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Local Gig List: January 29-February 3

Charlie Parr plays a pair of album-release shows at the Cedar this week. (Photo by Richard Narum)


Looking for some live music options this week? We’re here to help. Minnesota musicians from around the state will be in the Twin Cities celebrating new albums, an ex-pat will return home for an intimate show, and David Bowie’s work will be celebrated at two separate shows.

For even more to do, check the Current’s event calendar.

Tuesday, January 29

José James
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
7 p.m., $20, all ages
Minneapolis-raised, NYC-based singer José James returns home to promote his new R&B/soul/jazz hybrid album No Beginning No End, which is his first release on the influential Blue Note label. DJ Brian Engel of Hipshaker will open the night.

Lady Heat Hot Soul Party
Icehouse, Minneapolis
10:30 p.m., $2, 21+
DJs Christy Hunt, Danielle Morris, and Sara Jean Hanson warm up the dancefloor with old-school funk, soul, and ’60s garage rock records.

Wednesday, January 30

Erik Tasa with John Ewing
Turf Club Clown Lounge, St. Paul
8 p.m., $5, 21+
The Rockford Mules frontman will bring a few friends to help him flesh out his more introspective, folky solo material, including songs off his excellent 2012 EP, Ballad of a Winter Beard.

Transmission’s CHANGES
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
It’s a big year for Bowie fans, with a new full-length album due out March 12. To tide fans over, DJ Jake Rudh will host his annual Bowie tribute and play music videos from throughout the influential artist’s career. And if that doesn’t sate you…

Soap performs David Bowie
Cabooze, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $7, 18+
Minneapolis Dance-rock band Soap will perform a few sets of original tunes sprinkled with Bowie covers, and one set that will find them performing The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars from start to finish.

Thursday, January 31

Making Music: Astronautalis
Whole Music Club, Minneapolis
8 p.m., free, all ages
J.G. Everest’s interview series returns with guest Astronautalis for the first and only Making Music event of the spring season. Admission is free but space is limited, so reserve your spot in advance.

Andra Suchy
Icehouse, Minneapolis
6 p.m., free, all ages
Talented prairie-folk songwriter and A Prairie Home Companion singer Andra Suchy will play this intimate dinnertime show at Icehouse with accompaniment from her husband and musical collaborator Andrew Pierzina.

Friday, February 1

Turning Rebellion into Money: A Tribute to Joe Strummer
First Avenue, Minneapolis
7:30 p.m., $5 adv/$10 door, 18+
Dozens of local musicians band together to pay tribute to the Clash’s Joe Strummer and raise money for Free Arts MN, which provides art supplies and art therapy to at-risk and abused youth. The event is being held in memory of Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy’s son Daniel, who lost his life to suicide early last year. Adam Levy will perform along with Dylan Hicks, Haley Bonar, James Diers, Rogue Valley, Rob Skoro with the Anonymous Choir, and many more.

Charlie Parr Album-Release Show
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $15, all ages
Duluth Blues troubadour Charlie Parr wraps up his state-spanning Barnswallow album-release tour with a pair of shows at the Cedar. For Friday night’s gig he’ll be joined by openers Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers.

Retribution Gospel Choir
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $10 adv/$12 door, 21+
Alan Sparhawk’s rock trio returns to the Twin Cities for their first show since releasing the sprawling, jammy new 3. Expect a few extended improvisational meanderings and spiritual awakenings as they prepare to head out on a mini tour in support of their new album. With Pony Trash and Southwire.

Bedlam Community Design Center, Minneapolis
6 p.m., free, all ages
Hip-hop activists Toki Wright and Mankwe top the lineup for this SEIU and CTUL-organized labor and justice celebration, which will also feature performances by Sean Anonymous, Raising the Bar featuring J. Brown, Mark Kreazy, Zenon Delgado and Pilar Vatres, and DJ Truckstache, plus work from a dozen local artists.

Ben Kyle and Freedy Johnston
Icehouse, Minneapolis
10 p.m., $12, 21+
Romantica frontman Ben Kyle will perform a set of solo material from his latest, Ben Kyle. He’ll share the evening with acclaimed New York singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston.

Saturday, February 2

Story of the Sea and BNLX
Icehouse, Minneapolis
10:30 p.m., $5, 21+
Can Icehouse handle this much noise? I’m recommending this gig simply for the chance to watch Story of the Sea’s drummer Ian Prince up close and personal, and BNLX are sure to transfix the crowd at Icehouse with their driving new wave/power pop as well.

Charlie Parr Album-Release Show
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $15, all ages
Duluth Blues troubadour Charlie Parr wraps up his state-spanning Barnswallow album-release tour with a pair of shows at the Cedar. For Saturday’s gig he’ll be joined by openers the Murder of Crows.

Nikki Matteson and Rich Rue
Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul
8 p.m., free, all ages
Nikki and Rich from Nikki and the RueMates perform a stripped-down set at the Lowertown coffee and wine bar.

Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $5, 18+
Four bands from the Twin Cities ska community provide the live soundtrack for this four-round dance-off, which promises prizes and drink specials for attendees.