This Week in the Entry: Sept 22, 2014

Monday: Wand

Yet another project with major contributions coming from Ty Segall, who produced their newest album and played as guest on several tracks—and is featured on the lead single “Screaming Eye” which was included as the B-side for their label Famous Class 7” alongside Mikal Cronin. Wand’s music is centered around the underground fuzz rock any Ty Segall fan craves yet includes some vibrant electronic soundscapes that set their music far apart from their closest music relatives. These garage rockers are going to put on a hell of a show, especially in a venue as intimate as the 7th St Entry.

Sounds like: Ty Segall, Temples, White Fence, Pink Floyd

Tuesday: Zeus

The eleven tracks on Zeus’ newest release, Classic Zeus, find the band expanding their sonic palette beyond fuzzed-out 70’s rock into heartfelt pop as they maintain their razor-sharp wit and airtight harmonies, landing on something shining and unforgettable. Their most concise and collaborative album to date, Classic Zeus finds all four members — songwriting trio of guitarists Mike O’Brien and Neil Quin and bassist Carlin Nicholson, along with drummer Rob Drake — swapping instrumental and vocal duties.

Sounds like: Grouplove, Megafaun, Vacationer, The Morning Benders

Wednesday: Black Cobra

Black Cobra is a 2-member doom/sludge metal band from San Francisco. The band was formed in 2001 by guitarist Jason Landrian, formerly of Florida doom band Cavity, and former Acid King bassist Rafael Martinez. Named one of Spin Magazine’s “40 Must-See Acts” at the 2012 SXSW music festival, Black Cobra has the attention of the music community and primarily the metal community. “What we strive for is to be ourselves,” said guitarist and vocalist Jason Landrian. “If you like heavy music you’ll probably like us.”

Sounds like: Weedeater, Goatsnake, Saint Vitus

Thursday: Radio K’s 21st Birthday Party ft. Twin Peaks

Young Chicago darlings Twin Peaks will be performing at Radio K’s 21st Birthday Party this Thursday in the Entry. The band is supporting their second LP, Wild Onion (a proper follow-up of their 19 minute debut album), which has been very well-received by the indie rock sphere. The band has been playing their garage-punk rock together since middle school, and are an incredibly talented group, switching between lead vocalists throughout the album.

Sounds like: The Orwells, Parquet Courts, together Pangea

Friday: Slow Club

The folk-rock duo from Sheffield, England released their third album this past July,pushing their sound into the soul genre. The two were listening to Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, and Linda Ronstadt while writing their most recent spectacular LP, Complete Surrender. Their songs are influenced heavily by a variety of emotions while remaining completely cohesive and clear in its folk-soul intentions.

Sounds like: Los Campesinos!, Honeyblood, Summer Camp

Saturday: Sebadoh

Any Dinosaur Jr fan already will have this on their calendar, with it being Lou Barlow’s side project band. In the late eighties and early nineties Sebadoh, alongside bands such as Guided By Voices and Pavement, Sebadoh was a crucial part of the lo-fi movement in the rock world. After a 14-year recording hiatus, during which time members pursued other projects while occasionally touring as Sebadoh, the group returned with the Secret EP and a new full-length album titled Defend Yourself, which were both self-recorded.

Sounds like: Dinosaur Jr, Superchunk, Guided By Voices

Sunday: Bishop Allen

Bishop Allen is an indie rock band from Brooklyn. The band’s core members are Justin Rice and Christian Rudder, who are supported both on stage and in the studio by a rotating cast of collaborators. The band was formed in 2003 and was the product of Rice and Rudder’s friendship; it takes its name from Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the two lived together after attending Harvard University.

Sounds like: Rogue Wave, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Harlem Shakes


Tickets On Sale This Week: Sept 18, 2014

This Week at the Turf: Sept 16, 2014

Tuesday: SHONEN KNIFE’s 1000th Show

Shonen Knife is returning to Minneapolis to headline their 1000th show! The band is a key influence behind much of today’s underground garage-rock; the Japanese trio are masters of D.I.Y. instrument experimentation. With lyrics sung in Japanese and English, what’s not to love? Many of their fans consist of Sonic Youth and Nirvana fans, and you may recognize the PowerPuff girls’ theme song as an original of theirs. The band is prolific in their recorded output, releasing their 20th album this past April. Don’t miss their 1000th show tonight, there are sure to be a few surprises.

