The Suburbs


Are You Local? Showcase featuring The Suburbs

Feb. 17
8 p.m.
Classic Rock, DJ, Electro Pop, Hip-Hop, Indie Rock, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Four acts from three generations are set to perform at First Avenue on Friday for the final event in the Star Tribune’s eighth annual Are You Local? best-new-bands search. Returning to a venue they’ve played umpteen times since forming in 1977, ingenious new-wave pioneers the Suburbs started on Twin/Tone Records, made the major-label leap to PolyGram for 1984’s Love Is the Law, and have maintained a loyal cult following ever since. Though guitarist Bruce Allen died in 2009 and bassist Michael Halliday retired from the band soon after, the Suburbs released their first album in 27 years in 2013, Si Sauvage, a worthy addition to their catalog. Also representing for the Twin Cities on Friday are fuzzed-up Haley Bonar-fronted rockers Gramma’s Boyfriend, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, and 2017 AYL? contest winner Nick Jordan, a heavily Prince-influenced 23-year-old singer slated to play his first-ever Mainroom set.