Gary Burger

Sorry, R.T. Rybak. Cult hero Gary Burger is the most punk-rock mayor in Minnesota, hands down. Prior to holding office in the town of Turtle River, Minnesota (population: 77), Burger was the leader of one of the most influential garage-punk bands of the mid-'60s. While the Castaways and the Trashmen were back home in Minneapolis recording surf hits, Burger's band the Monks were touring the German club circuit, melding garage-rock and pop with bizarre sounds like electric banjo and fuzzed-out guitars — all while dressed like honest-to-tonsured monks, complete with shaved heads and black robes. When Burger leaves Turtle River to come down to the Cities for a rare show, hundreds of audiophiles turn out to see him perform. And for good reason: Burger still plays the songs from his seminal Black Monk Time with a blazing ferocity that would put most modern hardcore punk bands to shame. Come early for rockabilly punk revivalists L'Assassins.
Fri., Nov. 30, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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