Mystic Lake Casino on Sunday 9.4

At this point, nobody really expects Blondie to upset any new paradigms. In the group's late '70s/early '80s heyday, the Debbie Harry-led outfit set a high standard for an omnivorous New Wave chic, lent the NYC underground an irresistible backbeat, and helped, um, legitimize rap/rock hybrids back when future members of Korn and Limp Bizkit were still in short pants. (Also, Harry was so alluring in Videodrome. Did you see that? Watch it late at night.) This sort of revolutionary achievement—or the fact that most people know "Heart of Glass," whichever—earns Blondie a pass when it comes to things like "returns to form" and "envelope pushing" and "cutting a new track with Feist." Fuck all that. Like pretty much everybody, Blondie need liquid cash, like, now, and since touring keeps the coffers full, that's what they're doing. Go ahead, laugh now; when you're shelling out dough to catch Kings of Leon or Coldplay live in 2030 when neither group's had a hit in 15 years, get back to me. All ages. $19-$29. 7 p.m. 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake; 800.262.7799. —Ray Cummings

Ivan Lins

Dakota Jazz Club on Monday 9.5

Patches & Gretchen take over the Loring for a 
dual CD-release show
Tony Nelson
Patches & Gretchen take over the Loring for a dual CD-release show

As a composer often mentioned in the same breath as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins has been an icon of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) since the early 1970s, when Elis Regina had a major hit with his "Madalena." He's also been hugely influential internationally as a wide array of artists have been captivated by his alluring melodies and sophisticated harmonies. He's reportedly the most recorded Brazilian composer after Jobim, including by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Quincy Jones. Lins has recorded dozens of his own albums, and most recently won a Latin Grammy for 2008's Regência: Vince Mendoza, a live recording with the Metropole Orchestra. Live, Lins is known for the warmth and emotional depth of his singing as well as his keyboard work. In this rare local appearance, Lins will be accompanied by brilliant Uruguayan guitarist Leonard Amuedo, and bassist Enrique Toussaint and drummer Fernando Toussaint of the internationally known, Minnesota-connected Mexican jazz band Sacbe. $35 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

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Retchin
Retchin

Stinkrocket, your claims that Seichrist is original and unique and somehow conveys truth are the "dumbest things anybody has ever typed". Unfortunately, I've seen her act - her "singing" voice is atrocious and grates on the nerves and sensibilities and her stage act is a chaotic shamble without any artistic merit.I hope you'll take your grinding axe to her next show and do the audience a big favor by cutting the cables to the soundboard and lighting system.

Stinkrocket
Stinkrocket

I have to disagree with "paulette" pretty strongly. Having witnessed my share of Patches and Gretchen shows, I have found just the opposite to be true. Sure, Gretchen is unconventional in her delivery, but for me that's a big part of the appeal--it's original and unique to her alone. She makes me believe her as a listener because it's obvious that she's a believer in what she's saying. Gretchen's songs speak to me the way somebody like Neil Young speaks to me. It's not about a Mariah Carey delivery, full of vocal gymnastics for seemingly no reason. It's about conveying truth through words and an emotional delivery of them. Her bands are always good, too, and every show is a spectacle that stands on its own as an event. And, by the way, suggesting that people "save money" by going to the state fair is one of the dumbest things anybody has ever typed. Go grind your axe somewhere else, please.

Paulette
Paulette

There is some great weekend entertainment just a few days away, not sure why Patches & Gretchen is among this crowd of professional performers? Is this the best the Twin Cities can offer??? But it’s the critics pick and not a pick for the popular. I caught this band at a local bar and it was beyond horrible, the musicians were pretty good, but the vocalist was tough to listen to – and she didn’t sound any better after my third drink! Art for the odd may be her forte and certainly not everyone’s cup of whiskey, but watching her spastic behavior is like watching a train wreck and that appeals to some, especially if Scarlet Rivera is tied to the rails. I’d recommend saving your money and head to the State Fair for some Dr. John or Weezer.

Intheclouds-0
Intheclouds-0

The twin cities has lots of great things to offer and Patches and Gretchen are one of them. Pretty unique situation, those people have going for themselves. 'Beyond horrible'??? I don't think so. I saw some of the webcam shows and they were a riot! The live shows are unpredictable-which is fun, too. Plus, I think Gretchen is HOT!!! In the past, I saw Blondie, Dr.John, Weezer...ect; they're great standard acts. I want excitement. Patches and Gretchen at the Loring with Scarlet Rivera??? I'm sooooo there!!!

 

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