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Local Gig List: July 15-21

Kevin Steinman returns to Minneapolis to catch up with his hometown fans this week. (Publicity photo)


Tuesday, July 16

Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul
9 p.m., free, 21+
Like a younger sibling to Bloodnstuff, Brüder combine sludgy metal riffs with a pop sensibility to create fun, fiery rock music. With Myotis (featuring members of Total Trash) and L.A.’s Lakookala.

MunQs, the Set
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $5, 18+
Two melody-driven Midwestern indie bands (Kansas City’s Bears and Company and Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Carielle) will swing through town to play a show with two of the Twin Cities’ most underrated live acts, experimental pop artist MunQs and catchy rock band the Set. Settle in and stay for all four acts.

Wednesday, July 17

Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul
9 p.m., free, 21+
Genre-smashing Eastern European-influenced psych quartet Squares will be holding it down at the Amsterdam every Wednesday in July. This week’s installment will feature support from General B and the Wiz and Surgery at the Hands of Machines.

The Getarounds
Glensheen Mansion, Duluth
7 p.m., free, all ages
Recently formed duo the Getarounds will provide the musical entertainment at one of Duluth’s most historic and beautiful locales, the grounds of the Glensheen Mansion. The supposedly haunted estate, built in the early 1900s by Chester Congdon, will be a fantastic background for the spirited vocals and storytelling of duo Gaelynn Lea (Snöbarn, Murder of Crows) on violin and guitarist Dan Dresser (Three Song Sunday) as they perform outside (weather permitting).

Thursday, July 18

Local Current Live with Crankshaft
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
6 p.m., free, all ages
Local Current Live will showcase a talented Minnesotan artist as part of the ongoing Third Thursday series at the MIA. For this month’s installment, blues guitarist and singer Crankshaft will accompany the MIA’s Bike Night, which will offer free valet parking and free admission into the museum.

Friday, July 19

Kevin Steinman
318 Club, Excelsior
8 p.m., $10, all ages
Singer-songwriter Kevin Steinman has been on quite the journey this past year, uprooting his life in the Twin Cities in search of more accessible and affordable healthcare in his wife’s home country of Norway. This full-band show at the 318 marks his first visit to Minnesota since he moved, and the intimate setting of the Excelsior cafe should be the perfect setting for catching up with Steinman.

Frankie Lee (opening for Caitlin Rose)
Turf Club, St. Paul
8 p.m., $14, 21+
Alt-country crooner Frankie Lee released a remarkably polished debut EP earlier this year, and the band he’s assembled to perform those songs live is an all-star affair. If you’re heading to the Turf Friday for Nashville’s Caitlin Rose, make a point to get there early and scoot up to the front of the room to see Frankie.

Icehouse, Minneapolis
10:30, $10, 21+
Malamanya draw on traditional Latin American influences (especially Cuban son, samba, and salsa) to create a fiery, funky, and fresh sound that has quickly made them a much-loved live act in the Twin Cities.

Melvins Record-Release Show
Grumpy’s Downtown, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $15, 21+
If you’re looking for a more intimate affair or just want to stretch your Bash 13 experience into a 24-hour bender, snatch up tickets for this 200-capacity show by the Melvins, who will be releasing three 7″s and a 12″ this week. Also on the bill is Honky and Hepa-Titus. All three bands will also play outside in Grumpy’s parking lot on Saturday; see those details under Bash 13 below.

July Fighter CD-Release Show
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $6, 21+
Rock ‘n’ rollers July Fighter are releasing what they call their “most ambitious album to date,” Live and Let Live, with support from the Lost Wheels, American Revival, and Junebug.

Rex Bar, Duluth
10 p.m., $5,  21+
Long-time Duluth favorites, Gallus, will be playing one of their final shows this Friday at The Rex. Chris Kelly, frontman of the pop/rock group known to mix in a healthy dose of country, is heading back home to Seattle and putting Gallus on hiatus. The group has logged over a hundred shows these last two years and has made many musical friends along the way, so expect some special guests to make appearances. Fearless Moral Inventory and new band featuring some current Gallus members, Songs of Shipwreck, will open the show.

The Crunchy Bunch Mixtape Release
Red Star Lounge, Duluth
9 p.m., free,  21+
The Crunchy Bunch started when four young DJs with distinct styles and tastes teamed up with the goal of advancing their knowledge and honing their creativity in order to provide Duluth with the ultimate party soundtrack. Their work has paid off as the Crunchy Bunch are currently one of the most sought after groups in the city playing everywhere from music festivals, art shows, and downtown clubs to even the occasional gig spinning live sets for Duluth fitness classes. The foursome are dropping a brand new mixtape and are throwing a dance party complete with giveaways and a guest roster of Twin Ports talent including Dancedote, DJ Warhorse and the Duluth Local Show’s own Walt Dizzo supporting them on the bill.

Saturday, July 20

Bash 13
Grumpy’s Downtown, Minneapolis
2 p.m., $35, 21+
This is a big one. Grumpy’s owner and Amphetamine Reptiles label head Tom Hazelmeyer will bring the PAs outdoors and get the parking lot pavement quaking with sets by Die Kreuzen, the Melvins, Mudhoney (in their first Twin Cities appearance in 10 years!), Negative Approach, Gay Witch Abortion, Hepa/Titus, and Honky.

The Vibro Champs Reunion 
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $8, 21+
Early 2000s rockabilly band the Vibro Champs will re-emerge this weekend for a rare show, which will also include performances by Red Bone, Ernina, the Sex Rays, and burlesque artist Eva Strangelove.

Venus de Mars’ Audit Hell Fundraiser
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $7, 18+
As All the Pretty Horses frontwoman Venus de Mars and her wife, Lynette, navigate their way through an aggressive and discriminatory tax audit, friends are stepping up to offer emotional and financial support. Saturday’s fundraiser will feature sets by All the Pretty Horses, Pennyroyal, and Magneto Effect, plus special cameos by a handful of other artists. It will also mark the pre-release (via digital download cards) of White Horses: A Tribute To The Music of Venus De Mars, which features local artists covering De Mars’ work.

Palmer’s Bar, Minneapolis
1 p.m., $5, 21+
Now a two-day affair, this annual celebration showcases many of the regulars and favorite performers who grace the stage of Palmer’s, one of the West Bank’s oldest, tiniest, and most beloved bars. On Saturday, the High Crimes will be filming a live DVD during their set, and the night will end with performances by rip-roaring garage band Eleganza (featuring members of Chooglin’) and Cedar-Riverside staple Cadillac Kolstad.

1:15 Palmerceuticals
2:15 The May North
3:30 Corpse Reviver
4:45 Spider John Koerner
6:00 The High Crimes
7:15 Poverty Hash
8:30 Black Market Brass
10:00 Eleganza
11:15 Never Trust the Living
12:30 Cadillac Kolstad

Sunday, July 21

Palmer’s Bar, Minneapolis
1 p.m., $5, 21+
Now a two-day affair, this annual celebration showcases many of the regulars and favorite performers who grace the stage of Palmer’s, one of the West Bank’s oldest, tiniest, and most beloved bars. On Sunday, Southside Desire and Black Diet will celebrate the release of a new split-7″.

2:15 The May North
3:30 Farmhouse Band
4:45 Javier and the Innocent Sons
6:00 Mr. Hide
7:15 Southside Desire
8:30 Black Diet
10:00 The Sex Rays
11:00 The Union Suits
12:15 Mary and the Percolators

Duluth recommendations courtesy of the Current’s Duluth Local Show host Walt Dizzo.