FIRST AVENUE’S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2011 @ First Avenue



The only reason I ended up going to this show was because First Ave was offering members a special deal to attend. Since I've only been a member for 3 weeks, this was my first opportunity to really take advantage of it, and I wasn't about to pass that up.  I was able to get me and a guest in for free, pick up my new member tshirt, and get 50% off at the bar, pretty awesome deal!  The other benefit that I didn't realize until we were there, was having a members only area to view the show from.  We ended up having one of the best places to watch the show from upstairs right off the stage!

I made sure the listen to all the bands on the bill so I knew who not to miss.  Sexcat was the band that I felt I'd like to see the most.  The best thing about this experience though, that ended up not being true.  In fact, the other 3 bands we saw, I ended up really enjoying as much, if not more.  We saw  Dream Crusher, Gramma's Boyfriend, and Night Moves.  As the show progressed the bands kept getting better and better.  We ended up leaving before Bloodnstuff and MaLLy performed, but it was way past my bedtime.   

As someone who never really enjoyed local bands, or thought he would, I've now added 4 more bands to a small but growing list.  I'm now following all these bands on Twitter and Facebook so I can stay in the loop on any upcoming shows.  


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Paper Diamond @ Varsity Theater



I like electronic music, a lot, but it's definitely a young audience.  This was painfully obvious at this show.   I've been going to shows solo for a long time, but sometimes, like at this show, you feel weird being there alone.  Being seemingly much older than most of the audience definitely makes you feel a little creepy.  Other than that though, it was a great show.
I've really wanted to check out more EDM shows in the Twin Cities, but have been hesitant to go to Epic. Seems like it would have too many bros for my taste  But being at the Varsity, I thought I'd give it a try.  It was my first time there and thought it was a great venue.  I figured being older at a 18+ show would have it's advantages at the bar, but since there were only 2 bartenders, it was still a bit of a challenge getting a drink.
I liked that it was a small venue, and wasn't jam packed.  I was able to get fairly close to the front and still enjoy the show.  Even with ear plugs, it was loud.  Although, again, could have been an older guy thing with the volume. Glad I checked out the show, and will most likely see more shows there, especially EDM ones, even if I look like a creep. ;)



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Marijuana Deathsquads @ Nick and Eddie



I don't quiet remember how I came across these guys but I ended up checking them out online at some point and really liked what I saw.  I started seeing dates for shows, but was never able to make it work to go see them. Finally this date came along and worked out.  This was my first time at Nick and Eddie to see a show, or be there period.  I'm definitely glad I brought my earplugs, because holy crap was it loud.  Tiny space and lots of speakers; I guess that's what you'd expect.  I was pretty impressed with all the little boxes and wires they hooked up to perform with.  Mixers, keyboards and things I had no idea what they were.  It also seemed like at least 3 guys were doing vocals at the same time, but I could only really hear 1 of them.  Maybe it was because it was so loud that the details got lost, or I'm just not good at hearing that sort of thing.  It was a quick 30 minute set, which was a little disappointing.  But for $5, I guess it's not that bad.  

A guy I met at the show mentioned this site online that had a ton of Marijuana Deathsquads recordings.  I tracked it down and he wasn't kidding.  Looks like there's plenty of stuff for me to listen to.  

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