This Week in the Entry: July 21, 2014

Monday: Hundred Waters

Hundred Waters came together in 2011 when four roommates started casually making music in their small college town, Gainesville, Florida. Soon after, they put out a self-titled debut, introducing their bewitching digital folk with no real expectations, and quickly became the first indie rockers to be invited to join the roster of EDM superstar Skrillex’s label, OWSLA. With the recent release of their second full-length, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, it’s hard to believe a band that started out with an already unique sound was able to grow so beautifully. Swapping comic folk for more of an electronic flavor. This time around, Hundred Waters put out a particularly instrumental album featuring majestic lyricism - ambient pop that transcends, making music really feel like magic.

Related Artists: Glasser, Bibio, Gold Panda

Tuesday: Red Wanting Blue | The Alternate Routes

A quintessential example of American perseverance and hard work, Red Wanting Blue is built on an exceedingly loyal fan base and non-stop touring. Known for their engaging and passionate lives shows, Red Wanting Blue has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Red Wanting Blue will be joined by The Alternate Routes, a loud six piece American rock band. More than a decade into their career, The Alternate Routes have a talent for keeping things fresh, and keeping the shows rockin.

Related Artists: Nickel Creek, Delta Rae, The Lone Bellow

Wednesday: Devon Allman Band

Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band fame, is making music of his own. In fact, not only is he making music, he’s also making hot sauce! He explains on his website, “Even though my family is known for music and I travel the world performing, my other passion is cooking. Sauces have always been a favorite. I’m very pleased to put the Allman name on such a quality, all natural project. Hot smoky blues, hot smoky sauce. It just makes sense.” Devon is proving himself to be a true Jack-of-all-trades. More importantly though, Devon is making his own name in the music community. After playing as the driving force behind bands like Honeytribe and Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon is stepping out on his own with his solo release, Turquoise.

Related Artists: The Allman Brothers Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Honeytribe

Thursday: MC/VL

Mighty Clyde and Vicious Lee are back to rock the mic. Three and a half years after a farewell show at the departed 501 Club, the hip-hop duo MC/VL are dusting off their old-school rhymes — filled with braggadocio and name-drops of Twin Cities media professionals - for a one-off live experience on July 24. “We’re only doing this to annoy Chris Riemenschneider,” Vicious Lee told Gimme Noise. Indeed, MC/VL’s live audaciousness has been missed. Rumors are swirling that Lee will hop into an unmarked helicopter to leave the Twin Cities immediately after the concert — possibly before it even ends — so this could really be their last last show. [Gimme Noise]

MC/VL is known for their eclectic sampling, old-school beats and laying down sick rhymes. Remembered fondly for their boisterous and often half-naked shows, First Avenue is excited to welcome MC/VL back to the Entry!

Related Artists: POS, Toki Wright, Beastie Boys, Run DMC

Friday: Mrs. Glass | Ben Ballinger | Carson McHone

Austin Texas’ Finest tonight in the Entry! Mrs Glass, Ben Ballinger and Carson McHone make up the entire roster of Good Horse Record Company, and are making their way all the way up 35W to Minneapolis. Mrs Glass makes life into music, finding the balance between the pain, joy, grief, ecstasy, injustice and frivolity in his grungy voice and striking strumming. A true American troubadour, Ben Ballinger makes his roots with emotional depth and fine tuned melodies. To top off the night Carson McHone will take the stage. McHone is an Austin native, who after years of songwriting has dedicated herself to a life of music. Prepare for a little taste of the best of Texas!

Related Artist: Howling Brothers, The Deadmen, Dead Flowers

Saturday: Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass

Folk, blues, stomp rock. No real need to classify Adam Faucett. With his unmistakable voice and emotionally raw tunes, Faucett moves beyond the labels of genre and pushes into the importance of the human experience. For the past two years, Faucett has been touring nationally and internationally in the support of his release More Like A Temple. Now, with the release of his newest LP, Blind Water Finds Blind Water, Faucett is making his way to the Entry. With the help of his band The Tall Grass, Blind Water Finds Blind Water, is deeply emotional, hauntingly melodic and impressively personal.

Related Artists: Charlie Parr, Middle Brother, The Moondoggies

Sunday: Pigeon John featuring Tanya Morgan

LA rapper Pigeon John is an anomaly. Not only does his have a live show that will reportedly “have the ladies swooning,” but is also still devoted to developing as an artist. With five albums, Pigeon John is experienced to say the least. Known to longtime fans as the kid with the easy smile and clever flow, just getting started in the open-mic scene, he has also made waves internationally with his song “The Bomb” which was featured in popular Volkswagen commercial. Having spent much of the past year touring with the popular French turntablists C2C’s, we’re very excited to welcome Pigeon John to the Entry!

Related Artists: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Grieves, Deltron 3030

Get To Know The Locals: "Funk on First" This Friday in the Mainroom

Who's your number one funk inspiration?

New Sound Underground: Our keys player Kevin writes a lot of the tunes, and he's saying Medeski, Martin, and Wood. I write some tunes too though and I'm saying Snarky Puppy.

PHO: James Brown.

