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Local Gig List: September 10-16

Credit: Bo Hakala

Many of the bigger shows are moving indoors as the temperature declines into that oh-so-perfect fall crispness, but there are still a few chances to take in some live music outdoors this week.

Ladies and gentlemen, another busy week of Twin Cities gigs awaits you…

Monday, September 10

Fairfax, AK
Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
If you’re looking for a way to ease back into the work week, it doesn’t get much better than the Kitty Cat’s chill series of weeknight shows. This one features burgeoning folk-rock group Fairfax, AK, plus Broken Lines and Flowerstalks. 

Tuesday, September 11

Ben Kyle Album-Release Show
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis 
7 p.m., $15, all ages
Romantica fans needn’t worry that this solo venture from frontman Ben Kyle signals the end of their group. Kyle called on his Romantica bandmates and musical friends like Carrie Rodriguez to accompany him on a new collection of deeply personal, pensive material, and he will perform with a band of familiar faces at this release show. Rodriguez will open with Romantica’s pedal steel player Luke Jacobs. 

Wednesday, September 12

The Daredevil Christopher Wright
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis 
7 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door, 18+
The Eau Claire folk-rockers return to the Twin Cities on the heels of their latest full-length, The Nature of Things. With openers Sleeping In The Aviary.

Coloring Time
Turf Club Clown Lounge, St. Paul
8 p.m., $5, 21+
Who exactly will show up to perform at this freewheeling spoken word-meets-improvised rock jam? We aren’t sure, and that’s part of the thrill. Core members Joe Horton, Graham and Casey O’Brien, Robert Mulrennan, and Chris Cunningham are often joined by an array of surprise guests like Peter Pisano (Peter Wolf Crier), Kristoff Krane, and Crescent Moon (Kill the Vultures).

Thursday, September 13

Communist Daughter
Mears Park, St. Paul 
6 p.m., free, all ages
The last in a summer-long series of outdoor music will be headlined by folk-pop band Communist Daughter, with openers the Dead Flowers and Sans Souci Quartet. 

Spinal Tap
Pepito’s Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
7 p.m., $12, all ages
The recurring “Rock ‘n’ Roll Picture Show” event pairs classic rock movies with appearances by notable guests. This week, a screening of This is Spinal Tap will feature special guest Trace Beaulieu of Mystery Science Theater 3000. 

Friday, September 14

Chris Bates CD-Release Show
Artists’ Quarter, St. Paul
9 p.m., $10, all ages (with guardian)
Bassist Chris Bates will play two back-to-back nights with his Red 5 — featuring saxophonists Brandon Wozniak and Chris Thomson, trumpeter Zack Lozier, and drummer JT Bates — in celebration of his album New Hope. Also Saturday. 

331 Club, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
A recent favorite on the Local Show and Local Stream, lo-fi rockers Caetani will play a free gig this Friday in Northeast. With Andy Ulseth and Further Adjustments.

Martin Dosh’s First Annual 40th Birthday Party
Turf Club, St. Paul
8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door, 21+
The prolific drummer and composer celebrates his birthday with a huge bash, featuring Zebulon Pike, Baths, Pizza Boys, Jel, Good Morning Gentlemen, DJ Odd Nosdam and the “First annual MN Drum-Off” with Dave King, JT Bates, Tim Glenn and Martin Dosh himself. Profits from the show go to BuildingDignity.org

Saturday, September 15

Hip-Hop Harambee
Nomad Pub (Parking Lot), Minneapolis
2 p.m., $10 adv/$15 door
National headliner Talib Kweli will cap off a day of Twin Cities hip-hop on the West Bank, which also features Sims, Mankwe with Medium Zach, Sean Anonymous, Audio Perm, and many more. Full lineup and ticket info here.

Bob Mould
First Avenue, Minneapolis
6 p.m., $25, 18+ 
The Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman returns home for a marathon show that will begin with a performance of Sugar’s Copper Blue and be followed up by Mould’s entire new solo album, The Silver Age. With All Eyes West.

White Light Riot Farewell Show
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door, 18+
Eight years into their run as a band, White Light Riot will play one final show before calling it quits. Read my interview with drummer Mark Schwandt about their break-up here. With So It Goes and The Color Pharmacy

Dessa’s Lipstick Launch
8 p.m., $5, 21+
Talented vocalists Aby Wolf and Ashley Gold will perform with a live band at this unique charity event, which celebrates the launch of Dessa’s new shade of lipstick. Sales of the lip color, made by local company the Elixery, will benefit CARE.org.