Monday, December 29, 2008



Jazz Implosion in the Clown Lounge with Fat Kid Wednesdays, Chris Morrissey Quartet and Matt Harris Group @ Turf Club, 5 bucks, 10:00.

The No No's, Strut & Shock and The Harpies @ Memory Lanes, zero bucks, 10:00.

The Bad Plus @ the Dakota, 40 bucks 7:00, 28 bucks 9:30.

Jeff Litman, Run At The Dog and Grey Matter @ 7th St Entry, 5 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Bodeans and Joe Pug @ First Ave, 35 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008



Hans Condor, The Grim Reaper Xmas Special, Ouija Radio, The Seawhores, Busa, Frontier, Bitch City, Central Division Champs, The Softrocks, Mpls Death Comedy Squad and DJs Double Trouble all night @ Stasiu's, 5 bucks, 8:00.

Roma di Luna and Chastity Brown @ the Cedar, 10/12 bucks, 7:00.

James Buckley Trio @ Kitty Cat Klub.

Trivia with Marshall Fucker Band @ Big V's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

RUN:STOP:EXPLODE, The Danny Jack Fiasco and Danny Lee @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Friday, December 19, 2008



Chooglin' (Live album release), Rockford Mules and Fuck Knights @ 7th St Entry, 6 bucks, 9:00.

Love In October, To Reinvent, Western Fifth and Spirit of '76 @ Uptown Bar, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Happy Apple @ Artists' Quarter, 12 bucks, 9:00.

Chokecherry, Luther the Devil, Nightinghales and Marvelle @ Hexagon Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Soul Asylum, The Melismatics and A Night In The Box @ First Avenue, 17/20 bucks, 7:30. (18+)

Dance Band and Mystery Palace @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Charlie Parr and Jeff Mitchell @ Kitty Cat Klub, 7 bucks.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008



Prozac Rat, Man At Arms and New Labor @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Supreme Privacy @ Red Stag, zero bucks, 9:00.

The Invincible Kids, Middlepicker and Man Is Doomed @ Turf Club, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Rape Door, Desilu and Back By The Shed @ Big V's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Free Bacon @ Triple Rock, zero bucks, 9:00.

Transmission @ Clubhouse Jager, zero bucks, 10:00.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008



Longwave, The Silent Years and Wishbook @ 7th St Entry, 8/10 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

For Eyes, Mystery Six and Desilu @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Axis Action and Grey Matador @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Staraoke Karaoke @ Grumpy's Downtown, zero bucks, 9:00.

Big V's Trivia Challenge with The Alamo House Band @ Big V's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Blingo 7-9 followed by Vinyl-Venus' Space-Lounge 10-2 @ 331 Club, zero bucks.

Saturday, December 13, 2008



Big Business with brief encore appearance by The Melvins, Gay Witch Abortion and The Talkers @ Triple Rock, 12 bucks, 9:00.

Heiruspecs (CD Release), Big Quarters and Mayda @ First Avenue, 10/12 bucks, 6:00. (AA)

Heiruspecs Afterparty with Kanser, Lookbook, Guardians of Balance and Mike the 2600 King @ 7th St entry, 5 bucks ($2 crossover), 9:00. (18+)

The Dad In Common and whitesand/badlands @ 331 Club, zero bucks, 9:00.

Arcwelder, God's Favorite Band and Kontrol Panel @ Turf Club, 6 bucks, 9:00.

Plastic Chord (EP Release), The Guystorm, This Machine and The Hasbeen @ Hexagon Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

The Honeydogs (CD Release), Aviette and Aby Wolf @ 400 Bar, 10/12 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Mercurial Rage, Gospel Gossip, Maps of Norway and The Invincible Kids @ Uptown Bar, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Bella Koshka, Murzik, The Nightinghales and Captain Yonder @ Kitty Cat Klub, 5 bucks.

Small White, Signal Fires, Victory Ship and Dudedawg @ Big V's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

24 Reasons Why, Banner Pilot and The Manix @ Eclipse, 7:00. (AA)

The Pines @ Cafe Maude, zero bucks, 9:00.

Friday, December 12, 2008



Dillinger Four, In Defence, Thrash Compactor and Class of 86 @ Triple Rock, 10 bucks, 5:00. (AA)

Dillinger Four, Holy Ghostriders and Strut & Shock @ Triple Rock, 10 bucks, 9:00.

