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Local Gig List: April 8-12

Matt Wilson and John Munson of the Twilight Hours. (Publicity photo)


Monday, April 8

Reina del Cid and the Cidizens
Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul
9 p.m., free, 21+
How this band continues to fly under the radar, I’ll never understand. Dexterous folk singer and storyteller Reina del Cid leads her band through a free set of music each and every Monday night at the Amsterdam. This week, she’ll be joined by openers War Poets.

The Magikats, Fury Things, Bear the Sound
Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
The Kitty Cat’s booking has been on point lately, with showcases of some of the best up-and-coming new rock bands on popping up on the calendar every week. Tonight’s lineup features three of the fuzzier psych-influenced acts that caught my attention while sifting through this year’s Are You Local? entries. One of the acts, Bear the Sound, will be celebrating the release of their debut album.

Memory Lanes, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Radio K favorites Oaks will unfurl their unique shoegaze-meets-industrial sound atop the bowling alley lanes tonight, with support from doom metalheads Bellow and Temple.

Tuesday, April 9

Year of the Horse
The Belmore, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, all ages
Adam Hurlburt and Zach Coulter of Solid Gold are holding down a weekly residency at the Belmore for the foreseeable future. Their spacey, sexy improvisational jams are the perfect complement to the ambiance of this under-appreciated new downtown bar and restaurant.

Wednesday, April 10

Omaur Bliss, Big Cats
Icehouse, Minneapolis
9:30 p.m., $5, 21+
Rapper Omaur Bliss and producer Big Cats will take over Icehouse for an evening of DJing and “special showcase style performances.”

Thursday, April 11

Matt Wilson and John Munson
Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $10, all ages
The Twilight Hours’ Matt Wilson and John Munson will play a stripped-down set in the intimate listening room of the Aster, with songwriter Chris Koza opening.

Friday, April 12

Seawhores Vinyl-Release Show
Grumpy’s Downtown, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Noise band Seawhores will release their new B-side only, four-track vinyl record, The Hunt is On, at this multi-stage blowout. From the event description: “Expect double noise cymbals fighting against ten hertz brown sound noise followed by guest appearances from around the globe.”

Zoo Animal
Icehouse, Minneapolis
11 p.m., $8, 21+
Holly Newsom brings the newest configuration of her band Zoo Animal to Icehouse for her first headlining show in a spell. Opening will be Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, a new group made up of the members of Caetani.

Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul
6:30 p.m., $25, all ages
Romantica have been on a hiatus lately as frontman Ben Kyle focuses on promoting his solo album. But after a one-off show at Grumpy’s this past weekend, the band will be back in action this Friday night to play a benefit show for Regions Hospital. Proceeds will go toward massage, music, and energy-based therapies at Regions. Folk singer Lynn O’Brien opens.

First Avenue, Minneapolis
8 p.m., sold out, 18+
It’s not every week a Minnesota artist can sell out not one, but two back-to-back nights in First Avenue’s Mainroom. Saturday night’s lineup will feature openers Mac Lethal, I Self Devine, and Haphduzn.

Aaron & the Sea, Carroll, Meme
Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis
10 p.m., $5, 21+
Recent Are You Local? champs Carroll will be sandwiched by a pair of excellent electro-pop acts, Aaron & the Sea and newcomers Meme (who I just profiled here).

Saturday, April 13

Black Church Service
331 Club, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Heavy, swaggering blues-rock from a group that recently added former Japhies lead singer Reed Wilkerson to its roster. They’ll be joined by City of Sound and Blue Claw.

First Avenue, Minneapolis
6 p.m., sold out, all ages
It’s not every week a Minnesota artist can sell out not one, but two back-to-back nights in First Avenue’s Mainroom. Saturday night’s lineup will feature openers Mod Sun, Culture Cry Wolf, and Meta.

Little Man (opening for Ike Reilly)
Turf Club, St. Paul
8 p.m., $15, 21+
If you’ve never seen Little Man’s Chris Perricelli wield his guitar and command a stage, this show is the perfect opportunity to see him in action. He’ll be reunited with Ike Reilly, for whom he once worked as a stage tech, at the venue where he and Reilly were first introduced to the Twin Cities music community way back in 2001.

Sunday, April 14

Chastity Brown
Icehouse, Minneapolis
11 a.m., free, all ages
A special brunchtime solo performance from one of the Twin Cities’ best singer-songwriters.