Grolar Bears: Curtis Mayfield is a god. From his song writing to his falsetto. It's very rare when an artist has it all. I love his use of polyrhythmic undertones and angelic strings on top.

Hipshaker DJ's/Worldwide Discotheque: Rickey Calloway. He won't quit! As for DJ's, a guy called Courtland Green was the first person I ever met who played great funk records, and I still want to be like him.

You depict yourselves as "genre-defying." How would you describe your sound?

New Sound Underground: Haha, we do! But maybe we shouldn't - it's more of an aspiration. Our music is definitely grounded in funk and R&B, but each of us has so many other interests and influences. We incorporate our favorite elements of gospel, pop, jazz, hip-hop... even Afrobeat. Our goal is just to make you dance in the best way we know how. If people are dancing their asses off and get taken on a real journey at the same time, then we've done our job well.

Your ensemble is made up of musicians from all over the country. What drew you to Minneapolis? What keeps you here?

New Sound Underground: We all went to college in the Twin Cities. Each of us found a place in the music scene here and eventually found each other. Apart from family, loved ones, and dear friends, this band is an important reason to stay here - I can't imagine playing music all the time with a better bunch of dudes.

What's your favorite jam? Why should we check it out?

New Sound Underground: "Slow Demon" by Snarky Puppy. It was the first song of theirs that I heard and I became an instant fan. I hope it's your first too. I'm going to listen to it right now for old time's sake.

PHO: Donny Hathaway Live! REAL soul music!

Grolar Bears: Grolar Bear is about to release a 7 inch in August through Piñata Records. My favorite jam on that is a song called "Midnight Stew".

Hipshaker DJ's/Worldwide Discotheque: My favorite Funk jam is impossible to answer. Maybe it is the entire Sly & Family Stone album called There's A Riot Going On. My favorite jam is "Love Buzz" by Nirvana.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on stage?

New Sound Underground: That's tough! A thing I can say is that I remember once throwing my trombone slide into the crowd. I don't know why, I just let go. No one got hurt, but it kind of took the momentum out of my solo.

PHO: Choked on gum mid-song and missed my part.

Grolar Bears: Having 10 members on stage is tight fit. Kjerstin, our vocalist has been struck in the head by literally every instrument that's on stage.  She has even been elbowed in the face. Took it like a champ, didn't miss a beat!

Hipshaker DJ's/Worldwide Discotheque: Thankfully the most embarrassing thing to happen to me on stage is that I've taken the needle off of the record that was playing, a few times.

What's the story behind the name PHO?

PHO: PHO is a great soup, word and band name. That's pretty much it.

You have a large ensemble – how did PHO come together?

PHO: PHO came together at McNally-Smith College of music. Not every is from McNally but that's were it all started. We reached out to horn players from Morris, MN that we knew. The band has changed members a couple times and has continued to evolve.

With so many people in your band, how does everyone's influence shine through?

Grolar Bears: When we released our first album, every person who played on it was asked to play at the release show. Everyone who was able to did, and that number came to 19. Since that show two years ago, we have slimmed down to 10 people. Drums, congas, percussion, bass, guitar, piano, trumpet, 2 saxes, violin, and vocals.

Can you tell us a little bit about your unique recording process?

Grolar Bears: Last winter, we snuck into Minnehaha Falls at 5 am in the morning to shoot a music video. It was to accompany a 7 inch vinyl release for August 2014. The stairs were iced over so we had to grab our instruments and cradle them as we sled down. We used our bodies as shields. We shot the video for 5 hours until the cops shut us down.

What are your hobbies? Other than making music, of course!

New Sound Underground: This summer I've spent a lot of time raising fish and on DIY car repair. Chris is really into Batman.

PHO: Cooking and lint rolling.

Grolar Bears: There is a book series called "33 1/3" which dedicates one book per album. It gives the history of the making of that album. How something is created gives it such emotional depth. It's so inspiring and fascinating to read what was going through the artist's head when they created that specific album.

Hipshaker DJ's/Worldwide Discotheque: None currently.

What is your relationship with vinyl? Why not go digital?

Hipshaker DJ's: It's complicated. Old records are unique physical, visual and sonic artifacts. Many, many recordings only exist on records. Why not go digital? I have never owned a computer until 2 weeks ago, and I can't wait until I can DJ digitally through a computer.

For someone who has never heard Tropical Funk before, how would you describe the genre?

Worldwide Discotheque: James Brown's style of Funk music was and is an amazing sound to behold. Travelled easily around the world via records, and anyone who made dance music, wanted to incorporate Funk into their usual music. And that is how I imagine it went.

What’s your claim to fame?

New Sound Underground: Last summer in Colorado, Nelson joked onstage that we biked all the way to the Telluride Jazz Festival to save on gas. Someone believed it though, and it made it into the local paper. I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight and say that while we are all fans of biking, we were definitely not trying to fake any environmental street cred to the wonderful people of Telluride, CO.

PHO: Opening for Jonathan Richman haha

Grolar Bears: We created a fictional blaxploitation movie then compose a score and trailer to it (see right). We also shot a music video in front of Minnehaha Falls last winter for our [song] "Midnight Stew".

