Tune-Yards @ First Avenue



I have a confession. For the longest time I assumed Tune-Yards was fronted by a guy. It wasn't until I finally heard them being discussed that I heard the lead singer referred to as a "her". That's not to say her, who is Merrill Garbus, voice is bad, far from it actually. Seeing her perform live not only provided an opportunity to hear her unique and distinctive voice in person, but also showed how amazing it was and the incredible range it's capable of.

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Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party

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Cut Copy @ First Avenue



The last time Cut Copy stopped by the mainroom at First Avenue, it turned out to be one hell of a dance party, and this time around was no different. Three years and another album later, the Australian four piece dropped into Minneapolis in support of their new album 'Free Your Mind', and brought their entertaining brand of dance music with them.

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Jungle @ Fine Line Music Cafe


Given the limited or non existent appearances of the band Jungle up to this point, it came as no surprise the confusion the audience had when first seeing Jungle. The band from Britain, has only released a handful of songs, along with a few videos. Those videos and promo pictures definitely insinuate who the band is, when in fact they are 4 white guys and a girl (at least that's who showed up in Minneapolis last week). I over heard a couple different, "that's not who I expected to see at all" and a "is that them" from people around me. However, after the initial unexpectedness wore off, the audience fell right into the groove of the music. 

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Cher @ Target Center



It'd be difficult to write about Cher's performance at the Target Center without mentioning her age. So let's just get it out of the way. At 68, she looks and sounds great, and I hope when I'm that age I'm in that good of shape. Obviously she's letting the dancers do all the heavy lifting, but that doesn't mean she's just sitting there doing nothing. She did have at least 11 costume changes in 90 minutes, after all.

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Kishi Bashi @ Fine Line Music Cafe



Friday, the Fine Line Music Cafe hosted Kishi Bashi, a violinist, songwriter, and beat boxer, who put on one of the most musically diverse and interesting shows you'll see. Real name Kaoru Ishibashi, he's toured and performed with the likes of of Montreal and Regina Spektor

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Soul Food Festival



This was to be a fun and casual opportunity to see some live music while on vacation, and with the wife. A handful of old funk bands, should have been a fun night at an amphitheater near the water in Palm Beach Florida. It was a joke.

Although it had start off 2 hours late, it still seemed like they were on time. Lakeside and Confunkshun sounded great. The older, seated crowd seemed to like it, but never go out of their bag chairs. Then the slowdown began. 

We thought Cameo was next, but then all of the sudden Morris Day and the Time came on stage, and played all of 4 songs. Then we waited, and waited. We were then asked to vote on who should play next, Bootsy, or Cameo. Everyone wanted Cameo. We were losing time, and it was a shitshow.

Eventually, Cameo came out and played 3 songs. 3 SONGS. The band said they wished the could play every song they knew, but that would be hard to do given they waited until 10:45 PM to take the stage. It. Was. A. Joke.
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