Coming to the Entry 10/1/14: MUTUAL BENEFIT

Mutual Benefit - First Avenue & 7th St Entry - Minneapolis 2014
Coming to the 7th Street Entry 10/1/14:
MUTUAL BENEFIT, with special guests Ricky Eat Acid and Har-Di-Har



After releasing various limited edition EPs and playing scores of house shows, Jordan Lee completed his debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond, a record of lush, watery, pop songs, pieced together over the past several years and inspired by the kinetic energy, goodbyes, and blurred landscapes of life on the road. 

The album has since become the first-ever Bandcamp release to be named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork, and Mutual Benefit earned a “Band to Watch” feature on Stereogum.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:30pm (18+)
$10.00 advance / $12.00 door
Presented by Radio K

Tonight in the Entry: DROWNERS, with special guests Bully

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.” 

Catch Drowners & Bully live tonight (9/29) in the Entry, 7pm.

Tickets On Sale This Week: September 25, 2014

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


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

Photos from Festival Palomino

Festival Palomino | A Trampled By Turtles Festival
All photos taken by Jake Ryan for First Avenue on Saturday, September 20, 2014.


This Week at the Turf: Sept 23, 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

Friday: FREEMAN (featuring Aaron Freeman of Ween)

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

Saturday: WAKEY!WAKEY!

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

Sunday: il sogno del marinaio (with mike watt)

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.

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


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