Tickets On Sale This Week: August 28, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, August 29 at 10:00am CT

Alexz Johnson | Jared & The Mill 7th St Entry MON NOV 3
Wildcat! Wildcat! Turf Club THU NOV 13

ON SALE: Friday, August 29 at noon CT

Ballin’ on a Budget ft. Antics Mainroom FRI SEPT 19
Forever Young Homecoming Mainroom SAT SEPT 20
Big D and the Kids Table Triple Rock SAT OCT 4
American Head Charge 7th St Entry MON OCT 6
Hank & Cupcakes Turf Club WED OCT 8
An Evening with Sloan Turf Club FRI OCT 10
Wyatt Cenac Live in Brooklyn in __(insert city name here)__ Turf Club THU OCT 23
Bear’s Den Fine Line WED OCT 29


Turf Club Grand Re-Opening ft. Four Fists (P.O.S + Astronautalis) Turf Club SAT AUG 30
Glow Mechanics Factored In EP Release Party 7th St Entry THU SEPT 18
The Bluegrass Ball ft. The Travelin’ McCourys and the Jeff Austin Band Cabooze SUN NOV 16
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes 7th St Entry FRI NOV 21

Turf Club Opening Hours

You ready? We’re ready! After three months of renovations we can’t wait for you to come check out the new Turf Club.

We’re opening our doors this Thursday for a sold out show with Dead Man Winter, Frankie Lee, and Erik Koskinen. Hammerhead is throwing down for their Global Depression record release show on Friday. P.O.S and Astronautalis team up as Four Fists on Saturday, with support from Solid Gold and some special guests TBA, and then we'll cap off the weekend with Night Moves, Carroll, Rupert Angeleyes, and The Chambermaids on Sunday.

We’ll be closed Labor Day through Wednesday, September 3. Stay tuned for our regular operating daytime hours.

Oh St. Paul, we’ve missed you. Let’s party.

This Week in the Entry: August 25, 2014

Monday: She Keeps Bees

Blues from Brooklyn in the Entry tonight! Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant are making their way to Minneapolis in support of their upcoming release Eight Houses. Check out their single, "Is What It Is" here. Featuring vocals from Sharon Van Etten, cool minimalist organ and sparse drums, if this "low-key but powerful" track is any indication of how great Eight Houses will be, this is a show you're not going to want to miss.

Similar Artists: Peggy Sue, Sea of Bees, Smoke Fairies

Tuesday: What Tyrants 7" Release Show

These Minneapolis garage rockers are putting out their highly anticipated 7" this Tuesday. Brothers Sean and Kyle Schultz make music with their friend Adam Sullivan on bass and call themselves What Tyrants. Making fuzzy noise-rock for the past couple of years, What Tyrants have captured the attention of the Minneapolis music scene, kind of like in this video for their single "Hangin' Out In Havana." Come out and help celebrate this exciting release!

Similar Artists: Teenage Moods, Black Diet, Myotis

Wednesday: Howie Day

Known for his extensive touring and creative sampling during shows, Howie Day has accrued an impressive following of devoted fans. Talented, emotive and enchantingly quirky, Howie Day has become one of the most powerful solo performers of our day. In 2010 he released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze, and is currently working on putting out is fourth studio album. Come out to hear new tracks before anyone else!

Similar Artists: Five for Fighting, Matt Nathanson, Edwin McCain

Thursday: Saving Vinyl City EP Release Party

Local five-piece Saving Vinyl City is having an EP Release Party! Theses guys are known for their crazy energetic shows, so I can't imagine what a release party will be like. Featuring a wide range of instruments from rock guitar to brass, they are sure to bring their unique sound and a good time. Called "The Number One Funk Band In Minneapolis", this is a band you want to keep you're going to want to keep an eye on.

Similar Artists: The Get Up, Sawyer's Dream, Otto Zone

Friday: Botzy's Birthday Bash

One of the most recognizable names in Twin Cities hip hop, Botzy (Adam Botsford) is celebrating his birthday in the Entry, and you're invited. Cutting his teeth since 2009, Botzy is starting another trip around the sun and if it's anything like the last, it's going to be a big one. Check out his brand new song "Orange Water Bottle" here:

Similar Artists: Wesley Opus, Culture Cry Wolf, Hickford Botsman


Saturday: Hope Country Record Release Show

Wisconsin-ite Brent Johnson, perhaps better known as Hope Country, is putting out a new record this Tuesday and celebrating the release on Sunday in the Entry. The new album, Water, Land & Sky puts a heavy emphasis on songwriting and storytelling, proving to be a prime example of modern-day Americana. Water, Land & Sky features two songs co-written with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional, Twin Forks), was mixed by Jonathan Clark of Twin Forks, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Richard Dodd (The Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, The Lone Bellow).

