Bellwether, Tift Merritt
Bellwether, Turf Club. The main forces behind one of the best local bands of the early '00s, Eric Luoma and Jimmy Peterson dusted off some of Bellwether's wonderful Americana songs. With pedal steel player extraordinaire Joe Savage adding the right amount of twang, they had such a good time that they've booked Nov. 8 at the Icehouse.
Vintage Trouble, the O'Shaughnessy. The name fits perfectly. Think Southern rocking Black Crowes backing dynamic soul man Jackie Wilson. Their great opening set at the Brick last spring may have scared the Cranberries into canceling their set. Last week, VT got the Joss Stone crowd on its feet immediately. they'll be back with the Who Nov. 27 at Target Center.
Too much Tuesday. Gotta love the choices in Minneapolis this Tuesday: Kimbra sold out at Varsity. Great blues singer Shemekia Copeland at Dakota. The beautiful Americana of Calexico at Fine Line. Very fun Swedish electro-poppers Miike Snow at First Ave. Excellent local guitar rockers Night Moves in the Entry.
GREG BURKE, TC CLUB CRAWL, CITIES97.COM
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Tift Merritt, Cedar, & Gossip, Fine Line. What a doubleheader. Coming on like the daughter of Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash, Merritt was all poetic and introspective with appealing Americana. Gossip's Beth Ditto was loud and liberating with her punkish dance-rock.
Led Zeppelin, "Celebration Day" movie. It's the 2007 one-night reunion of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones with Jason Bonham in London. There are no interviews or backstage footage, and few crowd shots. But there are cool closeups of purse-lipped Page's fierce guitar work, Plant's golden locks and gleeful grin and Jones' funky keyboards on "Kashmir." Loved the wild and loose encore of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Rock and Roll." This movie, in theaters Wednesday and Thursday and out as a DVD next month, may not be all that you want from this quartet but it's the best we can hope for.
Miguel, "Late Show With David Letterman." Enveloped in stage fog, he was full of affectations, from the oversized shades, huge pompadour and white shoes to the way he whipped off his suit coat. But it's Miguel's sweet soulful voice as he crooned "Adorn" that makes him so adorable.
JON BREAM, STAR TRIBUNE