The Goth Prom committee has officially announced details for 2013′s event. Goth Prom is consistently one of the Twin Cities’ biggest and best events of the year for goths, punks, and misfits of every persuasion and we highly recommend it! And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, admission is free
Check out the press release and we hope to see you on May 20!
-The KFK Street Team
There are lots of great live shows coming to the Twin Cities over the next several weeks. This Thursday night (October 11), My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult return for their 25th Anniversary tour at Station 4. They’re bringing along the fantastic up and coming cyber punks, Left Spine Down (with Jeremy Inkel of Front Line Assembly). Local industrial metal band Screaming Mechanical Brain starts off the evening. Full info is over at Station 4′s site. Here is Left Spine Down in action:
On October 24, Kilted Farmer Koncerts brings Theory of Revolution Tour 2012 to Minneapolis at the Triple Rock featuring Deviant UK, Carved Souls (California), and for all the emptiness (Toronto). Thought Thieves will be joining them on the bill for what should be a great evening of darkwave and synthpop with some extremely talented, up and coming bands. Here’s Deviant UK live from last year’s Resistanz Festival with Wreckhead:
If you missed Aesthetic Perfection in July, you’ll get another opportunity to catch them opening for The Birthday Massacre and William Control on November 6 at Station 4.
And we are pleased to bring you Assemblage 23, returning to Minneapolis to support their latest effort, Bruise, on November 8 at Ground Zero. Espermachine, who released a very strong debut album, Dying Life, earlier this year, are the touring support. Thought Thieves are set to open (clearly they’re busy guys). Here are clips from Bruise:
What fall shows (any genre) are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!
Dismantled are playing one of the coolest venues in the Midwest, The Warehouse in La Crosse, next Thursday, April 19.
Tickets are only $10 and The Warehouse is All Ages all the time, which means the show will be done early enough to make the drive back to the Twin Cities at a somewhat reasonable hour. If you’ve never been to The Warehouse, it’s like a rock n roll museum. Just about everyone has played The Warehouse in it’s 21 year history and old gig posters and stickers are plastered all over the walls, ceilings, and doors. It’s worth the trip to see a show here.
Here’s a video from Dismantled’s set at Ground Zero opening for Front Line Assembly.
I had a conversation a while back with someone from Chicago about the Chicago “industrial” music scene, and he asked me “What bands are even in Minneapolis right now?”. I didn’t have a good answer for him at the time, not because we are lacking in great music, but because a lot of the currently active bands have a mostly local focus.
Long time City Pages Gimme Noise blogger Andrea Swensson has departed the paper for The Current and in her farewell post this week, she articulated what’s been in the back of my mind for a while:
Just last month, during a taping of The Local Show with my new employer, 89.3 the Current, host Dave Campbell asked his guests if we thought we were living through another golden age of Minnesota music. Without pause, Chris Riemenschneider from the Star Tribune, Ross Raihalafrom the Pioneer Press, and myself—all longtime documentarians of the local scene—nodded our heads and answered in a unanimous “yes.”
There is some phenomenal music being created in our back yard, and it’s not just one or two genres that are thriving right now. We are very lucky. From hip hop to rock to metal to the various electronic genres, there is an abundance of tremendously talented artists and bands in the Twin Cities. But let’s focus on the darker, synth based and electronic bands.
The abundance of great local shows this past week is a perfect illustration of what’s happening on the synthy/darker side of local music right now.
- Thursday, January 5:
The Rope, Safewords, Still Pacific, Blood and the Sun at The Varsity
- Friday, January 6:
OBCT, Thought Thieves, Dissociate at the Fine Line
- Friday, January 6:
Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Pinwheel, I Corvinus, UZZA at the Triple Rock
- Friday, January 6:
Men of Sport and Leisur, Jealous Jester, Torch the Spires, As|Of at Club Underground
There were three shows on Friday night that I had on my calendar. Three! While it’s unfortunate that I had to choose one show, it says a lot about the depth of talent in the Twin Cities.
I’ll start from the top with The Rope. Most of The Rope’s shows have featured extremely diverse bills at a wide variety of venues and this is reflected in their following. The band made their debut at The Varsity Theater this past Thursday night and the crowd was filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life – everyone from the leather and combat boot clad to university students to music geeks of all assortments.
Whether they realize it or not, The Rope are on the cusp of doing something big for Minneapolis music, in particular because of their willingness to join forces with bands very different from themselves musically, including electropunks Thought Thieves and The Night. More on the electropunks later.
No matter what holidays you’re celebrating (or not celebrating) this year, Happy Holidays from the Kilted Farmer team. Here are a few live music events coming up this holiday season and be safe!
