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Local Gig List: November 21-24

Carroll play their biggest show yet at the Cabooze this Friday (Photo by Rigoberto Lara Guzman)

Thursday, November 21

Dave Boquist and Friends
Turf Club, St. Paul
8 p.m., $5, 21+
A founding member of alt-country group Son Volt, Dave Boquist is a master of the lap steel, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and dobro, and has recorded with big-name roots artists like Joe Henry and Peter Bruntnell. It’s anyone’s guess which of his many talented musical friends will show up at tonight’s Turf Show, which only adds to the fun. Openers include Echomaker and the Lou Bartholome Trio.

Real Numbers Cassette-Release Show
Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
This show doubles as a welcome-home party for Real Numbers, who just wrapped up a tour, and a celebration of their new cassette-tape release What Was and What Is on Almost Ready Records. The ’60s garage-loving group will share the bill with likeminded garage-pop and post-punk acts Teenage Moods, Frankie Teardrop, and Hot Rash.

Amazing Grace, Duluth
7 p.m., $5 donation, all ages
A mix of Duluth artists will be honoring the music of Hank Williams (Sr. not Jr.) at Hanksgiving taking place at Amazing Grace in Duluth’s Canal Park. Artists planning on covering the country legend include Jerree Small and Ariane Norrgard with all donations collected at the event going to local outreach organization, Loaves & Fishes.

Everything That You’ve Done That Hurt Me
Teatro Zuccone, Duluth
8 p.m., $10, all ages (also Friday)
Brian Ring (Lion or Gazelle) provides the original music for this new theatre production written, directed, and starring Duluth’s Jonathan Manchester. The script for this play comes from an anonymous letter written to a recent ex-girlfriend found in a notebook outside Manchester’s home. After reading the letter, he knew that brutally honest, angry and highly accusatory letter needed to become theater.

Friday, November 22

The Pines with Dave Simonett
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $18 adv/$20 door, all ages
If the Pines’ recent all-star cover of “The Highwayman” is any indication, the sprawling gothic folk troupe should be in top form at this pair of Cedar shows. Friday night’s gig will feature an opening set by Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles, who also appeared on “The Highwayman” recording.

Cabooze, Minneapolis
8:30 p.m., $7, 18+
After winning Vita.mn’s Are You Local Contest? and snagging the title of City Pages’ Best New Band, melodic psych-pop quartet Carroll play their biggest headlining show yet at the Cabooze this Friday night. They’ll be joined by Red Daughters, Fire in the Northern Firs, and Ghost Towns of the West.

Web of Sunsets
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $6, 21+
This new group, which comprises Heavy Deeds’ Chris Rose and Sarah Bischoff plus Sarah Nienaber of Gospel Gossip, made such a splash when they released their first song earlier this year that it earned them a flattering nod from Pitchfork. They’ll play the Turf Friday with Prissy Clerks, Erros Macigos, and DJ Neil Weir.

The Farsights Album-Release Show
Red Star Lounge, Duluth
10 p.m., free, 21+
Having recently finished their debut record, Duluth folk punk trio The Farsights are ready to share their new baby with the world. The self-titled album was recorded with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound and Rich’s band, The Tisdales, will come out of semi-retirement to join The Horror as support for this show. Look for The Farsights’ new “Homer Hanky” themed t-shirts at the show.

Saturday, November 23

A Tribute to Sue McLean
First Avenue, Minneapolis
6 p.m., $50-$150 (VIP), 18+
An all-star lineup will come together to pay tribute to late concert promoter Sue McLean, who passed away earlier this year, and raise money for her 12-year-old daughter, Lilly. National acts the BoDeans and Eric Hutchinson will come to town to perform along with locals Tim O’Reagan and Marc Perlman of the Jayhawks, Haley Bonar, the Witnesses (the house band from MPR’s Wits), Soul Asylum, Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers, the X-Boys (featuring members of the Suicide Commandos and Suburbs), and Rogue Valley.

Fathom Lane and batteryboy Dual Vinyl-Release Show
Icehouse, Minneapolis
10 p.m., $8, 21+
Old-school vinyl lovers unite: Fathom Lane and batteryboy aim to bring back the simple pleasure of sitting with an album, pouring over its liner notes and cover art, and listening to each side from start to finish. The like-minded songwriter-led groups will perform back to back this Saturday night, with Fathom Lane celebrating the release of their second, self-titled album, while batteryboy bids farewell to vocalist Shannon Frid and welcomes new members as they reissue Up For Air on wax.

The Pines with Dave Moore
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $18 adv/$20 door, all ages
If the Pines’ recent all-star cover of “The Highwayman” is any indication, the sprawling gothic folk troupe should be in top form at this pair of Cedar shows. Saturday night’s gig will feature an opening set by Iowan singer-songwriter Dave Moore.

Gloss EP-Release Show
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, 18+
Though the band is only a year old, Gloss have already made a name for themselves around town with their dream-pop sound and shoegazey influences. Sample their music by streaming their in-studio performance from last weekend’s Local Show, and see them for yourself on Saturday night when they perform along with France Camp, Prissy Clerks, and Holographic Sands.


Big Wave Dave and The Ripples
Players Sports Bar, Duluth
9 p.m., free, 21+
Players Sports Bar will play host to back-to-back nights of funk and soul from Big Wave Dave and The Ripples this Friday and Saturday. Bandleader Dave Adams leads his high energy octet through a set of Motown covers mixed with the group’s own soulful originals.

Rachael Kilgour, Hannah Rey
Amazing Grace, Duluth
7:30 p.m., $7, all ages
Two of the North Shore’s most popular female stars will team up for an early all-ages show at Amazing Grace. Kilgour, a veteran performer who has had her music take her around the country will be joined by the talented young Two Harbors singer/songwriter Hannah Rey.

Sunday, November 24

Savannah Smith
Icehouse, Minneapolis
11 a.m., free, all ages
Eat brunch in style at Icehouse’s Sunday morning concert series, which invites local musicians to perform as patrons snack on french toast and sip breakfast cocktails. This Sunday’s performer is not-to-miss; armed with only a ukulele, Savannah Smith will pleasantly devastate you with her intimate songs and big, beautiful voice.

 Northern Minnesota concert recommendations courtesy of Duluth Local Show host Walt Dizzo.