Shonen Knife is returning to Minneapolis to headline their 1000th show! The band is a key influence behind much of today’s underground garage-rock; the Japanese trio are masters of D.I.Y. instrument experimentation. With lyrics sung in Japanese and English, what’s not to love? Many of their fans consist of Sonic Youth and Nirvana fans, and you may recognize the PowerPuff girls’ theme song as an original of theirs. The band is prolific in their recorded output, releasing their 20th album this past April. Don’t miss their 1000th show tonight, there are sure to be a few surprises.
Sounds like: The 18.104.22.168’s, Cibo Matto, Wolfie, Buffalo Daughter, Guitar Wolf
Husband-wife duo Lowland Hum will be performing their first show in Minneapolis this Wednesday, touring behind their Native Air releases from last year. The folk outfit is known for their multi-sensory shows with visuals provided by the band, described as “a multi-sensory experience, engaging sight, sound, smell, and touch–inviting listeners to be fully present and reducing the space between artist and listener”. With a venue as intimate as the Turf Club, one does not want to miss them this Wednesday.
Sounds like: The Head and the Heart, The Avett Brothers, Nickel Creek, The Last Bison
Any Replacements fan already has this Curtiss A show on their calendar. The past-bandmate of Slim Dunlap and star behind First Ave’s annual John Lennon tribute shows is no stranger to his hometown of Minneapolis. He started the local Twin Tone record label, which has put out releases from The Suburbs, Run Westy Run, The Jayhawks, and of course everything by the Replacements. This Minneapolis legend is a must-see in the newly renovated Turf Club.
Sounds like: The Replacements, The Suburbs, Run Westy Run
Attention all guitar aficionados—the Old Familiar Chime guitar festival will be showcasing a number of the most gifted guitarists of this generation. Showcasing guitar-specific talents of all variety from seven unique musicians spanning several generations of knowledge; old-school rock fans and new-school rock fans alike should have no problem finding joy in this rare event.
Sounds like: William Tyler, Will Ackerman, Scott Johnson
Coming up in the Orange County area with Ty Segall, Nick Waterhouse is no stranger to hard-hitting sounds, but in the R&B form. He has toured extensively with Booker T (of Booker T. & The M.G.’s) as well as having Ty Segall play drums on many of his records, calling him one of his staff of session musicians. He is an old-school rock and roll and R&B scholar, and some of his earliest original vinyl pressings go for hundreds on the internet. Catch him at the Turf this Saturday before he blows up.
Sounds like: Mayer Hawthorne, Allah-Las, Valerie June, Ty Segall
The notorious Nik Turner is returning to the Twin Cities. Founder of space-rock kings Hawkwind, recreating the elements of their famous Space Ritual tour, it is sure to be an unforgettable show. “This tour is the essence of space-rock,” Turner said in a press release. “The extra-terrestrial, inter-galactic, orgasmic embodiment of the loving and healing vibrations, and the rocking music of the spheres, flame on, one love.” Now who can pass that up?
Sounds like: Chrome, Helios Creed, Ozric Tentacles, Can
Ought formed in 2012, the year the Quebec government threatened to raise tuition for the province’s universities — including McGill, where the band’s members met. Their music couldn’t help but be shaped by the protests and strike that occurred during the Printemps d’Erable Quebec (Quebec Maple Spring), even though the band members themselves aren’t Canadian. The American and Australian expats’ sound has political overtones that are at times obvious and at other times understated. [NPR World Cafe]
Sounds like: Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Twin Peaks, Perfect Pussy