What a difference a decade can make. A Fire Inside initially formed in 1991, but disbanded shortly thereafter as core members enrolled in separate colleges. Over the next few years the band would reunite and record their first two full-length albums, but by 1998—which saw the release of both A Fire Inside EP and Black Sails in the Sunset—the original lineup had all but turned over, with the exception of vocalist Davey Havok. It was during this year, and over the course of those two albums, that the band's sound shifted away from its East Bay hardcore beginnings and toward a darker, gothic punk; this is where the modern version of the band began. In the following years AFI would release their first album to chart on the Billboard 200, The Art of Drowning, and would go on to sign with Dreamworks for their 2003 release, Sing the Sorrow. Sorrow remains the band's most commercially successful release and has gone on to reach platinum status in the U.S. The shift from the brainchild of some high school punks who couldn't play their instruments to one of the biggest underground success stories of the past 10 years is something that dreams are made of. Again—what a difference a decade can make. AFI is touring in support of their new album, Crash Love, and will be joined by the Gallows. All ages. $25.50-$27. 7 p.m. 110 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612.332.3742. —Chris DeLine


Lookbook (CD-release)

Springsteen-loving Jersey Boys the Gaslight Anthem
Lisa Johnson
Springsteen-loving Jersey Boys the Gaslight Anthem

Kitty Cat Klub

Arguably one of the most popular music acts in the Twin Cities, City Pages-nominated "Best New Band" Lookbook will cement their status as local band-done-good this weekend when they release their first full-length album, Wild at Heart. For those who have seen the electro duo of Grant Cutler and Maggie Morrison perform live (and if you're the type to seek out live music in the Cities, chances are you have, as they have been gigging heavily for over a year), the songs on Wild at Heart will be mostly familiar fare. "Yesterday's Company," "The Only Ones," and a personal favorite, "True to Form," are immediate highlights, and the tracks that have been played fewer times live are nestled in like treasures for more well-versed fans. Overall, there are no huge surprises on the CD—the songs sound just as good recorded as they do live—but Wild at Heart provides a timely snapshot of two bandmates who are continuing to hone their unique sound and expound on the ideas presented on last year's breakout EP. With Zoo Animal and Shahs. $5. 9 p.m. 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612.331.9800. —Andrea Swensson

The Gaslight Anthem/Frank Turner


Although the four members of the Gaslight Anthem claim a punk lineage and hail from New Brunswick, a few miles inland from the Jersey Shore, splinters from Asbury Park's boardwalk riddle the band's sound along with an anthemic quality and thematic similarities to another character who lurks beneath that dirty wood. Brian Fallon's lead vocals indeed sport a muscular grit akin to Springsteen's, and the band's influences—along with the E Street's—run to vintage rock and R&B, albeit often with whip-like punkish urgency. You can dissect the abundant Springsteen/Gaslight parallels on TGA's 2008 album The '59 Sound ad nauseam. But even a tune like "Meet Me By the River's Edge," which could win a contest for most Bruce-isms per line, has sufficient ingratiating honesty and spirit to suggest the shared ethos is more a matter of common musical roots and growing up on Jersey's greasy boulevards than strict imitation. Anyway, TGA are an extremely likable band operating with a fistful of adrenalin, and seemingly born to run. Opening will be English punk-folkie Frank Turner, survivor of the hardcore band Million Dead, whose discovery of folk's murderous roots and the incendiary qualities of a well-turned phrase have transformed him into a worthy successor to the likes of Graham Parker and Billy Bragg. His terrific new album, Poetry of the Deed, is packed with rabble-rousing anthems amid astute references to Kerouac, Boadicea, and Odysseus. With Murder By Death and the Loved Ones. 18+. $15/$17 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Rick Mason


Wanda Jackson

Medina Entertainment Center

If Elvis Presley forever will be the king of rock 'n' roll, his queen has got to be Wanda Jackson. She was a teenage heartbreaker in the mid-'50s when, with Elvis's personal encouragement, she made the transformation from country singer to the first legitimate female star of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. Earlier, honky-tonker Hank Thompson had heard Jackson singing on an Oklahoma radio program and asked her to join his Brazos Valley Boys. When Jackson subsequently went on tour in 1955 with a package of artists, one was Presley, then just on the cusp of phenomenal success. He convinced a skeptical Jackson to try the new style, and she was a natural, the sultry edge in her voice earning her hits ("Fujiyama Mama," "Let's Have a Party"), breaking ground for generations of female rockers, and still largely intact more than a half-century later. Jackson spent a long time doing strictly country and gospel until returning to her rockabilly roots with the encouragement of Rosie Flores, among others. Her last studio album was 2006's I Remember Elvis, featuring sharp covers of tunes associated with her mentor and onetime boyfriend, a dynamite band including Blondie drummer Clem Burke, an autobiographical new song ("I Wore Elvis' Ring"), a charming spoken reminiscence, vintage photos of the king and queen, and enthusiastic liner notes by another Elvis (Costello). Also on this bill will be Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings, rockabilly and country royalty from right here in the Twin Cities. $17. 2 p.m. 500 Hwy. 55, Hamel; 763.478.6661. —Rick Mason

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