Tonight in the Entry: DROWNERS, with special guests Bully
Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour 2014
While Drowners’ frontman Matthew Hitt is responsible for the elegantly understated lyrics throughout the album – the kind that adhere to his Salinger-esque economy of words – he professes that everything changed as soon as recording began. When Hitt, Jack Ridley III (guitar, vocals) and Erik Lee Snyder (bass) began to play, Hitt’s initial blueprint and the band’s extensive punk music background melded.
“Our live shows are a lot more aggressive,” Hitt emphasises, “With the album, we wanted to create like a sort of layered, fleshed out live show.” The result is an album that toes the line between music that sweeps the listener up, and lyrics that beg for their deep sensitivity and understanding. “Whether you think something is good or not is if you respond to it,” says Hitt. “I wanted to ellicit a response, but I want them to get whatever they want from it.”
ON SALE: Friday, September 26 at 10:00am CT
|Hozier||Mainroom||FRI FEB 20|
ON SALE: Friday, September 26 at noon CT
|PremRock ‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Tour'||Turf Club||SUN OCT 19|
|Trout Steak Revival||7th St Entry||THU NOV 6|
|Tantric Blue Rooms Archives Tour||7th St Entry||TUE NOV 18|
|Galactic||Mainroom||THU FEB 5|
ON SALE: NOW
|Porches. | Frankie Cosmos (early show)||7th St Entry||SAT SEPT 27|
|Odesza (moved from Triple Rock)||Mainroom||SUN OCT 12|
|Indigenous Peoples Day Hip-Hop Showcase||7th St Entry||SUN OCT 12|
|The Blind Shake Tour Kickoff||7th St Entry||FRI OCT 17|
|Elena||7th St Entry||SUN OCT 19|
|Deep Pool CD Release Show||Turf Club||WED OCT 22|
|Laulu EP Release Show||7th St Entry||SUN OCT 26|
|HELLOween with #MPLS and Nooky Jones||7th St Entry||FRI OCT 31|
|Mike Mictlan HELLA FRREAL Release Show||7th St Entry||SAT NOV 1|
All photos taken by Jake Ryan by First Avenue on Tuesday September 23rd, 2014.
Festival Palomino | A Trampled By Turtles Festival
All photos taken by Jake Ryan for First Avenue on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with his band Monotonix, once hailed by SPIN as “the most exciting live band in rock’n’roll”, that Yonatan Gat would carry that same intensity in his own act. After five successful years, including one EP and two LP’s on Drag City and a world tour spanning 40 countries with his co-founded band, the New York guitarist and composer took some time to himself, but it wasn’t long before he found inspiration for a solo project. Gat’s truly amazing talents shine on Iberian Passage (which was released in May) as it blends together his punk rock influences with the spirit of Miles Davis. It can be heard in the lengthy shredded guitar riffs melted in between African inspired drums.
Sounds like: Monotonix, Neon Indian, Tim Hecker, Delorean
Known for being one of the most prolific songwriters currently in the garage rock music scene, Ty Segall has released seven solo albums in the last 6 years and produced for countless others, including guitarist Mikal Cronin and White Fence. He sings, plays drums, and plays guitar - and is a member of the bands Fuzz, The Traditional Fools, Epsilons, Party Fowl, Sic Alps, The Perverts and Ty Segall Band. His Turf Club shows are known for bringing the roof down and one should expect no less this Wednesday.
Sounds like: Fuzz, Jay Reatard, Holograms, King Khan & BBQ Show
Having performed several times in the 7th St Entry, Gardens & Villa will be playing their first Turf show this Thursday. Famous for their high energy shows, they’ve toured with the likes of Foster the People and their latest Soundcloud single indicates a darker sound entirely, check it out below. This Santa Clara band has been recording in rural Michigan for their last release and after working with James Murphy’s DFA producers on their most recent effort, Dunes.
Sounds like: Teengirl Fantasy, Gayngs, Yeasayer, The Shins
Formerly known as Gene Ween of the band Ween, a huge ’90s avant-prog-rock influence, has produced his second solo album, and first under the Freeman moniker, which was released in July - with everything from experimental rock to progressive psych. There is a little bit for everyone on his 14 track LP. He is known for being an eclectic lead guitarist when on stage, and there are countless Ween concert videos which would back this up. Freeman is a record about coming to terms with yourself and reflecting on past mistakes.
Sounds like: Ween, Brian Eno, Moistboyz, Craig Finn
Michael Grubbs, the brainchild behind Wakey!Wakey! began making music at the age of 5. He was mainly influenced by classic composers early on, such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but as a teen finding solace in Led Zeppelin and Billy Joel. After being heard by the executive producer of One Tree Hill, Grubbs finally got his big break, by being featured in the show as himself, with the ability to promote the album during the 7th season. He is a very active Soundcloud contributor, and his page is full of anti-folk covers of many popular songs. Don’t miss this incredible musician’s show here at the Turf.
Sounds like: Joshua James, Matt Nathanson, Amos Lee, Ray LaMontagne
Mike Watt (of Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose) is returning to Minneapolis on Sunday night. The artist associated with more bands than most, he seems to stay busy with his legendary bass-playing and new group, il sogno del marinaio (translated: “The Sailor’s Dream”), a trio he formed in 2009. Their second release, Canto Secondo is a huge maturation for this group, who relied upon cross-country sending of parts of their first album to produce, where this round they recorded together. Expect some old-school punk to dominate the majority of this set, and expect an impeccable bass performance by Mike Watt.
Sounds like: Mike Watt, Pissed Jeans, Off!, Dirty Three, Stephen Malkmus
One of the hottest acts in indie music will be playing his Minneapolis debut at his sold-out Turf Club show next Monday. He was recently featured the the opener for several Jack White dates, and caught the attention of many unsuspecting fans. His self-titled first effort was produced by Andrija Tokic, who was behind albums by Alabama Shakes and Hurray for the Riff Raff and has been being critically-lauded across the board. This 25 year old blues wunderkind played an electrifying Lollapalooza set this past summer and has been continuing the late-night circuit, most recently impressing David Letterman on his program. Expect great things from Benjamin Booker in the future, and anyone lucky enough to have tickets to his Minneapolis debut are in for a fantastic set.
Sounds like: The White Stripes, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Gary Clark, Jr.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 220.127.116.11’s, Cibo Matto, Wolfie, Buffalo Daughter, Guitar Wolf
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
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
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 Vita.mn’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
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
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
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