Before Duluth's yearly Homegrown Music Festival turns the city into loud, fitful ball of rock clatter later this month, get a taste at the Turf with four North Country bands. Led by Southwire's soul, folk, and rap infusion (pictured), the night is a distillation of a weird, passionate scene that keeps its local population sane (or properly crazy) through long, frigid winters. Alan Sparhawk's the Black-Eyed Snakes tear at their blues melodies until their knuckles are bloody, and both the atmospheric (Portage) and the infectious (Low Forms) sides of rock will be represented too. Then, get prepped for April 27, when Homegrown begins in earnest. duluthhomegrown.org for more info.
Fri., April 18, 9 p.m., 2014