Weekly Set List: The best live music this weekend, March 11-13

Alan Kingdom

Allan Kingdom headlines the Are You Local? showcase at First Avenue on Friday, March 11 // Photo via Allan Kingdom Facebook page

Welcome to a special weekend edition of the Weekly Set List, our rundown of the best live music the Twin Cities has to offer. Let’s dispense with the chit chat and get right to it.

Are You Local? | First Avenue | Friday, March 11, 7pm

Alan Kingdom Photo by Roger Kisby

Allan Kingdom // Photo by Roger Kisby via Allan Kingdom Facebook page

Fresh off the release of his recent mix tape, “Northern Lights,” fast-rising and fast-rhyming rapper Allan Kingdom headlines the annual Are You Local? showcase. Joining him are Los Angeles trio King, featuring twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother (Twin Cities natives), who count such notables as Prince, Questlove, and Erykah Badu among their biggest fans. Local rap duo Kill The Vultures released the long awaited “Carnelian” last fall to great reviews. Finally, Holidae, a recent collaboration between R&B singer Ashley Gold and producer Garret Neal, who easily ran away with the Are You Local? contest last month. $10 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Kid Dakota w/ Fury Things and Brilliant Beast | Triple Rock | Friday, March 11, 9pm

Kid Dakota Photo by Melissa Jelatis

Kid Dakota // Photo by Melissa Jelatis via Kind Dakota Facebook page

Kid Dakota’s Darren Jackson may have spent the last few years teaching at Virginia Tech, but he clearly has a lot of love for his adopted hometown. Jackson spent much of 2015 recording a new album at Pachyderm Studios. Meanwhile, widely revered drummer Christopher McGuire (12 Rods, Communist Daughter) recently rejoined Kid Dakota after a 10-year absence. Local power trio Fury Things and shoegazers Brilliant Beast make this a can’t-miss triple bill. $8 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Protomartyr w/ The Cult of Lip and DIIE | 7th Street Entry | Saturday, March 12, 8pm

Protomartyr

Protomartyr album art for “The Agent Intellect”

Imagine if your seventh grade shop teacher fronted a super cool post-punk band from Detroit. Protomartyr’s Joe Casey looks like the most unassuming rock star both on and off stage, but once the song kicks in, Casey will quickly prove you that you can’t judge a book by its cover. $10 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Dressy Bessy | 7th Street Entry | Sunday, March 13, 7:30pm

Dressy Bessy

Dressy Bessy // Photo via Dressy Bessy Facebook page

As part of the Elephant Six Collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples In Stereo, Beulah, etc.), Denver’s Dressy Bessy are celebrating their 20th year as a band in 2016. Touring on their first new studio album in eight years, “Kingsized,” their brand of infectious quirky pop is as powerful as ever. “Kingsized” features guest appearances by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows. Locals Maudlin and Monica LaPlante round out the evening. $10 / 18+ / Buy tickets 

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