Similar Artists: Amanda Jo Williams, Brian Kaye, Yellow Cuss

Tickets On Sale This Week: August 21, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, August 22 at 10:00am CT

The Wytches Turf Club SAT NOV 1
B.o.B with Kevin Gates “No Genre Tour" Mainroom MON NOV 10
Allah-Las Turf Club MON DEC 1
Sturgill Simpson Fine Line THU DEC 4

ON SALE: Friday, August 22 at noon CT

Wampire 7th St Entry SAT OCT 4
Augustines Turf Club SAT OCT 11
Continental | Tristen Turf Club SUN OCT 26
Wheat 7th St Entry WED OCT 15
Clockwork Indigo (Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers) Mainroom MON OCT 20
An Acoustic Evening with Alpha Rev Fine Line SAT OCT 25
Hot Water Music Triple Rock THU NOV 6


Secret Stash Super Soul Shakedown Mainroom FRI AUG 29
Turf Club Grand Re-Opening feat. Night Moves Turf Club SUN AUG 31
Mockingbird Sun Turf Club MON SEPT 8
Gastro Non Grata: Turf Club Tarnation Turf Club SUN SEPT 14
The 10th Anniversary of Pert Near Sandstone Mainroom FRI OCT 24
The Protomen Triple Rock FRI OCT 31
SonReal 7th St Entry FRI NOV 7

This Week in the Entry: August 18, 2014

Monday: Nora and the Janitors | Monica LaPlante | Lawrence, Jennifer

It seems like Nora and the Janitors is an attempt to tell the story of the world as it is in "[not] too linear a fashion" - a band that likes it loud and is very clearly inspired by Daniel Johnston. Nora and the Janitors recently put out a split record with Lawrence, Jennifer - a punk group from North Dakota - called Girls Just Want To Have Gun. Check out the album here!

Related Artists: Daniel Johnston, Slave to the Mushroom Cloud, sBACH

Tuesday: Strand of Oaks

Tim Showalter, the man behind Strand of Oaks, gives us an idea of what his new album HEAL is all about, “The record is called HEAL, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better." A journey of alienation, desperation, rebirth and clarity. Be part of the journey this Tuesday!

Similar Artists: Great Lake Swimmers, Vetiver, Night Beds

Wednesday: The Life and Times

Post-hardcore turned post-rock trio, The Life and Times are making their way to the 612. Fronted by Allen Epley of Shiner fame put together The Life and Times when Shiner broke up in 2002. Now, the group has put out their fourth album, Lost Bees. In support of this latest release these three boys are hitting the road - make sure to listen to their single "Passion Pit" and see 'em Wednesday with support from Porcupine and All The Way Rider.

Similar Artists: Cursive, Superchunk, No Age

Thursday: Psychostick

Self-proclaimed "humorcore," Psychostick is a comedy metal band with a reputation for a high energy, hilarious performance. The brainchild of two friends from high school who share a love of metal music and a crazy sense of humor, Psychostick came to be in Phoenix, Arizona around the turn of the century. Clad in silly costumes, while still managing to shred, Psychostick is sure to have your head banging while laughing your ass off.

Similar Artists: Polkadot Cadaver, Powerglove, The Left Rights

Friday: Radradriot + Nouveau

Radradriot is a two piece punk group from Little Rock, Arkansas. Tyler Evans and Elgin Venable make mathy art-rock and use the words "dope" and "rad" frequently. Nouveau means "new" in French. This three piece from Nashville probably is pretty new since they only joined Facebook last year and their EP Languour just dropped last month. If you dig loud DIY punkers, you know where to be Friday night.

Similar Artists: No Age, Cloud Nothings, Title Fight

Saturday: Treading North Release Show

Local dream funk group, Treading North is having their release show this Saturday! Treading North is a group of silly musicians - if that's even the right word, since it seems they don't have much formal training, and identify more as artists than anything else. They make kinda jazzy sounding tunes featuring sax, keys, bass, guitar and drums. For this release show, Treading North will be joined by Chalk, Moving Parts and Naomi Wachira.

