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First Avenue’s annual Replacements tribute to spotlight Don’t Tell a Soul

This Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., First Avenue will present “A Tribute to the Replacements,” an annual show featuring a slew of local artists performing Replacements hits. The show will take place in both the Mainroom and the Entry. This year’s concert will feature the Melismatics, Two Harbors, BNLX, Stereo Confession, and Black Diet, among others. The evening will climax with a full performance of the Replacements’ Don’t Tell a Soul, featuring the Melismatics and an all-star succession of vocalists.

All proceeds will go toward the Slim Dunlap Fund. In 2012, Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a massive right brain stroke; proceeds will go toward paying for his long-term, around-the-clock care (not covered by insurance). In addition, the proceeds will benefit the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, an organization dedicated to financially supporting members of the local music community unable to work due to unforeseen illnesses or accidents.

Released in 1989, Don’t Tell a Soul was a stylistic change from previous Replacements albums, with a softer and more polished rock sound. Despite its bad rep, “the record succeeds on its own terms,” according to Pitchfork critic Mark Richardson. Martin Devaney, who’s on the bill for Saturday, calls the album “unfairly maligned. It has some great tunes, and Slim Dunlap is on it.”

This year has been a big one for the Replacements. 2014 highlights include their first Minnesota gig in two decades and an appearance on The Tonight Show. In addition to all this excitement, the band revealed to Rolling Stone that they’ll “likely” make another album at some point in the future. Don’t expect any cameos on Friday, but the band’s spirit will be unmistakable.

Brenda Tran is a student at the University of Minnesota.