Birthday Suits

Hideo Takahashi isn't much for words. Sure, part of that has to do with the fact that English is his second language, and communicating isn't always easy. But, as anyone who's seen his band, Birthday Suits, play live should know, he also just isn't wired that way. Onstage, of course, Birthday Suits are the stuff of local legend: shouting, kicking, and rolling around, climbing on amps and scaling up walls. Drummer Matthew Kazama even wraps a ribbon around his head in order to blow furiously on a harmonica. It's almost impossible to come away from a Birthday Suits show without getting your money's worth. Takahashi -- who actually first came to Minnesota from Japan as a high school exchange student -- is polite and considered, but with a deadpan sense of humor that always seems to circle back to playing music. "I don't listen to much music, but I still go to shows often," he admits. "Sometimes I sing along to music, but I don't get much from words. Words is just words. Live, I can feel energy. I guess energy wins over words." With music by the Blind Shake, Teenage Moods, Animal Lover; photography exhibition and book signing by Hiro Tanaka. 18+. (Photo by Srini Radhakrishna)
Sat., July 27, 9 p.m., 2013

 
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