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With echoes of literary folk-rockers such as the Decemberists and Neutral Milk Hotel, Very Small Animal seems like a shoo-in for Current airplay with its first full-length album, “Port of Call.” The band is led by songwriting partners Patrick Noonan and Tim Harlan-Marks and now features Brian Laidlaw on guitar, a buzzing songwriter on his own. Their release party is Saturday at Icehouse with Red Daughters (11 p.m., $6). … Sunday at Icehouse, former 12 Rods frontman Ryan Olcott performs under the alias C. Kostra, a moniker he’s using for a series of electronic “chillwave” singles, part Toro y Moi and part Neil Young’s “Trans” (9:30 p.m., $5). …
The music-and-ski season at Papa Charlie’s in Lutsen kicks into gear this weekend with the New Standards’ holiday show (Friday) and will include DJ Abilities (Dec. 7), Belfast Cowboys (Dec. 14), Trampled by Turtles with the Pines (Dec. 21) and Cloud Cult (Feb. 1). …
No Replacements, but First Ave is squeezing in another ultra-rare reunion before year’s end: Run Westy Run, the psychedelic punks who got Peter Buck to co-produce their 1988 debut and featured brothers Kirk and Kraig Johnson (later of Iffy and Golden Smog), will play Dec. 27 for the first time in more than a decade (tickets go on sale Friday at noon). Apparently they are getting together for no other reason than just because. Perfect.
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