Sounds like: The’s, Cibo Matto, Wolfie, Buffalo Daughter, Guitar Wolf

Wednesday: LOWLAND HUM

Husband-wife duo Lowland Hum will be performing their first show in Minneapolis this Wednesday, touring behind their Native Air releases from last year. The folk outfit is known for their multi-sensory shows with visuals provided by the band, described as “a multi-sensory experience, engaging sight, sound, smell, and touch–inviting listeners to be fully present and reducing the space between artist and listener”. With a venue as intimate as the Turf Club, one does not want to miss them this Wednesday.

Sounds like: The Head and the Heart, The Avett Brothers, Nickel Creek, The Last Bison


Any Replacements fan already has this Curtiss A show on their calendar. The past-bandmate of Slim Dunlap and star behind First Ave’s annual John Lennon tribute shows is no stranger to his hometown of Minneapolis. He started the local Twin Tone record label, which has put out releases from The Suburbs, Run Westy Run, The Jayhawks, and of course everything by the Replacements. This Minneapolis legend is a must-see in the newly renovated Turf Club.

Sounds like: The Replacements, The Suburbs, Run Westy Run


Attention all guitar aficionados—the Old Familiar Chime guitar festival will be showcasing a number of the most gifted guitarists of this generation. Showcasing guitar-specific talents of all variety from seven unique musicians spanning several generations of knowledge; old-school rock fans and new-school rock fans alike should have no problem finding joy in this rare event.

Sounds like: William Tyler, Will Ackerman, Scott Johnson


Coming up in the Orange County area with Ty Segall, Nick Waterhouse is no stranger to hard-hitting sounds, but in the R&B form. He has toured extensively with Booker T (of Booker T. & The M.G.’s) as well as having Ty Segall play drums on many of his records, calling him one of his staff of session musicians. He is an old-school rock and roll and R&B scholar, and some of his earliest original vinyl pressings go for hundreds on the internet. Catch him at the Turf this Saturday before he blows up.

Sounds like: Mayer Hawthorne, Allah-Las, Valerie June, Ty Segall


The notorious Nik Turner is returning to the Twin Cities. Founder of space-rock kings Hawkwind, recreating the elements of their famous Space Ritual tour, it is sure to be an unforgettable show. “This tour is the essence of space-rock,” Turner said in a press release. “The extra-terrestrial, inter-galactic, orgasmic embodiment of the loving and healing vibrations, and the rocking music of the spheres, flame on, one love.” Now who can pass that up?

Sounds like: Chrome, Helios Creed, Ozric Tentacles, Can

Monday: OUGHT

Ought formed in 2012, the year the Quebec government threatened to raise tuition for the province’s universities — including McGill, where the band’s members met. Their music couldn’t help but be shaped by the protests and strike that occurred during the Printemps d’Erable Quebec (Quebec Maple Spring), even though the band members themselves aren’t Canadian. The American and Australian expats’ sound has political overtones that are at times obvious and at other times understated. [NPR World Cafe]

Sounds like: Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, Perfect Pussy

This Week in the Entry: Sept 15, 2014


Local hip-hop collective Nocturnal Unit is comprised of all family members, hailing from here to Northfield. They launched in 2010 and bill themselves as “hardcore hip-hop punk funk”. Be sure not to miss their first 7th St show here on Tuesday and support these budding local artists.

Sounds like: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Misfits



Nostalgic punk-rockers from Brooklyn, Cerebral Ballzy look to revive early 80’s speed metal. The goal was to record music at as fast of speed as possible, and they have been just as quick to win over the music world, signing their record deal a mere six months after forming as a band. Their newest LP Jaded & Faded, was released in June and was produced by well-known producer and TV On the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek.

Sounds like: Pissed Jeans, FIDLAR, Iron Lung



Another local hip-hop act upcoming is Glow Mechanics, and will be having their second release party in 7th St this Thursday. Known for their incredible live shows and immense MN-specific touring, they’ve made quite the name for themselves being included on’s list of Best New Bands of 2014. Their 2013 LP, Schmo Mechanics, made in the charts in the college hip-hop category. Expect great things from this exciting trio in the future, and start that by attending their Factored In EP release party.

