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Local Gig List: April 30-May 5

Tuesday, April 30

Teenage Moods, Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
7 p.m., $7, 18+
Celebrate Valborgsmässoafton—a Swedish word for the annual welcoming of spring—around a bonfire in the Swedish Institute’s courtyard and with live music from melodic rockers Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir and Teenage Moods. Indoors, DJs Adatrak and D’Jo will spin records and hip-hop act Zac HB will accompany a handful of live art performances. More info on Facebook.

Casey O’Brien and Friends
Turf Club, St. Paul
8:30 p.m., $5, 21+
Bassist and producer Casey O’Brien leads his last jam session of the month at the Turf. The first set will feature a jazz performance by drummer Peter Leggett, keyboardist DeVon Gray, and O’Brien, while the second set will explore soul and R&B with the help of Yasmina Moore-Foster, Marcus Schmid, Blair Krivanek, and Graham O’Brien.

Trampled by Turtles
Clyde Iron Works, Duluth
7 p.m., $25 (weeklong pass), 21+
Just one of many, many excellent shows happening in Duluth this week for the Homegrown Festival. More info and a complete schedule is available online here.

Wednesday, May 1

Chants & Seas, Lydia Liza
Honey, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, 18+
A trio of talented acoustic acts usher in May Day with an intimate gig at Honey. Duo Chants & Seas headline, with support from Lydia Liza (of Bomba de Luz) and Easton Bennett (formerly of A Tree With Roots).

Thursday, May 2

Disaster Bird, El Le Faunt
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $7, 21+
Four bands provide four unique takes on the folk genre. Disaster Bird opens the night, followed by El Le Faunt and His Traveling Circus; My God, the River!; and Cantankerous Folk.

Friday, May 3

The Secret Stash Soul Revue
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $25
The Twin Cities Funk & Soul All-Stars take over the Dakota for a two-night stand this weekend. Local soul pioneers Sonny Knight, Maurice Jacox and vocal group the Valdons will be joined by a like-minded singer from the current generation of local talent, Chastity Brown.

Marijuana Deathsquads May Residency
Icehouse, Minneapolis
11 p.m., $8, 21+
Noise collective Marijuana Deathsquads and the rest of the Totally Gross National Product crew will be setting up camp at Icehouse every Friday in May. Expect cameos, cross-pollinations, oddities, and the blissful randomness of organized chaos. The first installment will feature support from Greg Grease and Umami, with live video action from Playatta.

Buildings 7″ Release Show
Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
Paint-peeling noise rock trio Buildings celebrate the release of their new split 7″ with support from Omaha’s Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship, Oblivion, Ghostmouth, and Lazarus Long.

With a Gun For a Face CD-Release Show
Cause, Minneapolis
10 p.m., $5, 21+
Get ready to RAWK. With a Gun For a Face celebrate the release of their new Autocrat (sample the first single here) with openers Animal Lover, Braver, and Congorats.

Get Cryphy
First Avenue’s Record Room, Minneapolis
10 p.m., $3 adv/$5 door, 18+
One of the best dance parties in town, hands down. Featuring the handiwork of Get Cryphy DJs Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, Last Word, and Fundo.

Saturday, May 4

Har Mar Superstar
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $12, 21+
Har Mar swings back through his old stomping grounds with his excellent new soul album, Bye Bye 17, in tow. With support from the Chalice, Baby Boys, and Painted Ponys.

Haley Bonar and Carroll
Icehouse, Minneapolis
10:30 p.m., $15, 21+
In what’s being billed as ”a very special evening of sorcery and witchcraft,” Haley Bonar will return to Icehouse to play solo songs both new and old with support from a band that has swept both City Pages’ Best New Band award category and Vita.mn’s Are You Local? competition, Carroll.

The Secret Stash Soul Revue
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $25
The Twin Cities Funk & Soul All-Stars take over the Dakota for a two-night stand this weekend. Local soul pioneers Sonny Knight, Maurice Jacox and vocal group the Valdons will be joined by a like-minded singer from the current generation of local talent, Chastity Brown.

Heatbox CD-Release Show
Cabooze, Minneapolis
8:30 p.m., $5, 18+
Beatboxer, looper, singer, and rapper Heatbox celebrates the release of his new Get Some Level 2 with support from like-minded MC Carnage and indie folk group i like you.