Who are you?
FA: Why are you here tonight?
TT: Because they asked me to play @IamMPLS. We have a fashion line designed by my friend Sierra.
FA: What does your set usually consist of?
TT: It usually includes some beautiful people painted gold from head to toe, and 10-15 confetti cannons and lots of baby oil and a golden crown. Basically all gold everything is our strategy. It just sort of started happening and then it built momentum and then people started wanting to be painted gold, people were asking and we just can’t stop it now.
FA: Do you guys just Amazon Prime the shit out of everything gold you can find?
TT: I provide the gold, it’s a mixture of baby oil and powder.
FA: How do you get the gold off?
TT: You can just wipe it off with a towel and what have you. It comes off pretty easy.
FA: If you had to be chased by either a goose or a lion, which would you pick?
TT: Lion. More fun, more interesting.
FA: Have you ever been chased by a goose?
TT: Yeah, it sucked. Geese are little assholes. Where the fuck are all the geese though? I feel like I didn’t see any flying south. Do you think they’re all just fucked?
Clearly the Tickle Torture experience is not to be missed. Your next chance is New Year’s Eve in the 7th St Entry, but tickets are going fast…
ON SALE: Friday, December 12 at 10:00am CT
|The Growlers||7th St Entry||THU FEB 26|
|2:54 | Honeyblood||7th St Entry||FRI MAR 6|
|BROODS||Fine Line||MON MAR 16|
|Coal Chamber||Mainroom||MON MAR 23|
ON SALE: Friday, December 12 at noon CT
|Girl Germs Live Tribute To Women in Music||Turf Club||SAT JAN 10|
|JD McPherson||Mainroom||FRI FEB 13|
|Saints of Valory||Triple Rock||FRI FEB 20|
|The Life And Times||Turf Club||THU FEB 26|
|PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9”)||Fine Line||SUN MAR 1|
|Dan Mangan + Blacksmith||Turf Club||WED MAR 4|
|MisterWives||Triple Rock||FRI MAR 6|
|Craft Spells||7th St Entry||FRI MAR 20|
|The Gaslight Anthem||Mainroom||FRI MAR 13|
|They Might Be Giants||Mainroom||SAT APR 18|
|Umphrey’s McGee||Mainroom||THU APR 23|
|Umphrey’s McGee||Mainroom||FRI APR 24|
|Umphrey’s McGee||Mainroom||SAT APR 25|
|Umphrey’s McGee (3 Night Pass)||Mainroom||APR 23-25|
|Hurray For The Riff Raff||The Cedar||FRI MAY 1|
ON SALE: NOW
|Gus Lynch Memorial and Wake||Turf Club||SUN DEC 14||Free Admission|
|Pamela Machala | Northern Darling | Elena||7th St Entry||SUN DEC 28|
|Black Friday ft. Muja Messiah||7th St Entry||FRI DEC 26|
|Hey, Have A Good One! ft. Terry Mullan||Mainroom||SAT JAN 3|
|Sean Anonymous Birthday Show||Mainroom||SAT JAN 10|
|American Primitive with Paul Metzger||Clown Lounge||MON JAN 12||Free Admission|
|7 Minutes in Heaven | Austin Jones
The Millenium | The Resolution (early show)
|7th St Entry||SAT JAN 17|
|deM atlaS & special guests (late show)||7th St Entry||SAT JAN 17|
|Cedar||Turf Club||THU JAN 22|
|Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band||7th St Entry||WED FEB 25|
|Twerps||7th St Entry||WED APR 8|
|Disappears||Turf Club||MON APR 13|
Wednesday: THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS | ERIK KOSKINEN
Local Americana favorites Cactus Blossoms will be playing alongside folk rocker Erik Koskinen in a special night at the Turf this Wednesday. Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of the Cactus Blossoms are no strangers to the Turf Club, previously having a weekly show to showcase their twangy prowess every Monday night. They’ve been voted the best Twin Cities country band the last two years by City Pages, and with good reason. These brothers can swoon an audience with easily with their broken-heart melodies and their powerful backing band-- even catching the attention of Country Music Television, naming their debut album one of the most overlooked of 2011. Joining them of course will be folk-blues champion Erik Koskinen. His expertly crafted lyricism is sprinkled with heart wrenching metaphors and speak to the common listener. Don’t miss these two fantastic acts at the Turf on Wednesday, a venue that’s made for nights like this.