Sounds like: Madvillain, Chance the Rapper, Atmosphere

Friday: THE SEXTONS EP Release Show

The local four-piece rock band The Sextons are releasing their long-awaited new EP and celebrating at the Entry to commemorate! In 2008, after spending a couple of years playing as a solo artist in the Twin Cities, Eric Moeckel asked 3 of his musical comrades to join him and help broaden the sound of his music. Layering dense guitar chords, boutique effects and fuzz bass, and creating eerie lead parts by pumping mellotrons and analogue synths through guitar amps, The Sextons’ sound developed into the spacey and harmonically rich music heard on their self-titled debut album. Don’t miss their EP release in the Entry for an intimate-yet-rockin’ party.

Sounds like: Ought, Grizzly Bear

Saturday: SNOWMINE

Brooklyn’s own Snowmine will be headlining the Entry this Saturday. Coming off a strong sophomore-album release in February, their LP Dialects introduced a more structured sound to the band, tightening up their indie pop rock and growing immensely since their highly-regarded debut album, Laminate Pet Animal. This five-piece band is rich with echo pedals, tribal beats, and fronted by composer Grayson Sanders, who is often compared with Robin Pecknold and Jim Jones. Snowmine aren’t exactly a prolific touring band, so it’d be a huge mistake to miss this weekend show.

Sounds like: Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, The War On Drugs


Up Rock consists of St. Paul duo Dundee and Digie, creating one of the most influential Minnesota albums in the 90’s under the moniker Abstract Pack and have received the prestigious Legend Award in 2008 at the Twin Cities Hip Hop Awards. Their new EP has led them on tours with Talib Kweli, Toki Wright and many others, and is best described as body rock hip-hop influenced by heavy dubs.

Sounds like: Shabazz Palaces, Outkast, Common

Monday: WAND

Yet another project with major contributions coming from Ty Segall, who produced their newest album and played as guest on several tracks—and is featured on the lead single “Screaming Eye” which was included as the B-side for their label Famous Class 7” alongside Mikal Cronin. Their music is centered around the underground fuzz rock any Ty Segall fan craves yet includes some vibrant electronic soundscapes that set their music far apart from their closest music relatives. These garage rockers are going to put on a hell of a show, especially in a venue as intimate as the 7th St Entry.

Sounds like: Ty Segall, PANGEA, Pink Floyd


Chet Faker "Gold"

After releasing four EP’s in the past two years, electronic / R&B artist and producer Chet Faker (Nick Murphy) released his debut album Built On Glass in April, and this coming Tuesday he’ll perform his first Minneapolis show in the Mainroom. He is best known for his remixes and specifically for his collaborations with fellow Australian artist Flume. Chet Faker is the rare electro-soul artist who can bust out a falsetto with ease. There’s something for everyone on Built On Glass, with his impressive flexibility ranging from sexy croons to superbly-produced electronic hooks. Don’t miss him in the Mainroom on September 16!
Chet Faker
First Avenue Mainroom
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
with starRo
$15/$17 | 8pm | 18+

Tickets On Sale This Week: September 11, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, September 12 at 10:00am CT

Streets of Laredo 7th St Entry WED NOV 5

ON SALE: Friday, September 12 at noon CT

Empires 7th St Entry TUE OCT 21
Rich O'Toole 7th St Entry WED OCT 29
Frontier Ruckus 7th St Entry SUN NOV 9
An Evening with Ryan Bingham Solo Acoustic Turf Club WED NOV 12
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band 7th St Entry MON NOV 17
Mason Jennings Mainroom FRI DEC 5
Mason Jennings Mainroom SAT DEC 6


Curtiss A | The Piñata Hearts (CD Release) | The Soul | Soap Scum Turf Club THU SEPT 18
The Sextons EP Release Show 7th St Entry FRI SEPT 19
Lizzo and Caroline Smith Mainroom FRI SEPT 26
A Trbute To Gillian Welch Turf Club WED OCT 1
Nick Jonas Fine Line FRI OCT 3
Modern Life Is War Triple Rock SUN OCT 5
Stereo Confession Album Release Party (early show) 7th St Entry SUN OCT 12
The White Buffalo Turf Club FRI OCT 24
Daniel | Otis Heat Turf Club MON OCT 27
Jamestown Revival The Cedar TUE NOV 18

This Week at the Turf: September 9, 2014

Tuesday & Wednesday: JD McPherson (SOLD OUT)

The Turf will be hosting two sold-out JD McPherson shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Oklahoma native will be playing his 4th and 5th concerts here in the Twin Cities for traditional rock ‘n roll / R&B fans alike. The former visual artist has perfected a retro-style outfit that still feels authentic, working with vintage microphones and a 1960’s tape machine to record his debut in 2012, Signs and Signifiers. His Telecaster guitar riffs would make any Elvis fan happy. Oft-Turf residents The Cactus Blossoms will open at both shows.

Similar Artists: Shovels & Rope, Nick Waterhouse, Little Richard

Thursday: The Gooch Palms

Australian punk duo The Gooch Palms will be visiting the Turf on Thursday. Their debut Novo took the indie music world by surprise and triggered a re-pressing of the album almost immediately. Known for their extremely high-energy shows and known as “perfect garage rock”, you don’t want to miss their Twin Cities debut. Gooch Palms have been performing shows prolifically, and have toured with the likes of Thee Oh Sees and The Sonics and have been taking their homeland of Australia by storm.

Similar Artists: Black Lips, Jay Reatard, King Tuff, The Intelligence

Friday: Magic Castles + Ancient River + Pussytoes

It’s psych rock night! Enjoy the likes of locals Magic Castles, Florida-based Ancient River, and St. Cloud newcomers Pussytoes. After self-releasing three albums in 2009, Magic Castles were signed to a label, and are known for their organ-rich, dream-pop, neo-rock vibes. Their newest release, Sky Sounds was all recorded here at the Old Blackberry Way Studio in Minneapolis and has been a favorite of psych-rock fans nationwide.

Similar Artists: Weird Owl, All Them Witches, Brian Jonestown Massacre


Saturday: Birthday Suits | The Blind Shake | Whatever Forever

This Saturday, it will be local night at the Turf. Prissy Clerks’ own Clara Salyer will be performing with new project Whatever Forever that includes Dave Gatchell (Selby Tigers), Howard Hamilton III (Red Pens) and Dana Kim. Veteran Minneapolis space-rock trio The Blind Shake will also be alongside, as well as the reunited epic punk duo Birthday Suits.

Similar Artists: Michael Yonkers, Thee Oh Sees, Tyvek, Fuzz, Red Pens, Prissy Clerks

Sunday: Gastro Non Grata: Turf Club Tarnation

Hey everybody, are you as excited to see the new and improved Turf Club as we are? I sure hope so because this one is going to be a doozie. Since the newly remodeled Turf has a working kitchen again we’re going to be featuring the food of the in house chef Karl Lichtfuss. We needed a good St Paul brew to pair with Karl’s food so we went out and got Summit Brewing Co. The powerhouse of St Paul brewing. They’ll be unchaining some samples for you to keep your whistles wet.

On the music end we’re more than pleased to announce Sherwin Linton, the man who’s been elected to 11 different states Country Music Hall of Fames on top of being one of the hardest working Midwestern country artists out there. From 1956 to Today, Sherwin is still singing the songs of Elvis, Marty Robbins, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash. He also performs his own hits and originals plus the classic country, Folk and Cowboys standards we all know and love. Local Country & Western revivalists Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band are back to regale you with songs of whiskey, heartbreak and hangovers. Nathan Miller will start the night off with some rootsy deep blues.

Performing Artists: Sherwin Linton, Whiskey Jeff & The Beer Back Band, Nathan Miller

Monday: Weedeater

The Bible Belt state of North Carolina, USA seems a fertile ground for hemp and stoner rock. When cult sludge act BUZZOV•EN called it a day, bass player Dave “Dixie” Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave “Shep” Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length …and Justice for Y’all created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound. Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls “weed metal”.

Similar Artists: Clutch, Melvins, Sleep, Eyehategod, Electric Wizard, Bongzilla

The Replacements on The Tonight Show Viewing Party

The Replacements and Keith Richards on The Tonight Show
Viewing Party in the Depot Tavern

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Tonight Show starts at 10:35pm on NBC

The Replacements’ bio on

THE REPLACEMENTS is an alternative rock band from the 1980s. Originally comprised of members Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson and Chris Mars, the band released seven albums, most notably 1984’s Let It Be and 1985’s Tim, from 1981 to 1990. The group disbanded a year later. In 2012, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited and began performing as the Replacements again. Their appearance on The Tonight Show marks the band’s return to 30 Rock after being banned from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE following a drunken performance on live TV in 1986.

