Weekly Set List: 4 underrated rock bands play the Twin Cities this week

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White Denim plays the Turf Club on May 31 // Photo via White Denim Facebook page

This week is full of some of the best and most exciting shows of spring. Here are four super rocking bands that will get your heart pumping and your feet moving.

Beach Slang | Triple Rock Social Club | Monday, April 25, 6pm

Beach Slang by Elena Vilain Photography

Beach Slang // Photo by Elena Vilain Photography via Beach Slang Facebook page

Philly’s Beach Slang seem like a relatively new band, but lead singer/guitarist James Alex’s punk rock pedigree traces back to the early 90s with the pop punk band Weston. While the band might consist of mid- to late-30-somethings, their catchy rock songs have the fury of bands half their age and have garnered comparisons to Vancouver’s Japandroids. Though online ticket sales are now closed, the show wasn’t sold out as of this morning, so tickets may be available at the door. $15 / 18+

Woods | Turf Club | Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm


Woods // Photo via Woods website

Woods are one of the finest slightly-under-the-radar rock bands of the last 10 years. Their brand of woozy yet sunny folk rock is catchy enough to appeal to the indie rock crowd, while their instrumental prowess and psychedelic experimentation would impress most jam band fans. Their latest album, “City Sun Eater in the River of Light,” builds on the strength of their incredibly impressive nine album catalog. $15 / 21+ / Buy tickets

Frightened Rabbit | Varsity Theater | Wednesday, April 27, 7pm


Frightened Rabbit // Photo via Frightened Rabbit Facebook page

Frightened Rabbit are back with their fifth studio album entitled “Painting of a Panic Attack,” produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. The album continues these Scots’ brand of earnest English rock. Anthems like “Get Out” prove that Frightened Rabbit still have their sights set on larger stages, while still featuring plenty of heartfelt ballads that lead singer Scott Hutchinson is known for. $25 / 16+ / Buy tickets

White Denim | Turf Club | Sunday, May 1, 7:30pm


White Denim // Photo via White Denim Facebook page

Much like Woods, Austin’s White Denim are one of the more under-appreciated rock bands in America the last 10 years. 2013’s “Corsicana Lemonade” was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, while their latest album (and possibly their best), “Stiff,” was produced by Americana super-producer Ethan Johns. The record features easily some of the finest gritty rock riffs of the year. While some songs evoke hints of early Black Keys, many others lean more classic rock a la The Allman Brothers. It’s an infectious, high-energy album that will translate well to their already great live show. $15 / 21+ / Buy tickets


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