Tickets On Sale This Week: April 24, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, April 25 at 9:00am CT

Passenger Whispers North American Tour 2014 Mainroom SUN AUG 24

ON SALE: Friday, April 25 at 10:00am CT

Bonobo Mainroom TUE JULY 8

ON SALE: Friday, April 25 at 11:00am CT

Broken Bells State Theatre SUN AUG 3

ON SALE: Friday, April 25 at noon CT

Bad Bad Hats | Good Graeff 7th St Entry TUE MAY 23
Gypsyhawk | Black Pussy 7th St Entry WED MAY 28
Girl Germs Live Tribute to Women in Rock Mainroom FRI MAY 30
The 4onthefloor | Murder By Death Cabooze Plaza SAT MAY 31
Rebel, Rebel - Rock For Pussy XI - A Tribute to David Bowie Mainroom FRI JUNE 6
Centro-Matic Icehouse MON JUNE 9
Ben Ottewell 7th St Entry TUE JUNE 10
The Knocks | ASTR 7th St Entry SUN JUNE 22
Trampled By Turtles w/Doomtree, Low, Haley Bonar (Duluth) Bayfront Park SAT JUNE 28
Ben Kweller Triple Rock SAT JULY 12
Jenny Lewis Mainroom SUN AUG 3
Echo & The Bunnymen Mainroom SAT AUG 9
Pomplamoose Fine Line TUE SEPT 16
Boyce Avenue Mainroom WED NOV 5


Frankie Teardrop Tour Kickoff Turf Club SUN MAY 4
The Premiums | Apollo Quad | Electric Children 7th St Entry SUN MAY 11
Jordan Carr & The Boys | Evasive Maneuver Turf Club WED MAY 14
Motion City Soundtrack performs I Am The Movie acoustic McNally-Smith WED MAY 14
Buddakao Hand Over Hand CD Release Show 7th St Entry THU MAY 15
Windsor Drive | Avian 7th St Entry SUN MAY 18
Kougar EP Release Show Turf Club THU MAY 22
Konkrete Jungle presents Heist Record Room FRI MAY 23
Jake Ilika & The Heavy Set | The Bros. Landreth | The Dirt Road Ramblers 7th St Entry SAT MAY 25
Ian Thomas Alexy and the Deserters | Silverback Colony Turf Club WED MAY 28

Just Announced in the Entry 4/22


Bad Bad Hats and Good Graeff - TUE MAY 27 at 7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats is the songwriting duo of Chris Hoge and Kerry Alexander. Together, they write songs that are short & sweet, upbeat & smart. With the help of their bassist, Noah Boswell, they were discovered at Macalester College’s Annual Battle of the Bands. They did not win the battle, and are currently seeking revenge.



Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced “grayf”) creates powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke’s dynamic & original vocals and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and memorable pop songs by Brit’s melodic, classically influenced cello riffs.


Gypsyhawk and Black Pussy - WED MAY 28 at 7th St Entry

"Gypsyhawk is four metal dudes playing rock and roll and bringing the party every time they get on stage," states guitarist Andrew Packer, and there is perhaps no better way of surmising the spirit and sound of the Pasadena quartet. Revisiting the electrifying sounds of bullshit-free 70s rock, the band are a breath of fresh air compared to the endless onslaught of breakdown obsessed bands cluttering up heavy music. Marinating their wares in whiskey and weed, they hurl out blistering riffs and irresistible hooks and grooves, doing their damnedest to ensure that everyone at their shows is having as much fun as they are.


Black Pussy’s heavy, bluesy sound and clear influences of Kyuss, Hendrix and The Who have found a niche in the ever-growing, global stoner-rock movement. The band exclusively uses vintage Sunn gear, pushing a massive 44 speakers when playing live and tends to land shows with the heaviest, sludgiest bands in the Portland, Oregon scene. However, their classic, upbeat, relentlessly hooky tracks have led to Hill coining the phrase “stoner pop,” like The Cars meets Black Sabbath. The band’s catchy music tends to seduce anyone, even those who walk in off the street after seeing the intriguing band name on the marquis of the venue.

Ben Ottewell - TUE JUNE 10 at 7th St Entry

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell." And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, "[his] voice is not of this world." Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows (2011), Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the US, UK and Australia. Now with a newly-recorded album of songs for his second solo project, Rattlebag, the singer is set to return to the stage, this time with a band, performing his new music as well as a few Gomez favorites. The band will feature Ottewell on guitars and vocals, and two musicians who also appear on the album - Will Golden on bass and keys, and Al Sgro on drums.

The Knocks and ASTR - SUN JUNE 22 at 7th St Entry

After meeting at The New School in New York City, Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson both found themselves in need of a place to live. The two moved in together, and quickly set about making their neighbors hate them. “Our apartment was this small, shitty Avenue C apartment with paper thin walls. We both had studio set-ups in our rooms,” explains B-Roc. “It would be loud as hell, and the neighbors hated it. They’d knock on the walls and bang on the ceiling. We would go into each other’s rooms and say ‘I just got the knocks.’” Declared by the NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music” as “cred-pop’s answer to the Neptunes” by The Guardian - they are now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit.

ASTR is a duo that lives, works and writes music in New York City. After meeting three years ago in a Manhattan yoga class, they discovered they shared a musical and artistic sensibility informed by cinema noire, Miami Vice and urban dreamscapes. ASTR was soon born. Zoe is a New York native and former major label refuge. After a hiatus from music to explore the world via spirituality she met Adam, a recovering vinyl addict with a penchant for 60's / 70's cinema scores, Disco, and the fingers for anything with keys (vintage synths, guitar and bass).

This Week at the Turf: April 22, 2014


Solidstate is a up-and-coming 2-piece guitar/drum rock combo from St. Paul, MN featuring Atom Pechman (Guitars/Vocals) and Scott Bergmann (Drums/Vocals).

The Reckless began playing the Minneapolis club circuit, and after recruiting bassist Adam Couch, released their debut LP “Keep It Together” in late 2013 at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry. The album was described by The Mankato Free Press as "a surreal headtrip" with "poppy, new age swagger." The band's sound has been compared to the likes of Kings of Leon, Radiohead, and Coldplay, Subsequently sharing the stage with gold and platinum alternative rock acts like Dada and Everclear, The Reckless has been gaining momentum in the alternative rock scene.

Billy Shaddox is blessed with the ability to blend the western dualities of coastal dreamer and high mountain drifter into his deep, easy flowing songs. This is modern American folk music with pop sensibilities. Rooted in stories of love and fortune lost, perspective and enlightenment gained, Shaddox captures the mystique of the West with indelible lyrical imagery and sharply original musicality: the displaced modern man weary of coping with vanishing ideals, the present-minded realist, the uncontrollable jealousy of the downtrodden miner, and the bright-eyed morning traveler setting out to make his mark on the world.

Recommended If You Like:
Jon Spencer Blues Explostion, Kings of Leon, The Wallflowers, Jeff Tweedy


Unity…the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Appleton, WI. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove. They treat fans to old roots Reggae favs, along with original music blending influences of rock, roots, blues and reggae into their own unique sound.

Recommended If You Like:
Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Stevie Wonder


Clap for the comedians, laugh at karaoke, or vice versa. If you have every wanted to get on stage at the Turf Club but you're not in a band, this is your chance! The open mic is for comedians who are new and comedians who have done a thousand shows. The karaoke is for everyone, even the comedians. [Facebook Event]

Recommended If You Like:
Laughter, singing karaoke, performing stand-up, Rana May, Arzu Gocken


To promote their upcoming record release show at the Turf Club on April 25, Big Lake teamed up with Joey Ryan for this fragile, stirring cover of Big Star's "Thirteen." The intimate performance clip captures the collaborative group paying tribute to a song that clearly means quite a bit to them, while also showcasing their own musical talents at the same time. The acoustic, piano-laden cover manages to tap into the wistful poignancy of the original number, which will be immediately familiar to all of us Big Star fans. No telling if the groups will get together and cover this at the Turf, but Big Lake, Joey Ryan and the Inks, and Small Cities have plenty of their own poignant material to keep music fans more than entertained at the Turf. [Gimme Noise]

Recommended If You Like:
Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Megafaun, Volcano Choir, Teenage Fanclub


‘If I had a band, I’d want it to sound like Loop’ At some point in the late 80s, I said those very words. That the person I said it to sniffed in violent disagreement isn’t important. You can have your Jesus & Mary Chain and your Spacemen 3, I was froot-loops for Loop. Their crushing white-hot minimalist guitar mantras were the perfect pulverizing intersection between La Monte Young, The Stooges and Suicide. They were as intense as Killing Joke or The Pop Group and they took their name from a Velvet Underground rarity. Yes, please! [Dangerous Minds]

Recommended If You Like:
My Bloody Valentine, Can, Ride, Faust, Mercury Rev, Ultra Vivid Scene


The story of Black Lips reads kind of like a trashy young adult novel. The band's two founders were kicked out of high school; another band member was killed just before their debut album was released. They did outrageous stuff at shows — there was pee, vomit, blood, and making out with each other on stage — and they got banned from more than a few clubs in the process. Yet after 15 years, they're still at it, having played on six continents and picked up fans around the world. Black Lips' latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, mines '50s rockabilly and '60s garage rock and twists it into something darker, even a little dangerous. [All Things Considered]

