Rogue Valley, the 4onthefloor, Birthday Suits round out a jam-packed weekend of music
April has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
On Friday night, as DeVotchKa sold out the Mainroom at First Avenue , locals Rogue Valley ran across the finish line of their massive four-albums-in-12-months endeavor that has seen them record and release a full-length album each season. Of Rogue Valley's four album release shows -- including the grandiose introduction to the project at the Fitzgerald , the somewhat lackluster rock set at First Ave , and the transcendant multimedia performance at the Cedar -- Friday's show seemed est suited for the vibe of its venue.
Fauna at the Entry
Photo by Alexa Jones
"We broke up for 17 years and got back together last year," Vex explained between songs. "We just couldn't stay away from each other."
Photo by Andrea Swensson
Back at the Triple Rock, the room was stuffed to the gills for the 4onthefloor's vinyl release show. The band looked downright giddy to be in front of such a monstrous crowd, especially since there were no advance tickets available for the show. It's clear that their recent "Are You Local?" first-place win has helped the band with their draw, and they played the hell out of their sold-out gig.
"That's how you play a fucking show!" one onlooker cried toward the beginning of their set.
Armed with four beer steins and four kick drums, the 4onthefloor tore through a set of punchy, bluesy stompers that resulted in more than a few sing-alongs in the sweaty crowd; though they are still a new band, they play with an incredible precision, lead singer Gabriel Douglas peering out into the audience with a crazed look in his eye.
At the end of the set Douglas said the band would be back in two nights to play their first annual 4/4 show at the Triple Rock, which they hope will develop into a tradition. They will be celebrating "4onthefloor Day" tonight with openers the Evening Rig, and the show is only four bucks.
Off! at the Triple Rock
Photo by Ben Clark
An already busy weekend was capped off by another bustling night on the West Bank, as the Cedar filled to capacity for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and Those Darlins and the Triple Rock pulled in a big crowd for Off!, a show that featured just as much sermonizing by bandleader Keith Morris as blistering, balls-out punk rock songs. As if that wasn't enough music for the weekend, the Entry hosted buzz bands Toro Y Moi and BRAIDS, while Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame threw a late-night party over at Epic.
Now that was a weekend.
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