at Fine Line
Wednesday, 12/14/16, 7pm ($20)
Helmet is back in Minneapolis, touring on their “Dead to the World” tour. The venue of choice this year is at the Fine Line, which doesn’t offer the best viewing experience (unless you pay extra for the balcony).
According to the press release, the new Dead to the World album is Helmet’s first record in six years, and it is available earlier in October via earMusic and Sony Music Entertainment Australia (for Australia).
Front man Page Hamilton’s comment about Dead to the World: “Catch phrases, punchlines, guns, bluster, ammo, incivility, impatience, murder. You, me, us, them, life, liberty and the pursuit of property... We disagree, we disrespect, discourse disappears in the age of access. When in doubt GET LOUD! It's my way or the highway, thank you Lawrence Tierney! Religious tchotchkes nailed to the walls of homes above razor-scarred mirrors. Do you meditate, levitate, pray? Live in LA! I'm a huge fan, got a perfume line, smell nice, plan my next move. Threats loom, the bad news network blooms, fear sells. Just get ‘em out, the spying neighbors, suspects, terrorists our forefathers intent. ‘If you don't like it, leave’ and call it democracy.”
Local H to open. The band recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of As Good As Dead, and was last seen in Minneapolis in June 2016.
US Tour dates:
12/10/16 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
12/11/16 Omaha, NE Slowdown
12/13/16 Kansas City, MO recordBar
12/14/16 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
12/15/16 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
12/16/16 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
12/17/16 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
Thursday, 12/15/16, 6pm ($37.63)
We’ve always been impressed with the Go 96.3’s shows, starting with their first in March 2015. Since then, the radio station created their first music festival called Go Fest, and starting last year, a new tradition of their Go 96.3’s Snow Show.
The 2016 Snow Show is back for the second year, this time at the Myth (originally scheduled at the Target Center).
This year’s headliner will be Bastille, who is currently on tour for his new album Wild World (Virgin / Universal).
Other guests on the bill: Banks (she was also on the first Go Show), Judah & The Lion, Coin and Miles The DJ.... PLUS one local band (to be determined by the Battle of the Band contest at the Fine Line tonight, December 9th).
We've been impressed with Judah & the Lion since we caught them in November 2014, writing “Many of their songs got their most dedicated fans to help sing along, especially on "Back's Against the Wall", where Akers stopped a second to hear his fans finish the lyrics... with the biggest grin on his face.”
Bastille’s 2016 tour dates:
12/11 Los Angeles, CA Forum
12/12 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal
12/14 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
12/15 Maplewood, MN Myth Nightclub
12/16 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
at First Avenue
Friday, 12/16/16, 8pm ($20)
Popular local fan-favorites Soul Asylum will be headlining First Avenue.
We caught the band when they were promoting their new album Change of Fortune (Entertainment One) and wrote, “The band has found a second life of sorts, with former Prince drummer Michael Bland joining in 2005 and bassist Winston Roye replacing Tommy Stinson and Justin Sharbono stepping in for longtime guitarist Dan Murphy, both in 2012. The band’s sound remains familiar under singer-guitarist Dave Pirner, a mix of 90’s-era alternative rock, power-pop, and indie post-punk.”
McNasty Brass Band will open.