Sounds like: Sturgill Simpson, Nikki Lane, Frankie Lee
Rising buzzband Alvvays will be arriving at the Turf to perform tunes from their lovely self-titled debut album. It will be their first Twin Cities show to date, as this Toronto five-piece has been hitting the road for the past few months, riding a wave of critical acclaim, and as of recent, been listed on many critics’ top 10 lists for 2014. Their beach-washed indie pop loveliness is irresistible to any listener, with tracks such as “Archie, Marry Me” with the potential of radio airplay on any station. Lead females Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan greg up as next-door-neighbors, which leads to musician chemistry that is hard to match. Get your tickets before this hyped indie group sells out the venerable Turf, as they’re sure to be in the Mainroom at some point in their career.
Sounds like: Best Coast, Belle & Sebastian, Bleached
The Turf will be hosting a wedding anniversary for all this Friday, featuring some of the Twin Cities’ best homegrown talent. Minneapolis punk veterans Dillinger Four will be headlining the event, a show any Minneapolis music aficionado would identify as a must-see performance. The group is infamous around the Twin Cities, known for being one of the most influential and reckless punk bands on stage. Joining them for this anniversary extravaganza is local four-piece Pink Mink, CityPage’s Picked to Click band of 2010. Pink Mink started gigging feverishly and winning over audiences with their lightning-speed stage presence, unstoppable guitar solos, and terse, poppy songwriting. Their guitar playing is influenced heavily by riot girl bands like Babes in Toyland and Bikini Kill, the melodies are joyous and the lyrics nostalgic, paying homage to Twin Cities classics with songs like "Hidden Beach" and "Seeking Scott Seekins." Whether you know Ben & Sheela or not, this is about to be a classic rock-out night at the Turf this Friday.
Sounds like: The Lawrence Arms, Riot Girl, Bikini Kill
Saturday: WE ARE THE WILLOWS Album Release Show
South Minneapolis group We Are The Willows will be headlining their first Turf show on Saturday night! This indie rock six-piece has been gaining a lot of steam here in the Twin Cities, largely due to their beautiful orchestral arrangements that can be found on many of their tracks, thanks to violin player Leah Ottman and Hilary James on cello. The group has received much praise from indie music sites such as PASTE and Daytrotter. The group crafts dynamic, intimate songs with instruments and voices combining to create beautiful rhythms and intricate melodies. Their heart wrenching arrangements surface nostalgic feelings of love and loss. They also hope to be the first band to perform on the moon. Don’t miss their Turf debut, supporting their sophomore release, Picture [Portrait] Saturday night!
Sounds like: Chris Koza, Field Report, PHOX
Monday: JON DEE GRAHAM
Monday night at the Turf will be featuring the legendary, Jon Dee Graham-- guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. A former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo, Graham is the only musician ever to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times. Graham is most well known for his solo work, including the acclaimed records Escape from Monster Island, Hooray For The Moon, and Full. He is also well known for his tenure in The Skunks-- Austin's first punk band, and roots-rock pioneers The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. His sets are filled with emotion, heart, and most importantly a wicked-good guitar legend. Catch Jon and his band next Monday at the Turf!
Sounds like: James McMurtry, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo
Newcomers hailing from Northeast Minneapolis will be co-headlining a show also featuring Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats, as well as the also-local Gaslighters Union. The ever-jangly Uncle Bob Show will be bringing their high-paced alt-folk performance for the first time to the Entry tonight. The four-piece foot stomping rock n roll group will surely have more shows ahead for them, and should have no problem putting the crowd into the right dancing mood. Joining them will be veteran Minneapolis psychobilly band Dead Bundy and the Neat Neat Neats. Having released their fourth LP this past year in their 3-piece collective, the group has been touring relentlessly behind it with impressive results. They’re sure to be pleased to be playing back home tonight. Last but not least is the Nordeast roots rock group Gaslighter’s Union who have been generating some solid buzz around the Twin Cities fronted by St. Paul native Amy Olson.
