Teenage Moods, Portland Cello Project, and more

Rock for Socks with Pictures of Then

Saturday 2.26 at Cause Spirits & Soundbar

Originally scheduled over the December holiday season (and unfortunately falling on the night of the Great Snow Monstrosity of 2010), this powerhouse lineup of up-and-coming Twin Cities bands playing for a good cause has been relocated to Cause this weekend. "When we first started working on putting this show together we decided it could be a great opportunity to take advantage of the holiday season and do something to help give back a little, so we came up with Rock for Socks," explains Pictures of Then lead singer Casey Call. "The idea is pretty simple, bring a new—yes new—pair of socks to donate at the show and get in for half price." Three bucks for these four rock bands ain't bad: Rounding out the bill with headliners Pictures of Then are orchestral rock octet Me & My Arrow, Milwaukee's I'm Not a Pilot, and Picked to Click finalists and notorious rabble-rousers the Goondas. 21+. $6 ($3 with donation of pair of new socks). 9:30 p.m. 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.822.6000. Andrea Swensson

Teenage Moods (CD-release)

Friday 2.25 at 7th St. Entry

Teenage Moods aren't exactly famous, but they're the type of band we all dream of being in—and the type of people we all love being friends with. Making do with the meager amount of equipment that fits in a hatchback (no room for a floor tom!), the south Minneapolis trio play short, playful punk songs with the warmth of a bedroom recording and the intimacy of a basement concert. Usually their own basement does just fine, preferably filled with their friends, but even tonight their aims remain typically modest: It may be Teenage Moods' CD-release show, but they're more than happy to let their BFFs from Sleeping in the Aviary headline. With Buffalo Moon and Mystery Palace. 18+. $5. 9 pm. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Jeff Gage

Branford Marsalis Quartet / Terence Blanchard Quintet

Sunday 2.27 at Orchestra Hall

Both New Orleans natives, both graduates of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and trumpeter Terence Blanchard each have had profound influences on contemporary jazz. They will each lead their respective top-notch ensembles on the same stage—consider it an extravagant, early Mardi Gras lagniappe. Branford, the most eclectic of the talented Marsalis brood, freely roams from jazz to classical, funk, rock, and pop, also distinguishing himself as an educator and by spearheading housing recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Blanchard's cool, burnished tone and deeply philosophical approach to jazz have distinguished his own albums and the more than 50 soundtracks he's written. Many have been for Spike Lee's films, including his Katrina documentary, When the Levee Broke. All ages. $25-$60. 7 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Sunday 2.27 and Monday 2.28 at Dakota Jazz Club

The youngest of jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis's four talented sons, Jason Marsalis has been known primarily as an accomplished and versatile drummer. Steeped in the traditional jazz and second line rhythms of his native New Orleans, he's also well-versed in contemporary jazz and Latin music. With Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield, he was a co-founder of the scintillating Los Hombres Calientes, but left to play in pianist Marcus Roberts's trio. This quartet, one of his several ongoing projects, includes musicians he met at a Florida State residency: pianist Austin Johnson, bassist Will Goble, drummer David Potter. Marsalis is on vibes full-time, introducing some Crescent City flavor and distinctive rhythm patterns while playing originals and covers of the likes of Lionel Hampton and the Modern Jazz Quartet. $20. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Portland Cello Project

Tuesday 3.1 at Cedar Cultural Center

The mission of the Portland Cello Project is the take the cello (lots of cellos, actually) where no cello has gone before—or pretty damn rarely, anyway, like punk clubs, sports bars, and halftime at Trail Blazers basketball games. That includes an ambitious repertoire of originals, plus daring arrangements of everything from rock to jazz to hip hop from the likes of Bon Jovi, Dave Brubeck, Elliott Smith, Rihanna, and Kanye West. PCP (the group's appropriately addictive acronym) is renowned for epic, unique performances, invariably with distinctive lineups. Here, the seven core Portland cellists will be joined by their percussionist, yet a few more cellists (including Cloud Cult's Sarah Young), possibly an array of horns and winds, plus Portland guitarist/singer/songwriter Laura Gibson, who will also open. All ages. $12/$15 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Asobi Seksu

Tuesday 3.1 at 7th St. Entry

Yuki Chikudate and James Hanna, the duo at the heart of New York's Asobi Seksu, are dreamweavers alternately drifting through murky fathoms, skipping across sparkling whitecaps, or careening through a riptide of roiling fury. Their densely textured songs, often exploiting the precipitous juxtaposition of tumultuous instrumentation and Chikudate's soaring vocals, cooled from an earlier fiery intensity to the icy synths of Hush and Rewolf's gentler, acoustic orientation. On the new Fluorescence, however, the band (including drummer Larry Gorman and bassist Billy Pavone) are entirely comfortable running the table from the charging, Cure-like rock of "Sigh" to gossamer ballads like "Oceans" and bristly, wall-of-sound maelstroms like "Trails," with perfect pop hooks courtesy Chikudate's vocals. Opening will be Brahms, a Brooklyn trio featuring drummer/multi-instrumentalist Cale Parks, whose so far limited output focuses on jaggedly geometrical, particularly frosty electronica. 18+. $10/$12 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

 
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