With the Replacements' ongoing pseudo-reunion and Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould having put out his latest solo outing, September's Silver Age, it was only fitting that 2012 also saw an increase in activity from the Cities' other favorite alt-rock sons, Soul Asylum. That came in the form of July's brisk Delayed Reaction LP, but Friday will feature a performance of 1992's Grave Dancers Union — ya know, the one that went triple platinum — in its entirety. After spending much of their harder, punk-leaning first decade on Minneap indie Twin/Tone, Dave Pirner and co. transitioned to Columbia for Union, whose 'Mats-via-Mellencamp jams "Somebody to Shove," "Black Gold," and the Grammy-winning "Runaway Train" guaranteed their new bosses wouldn't regret the signing. With guitarist Dan Murphy's exit this year, Pirner is the only original Soul Asylum member still with the group. This homecoming, then, will be a chance for fans to unite around him and a tight supporting cast in honoring one of the 612's defining records. With the Honeydogs and Dead Man Winter. 18+. (Photo by Tony Nelson)
Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m., 2012
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