Critics' Picks: Mark Mallman in 3-D, the New Standards, and more

Mark Mallman during his 2010 Marathon at the Turf
Erik Hess

Banner Pilot

Triple Rock Social Club on Wednesday 12.28

Much like the group that Banner Pilot's bassist Nate Gangelhoff sometimes dabbles in, Off With Their Heads, these punk rockers have managed to stay just under the radar locally while earning enough of a following nationally to successfully tour the festival and club circuits. Their newest album, Heart Beats Pacific, is their third on NOFX's Fat Wreck Chords label, and it's kept them on the road throughout most of the fall and winter season. This stellar bill should make for a nice homecoming present for the band and a good excuse to escape the relatives for a night of blistering, balls-out rock 'n' roll. If you're looking to turn your holiday warm fuzzies into roaring flames of fire, this show should do the trick. With Dear Landlord, the Slow Death, and the Dirty Hits. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Andrea Swensson

The New Standards

Dakota Jazz Club on Thursday 12.29 and Friday 12.30

With their shimmering New Standards & Friends Holiday Show album still in heavy rotation on the Current, the New Standards will return for an encore run at the Dakota after performing a pair of successful, star-studded shows earlier this month at the Fitzgerald Theater. These year-end performances should find the band moving away from the holiday-heavy repertoire and back to their catalog of wide-ranging pop covers, with pianist Chan Poling (the Suburbs) and bassist John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, the Twilight Hours) trading vocal duties on gems like Britney Spear's "Toxic" and the Replacements' "Androgynous." The classy confines of the Dakota should make for a sophisticated alternative to the wilder New Year's Eve parties of the weekend, and the ideal complement to the New Standards' lush, inviting cover ballads. $30. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Andrea Swensson

Mason Jennings

First Avenue on Friday 12.30

Despite the fact that Mason Jennings sold out First Avenue back in November with this very same lineup, he returns to the venerable Mainroom just over a month later for one last celebratory local gig with his Minnesota material before his successful year draws to a close. For a guy who used to play weekly gigs at the 400 Bar back in the day, I'm sure Jennings will have no difficulty changing up the show just a bit for his dedicated fans, who will surely fill First Ave once again. This performance is a well-deserved victory lap for Jennings, who released one of the best albums of his career in 2011, and also a way for him to thank the Twin Cities music community for continued support for all these years. With the Pines. 18+. $22/$25 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Erik Thompson

Mark Mallman's New Year's Eve in 3-D

7th St. Entry on Saturday 12.31

When you see Mark Mallman's name on any bill, you know that the night is going to be a wild one. Throw in the fact that it's New Year's Eve, and that Mallman is amusingly proclaiming that the show is going to be in 3-D, and you have the makings for what should be an absurdly good time, and a great way to ring in 2012. For this special New Year's Eve performance, Mallman is doing two back-to-back shows in the Entry, an all-ages affair beginning at 4 p.m., and an ID show later that night. No matter what goes down at this show, it's bound to be a memorable, eventful evening with plenty of musical surprises and inexplicable moments of hilarity, leaving everyone with broad smiles on their faces as they head into the new year. With Koo Koo Kanga Roo, General B & the Wiz at 4 p.m.; Sexcat at 9 p.m. $10 for all ages at 4 p.m.; $12 for 18+ at 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Erik Thompson

The 4onthefloor New Year's Eve

Triple Rock Social Club on Saturday 12.31

The 4onthefloor have worked tirelessly to cultivate a passionate following in the Twin Cities and beyond, delivering rousing, spirited gigs everywhere there is a stage and a crowd, with the band even playing multiple shows in different cities on the same night. That hard work has clearly paid off, as fans show up in droves each time the energetic quartet plugs in and gets down. To celebrate their best year yet, the 4onthefloor are planning on seeing out 2011 in grand fashion in what is sure to be a boisterous New Year's Eve gig at the Triple Rock. The evening should hold quite a few surprises and special guests, as well as plenty of high-octane rock 'n' roll from a band who clearly know how to have a good time (while making sure their crowd does too). Openers Erik Koskinen and Seymore Saves the World will help finish the year with a bang. 21+. $15. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Erik Thompson

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