Turf Club, Saturday 3.24

While the years since the 2006 dissolution of Wisconsin-formed folk-rock quintet DeYarmond Edison saw that group's frontman, Justin Vernon, go supernova with Bon Iver, the rest of the ex-DYE dudes have been equally active in pursuing compelling new musical pursuits. Megafaun, which features brothers Brad and Phil Cook alongside Joe Westerlund, has gradually morphed from an improvisation-heavy freak-folk outfit into a stunningly beautiful and surprisingly melodic folk-rock band over the course of three records. Now fellow former DeYarmond Edison member Chris Porterfield appears poised to join the Pitchfork-plaudit-winning fray as well with the forthcoming release of his six-years-in-the-making solo debut, recorded under the moniker Field Report. Early blog buzz on Field Report's initial singles is already running insanely high, and it's easy to hear why. Their ethereal finger-picked charm pretty much instantly recalls the high and lonesome beauty of Bon Iver's landmark debut. The lesson? Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes wholly necessary. 21+, $15, 8 p.m., 1601 University Ave., Saint Paul, 651.647.0486. —Rob Van Alstyne

Camile Baudoin and the Living Rumors

Bayport BBQ, Saturday 3.24 + Wilebski's Blues Saloon, Sunday 3.25

Hunx: Even hairdressers get the blues
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Hunx: Even hairdressers get the blues

Location Info


Triple Rock Social Club

629 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

When New Orleans's venerable Radiators, generators of funky fishhead music for 33 1/3 years, quit zig-zagging for good last year, its members scattered to side projects that had long simmered on the back burner along with the gumbo. This weekend, Rads guitarist Camile Baudoin returns to town with a great new album, Old Bayou Blues, featuring mostly songs he played as a boy with his extended family out in the country along Bayou Lafourche. The superb trio Baudoin assembled for the project are hardly rumors, including guitarist David Doucet, whose regular gig is with premier Cajun band Beausoleil, and sweet-as-molasses fiddler Harry Hardin, whose alter-ego is a classical violinist. The mood is low-key, acoustic, and akin to an all-star back-porch pickin' session as the band rambles through country and New Orleans standards, the homesick title track (first recorded by his uncles the Dufrene Brothers in the '60s), plus some stylish original instrumentals and an "adult Cajun French nursery rhyme." But Baudoin left those guys down yonder, and the perhaps harder-rocking Rumors here will be Rads bassist Reggie Scanlon and guitarist Curt Obeda of Minnesota's own Butanes. After their Bayport gig Saturday, Baudoin and the Rumors will join a stellar krewe at Wilebski's for a Sunday afternoon/evening benefit for longtime local journalist, blogger, and NOLA music fanatic Karl Bremer, who has notably tackled the herculean task of correcting Michele Bachmann's encyclopedia of lies, and who is now battling pancreatic cancer. Dubbed Never Let Your Fire Go Out, after a Radiators' song, the show promises rare and intriguing combinations, including fiddler Peter Ostroushko sitting in with Baudoin and the Rumors; blues ace Tony Glover joining Baudoin, Obeda, and Scanlon as the Side Door Rockers; Paul Metsa and Cats Under the Stars with New Orleans's Willie West; plus the Butanes, and finally Gene Lafond and the Wild Unknown, whose name might suggest the event's wider possibilities. Bayport: $15, 7 p.m. 328 5th Ave. N., Bayport; 651.955.6337; Wilebski's: $25 donation, 2 p.m. 1638 Rice St., St. Paul; 651.331.0929. —Rick Mason

Of Montreal

First Avenue Mainroom, Tuesday 3.27

Of Montreal—not of Montreal, Quebec, but of Athens, Georgia—have now been making music for about 15 years. Throughout those years, the band has delivered a variety of sounds, ranging from zany twee-pop and neo-psychedelia to glam and funk, while hitting all kinds of notes in between with lead singer Kevin Barnes's witty lyrics. Barnes says his mission for his band—and himself, for that matter—is to remain "always melodic, yet unpredictable," and describes Of Montreal's sound as basically a "celebration of life." Of Montreal released their 11th album, Paralytic Stalks, earlier this year. With Loney Dear and Kishi Bashi. All ages, $16.50-$18.50, 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Alexa Crenshaw

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