Critics' Picks: Buffalo Moon, Birthday Suits, and more

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Cedar Cultural Center on Friday 1.6

A double dose of Latin heat should be the perfect antidote for a Minnesota January night. The six members of locally based Malamanya should know. They play a fervently rootsy brand of Cuban son, the African-influenced island staple that in turn inspired myriad variations throughout the Latin world. With bandleader Tony Schreiner's upright bass igniting the simmering rhythms, Jason Marks's trumpet floating provocatively over the proceedings, and Adriana Rimpel's deliciously sultry vocals raising the temperature, it's as if everyone's been transported to Havana just off the Malecon, with the Buena Vista Social Club waiting in the wings. Alma Andina also has a folkloric approach but focuses considerably south of Cuba on music centered in the Andes, stretching to the northern Chilean origins of band leader Vladimir Garrido. Trademark Andean pan flutes surface in songs like "Desierto Florido," but the group also has pan-Latin influences. All ages. $8/$10 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Buffalo Moon

7th St. Entry on Friday 1.6

A few days after releasing their enchanting sophomore record, Selva Surreal, the locally based quintet Buffalo Moon headed down to South America for some random shows and new adventures. Now area music fans have a chance to welcome them back warmly to the Twin Cities with this homecoming gig at the Entry. The soulful samba sound of Buffalo Moon on their stirring debut, Wetsuit, captured everyone's attention, but most music fans haven't yet had the opportunity to hear their expressive, Latin-tinged new songs performed live. This show should prove to be not only a celebration of the band's triumphant return to Minneapolis, but also a festive observance of one of the most unusual, inspired groups in the Twin Cities. With Tickle Torture, Night Moves, and Elite Gymnastics rounding out the stellar bill, the whole evening will feature imaginative music created by a bunch of talented local bands. 18+. $5. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Erik Thompson

Cracker and Camper van Beethoven

Fine Line Music Cafe on Saturday 1.7

Shortly after the new year rolls over, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker blow into town midway through what has become their annual winter tandem tour. The closely affiliated bands, both led by singer/guitarist David Lowery, share eccentric, often deeply ironic lyrical tilts and eclectic musical threads that run from power pop to experimental via country, punk, and Southern rock. Both bands reportedly have been doing entire run-throughs of their various albums recently (CVB's Key Lime Pie, Cracker's Kerosene Hat, for example). There's no word of any of that here, although nuggets from throughout each band's extensive catalogues are promised. CVB also will be previewing an array of new tunes destined for their forthcoming studio album, their first since 2004's New Roman Times. 18+. $20. 7:30 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Rick Mason

Birthday Suits

Turf Club on Saturday 1.7

If you want to make sure your 2012 gets off to a raucous start, make sure you catch this performance by the high-octane Birthday Suits. The fiery local duo bring their blistering, breathless garage-rock sound to the familiar confines of the Turf Club, a venue that has seen some memorable, wildly energetic performances from them over the years. This gig shouldn't be any different, especially with fellow boisterous Twin Cities bands Blind Shake, STNNNG, and Gay Witch Abortion opening the night with their own particular brands of rowdy rock 'n' roll. For those who worry that unruly guitar rock has lately taken a back seat to a more mellow, introspective sound, this sure to be riotous show should allay all of your fears as well as shake the very foundations of the venerable St. Paul club. 21+. $7. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Erik Thompson

Fur Pillows

7th St. Entry on Saturday 1.7

Anytime Sean Tillmann takes to the stage, you're bound to get an exuberant, in-your-face performance. Whether it's as Har Mar Superstar or in his new outfit Fur Pillows, Tillman is going to give you more of himself than you perhaps even knew you wanted. Fur Pillows finds Tillmann joining forces with old friends Melinda Parks and Jonny Kelson, who have been collaborating since their time together at the Minnesota Center for Arts Education (now Perpich Center for Arts Education). While the relatively new project is still in the process of defining its sound and style, the results so far have been just as spirited as Tillmann's other offerings. Also on the bill are the ever-mutating Seawhores, a tumultuous noise-rock band whose laundry list of current and former members reads like a veritable who's who of the wide-ranging AmRep scene. Their brutal, hard-charging sound should set the Entry off and leave everyone's ears ringing for days. With blood&stuff and Silicone Cells. 18+. $8. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Erik Thompson

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