Sunday: Blu

Blu is a rapper/producer from LA. On the scene since the late 2000's, Blu found major success with the release of his debut album Below the Heavens in 2007. Now with seven full-length releases and several mixtapes to his name, Blu is one of the hardest working and prolific underground rappers of our times. In May of this year he dropped his seventh solo album, Good To Be Home. Now touring in support of the effort, Blu is stopping by the Entry!

Similar Artists: Johnson&Jonson, C.R.A.C. Knuckles, Fashawn

Tickets On Sale This Week: August 14, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, August 15 at 10:00am CT

The Smokers Club Tour starring Method Man & Redman Mainroom SUN OCT 26
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Turf Club SAT NOV 8

ON SALE: Friday, August 15 at 11:00am CT

Atmosphere North of Hell tour Mainroom SUN NOV 23

ON SALE: Friday, August 15 at noon CT

Run Westy Run Triple Rock MON AUG 25
Benjamin Booker Turf Club MON SEPT 29
Jucifer Turf Club WED OCT 15
The Preatures Triple Rock WED OCT 15
Big K.R.I.T. Pay Attention Tour Mainroom THU OCT 16
Charlie Parr Turf Club FRI NOV 7
Capital Cities Mainroom SUN NOV 9
FKA Twigs Fine Line FRI NOV 14
Stars Mainroom WED NOV 19
Lydia Loveless Turf Club SAT NOV 29


Radradriot + Nouveau 7th St Entry FRI AUG 22
Tahne Stillwell | Tom Aydan | Mary Bue 7th St Entry WED SEPT 3
Tickle Torture Spectrophilia EP Release Show 7th St Entry SAT SEPT 6
Magic Castles + Ancient River + Pussytoes Turf Club FRI SEPT 12
Allo Darlin' Icehouse SAT NOV 1
The New Pornographers feat. A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer) Mainroom WED NOV 12
Gary Gulman (late show) Turf Club THU NOV 20

This Week in the Entry: August 11, 2014

Monday: These Wild Plains

Named one of Esquire’s 15 Bands To Watch In 2014 - along with the likes of Cashmere Cat, Warpaint, Earl Sweatshirt and Blood Orange - These Wild Plains are a band you’re not going to want to miss this week. Five boys from across the nation started making music in Cambridge a couple of years ago, now they’re generating real buzz. Making the same kind of twangy rock and roll they grew up on, These Wild Plains are vintage rock stars.

Similar Artists: Lord Huron, Fleet Foxes, Local Natives

Tuesday: Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath

Week after week Brownout would show for their residency at a local club in Austin. How’d they keep it interesting? They played Black Sabbath songs. Well, not exactly. They reworked their classic tunes, and had an overwhelmingly positive response from their audience. More than that, they had a great time themselves. Now, presenting a full-length release of their work and a national tour. Don’t let the Austin club goers have all the fun, come check it out for yourselves!

Similar Artists: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Quantic

Wednesday: Thee Duke of Dark’s UK Tour Send-Off

Local “dramatic cabaret” in the Entry this Wednesday. According to Thee Duke himself, you can expect a mix of theatrical overture and soul stirring melancholy; grandiose meets aggression. Committed to the performance, Thee Duke of Dark believes in the experience of rock n roll – providing an experience to remember. Initially from Minnesota, Thee Duke of Dark gone to great lengths to find his persona. Will he deliver on his promise of an experience you’ll never forget? Lets see.

Similar Artists: The Horrors, Purson, Scott Walker

Thursday: Matthew Santos

A male version of Adele? That’s what some people are saying. You might know him for his collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, which got him nominated for two Grammys. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Santos played his mom’s old piano as a kid, but was drawn more to the visual arts. At 17, while attending art school, Santos picked up a guitar and never put it down. In 2009, Santos met an up and coming hip hop artists, Wasalu Jaco (aka Lupe Fiasco) through a mutual friend. Their song “Superstar” blew up and since then Santos has appeared on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Craig Ferguson, TRL, and performances at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, and the Video Music Awards as well as on a 56-date tour with Kanye West, Rihanna, and NERD. Having returned to his indie roots, Santos is also returning to Minneapolis.

