Local music notes: Dead Man Winter lives

Also, a preview of the New Standards' holiday shows, and Roster McCabe's new fan-funded CD.


Dave Simonett, at the center here with his full-time band Trampled by Turtles, steps out with his side act Dead Man Winter, also featuring TBT bassist Tim Saxhaug, right.

Photo: Tony Nelson, Special to the Star Tribune

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After toying with an electrified rock sound on Trampled by Turtles' 2007 album "Trouble," the bluegrassy quintet's frontman Dave Simonett found a permanent electrical outlet in the form of Dead Man Winter. He's playing a month of Tuesday gigs at the Turf Club under that alias starting next week (9 p.m., $8). His informal cast of bandmates will be quite an all-star lineup, including fellow TBT members Tim Saxhaug and Ryan Young, plus guitar ace Erik Koskinen and drummer Noah Levy. Together, they create early-Wilco twang-rock, while Simonett shows off more of his Dylanesque songwriter side. The gigs coincide with recording sessions for a first-ever album.

"I like working with stuff in the studio, but sometimes that magic thing that makes a song can only happen onstage," Simonett said. "Nothing like that may happen, but either way, it'll be fun to play more."

As for the Turtles, Simonett's full-time band will help fill the dead of winter with two First Ave gigs Jan. 14-15.

Standards' practices

Ever the wily jazz-pop revisionists, the New Standards wanted to keep the long list of guest performers gearing up for their fifth annual Fitzgerald Theater holiday concerts under wraps. Co-leaders John Munson and Chan Poling did reveal a few details about Friday and Saturday nights' shows, though. At least one of their bandmates from their other, well-known bands will be there; so will the co-leader from a popular band that started around the same time as Munson's Trip Shakespeare; so will horn players who have been with Poling's Suburbs; so will several younger singers regularly heard on the Current; and so will two new acts called the Batucada Do Norte and the Jeremy Messersmith Orchestra, whatever those are. Tickets are still available for Friday's show (8 p.m., $28-$32) as well as the smaller-scale Sunday family matinee (2 p.m., $20).

Random mix

With its light, jazzy, jammy guitar work and John Mayer-ian vocals, Roster McCabe probably won't be getting much Current airplay or local-critic accolades from its cosmic new album "Through Space & Time." But the disc has already met the approval of at least 173 fans. That's how many contributed to the quintet's Kickstarter fund, raising more than $10,000 for the making of the CD. Fans who pledged $100 landed VIP tickets to Friday's release party at the Cabooze (9:30 p.m., $5-$8). ...

Returning home from Brooklyn, promising young newcomer Carl Creighton -- who sings like Lou Barlow and cleverly arranges strings and piano like Sufjan Stevens -- promotes his second CD, "11 North," with his new band Wasted Education at the 400 Bar Saturday. Creighton opens that show for one of Iowa's most buzzing young songwriters, Jen Gloeckner, a protégé of Joseph Arthur. ...

Sims will issue a new 12-inch single, "Burn It Down," in time for Doomtree's pair of Blowout VI shows next weekend at First Ave. ... I Self Devine and Maria Isa are heading up yet another benefit show Tuesday at Honey Lounge to fight sex trafficking; Adam Levy and Mayda will also play. (6 p.m., free, 205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls.) ...

Following their Vibro Champs gig Friday at Lee's Liquor Lounge, Dave Wolfe and Al Subola will co-host the "Mods vs. Rockers" night at Memory Lanes on Saturday, also featuring Aloha From Hell and the Anonymous and sponsored by scooter makers BlueCat Motors (10 p.m., free). ... The wild Minneapolis cable access show "Freaky Deaky" hosts a "fun-raiser" Friday at 7th Street Entry featuring Mark Mallman's Waxx Maxx and newcomers First Pube, who advertise themselves as "Minneapolis' No. 1 pubecore band" (10 p.m., $5). We all have to start somewhere.


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