Twin Cities Year in Music 2010: The highlights

Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar

Bobby Meide, drummer for longstanding local rock band the Flamin' Ohs, passes away just a few weeks after being diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Korsakoff's syndrome. "I have played with Bobby since 1970," Flamin' Ohs lead singer Robert Wilkinson writes on his band's Facebook page. "I am heartbroken."

Historic online Twin Cities hip-hop forum is shut down suddenly. No explanation is given for the disappearance of the board, save for a YouTube video posted by its moderators of Gravediggaz' "1-800-SUICIDE" and the words "Bye bye..."

The reunited Jayhawks play three back-to-back nights in the First Avenue Mainroom to the delight of legions of diehard fans. The band, which consists of the Tomorrow the Green Grass lineup (Mark Olson, Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O'Reagan) have such a blast playing together again that they announce another First Ave show before the year is over. They will return to the Mainroom on January 29.


Mallman Marathon
Erik Hess
Mallman Marathon

Jimmy2Times, a.k.a. Dan Marcoulis, leaves Minneapolis for New York City just a few months after celebrating the two-year anniversary of his dance night Get Cryphy! with cofounder Plain Ole Bill. Get Cryphy! continues its monthly residency in the Record Room with regular spinners DJ Fundo and DJ Last Word, plus a series of rotating guests.


After facing possible cancellation for the summer, the Loring Park tradition of hosting music and movies in the park is kept alive with "Four Nights in Loring: Local Bands, Local Films." Communist Daughter, Mayda, Red Pens, and Marijuana Deathsquads perform in the park on Tuesday nights in August prior to screenings of Minnesota-related films selected by City Pages readers.

Just a year into its existence, Sauce Spirits & Soundbar is forced to change its name due to an already established Sauce Pizza chain opening up a franchise in St. Louis Park. The Sauce Pizza place goes out of business before the end of the year, but the Lyn-Lake music venue decides to keep its new anagrammed name, Cause.


The Bedlam Theatre is forced to vacate its two-story building on the West Bank with only two months' notice to make way for a displaced mosque, uprooting popular monthly dance night Bomp! and forcing the directors of the nonprofit organization to start from scratch searching for a new location. The Bedlam had occupied the quirky space for four years and had established the locale as a hotspot for experimental theater and underground music. Since vacating its building, the theater company has moved to the Ivy Building in the Seward neighborhood and has been partnering with other venues to produce events. Bedlam hopes to have a more definite plan for relocation come spring.

The intimate Aster Cafe on St. Anthony Main begins hosting music, branding itself as a "listening room" and hosting mostly singer-songwriter and country-folkie fare. The cafe was revamped in June by co-owners Matty O'Reilly and Tom Peterson, who also operate the similarly minded 318 Cafe in Excelsior.

Just two months after playing the First Avenue Mainroom for the first time, rising local electro-dance duo Lookbook announce they are taking an "indefinite break." Maggie Morrison and Grant Cutler quickly cancel all their remaining shows as a band and dive headfirst into other projects, Morrison with improvisational electro-jam group H.U.N.X., and Cutler with his sweeping solo project, Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords, and his ambient project 2012.


Mark Mallman performs his Marathon 3, which spans 78 hours of continuous performance at the Turf Club. Over 100 musicians cycle in to help Mallman complete his marathon song, including Chuck Prophet, Sean Tillmann (Har Mar Superstar), Greg Norton, John Munson, and myriad more. In his 78th hour, Mallman clenches a bouquet of daisies between his teeth and climbs atop his keyboard as the packed Turf Club roars its approval and thousands more watch the grand finale online. His father climbs onstage and hangs a giant gold medal around his son's neck as Mallman wipes tears from his cheeks and picks up the microphone one last time, concluding the madness with the simple phrase, "Love thy neighbor."

On the 10th date of their first and only U.S. tour, which happens to fall on 10/10/10, the 10 touring members of Gayngs are stranded in Austin, Texas, and forced to cancel their set at the Austin City Limits Festival after their bus driver absconded to Nashville with their gear. Turns out there was a dispute over the terms of their tour bus contract, which the band never signed and which the bus company owner cited as his reason for taking back the bus. Gayngs later sued CJ Star Buses for the damages lost in the fiasco, and legal action is still pending.

St. Paul rapper, poet, musician, and artist Micheal Larsen, a.k.a. Eyedea, is found dead in his home just three weeks shy of his 29th birthday following an accidental drug overdose. Larsen, who performed as part of the Rhymesayers duo Eyedea & Abilities as well as improvisational hip-hop group Face Candy and experimental rock group Carbon Carousel, was a beloved fixture of the local community and a friend to many. His sudden death leaves many shaken to the core. At a memorial show on his birthday, an all-star lineup of musicians, including Kimya Dawson, Themselves, Abilities, Kristoff Krane, No Bird Sing, Abstract Pack, Roma di Luna, and more, perform in Larsen's honor at First Avenue. "We all gotta remember to push and challenge the people we love to do better," Atmosphere's Slug told the crowd, choking on tears at the end of the night. "This dude pushed everybody he loved to do everything better. That's something we could all use more of. Push those people and make those people push and challenge you." Additional memorials, fundraisers, and art exhibits are planned through the end of the year, as fans and friends come to terms with the darkness left behind when a bright flame is snuffed out way too soon.


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