When you’re a one-man band with only a laptop to tote around and plenty of name recognition, it’s pretty easy to book a late-notice concert -- which is exactly what Girl Talk just did in Minneapolis. The Pittsburgh mash-up wiz also known as Gregg Gillis will perform at First Avenue exactly two weeks from tonight, Aug. 28. Tickets ($25) go on sale Wednesday at noon. Gillis sold out a two-night midweek stand at the club last year, so even with the short window he’ll probably pack it for this one-off gig.
Coincidentally or not, First Ave also announced an Oct. 21 date with the Heartless Bastards today. Tickets for that one ($17) will be available starting Friday at noon. Both the Austin-based rockers and Girl Talk were supposed to perform at Somerset Amphitheater’s SoundTown festival last month. These gigs are more or less the upshot of that fest’s cancellation (it’s questionable either act would return to the market already had they played here in July). Gifted howler Erika Wennerstrom and her Bastards already filled First Ave back in February right before the release of their “Arrow” album. Both the show and the record are still among yours truly’s favorites of the year.