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The first “Girl Germs Live Tribute to Women in Rock” at First Avenue in May saw such predictably delightful sets as Pink Mink doing Bikini Kill songs and pleasant surprises like Night Moves covering the Cranberries. Just a half-year later, organizers are bringing the concept over to the Turf Club for a Jan. 10 winter installment that promises a similar balance of obvious picks and “huh?” choices, a mix that’s apparent right with the top two acts listed on the lineup:
Aby Wolf performing Kate Bush
Alpha Consumer performing Aretha Franklin
Kitten Forever performing Beyoncé
K.Raydio performing Erykah Badu
YONI YUM performing Marianne Faithfull
The shows are an offshoot of the Girl Germs music blog, which was an offshoot of the Radio K show of the same name. Girls Got Rhythm Fest organizer and Radio K alum Dana Raidt, who heads up Girl Germs with music writer Sally Hedberg, explained before the First Avenue gig that the tribute concerts are intended to honor women in rock -- but not exclusively feature women in rock.
“It’s just as sexist to think that the only musicians inspired by women in rock are other female musicians,” said Raidt.
Tickets for the show are on sale now for $10 via eTix.com.
One of the reasons the members of Doomtree said they were declaring this week’s eight-day marathon the Last Blowout Ever is because, 10 years in, they’re worried about keeping things fresh. They didn’t have much problem accomplishing that over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Twin Cities’ most popular and best-haired hip-hop crew (P.O.S. aside) kicked things off at the Turf Club, which itself has been freshened up and better equipped to handle such a packed, high-energy show. Or at least the summer renovations there had us worrying a little less about the floor caving in under the weight of the buoyant dancing during “Get Down.”
Saturday was also the first chance for the public to sample the new Doomtree beer by Surly, which is about to open its new, $30-million-plus Minneapolis brewery in two weekends. It looked as if nine out of 10 drinkers at the Turf Blowout were drinking the malty IPA (tastes like: Bell’s Two Hearted), which was surprisingly conventional and easy to swallow compared to the more typically edgy, acquired-taste of both Surly and Doomtree.
The beer -- moderate in alcohol content (5.7 percent) -- wasn’t too heavy to slow fans down through what proved to be a fast-paced, 2-1/4-hour, 30-song performance, which was split into two sets with about a 10-minute break in the middle.
The first of those sets was stacked with familiar favorites, including the openers “Slow Burn” and “No Way.” However, the crew wasted no time dropping in new material, starting with third song “.38 Airweight,” the first track off the all-crew album “All Hands” (due out Jan. 27). Then came Mike Mictlan’s wicked howler “Clapp’d,” from his month-old “Hella Frreal” album, followed by a frantically paced “L’Audace,” the kick-off track from Sims’ new “Field Notes” EP.
Set Two kicked off with another new all-crew song that was truly all-hands-on-deck, followed by “Punch Out” and a couple oldies, “Traveling Drunktank” and “Kid Gloves.” They saved the best of the “All Hands” tunes for last: the newly issued “Gray Duck,” which sounded way more intense live and turned into a classic case of all five rappers seemingly to want to outdo each other. The encore ended after just two songs, though, with “Bangarang” for a finale.
“You all know we have to do this for another week?” P.O.S. asked the crowd, having earlier accused beatmakers Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak of “trying to kill us” as they segued one song into another almost nonstop for much of the night.
Sunday’s Doomtree pub crawl – another fun twist on the Blowout concept – probably didn’t help the musicians’ stamina. The half-day event involved two different buses shuttling fans and band members to six different bars, including the Depot, Muddy Waters, Red Stag and Grumpy’s Roseville. Both buses eventually pulled up to a warehouse-space gallery in northeast Minneapolis for a not-so-surprising surprise performance. Here are some of the rare in-focus photos from the crawl posted via Twitter and Instagram.
The Blowout continues Monday at Icehouse with what should be another unique event, featuring some of the crew members’ various other musical acts.
With a tip of the stocking cap to the 12 Days of Christmas, here are 12 things worth noting about the eighth annual New Standards holiday show Saturday night at the State Theatre.
In the Land of 10,000 Grooves, we have stand-out musicians in many different genres. Several of them were recognized Friday with Grammy nominations.
Veteran classical composer Stephen Paulus, who died in October of medical complications after suffering a stroke, is being recognized for best contemporary classical composition for Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band (which was recorded by Eric Berlin, Richard Kelley, James Patrick Miller & UMASS Wind Ensemble).
The Okee Dokee Brothers are vying for their second trophy for best children’s album, this time for “Through the Woods.” They nabbed a Grammy two years ago for their fourth album, “Can You Canoe?”
"We're happy the Grammys are noticing independently made family music as we like to call it," said Okee's Joe Melander. "This album did have great support, good press and good momentum. And what matters most to us that the kids are enjoying the tunes and learning the lyrics."
Melander keeps his Grammy in his basement office studio in Minneapolis. He is a bit uncertain about what to wear to the Grammy ceremonies in February.
"I just got married last month," he said, "And I'm trying to figure out if you can wear your own wedding suit or if I have to get my own Grammy suit."
A bunch of 1960s and ‘70s soul bands including 94 East and Mind & Matter featured on “Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound” will watch Jon Kirby of the Chicago-based Numero Group label compete for best liner notes.
St. Paul-based Red House Records received a nod for best folk album for Eliza Gilkyson’s “Nocturne Diaries.”
Lila Downs, who attended the University of Minnesota, is nominated for best Latin pop album for “Raiz.”
The 57th annual Grammy Awards will be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
As promised last month when they announced details of their Last Blowout Ever – which kicks off Saturday at the Turf Club – Doomtree’s new all-crew album will drop Jan. 27 ahead of a late-winter tour.
Details of the full-length record were revealed today along with a second track from it. Titled “All Hands,” the record is now available for pre-order, including a “deluxe” package that comes with a T-shirt, poster, bonus downloads and other do-dads. That’s the album cover to the right.
The newly debuted song, “Gray Duck,” is posted below and features verses from all five of the Doomtree rappers. Producer/beatmaker Lazerbeak said of the new album, “It has some of our catchiest hooks ever juxtaposed with some of the wildest, densest stuff we’ve done.” It's the first effort by the entire group since 2011's locally revered collection "No Kings."
The crew will hit the road right after the album release, starting Feb. 4 in Columbia, Mo., and including runs to both coasts. A Feb. 21 stop at the Majestic Theater in Madison is the nearest they'll get to home on the six-week run.
All seven of the publicly advertised shows in the Blowout X run are sold out, including the three-night finale at First Avenue next week. The one open-ended part of the schedule is Sunday's bar crawl to promote the new Surly Doomtree beer, including a "private release party" at the end of the night. Details of the bar-hopping trek can be had on the group's site.
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