Considering all the negativity boiling under the surface this year and particularly this weekend, give Jon Wayne & the Pain props for starting off 2017 with sunny dispositions and do-gooder vibes. And flute solos.
The jammy reggae-rock-electronic quartet graduates from its frequent Cabooze dates to a First Avenue release party Saturday for its fourth record (8 p.m., $15-$17). Its album title alone, “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe,” tells you to set aside all cynicism and kick up a Hacky Sack instead. The 311-echoing title track and other groovy songs follow suit.
Singer/guitarist Wayne and his crew get heavier and feistier later on during the lengthy, synth-led space jam “Further Out” and the provocative anti-corporate rocker “Profit Over People.” It’s all hippy, but not all dippy. The band is offering $10 tickets Saturday to anyone with a stub from the Red Hot Chili Peppers gig across the street.
Next door to the main room on Saturday, former teen punk-rock idol Jeff Allen of the Plastic Constellations will celebrate the release of his new group Tyte Jeff’s thrilling debut LP, “Lutheran Teens.” Like the band’s well-received 2014 EP, the album lives in the precocious teen and young-adult years the way the Hold Steady records are set in Minneapolis, as evidenced by the cover photo of drummer Matt Johnson in his Kurt Cobain-postered bedroom circa the mid-’90s. One song, “Same Tattoos,” also wryly examines modern millennial life (first line: “Everyone here is a graphic designer”).
Sonically, “Lutheran Teens” expands on the EP’s boisterous rock sound with more off-kilter, subversive twists and turns reminiscent of ’90s bands like Pavement and Shudder to Think. Saturday’s show also features Valet, Mrs. and Des Moines band Greg Wheeler & the Polygamist Mall Cops (9 p.m., $10).
Rico Simon Mendez of Shiro Dame is launching a new Latino music label, Cultura Love, with a party Saturday at the Turf Club featuring Lester Rey & Los Leones from Chicago and such locals as Maria Isa, Manchita, Bionik and Xilam Balam. All appear on the label’s debut compilation, “La Coleccìon” (9 p.m., $15, CulturaLove.com). … Former 4onthefloor members Chris Holm and Mark Larson step out under the duo moniker Heatwave & Landman at the Hook & Ladder Theatre on Friday to tout a debut album, featuring ’60s-flavored psychedelic blues. Kinda Kinky and Hannah von der Hoff open (8:30 p.m., $8-$12). …
Dead Man Winter will set up shop in Minneapolis’ Electric Fetus on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a free set open to those who pre-purchase his/its second album, “Furnace,” coming out the next day. … The biggest gig of the year in many local households, 89.3 the Current’s Rock the Cradle is expanding into multiple events this year starting with a Feb. 12 party at Afton Alps with Koo Koo Kanga Roo and McNasty Brass, then a March 5 concert with Lisa Loeb at the Fitzgerald, then the usual big bash at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on April 9. Details at TheCurrent.org. …
Busy week for Jim Walsh: He’s hosting a nine-hour “Anti-Trump Pro-People” Mad Ripple Hootenanny on Friday, noon-9:30 p.m., at Studio 2 Cafe in south Minneapolis, and then he will be grilled by Andrea Swensson on stage at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to tout his new EP-style mini-book, “Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s.” … St. Paul’s Black Dog Cafe hosts an inauguration-related benefit for the ACLU on Friday with Dakota Dave Hull, Siama Matuzungidi, Charley Dush and more (6-11 p.m.). …
While Tommy Stinson impressively barreled through his new Bash & Pop album last week at 7th Street Entry, there’s news on other Replacements, too: Slim Dunlap will be feted with “Slimabration” on Feb. 17 at the Hook & Ladder with Dan Baird of the Georgia Satellites, Curtiss A, Frankie Lee, John Eller and Dunlap’s daughter Emily Bee’s band Whale in the Thames ($20, TheHookMpls.com). Also, Chris Mars is releasing his first album in over 20 years this spring, “Down by the Tracks,” the title track from which he posted on his Facebook page; and it’s stellar. … Nope, nothing to report on the other Replacement.