Black Francis hardly needs an introduction. Whether using his Pixies moniker or going by his real name, Frank Black, under a solo project, Black has proven himself as one of the most significant players in the ever-developing genre of rock. With the Pixies, Black pioneered an incomparable style of jagged, frenetic rock and invented a loud-quiet-loud formula that so many bands have since attempted to recreate. And solo he has demonstrated a seemingly innate ability for songwriting, incorporating pop hooks into his gritty, soul-baring, stripped-down punk. His latest tour is in support of a new project with his wife, Violet Clark, known as Grand Duchy, but Black's stop in Minneapolis will be a rare solo performance. Expect songs spanning his entire career, from Black Francis to Frank Black and back again. 18+.
Fri., July 10, 9 p.m., 2009