State Theatre

Where so much big-'80s pop now seems cute but harmless—still robo-anonymous, but quaintly so—time has revealed something deeper in the pristine hits of Daryl Hall & John Oates from just before and after the dawn of MTV. Even an abbreviated list—"Kiss on My List," "You Make My Dreams," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "One on One," "Say It Isn't So," "Out of Touch," "Method of Modern Love"—is astonishing. What once felt slick or facile about this string of ebullience turns out to be its own kind of sincerity: a faith in, and excitement about, pop craft and Philadelphia soul, as touching and naive as the purest punk cry. Last year's beautifully sequenced box, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates, revealed a career worth loving and exploring before and after the bouffant/mustache peak, from '70s hits ("She's Gone," "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl") up through the more recent title track. But the joy was always there in the sure and clarion edge of Hall's falsetto, and in the upbeat musicality of the duo's beats, which were hypnotic hip hop well before De La Soul sampled "I Can't Go For That." All ages. $38.50-$103.50. 7:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. — Peter S. Scholtes

Doomtree Blowout VI

First Avenue

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Location Info


The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Timed to coincide with a season that keeps locals in town and out-of-towers away, the Doomtree hip-hop crew's annual Blowout at First Avenue is an alternative-rap fan's dream on the cheap, and just for us: eight-odd vital performers (rappers, singers, DJs) all worth seeing solo and even better in combination, where their Marx Brothers energy takes hold. Expanding to two nights this time, these shows cap a particularly heady year for Doomtree, which is saying something: 2010 marked their first major national tour as a crew, and brought a string of essential and expansive releases: Lazerbeak's synth-pop debut (Legend Recognize Legend), Paper Tiger's instrumental hip-hop opus (Made Like Us), and Dessa's assured mixture of lithe singing and meaty rapping on her own full-length solo album (A Badly Broken Code), plus a hot new single from Sims available at the show. Other performers include P.O.S., Cecil Otter, and Mike Mictlan. 21+ Friday; all ages Saturday. $12/$15 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Also Saturday —Peter S. Scholtes

SAT. 12.11

Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas

O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

Just in time for her annual Christmas show, local singer Katie McMahon has issued her second holiday album, Christmas Angels, a couple of months after delivering her second child, Rachel. Angels is an entirely apropos title for the new disc, since McMahon's lovely, soaring, silvery soprano seems to originate in celestial realms. A Dublin native who studied classical voice and harp at Trinity College, McMahon became the lead vocalist for the Riverdance phenomenon, which she toured the world with before settling in Minnesota. On Angels, as on her previous holiday release, Celtic Christmas, the arrangements (most by McMahon) are as exquisite as the singing, capturing the warmth and wonderment of the season while spanning the centuries from the ancient mists of tradition to Dickensian frolics and even a relatively modern doo-wop tune, Michael McGlyn's "Angels Are Singing." The repertoire also spans nations, tackling familiar and more obscure carols from Ireland, England, France, Germany, and America. Singers Jenny Russ, David Moore, and Neil Seeley contribute rich choral harmonies, while fiddler Zack Kline, guitarist Karen Mueller, and percussionist Marc Anderson (plus McMahon's harp) weave sublime instrumental accompaniments. All will be at O'Shaughnessy except Anderson; Michael Bissonnette will handle percussion. The Corda Mor Irish Dance Troupe will also be on hand. All ages. $26. 7:30 p.m. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651.690.6700. —Rick Mason

SUN. 12.12

Trailer Trash's Trashy Little Xmas Family Matinee

Cedar Cultural Center

The only downside of having a world-class honky-tonk band in your hometown do an annual weekly holiday residency at a vintage bar is this: It's in a bar. Which is actually no downside at all for many, but the family men in Trailer Trash added this matinee show at the Cedar to let everyone in on the fun, including those under 21. They do a mean "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," plus many scores of other holiday classics, worn and obscure, in their catalogue of some 1,000 songs. This is also one of the few Twin Cities bands with Christmas albums worth owning, so bring cash for more than milk for baby and beer for you. All ages. $12. 11:30 a.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Peter S. Scholtes

MON. 12.13

Sounds of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas II

Guthrie Theater

The Sounds of Blackness are by now so synonymous with soul music and the holidays that the film Precious placed their 1992 hit "Soul Holidays" in the '80s—as timeless as comfort food. No matter, the joyous, ever-shifting 40-singer Minneapolis ensemble has been around for 40 years under the leadership of Gary Hines, with a multi-Grammy-winning run beginning in the '90s and a new album last year, the gospel-tinged, Obama-election-inspired The 3rd Gift: Story, Song & Spirit. Tonight's family-friendly multicultural holiday musical revue (complete with Rudolph the Rappin' Reindeer) is one more reason it's good to be home for the holidays. All ages. $16.50-$32.50. 7:30 p.m. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. —Peter S. Scholtes

TUE. 12.14


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