The Deaths, Crossing Guards, The Danforths and Skipper @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Kill to Kill, Blue Magick and Les Deux Magots @ Eclipse, 7:00. (AA)

Gay Beast, Slapping Purses, The Blind Shake and Tender Meat @ Hexagon Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Now, Now Every Children @ 7th St Entry, 6 bucks, 5:00. (AA)

All The Way Rider, Kingfield and Orange Blank @ Stasiu's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Chokecherry, Carpscale Orchester and Clawthroat @ 331 Club, zero bucks, 9:30.

The Sadies, Andy Ulseth, The Wapsipinicon, The Glad Version and Zephuros @ 400 Bar, 5 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Mercury Rev and The Duke Spirit @ Fine Line, 21.50/23 bucks, 8:00.

Thursday, December 11, 2008



Building Better Bombs, Seawhores, Death To Our Enemies and Mean Beep @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Guided By Vices (Guided By Voices tribute), Tim Casey and the Martyrs and Alameda @ Stasiu's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Better Off Tomorrow, Beekeeper, Arms Aloft and The Central Division @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Suicidal Tendencies, Madball and Whole Wheat Bread @ Station 4, 22/25 bucks, 7:00. (18+)

Bitch & Brown, Rope Trick, Donnie Magic and Ex-Lovers @ Hexagon Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008



Baby Guts, Eye of the Great Protector, Totally Harsh and Condominium @ 7th St Entry, 6 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Faux Jean & His Fake Friends @ Red Stag, zero bucks, 10:00.

How Birds Work @ Artists' Quarter, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Oasis and Ryan Adam & the Cardinals @ Target Center, 37-67 bucks, 7:00.

The Black Crowes and Vetiver @ First Avenue, 37.50/40 bucks, 7:30. (18+)

Minneapolis Dub Ensemble, Tentacle Boy, Hardcore Crayons and A Crack in the Dam @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008



Aunt Dracula, Unicorn Basement, The Chickadee Mountain Martyrs and Leisure Birds @ Turf Club, 4 bucks, 9:00.

Claire Taubenhaus, The Forest and Mages @ 7th St Entry, 5 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Triple Rock Ten Year Anniversary Edition Triple Double in the Showroom @ Triple Rock Social Club, zero bucks, 9:00.

Combat Astronomy, Milk, Honey and Shazam @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

James Buckley Trio @ Kitty Cat Klub.

Monday, December 8, 2008



Fat Kid Wednesdays/Jazz Implosion @ Clown Lounge (Turf Club), 5 bucks, 10:00. Also, screening of A Boy And His Dog upstairs after trivia (around 10), free.

STOOK!, The Invincible Kids and Military Special @ 7th St Entry, 5 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

CURTISS A Annual John Lennon Tribute "With A Little Help From His Friends" @ First Ave, 12 bucks, 6:30. (18+)

National Bird @ Barbette, zero bucks, 10:00. Presents Record Party: All Vinyl DJs @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Got 15 Minutes and Grumbly in Your Tumbly?

In your kitchen (amongst other things):

-smoked venison sausage, duh
-Johngold, Macintosh, Granny Smith or other sweeter but slightly sour apple (medium sized)
-spices, sugar, yadda yadda
-apple cider

Melt butter (a GOOD sized pat) in a deep frying pan and add sausage to brown. After browning, set sausage aside. Add to the drippings: a dash of sugar, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and if you like spice, clove. Pour in about a cup of apple cider/water and sliced apples. Simmer until broth around apples is thickened. Add that wonderful sausage. Simmer covered for about 2 minutes. Pour into bowl. Serve hot.

For those of you lookin for a good, hot winter snack, this sweet 'n' salty treat will put the roses back in your cheeks.


Friday, December 5, 2008

12/5 - 12/7/08



Little Man, Old James (Reunion!), Crossing Guards and The Invincible Kids @ Hexagon Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Triple Rock 10 Year Anniversary featuring Lucero, The Evening Rig and Prairie Sons @ Triple Rock Social Club, 15 bucks, 9:00.

AntiCiv Records Showcase featuring Bouncer Fighter, ShugE, A Paper Cup Band and Clawthroat @ Turf Club, 5 bucks, 9:00.