Sounds like: The Reverend Horton Heat, Dead Kennedys, Stray Cats
Local fuzz rockers Fuck Knights will be showing off their wild live set this Wednesday, following a rare night-off for the venue. Lead singer and drummer Dan Melchoir was previously bouncing around New York City before landing here in Minneapolis, followed by a short stint at school and formed the Fuck Knights in 2007. His voice mimics the likes of Pelle Almqvist from the Hives, and his jams could be passed for some of Ty Segall’s material. Joining will be Thelma & The Sleaze, a trio based out of Nashville. These hard rockin’ girls have no problem shredding through any of their power-rock which tend to be only 1-2 minutes to begin. Their high energy tunes are sure to translate well to a live set, especially in the intimate Entry. The infamous Nato Coles will be reppin' Minneapolis rock ‘n roll as well this evening, performing with his Blue Diamond Band. Coles got his foot into the Mpls music scene in 2010 from Brooklyn and has been producing his classic style of rock ever since then, make sure to check out their Bandcamp to see how truly consistent his music is.
Sounds like: Ty Segall, The Hives, The Who
Buffalo band Lemuria will be taking reigns in Entry on Thursday, bringing their fresh indie pop sound to lucky concertgoers with tickets. Their name takes after the hypothetical and mysterious continent thought to exist in prehistoric times, which may explain their non-traditional New York sound, this group has been tweaking and perfecting their tunes since 2004, with a number of EP’s and singles being released in a DIY manner throughout relentless NY touring. Their 2011 sophomore release Pebble attracted a strong following by means of its very positive critical acclaim and prolific tour schedule, known for preferring to play shows then stay put, giving each crowd ta spectacular performance. Don’t miss their first headlining shows here in Minneapolis, as they wow’d the crowd a few years ago opening for Against Me!
Sounds like: Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz, Paramore
Eccentric Minneapolis collective Marijuana Deathsquads will be headlining the Entry tonight, in an exciting Friday night performance not to be missed. Comprised of Poliça mastermind Ryan Olson, Doomtree member P.O.S and several other high-profile local artists, the group combines layers upon layers of dark, experimental, electronic music that you might hear in a rave in the future, with contributing vocals by several of the members throughout. Definitely one of the most original Twin Cities groups you can catch, and with such an all-star cast, make sure to get to the Entry this Friday night. Opening will be the very mysterious and synthy RONiiA, with a cast comprised of members from Marijuana Deathsquads and Dark Dark Dark.
Sounds like: Crystal Castles, Kristoff Krane, Gayngs
Youngster rockers Courage My Love are headlining their first gig here at 7th St Entry. This Canadian trio can be described as power-punk, alternative metal. Their hard-rocking yet inspiring tunes are meant for their fans to be uplifted by, and with their young age (being 17 when releasing their first EP) they have been able to capture a huge online following, with 4.8 million YouTube views and counting, this group is poised to be something big, with loads of potential and future success ahead. They’ve toured on the Warped Tour, and if you missed it, this is the perfect chance to catch this budding trio!
Sounds like: Paramore, Set It Off, Hey Monday
The infamous New Sound Underground will be taking over the Entry this Sunday, hailing from all over the city, though based in Minneapolis, the group has become a mainstay here in the music scene with their signature live performances and genre-evasive sound. The group is known for their powerful concerts, and the ability to play gospel, jazz, salsa, funk, R&B, and hip-hop throughout any of their shows, often working and layering the sounds in organically. Their unparalleled sound could be attributed to their reputable musicians, who have compelled hardcore fans and easygoing passerby for years. For years they have blown us away at our Funk on First series, and this’ll be your opportunity to see them play standalone, in the ever-intimate Entry.
Sounds like: Phish, Soulive, Blues Traveler
First Avenue: What’s your name?
FA: And what’s your relationship with First Avenue?
KM: I’ve probably spent as many waking hours here as I have at my house.
FA: So you’re basically a music enthusiast.
