Best Dressed Award goes to Prince Rama at 7th Street Entry (04/07). These two sisters are dressed like they are from the 80s.
Once in a Life Time Award goes to Prince Block Party at First Avenue Block (04/21). When news of Prince’s death reached the internet at midday... fans all gathered at First Avenue for an unexpected block party, some six hours later. We’ll never forget what happened, it was pretty awesome to see some 8,000 people in one place.
Rarely Seen Award goes to Peter Murphy at Mill City Nights (04/12). The Gothfather rarely tours... this was a very rare opportunity to see Murphy in person.
Self-Destructive Award goes to Fat White Family at 7th Street Entry (04/26). Best show ever, despite the smoking, the drinking, and their lateness.
Show of the Month Award goes to Kid Koala at Walker Art Center (04/02) as part of the unique Liquid Music series. Kid Koala and company managed to create a film live via live puppetry, live soundtrack, and special effects. Simply amazing.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, now in its third season, offers performances by artists who bend the distinctions between classical music and other genres, and take their music in new and unique .....
When I first bought the graphic novel/soundtrack of Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall in 2003, I never imagined it as a live puppet show. Having just experienced the wonderful show at the sold-out McGuire Theater (at the Walker Art Center) on Saturday night, this was always what Eric San (Kid Koala) had always envisioned his story to be seen and heard. The graphic novel was, perhaps, just the storyboard to the actual live film we just saw at the Walker Art Center.
The Nufonia Must Fall show is part of the Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series (now in the middle of its fourth season), with the idea of providing these incredible shows in very unique presentation formats.
Before Nufonia Must Fall started, Koala warmed up the crowd by doing what he does best: scratching two records to what he called “Canadian Bingo”. Unfortunately, the Bingo game was cut short when, after five images were displayed, we had at least three winners! So ended the world’s fastest Bingo game (under a minute).
As for Nufonia Must Fall, this is simply one of the most magical and adorable show you’ll ever see. Everything you see on the giant screen, directed by K.K. Barrett (with only a few pre-recorded footage) was created live for our show. This included the puppetry, special effects, lighting, and, of course, the live orchestra soundtrack. You can’t help but sometime glancing down at the puppeteers and spoiling yourself as you see how it’s done or by the nature of the layout and characters, what is coming up next.
Malorie and T4 robot
What made our shows special is that the art directors and designers made some special additions to their sets like adding very specific Minneapolis things: the Target flag, the Surly Brewing Co. sign, the Purple Rain movie, the Pizza Lucé reference, etc. Every time the audience saw one of these Easter eggs, they laughed and cheered. Clearly, each Nufonia Must Fall show must be unique to the cities they perform in.
The whole story never felt long or dragged on, and before you knew it, the camera panned over the “The End” sign over the airport landing strip. A thunderous standing ovation broke out and continued well over the credits and after the performers took their bows.
After the show, the audience was invited to come take a closer look at the puppets and sets. They slowly lined up and generally really curious about the magical production.
Of course, with the much-needed room on stage for the 10 (or more) mini-sets and filming rigs, these Nufonia Must Fall shows strictly limited to certain type of venues. If they are playing in your area, make the effort to check out the show, it’ll be worth it.
04/08 OCCC Visual - Oklahoma City, OK
04/22 Hult Center, Eugene, OR
04/28 Further Future Music Festival Las Vegas, NV
Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall at the William and Nadine McGuire Theater, Minneapolis (02 April 2016)
Chairlift - Bruises
Wow, such a great pop song, that "Bruises" song. It's a perfect blend of catchy bass and Rilo Kiley-esque vocals from Caroline Polachek and trying to impress someone with handstand but only regretting getting nothing
Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on April 1, 2016.
Chairlift is back in town, this time in support of their latest album Moth. The duo recently shared their video for “Crying In Public,” the standout/single track from their new album.
You may recall that we’re big fans of the poptastic song “Bruises”.
