There's a touch of dive-bar vaudeville in comedian-producer extraordinaire Gus Lynch's Laugh. Rock. Repeat. series, which celebrates its first anniversary tonight. Lynch brings top bands from the local music scene together with the cities' wildest and edgiest comics to create captivating shows in a unique atmosphere only improved by the awesome ambiance of the Eagles Club; imagine a windowless, wood-paneled ski lodge festooned with Christmas lights, carved-wood eagles, and photos of club members past. The latest installment features perhaps the series' best lineup yet. Minneapolis rockers Chooglin', who frequently back up their frenzied garage-rock guitar work with a peppy horn section, are a perfect fit for the eclectic showcase. Headlining comic Chris Maddock's high-octane standup is more informed by death metal than by one-liners. The host of the weekly Death Comedy Jam show at Grumpy's, Maddock is astute enough to entertain a roomful of uptight Democrats, as he did at last year's Laughing Liberally, but he's more prone to fits of gleeful hysteria and slyly outrageous bits like his animated interpretation of suicide by "extreme soup." Monica and the Molecules round out the bill along with a set from master of ceremonies Lynch. Event is a benefit for the venue. 21+.
Fri., April 10, 7:30 p.m., 2009