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Communist Daughter (EP-release show)

Amsterdam Bar & Hall on Friday 9.23

In addition to being the grand opening of the new downtown St. Paul music venue Amsterdam (which had a very promising, packed-to-the-gills soft opening a few weeks back), this show will also serve as the unveiling of some long-awaited new material by harmonious folk-pop outfit Communist Daughter. Their new EP, Something Wicked This Way Comes, features three new tracks that more prominently feature vocalist Molly Moore, especially on the fiery "Heart Attack," in addition to three covers. Frontman Johnny Solomon has been doing some reckoning in his personal life this year, and a sense of peace runs through the tracks of the new EP, especially on the jaunty, jarringly cutesy cover of the Hold Steady's "Knuckles" and the disturbing, dark, and pretty lover's duet "No Children," originally by the Mountain Goats. Communist Daughter have always adeptly mixed sweetness and sorrow, and Something Wicked This Way Comes is a devastatingly lovely reminder that we have plenty more to look forward to from this talented band. With Fire in the Northern Firs and Speed's the Name. 21+. $8. 8 p.m. 6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul; 651.222.3990. —Andrea Swensson

Bomba Estéreo and Joaquín Diaz

Communist Daughter help christen the new Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Stephanie Colgan
Communist Daughter help christen the new Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Location Info



6 W. 6th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Paul (Downtown)

Cedar Cultural Center on Wednesday 9.21

With the local steam in precipitous transition from ambient to radiant, the time is especially ripe for a double shot of tropical fire, which should blaze throughout this second day of the Cedar's Global Roots Fest. Bogotá, Colombia's Bomba Estéreo (that's "stereo bomb" for the español-challenged), as advertised, whip up an explosive, dance inducing maelstrom roiling with a potent blend of cumbia, electronica, hip hop, funk, stray Colombian folkloric elements, reggaeton, and dancehall. Sultry singer Li Saumet laces incendiary sparks throughout, her coquettish sass red-hot whether negotiating blistering rhythms or spicing up alluring melodies. A native of San Pedro de Macorís, famed as a breeding ground for major league shortstops, Joaquín Diaz makes his dazzling plays on diatonic accordion, stirring up the infectious fervor of merengue, the Dominican's national sound. Although now based in Canada, Diaz and his crack ensemble summon the island's percolating soul with an irresistible polyrhythmic onslaught skewed to the rural roots of traditional merengue. Diaz's fleet-fingered work on the squeezebox leads the way, along with his impassioned vocals, but the entire band conjure a wonderfully organic charm on Mi Corazón. All ages. Free. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Electric Six

First Avenue on Thursday 9.22

Maybe it's best to start with a short list of things that Electric Six are not: measured, restrained, self-serious. If you're looking for those qualities, you're way better off listening to your Radiohead albums for the thousandth time. Forget highbrow—E6's tempos, lyrics, and riffs are laser-guided directly to that animal part of your brain that only wants to get laid and start fires. The band have a surprising work ethic and release an album almost every year, but their music revels mostly in an adolescent, cartoonish take on sex (try to find the Eric Wareheim-directed video for "Body Shot"). E6 want you to show up at their keg party, but only if you're taking your top off. With Kitten. 18+. $12. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338-8388. —Ian Traas

The Goondas (EP-release show)

7th St. Entry on Friday 9.23

Finally we can take a piece of the Goondas home with us again. Chud is a fitting name for the new vinyl EP being released—whatever it is, it sounds nasty. According to the band, it was a word in a funny story "not fit for print" that they liked "because it sounds gross." Always unpredictable, their outrageous stage shows have featured more punk songs recently, so the Goondas decided to make a vinyl 7-inch to release four new songs that capture their new sound, says guitarist Jackson Atkins. (I think it's because a 7-inch is about the length of a hot dog, such as the dozens thrown at them by "Stevie" in their new "Pet It" video). "Seizure Boy," one of the first songs the Goondas wrote nearly two years ago, is on Chud "because it was too punk rock for the other record," says Atkins, concluding, "Come to the show, buy the record, hopefully it doesn't skip!" If the Goondas are in the same room, it probably will! Friday night's show will be hosted by Shane Shane with supporting acts Pink Mink, BloodnStuff, and brand new band-to-watch the Bad Spots (Joe Werner of StrangeLights, Sarah Rose of Is/Is, and Ben Crunk of the Sex Rays). 18+. $5. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Cyn Collins

Faustin Linyekula/ Studios Kabako

Walker Art Center on Friday 9.23 and Saturday 9.24

This is a surviving component of the Walker's mini-festival Despair Be Damned: New Music and Dance from the Congo. The Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili was forced to cancel its entire tour due to visa problems. But these performances promise a provocative glimpse into the tortured soul of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in a dance and music program called more more more....future, based on the raging poetry of Congolese political prisoner Antoine Vumilia Muhindo. Choreographer Faustin Linyekula and a troupe of male dancers interpret Muhindo's work and in a larger sense the nation's troubled history and collective, decades-long angst in what is said to be a cathartic combination of anger, hope, despair, and joy. A telling quote from Linyekula: "To be positive is the most subversive." Providing the music will be a five-piece band led by electric guitarist Flamme Kapaya, a star of the Congolese pop style ndombolo, a fired-up variation of soukous with an infusion of funk. Kapaya's effervescent picking suggests the influence of Congolese guitar icon Franco, but he also favors flowing, jazz-like passages reminiscent of George Benson, complete with vocalese singalongs. The music for more is supposed to have a punk-rock influence and one of the singers, Pasnas, is an established rapper in the city of Kisangani. All ages. $25 ($21 for Walker members). 8 p.m. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600. —Rick Mason

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