Opening up will be Starchild & the Romantic, a.k.a. Bryndon Cook. His debut EP Crucial is out now on Ghostly.
3/29 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
3/31 - St Louis, MO - Firebird
4/01 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
4/02 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
4/04 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
4/05 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place
4/10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall
4/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
4/15 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
4/16 - Winston-Salem, NC - Phuzz Phest
Indie rock group from Iowa City, The Olympics (not to be confused with the '50s doo-wop group The Olympics or Czech rock band Olympic or that the international sporting bi-annual events) set to open the show.
The last time we saw Quilt, it was at the defunct 400 Bar in 2012. We wrote that they had some car problems, driving from Chicago and turned up really late with a truncated set.
Quilt is back with a new album called Plaza, available now on Mexican Summer.
Guests Val Son (Michael Gunvalson) and Halfloves (previously known as The Olympics) to open.
Mar 29 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 31 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb
Apr 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr 2 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Apr 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Mad Planet
Apr 5 - Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Apr 6 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Apr 7 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Apr 8 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Apr 9 - Montreal, QC @ Divian Orange
May 10 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
May 11 - Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin
May 12 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
May 13 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
May 14 - Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
May 16 - London, UK @ Hoxton Square Bar
May 17 - Antwerpen, BE @ Het Bos
May 18 - Paris, FR @ Batofar
May 19 - Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
May 20 - Koeln, DE @ King Georg
May 21 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
May 23 - Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
May 24 - Goeteborg, SE @ Pustervik
May 25 - Oslo, NO @ Internasjonalen
May 26 - Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
May 27- Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
May 28 - Brugge, BE @ Cactus
Jeffrey Foucault's new album Salt As Wolves was recorded live in just three days in rural Minnesota. The record is described as moving like a vintage Chess record, with an openness and dimensionality that beckons the listener
at Cedar Cultural Center
Friday, 04/01/16, 7pm ($20/$25) thecedar.org
Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Foucault’s Midwest tour is starting March 30th at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He’ll be in Minneapolis on April 1st.
The New York Times calls Jeffrey Foucault's recent album, Salt As Wolves (an album we previously mentioned in August 2015) as "immaculately tailored" and the Boston Globe says it's a "marvelous record."
Duo Dusty Heart (Barbara Jean and Molly Dean) to open.
Jeffrey Foucault Tour Dates:
Mar 30 -- Cedar Rapids, IA -- CSPS
Mar 31 -- Madison, WI -- High Noon Saloon
Apr 01 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Cedar Cultural Center
Apr 02 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Anodyne Coffee
Apr 03 -- Evanston, IL -- SPACE
Apr 07 -- Pueblo, CO -- Songbird Cellars
Apr 08 -- Snowmass, CO -- The Turks
Apr 09 -- Denver, CO -- The Globe
Apr 10 -- Colorado Springs, CO -- Friends House
May 10 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Hotel Cafe
May 11 -- Santa Ynez, CA -- Tales From Tavern
May 12 -- Felton, CA -- Don Quixote's
May 13 -- San Francisco, CA -- Brick & Mortar
May 15 -- Arcata, CA -- Arcata Playhouse
May 18 -- Seattle, WA -- Triple Door
May 23 -- Bozeman, MT -- Live From The Divide
The last time Canadian Kid Koala was in town, it was with Arcade Fire, and before that, it was with Deltron 3030. We love the vinyl-scratching DJ, what he does it purely analog and simple... yet incredibly complicated when you actually see him with two turntables.
This upcoming Walker Art show (at the McGuire Theater) will feature an adaption of his book Nufonia Must Fall... which incidentally I own! I previously mentioned the book came with a soundtrack.
