Summer is nearing the half-way point, which depending on your point of view is either exciting and terrifying. On the exciting side of things, the summer concert lineup only gets better from here on out. Here are a few shows to check out this week.
Holy White Hounds | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, July 12th, 7pm
Iowa’s Holy White Hounds have a dark and scuzzy blues rock swagger that you might expect out of a band from Los Angeles or Australia, but that only adds to their intrigue. Their heavy riffs and catchy hooks seem ripe to propel them onto bigger stages in the near future. Opening the show are The Unlikely Candidates, Tabah, and Whiskey Rock ‘N Roll Club, a newer local band whose name is quite fitting. $10 / 18+ / Buy tickets
Black Lips + Chain & The Gang | Turf Club | Tuesday, July 12th, 8pm
Atlanta’s Black Lips are infamous for their on-stage antics and feverish energy, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that they have been one of the most consistent garage rock bands of the last 15 years. As if Black Lips aren’t reason enough to attend, Chain & The Gang, featuring punk legend Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, Weird War, The Make-Up, etc.) are opening the evening, which is sure to bring in one heck of a lively crowd. $20 / 21+ / Buy tickets
tiny deaths | 7th Street Entry | Wednesday, July 13th, 7:30pm
Minneapolis’ has no shortage of electro dream/dance pop acts right now, but one of the finest of the crop are tiny deaths. Fronted by Claire de Lune (The Chalice) and paired up with songwriting partner Grant Cutler (Lookbook, Wolflords, etc.), the two have managed to carve out an intoxicating sound over the last few years, and the live band Claire has assembled are even more impressive than on record. RONiiA and Nicholas Perez open the show. $8 / 18+ / Buy tickets
The Twilight Hours | Turf Club (Friday, June 15th, 8pm) & 7th Street Entry (Saturday, June 16th, 8pm)
Trip Shakespeare’s John Junson and Matt Wilson’s most recent project, The Twilight Hours, has been around for nearly 10 years now, but are celebrating the release of just their second full-length studio album, “Black Beauty,” with a pair of release shows. The shows are also celebrating the re-issue of Wilson’s 1998 solo album “Burnt White & Blue.” Both shows feature two of the Twin Cities’ most underrated rock bands as opening acts: BBGUN Friday night at the Turf, and Red Daughters at the Entry on Saturday. These shows will likely sell out in advance, so don’t wait.