Tag: An arty, pandemic-born project from Dōjō Holliday, Matthew ‘Gravey’ Graves, Dillon Marchus, and Dave Power.
What: One of the only bands instantly making audiences get up and dance—you know it’s true!—with their big band set-up that features multiple singers (including Niki Beverly of Bev, Carissa Coudray, and Emma Holliday), synth lines, spooky guitar sounds, and vibey bass lines.
Where: Recent big gigs including opening for Mark Mallman at Icehouse and Gravey’s Birthday at Mortimer’s.
Tag: Noisy post-whatever from MPLS.
What: What do you get when a stand-up comedian with a love of nü-metal mixes it up with post-shoegaze players? Something unstable, yes, but also something engaging for fans of crescendoing guitars and cymbal smashes.
Where: Recently spotted at Memory Lanes on May 8.
Tag: DIY protest punk band (pictured above) of queerdos who like to have fun while loudly fucking the patriarchy
What: The pioneers of the Riot Grrl movement couldn’t be more proud. With loud riffs and screaming vocals about love, power, and calling Trump a scrotum, Surly Grrly have been grinding it out show after show at Twin Cities venues and getting better with each one.
Where: Saturday, May 20, with the Aquadolls and Allergen at the Entry; May 25 with All the Pretty Horses, Silent Treatment, and Butter Boys at Turf Club
Colonel Mustard’s Mechanical Orchestra
Tag: Think Duke Ellington in an episode of Twin Peaks, the Jonny Quest theme played by Tom Waits, with some Ennio Morricone and Goran Bregovic thrown in.
What: With all of the fun of a big brass band mixed up with the uniqueness of a regular ol’ night at Palmer’s, Colonel Mustard’s Mechanical Orchestra plays the inventive—at times shakin’ and at times speculatin’—music of Paul Fonfara.
Where: 2nd Wednesdays, monthly at Palmer’s