Though only achieving national prominence in the past few years, Mates of State's Kori Gardner (who plays a variety of whirling keys and synthesizers, from B-3 organs to Casios) and Jason Hammel (who drums and handles various percussion instruments) have actually been making music together since 1997. Over the past 13 years, the pair has continued to refine their quirky style of danceable indie pop, trading off vocal duties and blending their buoyant harmonies together breathlessly. Gardner and Hammel are coming to Minneapolis for a two-night stand, where they will be joined by half-local indie-rockers Free Energy. Though it seems like just yesterday that brothers Scott and Evan Wells and bandmate Paul Sprangers were making a name for themselves locally in the band Hockey Night, they actually spent the last half of the aughts relocating to Philadelphia, joining forces with a new drummer and guitar player, and building a national buzz as Free Energy, a DFA-signed, blog-approved danceable rock band. The group was just in town earlier this month to play Grand Old Day, and they're back for both nights of Mates of States' run at the 400 Bar. 18+.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9 p.m. Starts: June 23. Continues through June 24, 2010