Monday, June 29, 2009

Crash, I'm the Last Splash

Hold your hats! Twin sisters Kim and Kelly Deal are bringing their Breeders act to Minneapolis. Even if you're not quite sure who the Breeders are, you for sure know the name Kim Deal. She was in that little band you might have heard of called the Pixies.

The Breeders released Fate Fatal in April of this year and are touring in support of it. Fine Line tickets are on sale now for this show.

Fun trivia fact: Kelly Deal used to live in St. Paul for a brief period of time in late 1990's. AND she was in a band called 'Last Hard Men' with none other than Sebastian Bach and Jimmy Chamberlin. They recorded an album in 1997, however, it was not released until 2001 because they could not find a label to release it.
I wonder if Kelly Deal still lives here? Regardless, I'm sure she will have a lot of local friends on the Fine Line guest list.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Not One, But Two Pete Yorns!

As if one show wasn't enough - Pete Yorn will be playing not one but two shows at the Fine Line. Pete Yorn is touring in support of his new album "Back and Forth" which was released on the 23rd.
I had no idea that Pete Yorn was so popular. Apparently he has a huge live show following that necessitates two back to back shows at the Fine Line. This is surprising to me because he has not had a single that has recieved any air play since his "Music for the Morning After" album - which I will admit, I totally owned a copy of. I had a huge crush on Pete Yorn when that album came out ... I couldn't resist.

To further prove his fan base here is an interesting piece of information: during the iTunes pre-sale, BACK AND FOURTH sold 11,672 digital copies, driving the album to Top 10 status (reached No. 4 on iTunes Album Chart) before it had even been officially released.

I stand corrected. Perhaps Pete Yorn will sell out both shows at the Fine Line. Maybe there are that many people that still listen to him! In that case it would be in your best interest to decide on the show you want to go to buy your Fine Line tickets accordingly. Apparently Pete Yorn tickets are a hot commodity.

Catch Pete Yorn at the Fine Line Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 13th.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Basilica Block Party Battle of the Bands!

The Basilica Block Party is July 10th and 11th this year. There are actually a few pretty good acts this year for Basilica, they must have fired the person doing the booking the past few years. Because the past few years the Basilica Block Party has had some real clunkers as far as headliners, but this year they have the Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Counting Crows, The Hold Steady and Tapes n Tapes.

But before the party even begins there is a contest at the Fine Line Music Cafe that has been going on and will continue for the next few weeks for a spot on one of the stages at the Block Party.

So, Thursday, June 18th there will a round of Battle of the Bands at the Basilica Block Party. Fine Line tickets are not needed for this event, however, there is only a 4 dollar cover at the door. There are three bands competing at this round: Dim Light Shining, Stealing Seconds, & Postina.

If you're looking for something cheap to do on a Thursday night it looks like this is your best bet!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cheap Cover for a Saturday Night

There are not a lot of great concerts coming to the Fine Line on their upcoming events calendar, but the Fine Line concert calendar is packed with a lot of local shows. If you're looking for something fun to do this coming Saturday that does not involve Grand Ole Days in St. Paul, you can check out the tribute show at the Fine Line. No Fine Line tickets are needed for this show, there is only a $6 cover. For a cover downtown on a Saturday night that is really not that bad!

The cover show on Saturday showcases music from Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Rush. An interesting line up, I know.
The line ups are as follows:

What's That? A Radiohead Project (check them out here!)

Exit Stage Right (Rush)

The Mad Buggers (Pink Floyd)

The Fine Line calendar is packed with local bands and events so if you are looking to see local talent or looking to find a cheap cover at a bar.

I will be at Treasure Island all weekend, so if you go to the show let me know how it was!