12/21 The Night 7″ Release Show
The Night are releasing their new 7″ on the 21st and have invited their friends The Rope, Ghost in the Water and The Trapezoids to celebrate with a show at the 7th St. Entry. Check out The Night and The Trapezoids on the new TC Electropunk Volume 6 compilation. Show details.
12/31 Taj Mahpolitan New Year’s Eve 2011
Ring in 2012 at the Taj Mahpolitan New Year’s Eve bash in Northeast Minneapolis. The night features 7 DJ’S, live music by Thought Thieves (not one but two sets!), art, food and costumes. Facebook event.
1/5 The Rope, Safewords, Still Pacific, Blood and Sun at The Varsity
If you haven’t yet seen The Rope live, then you really need to mark your calendar for January 5. The Rope put on an excellent live show and will be joined by death rock band Safewords, indie rockers Still Pacific and Blood and Sun. Details
1/6 Countdown to the Apocalypse 2012
Explosive industrial rockers Gabriel and the Apocalypse take the stage at the Triple Rock on January 6. They’ll be joined by Pinwheel, I Corvinus and Uzza. GATA latest album, new World disAsteR, is a favorite of the Kilted Farmer team. Facebook event | Tickets
3/30 I:Scintilla with Thought Thieves and Cwn Annwn at Ground Zero
Looking a little farther ahead in March, we have the first Kilted Farmer show of 2012. I:Scintilla will be making the trip from Chicago to play Ground Zero on March 30. They’ll be joined by Thought Thieves and Cwn Annwn. Mark your calendars and start spreading the word! Full info and flyer are coming soon.
It’s been quite a while since Rammstein have been to the Twin Cities and they make their return on May 8 at the Target Center. We sure wish this was our show!
General tickets go on sale Monday, December 5 at 10 AM. Full info is available at Ticketmaster.
Here’s some footage from their December 11, 2010 performance in New York.
There are some great events coming up in the next week or so. Be sure to get out and celebrate Halloween with some live music or a dance night! Below are a few events that we recommend. Happy Halloween!
- Mon., Oct. 24:
Darker Monday (Hard Mondays) at The Saloon
- Wed., Oct. 26:
Transmission presents Dead Souls (the annual “dark” Halloween mix) at Clubhouse Jager
- Fri., Oct. 28:
Blood On The Dance Floor with Angelspit, New Years Day, and Just Say Yes at Station 4
- Sat. Oct. 29:
American Head Charge and Gabriel and the Apocalypse at The Primetime (Burnsville)
- Sat. Oct. 29:
Halloween Masquerade Ball at Ground Zero
- Mon. Oct. 31:
Hard Mondays at The Saloon
On Monday, September 26, UK synth-pop pioneers OMD take the stage at First Avenue. We’re huge fans of synth-pop here at Kilted Farmer Koncerts and highly recommend this show. Opening for OMD is Washington.
Our friends at The Warehouse in La Crosse are hosting Bella Morte with special guests Ludovico Technique on Wednesday, September 28. The show will be over by 10 pm, so you’ll even be home at a reasonable hour if you make the trip down from the Cities.
I saw Bella Morte earlier this month at Dragon*CON in Atlanta and they put on an incredible performance, so even if you’re not familiar with Bella Morte’s work, this will be a great show to see. Don’t believe me? I have photographic evidence: Video | Pics. Or just head to The Warehouse on Wednesday.
- Date: Wednesday, September 28
- Venue: The Warehouse, 328 Pearl St., La Crosse, WI
- Doors: 7:30 PM
- Tickets: $10, All Ages
Things have been a little quiet on the site since Freezepop was in town, so we’re well overdue for an update. The Kilted Farmer team has been taking a well deserved break after putting on 8 shows through the first half of the year. There’s still great live music to be seen and heard while we’re on a break. Below are a few upcoming shows that have caught my attention.
|Witherspoon, Andrew Morris, Arbitrary Syndicate, City Salt, Electric String Quartet, Geodesic, Katy Marosok, Beargun||Sun 7/24||Station 4|
|The Rope, Trapezoids, The Night||Fri 7/29||Cause Spirits and Sound Bar|
|As|Of, Fische, UZZA, Venus||Sat 7/30||Wild Tymes|
|KMFDM, Army of the Universe, 16volt, Human Factors||Fri 8/12||First Avenue|
|Rasputina, Smoke Fairies||Sat 8/13||7th St. Entry|
|Ladytron, Sonoio||Mon 10/3||Fine Line|
|VNV Nation, Straftanz||Mon 11/28||Station 4|
And also don’t forget to support the venues and club nights that support great dark music! Here are a few to keep you busy:
- Hard Mondays at The Saloon
- Transmission Wednesdays at Club Jager
- Chamber Thursdays at Bolt Underground
- Ground Zero
- Perish every 3rd Thurs at Kitty Cat Klub
See you around.