Triple Rock

After the hell he's put them through, it's a wonder that Travis Bos's vocal cords haven't exploded through his neck. Minneapolis hardcore lovers will remember Bos's old band, Song of Zarathustra, with a wistful tear in their eye, fondly recalling local venues filled with man-on-fire screams and peals of feedback (and maybe even the fact that their ears invariably rang for two days after seeing the band live). Bos has had a hand in a few bands after SOZ called it a day in 2003, but none have had as great an impact as his best-known group, so the news of a reunion show was enough to send shivers of anticipation down the spines of fans all over the Twin Cities. SOZ trafficked in sounds that were fast, raw, and unapologetically abrasive, and even though they've been defunct for seven years, the excitement around this event makes it hard to predict that they'll provide anything other than the thrashing intensity that made their name. With Gay Witch Abortion, STNNNG, and Atlantis Audio Archive. 18+. $8. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas


Laura Veirs

The Cedar

Justin Townes Earle, a powerful songwriter with a potent history
Joshua Black Wilkins
Justin Townes Earle, a powerful songwriter with a potent history

Location Info


The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

July Flame is a variety of peach Laura Veirs came across in an Oregon farmers' market. Their sweet beauty inspired her new album's title track, a lush evocation of a midsummer night's reverie, as exquisitely complex as the life teeming at that time of year. But with a slight hitch in her voice and Eyvind King's somber viola lurking deep in the mix, Veirs also provides a bittersweet hint that it's all ephemeral; July's fecund felicity inevitably yields to February's frost, and with it, she suggests, maybe love fades away, too. July Flame is a change in direction for Veirs. After several band-oriented albums for Nonesuch, she released the new one on her own Raven Marching Band Records while going for a sparer sound built around her fingerpicked guitar. The tracks are hardly bare, however, their myriad elements instead flitting about elegantly sculpted spaces: a muted choral group sidling up alongside an acoustic guitar here, splashes of Bacharach-like horns there, swirling vocal currents from Veirs and My Morning Jacket's Jim James flirting with each other against distant percussive thunder, a sneaky trace of pedal steel, a stray string quartet. With Veirs's voice often floating ethereally over the meticulous arrangements, it's almost like a subtle orchestration of summer's natural forces, in harmony until the season passes. Veirs will be backed by the Halls of Flame, likely including many of those contributing to the album. Opening will be fellow Portlanders Old Believers and Seattle's Cataldo, led by former Macalester College student Eric Anderson. All ages. $12/$14 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

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