9/12 Hocico, Hardwire, infaux at Amsterdam

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Amsterdam Bar & Hall present…

 Hocico flyer 2014

Hocico

With special guests Hardwire and infaux

Friday, September 12, 2014
**UPDATED TIMES** Doors 8:30 pm, 9:00 pm show, 18+

Tickets $16 advance
On sale now at ticketfly.com
$20 at the door

DJ sets by DJ Fenris throughout the evening

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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8/18 Grendel w/Ludovico Technique in St. Paul

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Amsterdam Bar & Hall present…

 Grendel 2014 flyer

Grendel

With special guests Ludovico Technique, ENDIF, DJ Electronic Commando

Monday, August 18, 2014
Doors 8 pm, 8:30 show, 18+

Tickets $16 advance, online at Ticketfly.com 6/7 at noon
$20 at the door

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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5/13 Voltaire & Ego Likeness at Amsterdam

Kilted Farmer Koncerts & Amsterdam Bar and Hall present…

Voltaire promo photo

Voltaire

With special guests Ego Likeness and The Trapezoids

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Doors 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm show, 18+

Tickets $12 advance
$15 at the door

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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5/21 De/Vision 25th Anniversary, w/Thought Thieves, DJ Nemo at Amsterdam

De/Vision 2013 small flyer

Kilted Farmer Koncerts & Amsterdam Bar and Hall present…

DE/VISION
25th Anniversary / “Best Of” USA Tour

With special guests Thought Thieves

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Doors 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm show, 18+

Tickets $13 advance, online at Ticketfly.com
$16 at the door

DE/VISION are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and will be performing an extra long set filled with hits and fan favorites!

DJ sets by Nemo throughout the evening

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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5/27 God Module at Amsterdam

Ayin, Kilted Farmer Koncerts, and Amsterdam Bar & Hall present…

God Module 2014 St. Paul Flyer

God Module

False Face Tour, Part 2

With special guests Die Sektor, Mordacious, and F.T.C.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Doors 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm show, 18+

Tickets $13 advance, online at Ticketfly.com
$15 at the door

DJ sets by DJ SLT of KFAI’s Across the Board throughout the evening

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Upcoming Fall 2012 Shows

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!

Golden Age of Minnesota Music?

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.

Figgles McGee of Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Figgles McGee of Gabriel and the Apocalypse by aztalanturf

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.

As|Of at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release

As|Of at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release by aztalanturf

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
OBCT

OBCT at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release by aztalanturf

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.

The Rope

The Rope Varsity Theater Marquee

Source: The Rope's Official Facebook

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.

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