The Diealones, The Animal Gods, The Goodbars and Disasteratti @ Stasiu's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Mac Lethal, Grieves and Soulcrate Music @ 7th St Entry, 10/12 bucks, 9:00. (18+)
Repo, The Ghettos Burning and Signal Fires @ Uptown Bar, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Amanda Palmer with The Danger Ensemble, The Builders & The Butchers and Zoe Keating @ First Ave, 18/20 bucks, 8:00. (18+)

Zibra Zibra, Sissy Wish, Mystery Palace and Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles @ Varsity Theater, 8 bucks (7 with food donation), 8:00. (18+)

Split Lip Rayfield and A Night In The Box @ Lee's Liquor Lounge, 15 bucks, 9:00.

Claw Like Things (EP Release), Kid Dakota, Action vs. Action and Mines @ 400 Bar, 5 bucks, 8:00.

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps, Aaron and the Sea and The Alrights @ Whole Music Club (Coffman), 5 bucks, 7:30.


Vicious Vicious and Story Of The Sea @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Tim Easton, Old James and Sarah Benck and the Robbers @ 400 Bar, 7 bucks, 8:00.

Triple Rock 10 Year Anniversary featuring Lucero, The Evening Rig and Rockford Mules @ Triple Rock Social Club, 15 bucks, 9:00.

Self-Evident, Hunting Club (CD Release), Van Gobots and John Snell the Tenth @ Uptown Bar, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Doomtree Blowout IV @ First Ave, 10/12 bucks, 6:00. (18+)
18th Dye, Devon Williams and Porcupine @ 7th St Entry, 8/10 bucks, 8:00. (18+)


Take a day of rest. Or go see the Blenders Holiday Show at Pantages if you're so inclined.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Castor Canadensis

I sat down with Eric and Justin of the Minneapolis band Hunting Club this week to talk about, what else, beavers, jerky and guns. Oh, and about their Saturday 12/6 EP release at the Uptown Bar (with The Van GoBots, John Snell the X and Self-evident, 5 bucks, 9:00).