Imagined as a graphic novel animated in real time with a live soundtrack, Montreal-based scratch DJ/music producer Kid Koala has created a magical, multidisciplinary adaptation of his book Nufonia Must Fall. Directed by recent Oscar nominee K. K. Barrett (Spike Jonze’s Her, Where the Wild Things Are), this clever theatrical adaptation unfolds via GoPro video with a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets in a tender robot-meets-office-girl love story. Kid Koala and Toronto’s dynamic Cecilia Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings, turntables, and electronics. Nufonia Must Fall will be performed Friday–Saturday, April 1 and 2, 8 pm, in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer and award winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune the most recent being 12 bit Blues. He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet has been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew.
My Body Is a Cage (stripped snippet - Win, Régine, Owen on B-stage)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Joan of Arc
(w/ Lady Gaga's "Do What U Want"/Black Eyes Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" snippets)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
(w/ Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"/Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" intros)
No Cars Go
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (w/'Damian Taylor Remix' intro)
-- Encore --
When You Were Mine - Reflektors on B-stage
Controversy (Prince cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
03/12 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
03/13 Toronto Toronto, Canada
03/14 Ottawa Ottawa, Canada
03/16 Cleveland Cleveland, OH
03/7 Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
03/18 Conneticut Bridgeport, CT
03/28 Vive Latino Festival Mexico City, Mexico
03/30 Lollapalooza: Chile
04/01 Lollapalooza: Argentina
04/04 Rio de Janeiro Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
04/06 Lollapalooza: Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil
04/09 Houston Houston, TX
04/10 Austin Austin, TX
04/13 Coachella Indio, CA
04/20 Coachella Indio, CA
04/23 Colorado Denver, CO
04/26 Kansas City Kansas City, MO
04/27 St Louis St Louis, MO
04/29 Columbus Columbus, OH
05/01 Nashville Nashville, TN
05/02 Atlanta Atlanta, GA
05/04 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
05/29-05/31 Primavera Festival
05/31 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal
06/03 Paris Paris, France
06/06 London, United Kingdom
06/07 London, United Kingdom
06/09 Pinkpop Landgraaf, Netherlands
06/10 Antwerp Merksem, Belgium
06/12 Norwegian Wood Festival Oslo
06/15 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark
06/17 Dresden Dresden, Germany
06/18 Berlin Berlin, Germany
06/20 Southside Festival Tuttlingen
06/20 Hurricane Festival Scheessel
06/23 Rock In Roma Rome Rm, Italy
06/24 Verona Verona, Italy
06/29 Dublin Dublin, Ireland
07/30 Mountain View Mountain View, CA
08/08 Seattle Seattle, WA
08/09 Squamish Valley Festival Squamish
08/11 Edmonton Edmonton, Canada
08/12 Calgary Calgary, Canada
08/14 Winnipeg Winnipeg, Canada
08/17 Washington Washington, DC
08/19 Mansfield Mansfield, MA
08/20 Bangor Bangor, ME
08/22 Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
08/23 Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
08/24 Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
08/26 Chicago Chicago, IL
08/27 Chicago Chicago, IL
08/29 Toronto Toronto, Canada
08/30 Montreal Montreal, Canada
Arcade Fire w/ Kid Koala, Dan Deacon
I'm still not clear on the dress up situation. The band required their fans to dress up in formalwear or costumes to attend their shows. ...
Let’s take a Roll Call of who was present at Arcade Fire’s second arena show of their Reflektor Tour—
Astronaut- check, ...Teletubbies, giant bottle of ketchup, fairy princess, Superman, woman in a banana outfit, and a lot of people that were supposedly in formal attire... but just looked like they’d come from a job interview or church, were there too.
They had all heeded the call of the Montreal band’s request to come dressed in costume or formally, for what turned out to be a mostly satisfying, eclectic show at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The evening actually started at the back of the arena, on the soundboard platform that had been transformed to a DJ station, complete with camouflage netting, lighted oil drums, and a hydraulic lift. Kid Koala started the night’s festivities, donned in a brown koala-like hoodie, spinning old school turntables for a set that even included his remixed version of classic crooning song, ‘Moon River’.
