rilo Kiley used to be, this band bears little resemblance
to them now, instead enjoy Rilo Kiley for who they are (probably one of
six artists currently in the Warner Empire worth a shit). With
Now It's Overhead, Tilly & the Wall. 5 p.m. $12 adv/ $14 door.
All Ages. 110 N. 5th St., Mpls. 612-338-3383. van Alstyne