Stuffed Pheasant: I kind of wish I was listening to Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver right now. Do you love that song or not so much?
Hunting Club: We live by the Primus creed.
SP: I think I spelled Wynona wrong. I think I might have spelled it like Wynonna Judd, and I don't want to know anything at all about her big brown beaver. Or red beaver. I think she's a ginger.
HC: Although, we must admit we're more big game hunters.
SP: Ah. Don't do do much trapping? No beaver chasing?
HC: Pelts are too small. We like 'em thick and furry. Adam is allergic to beavers.
SP: Buffalo are my favorite thick and furry animals. They are the thickest and the furriest. Who kills what in Hunting Club? I mean, like, who's most likely to be skipping out on practice during deer season versus say dove?
HC: None of us have ever shot a gun actually.
SP: Archers? Do you spear animals?
HC: Bob is an incredible nerf gun shot. I'm a pretty good roadkill artist.
SP: How so?
HC: I see an animal and instead of swerving I accelerate.
SP: Ah.
HC: Depending on the time of day, I'll vary my speeds to create different, distinct patterns. But we actually are sympathetic to guinea pigs.
SP: Hm. So you wouldn't make guinea pig art on the road?
HC: We've made a song about one in particular.
SP: Ah. Tell me about it.
HC: Well, it's kind of personal. Respect our boundaries please.
SP: Okay. Should we talk about beavers some more instead?
HC: Yes please.
SP: If I was a big brown beaver, how would I describe Hunting Club. You know, if I was a verbose big brown beaver?
HC: We are friends to the beaver, gentle souls if you will. I would encourage any beaver to pick up our new EP, Pretty Ugly, coming soon to a dam near you. It's good for a late night of beaver debauchery or a night in with the missus.
SP: Is it music to dance to, or more music to sway to? Seeing as how beavers enjoy dancing, but also swaying. Rocking is okay on occasion but it really depends on their hibernation cycle.
HC: It's music to polka. Soem waltzing may also be appropriate. I think the northern beaver is well-versed in the polka. So we'll go with polka.
SP: Beavers neither polka nor waltz, in my experience. Should they skip your EP release, or are you just being full of shit and so the beavers can expect to dance, sway and/or rock and should go ahead and come on down to your EP release which is... insert your EP release plug here... I'm sorry, I don't know you so perhaps I shouldn't be asking you to insert your plug anywhere... but carry on.
HC: Beavers can definitely expect dancing at our EP release, on Saturday, December 6th at the Uptown in Minneapolis. We'd suggest taking the Minnehaha Creek from the Mississippi or catching a cab from the Lake of the Isles area, if convenient.
SP: And say they had other friends from other communities of the animal kingdom. Which band are you playing with that the bluebirds would want to see? And the baby deer? And the mighty black bear?
HC: The Van GoBots, John Snell the X - Tenth for you non-Romans - and Self-evident. Those bands would be best enjoyed by terrestrial animals.
SP: I see. Do you hear that trout? STAY HOME. Can we talk about guns now?
HC: Yes, definitely.
SP: What's your favorite kind?
HC: Easy, AK-47 or any high-powered automatic assault rifles. We also know how to handle the magnum. If you know what I mean.
SP: If you can handle a beaver I'll trust you can handle a magnum. Can we talk about game meat now?
HC: Yes, but quietly. Adam doesn't like it when you say that three times fast.
SP: Yes but quietly. Yes but quietly. Yes but quietly. Is Adam upset now?
HC: It's semantics at this point.
SP: Okay.
HC: We like jerky. Slim Jims.
SP: Ooh, not game meat. Not interested. That corporate jerky'll kill ya. I've been eating elk like it's going out of style. Or like we have a freezer full of 700 lbs. of it har har har.
HC: We like Deerhunter. Deerhoof. White Rabbits. And definitely Grizzly Bear.
SP: Mmm. Fur eatin' er fur listenin'?
HC: Fur listenin'. Can't legally say we like eatin' - are they still on the endangered species list?
SP: We're Americans. We do as we please.
HC: We also like our rabbits frightened. We're also Americans, the most litigious society in the galaxy.
SP: Sure. So if you eat an endangered animal someone's likely to take you to court. So let's keep it on the DL and talk about something else. Can we talk about Ted Nugent now? Before we continue to devolve into more non-sequiturs?
HC: Yes, definitely.
SP: Okay good. So Ted Nugent once said this: "I am Classic Rock Revisited. I revisit it every waking moment of my life because it has the spirit and the attitude and the fire and the middle finger. I am Rosa Parks with a Gibson guitar." As with most things the Nuge says, it makes little sense.
HC: It really speaks to Justin's soul.
SP: Well then we'll just call Justin the Mill City Madman from now on. However, I want to learn a little more about your band. There are, what, five of you?
HC: Aye, five of us.
SP: So if each of the five of you was to identify with a civil rights activist or leader, a la the Nuge, who would it be.
I realize this is a really deep, heavy question.
HC: What are civil rights?
SP: Okay. The Nuge also once said: "I hump the wild to take it all in, there is no bag limit on happiness." Let's stop talking about politics, and talk instead about humping the wild. Does this mean we've taken our interview full circle, right on back to beavers?
HC: Yes, definitely.
SP: Good! Now tell me where we can find your new EP. You know, me and the beavers.
HC: On our website. On Soon to be available on ITunes and at independent record stores near you.
SP: Fantastic! And will there be any bag limit on happiness at your show on Saturday?
HC: Check your reservations at the door. Sky's the limit.



To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie, Boduf Songs, Daughters of the Sun and heatdeath @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Dallas Orbiter, Build My Gallows High, The Softrocks and Dante & The Lobster @ Hexagon Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

The Guystorm, The Idle Hands and Katie Marshall @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Stella (Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter) @ First Ave, 20/22 bucks, 7:00. (18+)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008



Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ Pantages Theatre, $27.50, 7:30. (AA)

Hey!Coma, Junebug and Yasen Marie @ Turf Club, 9:00.

Music Trivia with Blankfaced and Mouth Babies @ Big V's, 5 bucks, 9:00.

Slurred Vision, Zombie Season and Steve Sullivan Band @ Uptown Bar, zero bucks, 9:00.

Enormous Quartet @ Kitty Cat Klub.

I'll be singing Cryin' (Aerosmith not Orbison style) at Grumpy's karaoke as karaoke is an enjoyable thing to do on a Tuesday evening. On every evening. Always.