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Weekend Checklist

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Gimme Noise is loath to be premature, and to prophesy a spiritual thaw before it's due. But this weekend's roster of shows is such a healthy spread of local and national powerhouses that it's hard not to eagerly anticipate the balmy spring months where every weekend is a dilemma of profits.

FRIDAY JANUARY 16

First Avenue Main Room

The Wailers

Tomorrow's Bad Seeds

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18+. 8:00 P.M. $18.00 advance/ $20.00 door. First Avenue, 701 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis: 612.338.8388.

Triple Rock Social Club

Franz Nicolay (Hold Steady)

God Damn Doo Wop Band

21+. 9:00 PM. $10.00. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.333.7499.

Turf Club

Solid Gold

Lookbook

DJ Gigamesh

21+. 9:00 P.M. $5.00 advance/ $7.00 door. Turf Club, 1601 University Avenue, Saint Paul; 651.647.0486.

Uptown Bar

Maria Isa

Mayda

Daniel Heavens

21+. 9:00 P.M. $5.00. Uptown Bar, 3018 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis; 612.823.4719.

SATURDAY JANUARY 17

First Avenue Main Room

Benefit for Chad Weis featuring:

Mason Jennings

Cloud Cult

Trampled by Turtles

Haley Bonar

The Pines

18+. 5:30 P.M. $15.00 advance/ $20.00 door. First Avenue, 701 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis: 612.338.8388.

Uptown Bar

These Modern Socks

I, Colossus

The New Monarchs

Tentacle Boy

21+. 9:00 P.M. $5.00. Uptown Bar, 3018 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis; 612.823.4719.