Spoon and Deerhunter, Flying Lotus, and more



First Avenue

Hailing from Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia, respectively, these two bands offer up what promises to be the best double bill to pass through the Cities so far this spring. Over the past 15 years, Spoon have built an increasingly accomplished catalog of polished, tightly packed indie rock wound up in a minimalist pop exterior. The new album from these expert craftsmen in the recording studio, Transference, is a jerkier, looser affair than we've become accustomed to from Britt Daniels and his band. It's also irresistibly fresh and bracing, which promises to make for a raucous live show. Boasting a similarly sprung tension at the center of their music, Deerhunter drape layers of shoegazing sprawl over a pulsing garage-rock rhythm section. Combined with the surreal, often paranoid lyrics of Bradford Cox—the chronic blogger who also fronts Atlas Sound—the result is hypnotic, at times disconcerting, and always capable of producing fireworks. With Micachu and the Shapes. 8 p.m. 21+. Sold out. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. Also Saturday —Jeff Gage


Spoon return to town on the heels of Transference
Autumn De Wilde
Spoon return to town on the heels of Transference

Location Info


First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Triple Rock Social Club

Though Tom Fec, the man behind Tobacco, is better known for his lackadaisical psychedelicisms in Black Moth Super Rainbow, his solo work mystifies equally. While the drippy hedonism and retro posturing of BSRM are not altogether done away with, in Tobacco Fec takes a harder edge. In spots, his cadre of analog synthesizers nearly grunts in between hip-hop flourishes he adds to trademark pastoral undulations. It's an acid-pop wizard's take on the gritty city. And this time it's the gum on the sidewalk that's under the microscope, instead of glittery bubble pops. But when run through Fec's masterful toolbox, the inversions please. Joining the Pittsburgh native Friday are fellow Midwesterners the Hood Internet, profferers of hip-hop/pop-star mashups, and the newly West Coast-transplanted High Places, the perpetually touring dream-pop duo. 18+. $12. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Erin Roof

Toro y Moi

Turf Club

In contrast to Washed Out's idyllic, well-manicured Life of Leisure, Causers of This, the first full-length from Toro y Moi, a.k.a. Chaz Bundick, is an intentionally chaotic affair. But it turns out the subgenre chillwave, even in deconstructed form, has its virtues. Though Causers is an undeniably piecemeal assemblage, there's something hypnotic about the way its wafting vocals, fractured instrumental passages, and tape hiss loosely coalesce into melodies, even if they often break apart before they have a chance to fully sink in. An aural puzzle like Causers is no doubt a challenge to replicate note-for-note onstage, but unlike many of his chillwave peers, Bundick doesn't even try, instead preferring scaled-back renditions that better suit a one-man performance. Some may say it's a copout, but Bundick makes a compelling argument that pulling it all together is vastly overrated. With the Ruby Suns. 21+. $8/$10 at the door. 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Jonathan Garrett


Cymbals Eat Guitars/ Freelance Whales/Bear in Heaven

Turf Club

These are three indie bands from three New York boroughs, all bearing various degrees of next-big-thingness. But none more so than Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars, whose self-released debut, Why There Are Mountains, was anointed last year with a Pitchfork Best New Music tag. CEG has been widely compared to Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, and Pavement, and the ties are readily evident. But the quintet has its own potent formula, crossing epic grandeur with snarly grit, guitars squalling over a stately pace, the odd lyrical piano interlude, horns occasionally poking in while Joseph D'Agostino's fevered caterwaul coos, throbs, and eventually explodes. On their debut, Weathervanes, Queens' Freelance Whales ply a hybrid sound that's part indie pop, part quirky post-modern folk, mixing whimsy, studied insouciance, and curious instrumentation that matches synthesizers, banjos, glockenspiel, harmonium, and guitars. With a preponderance of swirling synths, enormous hooks, soaring vocals, and large-scale pulsing rhythms, Bear in Heaven prove they've mastered most of the moves of progressive arena rock on their second album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth. Brooklyn-based but with Atlanta roots, BIH, led by Jon Anderson sound-alike Jon Philpot, mostly go for the grand, over-the-top gesture but ground it all in well-crafted elements (like Anderson's Yes) and a good measure of contemporary urgency. 21+. $8/$10 at the door. 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Rick Mason

Flying Lotus

The Loft at Bar Fly

In just five short years, Flying Lotus has grown from a promising beat-builder with a side gig in Adult Swim bumper music to the caliber of rarefied artist who can score guest vocals from Thom Yorke. His aesthetic—a textural, hazy, heavy-bumping fusion that does for hip hop and IDM what '70s Ornette Coleman did for jazz—was firmly in place across his first few works, including debut LP 1983 and EPs like Reset and Pink Sun. But it was 2008's Los Angeles and its ensuing spinoff L.A. EPs that put him at the figurehead position of a creatively rich post-hip-hop scene, which aims to redraw the parameters of beat music. His intensely anticipated follow-up, Cosmogramma, which includes the aforementioned Yorke collaboration "...And the World Laughs with You," drops in May. Dubstep powerhouse Kode9 and local favorites the Moongoons open. 18+. $5/$10 at the door. 9 p.m. 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.6100. —Nate Patrin

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