Hipshaker DJ's/Worldwide Discotheque: Hipshaker

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

New Sound Underground: We want to take you someplace, but make you dance all the way there.

PHO: Don't listen to PHO.

Grolar Bears: Symphonic funk band with violin, congas, and a full horn section. And a damn good looking bass player! You get two fragment sentences.

Tickets On Sale This Week: July 17, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, July 18 at 10:00am CT

Sir Sly | Wolf Gang Triple Rock SAT SEPT 20
Odesza Triple Rock SUN OCT 12

ON SALE: Friday, July 18 at noon CT

Atmosphere “North of Hell Tour" Mainroom FRI AUG 22
Scaphe | Prostate | Weakwick | Tender Meat 7th St Entry MON SEPT 1
Caleb Hawley 7th St Entry FRI SEPT 5
JD McPherson Turf Club TUE SEPT 9
JD McPherson Turf Club WED SEPT 10
La Roux Mainroom MON SEPT 29
The Drums Triple Rock MON SEPT 29
Perfume Genius Triple Rock TUE SEPT 30
The Kooks Mainroom SAT OCT 4
Total Slacker | PAWS Turf Club SUN OCT 12
The Airborne Toxic Event Mainroom SUN OCT 19
Noah Gundersen The Cedar WED OCT 22
Burger Records Caravan of Stars Tour feat. The Coathangers and more 7th St Entry THU OCT 23
Jay Nash 7th St Entry THU OCT 30
Slowdive Fine Line FRI OCT 31
Interpol Mainroom FRI NOV 14


Timothy Sexton (Gotterdammerung) 7th St Entry FRI AUG 8
She Keeps Bees 7th St Entry MON AUG 25
Botzy’s Birthday Bash 7th St Entry FRI AUG 29
The Dig 7th St Entry SUN SEPT 7
Glass Animals The Cedar TUE SEPT 9
Bishop Allen 7th St Entry SUN SEPT 28
Judah & The Lion 7th St Entry THU NOV 13

Jayhawks Giveaway: Win Tickets + Autographed CDs

They say that there is no going back. They say that you can never go home again. But The Jayhawks are sure the hell going to try. Most of the 1997 touring lineup - Karen Grotberg, Tim O’Reagan, Marc Perlman, Gary Louris, and Kraig Johnson - are thrilled to be diving back into the darkness of Sound of Lies, the joyous widescreen pop of Smile, and the simple elegance of Rainy Day Music. The Jayhawks will be playing shows throughout 2014 in support of the expanded reissues of these 3 timeless albums. 2014 setlists will touch on all eras of the band, but the primary focus will be on the amazing music The Jayhawks made from 1997-2003 - material that, for the most part, has not been played live by the band in over a decade.

The CD reissues of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music were released by American Recordings/Universal on July 1, with vinyl reissues to follow on August 5. All three albums have been freshly remastered using original analog sources whenever possible and will feature new liner notes and bonus tracks. This round of reissues is the next phase in a massive career-spanning project that began in 2009 with the Music From The North Country anthology and the subsequent reissue of The Jayhawks' long out of print first album, followed by deluxe reissues in 2011 of the classic Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass albums.

89.3 The Current presents
The Jayhawks
First Avenue Mainroom
$30 | 7:30pm | 18+

Fri Sept 5, 2014
with Two Harbors

Sat Sept 6, 2014
with Trapper Schoepp

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see The Jayhawks on both Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 in the Mainroom, along with autographed CD copies of the reissued Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. Check out this post on First Avenue's Facebook for your chance to win.

Up & Coming (To First Ave): Devon Allman Band

Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band fame, is making music of his own. In fact, not only is he making music, he's also making hot sauce! He explains on his website, "Even though my family is known for music and I travel the world performing, my other passion is cooking. Sauces have always been a favorite. I'm very pleased to put the Allman name on such a quality, all natural project. Hot smoky blues, hot smoky sauce. It just makes sense." Devon is proving himself to be a true Jack-of-all-trades. More importantly though, Devon is making his own name in the music community. After playing as the driving force behind bands like Honeytribe and Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon is stepping out on his own.

While he might have his dad's bluesy growl, we're convinced that's simply a matter of genetics. Some blues experts will tell you that when a true soul man delivers, you feel like you're listening to someone else's intimate conversation. With his new solo album, Turquoise, Devon proves capable of such a feat, particularly on his stand-out track "Time Machine". The imagery of time travel is woven throughout the record as Devon reflects on his twenty year journey, striking off on his own to create music that shines beyond his dad's towering shadow.

Allman uses Turquoise as a platform for interesting experimentation. Take for example the tropical reverb Allman mixes in on "Key Lime Pie" and the Latin rhythms on "There's No Time". But when he dives deep into the blues ("Time Machine" and "Strategy") is when Allman's talent really shines through. Turquoise isn't flashy or decadent, but rather a special brand of everyday blues that tells stories, explores genres, and creates a relatable narrative that will sweep you up.
Devon Allman Band
7th St Entry
Wed July 23, 2014
with Erica Blinn &
The Handsome Machine
$15 | 8pm | 18+


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