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Saturday’s release party at Icehouse (10:30 p.m., $10) is an Israel twofer, since he is also issuing a new Kickstarter-funded greatest-hits double LP on vinyl, “Danthology,” culled from all nine of his albums. Israel and his band the Cultivators also kick off St. Paul’s Music in Mears series on Thursday with Martin Devaney (6-9 p.m., free).
Also touting a new Rich Mattson-produced album Saturday at Icehouse: North Country singer/songwriter Germaine Gemberling, whose poetic, rustic, rurally rooted songs recall Victoria Williams’ evocative work, but with a voice more like Neko Case. Her debut, “Generator,” is out on Duluth indie Chaperone Records. … Mystical Americana band Taj Raj plays the Turf Club on Saturday touting a new EP, “Fine Hearts Alive.” Singer Ben Burwell shows off a dramatic, husky voice a la Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) throughout the six-song collection, while the band keeps things uptempo and even jubilant. …
Two of Minneapolis’ most popular outdoor bashes, Barbette’s Bastille Day Block Party and the Red Stag Block Party, gave us a peek at their 2013 lineups. The Bastille Day lineup July 15 includes the Suicide Commandos, John Mark Nelson and Lucy Michelle. Confirmed so far for the Red Stag show Aug. 3 are Actual Wolf, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Eleganza! and All Tomorrow’s Petty. …
Desdamona, Maria Isa, Angel Darcourt, Sweetz P and DJ Simone are taking part in the second Ladies First hip-hop showcase Friday at the Kitty Cat Klub (10 p.m., $5). … Bands you’ve never seen before and may never see again will perform Friday in the annual 6 Months to Live concert (8 p.m., Triple Rock, $8-$10). Sort of a bowling-league answer to forming rock bands, it pairs musicians who just met six months ago — maybe the most adventurous rock-show idea this side of a Mark Mallman marathon.
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