Guante + Killstreak, Turf Club's Blowout, and more

Killstreak are more than meets the eye
Chuck Williams

Guante + Killstreak

7th St. Entry, Wednesday 1.2

Guante gnashes his well-spoken teeth at the status quo on his 2012 collaboration with Big Cats, You Better Weaponize. On "The Invisible Backpacker of Privilege," the rapper-poet explores still-present boundaries keeping segments of the music community apart. So it's no shock he's taking part in a show that is doing its part to connect a few dots. Joining him is emerging duo Killstreak. They collaborated with Guante on their new single, "Collateral Damage," and bring a raw, apocalyptic vibe to the proceedings. Bomba de Luz's Lydia Hoglund, her grin, and her glistening vocal chords also are set to make a solo appearance, and there's no telling how far her artistry could expand this year. With Christopher Michael Jensen. 18+, $5-$7, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Reed Fischer

Big Pink 8th Annual Tribute to The Last Waltz

The Cabooze, Friday 1.4 + Saturday 1.5

This year's 8th Annual Big Pink Tribute to The Last Waltz has expanded to become a two-day affair celebrating the enduring appeal of the music of the Band as celebrated in Martin Scorsese's landmark concert film. Friday night features the Belfast Cowboys, the sprawling nine-piece rock band featuring Terry Walsh and a host of other local talent, and Saturday brings the uplifting blues-rock of the Lamont Cranston Band. There should be plenty of special guests spread throughout the weekend dropping by to lend their musical talents to the festivities. 18+, $12, 8:30 p.m., 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Erik Thompson

Turf Club's 7th Annual January Blowout

Turf Club, Saturday 1.5

The Turf Club has the perfect rocking remedy to your post-holiday blues, as this year's 7th Annual January Blowout features the muscle and pizazz of Birthday Suits, the Blind Shake, STNNNG, and Seawhores. The raucous two-piece Birthday Suits are coming off a triumphant recent opening set for Japandroids, while the Blind Shake finished a successful U.S. tour in support of their blistering new album, Seriousness. STNNNG just won over a whole new set of fans in the U.K. with a boisterous performance at the Shellac-curated ATP Festival, and are set to release their highly anticipated new record, Empire Inward, in early 2013. And Seawhores add their own potent mark on the musical mayhem on offer at the Turf, which will get the new year started with an emphatic bang. 21+, $8, 9 p.m., 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Erik Thompson

Heaven on Howitzers release show

Turf Club, Sunday 1.6

Three gents from a variety of talented local acts, including Prissy Clerks, Hollow Boys, and S M M N R, have a beast of an atmospheric experimental outfit in Heaven on Howitzers. Guitarist Tim Leick Jr., drummer Cole Benson, and keyboardist Ali Jaafar aligned for a trippy new recording titled Hum "I" Eternally at the Heart of the Universe. Recorded locally at Ecstattic Studio, the release so far will be confined to a small number of tapes, but the epic soundscapes surge far beyond the cassette's plastic casing. Let their grandiose melodies — reminiscent of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Mogwai — be a gleaming entry into 2013. With Paragraphs and Falcon Arrow. 21+, $5, 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Reed Fischer

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