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Local Gig List: December 24-29

I tried to find a little something for everyone this week, whether you feel like partying it up for the holidays or not. There are also quite a few reunions and special appearances happening this week, including the return of the Ashtray Hearts! Party on, Wayne…

Monday, December 24

Jewbilee 2012
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8:00 PM, $3, 18+
The annual bash started by DJ and avid concertgoer Danny Sigelman provides a respite from Christmas festivities for Jewish music lovers. This year’s event will feature an all-star cast of performers, including the Sons of Moses with Bobby Z and Sim Glaser, Minnesota Free Klezmer Orchestra, Mike 2600, and a handful of comedians.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mad Ripple Hootenanny
Turf Club, St. Paul
8:00 PM, $5, 21+
A super-sized hoot in honor of omnipresent showgoer Allison Locey, who will be celebrating her birthday. Led by Jim Walsh and featuring Brianna Lane, Mayda, Katy Vernon, Ben Glaros, Ashleigh Still, Martin Devaney, Frank Randall, Chris Perricelli, Terry Walsh, Eliza Blue, and more.

Moore By Four
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, $25
Vocal quintet Moore by Four were one of the Dakota’s biggest regular acts back in the ’80s and ’90s; now, their performances as a group are more rare, but the members are still familiar faces in both the jazz and choral scenes. The group is led by Sanford Moore and includes Connie Evingson, Ginger Commodore, Dennis Spears, and Yoalande Bruce.

Crunkmas 2012
Nomad Pub, Minneapolis
9:00 PM. $5, 21+
This is always a wild night. City on the Make headline with support from DJ Turtleneck & Nicholas Chop, Meta and Greg Grease, and Munqs.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Bad Plus
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, $40
One of Minneapolis’s finest avant jazz trios returns for their annual run of late-December shows at the Dakota. Also Friday and Saturday nights. 

Ten Centuries
Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis
9:00 PM, $5, 21+
“Calling all ghosts,” reads the invite for this night, which conjurs up rare appearances by wintry indie-folk duo Ten Centuries and Askeleton, plus bassist Sean McPherson’s side project Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra.

Occupy the Mic: Hip Hop Benefit
Honey, Minneapolis
7:00 PM, $10 adv/$15 door, 18+
Some of the area’s best sociopolitical rappers rally to raise money for the Occupy Homes movement. Featuring I Self Devine, The Lioness, Toki Wright, Guante, and more.


Friday, December 28

Soul Asylum
First Avenue, Minneapolis
8:00 PM, $20, 18+
Minneapolis legends Soul Asylum return for their first local show without founding member Danny Murphy, who left the group earlier this year. The show will feature a performance of their breakout 1992 album Grave Dancers Union

The Sunny Era Vinyl Release
331 Club, Minneapolis
10:00 PM, free, 21+
Eclectic chamber-folk group the Sunny Era reprise their release show from earlier this winter, this time in celebration of a vinyl imprint of their new album, Lost in the Sea of Ghosts.


Saturday, December 29

Absolutely Cuckoo: Minnesota Covers the “69 Love Songs”
First Avenue, Minneapolis
5:30 PM, $10 advance, $12 door, 18+
This one’s a biggie. In coordination with the release of the all-Minnesotan covers album Absolutely Cuckoo, an enormous cast of local luminaries will gather in the Mainroom to perform the Magnetic Fields’ seminal concept album 69 Love Songs live. Featuring Actual Wolf, Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees, the Chalice, Me & My Arrow, and many, many more.

Mages EP-Release Show
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8:00 PM, $5, 18+
Dreamy psych-rockers Mages celebrate the release of their new EP, Serotonin Sails, with support from Love Lake and Rupert Angeleyes.

Adam J Dunn’s Farewell Party
Fine Line Music Cafe
9:00 PM, $8, 18+
Up-and-coming videographer Adam J. Dunn bid adieu to the Twin Cities before migrating to California. His farewell bash will feature performances by Toussaint Morrison and Ceewhy feat. Raising Mons.

The Pinsch Carnival New Year’s Party
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
9:00 PM, $10 (2 for 1 admission between 9 and 10 PM),
Power-pop quartet the Pinsch celebrate the release of their debut EP, Inside Jokes for Outside People, with support from Prissy Clerks and Real Numbers and carnival side-show entertainment from Tawnya “Sweetpea” Konobeck, Musette Mistress of Mischief and Luna Rouge Bellydance. 


Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Big Wu
Fine Line Music Cafe
7:00 PM, $25, 21+
Some of the Cabooze’s most notable regulars converge for one big night, including the Big Wu, Alex Rossi & Root City, Heatbox, and more. 

New Standards
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, $30
There’s nothing quite like enjoying classy modern covers dished up by the New Standards in the Dakota’s beautiful room. 

The Ashtray Hearts
Turf Club, St. Paul
9:00 PM, $5, 21+
Alt-country at its finest. The Ashtray Hearts re-emerge after a two-year hiatus to play a rare show; they’ll also be previewing songs off their forthcoming record, The Strangest Light