Gimme Noise Gayngs Showcase, Mix Master Mike, and more

Get ready for a Gayngsplosion this Sunday at First Ave
Andy Hardman

Gimme Noise presents the Gayngs "Affiliyated" Showcase

Sunday 3.6 at First Avenue, 7th St. Entry, and Record Room

Minnesota is going to be well represented at the South by Southwest music festival this year, and tonight's blowout in all three rooms at First Avenue will showcase just one contingent of the 50-plus local acts descending onto Austin, Texas, later this month. In an evening headlined by revolving mega-collaboration Gayngs, the Mainroom will feature many of the group's offshoot acts, including Doomtree, Solid Gold, Megafaun, Leisure Birds, Mystery Palace, and Alpha Consumer. In the Entry, meanwhile, Har Mar Superstar will headline a bill heavy on bands from the Totally Gross National Product label (led by Gayngs producer Ryan Olson and Drew Christopherson of H.U.N.X. and Solid Gold), including Slapping Purses, Marijuana Deathsquads, Spyder Baybie Raw Dawg, Moonstone, Albert, and Radical Cemetery. And the icing on the cake? The intimate Record Room (formerly First Ave's VIP Room) will host solo sets by Doomtree's MCs sandwiched between all the other mayhem. 18+. $20. 6:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Andrea Swensson


Thursday 3.3 at Fine Line Music Café

Murs is a busy man.  Not only did he start the Paid Dues Festival (think the Warped Tour of indie rap), but he's preparing himself for its sixth anniversary with a 35-city romp around the country that hits Minneapolis on Thursday night. The rapper, whose narration blends storytelling, humor, and street smarts, has an expansive and varied catalog. He first built his name in the Oakland/L.A. Living Legends collective before moving on to solo work. He is a frequent collaborator with Slug, releasing three records with the Atmosphere frontman under the Felt moniker, and has even been involved in a punk fusion band with openers Whole Wheat Bread. With Tabi Bonney, Ab-Soul, and DJ Foundation. 18+. $15/$17 at the door. 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Loren Green

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses

Thursday 3.3 at Varsity Theater

As unlikely as anyone to have both an Oscar and now a Grammy on his résumé, Ryan Bingham nonetheless still sounds like a consummate outsider. A former rodeo-circuit bull rider, his voice sounds like it's been scarred by decades of wind-whipped West Texas grit while his music is the very definition of no-nonsense Americana, probing hard country, roadhouse blues, bitter folk, and roots rock. His 2010 Oscar and 2011 Grammy were both for "The Weary Kind," a song written with fellow Americana stalwart T Bone Burnett for the Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart. Burnett also produced last summer's Junky Star for Bingham, who again wrote vivid tales of hard-put seekers, wanderers, and the irretrievably lost. The Horses, meanwhile, are equally lively etching quiet intensity and Stones-like searing ferocity. 18+. $20. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rick Mason

Mix Master Mike

Friday 3.4 at Epic

Here's a little pop quiz for you: Try to name at least three DJs behind indie bands or hip-hop acts who have had solo careers. Go ahead, we'll wait. One of the few who enjoy as much fame as the band he spins for, Mix Master Mike (known to his momma as Michael Schwartz) is an easy inclusion, as he was even sometimes known as the fourth Beastie Boy. The Brooklyn rap trio's DJ (post-DJ Hurricane) was one of the first to make a full-on instrument of the turntable in a Billboard-charting hip-hop act, and Mike will return to the Twin Cities after eight years away to show off those skills at Epic this week. Ch-ch-check it out. With DJ D.Mil, DJ Ben Clear, and DJ Kor. 18+. $10-$20. 10 p.m. 110 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612.332.3742. —Jen Boyles

Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concert

Sunday 3.6 at Orchestra Hall

Arguably the greatest bluesman of them all, Robert Johnson was born in 1911 and died only 27 years later (allegedly of poisoning), having recorded a scant 29 songs. Legend says Johnson exchanged his soul for musical talent in a swap with the devil at those crossroads. The evidence may be his profound, enduring influence over subsequent generations of blues and rock musicians. Big Head Todd and the Monsters recorded a just-released tribute album, 100 Years of Robert Johnson, in Memphis featuring an impressive cast of contemporary blues icons, many of whom will be here to ramble on through the Johnson canon. Joining Big Head Todd will be 95-year-old Honeyboy Edwards (who actually played with Johnson), former Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, plus Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm, the last pair stalwarts of the thriving North Mississippi blues scene. All ages. $22-$45. 8 p.m. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.371.5656. —Rick Mason

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Sunday 3.6 and Monday 3.7 at Dakota Jazz Club

If anyone can glue the Dakota back together after the presumed demolition of the joint a few days before by fellow New Orleans brass-band cyclone Glen David Andrews, it's gotta be the Dirty Dozen. After all, it was the Dozen who were primarily responsible for kicking off the entire nouveau brass-band revival more than a quarter-century ago, multiplying the rhythms, infusing the funk, and edifying it all with bop. Despite the years, their feet haven't failed them yet, and they aren't about to in the couple of days leading up to Mardi Gras. Pianist Jon Cleary, a native Englishman (and affiliate of Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield), has been in the Crescent City so long his blood flows with red beans and rice and Longhair triplets reside in his fingertips. He'll do a separate set with a trio, covering NOLA standards and originals. Be ready to shake your beads and bring the Dakota tumbling down all over again. $50. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Flogging Molly

Monday 3.7 at First Avenue

Dublin native Dave King launched Flogging Molly in a Los Angeles Irish bar, taking a page from bands like the Pogues by fusing traditional Celtic music and instrumentation with electric guitars and a blistering tumult of post-punk mayhem. The septet became known for its raucous, passionate performances, but also for the quality of King's hard-bitten lyrics, which grapple with greed, pain, and treachery. King and company also toss in the odd ballad, which can reach the searing intensity of prime Waterboys. The band has been in the studio with Ryan Hewitt (who produced 2007's Float in Ireland) working on a new album due in late May. Meanwhile, with St. Paddy imminently on the prowl, so too will be Flogging Molly, playing old favorites and introducing the new songs. With Moneybrother and the Drowning Men. 18+. $32/$35 at the door. 6:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

Girl Talk

Tuesday 3.8 and Wednesday 3.9 at First Avenue

No longer ripping under the cover of night, Greg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk) took a bold if legally dubious step on All Day. His tracks have always been constructed exclusively from excerpts of songs that other people made famous, but this time the excerpts are longer and even more immediately recognizable—in some cases featuring entire choruses. Gillis has always maintained that his sample-and-stitch appropriation constitutes fair use (a defense to copyright infringement), even though the name of his record label is Illegal Art. So far, he's managed to avoid having his interpretation of fair use tested in a court of law; however, given Gillis's rising profile (his back-to-back headlining shows at First Ave have been sold out for months), one suspects the major labels won't be able to ignore him much longer. He could choose to quit while he's ahead, but Gillis is clearly having way too much fun doubling down. 18+. Sold out. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Jonathan Garrett

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