What We’re Looking Forward To


by GMN Staff

If you feel as I do about the lack of concerts within the last couple of months, then you need something upbeat and fun to get you back into the swing of concert-going season. The perfect band to do this with is SWMRS (playing at THE GARAGE on March 20). The group has a bright set of tunes that is eclectic for a punk-based band. They show their pop sensibilities in “Turn Up” and “Ruining By Pretending,” but at the end of the day songs like “BRB” and “Drive North” will have you thrashing around like punk is alive as it ever was. And who could turn down a chance to shout along about Miley being “a punk rock queen.” So, be sure to catch them at THE GARAGE on March 20 to ring in the springtime! -Jordan


Since I bought my tickets to The 1975 in December, I’ve had a countdown clock running on my phone for May. Not only am I stoked to hear the new songs from I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It live, but it’ll be the first concert for which my best friend and I road trip together. Minneapolis, Duluth is coming for you. -Maddy


After the initial letdown of not announcing a Minnesota show in their first slew of tour dates, Fall Out Boy pulled through with their second announcement of “Wintour Is Coming” dates, planning to stop by the Xcel Energy Center March 13. If you missed out on their performance at Jingle Ball this last December, this will be the first time you’ll be able to see them since they were here at the state fair back in 2014, so make sure you get your resale tickets just in case it takes them another two years to come back. -EJ


She Rock She Rock is an awesome non-profit devoted to getting women and women-identifying folk of all ages together to play music. I had no idea this organization existed until recently, but now that I know, I feel like some type of void has been filled for me. The organization hosts a number of events all throughout the year, including workshops, camps, and fundraisers. Every first Sunday they host an open mic at the Depot for women of all ages and all skill levels to play their own stuff or even be backed by a band. Your new favorite local punk act Bruise Violet came out of this organization, so I definitely recommend checking the open mic out. Go see some music and play your own, my fellow girls!  The next one is April 3, 2 PM-5PM. -Sararosa


After they released their single “Ophelia” off the upcoming album Cleopatra, I must admit, my excitement for The Lumineers upcoming show intensified. The show was originally scheduled at the Myth but after selling out so quickly was moved to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, the extra tickets will be much appreciated by the late purchasers for this show (myself included). The next few months will basically just be one long Lumineers waiting game, for Cleopatra on April 8 and for their presence in St. Paul on June 14. Let the wait begin. -Ryan


A show that I personally am looking forward to is Grayson DeWolfe’s first solo acoustic show in over a year. The young-but-well-known Time Atlas frontman is playing on March 5 at the Nether Bar–an intimate space in Mill City Nights. Spencer Grimes of Whosah and Josh Clutter will be joining him, everyone playing acoustically. It will be a night of fun, light-hearted music from some favorite local artists. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are $10 in advance at, and $15 at the door. Bring your friends! -Sarah Bel


On March 4 The Following will be playing their final show as a band at THE GARAGE. This is one show that I am very excited about. It has been a while since THE GARAGE has hosted some of my favorite local metal bands. Alongside The Following will be In Search of Solace, A Life All My Own, Empty My Lungs, ARCHERS, Rally Cap, Lionsdale, Evergreen, and Going Nowhere. One of the most exciting things about this show is that Lionsdale, Evergreen and Going Nowhere it will be their first show! This will be bittersweet knowing it will be The Following’s final show, but also three new bands are entering the scene to photograph. The metal scene is like one big happy family. -Genna

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