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Local Gig List: August 13-19

Each week on The Current’s Local Show, we pick out a handful of promising Twin Cities shows to recommend to our listeners. For your convenience, we thought we’d starting rounding up all this concert info into an easy-to-read list and adding in a few other must-see events that are coming up this week. Behold: Our new local gig list, compiled by Jon Schober and myself.

Sample tracks by many of the acts featured in our gig list in this embed of last night’s show (and peruse the playlist here):

Monday, August 13

Rogue Valley
Loring Park
7 p.m., free, all ages
The longstanding Loring Park Music & Movies tradition continues this week with a free show by Chris Koza’s expansive folk-pop outfit Rogue Valley, followed by a screening of the French fantasy film The City of Lost Children. The Current’s Bill DeVill and Jill Riley will be on hand to DJ before and after Rogue Valley’s set.

Wednesday, August 15

Cjell Cruze with Portage, Brilliant Beast
7th St. Entry
7 p.m., $5, 18+
We’ve been getting quite the reaction from our listeners to the debut album by Cjell Cruze, a band of four St. Cloud natives who recorded their lo-fi tribute to Americana in their current home of Minneapolis. Though they are still relatively new, the band has already started to evolve into a fuller-sounding live act, and Wednesday’s show will be their fourth show ever. 

Actual Wolf
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
9 p.m., free, 21+
Our in-studio guest on the Local Show this week continues his August residency at the Amsterdam in downtown St. Paul. 

Friday, August 17

F to I to X Launch Party
Triple Rock Social Club
9 p.m., $5 adv/$8 door, 18+
Though they’ve shared bills in the past, Friday night marks the official launch of group effort F to I to X (pronounced “FIX”), and will feature sets by the three genre-defying acts that comprise the collective: Kill the Vultures, No Bird Sing, and Kristoff Krane. Keep an eye on the blog this week for the debut of their collaborative new track and an interview with the crew.

Sleep Study CD-Release Show
7th St. Entry
8 p.m., $5, 18+
Alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Paul Plewacki (formerly of Ryan Paul & the Ardents) went through a rebirth of sorts with the launch of his new band, Sleep Study, abandoning the acoustic guitar for the scuzzier electric fuzz of late-’70s rock. With Prissy Clerks, the Small Cities, and Hannah von der Hoff.

Saturday, August 18

Pert Near Sandstone Backyard Bonfire
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
3 p.m., $20 adv/$25 door, 18+
Pert Near Sandstone have curated their first show at the Cabooze Plaza with a handful of bluegrass and folk bands. Whether it’s seeing Dave Simonett get some time to relax from his touring with Trampled By Turtles or watching the buzzed-about Cactus Blossoms emerge from their residency at the Turf, it’s a good chance to see the best and brightest in this genre. With Dead Man Winter, Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles, Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, The Cactus Blossoms, Sans Souci Quartet and The Farmhouse Band. 

West Bank Music Festival
Cedar Ave. and Riverside
3 p.m., $10, all ages
Another installment of the West Bank Music Festival is upon us, uniting the diverse neighborhood for a killer line-up that fuses punk, hip-hop, electronica and rock and roll into one packed day. For the pricetag and amount of acts playing, this is always one of the best summer deals to take advantage of. Featuring Astronautalis, MaLLy, Wiping Out Thousands, Bloodnstuff, Greycoats, Phantom Tails, Food Pyramid, L’Assassins and many more. Read more and find set times here.

The Murder of Crows with Jack Campbell, Andy Elwell
7th St. Entry
8 p.m., $10, 18+
Alan Sparhawk (Low, Retribution Gospel Choir) and violinist Gaelynn Lea (Snöbarn)’s new collaboration made quite the splash at this year’s Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, and now the duo is making their first live appearance in the Twin Cities. Learn more about the band in our profile.

Background Noise Crew CD-Release
Hell’s Kitchen
The Background Noise Crew will celebrate the addition of two new members (Legend Has It and J.L. Magee), the release of a new compilation, Everybody Does This, Vol. 2, and their five-year anniversary as a hip-hop collective at this gig, which will feature performances by the crew as well as TTxBC (The Tribe & Big Cats!), Unknown Prophets, and Q. Moore.


For more on what’s happening this week, check out The Current’s event calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in this space, send your info to aswensson@mpr.org.