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Local Gig List: May 13-19

Singer-songwriter and Ol' Yeller collaborator Germaine Gemberling has a new album out this week. (Publicity photo)


Monday, May 13

Auto-Tune Karaoke
Nomad Pub, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Lizzo hosts this weekly karaoke night at the Nomad, which gives attendees the chance to sing their favorite songs in Auto-Tune.

Tuesday, May 14

Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, 21+
Ehsan Alam (formerly of Revolver Modele) leads Iguano, a ’60s garage and soul group that should spice up your Tuesday. They’ll be joined by Launch Party and Space Cats.

UMAMI, City on the Make, Vandaam
Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
This slam dunk lineup includes buzzy newcomers Vandaam, the latest group to emerge out of the sexy electro-R&B movement, plus the always-on-point blues punk stalwarts City on the Make and dance-pop project UMAMI. New experimental rockers Prison Bus will open the evening.

Wednesday, May 15

The Blackberry Brandy Boys
Icehouse, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $6, 21+
Cosmic country covers delivered by Dave Campbell and an eight-piece band. Fellow Current DJs Bill DeVille and Jill Riley will be on hand to spin songs before and after the set.

Thursday, May 16

The Funeral and the Twilight Tape-Release Show
Kitty Cat Klub, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Satanic punk trio the Funeral and the Twilight will release their “disgusting and evil fifth record,” LUST, on cassette at this tour kick-off show, with support from Portland’s Singing Knives and Milwaukee’s Brief Candles. CLAPS will also be on hand to DJ between sets.

Torch the Spires and Nightosaur
331 Club, Minneapolis
10 p.m., free, 21+
Get a head start on this weekend’s Art-A-Whirl festivities with this “Start-A-Whirl” show, featuring free sets by metalheads Nightosaur and Torch the Spires.

Friday, May 17

Rebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy X
First Avenue, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $10 adv/$12 door, 18+
Now in its 10th year, Rock for Pussy showcases the best music of David Bowie’s career sung by some of the Twin Cities’ finest vocalists. This year’s installment will feature cameos from Orion Treon (Phantom Tails), Liam Benzvi (Strange Names), Reed Wilkerson (Black Church Service), Christian Erickson (Blue Sky Blackout), Liam Watkins (Driftwood Pyre), Ciaran Daly (The Idle Hands), Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses, and many more.

Germaine Gemberling Album-Release Show
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $6, 21+
It’s a Northern Minnesota takeover at the Turf. Iron Rangers Ol’ Yeller and singer-songwriter Germaine Gemberling will perform two sets together—one of Ol’ Yeller tunes, and one of songs off Gemberling’s new Chaperone Records release, Generator. Opening the night will be Duluth gospel-folk quartet Southwire.

Kill the Vultures
331 Club, Minneapolis
6 p.m., free, all ages
Just one of many, many shows happening this weekend in Northeast for Art-A-Whirl, Kill the Vultures will headline the outdoor stage at the 331 this Friday night for their first local show in months. KTV play at 9 p.m., after sets by Milwaukee Sub Pop artist Jaill, Kansas City’s Quiet Corral, and Twin Cities Springsteen enthusiasts Tramps Like Us.

Crunchy Kids Album-Release Show
Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $10, 21+
Live hip-hop crew Crunchy Kids will celebrate the release of their new album, Mint, with support from rapper Chris Hooks (formerly of the Tribe and Big Cats) and Absynthe, the new project from Sophia Eris and Lizzo of the Chalice.

Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
7 p.m., $10 adv/$12 door, all ages
Put your dancing shoes on for this one-two punch from Afro-Cuban group Malamanya and openers Bato Bato.

Saturday, May 18

Como Avenue Jug Band Album-Release Show
Indeed Brewing, Minneapolis
12-10 p.m., free, all ages
A handful of the Twin Cities’ most beloved jug and roots bands will gather to perform and celebrate the release of The Como Avenue Jug Band Tries Again!, the second release from Como Avenue Jug Band. With The Cactus Blossoms, The Roe Family Singers, The Brian Just Band, Martin Devaney, The Brass Messengers, PennyRoyal, and Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers.

Heiruspecs Scholarship Show
Turf Club, St. Paul
8 p.m., $10, 21+
Heiruspecs headline this annual benefit show, which raises money for an arts scholarship that provides financial assistance to recent graduates of Central High School in St. Paul. This year’s show will feature openers Sean Anonymous, Beatnik, and Central High group Whistlekid.

Dillinger Four
Grumpy’s Northeast, Minneapolis
12-10 p.m., $TBA, 21+
Influential Minneapolis punk group Dillinger Four will headline the Art-A-Whirl festivities at Grumpy’s NE, which also features performances by L’Assassins, Seawhores, Bombay Sweets, and many more.