Southside Desire check all the boxes that get them called a soul band, with layered backup harmonies, chick-chick guitar, damp ghost-noted snare, and muted bass. But there’s a Midwestern punk rock grittiness that sets them apart from neo-soul bands. All of the members of the band grew up at basement punk shows and those ethos and aesthetics are reflected in this band. The self-titled Southside Desire is a completely Midwestern soul, pop and punk-rock album in the best way. Recorded in several studios over a year, there’s a new variety of sound and instrumentation on this record. A song has crashing layers of guitars and keyboard while the next is just piano and vocals. Lead singer and principal songwriter Marvel Devitt’s lyrics have grown more insightful: at once sweet and biting with each song a story. The punk rock, new wave and power-pop influences are more prominent, mixed with Mellow Mafia smoothness and Brill Building songwriting science.
Sounds like: Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, The Drifters, Dessa
Thursday brings the latest slate of up-and-coming bands representing the cassette-devoted Fullerton, CA-based label Burger Records to the Entry. 2014’s line-up brings lady garage-punk trio The Coathangers from Atlanta, veteran Caravan of Stars post-millennial punks together PANGEA from LA, catchy garage pop foursome Mozes And The Firstborn from the Netherlands, and the latest project from San Juan-based Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, who released his solo debut Terror/Amor earlier this year on Nacional Records. Los Angeles’ lo-fi dream-pop trio Cherry Glazerr will join up with the Caravan of Stars tour here in Minneapolis in what promises to be a raucous evening of high energy throwback rock & roll befitting the carefree D.I.Y. attitude that Burger has built its brand on (albeit in their own laid back manner). Should be loads of fun!
Sounds like: Black Lips, Nobunny, Ty Segall, Shannon & The Clams
Friday sees a double dose of female-fronted alt-rock bands gracing the Entry stage with Massachusetts-based Speedy Ortiz and Ex Hex, the latest group from ever-prolific indie rock mainstay Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag). Taking on the moniker of Timony’s 2005 solo record, Ex Hex is a power trio that describes themselves as “what your older brother’s friends listened to.” Speedy Ortiz’s indie rock revival style takes plenty of cues from Timony’s 90s-era output, which makes this co-headline tour a natural pairing. Local vets Buildings are supporting.
Sounds like: Marnie Stern, The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney, The Ramones
Saturday’s show features such a variety of local artists that it could be called an accurate snapshot of the diverse music community that call the Twin Cities home. Veteran piano-rock marathon-man Mark Mallman + sometimes Cry Culture Wolf MC and general rap hustler Botzy + Paul Simon-esque Americana pop rockers Schoenburg + psychedelic indie genre smashers Panther Ray = an intriguing bouillabaisse of Minnesota music and an entertaining night in the Entry.
Sounds like: Mark Mallman, Botzy, Schoenburg, Panther Ray
Local folk group Laulu celebrates the release of their debut EP Innate this Sunday in the Entry, and they’ll have CD copies on hand to buy a couple days before it becomes available digitally online on Tuesday, Oct 28. Providing support on the bill are Denver-based dream-folk trio Ancient Mariner and soulful Duluth folk/pop outfit Portage.
Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Dark Dark Dark, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling