Thursday, May 21, 2009, l'etoile + STAYcation for 5.21.09-5.27.09

[Image: Art by Laura Hallen]

Art: 'FreshCool' at Cliche + GO LIVE
Multimedia painter
Laura Hallen has always combined traditional paint with other materials to create three-dimensional abstract botanical imagery -- but with her latest solo show at Cliché, she takes it a step further. Keep reading

Fashion: Alphabet Keychain release party + Holy Cow organic T-shirts
The hyper-cool designer toy line Kidrobot is releasing a new series of keychains based on designs by DJ and graphic designer Mike Davis of
Burlesque of North America at ROBOTlove. Keep reading
[Image: Alphabet keychain series by Mike Davis for Kidrobot]

Music: West Rocks Minneapolis 5/23 at Uptown Bar (print edition only)
Brit DJ
Tara Rocks brings her hot London clubnight (frequented by such UK hipsters as the Arctic Monkeys and model Agyness Deyn) to Minneapolis this weekend. Unsurprisingly, she asked the Twin Cities’ most British-sounding bands, The Guystorm and The Idle Hands, to headline it. So how did Tara Rocks catch onto Minneapolis’ music scene? Apparently, she first happened upon Solid Gold (who’ll be DJing in between sets) in the blogosphere and invited them to play her CMJ showcase last year. Then this past March she caught The Guystorm’s set at SXSW and really dug their “post-punk MC5 vibes.” Other bands on the bill for the night include Communist Daughter, Bouncer Fighter, Chelsea Boys, Camel of the Sea, and Absent Arch, plus DJs Tara Rocks, A-Ray, Solid Gold, and Ryan PN. 

[Image: The Guystorm by Hoskovic Photography]

Events: Artist Salon and Poetry Night + Solera Rooftop Opening Party
In the vein of a genuine Beat Generation art and poetry night, a slew of local poets, musicians and artists join together at Gallery 13 for a punk-rock poetry reading hosted by the legendary Grant Hart. Keep reading

Nightlife: Traffic Light Party 5/23 at Clubhouse Jager (print edition only)
With spring comes the inevitable spring fling, so the folks at Clubhouse Jager are helping you take initiative with a traffic light party. For the uninitiated, it’s a simple premise: Wear green if you’re single, yellow if it’s complicated, and red if you’re taken. DJs Dirty McKenzie and Slate & Walker will help get you in the mood with a mix of new wave, disco, ‘80s, ’90s, house and electro.

Music: Rock for Pussy 6: Rebel Rebel 5/22 at First Avenue (print edition only)
The local tribute show of the year is back with an all-star list of musicians that seems to get bigger each time around. Curated and hosted by 89.3 the Current’s Mary Lucia, the show is a glam-rock tribute to David Bowie, with all proceeds benefiting the Minnesota Valley Human Society Cat Shelter. This year’s participants includes Hootenanny ringleader Jim Walsh, Marc Perlman (of Jayhawks fame), Janey Winterbauer (formerly of Astronaut Wife), acoustic popster Jeremy Messersmith, Venus of All the Pretty Horses, and Ciaran Daly of The Idle Hands. A highlight should be a rare appearance from local legend Lori Barbero, who moved to Austin, Tex. last December. Don’t neglect to dress the part: Glam rock dress code is highly encouraged.

Music: Black Dice + Wolf Eyes 5/21 at Triple Rock Social Club (print edition only)
Two bands that can still rightly claim to be underground, Black Dice and Wolf Eyes have long been making people uncomfortable with their takes on the noise punk/experimental genre. Brooklyn trio Black Dice are pioneers in the noise punk scene, having been signed to trend-setting indie experimental label DFA (which launched The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem).early on. Most recently, the band’s foray into melody and funk has pushed it into the realm of accessibility while managing to retain its intentionally scattered, experimental mélange of sound. Meanwhile, Michigan’s Wolf Eyes continue to whiplash its macabre electro-mash into an ear-searing frenzy. Adidas opens.

Check out my RetroRama shopping guide and weekend rock music spotlights (featuring Lookbook, Mystery Palace, and more) for my latest project, St. Paul STAYcation.

Also check out this weekend's edition of l'etoile's Weekend What's What, of which I'm a weekly contributor.

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