Cool Shows Next Week 5/20 – 5/27


Sunday 5/20

Caitlin Canty at The Entry – TICKETS

Caitlin Canty is an American singer/songwriter whose music carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. Her voice was called “casually devastating” by the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Music describes her songs as having a “haunting urgency.”

Motel Bouquet, Canty’s third record, features ten original songs that hold her darkly radiant voice firmly in the spotlight. Produced by Grammy-nominated Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and recorded live over three days in Nashville, the album boasts a band of some of finest musicians in roots music, including fiddler Stuart Duncan and vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. Rolling Stone hails Motel Bouquet as “dreamy and daring” with “poetic lyrics and haunting melodies.”

Since the release of her critically-acclaimed Reckless Skyline in 2015, Canty has put thousands of miles on her songs, circling through the U.S. and Europe. She warmed up stages for The Milk Carton Kids and Gregory Alan Isakov and recorded with longtime collaborators Darlingside and with Down Like Silver, her duo with Peter Bradley Adams. She won the Troubadour songwriting competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and her song, “Get Up,” was nominated for Song of the Year in the Folk Alliance International Music Awards. Canty’s original recordings have recently appeared on CBS’s Code Black and on the Netflix original series House of Cards.

Wednesday 5/23

Weather Warlock at the Turf Club – TICKETS

Weather Warlock is a band based around and instrument of the same name, created by New Orleans musician / inventor Quintron. The instrument is a large analog synthesizer which is controlled completely by the weather and employs sun, rain, wind, temperature, moon, and lightning to affect an F major drone chord with special sonic events occurring at sunrise and sunset. Please check out for a full explanation and live stream of the instrument.

The four members that make up the core band for this tour are: Quintron, Gary Wrong (Wizzard Sleeve, Kajun SS, Jeth Row records, etc), Kunal Prakash (Jeff The Brotherhood), and Aaron Hill (Eyehategod, King Louie, etc). There will also be a handful of locals from whatever town we happen to be in. To give an example, recent Weather Warlock players have included Steve Shelly (Sonic Youth), Sean Ono Lennon, Nels Cline (Wilco), Paula Henderson (Sun Ra Arkestra), M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Jason Hodges (Suppresson, Bermuda Triangle), Barry London (Oenida), Cooper Moore, Bonnie Jones, Paul Grass (Egg Yolk Jubilee), Travis Blotsky (9th Ward Marching Band), and Luke Stewart (Sun Ra Arkestra).

Friday 5/25

The Fabulous Del Counts Live CD Release at Blainbrook Hall – INFO

Well, this one is a bit special. It’s not everyday that the governor or Minnesota declares it as “Del Counts Band Day Minnesota”. They were the first band/musician Proclamation in states history! This is the third year being honored celebrating 57 years of Minnesota Rock and Roll history.

They are celebrating by releasing a New Live CD. Door prizes including CDs, shirts, and cash. They were inducted in The Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Current lineup is Minnesota’s “Wrecking Crew” (Founder) Charles Schoen, Bobby Jones, Jim Walsh, Jerry Archambault, Bill Davis, and Chico Perez.

Saturday 5/26

Red Wanting Blue at The Entry – TICKETS

Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to NPR and reaching #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, all while operating largely outside the confines of the traditional music industry.

For their powerful new album, The Wanting, the band handed production duties over to acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully realized collection yet. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the record draws on many of the group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring.

King Tuff at The Turf Club – TICKETS

When asked to describe the title track from his new record, Kyle Thomas—aka King Tuff—takes a deep breath. “It’s a song about hitting rock bottom,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge—this feeling—like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. The Other is basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”

After years of non-stop touring, culminating in a particularly arduous stint in support of 2014’s Black Moon Spell, Thomas found himself back in Los Angeles experiencing the flipside of the ultimate rock and roll cliche—that of an exhausted musician suddenly unsure where to go or what to do, held prisoner by a persona that he never meant to create, that bore little resemblance to the worn out person they now saw in the mirror. Thomas was suddenly at odds with the storied rock and roll misfit mythology that he’d spent the past ten years, four full-length albums, a handful of EPs, and multiple live records, unwittingly bringing to life. “At that point I had literally been on tour for years,” recalls Thomas. “It was exhausting. Physically and mentally. At the end of it I was like, I just can’t do this. I’m essentially playing this character of King Tuff, this crazy party monster, and I don’t even drink or do drugs. It had become a weird persona, which people seemed to want from me, but it was no longer me. I just felt like it had gotten away from me.”