Jamie Lidell, Ra Ra Riot and more

7th St. Entry

For those keeping a running tally, you might find that the shoegaze genre has more students now than it did in the early '90s. Film School and the Depreciation Guild both attend the University of My Bloody Valentine, but the bands have different ideas about how to write their master's theses on reverb. Film School leans heavily on the atmospherics, dropping opportunities for anthems but paying considerable homage to their forebears, while the Depreciation Guild skews progressive by incorporating melodies lifted from '80s soft rock and cheeky eight-bit synths. Still, they're both offshoots of a very specific sound, and you can hear requirement boxes being checked one by one: leagues of echo, crushing distortion, aching beauty. Purists might scoff (if they still exist), but newcomers to the genre will find much to enjoy here, as both bands can rev up the tempos to inspire a bit more movement than a name like shoegaze implies. Maybe they don't make 'em quite like they used to, but the new models go faster. 18+. $10/$12 at the door. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

MONDAY 10.11

JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys

Varsity Theater

Former lovers, current bandmates Chrissie Hynde and JP Jones at the Varsity and Guided by Voices
Former lovers, current bandmates Chrissie Hynde and JP Jones at the Varsity and Guided by Voices

Location Info


The Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: University

JP is Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones, who once had a band called Grace. The Fairground Boys are friends of his. Chrissie is longtime, iconic leader of the Pretenders Chrissie Hynde, whose dusky vibrato is one of rock's great voices. The pair's drunken meeting at a London bar led to a musical and romantic partnership, the latter doomed by Hynde's nearly three-decade seniority over Jones. But the impossible relationship was also prime fodder for the songs that appear on their collaborative album, Fidelity!, the title a sly commentary on both their love affair and the place they wrote the material (Fidel Castro's Cuba). Adeptly exploiting the bittersweet tension in their amorous conundrum, Hynde and Jones create music that squirms and twists and sizzles with frustrated passion, the band appropriately ragged and intrepid as poignancy translates into full-kilter rock 'n' roll ("If You Let Me") and ballads riddled with regret. Hardly mournful, there are streaks of humor and moments of exquisitely melodic pop-rock ("Australia," with its remarkably effervescent pronunciation of the title). Jones's raspy voice is a fine match for Hynde, who has rarely sounded better (which is saying a lot), and her blend of grit and vulnerability on a single line—"Meanwhile, I'll be the only one"—may be among her finest ever. As they dissect and negotiate their ties throughout Fidelity!, Hynde and Jones join a select club of couples who memorably did the same on record, notably including George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and Richard and Linda Thompson. Opening will be Amy Correia, a Massachusetts native who suggests a female John Hiatt, writing smart, edgy, story-songs with particular points on her latest, You Go Your Way. Also like Hiatt, she taps blues, gospel, and other Americana roots while harboring an inclination to rock out. 18+. $25-$28. 7:30 p.m. 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rick Mason


Guided By Voices

First Avenue

From their '90s breakthrough to their 2004 breakup, Dayton, Ohio's Guided by Voices were one of the great perennial live bands to play First Avenue, a setting that rendered controversy about their recording aesthetic (whether ostentatiously crude or slick) moot while concentrating their vast, uneven, some might say compulsively accumulated song catalog into a timeless hit-list. Their beauty always lay in sounding like a rusty machine cranking into high gear—The Beatles as forever old—and that mixture of resignation and cheer seemed built into Robert Pollard's clarion voice, the chords shifting uneasily under the anthemic weight of his deceptively simple melodies. The peaks, give or take a few missing favorites and alternate versions, are collected with vim and flow on 2003's Human Amusements at Hourly Rates: The Best of Guided by Voices, but this touring reunion of the "classic" '92–'96 lineup is the place to hear them. With Times New Viking. 18+. $25/$30 at the door. 7 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Peter S. Scholtes

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