For the members of the Blind Shake, playing music together has become far more than a hobby, or even a passion. Even calling it a way of life might not do it justice. No, for these three guys who grew up together in Lake City, Minnesota, and have put in at least a decade playing garage-punk together — "We've been saying 10 years for a few years now," quips baritone guitarist Mike Blaha — it's a brotherhood. "We're like a backyard football team," says Blaha's older brother, Jim, who plays lead guitar and shares vocal duties with Mike and drummer Dave Roper. "We're just from the neighborhood, we grew up together, we're not trying to get a ringer. We just try to get better. This is our team; this is our neighborhood." A sports analogy of that sort is especially apt with a band like the Blind Shake, who recently released their fourth full-length, Key to a False Door. They all have athletic backgrounds, and Mike even played semi-pro football as a running back and slot receiver. But more than that, the music showcases hyper-focused teamwork that borders on competitive and leaves no room for bullshit. With Eleganza!, Wild!!Wing. 18+.
Thu., Nov. 28, 9 p.m., 2013