It would be wonderful if all ages shows for national touring acts were easier to come by in the Twin Cities. We provide some of them at THE GARAGE, but with such a large metro area and so many venues, it’s unfortunate that more young people can’t see some of their heroes when they come to town because the show is 18+ or 21+.
But the all ages shows are still out there and First Avenue, one of the Cities’ most famous venues, also provides some great opportunities for young people to see great shows.
Here are some of the all-ages shows First Avenue is sponsoring in the next two months:
of Montreal is an indie pop band which formed in Athens, Georgia in 1997. The band is fronted by Kevin Barnes, who writes, composes, and plays most of the music for his albums. They were among the second wave of groups to emerge from The Elephant 6 Recording Company and the group has a style that is typical of many Elephant 6 bands due to their interest in combining musical experimentation with the basic tenets of pop i.e. catchy melodies and sing-along choruses. The band’s style has been influenced by conventional indie pop, psychedelic music, vaudeville and music hall on their earlier releases and by afrobeat, funk, krautrock and reggae on their recent releases.
Marah in the Mainsail is Minneapolis act that played THE GARAGE a few months ago. Ahead of their show they spoke with us at GARAGE MUSIC NEWS to give insight into their process, their sound, and what their music means to them. They’re wicked fun and 7th Street Entry is a classic venue, perfect for Marah in the Mainsail.
Pop punkers New Found Glory have been around since I was first moshing as a teen in Milwaukee. This video isn’t new, but captures their sound and energy well. It also has another sign of the time–the at-the-time-new band The Transplants (Rob Aston, Tim Armstrong, Travis Barker) pop up in the background at 1:09 with Tim’ then-wife Brody Dalle of the Distillers.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros formed in 2007 after singer Alex Ebert met fellow singer Jade Castrinos outside of a cafe in downtown Los Angeles. In 2009, the 10 member troupe released their debut album, Up From Below, which featured the universally appealing hit “Home” as well as fan favorites “40 Day Dream” and “Janglin”. The past few years have been spent constantly touring the world while winning over audiences at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Leeds, Austin City Limits and more. The band’s follow up album, Here, featuring “Man On Fire” and “That’s What’s Up” was released in May 2012 and a third album is expected in 2013.
Sat, June 29: 89.3 The Current presents Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere at Bayfront Park (Duluth, MN)
What a great opportunity for a road trip or convince the fam to spend a weekend soaking up the great outdoors in Duluth’s Bayfront Park with two staple Minnesota acts, Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere.
A unique union of rapper/producer Aesop Rock and folk singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, who worked on the Juno soundtrack and was a member of cult band The Moldy Peachers. Their debut album, Hokey Fright, is a strong, thought provoking artifact. Check them out over at Rhymesayers.