For his birthday last year, Gordon Byrd threw a party. He filled his fridge with Hamm's and invited his friends over to watch his band, Teenage Moods, play a show in the basement of his south Minneapolis apartment. With the bright blue walls plastered with flattened-out beer boxes and a banner overhead declaring, "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," it was a far cry from your typical concert venue or bar show — a Sunday night of noisy punk songs, stumbled and thrashed through with an improvised set list and obscene levels of phaser pedal. Teenage Moods' G-rated songs are chock-full of stories about cats and bunnies and flowers, and revel in power chords and sugary pop hooks. Each of the members plays in other bands as well — Byrd and Drummer Taylor Motari in the Toxic Shrews, and bassist Jillian Schroeder in the Velveteens — but none of them channel quite the same energy as the Moods. "It's been fun being in a band that's not even trying to be badass," Byrd says. Then, as if to correct himself, he adds, "I think it's actually the most badass thing I've been in. There's no front about being tough or pretending like we even want to think about kicking someone's teeth in." (Photo by David McCrindle)
Fri., Jan. 24, 9 p.m., 2014
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