KM: Yeah. I think it’s easy to be like, “Oh you just go out to shows that you want to be seen at,” but it’s like fuck that. I wouldn’t be going to *those* shows, there’d be other shows I could be at. I’m becoming more picky.
FA: Membership-wise, you’re one of the lowest member numbers, right? (Note: numbers reflect how early one signed-up)
KM: I am member 0000001. It was actually pure luck. We knew it was happening and all that, but I just happened to check my email one afternoon at work and I saw the email saying “We’re live!” I hopped on and it wasn’t like right away, but within ten, fifteen minutes. I was kind of surprised.
FA: Didn’t you have a birthday here?
KM: Yeah. I had my 30th at the Nomad, my 35th at the Entry. I talked to the bands first to gauge interest because if I don’t have the band it’s not worth trying. It was Actual Wolf, Prissy Clerks, and All Tomorrow’s Petty. It was super fun.
FA: Was it a private event?
KM: It was open to the public, like $5 or $8 bucks.
FA: So you created a bill of a show you wanted to see.
KM: Yeah, I didn’t even bill it like [my birthday party]… It was actually on the news! Jana Shortall was doing a story on the flu and she came down to interview Prissy Clerks because they all had the flu. They panned past the poster that said “@Solace’s 35th Birthday Bash” and it I think my parents saw it and rolled their eyes. They’re old, but I think they get it, too.
FA: Are you going to have your 40th at the Target Center?!
KM: [laughs] With Arcade Fire and the National.
It’s only a matter of time before you’ll run into Kyle at a show. Let him persuade you that Guster is a secret-great band.
ON SALE: Friday, December 5 at 10:00am CT
|Ibeyi||The Cedar||MON MAR 30|
ON SALE: Friday, December 5 at noon CT
|Cult of Youth||7th St Entry||SUN JAN 18|
|Head For The Hills||Turf Club||SAT JAN 24|
|Joe Mande||Turf Club||SAT JAN 31|
|The Wailers||Mainroom||WED MAR 4|
|Mat Kearney - The Just Kids Tour||State Theatre||TUE MAR 17|
|Kitty, Daisy & Lewis||Turf Club||WED APR 8|
ON SALE: NOW
|Mina Moore | The Maytags | Sophia Eris||7th St Entry||TUE DEC 16|
|Communion Clubnight December:
Beasthead | Ancient Mariner | Savannah Smith
|Turf Club||TUE DEC 16|
|The Dylan Salfer Trio | Black Water Blues Band||7th St Entry||SUN DEC 21|
|Ari Herstand||7th St Entry||MON DEC 29|
|Kid Dakota | Alpha Consumer | International Karate||Turf Club||TUE DEC 30|
|J.E. Sunde||7th St Entry||SAT JAN 3|
|The Annual Blowout: Hammerhead | The Blind Shake | Waveless||Turf Club||SAT JAN 3|
|The Wolf Council | Nightosaur | Metadactyl||Turf Club||WED JAN 7|
|The Melismatics||7th St Entry||FRI JAN 9|
|Bartell | Iguano | Vonnie Kyle||Turf Club||SUN JAN 11|
|Jett Fetish | Angry Foot||7th St Entry||WED JAN 14|
|Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut||7th St Entry||THU JAN 15|
|Corners | Frankie Teardrop||Turf Club||SUN FEB 22|
|Single Mothers||7th St Entry||TUE FEB 24|
This Thursday, The Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra and Greg Grease will be co-headlining a show at our Turf Club. The two groups were scheduled to perform together at the release party for Twinkie Jiggles' solo record in January but sadly Greg came down with a serious illness that kept him off that show. But now there's another chance to catch two of the most exciting acts working in the Twin Cities today. Grease is one of the leading voices of the new generation of hip-hop artists making waves in the Twin Cities. In early August Grease cemented his role as a leader in this scene when he headlined and curated “New Space”, a Mainroom show that brought together some of the most innovative groups working today in the cities including Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom and tiny deaths. Out of this amazing cast of players Greg Grease stands in the lead position, with a sound that consistently gets his work, including his recent Black King Cole EP, into nationally known blogs.