Recommended If You Like:
King Khan & BBQ Show, Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, The Mummies, The Sonics


"The most important thing in any song is that it's true to whatever picture you're seeing or feeling," nelo mainman Matt Ragland. "I really do want to paint a picture, and it happens when I'm honest." Nelo's self-titled album is chock full of those kinds of pictures. Ragland crafts an emotional and evocative portrait with brush strokes of airy rock, entrancing acoustic guitars, and vivid lyricism. It's a powerful and poetic ride that leaves its mark immediately. [ARTISTdirect]

Recommended If You Like:
Damien Rice, Keane, Daniel Lanois, Ryan Adams, Ray La Montagne

This Week in the Entry: April 21, 2014

MONDAY: Say Hi | Big Scary

Eric Elbogen, or Say Hi, is on tour this spring with Big Scary. As Barsuk labelmates, Say Hi and Big Scary make for an exciting bill considering their synergetic live presentation. Say Hi has also just released a new record, Endless Wonder, that features what Stereogum called, “[A] more bombastic release. Moving from brittle drums and glaring synths to sections of skronky guitars, it goes all over the map while still keeping a tight structure”.

Similar Artists:
Harlem Shakes, Oh No Oh My, Volcano Choir

TUESDAY: Lost in the Trees

“We were killers in our past life, but it turned out alright” comes from the first line of the seductively catchy song Past Lives. Lost In The Trees’ most recent single is more than alright; featuring pop sensibilities, licks, and loops that garnish a groove past the everyday beat with sensational ease. The Entry will feature Lost In The Trees in their lush and melancholy craft of electronic-rock. All Tiny Creatures are opening with a delightfully strange display of pop that beckons comparisons to other planets.

Similar Artists:
Shearwater, Great Lake Swimmers, Gem Club


Bad facial hair, pizza, and a cynical preference for party critique would sum up White Fang, if they did not also rock so hard. Surprisingly, White Fang does have a song that valorizes a sober approach to existence, “I don’t need drugs to make me feel stupid,” but maybe this is because their steady diet of Taco Bell has them so high on life. Opening for our White Fang is Skating Polly and local champs of life-in-the-fast-food-lane Frankie Teardrop. Crack open a Mountain Dew, finish that last slice of ‘za you bought last week, and head over to The Entry for party pants and weirdos.

Similar Artists:
King Tuff, Nobunny, Jacuzzi Boys

THURSDAY: Lydia Loveless

Loveless’ third album is a country-punk record laced with nuanced lyrics and americana rock and roll. Her live shows have been described as blistering and she chooses to refer to album as anxiety-provoking. There is something that is not quite addressed however, Loveless is an intelligent chemist of americana. Her affections for near classic influences like The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and The Pretenders makes for an excellent show. Taking the stage first will be local lovely folksters; The Sudden Lovelys.

Similar Artists:
Fleetwood Mac, Laura Marling, The Replacements

FRIDAY: Welcome 2 The Clover Release Party featuring Lil’ Flip & Absentu

Houston rapper, white cup gangster, and recent author Lil’ Flip is coming to The Entry with homegrown Absent to release his latest record Welcome 2 The Clover. Flip has been turning it up on social media for over a month to promote this show, and it’s going to be wild. Knick-named The Freestyle King, Flips live shows are never the same and be certain that the entire familia will be there to support his latest record, clothing company, new book, and special liquor.

Similar Artists:
Pimp C, Method Man, Paul Wall

SATURDAY: We Are Scientists

It has been two years since we have seen We Are Scientists, but they are back with a brand new experiement, TV En Francais. Humorous, but more often very often than that Keith Murray and Chris Cain are smirkingly intelligent and quite dancey. They have had an interesting progression as artists. They started in California, then moved to New York to satisfy a pleasent following in Brooklyn, only to tour the European scene and break into top twenty charts in the UK. It may be worth going to see them to also test yourself as to where your own music taste finds itself geographically. Please rate your experience LA-good to NY-great to UK-super-awesome-show-good-job-guys-I’ll-buy-a-shirt.

Similar Artists:
Tokyo Police Club, Hot Hot Heat, Bloc Party


The west coast of Wisconsin is not typically thought of as a hotbed of alternative reggae music. However, TUGG, hailing from La Crosse, WI has done an amazing job channeling tropical grooves and breezy melodies and has quickly become a top draw in the Midwest and beyond.

Similar Artists:
The Chill Flow, Dirty Heads, Rome



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