Part of the charm of the Soviettes' no-frills, good-time punk democracy in the mid-'00s was that they expressed rather than mythologized or sold themselves: three albums in three years, all short, fast, and catchy, unassumingly titled LP, LPII, and LPIII, with nearly identical cover design and all four members (three female, one male) singing. Yet each untutored vocalist was pretty great, and one LP or another made nearly every local publication's all-time or decade's-end list, the best tunes proving timeless. Can we admit they were one of the great Minneapolis bands? Last year they reunited after a five-year split behind Rarities, and here's hoping these occasional gigs become habit-forming. With the Marked Men, Toys That Kill, the Arrivals, and Birthday Suits. 18+.
Fri., May 27, 8 p.m., 2011
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