Maria Isa, Prince Family Reunion, St. Vincent, and more

Maria Isa toasts a new album

Maria Isa toasts a new album


Jenny Lewis

First Avenue

Starting her career as an actress and later moving into a role she still retains—vocalist for the L.A. rock band Rilo Kiley—Jenny Lewis faces the same issue that M. Ward, one of the many contributors on her latest album, Acid Tongue, was confronted with before his most recent tour. Like Ward's, Lewis's latest release features an abundance of friends and family members who contributed to various tracks on the album. The problem, then, comes in the form of a question: How will the songs that have been recorded with a number of other people translate to the live setting without their presence? Even more problematic is that, in the case of Lewis and Acid Tongue, the short list of contributors includes Elvis Costello and his band the Imposters, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and Zooey Deschanel. But if last month's showing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is any indication, Lewis is likely to follow the path of Ward and blow the audience away. Also performing will be Neko Case's longtime backing band, the Sadies. 18+. $18/$20 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine


No Use for a Name

Triple Rock Social Club

The video for the 1995 single "Soulmate" was one of Fat Wreck Chords' first, and last, to receive heavy rotation on MTV. The song still remains one of the most successful singles from San Jose, California's No Use for a Name. Though the band has seen a lot of changes to its lineup since its inception in 1987 (there are 12 past and present members), the group of skate-punks has grown into one of the most recognized on its San Francisco-based label. Having sold over a million albums worldwide, No Use for a Name was one of the headlining acts on the 2005 Warped Tour and has helped to serve as a gateway band in inspiring a next generation of punk groups. Joining No Use for a Name will be Only Crime (featuring former Good Riddance frontman Russ Rankin) and Pour Habit. All ages. $15. 5 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Chris DeLine

St. Vincent

First Avenue

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, singer and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark previously performed and toured with the likes of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before breaking away and finding her own audience under the St. Vincent moniker. Releasing her debut album, Marry Me (the title coming from a gag line on the TV show Arrested Development), in 2007 to a wave of adulation from countless critical outlets, Clark has since developed a reputation as a consistent and stunning performer after numerous tours across the world. With her sophomore release, Actor, Clark has diverted from her initial lighthearted tone, occasionally delving into muddy guitars and a playful industrial sound. The album is strong and furthers her image as more than just a solid vocalist with a pretty face. If history repeats itself, your odds of seeing a group of star-struck fanboys waiting around after the show for an autograph or a moment's discussion is about as high as coming away from the show with a distinct sense of satisfaction. Which is to say, high. Also performing will be Philadelphia's Pattern Is Movement. 18+. $12/$15 at the door. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chris DeLine


Maria Isa CD-Release Party

First Avenue

When Maria Isa performed at this year's Voltage: Fashion Amplified show, even an ill-fitting custom-made dress couldn't interfere with Isa's sexy confidence. Whether dressed in a tracksuit or hiked up in heels, Isa embodies a kind of sultry coolness that demands reverence—this woman has something to say, and damn right she's not afraid to say it. On her latest album, Street Politics, for which this show is a celebration, Isa embraces her Puerto Rican roots while paying homage to the local hip-hop scene that has cultivated her blossoming, impressive career, in a style she has dubbed SotaRico. Culling sounds and styles as diverse as R&B, bomba, and reggaeton in an overarching hip-hop style, Isa stands apart as a culturally and politically aware artist who contributes a unique voice to the multi-faceted local scene. With Muja Messiah, Dance Band, I Self Devine, Mayda, Kill the Vultures, and more. 18+. $6/$8 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Andrea Swensson

3rd Annual Prince Family Reunion


No, the man himself won't show—and he won't have to. This annual reunion of Prince bandmates and related musicians achieves party liftoff without him, partly on the strength of songs you love, partly by force of pure, familial groove: These men and women have been eating and breathing this music for so long, they know it in their bones. The show features original members of Prince & the Revolution, Prince's New Power Generation, the Time, the Family, Madhouse, Mint Condition, the Jesse Johnson Revue, the Truth, and Dr. Mambo's Combo, plus a straight-up reunion of local '80s funk-rock stalwarts Mazarati, performing live for the first time in two decades. With Dr. Fink, Bobby Z, Jellybean Johnson, Eric Leeds, and more. $20/$25 at the door. 8 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Peter S. Scholtes