Dan Deacon, known for his crowd-interactive DJ sessions followed, involving the entire general admission floor into a dance circle and contest, including a giant-headed masked Win Butler, who was shaking and moving with the pack on the floor.
The two-hour surreal arena spectacle then began, as a completely mirrored figure walked to the back platform stage, met by The Reflektors, the “fake band” adorned in oversized head masks that included Arcade Fire singer Win Butler, wife Régine Chassagne, and multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett , who began with a sparse ‘My Body is a Cage’, from 2007’s Neon Bible.
The rest of the 12-person strong band then was revealed on the main stage, for the title track from their Reflektor double album (Merge Records), which sounded more immediate live than on the record, and personified the art-party vibe of the evening.
The band, which included conga drummers and a string section, then went through the next several numbers in rapid-fire succession (“C’mon, let’s go!”, Butler shouted), without pause, and with each song smoothly transitioning into the next, images flashing from the disco-mirrored stage onto the multi-hexagonal screens on either side.
"This is the perfect song for the Target Center- it's a song called 'The Suburbs”, the lanky Butler intro’d, catching his breath long enough to briefly address the audience after a half-hour in, and that wasn’t the end of the band’s clever local-centric commentary.
‘We Exist’ was prefaced by an intro from Butler about the song’s inspiration of a gay youth trying to awkwardly have that conversation with his father, and the new classic, ‘Normal Person’ had the entire floor crowd pogoing in unison at the chorus.
Musically overall, the new songs were more robust live, due to the added personnel and energy and the slower songs more soulful in delivery. ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ was the vocal showcase for Chassagne and served as the main set closer.
Lights went down and the bobble-headed Reflektors re-appeared on the B-stage, drumming lethargically to a piped-in ‘When You Were Mine’ by Prince, before Butler stopped them mid-song from the main stage, to don a 4-sided video screened head and lead the full band in a driving, authentically funky version of The Purple One’s ‘Controversy’(The 1981 A-Side to ‘When You Were Mine’s vinyl B-Side). The cubed, illuminated head showed Prince’s own face singing, as well as controversial House Rep Michele Bachmann, in a brilliant piece of satire amidst playing a great cover song.
This segued into a spirited, island-inspired ‘Here Comes the Night Time’ and ended with alt-anthem ‘Wake Up’, from the band’s first album, Funeral.
Like most notable works of art, their evolution is a work-in-progress, which will refine further as the tour progresses. But, on this, only their second night of arena-sized performances, Arcade Fire affirmed their ability to regularly play on a scale this large… and guaranteed good “people-watching” of fans in attendance.
Arcade Fire at Target Center, Minneapolis (08 March 2014)
Here is a guide of some Minneapolis (and St Paul!) shows NEXT week: February 24-March 2.
FEBRUARY 24: TURF CLUB
The Belle Game …
Here is a guide of some Minneapolis (and St Paul!) shows next week: March 3-March 8.
MARCH 3: ACADIA CAFE Aaron Kamm & The One Drops
The only show I have listed for Monday, March 3rd is Aaron Kamm & the One Drops from St. Louis. This is part of the "Only Every Monday" event, sponsored by K.F.A.I. 90.3 Minneapolis & 106.7 St. Paul.
Lineup for next Monday's show:
8pm Simon Calder
845pm Space Cats
930pm Sneaky Pete Bauer
1015pm Aaron Kamm & The One Drops
1130pm Geoffrey Fischbein
Aaron Kamm & The One Drops are currently on tour:
Mar 2 at Venue 51 in Omaha, NE
Mar 3 at Acadia in Minneapolis, MN
Mar 5 at The Original in Minot, ND*
Mar 6 at El Roco in Grand Forks, ND*
Mar 7 at Captain Freddys in Mandan, ND*
Mar 9 at Iowa City Yacht Club in Iowa City, IA
Dublin's Kodaline recently announced a North American tour dates for February 2014, taking them from Toronto, Canada, to Chicago, Illinois. Kodaline's album In A Perfect World …
MARCH 4: FIRST AVENUE Kodaline w/ LP
It's sold-out Tuesday apparently...
