The Baseball Project

When the Twins were rocking the American League's Central Division last season, so were the local airwaves with "Don't Call Them Twinkies," played by the Baseball Project's all-star lineup with the Hold Steady's Craig Finn pinch-hitting on vocals. With Gardy's crew trailing every other team in victories, and Harmon Killebrew's death, these are grim times for Twins fans, but they won't be able to resist getting fired up when the Project (Finn or no Finn) smacks the anthemic "Twinkies" into the gap. "Twinkies" is on High and Inside, the BP's second superb collection of baseball songs, which singularly explore the passion, pathos, and deep nostalgia inherent in the national pastime. The songs are packed with a genuine feel for the game and accurate details savvy fans appreciate, while their musical sophistication reflects the clutch-hitting lineup of Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, and Peter Buck. If you know who else that crew plays for, as well as the Bird, Kung Fu Panda, the Freak, Mookie, Ichiro and Tony C., the Varsity will be your veritable Field of Dreams. 18+. (Photo by Michael E. Anderson)
Thu., May 26, 6 p.m., 2011

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