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WED. 12.8

Dark Dark Dark

Cedar Cultural Center

It's been quite a successful year for the quasi-local sextet Dark Dark Dark, who have released both a stellar EP and their inspired sophomore full-length, Wild Go, within the last 12 months, as well as touring around much of the world in support of the record. The band will just be wrapping up an extensive European and U.K. tour prior to their show at the Cedar, so their songs and their live show will certainly be road-tested and precise, while playing to a receptive hometown audience should make for a special night all around. Their music has only grown bolder and more expansive as the group have found their footing, with the lush arrangements and subtle experimentation layered within their songs luxuriantly coloring each of their recent releases. Marshall LaCount and Nona Marie Invie's vocals bring a depth and raw emotion to their poignant numbers, which is only augmented by the stirring chamber-folk tones of the band. It will be interesting to hear how the intricate international elements found within Dark Dark Dark's music have been affected or amplified by touring the lands that so inform their sound. The hypnotically hazy local trio Brute Heart opens, and should set the pensive mood quite nicely for the headliners and everyone who shows up early to hear them. Also sharing the bill is Madison's the Weather Duo. All ages. $8/$10 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Erik Thompson

McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz

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Location Info


The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Dakota Jazz Club

Continuing the celebration of the landmark jazz club's 25th anniversary, the Dakota lined up two evenings with seminal jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, who was an early visitor to the nascent club's original digs in St. Paul's Bandana Square. Among a handful of the most influential pianists of the modern era, Tyner established an eternal legacy while still in his early 20s as a member of John Coltrane's classic, seismic quartet, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Over four and a half subsequent decades, Tyner has burnished his rep as a fierce, transcendent improviser, composer, and leader of big bands and small. Tyner's latest release, Solo: Live in San Francisco, from a 2007 theater performance, shows off his characteristic strengths in resplendent form: stormy, percussive onslaughts tempered by lyrical, still incisive nuances that make the music glow; blues-based passages that negotiate rhythmic and harmonic intrigues laced with swing, stride, and occasional romanticism, all restless and profound. Accompanying Tyner will be three longtime associates: bassist Gerald Cannon, Twin Cities-based master drummer Eric Kamau Grávátt, and alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, the last deeply influenced by Coltrane but also an eclectic adventurer who played with Miles Davis and has explored funk, rap, and reggae. $30-$50. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. Also Thursday —Rick Mason

THU. 12.9

The Queers

Triple Rock Social Club

There's an air of seriousness around some punk-rock bands, groups that are born out of conviction or righteous political dissent, bent on screaming the truth over a squall of guitars; the Queers have none of this. They're the pranksters slamming every last beer at the party and then stealing your car so they can make it to their own show before last call, but over the course of a 28-year career, they've polished their brand of snotty three-chord punk until it gleams. Their pop hooks might as well be anchors, grounding what would otherwise be paper-thin jokes with a style ripped right out of the Ramones' playbook (with some secondhand Beach Boys thrown in for laughs). It's not groundbreaking, and you might consider songs about easy drugs and cute girls almost offensively juvenile, but the Queers are intent on taking the hot air out of rock 'n' roll with bouncy, short, confectionery-sweet songs that stick around like gum in your hair. There's no way they're stopping now. With Kepi Ghoulie, the Riptones, and International Espionage! 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas

FRI. 12.10

BNLX (CD-release)

7th St. Entry

Cryptic duo BNLX are set to bring their incendiary live show to the 7th St. Entry to celebrate the release of their appropriately titled new EP, #4. This time out, the new batch of four songs are all covers, featuring Ed and Ashley Ackerson's imaginative re-workings of familiar tracks that have either inspired them or refused to leave their heads over the years. As you would expect from the group, these interpretations are hardly color-by-number affairs; they inject these tracks with their own explosive energy while making them their own in the process. One only needs to listen to their volatile version of "When Doves Cry" to know that this isn't just a tired retread meant to get Prince's attention; it's a tempestuous rendition that is meant to leave the original in the dust. This isn't only a record-release party, either, it's a fulfillment of Stage Four of BNLX's First One Year Plan, one that found e.a. and a.a. (as well as knobby and blinky) consistently meeting and/or exceeding our expectations with unfailingly inventive releases, and even more experimental live performances. Who knows what Year Two will bring for the band, but for now, this dynamic covers EP is clearly worth celebrating. Also on the bill are fellow Picked to Click bands Red Pens (2009 winners) and Voytek (2010 finalists), who should both kick-start the night with a rousing bang, as well as the only local performance in the foreseeable future of Farewell Continental, featuring Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack, who will also be releasing their own EP (produced by Ed Ackerson) at the show. 18+. $6. 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Erik Thompson

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