I'm already committed to covering Cibo Matto at the now-sold-out show at the Turf Club. As you know, I saw the band in 1999 and am looking forward to seeing how the band has grown over the years.
Also sold out is Bob Mould's show at The Theatre At The Woman's Club... so that leaves Kodaline at First Avenue. I believe their original venue (7th Street Entry) also sold out, so the venue had to upgrade Kodaline to the much larger capacity main room at First Avenue. That's like 1,500 capacity vs 7th Street's tiny 250. The confusing-band name LP is set to open the show.
Kodaline tour dates:
02/28/14 Hollywood Forever Cemetery
03/02/14 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
03/03/14 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
03/04/14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
03/06/14 Columbus, OH A & R Music Bar
03/07/14 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
03/14/14 Killarney, Ireland INEC
03/15/14 Belfast Ulster Hall
03/16/14 Dublin, Ireland The O2 Dublin
03/18/14 Glasgow Barrowland
03/19/14 Manchester Manchester Academy
03/20/14 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
03/21/14 London O2 Academy Brixton
03/30/14 Auckland, New Zealand Powerstation
04/01/14 Brisbane, Australia The Hi-Fi
04/02/14 Sydney, Australia The Metro Theatre
04/05/14 Melbourne, Australia The Prince
04/08/14 Adelaide, Australia The Gov
04/10/14 Perth, Australia Astor Theatre
05/04/14 Live At Leeds
What’s all that noise coming from Canada? It’s something loud and heavy and much more fun than Bieber-bashing. It’s the Pack A.D.! …
MARCH 5: TURF CLUB The Pack A.D. w/ Fury Things
We are covering Canada's The Pack A.D. at the Turf Club next Wednesday. Local band Fury Things are set to open the show.
Expect the duo to play tracks from their new album Do Not Engage, out now on Nettwerk Records.
03/01/14 Calgary, AB Republik Nightclub
03/02/14 Saskatoon, SK Amigos Cantina
03/04/14 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre Cafe
03/05/14 Saint Paul, MN Turf Club
03/06/14 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
03/07/14 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
03/08/14 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
03/17/14 London, ON APK Live
03/19/14 Waterloo, ON Starlight Social Club
03/20/14 Hamilton, ON The Casbah
03/21/14 St Catharines, ON Detour Music Hall
03/22/14 Kingston, ON The Grad Club
03/25/14 Ottawa, ON Zaphod Beeblebrox
03/26/14 Montreal, QC Casa De Popolo
03/27/14 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
03/28/14 Fredericton, NB The Capital Complex
03/29/14 Halifax, NS The Seahorse Tavern
03/30/14 Moncton, NB Tide + Boar Gastropub
04/01/14 Allston, MA Great Scott
04/02/14 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
04/04/14 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
04/05/14 Washington, DC DC9
04/06/14 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
04/08/14 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
04/09/14 Omaha, NE Slowdown
04/11/14 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
Fresh from a mini-residency in NYC (including a live appearance on VH-1), the tour also brings opener Diane Birch whose own new album, Speak a Little Louder …
MARCH 6: TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB Andrew Belle and Diane Birch
We wanted to cover Diane Birch last year (I've previously seen her at SXSW and loved her), but she canceled her appearance at the last minute to take a better opportunity with the Tonight Show! Good for her, I would have done the same things if I were in her shoes.
So, Birch is returning to Minneapolis next week, under the Andrew Belle/Diane Birch tour... and of course, like so many bands touring right now, it's to coincide with SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas. Please check with each band's website for finalized SXSW schedule as they often change.
Birch is touring in support of her new album Speak a Little Louder, while Andrew Belle is touring for Black Bear.
