Weekend Checklist: Soundset, LMFAO, Edward Sharpe, Memory Lanes Block Party

Despite the "Twin Cities hip-hop scene being oversaturated" this is the weekend that the Twin Cities hip-hop scene looks forward to the most. If you're thinking of heading down to Shakopee on Sunday for Soundset, better head there early or carpool; last year the traffic was held up for two hours. Memory Lanes will be hosting a free block party all weekend for those looking for a cheap good time. Among the locals to release albums this Memorial Day Weekend are The Broken Bicycles, The Cavalier Crooks, Urges From Elsewhere, Sarah Cotner, Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers, Kristoff Krane, and Grolar Bears.    

Friday 5/25/2012

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with He's My Brother She's My Sister
Community music.
AA, $30 adv, $35 door, 6 pm

Memory Lanes Block Party
Memory Lanes
Click here for full lineup.
AA, Free, 3 pm

Heliotrope Nine
The Lab Theater
An annual three-day festival featuring some of the area's most interesting and exciting underground music.
Click here for full lineup.
AA, $12 per day, $24 three day pass, 6 pm each night

LMFAO with Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson
Target Center
Sorry for party rocking.
AA, $33-$63, 7 pm

The Maine with Lydia, The Arkells
Varsity Theater
Pretty boys singing pop-punk.
AA, $18 adv, $20 door, 6 pm

Ryan Traster with The Cavalier Crooks (CD release), Taj Raj, Savannah Smith
Stranger in a strange land.
21+, $5, 9 pm

Alison Scott and Kevin Bowe
Three Crows
A soulful organic sound.
AA, $10, 7:30 pm

Red Daughters with Phantom Tails, The Goondas, Buildings
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Ballsy countrified rock and roll true to the Minnesota soil that bred Dylan.
21+, 9 pm

Bella Ruse with Mayda, The Broken Bicycles (CD release), The Half Hearts
Kitty Cat Klub
Cute pop.
21+, $5, 9 pm

Xavier Marquis with Urges From Elsewhere (CD release), Peter and the Twins, Fall For Glory
Triple Rock Social Club
Every paid admission gets a copy of Urges From Elsewhere's new album "Bar Rules."
18+, $8, 9 pm

Bomp with The Mongoons, Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, Wzz Wnshp
The dance party that won't die.
18+, $5 adv, $10 door, 10 pm

Hookers $ Blow with E.L.nO.
Lee's Liquor Lounge
Covers, covers, covers.
21+, $10, 9 pm

Nick Mrozinski and the Feelin'
Alternative soul music from the heart, for the heart.
21+, $7, 9 pm

Sarah Cotner (CD release) with The Cole Premo, Justyn Dow, OK Sweetheart
Fine Line Music Cafe
Heartfelt acoustic folk.
21+, $6, 8 pm

Patches and Gretchen with Jenny Dalton, Murzik
331 Club
21+, Free, 10 pm

Saturday 5/26/2012

Tech N9ne with Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone
Deep despair set to music.
AA, $32.50 adv, $35 door, 4:30 pm

Harsh Reality with American Gothic, Black Rainbow, Burn Fetish
Station 4
A memorial metal bash.
16+, $10, 6 pm

Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers (CD release) with The Cactus Blossoms
Cedar Cultural Center
Western blues-swing in a thoroughly modern configuration.
AA, $10 adv, $15 door, 7 pm

Soulcrate Music with Sapient, Botzy, Phantom Balunce
7th Street Entry
Energetic music with a high regard for soul and classic hip-hop.
18+, $10 adv, $12 door, 8 pm

Treasure Island Resort and Casino
The glory days of hair metal.
18+, $28-$38, 8 pm

Kristoff Krane (Album release)
Triple Rock Social Club
A distinctive blend of message-driven lyrics.
18+, $14, 9 pm

Mark Sultan with Birthday Suits, DJ Danny Henry
Turf Club
Originator of punk's flirtation with doo-wop and possessor of a soulful voice.
21+, $8, 9 pm

Pioneer Son
Aster Cafe
Searching for the most direct route to sonic nirvana via Americana.
AA, $6, 9 pm

Johnny James and the Hall of Fames with American Revival, Ben Rosenbush and The Brighton, The Stew Burns
Leaning on the country/Americana side of the spectrum.
21+, $5, 9 pm

Colonial Watts with Makr & Friends
331 Club
Rock, rock, rock-n-roll.
21+, Free, 10 pm

Magic Castles
Hell's Kitchen
Influenced by the Velvet Underground, Spaceman 3, and Galaxie 500.
21+, $5, 10 pm

Sunday 5/27/2012

Canterbury Park
Click here for full lineup.
AA, $46 GA, VIP is SOLD OUT, 11 am

The Official Soundset Afterparty with Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, and more
First Ave.
Save some energy for the afterparty.
18+, $10 adv, $15 door, 10 pm

Grolar Bears (Vinyl release) with Saltee, Max Corcoran Project, Hipshakers
Triple Rock Social Club
A nineteen person funk band.
18+, $5, 8 pm

A Winter in Exile with Monogon, Logical Void, Fail to Decay
Station 4
A four piece metal band reigning from Rochester.
AA, $8 adv, $10 door, 4 pm

Nick Leet with Kevin Steinman
Turf Club
Rock 'n' roll with a rootsy slant.
21+, $5, 7 pm

Paris Bennett
Dakota Jazz Club
A pint-sized American Idol.
AA, $25, 7 pm

Stop Drop with Blue Ruin, The Projection
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
An intrepid quad of working unknowns.
AA, $5, 5 pm

Show & Tell featuring Kyle Kosieracki, Ryan Smith & Pony, Brian Gruidle
Kitty Cat Klub
Stories and music.
21+, Free, 9 pm

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