From the starter pistol to the finish tape, tonight's Turf Club show is poised to unfold like an Olympic sprint. This evening, two of the Twin Cities' most well conditioned and aurally challenging veterans, Skoal Kodiak and Daughters of the Sun (who are flying high after last week's Heliotrope Festival appearances) welcome Leisure Birds to our humble stage with much cacophonous fanfare. Filled out by members of Count Vesuvius, Daughters of the Sun, and the sadly bygone Thunder in the Valley, Leisure Birds bring a tremendously strong pedigree to our bustling musical nursery. First shows are like rookie cards—snatch them up while you can, because a lucky acquisition can easily earn you the right to say "I saw them when..." without seeming like an insincere, elitist jerk. There're only three bands, so smoke fast, get your drinks upstairs, and don't blink. Ain't nothing in the house tonight you won't kick yourself for missing. 21+.
Thu., May 22, 9 p.m., 2008