03/05/14 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
03/06/14 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
03/07/14 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House
03/08/14 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
03/09/14 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Ballroom
03/11/14 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
03/13/14 SXSW Austin, TX
03/17/14 New Orleans, LA Parish At House Of Blues
03/18/14 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
03/19/14 Atlanta, GA Vinyl At Center Stage
03/20/14 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
"East Coast Girl" is the new song and video from Cayucas, previously known as Oregon Bike Trails. The video premiered today (05/30) on NYLON.
"East Coast Girl" video directed by Steven Andrew Garcia …
MARCH 7: 7TH STREET ENTRY Cayucas w/ Bonzie
Cayucas is once again touring, and yes, SXSW time of the year. They will likely showcase some of their songs from their debut LP Bigfoot, released on Secretly Canadian. I haven't receive any communication with them for a while now (since 09/2013, so maybe Secretly Canadian secretly hates me). They're currently on tour with Young the Giant, but will be headlining their own tour starting March 1st.
Bonzie, aka 18-year-old Chicagoan Nina Ferraro, is set to open up the 7th Street Entry show.
02/28/14 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
03/01/14 Burlington, VT Signal Kitchen
03/02/14 Toronto, ON The Garrison
03/04/14 Columbus, OH A & R Music Bar
03/05/14 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
03/06/14 Milwaukee, WI Rave Bar
03/07/14 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
03/10/14 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
03/11/14 Vancouver, BC Media Club
03/12/14 Seattle, WA Barboza
03/14/14 Sacramento, CA Harlow's Night Club
03/15/14 Santa Cruz, CA The Atrium
04/04/14 Mammoth Lakes, CA Underground
Arcade Fire is under fire lately. The Canadian band demanded that all attendees at their arena concert tour this year must wear suits and formalwear (the fine print when you purchase their tickets lists …
MARCH 8: TARGET CENTER Arcade Fire w/ Kid Koala, Dan Deacon
I'm still not clear on the dress up situation. The band required their fans to dress up in formalwear or costumes to attend their shows.
Opening up is Kid Koala (Deltron 3030) and Dan Deacon.
03/06/14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
03/08/14 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
03/10/14 Auburn Hills, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
03/12/14 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
03/13/14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
03/14/14 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
03/16/14 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
03/17/14 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
03/18/14 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena
03/28/14 Vive Latino
03/29/14 Lollapalooza Chile
03/30/14 Lollapalooza Chile
04/01/14 Lollapalooza" (Argentina)
04/06/14 Lollapalooza Brazil
04/09/14 The Woodlands, TX
04/10/14 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
04/13/14 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/20/14 Indio, CA Empire Polo Club
04/23/14 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
04/26/14 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
04/27/14 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
04/29/14 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
05/01/14 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
05/02/14 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood
05/04/14 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
10/23/13 Atlanta, GA Heaven
10/25/13 Mountain Oasis Electronic
11/09/13 Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10/13 Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/15/13 Boom Festival
11/17/13 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
11/18/13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
11/19/13 Victoria, BC Alix Goolden
11/21/13 Portland, OR Star Theater
11/22/13 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
11/23/13 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
11/24/13 Los Angeles, CA Fonda
11/25/13 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
11/26/13 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
11/27/13 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura
12/08/13 Paris, France Trianon
12/11/13 Amsterdam Melkweg
12/12/13 London, UK Scala
Join Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala, as they stop in at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 20th. …
It's the year 3030… we came back. And yes, we came back to Deltron 3030, thirteen years later!
Deltron 3030, the supergroup of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala, is currently on tour from the year 3030, stopping by Minneapolis to their sold-out show at First Avenue last night.
Originally they were supposed to have another opener for the band, but due to the government shutdown, he/she wasn't able to obtain a Visa to enter the U.S. for the tour.
So that left Kid Koala to "fill up some time."
