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Local Gig List: November 12-18

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Don’t let the first dustings of snow discourage you from getting out to catch a little live music this week. There are plenty of options this week, especially on Friday night, as Minnesotan artists celebrate a few new albums and perform a few unique all-ages events. As always, you can find more shows on The Current’s event calendar.


Monday, November 12

Crisis Line (opening for Eyes Lips Eyes)
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $6 adv/$8 door, 18+
The latest in a long line of impossible-to-Google bands, Crisis Line make dark dance music that combines TV on the Radio-reminiscent vocals with swaths of synths. They’ll be joined by Eyes Lips Eyes (in town from L.A. to headline) and Heaven on Howitzers.

In Defence
Memory Lanes, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Punk rock bowling hosts a stellar lineup tonight, featuring heavy-touring, baseball-wielding hardcore band In Defence, newer group HYAX, and a touring bands OWL (Oakland) and Opposition Rising (Boston).

Tuesday, November 13

Actual Wolf
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $5, 21+
Eric Pollard brings his Picked to Click new project to yet another St. Paul venue for a monthly residency; this time he’ll be at the Turf Club every Tuesday night in November. Farewell Circuit opens this week and next week’s shows.

Thursday, November 15

France Camp
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $7, 21+
France Camp (ex-Howler) brings his lo-fi garage project back to the Turf to headline a night that also features a pair of Brooklyn psych-rockers (Quiet Loudly and Pow Wow!) and Springsteen cover band Tramps Like Us.

Phil Solem
400 Bar, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $6, 21+
Esteemed songwriter Phil Solem’s catalog runs far deeper than the Friends theme song he helped pen. The former Rembrandt will bring his solo material to the 400 with a full backing band, and will be joined by San Diego’s Chris Wilson & Planet Earth, Pony Up! (Pony Hixon-Smith of the Melismatics), and Thee Duke of Dark.

The Chalice
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
6 p.m., free, all ages
Catch the recent Picked to Click champions live at this free show, which is part of the MIA’s “Third Thursday” series. The museum will showcasing their latest exhibition, “China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy.”

Friday, November 16

Chastity Brown
United Methodist Church, Minneapolis
7 p.m., free, all ages
Chastity headlines this totally free concert, and will be joined by openers the Daredevil Christopher Wright and Black Audience.

Astronautalis and Bomba de Luz
The Garage, Burnsville
7 p.m., $10 adv/$12 door, all ages
Another option for the all ages crowd, this show pairs hyperliterate rapper and ace freestyler Astronautalis with up-and-coming high schoolers Bomba de Luz. With support from Karizma, North Star Wisdom and Dueling Lyricists.

BNLX Fest, Pt. 1
Cause, Minneapolis
9 p.m., TBA, 21+
With their first full-length album out this week, BNLX are hosting two huge nights of music at Cause. Friday night’s lineup features International Karate, Two Harbors, Blue Sky Blackout, and Fury Things in addition to BNLX. 

Ray Smart (Album-Release Show)
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
7:30 p.m., $7, 21+
Formerly the lead singer of Drift Effect, Ray Smart re-emerges with his first solo album, The Attley Project. With the Small Cities, Postina, and White Lines Grey Matter.

The Murder of Crows
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul
8 p.m., $10, 21+
Alan Sparhawk brings his latest project back for its second-ever Twin Cities show. The Murder of Crows finds him experimenting with violinist Gaelynn Lea to create moody, atmospheric and at times overwhemingly emotive soundscapes. With openers Deceitful Lapwings.

Claire de Lune
The Whole Music Club, Minneapolis
7:30 p.m., free, all ages
Claire de Lune, who is also one-third of hip-hop trio the Chalice, headlines a free show in the basement of the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union. She’ll be joined by rapper Bobby Phisher.

Saturday, November 17

BNLX Fest, Pt. 2
Cause, Minneapolis
9 p.m., TBA, 21+
With their first full-length album out this week, BNLX are hosting two huge nights of music at Cause. Saturday’s lineup features Pink Mink, BNLX, Me and My Arrow, Wiping Out Thousands, and Gloss.

With a Gun for a Face
Nether Bar, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $6, 18+
Located in the basement of AEG’s new downtown Minneapolis venue Mill City Nights, the Nether Bar has just recently started hosting showcases of local acts. At this show, With a Gun for a Face will be joined by City On The Make, Strange, and Fury Things.

Bethany Larson & the Bees Knees
Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
10 p.m., $5, 21+
Alt-country influenced songwriting Bethany Larson brings her band to the Kitty Cat this Saturday night to join a can’t-go-wrong bill that also features High on Stress, Disaster Bird, and Adam Svec.

Battlefish (CD-Release Show)
Nomad Pub, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, 21+
’90s alt-rock revivalists Battlefish celebrate the release of their self-titled debut along with openers Rapedoor, Tiger Blue, and Infidels. 

Have a show you’d like to have considered for the Local Gig List? Email aswensson@mpr.org