Weekend Checklist: Neon Indian, Retribution Gospel Choir, Culture Cry Wolf, Loudon Wainwright III

Looks like spring has brought a flurry of creativity with five local bands releasing albums this weekend starting with The Shiny Lights, who pulls members from many of other local bands in town. Other CD releases include The Lower 48, Pennyroyal, Big Villain, and Dave Olson; that's enough new music to keep you busy this Cinco de Mayo...until next weekend, that is.

Friday 5/4/2012

Neon Indian with Lemonade, Silent Diane
First Ave.
Mixing washed out vocals with hazy synths.
18+, $14, 8 pm

Retribution Gospel Choir with The Farewell Circuit, Erik Koskinen
Triple Rock Social Club
Psychedelic improvisation and drum-n-bass heavy dub.
18+, $12, 8 pm

The Shiny Lights (CD release) with The Minor Planets, Little Man
400 Bar
Compelling rock and pop strains.
18+, $6, 9 pm

William Becket with Cara Salimando, Pat Brown
Varsity Theater
Walking the talk.
AA, $12 adv, $14 door, 6 pm

The New Standards
Dakota Jazz Club
Raw simplicity, communication, and soul.
AA, $30, 7 pm & 9 pm

The Lower 48 (CD release) with Sky Lion
Cedar Cultural Center
Harmonious indie-folk.
AA, $10 adv, $12 door, 7 pm

I Self Divine with The Sound of Low, Class Amerika (Album release), and more
7th Street Entry
Spitting truths to inspire the masses.
18+, $10, 8 pm

Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino
A Greek legend that got his start in Minnesota.
18+, $49-$59, 8 pm

Pennyroyal (CD release) with Me and My Arrow, Dreamland Faces
Folksy-rock about Minot.
21+, $5, 9 pm

Sick of Sarah with Machine 22, Them That Dare
Riot grrls.
18+, $8 adv, $10 door, 8:30 pm

Big Villain (CD release) with Sheeped, West of Aldine, Dr. Wylie
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
If Drake and John Legend met Miles Davis in Motown.
21+, $10, 10 pm

Saturday 5/5/2012

Culture Cry Wolf with Phillip Morris, Megan M. Hamilton, Last Word
Triple Rock Social Club
Hip-hop with a twist of reggae.
18+, $6, 9 pm

Loudon Wainwright III with Jerree Small
Cedar Cultural Center
Dark, humorous acoustic music.
AA, $2 adv, $30 door, 7 pm

Kina Grannis with Imaginary Friends
Varsity Theater
Sugar pop.
AA, $15 adv, $17 door, $20 meet and greet, 5:30 pm

Bob Schneider with Laura Warshauer
Fine Line Music Cafe
Refusing to be hemmed in by genre classifications.
21+, $21 adv, $24 door, 8 pm

The Melismatics with BNLX, The Japhies, Mayda
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Post Modern Rock re-issue.
 21+, $8 adv, $10 door, 9 pm

The Color Pharmacy with Bigtree Bonsai, The Sudden Lovelys
Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues
Independent indie-rock.
AA, $7, 8 pm

Yann Tiersen with Felix
First Ave.
Music behind a wall of vintage synths.
18+, $16, 6 pm

The Boxer Rebellion with Canon Blue
7th Street Entry
Epic and intimate in equal proportions of breathtaking musicianship.
18+, $13, 8 pm

Tim Mahoney
O'Gara's Garage
Pop music for Rock the Cure.
21+, $5 donation

The Big Wu with A Love Electric
Loud, large, and heartfelt.
18+, $10 adv, $12 door, 8:30 pm

Sexcat with Umami, Fort Wilson Riot, Gio Safari
Kitty Cat Klub
Sexy cats.
21+, $5, 9 pm

The Hussy with Bird Sounds, Voytek
Turf Club
Shrieking hipsters and hippie vampires.
21+, $7, 9 pm

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
Dakota Jazz Club
Progressive bluegrass.
AA, $10, 8 pm

CLAPS with Thunderbolt Pagoda, Dallas Orbiter
Hell's Kitchen
Raw garage rock.
21+, $5, 10 pm

Sunday 5/6/2012

Alcoholic Faith Mission with You Won't, Jenny Dalton
7th Street Entry
There was one rule: everything used in recording had to be found in the confines of their dwelling.
18+, $8 adv, $10 door, 8 pm

The Brilliant Beast with The Dead Flowers, Loki, Oak Ribbons
Fine Line Music Cafe
St. Paul power-pop for lonely western cowboys.
21+, Free, 7 pm

The Air I Breathe with My Ticket Home, Hands Like Houses, Palisades, We Are the Blog
Station 4
Hardcore metal.
AA, $10 adv, $12 door, 5 pm

Diggy Simmons with OMG Girls, Lil Chuckee
Epic Nightclub
Hip-hop for the kids.
AA, $35, 6 pm

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band
Dakota Jazz Club
Latin percussion master.
AA, $35 - 7 pm, $25 - 9 pm

Dave Olson (CD release) and guests with Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers
Bryant Lake Bowl
Folk with a touch of country.
18+, $10, 6 pm

Second Annual Helm and Friends Food Drive
Click here for lineup.
AA, Donations accepted at the door, 2 pm

The Ericksons with Scott Fitzgerald
Aster Cafe
Rich with sounds from acoustic guitars and banjo that bring to life the duo's stunning vocal harmonies.
AA, $5, 8 pm

Youth at Large with Tiger Vs., Aaron and the Sea
Kitty Cat Klub
Experimental indie-pop.
21+, Free, 9 pm

We Are the Willows with Good Diction, Stacy Griffin
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
The usual sounds brought to mind at the sight of a cityscape are typically loud, harsh, and overbearing.
AA, $5, 5 pm

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