In what will surely be a great way to snap you out of your Christmas weekend hangover, Laarks take over the 7th St. Entry on Monday night in what is bound to be a celebration of not only the wide-ranging musical styles of Eau Claire, but also the crucial effect that their flourishing scene has had on the music of the Twin Cities. Most notably, Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier plays drums in the band, but their roots and their influence, like most bands from the area, extend seamlessly into many of the other groups that have emerged out of that scene, all of which have found a loyal and dedicated audience here in the Cities. And while it's been over a year since the band released anything new (their excellent debut, An Exaltation of Laarks, was partially recorded and mixed at McNally Smith School of Music in St. Paul), their vibrant live shows always produce some memorable surprises, and this performance shouldn't be any different. The smoldering local trio Zoo Animal are also on the bill and should not be missed, and the same goes for Jon Sunde, the frontman of the Daredevil Christopher Wright, who is playing a rare solo set to kick off what should be a high-spirited, communal night of music in the Entry. 18+.
Mon., Dec. 27, 8 p.m., 2010