Sounds like: K Raydio, Caroline Smith, Madvillain
Friday (early): Paolo Nutini
27 year old Paolo Giovanni Nutini will be headlining a unique show in the Turf this Friday, afternoon. The show is slated for 4pm, and tickets will only be available through on-air promotions from your favorite local station, 89.3 The Current. Since online giveaway sign-ups have now closed, your only chance will be through listening to the Current giveaways, more info to be found at their website. One listen to Paolo Nutini’s magnificent third record Caustic Love reveals exactly why it will be worth it. It’s been five years since the success of its 2009 predecessor, Sunny Side Up, which like the 27-year-old Paisley-born singer’s 2006 debut, These Days, sold a staggering 1.5 million copies in the UK alone. Described by Q magazine as “a truly excellent modern soul album”, it’s a record that acknowledges the classic music of the past while still remaining solidly progressive even in 2014.
Sounds like: James Morrison, James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Rice
Friday (late): Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank | Crankshaft (Solo)
Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy began playing music and writing songs together at an early age while growing up on the southern coast of New Jersey. After pursuing music separately for a few years, Teague in California and Ian in New England, the brothers came together in 2005 to form Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank in their adopted home of northern Minnesota. Hobo Nephews began recording their first album and playing their first shows in the wintery town of Duluth, Minnesota alongside other burgeoning Americana artists Trampled By Turtles and Charlie Parr. Combining what Minneapolis Star Tribune calls "timeless songwriting chops" with "tremendously played roots music", Hobo Nephews have played relentlessly, sang in big cities and small towns all over the country. The road tested duo has recorded LP’s and has another on the way in early 2015 produced by Trampled By Turtles violinist Ryan Young.
Sounds like: Trampled By Turtles, Bob Dylan, The Pines
Saturday: Doomtree: The Last Blowout Ever! (sold out)
Minneapolis’ biggest hip-hop collective are playing one of their last Blowout shows at the venerable Turf Club! The long-awaited, long-sold out show will be the most intimate of the 6 planned (Mainroom, Varsity, Triple Rock, Icehouse) and will also be the first of their mini city tour. A group with a sound and stage presence this large, anyone with a ticket should be a very happy soul, with this group’s crushing synths, beats, and precisely-dropped lyricism from (now) local superstars POS, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, SIMS, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger. This will be the 10th anniversary of the Blowout, with the previous years also having sold out and proved to be one heck of a party. While the group will not be disbanding, they have expressed interest in having their last Blowout on their terms, and in the biggest way possible.
Sounds like: Astronautalis, Dessa, POS
First Avenue: Who are you?
I’m Doug Lefebvre.
FA: And you do what?
DL: I manage merchandise for touring. Predominantly I work for Atmosphere and other stuff trickles in. Fifth Element is where I first got to know these people. I interned there between design jobs. I have a work ethic that doesn’t quit, so… the big 20-foot graffiti wall they can change out, I designed the cleat system for that, things I wasn’t really supposed to be doing. After that I just stayed in contact by helping where I could.
FA: You made yourself useful over and over.
DL: Yeah, that’s exactly what my mentality has been: make yourself indispensable because there’s probably a thousand people clamoring for my position at all times anyway, and would probably do it for cheaper, but I know they wouldn’t do it better. #humblebrag I didn’t know I’d like it as much as I do after they asked me to do it the first time at First Ave. It was the back-to-back Thanksgiving show, which I believe was in 2010, and they were like, “Hey, we need somebody to do merch!” I’d actually bought tickets to go to the show the next day but I enjoyed it so much that I sold them back to the shop and was like “Hey, I wanna do merch again if that’s cool with y’all.” Something about it grabbed me right away, I guess.
FA: What do you think it was?
DL: I get a good vibe out of seeing people enjoy themselves so much. I’m really meticulous, always have been, so it’s a challenge to see if I can have a perfectly balanced day, make sure no one steals anything, make sure my display looks nice. My math background, my design background, and my enjoyment of t-shirts all mixed together.
FA: Tell me more about this “enjoyment of t-shirts.”
