Wednesday: Southside Desire Record Release Show

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: Burger Records Caravan of Stars Tour

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: Speedy Ortiz | Ex Hex (ft. Mary Timony)

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

Mark Mallman | Botzy | Schoenburg | Panther Ray

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

Sunday: Laulu EP Release Show

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