It was a fun night. I went with Merlin. It was loud as hell. I bought a cool poster that I have yet to hang up.
Tonight! Iggy Pop’s playing at the Northrop on the U of M campus in Minneapolis. This new record he partnered with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stonage and made an album that feels kind of like what you would think that combination would sound like. I haven’t listened to a ton of Iggy’s stuff, but I’m looking forward to this show. I was kind of surprised at how much crooning Iggy does on this album. I’m not the biggest fan of the single from it – Gardenia. I think it’s one of the weaker songs on the album. For my money, Paraguay or Vulture are better singles. Oh, and I actually won tickets by being a tenth caller into The Current – the mostly alt-radio station here in the Twin Cities. First time for everything!
April 21st –
Buckethead is playing at The Cabooze in Minneapolis. Buckethead is a ridiculously talented and prolific guitarist who wears a bucket on his head (often times it’s a KFC bucket) and a weird porcelain mask that makes him look like some kind of demented demon doll. His stuff is similar to Joe Satriani or Steve Vai- very technical and fast, with no lyrics. I first encountered him when I had the VHS of Primus’ Rhinoplasty album. Buckethead made an appearance on that to… spin? (is that the right verb?) nunchucks while a DJ was scratching records and then coming back on stage to do a crazy guitar solo.
April 22nd and 23rd-
Bob Mould is playing at First Ave for two nights, on the 22nd and 23rd. He just released a new album, Patch the Sky. He’s been putting out records like clock work- one every two years since 2012. I’m new to the Twin Cities, but I know Mould is a favorite of the Minneapolis scene. He and The Replacements were battling it out in the ’80s for midwesterners’ hearts when Bob was in Hüsker Dü. I started listening to him in the 1990s when I was in high school. My brother’s friend would routinely let us borrow weird CDs I’d never heard of. One day he brought over this band called Sugar– Bob Mould’s band at the time. It was so good. If you listen to Sugar and Hüsker Dü, you can hear where a lot of 90s bands – Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana, The Foo Fighters – got their inspiration from. They’re poppy songs with really great distorted heavy guitars thrown in.
I’m sure there’s more that I’m missing out on this month, but those are the ones that bubbled up to the top of my list.