Punk, Road Trip, Landing Gear and Web Radio

Punk's new home?

After the police raided and closed the Bombshelter last July, all-ages punk shows moved into fans' houses and the Whole Music Club, a longtime punk haven. But last summer's call for a new punk community center has gone unheeded--until now. Ex-Bombshelter Collective members and friends have renovated a storefront at 816 E. 38th St. and last week celebrated their grand opening with a vegan dinner. The Insur-Recreation Center, as it's called, will start a book and zine library, host film showings, and provide a public space for shows. The Murderers will test the room's soundproofing when they headline a gig this Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. It's a $4 cover and, per punk custom, there's no phone number.

A recommended road trip

If you have a car, a sleeping bag, and a few days to sacrifice on rock's altar, there's an out-of-town festival this weekend you might want to check out. In nearby Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a 16-band festival richly titled the Minneapolis-Eau Claire Cultural Exchange Program will bring a slew of the Cities' best acts to the Cornerstone Bar (304 Eau Claire St.) this Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30. Friday's lineup includes Grant Hart, Kruddler, the Busiest Bankruptcy Lawyers in Minnesota, the Glenrustles, Total Fat, the Beatifics, Silver Fox, and Baby Grant Johnson. Saturday features Rank Strangers, Mark Mallman, the Heat, Überscenester, Ten Ton Bridge, the Odd, the Carpetbaggers, Thee Viceroys, and Bellyflop. Both shows start at 8 p.m., and you can pay $7 at the door for both nights. Call Garage D'Or at 824-3986 for more information.

Landing Gear debuts

Landing Gear seems an appropriate new title for singer-guitarist Jay Hurley's latest incarnation; the artist previously played in a band called Hovercraft, more recently known as Shatterproof. At Landing Gear's May 11 debut in the 7th Street Entry, Jon Hunt's organ buttressed a trebly guitar warble and made the kind of sound you can swim in. Even the hard-to-impress scenesters watching the band the following night at the Terminal Bar started bobbing their heads as the group wound up one of the last of their many midtempo, wall-of-screech pop numbers. Expect to hear more from these guys.

Web radio and Wheat print

Since Internet radio is still in the experimental stages, Indisonic.com's live Webcast of DJs and bands from First Avenue's Mainroom was my first peek at what could be a blossoming phenom. KFAI's Mark Wheat spun records before three local bands--the Big Wu, Bobby Llama, and Spymob--took the stage. I listened with interest at http://www.indisonic.com, an online independent music distributor, while reading Wheat's final column on local music in last week's Pulse. There, Wheat discussed the daunting task of keeping on top of a local scene as diverse as ours. I know how he feels. (Peter S. Scholtes) CP

 
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