Also see: Pitchfork, SPIN, UPROXX, Star Tribune, Stereogum, Buzzfeed

This Week in the Entry: September 8, 2014

Tuesday: The Growlers

These California rockers released their fifth studio album this year, and don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. They just wrapped up the European leg of their tour, supporting their newest effort, Chinese Fountain. The title track posted here was thrown together by Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matt Taylor who went with a funk-disco tone to their new album. They’ve just started the U.S. leg of their tour so don’t miss these budding rockers here in Minneapolis.

Similar Artists: The Fresh & Onlys, The Pink Mountaintops, Kurt Vile, The Dodos

Wednesday: Bear in Heaven

In support of their latest record Time Is Only One Day Old, the veteran psych-rock group have stripped their sound down and have continued to hone their craft of electro-pop while maintaining their dark and cold tone that has always existed in their tracks. Their frontman Jon Philpot dialed-in to keep their ambient soundscapes intact while taking the excess away and going for a more minimal approach. Their newest and 4th record-to-date is one of their more accessible. The trio are an impressive live set, and with so few U.S. dates remaining, don’t miss them in the Entry.

Similar Artists: Here We Go Magic, Future Islands, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Porcelain Raft

Thursday: Mandolin Orange

Any folk-rock fan wouldn’t want to miss the upcoming duo Mandolin Orange in the Entry. These two musicians recorded their third album, This Side Of Jordan, in upstate NY to capture an autumn vibe and succeeded. It’s the best and most unexpected folk release of the year, with the duo thinking “it might be fun to write a stereotypical country song and didn’t expect for it to be so catchy”. The band is being lauded by bluegrass experts around the country—and for good reason. Andrew Marlin is one of the most talented mandolin players touring.

Similar Artists: Field Report, Aoife O’Donovan, Elephant Revival, Farewell Milwaukee

Friday: Broncho

For anyone thinking fuzz rock is dead, here is Broncho. An Oklahoma-based effort whose musical escapades were reinvigorated as of late from help of song placement in the show Girls. Their second release’s singles have been making large rounds on the interest, and have gotten them the widespread attention they deserve. The newest record will be released on September 16, so make sure to grab a ticket to their Entry show to hear a few of their fantastic new singles off of Just Enough Hip to be Woman.

Similar Artists: Wavves, Skating Polly, Twin Peaks, Bleached, Wax Idols, Jaill

Saturday: Matt’s Going Away Forever Party

Serenghetto, White Boyfriend, and Echomaker - three budding rock bands on the verge of breaking out. They’ve been frequenting small clubs and festivals as of late but with all three headlining 7th St, there will be an impressive variety of genres on the same stage this Saturday. Serenghetto, supporting their summer EP and the local Mpls act specializing in garage-noise-rock are sharing the bill with (also) local alt-funk trio White Boyfriend and St. Paul‘s own three-piece Echomaker.

Sunday: Papercuts

Having released their fifth LP this past summer, producer/songwriter Jason Quever is bringing his Papercuts project on the road, having toured previously with the likes of Beach House and Grizzly Bear, and also producing Cass McComb’s debut EP. Some describe it was retro pop, some describe it as freak folk, but either way you won’t want to miss the long-anticipated Papercuts 7th St Entry debut this Sunday night.

Similar Artists: Chad VanGaalen, Woods, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs, Avi Buffalo


Tickets On Sale This Week: September 4, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, September 5 at 10:00am CT

Hoodie Allen People Keep Talking World Tour Myth FRI NOV 7

ON SALE: Friday, September 5 at noon CT

Flying Lotus Mainroom SAT OCT 25
Halloween Party and Costume Contest Mainroom/Record Room FRI OCT 31
Har Mar Superstar | The Pizza Underground Mainroom SAT NOV 1
Sallie Ford | Crooked Fingers Turf Club WED NOV 5
Trentemøller Fine Line MON NOV 17
Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) with Ratking Fine Line THU NOV 20


Nocturnal Unit 7th St Entry TUE SEPT 16
Step Rockets 7th St Entry SAT OCT 11
Southside Desire Record Release Show 7th St Entry WED OCT 22
Tig Notaro “Boyish Girl Interrupted” Tour Woman’s Club WED OCT 22
College 7th St Entry THU DEC 4

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