Generating some local heat wasn’t quite enough to keep twangy tunesmiths Frankie Lee and Eric Pollard in Minnesota. Also, news from the Cedar, Prof, Doomtree and more. Updated Dec. 6, 2013
Keep up with everything happening on the Twin Cities' music scene with Chris Riemenschneider's weekly look at local bands, gigs and more.
Marijuana Deathsquads in action.
Michael Ferrier of Fathom Lane by George Roedler
Michael Ferrier found the right singing partner but perhaps the wrong time to cover Lou Reed in his elegant and eerie folk-pop group.
He produced the new one by Angie Oase’s band and has a fresh compilation by his own group, too.
Neil Olstad and Bryan Atchison tried out their new wireless microphones — gifts from tour mate Frank Turner.
One of the few things to ever make Twin Citians jealous they’re not in Duluth over the winter, Ol’ Yeller frontman Rich Mattson and Low’s Alan Sparhawk got together Up North on short notice last January to play a three-hour Neil Young tribute set at the now defunct Twins Bar, and by all accounts it was a blast. They’re doing it again and including us big-city kids this time. With the going name Tired Eyes, they play Friday at Tycoon’s in Duluth (10 p.m., free) and Saturday at Lee’s Liquor Lounge (10 p.m., $5). …
Caroline Smith looked all Chaka Khan at her coming-out show in January. “I sort of got pigeonholed” as a folkie, she said. “That’s really not who I am at all.”
After making her name as a sweet-singing folk-rocker, Caroline Smith has put her band the Good Night Sleeps to bed and roused a sexy new R&B sound.
Har Mar Superstar lit out for New York last year.
A view of the dance floor at the Silver Dome Ballroom in Neillsville, Wis. The patented ceiling design was later used in the Houston Astrodome. Below, Alex “Crankshaft” Larson performed there.
A jewel in farm country, the Silver Dome Ballroom once played host to Count Basie, Bob Wills and Johnny Cash. A Minneapolis lawyer has saved it for a new generation.
The Blind Shake shake up the Turf Club on Saturday.
Josh Grier comes clean with his new project, Ginkgo.
Steve Barone (center)
After the Burial
One of the hardest-thrashing (and working) bands in town is a surprise entry in Saturday’s Pizza Lucé Block Party.
The Shouting Matches, from left: Justin Vernon, Brian Moen, Phil Cook.
Southside Desire is among the bands on tap for Palmfest Sunday at Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis.
Southside Desire and Black Diet team up for a 7-inch, just in time for the annual West Bank bash.