Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Roger Waters: The Wall! Tonight!

Roger Waters will perform The Wall tonight at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Rumors are flying around that David Gilmour has been in town since Monday, and may make an appearance, likely during Comfortably Numb. 9 hours and counting.....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mr. Ghost Goes To Town

From 1936, Five Jones Boys with Mr. Ghost Goes To Town. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 18, 2010

This Week's Buzz

David Sedaris
State Theatre
Thursday, October 21 at 7:30pm

David Sedaris, the New York Times best-selling author and National Public Radio humorist, returns to Minneapolis. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers and has more than seven million copies of his books in print. Immediately after the event, he will sign books in the lobby.

David Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice,” as well as collections of personal essays, “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in corduroy and Denim,” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” each of which became a bestseller. He was also the editor of “Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.” Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” His newest book, a collection of fables entitled “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary” (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), will be published October 2010. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written plays produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on “This American Life,” distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album and his most recent live album is “David Sedaris: Live for your Listening Pleasure” (Nov. 2009).

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
State Theatre
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, a new multi-media production celebrating the music of the famed British rock and roll band, will kick off the U.S. leg of its North American tour at Hennepin Theatre Trust's State Theatre. Headlined by the son of the original group's drummer, John Bonham, the concert will feature Jason Bonham and five other musicians playing the pioneering quartet's famous songs, archival video material, historical photos and Bonham's reflections on the group's music and history.

Rock of Ages
Starring original Broadway cast member Constantine Maroulis
Orpheum Theatre
October 19 - October 24

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA's most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It's Rock of Ages, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

Oct 21-31

This Fall the Music Box Theater Minneapolis brings a spectacular new event to the Twin Cities. Half haunted house, half theatrical experience, The Haunted Theater will take audiences deep into the depths of what was once The Loring Theater.

First opening its doors 90 years ago as a silent movie house in the cold winter of 1920, this cavernous old theater now has stories to tell. Thick with atmosphere of times past and chilled with hauntings of long forgotten characters, The Haunted Theater takes visitors on an eerie journey. Guests are led through a spine-chilling labyrinth of rooms, basements and corridors where the legends of the theater’s past still wait for audiences to entertain.

Laura Ingraham: The Obama Diaries Live
Pantages Theatre
Saturday, October 30 at 6:00pm

Laura Ingraham brings her bestselling book The Obama Diaries to life, in a satirical romp unlike anything the theater has even seen. With her fiery political commentary and trademark humor, Ingraham delivers an evening full of surprises...including an appearance by the President, who has reportedly reserved the theater on the same night!


Bob Mould, tonight, at the Dakota Jazz Club (solo acoustic)
Social Distortion, tonight, at First Avenue
George Strait, REBA, and LeAnn Womack, Thursday, at Target Center
FOGHAT, Saturday, Wilebski's Saloon
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Saturday, Cedar Cultural Center
Celtic Thunder, State Theatre, Sunday, October 24
Marshall Crenshaw, Tuesday Oct 26th, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Roger Waters, Wed, Oct 27th, Xcel Energy Ctr
The Dandy Warhols, Thursday, Oct 28th, Fine Line Music Cafe
Bob Saget: The Strange Days Tour, State Theatre, Friday, November 5 at 8:00pm
Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Friday, Nov. 5th, Famous Daves
Uriah Heep, Friday, Nov. 5th, Medina Entertainment Center
John Gorka, Saturday, Nov. 6th, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Richard Thompson, Saturday, Nov. 6th, First Avenue
Crystal Gayle, Saturday, Nov. 6th, The O'Shaughnessy
Pinetop Perkins, Monday, Nov. 8th, (and Tuesday the 9th) Dakota Jazz Club
BB King, Friday Nov 12, State Theater
Retribution Gospel Choir, Friday, Nov. 12th, Hennepin United Methodist Church
Tosh Tour Twenty Ten: A Comedy Central Live Event, State Theatre, Sat., November 13
Cloud Cult, Thursday, Nov. 18th, First Avenue
John Mellencamp: No Better Than This, Orpheum Theatre, November 22 - November 23
Loudon Wainwright III, Tuesday, Nov 23rd, Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Guided By Voices put on a GREAT SHOW last night at First Avenue. Robert Pollard has reunited the "classic" Guided By Voices line-up for just one brief US tour. Tobin Sprout (guitar) Charles "Mitch" Mitchell (guitar), Greg Demos (bass) and Kevin Fennel (drums) will be joining Pollard on classic GBV songs from 1992-1996 from the albums Propellor, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes and Under The Bushes, Under The Stars.

