There are a bunch of fantastic shows coming to the Twin Cities over the next few months. We like to keep you informed, so here are the details of a few that caught our eye and a little bit about why these are going to be killer events. We hope to see you there!
Many of you already know The Rope, especially after their amazing performance at this year’s Goth Prom. For those of you who have yet to experience The Rope, they are a dark synth rock band influenced heavily by the post-punk sounds of the late 70s. They’re known around town for their engaging performances, passionate lyrics, and dark yet danceable music. This is a very strong, well architected lineup of Minneapolis talent. Rounding out the bill are Thunderbolt Pagoda (heavy, proggy, space-rock), Claps (minimal synth pop), and Gloss (dream pop, shoegaze). Their sounds are diverse, but complement each other well.
En Esch (Slick Idiot, ex-KMFDM), Go Fight (Jim Marcus, ex-Die Warzau), Ghostfeeder
Songs such as ‘Give The People What They Want’, ‘Do Me’, ‘We Love To Hate’, ‘No Guts No Glory’, ‘Ich Bin Ein Berliner’, ‘Spaenk’ and ‘This Party Ain’t Over’ cover everything from dance-friendly electro-industrial, through to hard and heavy NDH. He even throws in a curve ball with the annoyingly addictive and demented ‘I Hop’. The album presents a full cross-section of En Esch’s strongest song-writing styles and some memorable collaborations with the likes of Guenter Schulz, Erica Dilanjian, MMTM.
En Esch brings with him Chicago’s Go Fight (electroscuzz featuring Jim Marcus of Die Warzau).
Go Fight were last here in 2012 and since then, they’ve released two full length albums and numerous singles. Their brand new sophomore release, Napalm Baby, was released in April and has been receiving rave reviews:
However, amongst all these different themes and motifs comes the awesome music that this band has managed to perfect in a short span of time. They describe themselves as “Electroscuzz”, which is pretty much a self-made genre. But, after giving a listen to this clear cut production, I can only describe that as a mixture of industrial, funk, electro, and a little bit of everything else in between the smaller lines. Expect a lot of upbeat experimentation and naughty nonsense that somehow manages to work very, very well. (Brutal Resonance)
Freezepop, Dance Assault, The Electric Witch, Duck Duck Punch
Nether Bar at Mill City Nights
8:30 pm 18+ / $13 adv / $15 door (ticket link coming soon!) Facebook Event Kilted Farmer Koncerts show
It’s been over four years since Freezepop traveled to the Twin Cities. We’re big fans of synth pop and are very much looking forward to having them back! Freezepop shows are always super high energy and full of geeky fun. Joining them are up and comers Dance Assault, who’s funky electronic pop is sure to get you moving, The Electric Witch (retro sci-fi inspired synth pop), and Duck Duck Punch. KFAI’s DJ SLT will keep you entertained between bands.
KMFDM need no introduction, so we’d like to spend a little time introducing you to the fantastic tour support – Chant and Inertia. Chant is a tribal-infused apocalyptic drum project that has developed a reputation for blistering stage performances while touring extensively with KMFDM, Lords of Acid, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and Angelspit. London’s Inertia (electro-industrial-rock-dark pop, Metropolis Records) are touring in support of their brand new album, Existential, out this month. Make sure you arrive early to catch Chant and Inertia!
Haujobb, Dissociate, Echo Signal
Nether Bar at Mill City Nights
18+ / $15 adv / $20 door (ticket link and full details coming soon!)
Kilted Farmer Koncerts show
The consensus on Haujobb’s opening set at the Skinny Puppy / Front Line Assembly show in December was that it was way too short. Haujobb were the highlight of the evening for many, and we’re pleased to bring them back to Mill City Nights in the Nether Bar for a headlining performance. Locals Dissociate (IDM / noise) and Echo Signal (post punk) will kick things off. And after the show, be sure to head over to Hard Mondays at The Saloon for more post-concert fun!
What’s On Your List?
What upcoming shows are you looking forward to? Discuss in the comments!
Memorial Day weekend brings us one of the biggest shows of the year on May 29 – Front Line Assembly. They’ll be joined by Dismantled, Cyanotic and DJ? Acucrack. It’s been 4 years since Front Line Assembly last travelled to the Twin Cities and we’re extremely excited to have them back. Dismantled have stepped in for Die Krupps, who unfortunately ran into visa troubles. Check out this live video to see what’s in store from Dismantled:
And here’s a great video of FLA live in 2007:
For more videos, there’s a playlist featuring upcoming Kilted Farmer shows over at YouTube.
Kilted Farmer is also putting on the Milwaukee Freezepop / The Echoing Green show on June 8 at The Miramar Theater, one of Milwaukee’s premier music venues with an in the round setup and excellent sound. Milwaukee natives Somegirl, who you may remember as openers for the Legends of Synthpop date, and Bradley are supporting Freezepop and The Echoing Green in Milwaukee. So if you like beer, brats and synthpop, definitely head east on I-94 for a second night in a row of great live music.
And don’t forget! Goth Prom, the biggest dark/goth/industrial night of the year is coming up on Monday, May 23 at The Saloon. The Kilted Farmer team will be represented well and we hope to see you there!