The English Beat, Solid Gold, and more

THURSDAY 3.6

The English Beat; Fishbone

Cabooze

Prime instigators—and now survivors—of the ska revival movement of the new-wave era circa 1980, the English Beat and Fishbone share an affinity for tight-as-Scrooge McDuck musicianship, fiercely careening incarnations of the vintage Jamaican rhythm, and raucous spirit. Together on this so-called Spring Skaward tour, the itself-revived English Beat, still led by Dave Wakeling, is reportedly sporting new material due to be recorded this summer, while Fishbone, featuring original members Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher, has just issued a DVD/CD (Live in Bordeaux) showing off their still electrifying blend of ska, punk rock, and funk. Based in industrial Birmingham, England, the Beat (the "English" bit was added in the states to avoid confusion with an L.A. power-pop band of the same name) rose from punk to be a key player in the 2-Tone movement and spawned a series of dance-floor-filling hits, including a version of Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown," "Mirror in the Bathroom," and "Save It for Later." Fishbone, meanwhile, were riding a similar wave in L.A. with an even more eclectic sound that included jazz and the hard edges of black rock. The new live album revisits such hits as "Party at Ground Zero" and "Everyday Sunshine." Also on the bill is Shreveport's Outlaw Nation, a decade-old quartet that juggles reggae, ska, rock, hip hop, and funk on its assured debut, New Day, with both Wakeling and Moore sitting in on the sizzling "My Sweetness." 18+. $22/$25 at the door. 7 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Rick Mason

FRIDAY 3.5

Solid Gold (EP-release show)

Jeremy Messersmith joins a bill of fellow Austin-bound locals at the SXSW send-off show
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Jeremy Messersmith joins a bill of fellow Austin-bound locals at the SXSW send-off show

Turf Club

Here's the deal, Twin Cities. We don't want to be one of those scenes. You know what we're talking about. Don't play coy. We've heard the sour-grapes grumblings rolling around the gutter elite like so much acid indigestion, and we've observed some of the sneering sycophancy and, well, frankly, we're disappointed. Solid Gold is that once-in-a-great-while band whose successes are built off the old recipe—the recipe we claim to respect so much—of hard work, perseverance, and a glut of talent. Their songs are a small-batch home brew of hypnotic neo-disco whose analog synths circulate human blood and breath. Tough to believe such inoffensive music and such a hard-fought ascent to such deserved fame could sour anyone's stomach, but so it goes. Luckily, after being a band for almost a decade, Solid Gold have the rawhide to take whatever whiny backlash may snap across their rear ends on their way out of the locker room. Their two-night stand at the Turf is also a release party for their latest EP, Synchronized, with Now, Now Every Children and Wishbook opening Friday and CLAPS and Gigamesh opening Saturday. 21+. $12. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. David Hansen

The Avett Brothers

First Avenue

It's been a slow but steady climb for North Carolina's the Avett Brothers, who rose from relative obscurity in recent years to attract quite a dedicated and passionate following, as evidenced by this long sold-out show at First Avenue. With last year's magnificent I and Love and You garnering the four-piece some well-deserved accolades and critical acclaim, the band's tender but well-worn style of roots rock is truly finding its audience. Their songs are a delicate blend of heartfelt vocals and spare but indelible acoustic-based arrangements, while their live shows are frequently rousing, incendiary affairs. The Avett Brothers' performances often become communal, uplifting experiences that leave the band and the audience alike exhausted but energized. This eagerly anticipated show should be no exception, and will just add to the growing litany of memorable local performances by the band. Openers the Low Anthem are not to be missed either, as the hushed majesty found on the Rhode Island quartet's recent record, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, should go over quite well with the Avett Brothers' gracious audience. 18+. $25/$28 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Erik Thompson

Postina (CD-release show)

Fine Line

Local alternarockers Postina rose to fame last summer when they made the quarterfinals of the Cities 97 Basilica Block Party Battle of the Bands competition only six short months after having formed. With thoughtful songwriting and energetic pop hooks, the quartet's sound is defined by the delicate vocals of Joelle Benson and prominent bass lines of Josh Walton. Quickly capitalizing on their initial success, the band headed to the recording studio last fall to cut their first record. The result is The Road, a six-song EP that they'll be releasing tonight and which ought to provide the next step in the band's forward progress. Joining them on the bill is the Run, whose four years together make them comparative veterans, and whose heartfelt acoustic balladry should provide the perfect complement to Postina's upbeat demeanor. With Alison Scott and Bright Lights and Heroes. $6 for 21+; $9 for 18+. 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. Jeff Gage

SATURDAY 3.6

Are You Local? SXSW Send-Off

First Avenue

Over the past 23 years, Austin's annual multimedia festival, South By Southwest, has transformed into a springtime rite and an epicenter for the music, film, and interactive-media industries. For many bands, an invite could mean finding that much-sought-after Big Break while performing in the company of 1,200 other acts from around the world. To celebrate those making the trek to the Lone Star State, First Ave is sending the local crop off in the grandest way possible by inviting them all to come play the Mainroom. Lookbook, Peter Wolf Crier, and Jeremy Messersmith top the roster of a half-dozen groups that will be primed to meet their destinies with one more show for their Twin Cities faithful. As if that isn't enough, the Entry will host three more local bands readying for SXSW by competing in Vita.mn's "Are You Local?" best new bands competition—the up-and-coming bands will be vying for the grand prize of free recording time, LP production, CDs, and downloads. With Romantica, the Pines, and City on the Make in the Mainroom and Hunting Club, Joey Ryan and the Inks, Bight Club, and the Moon Goons in the Entry. 18+. 5 p.m. $5/$10 at the door. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Jeff Gage

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