It was one awesome pop rock gem after another, including many favorites from their 1994 classic Bee Thousand (Hot Freaks, Smothered in Hugs, I Am A Scientist, Tractor Rape Chain, and personal fave Buzzards and Dreadful Crows). 3 encores with likes of Motor Away, Watch Me Jumpstart, Exit Flagger, and lastly...Weed King!

I was in the back, but I was there to take some crappy pictures. AWESOME SHOW!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Robert Plant on Q!

Robert Plant interviewed on Q, by Jian Ghomeshi. Talking about his excellent new release Band of Joy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Buzz this week!

The 11th annual Sound Unseen festival is happening, starting tomorrow October 6th, and running through Saturday, Oct. 9th in Minneapolis, MN! Sound Unseen is an annual festival of music-related movies, featuring a handful of titles, including documentaries, biographies, and rarratives. Sound Unseen also features DJ's and artists accompanying the movies, including Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland), electro popsters Estate, and Denver Dalley.

Cool movies to check out: This Movies is Broken (featuring Broken Social Scene), and Who Is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him), and The Agony and The Ecstacy of Phil Spector. A full schedule is found here.

Viewings are happening at 3 locations: The Southern Theater, Trylon Microcinema and the Red Stag Supperclub.

Soprano Renee Fleming performs this Thursday at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, in St. Paul. Fleming is expected to perform Mahler songs, Puccini, as well as music of Korngold. No alt-pop songs this time around, even though her latest album Dark Hope, released in June 2010, featured covers of songs by Leonard Cohen, Band of Horses, Jefferson Airplane and others.

Dudley: Rigged For Laughter

A laugh-out-loud look at the life of the legendary comedy impresario Dudley Riggs, a fourth-generation circus kid who grew up to found the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. Performed in the brilliant comic style of the Brave New Workshop and told by a zany cast of characters who know and love him, Dudley: Rigged for Laughter! is a madcap sketch comedy show packed with laughs and music.

Written by Caleb McEwen, Dane Stauffer, and John Sweeney. Directed by Caleb McEwen and Ron Peluso. Running now through Oct. 24th, at the History Theatre in St. Paul. 30 E. 10thy. St. St. Paul.

Halloween is just around the corner, and the Trail of Terror is back! Starting October 14th. Check out the new Hollywood Horror Corn Maze, and Werewolf Chamber. Just 3 miles south of Shakopee, off Highway 169. For more info:

Also, you might want to check out Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saturday, Oct. 30th. A Halloween Showstopper! Bernard Hermann's spine tingling score is performed live with Hitchcock's masterpiece on screen above the stage.

U2 has rescheduled it's concert at TCF Bank Stadium, next July 23rd. Got that!


Nick Lowe, tonight and tomorrow night, at the Dakota Jazz Club.
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Thursday, State Theater
Goo Goo Dolls, Saturday, Fine Line Music Cafe
Comedian Brian Regan, Saturday, Orpheum Theater
Comedian Tom Green, Thurs - Sat, at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, Bloomington
Brave New Workshop: Spilling Me Softly, or Once the Gulf Goes Black, It Never Goes Back. Sketch comedy. Running now thru Oct. 30th.
Teenage Fanclub, Thursday Oct 7th, First Avenue
Blackfoot, Friday Oct 8th, Medina Ballroom
Willie Nelson, Saturday Oct 9th, Mystic Lake Casino (also Friday the 29th, and Sat Oct 20th....)
Guided by Voices, Tuesday Oct 12th, First Avenue
Chuck Prophet, Friday Oct 15th, Turf Club
Margaret Cho - The Cho Dependent Tour, State Theatre, Friday, October 15 at 8:00pm
Buddy Guy Saturday Oct 16th, State Theater
Engelbert Humperdinck Sunday Oct 17th, Orchestra Hall
Richie Havens, Monday Oct 18th, Dakota Jazz Club
Trailer Park Boys: Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Present The Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour, Pantages Theatre, Sunday, October 17 at 7:00pm
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, State Theatre, Tuesday, October 19th, 7:30pm
David Sedaris, State Theatre, Thursday, October 21st at 7:30pm
Celtic Thunder, State Theatre, Sunday, October 24
Marshall Crenshaw, Tuesday Oct 26th, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Roger Waters, Wed, Oct 27th, Xcel Energy Ctr
Bob Saget: The Strange Days Tour, State Theatre, Friday, November 5 at 8:00pm
BB King Friday Nov 12, State Theater
Tosh Tour Twenty Ten: A Comedy Central Live Event, State Theatre, Sat., November 13
John Mellencamp: No Better Than This, Orpheum Theatre, November 22 - November 23