Our scene is a bedtime story, and Modern Radio, the label that has given us Vampire Hands, His Mischief, and many others, has spent nine years reading us our favorite parts. Though there's no shortage of stunning tributes (nyuk nyuk) during this nine-day birthday bash, tonight's Turf Club show traffics in a nostalgia most meaningful to anyone who remembers when the Clown Lounge was still the Clown Lounge. Cave Deaths bring melancholy odes to horn and guitar; Volante offer the staccato guitar harmonies they perfected when Interpol were still steam cleaning daddy's Versace; Malachi Constant mine their ethereal chords for elements previously unknown; and Grotto's farewell album, Let's Roll (which was a free download when Thom Yorke was figuring out how to plug in his cash counter), remains one of the most captivating rock releases in modern Twin Cities history. Miss this? U mad. With comedian Nils Lindahl. 21+.
Sat., May 31, 9 p.m., 2008