Tomorrow night in the Entry will be a double-headlining showcase featuring not one, but two EP release shows, including the powerful force that is Atomic Lights. This alternative rock band combines the true variety of music tastes between all the bandmembers, with the ability to switch between ska and metal in one song. Joining them will be hard rockers Redshift-- a perfect duo of bands. These grunge rockers are one of the more intense acts to play in the Entry in recent memory. With songs such as "Hypnothermia" and "Psychic Canine Overlords", this band is prepared to rip your face off during a show, then keep on rockin. They claim to want to be the "best man" in a wedding of beauty and brutality, and their sounds are sure to resonate with heavy rock fans all around.
Sounds like: Nirvana, The Offspring, Mudhoney
The Lioness will be featured in a specialty night we are hosting tomorrow in the Entry. We will be featuring multiple women of color-- with some of the most talented artists the Twin Cities have to offer. Hip hop queen The Lioness will be kicking things off, with music from her mixtape Most Anticipated. She takes influence from hard hitting hip hop stars such as Missy Elliot and Azaelia Banks. Joining her will be the local favorite, Dra Muzic whose wordplay may remind one of Nicki Minaj, but don't be mistaken-- this Twin Cities artist is far more talented. Also on the bill will be the mega-talented K.Raydio, who made a name for herself through numerous performances around the metro area in the past few years. She earned a large following as well with her collaboration with Psymun in LucidDreamingSkylines.
Sounds like: Azaelia Banks, Missy Elliot, Toki Wright
THURSDAY – Radio K's Gigawatt featuring NE-HI
Rising Chicago indie rock band NE-HI have been selected for this year's Radio K feature, Gigawatt. The radio station is celebrating their 22nd anniversary this year, and will be hosting an equally big show Thursday night in the Entry. NE-HI could be described as nostalgic rock, and had no problem winning over a Minneapolis crowd last year when they were opening the 21st Birthday Party for Radio K with Twin Peaks. This, however, will be their first headlining show here at First Ave, always a landmark event for buzz bands like NE-HI. Catch them this Thursday night, with support from locals Teenage Moods and Shakin' Babies.
Sounds like: Twin Peaks, The Orwells, Wavves
FRIDAY – RONiiA LP Release Show
RONiiA may be a new band in the Minneapolis scene here, but the collective members couldn't be more familiar with live shows. Consisting of Nona Marie, the singer of critically acclaimed folk group Dark Dark Dark. Her voice was particularly noted for its exceptionality and flexibility. One of the members of Marijuana Deathsquads (known for putting on the most intense live sets in the area) Mark McGee is a part of the trio, known for his scary-dark production. Fletcher Barnhill from FUGITIVE fills out the group. Their support for Marijuana Deathsquads last month created some remarkable buzz for this newly-formed dark electronic trio. Don't miss their debut LP release show this Friday night!
Sounds like: Marijuana Deathsquads, Bat For Lashes, tiny deaths
SATURDAY – SAINT MOTEL
Los Angeles buzz band Saint Motel are coming to town this Saturday night for a highly-anticipated show in the 7th St Entry. The quartet has managed to craft their indie pop in a very unique approach, with songs such as "My Type", which could get any dancefloor going wild in no time. Their music has been influenced by tropical, big band and Latin music in their newest effort, blending their joyful melodies and thematic lyrics with ease. They normally incorporate some subtext into all of their lyrics and graceful music. Be sure not to miss their show this Saturday, as they will be performing material from their upcoming
Sounds like: Cold War Kids, Mark Ronson, Fitz & The Tantrums
Indie rock will be taking a trip to this this Sunday night, featuring some of the budding psych-rock bands here in the Twin Cities. While many of these projects have very little web presence, isn't that how it used to be with acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters? These groups put far more work into their live shows, preferring the old fashioned technique of "letting the music do the talking" as these groups have full sets prepared for their quad-headlining night. Nathan Reeder will be experimenting with some of his newest material, recently releasing a preview of his "no wave sludge trash" music titled "Sludge". These half psych, half garage punk bands will be sure to put on a perfect show for the venerable 7th St Entry, and we can sure to see some long renditions of their classic tunes.
Sounds like: Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy