Dry the River may be long from home in London but are far from strangers to the Twin Cities, playing three shows here in 2012, and will be playing their first show at St. Paul’s Turf Club on Wednesday night. Their newest release, sophomore album, Alarms In the Heart, came out in August of this year after their gorgeous debut album Shallow Bed in 2012. They have the sound of a much larger band, which may have something to do with touring with bands such as Interpol and The National previously. Described as folk rock with emphasis on the rock, they’ve been the wunderkinds of the UK music scene, collaborating with strings-master Valgeir Sigurðsson, who is infamous for his work with Sigur Rós and Björk. Don’t miss their Turf debut this Wednesday.
Sounds like: James Vincent McMorrow, Stornoway, Wild Beasts
Attention local music fans: some of the most promising local talent will be performing under one roof this Thursday at the Turf. One of the best local albums of 2013 was The Karma Kicks’ All Gone Wrong, known for its classic rock sound and bluesy tunes, they describe themselves as the “hipster Soggy Bottom Boys”. Any Chuck Berry fans out there should have this show on their calendar, with the comparisons Devil Baby has drawn to him. Not a show to be missed, their newest EP It’s Alive may trick a listener into thinking it was released in 1960, but chocked full of high-energy pianos and has a familiar twang Mpls music listeners will enjoy. Finishing out the bill, newcomers The Person & The People released their sophomore album What A Drag at the Triple Rock Social Club last week and their rock and their lead single “Vitamin C” is one of the more promising rock and roll tracks this year, check them all out this Thursday at the Turf!
Sounds like: Chuck Berry, Nude Beach, Benjamin Booker
Mashup artists ABX and STV SLV have made a name for themselves after millions of streams and free downloads worth of their insane mixes, mashing artists such as Hudson Mohawke, Beyonce, Wiz Khalifa, Tycho, and even the mashup legend himself, Girl Talk. Their mixtapes are very dynamic, and perfect for a Halloween Friday night, having a large discography under their collective name, The Hood Internet. Their 8th mixtape was released this year, and who can argue with a free download? Get spooky this Friday at the Turf, you’ll be very pleased you did.
Sounds like: Girl Talk, Danger Mouse, Dan Deacon
Being described as “dark-surf punk”, this Joy Division-inspired three piece band has toured with the likes of Death Grips, The Black Angels, and Japandroids. They put out their debut album on Partisan Records this past summer, whose catalog includes releases from Field Report, PHOX, The Dismemberment Plan and many others. With a dense, heavy rock sound, The Wytches are not afraid to pile on the fuzz and reverb, ready to smash their instruments at any point in time. If you are looking for some fresh grunge rock this Saturday, the Turf is the venue for you.
Sounds like: Drenge, Temples, Parquet Courts, East India Youth
After teasing track after track, Tired Tongues will finally reveal what they’ve been working on this Sunday. Hyped since September, this experimental rock band has only released snippets of the sounds to come of their debut EP. The longest sample we have heard, being just one minute of their song Exes has strong resemblance to some of Trent Reznor’s early work with Nine Inch Nails, don’t miss this electro-pop duo in the debut show this Sunday. Also on the bill are Texas-based Blackstone Rangers, with a far more foggy and lo-fi sound, reminding us of a Boards of Canada mixed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The most eclectic of the bunch, would have to be Mpls-based Phantom Tails. Using antique drum machines, synths and guitars, they create a beautiful space-sound all while bringing things back to this planet with a commanding guitar. It is no wonder that they bill themselves as “deep-space-doom-funk”. A trifecta of local up-and-comers - see them all here Sunday night!
Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Order