Similar Artists: Gotye, Cat Power, Feist

Friday: Black Asteroid

Former engineer for Prince. Must I say more? Okay, okay. Black Asteroid, or Bryan Black, makes crazy multidimensional techno tracks. After working for Prince and perfecting his production skills, he moved to London and launched MOTOR, a techno supergroup, performing with Daft Punk and Kraftwerk at major festivals after just two singles. In 2011, Black started Black Asteroid to recapture techno, to redefine his sound, and has released several popular EPs under that moniker. Maybe Prince will stop by to see his old engineer perform - you never know.

Similar Artists: Woo York, NX1, Tim Wolff

Saturday: Dark Time Sunshine

Orny Ozzborn of Grayskul (Rhymesayers) met producer Zavala in 2009 while working on a mutual friends’ record (Sleep, Hesitation Wounds). Since then, they have continued collaborating and perfecting the sound of Dark Time Sunshine. In 2010, the boys released their first full-length - and one of the most well received hip hop albums of 2010 - Vessel, and began touring extensively, including Soundset and SXSW. They just put out a new single, which you can check out here. And of course, come check em out in the Entry!

Similar Artists: Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, El-P

Sunday: Obnox

Having emerged from Ohio’s famous punk scene, Obnox is the solo project of Lamont “Bim” Thomas, known for drumming with V-3, Bassholes, Unholy Two, This Moment in Black History, and Puffy Aerolas. When Thomas became a stay at home dad, he took to his music and put out his Obnox debut, I’m Bleeding Now. In March of this year, Obnox released Louder Space, a punk rock record infused with soulful horns, grungy riffs, some metal chords, and even sugary vocals. Seriously, don’t miss it.

Similar Artists: Whatever Brains, We Are Hex, Verma

Tickets On Sale This Week: August 7, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, August 8 at 11:00am CT

mc chris Triple Rock THU OCT 16

ON SALE: Friday, August 8 at noon CT

Windhand Triple Rock THU SEPT 11
Yonatan Gat (Monotonix) Turf Club TUE SEPT 23
Brett Dennen presents Water Colors, a special acoustic evening Fine Line THU SEPT 25
Agent Orange 7th St Entry THU OCT 2
Daedelus Triple Rock FRI OCT 3
Surfer Blood | We Are Scientists Turf Club THU OCT 9
Pond Turf Club SAT OCT 25
Barcelona Triple Rock WED NOV 5
Animals As Leaders & Devin Townsend Project Mainroom TUE NOV 25


France Camp | The Drug Budget | The Social Disaster 7th St Entry TUE SEPT 2
P.O.S presents The Best Fucking After-Show Ever Mainroom SAT SEPT 13
The Hood Internet Turf Club FRI OCT 31
Dopapod 7th St Entry SAT NOV 8
Avi Buffalo 7th St Entry FRI NOV 14

Get To Know The Locals: 4 Bands, Friday in the Mainroom

What is it that draws you to music?

Strange Names: Music defines mental and physical moments in everyone's life. There's a push and a pull that exists in every song. Constantly discovering and re-discovering things you love about someone's performance is never a tiring experience. If it isn't new, then it's sentimental. And if it's sentimental, you probably listen to it when you fall asleep. And when music is private, it's a very different experience than when it's public. Movie scores really get this point across. It enlightens you all around.

Carroll: The first music that ever drew me in was Miles Davis. I was probably six or so and having such a young person's vocabulary, could never find words that expressed the tumultuous complexity of my boyish mind. Hearing the tortured blast of trumpet, the jagged swirl of drums in some of those songs was a way for me to just point at the speakers and say, "THAT! THAT IS HOW I FEEL!" I've learned a lot of new words since then but music still renders me speechless.

89.3 The Current, Radio K,
and City Pages present...
Strange Names
Tickle Torture
Two Harbors

with DJ Jake Rudh
First Avenue Mainroom
Fri August 8, 2014
$10 | 7pm | 18+

Tickle Torture: I like anything that makes me feel like I'm driving a cadillac through the universe.  I'm talking about neon cars on neon highways.  If the track contains both laser sounds and congas, there is a 100% chance I will be into it.    

Two Harbors: Good melody, a massive chorus, and loud guitars.

Can you tell us a little more about the new "Once An Ocean" video? It's so excellent!

Strange Names: The "Once an Ocean" video is actually over a year old at this point, but it was really fun to make. We did it in a day. There was a lot of dust, but also a lot of Rosé.