Chickadee Mountain Martyrs

Turf Club

Chickadee Mountain Martyrs, the local honky-tonk, hanky-pank gangstas, will be making a rare above-ground appearance at the Turf Club this Friday, where they will be sure to spout their devilish lyrics to an inappropriately excited troupe of heathens, and possibly make a mess on their faces. The four- (and sometimes more) piece are known for stoking their drawling twang with hyperkinetic musical belly flops and hell-bent excursions into country-and-Western two-steps, occasionally joined by prog-ish asides that magically seem not at all out of place. Group leader Luc Parker, whose vocals sound like a mix between a vampire and a werewolf, lures his bandmates into repeated sonic boat trips akin to that tunnel in Willy Wonka with all those freak-out lights and scared children. The danger must be growing, for the rowers keep on rowing. But those lights...oh, they're probably just in your head. With Seawhores, the Conformists, and Chibalo. 21+. $6. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Erin Roof


Mr. Lif

Triple Rock Social Club

Cam'ron's "I Hate My Job" might be the epochal rap of the season, but Mr. Lif's "Live from the Plantation" beat him to the sentiment by three years, with richer Office Space humor—and now that most of the population feels like mumbling Milton Waddams getting his desk moved to the basement, something bolder seems required. Enter Lif's new I Heard It Today, whose dub-reggae-funk anthem "What About Us" asks the natural question about the bank bailouts, and where the recession is otherwise rendered from inside the anxiety so many of us feel. A Philly-based Bostonian of Caribbean descent, Lif is an American Linton Kwesi Johnson, and enough of a live force that this show will be an event even though he was just in town recently with Grand Pianoramax. With Willie Evans Jr., Metro, and Grieves. 18+. $10/$13 at the door. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes


Grizzly Bear

First Avenue

Late last month Edward Droste, lead singer of Grizzly Bear, made an announcement via his Twitter feed: "Well after much rehearsal and preperation [sic], we will not be on Letterman tonight. We were about to walk on when dave said we ran out of time." It was significant not just that they were bumped, but also that the television viewing audience was missing out on something special. The band had lined up a string quartet to accompany them through the first televised rendition of "Ready, Able" from their new Veckatimest. The album is audibly thick and far too rich with warped layers to be described as a rock record. Rather, the music is a collage of sounds, combining vocal harmonies with piano, guitars, and a variety of other instruments into an elegant behemoth of twisted genres. Famed Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood has called Grizzly Bear his favorite band, and if that's not a worthy vote of confidence, I don't know what is. Grizzly Bear's Late Show appearance has been rescheduled for sometime in July, but you'd be doing yourself a great disservice to miss seeing the band in such an intimate setting, just in case Letterman runs out of time again. With Here We Go Magic. $16.50. 8 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Chris DeLine



Station 4

After a quick glimpse into Mayhem's past, it's easy to see why the band is one of the world's most notorious. The Norwegian black-metal group was originally formed in 1983. Its members took names such as Euronymous and Necrobutcher, and Mayhem quickly developed a cult following in its Scandinavian homeland. The band has a shocking link to death and bizarre circumstance. In 1991, member Dead was found by Euronymous, the band's vocalist, having committed suicide. In 1993, Euronymous was murdered by onetime bassist Varg Vikernes. Rumors circulated about both deaths—Euronymous supposedly made a necklace from fragments of Dead's skull; Euronymous's murder was perhaps the result of a power struggle within the scene—and the mythos behind the band tends to overshadow the ferociousness and intensity of its music. As black metal acquired a heinous public image (especially in Norway, where church burnings and other violent crimes were linked to the niche genre), Mayhem trudged along with a rotisserie of ever-changing lineups. Most recently the band released Ordo Ad Chao, just their fourth full-length album, in 2007. And despite a lone original member remaining in the group, one thing has been consistent since the band played their first note: Mayhem is intense. Opening for Blackenedfest, with Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered. 16+. $22/$25 at the door. 6 p.m. 201 E. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651.298.0173. —Chris DeLine