What Kid Koala does live on stage is simply amazing: "No laptops, no tricks, just good old fashion vinyls". Each record were personally marked at where to drop the needle, and some were personally bent and warped on purpose to create effects. Timing is everything and if you don't have the dexterity, you'll mess up - and that's what happened to Kid Koala near the start of "Skanky Panky." Instead of continuing the spin, Kid Koala stopped all the records and went to the mic to tell us this story about how he used to play classical piano. During a recital, his teacher told him to stop and take a bow if he messed up. So that's what Kid Koala did, took a bow and then proceeded to restart "Skanky Panky".
After the introduction song, "State of the Nation", Deltron, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala, came on stage to launch into a solid three-singalong set of "3030", "Things You Can Do" and "Positive Contact". Everybody in the audience was singing along, it's been a long time for fans to memorize the Del lyrical masterpieces.
The band then had a long set of new songs, from Event II, which was just recently released, so fans had not had the time to fully enjoy it. But you know they would love it if they had some time to digest these new songs. After all, the same themes on the original album are apparent on the latest songs: the environment, the evil corporations, spaceships, and, our hero, Deltron Zero.
If you missed their Letterman appearance last week, the band had a full orchestra (dubbed the 3030 Orchestra) with Dan acting as musical conductor. He serves the same purpose at the Deltron show, directing his live band (guitarist, bassist, and drummer) or helping add effects with Kid Koala's scratching. He'll also grab the mic to sing backups.
After the Kid Koala breakdown, Dan the Automator came on stage to show off these personalized First Avenue donuts for the band. Then the band continued playing new songs, but occasional throwing in old favorites like "Virus" and "Memory Loss", which ended their set with a strong note.
The encore was unbelievable, after "Do You Remember", the band kicked into a song that Dan said, "you all know this one", as they launched into "Clint Eastwood".
That song made Gorillaz famous, but we all knew this was made by the same people in Deltron, but minus Damon Albarn. That's okay, the part of Albarn were loudly sung by the audience to a roaring, satisfying finish.
I was walking to my car until I saw a group of people outside the First Avenue garage. Apparently, right after the show, Del and Kid Koala were skateboarding in the garage! A few of us handed them our 12" and they signed the record for us. Unfortunately, Dan didn't skate so he wasn't there to sign my album. Dan is pretty active in the music scene, so I'll catch him at another time (I'll bring the record to have him finish the holy trinity of signatures).
Del, the Automator, and Kid Koala, are currently bringing the year 3030 to you soon. Check them out today, because, who knows when all three will get back together?
Deltron 3030 at First Avenue, Minneapolis (10/20/13)
I listen to very little hip-hop. :/
I went to see Deltron because of Kid Koala, and seriously, after that high-energy show, I was totally impressed.
Deltron 3030 is back! The dream team consisting of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala, will be releasing (and touring) in support of Deltron 3030: Event II, to be released October 1st. Their EP, City Rising From the Ashes, came out a few weeks ago (August 13th).
Ticketstub from 11/13/00
In 2000, I went out to see Deltron 3030, with very little knowledge of the hip-hop band. I went because I wanted to check out Kid Koala, who was, at the time, experiencing some massive buzz in the UK. Instead, the band blew me away that I immediately bought their album (and eventually the instrumental version).
Anyway, like the original self-titled album, Deltron 3030: Event II will feature the usual mad rhymes from Del and various guest vocalists. This time, they manage to get The Lonely Island, Emily Wells, Damon Albarn (Blur), but also, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead!
Tour dates below:
09/08/13 "Rock The Bells" (Devore)
09/15/13 "Rock The Bells" (Mountain View)
10/08/13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
10/09/13 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
10/10/13 Washington, DC Howard Theatre
10/11/13 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
10/13/13 Phila, PA Theatre Of The Living Arts
10/14/13 New York, NY HighLine Ballroom
10/16/13 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert
10/18/13 Indianapolis, IN Vogue
10/19/13 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
10/20/13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/23/13 Atlanta, GA Heaven
10/25/13 "Mountain Oasis Electronic "
11/10/13 "Fun Fun Fun Fest"
11/15/13 "Boom Festival" (Denver)