How did the band come together? How does the band stay together?

Strange Names: We began writing music in late 2010, and didn't perform live until a year and a half later. We weren't sure how we were going to do it for a while. We present ourselves as a songwriting duo, and when we play live, we collaborate with our very talented and creative peers: Fletcher Aleckson on drums, and Lawn Mall on bass. We could never do this without them. We're relocating to New York at the end of the summer, and finishing our record in Brooklyn. The bond is tight.

Carroll: Carroll got it's start because of a house named Carroll on a street named Carroll. It was this very open space where more people than legally should have lived, worked, created, and cooked together. At one point or another four of those people were us. We were looking for a name and our friend Emma pointed out that it is was all around us.  I think the band stays together because after all the time together in confined moving spaces, green rooms, rest stop bathrooms, and strangers' living rooms, we still text each other in the middle of the night about a potential bridge to a new song. Whatever should have spread us further apart has brought us closer together. Also no four guys share a stronger affinity for absurdist humor and banh mi sandwiches.

Tickle Torture: The band started when I got sick of working on music with other people. Being in a band is like having 5 girlfriends. So I quit my old band and started making music by myself and I always wanted to explore combining R&B and noise music.  So I did that, and after playing a ton of shows solo karaoke-style with just me and my mp3 player and my bubble machine, people started asking me to be involved in the project.  So I added back up dancers.  Then live background projections.  Eventually, enough people wanted to join to make the Tickle a full live band.  The way I keep the band together is by buying a ton of shitty beer for everyone for every band practice.  Except that one week I quit drinking.  Sorry bout that one, boys.

Two Harbors: The band came together at Twin Town Guitars when I was there to consign a van full of gear with every intention of quitting music. The guy behind the counter was Kris Johnson (lead guitar), and he told me he wouldn't take my stuff, but that he would start a new band with me. We've been a band ever since. We've been together now for over 10 years. We have stayed together so long because we are very good friends, and we agreed from day one that it's all about Wednesday night (the night we rehearse). Four guys in a room, playing songs, drinking beer, and having a laugh. It's that simple. We don't let money or anything else get in the way of what we do on Wednesday night. Also, everyone has an equal voice in any decisions that are made, and we are very respectful of each other. Easy.

Any news on another album?

Carroll: We recorded our debut LP in January with producer Jon Low (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives) in Philadelphia. Though we've put out one single ("Bad Water"), we don't have a release date yet. 60-82% of our set on August 8th will be songs from that record.

What's the best song you've written? What's so special about this one?

Strange Names: It doesn't seem productive to pinpoint a single song and say "that's the best song" because you're suddenly living in a vacuum. We're often trying to get out of our own way when we write. But we are especially excited about the songs on our upcoming record. We've been sitting on some of these for years.

Carroll: I will get in trouble with my band mates if I say any particular song so without naming names: it's the one with drums, guitar, bass, synth, and vocals playing simultaneously. Something about that one really gets me. 

Tickle Torture: The best song I've ever written is my new hit single "Would I Love You" because in the full six and a half minute album version it has a 3 minute conga solo with lots of laser sounds.

Two Harbors: The best song we've written is "There Is Love." It's an absolute anthem, and we love performing it live. 

What is your approach to keeping people entertained at a Tickle Torture show?

Tickle Torture: 5 string fretless bass. Taking out my dick.

If you could turn a potential fan onto your music in one sentence, what would you say?

Strange Names: One sentence: Your mom loves it.

Carroll: "Imagine you've only just settled into a Jacuzzi set to your ideal warmth when you look down and realize the substance you thought was water is a mysterious, potentially toxic green liquid."

Tickle Torture: If there is a lack of depraved sex-funk in your life, you should come for a ride in Uncle Tickle's cadillac. But you won't be getting a ride home.  

Two Harbors: If you like The Verve, The Smiths, and The Who, we're gonna get along just fine.

How does it feel to have had you record mastered at Abbey Road Studios?

Two Harbors: Walking through the front door of Abbey Road for the first time is such a mind blowing experience, it's very difficult to put into words.  We worked with Frank Arkwright (who has worked with The Smiths, Johnny Marr, Blur, and Oasis), and he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He brings us to his mastering suite, and goes right to work. Our songs ringing loudly within the walls of Abbey Road Studios. You can't top that feeling.

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