The Cedar

Currently marking a quarter-century as one of the world's premier traditional Celtic bands, Altan may be based in Ireland, but they have a strong Minnesota connection as well. Not only have they played regularly here over the years, helping forge their sterling reputation, the Twin Cities also is the longtime home of Altan guitarist and Derry native Daíthí Sproule, a renowned innovator in adapting old Gaelic songs for the guitar. The group's roots go back to the dynamic and delightful duo of Belfast flutist Frankie Kennedy and Donegal fiddler and singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Joining distinct traditions and adding new material, coalescing around Ní Mhaonaigh's marvelous, ethereal voice, Altan gradually grew into a band, then survived the devastation of Kennedy's death from cancer in 1994. Altan's 25th Anniversary Celebration is a new tack. The group revisited classics from its catalog in tandem with the RTE Concert Orchestra, with smart orchestrations from Irish composer Fiachra Trench, who had previously done string quartet arrangements for the band. None of that here, just the fire-and-ice, splendid romps, and melancholy of pure Altan jigs, reels, and songs. All ages. $24. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason


The Depreciation Guild

7th St. Entry

Bone Thugs re-emerge for a trip down memory lane
Travis Shin
Bone Thugs re-emerge for a trip down memory lane

Location Info


First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Though the Pains of Being Pure at Heart may be better known, the Depreciation Guild is no moonlight gig for Kurt Feldman and Christoph Hochheim. In fact, their more renowned project was formed almost two years after the Depreciation Guild. Both groups, unsurprisingly, share influences, but more interesting is where they diverge. While Pains tend toward more classic indie pop with shoegaze accents, the Depreciation Guild prefer to downplay the preciousness, opting for full-bodied paeans to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. The difference is immediately evident on "Dream About Me," the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore effort, Spirit Youth, which bears all the hallmarks—heavy layers of feedback, breathy vocals, and padded drumming. Much has been made of the Guild's use of vintage NES sounds, but the digital loops are barely audible throughout most of Spirit Youth. And that's just as well—nostalgia this pure needs no gimmicky distractions. Opening for Serena Maneesh. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Jonathan Garrett

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