Spirit-crushing monotony of work washing over you with Memorial Day weekend behind us? Fret not, liker of live music: The summer concert calendar continues to fill up, with recent announcements from Beach House, Waka Flocka Flame, Zappa Plays Zappa and Yelawolf.
Beach House, that dreamy indie-rock duo from Baltimore, blew up hip Twitter feeds Tuesday with the announcement of a new album - its first since 2012's Bloom - and an accompanying world tour, which stops at First Avenue on Sept. 22. The band, comprised of French-born vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally, had this to say of the forthcoming LP, Depression Cherry, in a press release:
"In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist."
Tickets for Beach House's Minneapolis stop are $25 and go on sale May 29 at noon.
The biggest Waka Flocka Flame news might just be his recent endorsement of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (said Waka: "A woman could do it. I've seen my momma raise five boys -- that's super hard, so women can do the same shit that men could do."). The news suggests the Atlanta rapper might not be "dead-ass running for president in 2016," as he suggested in April.
But Waka is dead-ass coming to Mill City Nights on Aug. 7. The just-announced gig comes ahead of the "Round of Applause" MC's anticipated/delayed Flockaveli 2 LP, which stills lacks a firm release date. Tickets ($25-$45) go on sale May 29.
Beloved rock 'n' weirdo Frank Zappa is long gone, but his son Dweezil's Zappa Plays Zappa tribute act is still alive and well. In fact, the familial cover outfit is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a world tour that visits the Varsity Theater on Sept. 27. ZPZ will cover Frank's slick (by his standards) 1975 prog-rock album One Size Fits All in its entirety. Tickets ($35-$49.50) go on sale May 29.
Perhaps added to counterbalance the insufferable giddiness of headliner Matt and Kim, newish radio station Go 96.3 announced Tuesday that Eminem-backed rapper Yelawolf will take part in its inaugural Go Fest, going down Aug. 7 at Target Field. The once-gritty Alabama MC experimented with more accessible, Americana-infused sounds with mixed results on his recent Love Story album, but remains a formidable talent. Tickets to Go Fest ($9.63-$69.50) - which will also features Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Big Data and others - are currently on sale.
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