Weekend Checklist: Alpha Consumer, Gay Beast, and more


Who says January is a slow month for shows in the Twin Cities? This weekend is jam-packed with festivities, from the Current's sold-out sixth birthday party to CD-release shows for Alpha Consumer, Gay Beast, More Than Lights, and Say Like the French Say.

Here's a rundown of our best bets for Friday through Sunday:

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Gay Beast (LP-release)

7th St. Entry

Read our interview with the noise-rock trio here. With Tips for Twat, Condominium, Camden. 18+. $7. 9 p.m.

The Tribe & Big Cats (CD-release)

Cause Spirits & Soundbar

Read our review of the new disc here. With Mally, IBE. 21+. $7. 9:30 p.m. (Also playing a free in-store at Fifth Element at 4 p.m., all ages.)

Maria Isa


With Prof, Mnemosyne, Lazlo Supreme, Toussaint Morrison. 18+. $10. 9 p.m.

Angelique Kidjo

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Read our preview here. All ages. $15-$25. 7:30 p.m.

89.3 the Current's 6th Birthday Party (Sold Out)

First Avenue

Set times here. With Free Energy, Jeremy Messersmith, Brother Ali, Roma di Luna, Trampled by Turtles. 18+. Sold Out. 7 p.m.

Anti-Civ Records Benefit

Memory Lanes

With Children of Euler, Bouncer Fighter, Slain, Burger Thirst, Toil. 21+. Free. 10 p.m.

Little Man

Triple Rock Social Club

With the Magnolias and StrangeLights. 18+. $7. 9 p.m.

A Cold Night for Alligators II: A Tribute to Roky Erickson

331 Club

With 'Baby' Grant Johnson, the Fontanelles, Nikki & the RueMates, Matt Latterell, the Jerry Blackwells. 21+. Free. 10 p.m.

Dale Watson

Lee's Liquor Lounge

Read our recommendation here. With the Hell County Truckers. 21+. $15. 9 p.m.


Alpha Consumer (CD-release)

7th St. Entry

Read our interview with Alpha Consumer from this week's City Pages here. With Pink Mink, H.U.N.X. 18+. $8. 9 p.m.

More Than Lights (CD-release)

Fine Line Music Cafe

With Parallax, Wide Eyes, Duenday, Alicia Steele. 18+. $7/$10 at the door. 8 p.m.


Turf Club

With Marijuana Deathsquads, Double Bird. 21+. $7. 9 p.m.

Kill the Vultures

Nick and Eddie

With Black Audience and Adam Levy's new project Liminal Phase. 21+. $6. 10:30 p.m.

Chastity Brown, Brad Senne

Aster Cafe

Two high-quality songwriters in an intimate setting. $8. 9 p.m.

Say Like the French Say (CD-release)

Cause Spirits & Soundbar

With Hunting Club, Kill Me Kare Bare. $5. 9:30 p.m.

City on the Make

Dakota Jazz Club

As part of the Dakota's Late-Night Series. 21+. $5. 11 p.m.

Savage Aural Hotbed

First Avenue

Read our preview here. With the Brass Messengers, Mercy Kill. 18+. $8. 6 p.m.


Nomad World Pub

With International Espionage, Sunspot, the New McCarthy. 21+. $5. 9 p.m.

TC Dubstep Infrasound Vol. 4

The Loft at Bar Fly

With Liquid Stranger, Cyborg Optix, Smilodon & Toffler, more. 18+. $10/$15 at the door. 8 p.m.


Ben Folds (Sold Out)

First Avenue

Read our interview with Ben Folds here. With Street Corner Symphony. 18+. $35. 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Night Dance Party


With Nick the Feelin' and guests. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.