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Golden Smog with Chan Poling, Jordan Gatesmith, the Magnolias playing Kill Kancer benefit

This show is still a ways out, but with tickets going on sale tomorrow it’s a good time to note that Kill Kancer will take place at the Cedar next month. The show is being held in memory of former Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller, who passed away in 2005 of throat cancer, and proceeds will go toward “Karl’s Fund” at the Minnesota Medical Foundation.

The last time a benefit of this scale was held for Karl was back in 2004 at the Quest, and it ended up showcasing many of Minnesota’s rock figureheads in an unforgettable evening. Not only was it the last time Mueller was able to perform publicly with Soul Asylum, but it also featured an extremely rare, unplanned reunion set by Hüsker Dü bandmates Bob Mould and Grant Hart, a set by the Gear Daddies, and an appearance by Paul Westerberg, who said it was one of the only instances where he seriously considered reuniting the Replacements for a show.

Next month’s Kill Kancer show is shaping up to be an equally historical night. Rock supergroup Golden Smog will perform with Chan Poling of the Suburbs, and other acts include The Magnolias, Jordan Gatesmith of Howler (who grew up living next door to Karl Mueller and his wife Mary Beth), and Curtiss A’s Dark Click. And given the fluid nature of Golden Smog shows, the network of talented music friends that Mueller amassed over the years, and the fact that Soul Asylum’s current lineup will be in town rehearsing for July’s album-release show, it’s anyone’s guess who else might show up. 

Kill Kancer is happening Sunday night, June 17 — the night after Gatesmith performs with Howler at Rock the Garden. Show info and tickets will be available here.