DL: The other day I was at Everett’s, the butcher where I go all the time, and I saw that they had shirts up in the window and I like kinda goofy, cool shirts from small establishments. The lady brought it down and I grabbed it and was like, “Gilden heavy blend?” “Yeah, it’s a pretty good shirt. You know your size for sure?” And I was just like, “Yeah, I know a little bit about this.”
When not fondling t-shirts, Doug enjoys cooking, collecting shoes, and all things Lego. Say hi; he’s a gem.
Monday night is local night in the Entry, highlighting some talent from three Twin Cities artists with a lot of potential. Northeast group The Paper Days will be performing songs such as their debut single “Northern Sky” which highlights the band’s three songwriters and their acoustics, performing sounds that should be familiar to local acts such as Trampled By Turtles or Pert Near Sandstone. Joining them will be brothers Sean and Shannon Heier as Small Town Anthem. Their debut album from 2011 still holds up over time, and these Redwood Falls boys will be rocking out with their roots rock sound in their 7th St Entry return. Veteran group Old Desert Road will cap the night off with their beautiful acoustic storytelling that is accompanied by irresistible violin harmonies by groupmember Jennifer Peterson. Don’t miss out this Monday night, catch some warm local jams at the first December show in the Entry this year!
Sounds like: Pert Near Sandstone, Allman Brothers Band, Jack White
With the skilled lyricism of ASAP and Chance, but with beats that could standalone, we present to you, Major G. He will be hosting his Kingdom Hearts release party this Tuesday night in the Entry. His unique approach to music is noted within a few seconds of any of his tracks. He has no problems with heavy voice modification, not referring to auto-tune, but you’ll have to listen for yourself to truly appreciate its glory. He has been working on his music relentlessly in the past few years hoping to break out big into the hip-hop world, and hopefully more people throughout the world will know about this budding avant-garde hip-hop artist before long. Here’s your chance see to see him on the small stage.
Sounds like: Chance the Rapper, ASAP Rocky, Shabazz Palaces
Hip-hop fans should be excited for the fact that the next night at 7th St will be another release party, featuring local rapper Moonlight Grammar slinging lines from his newest EP, The High Tide Recordings. His wordplay and lyricism are next to none for local work, and scattered throughout are Prince references, political quotes, and always brilliant synth work. His lyrics and beats make it apparent of his experience in the field. Surely not a show to be missed this Wednesday.
Sounds like: Atmosphere, Prof, El-P
Hailing from Paris, France, David Grellier is the one-man machine behind College. Inspired heavily by Jeff Mills and Aphex Twin, he was instantly drawn to computer-driven synths and his talent has grown exponentially since beginning the trade, starting his own label, Valerie. The same year his first album was released was the inception of his label. His track “A Real Hero” was selected as the theme song behind the excellent film, Drive, a movie known for its brilliant soundtrack. His work with Electric Youth is particularly acclaimed, being known in the past few years for fostering some of the best electronica out of Paris. His newest release, Heritage is one of the more acclaimed albums to be released in 2013. As opposed to checking him out at a large festival, why not stop by the Entry this Thursday and see him in our most intimate venue.
Sounds like: Aphex Twin, Justice, Daft Punk
This is the third of an ongoing series of songwriter nights featuring some of the best that the Twin Cities has in it's deep pool. Friday features 6 songwriters all performing 5 songs. The theme of the night is "Ice". Each writer will be debuting a song written specifically for this show and using "Ice" in it's narrative. There will be room for possible guests / collaborations as well. Embrace the night.
Featuring: Martin Devaney, Jillian Rae, Terry Walsh, Ryan Holweger, Savannah Smith, John Swardson
With the Def Kith EP, the usually mononymous Martin Dosh and Jon "Ghostband" Davis debut their techno-addled, IDM-damaged brand of bass-blessed dance music. Across these three or four cuts we hear two "one-man-band" types becoming a single collective. It’s the rhythm section’s revenge as the respective drums and bass of countless jazz and odd-rock ensembles put their improvisatory chops to work, funneling a lifetime of musical obsessions into their live electronica, inspired by a number of famous digital musicians, yet still holding a strong Minnesota influence with Dosh’s superb drumwork. A nonstop dance party for mind and body alike!
Sounds like: Caribou, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada