Local Focus

by Dan Haugen

It’s a week of rock reunions in the Twin Cities. The strangest of all takes place in Dinkytown tomorrow night. After The Misfires broke up in the fall of 1999, Pete Biasi (bass), Dave Storberg (guitar, vocals) and Jonathon Warnberg (drums) started Signal To Trust with singer Brandon Rouse. Now, in a weird twist of fate, the remaining fourth of The Misfires, Brian Severns (guitar, vocals), has replaced Rouse in Signal To Trust, meaning that the band is left with the exact same members as The Misfires at the time of their break-up. Tomorrow night’s show at Bon Appetit will be their first aboveground outing since the line-up change.

Tuesday, July 31st at Bon Appetit (421 14th Ave. SE, Mpls.). Opening for Building Better Bombs and The Plastic Constellations. 8 p.m. $5. 18+

Witness another punk rock reunion of sorts Tuesday when original So. Cal. pranksters T.S.O.L. take the Quest’s Ascot Room hostage. The seminal 80s punk band had a huge influence on bands like The Offspring and Pennywise. After being dormant for nearly a decade, the band’s original line-up is back together, minus drummer Todd Barnes, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 34 following years of substance abuse. The other members have reportedly cleaned themselves up and are now touring in support of their first new record in over a decade, Disappear (Nitro).

Tuesday, July 31st at The Quest’s Ascot Room (110 N. 5th St., Mpls.). With Tiger Army. 6 p.m. $10. All-Ages. Download T.S.O.L. mp3’s at http://www.mp3.com/tsol

On Friday, local pop group Sliver plays their first show in over a year. Singer Laura Harley said the past 12 months have been filled with musical and personal transition. “We’d kind of been feeling stuck, creatively, with our sound,” said Harley, who also got married to boyfriend and bandmate Teddy Kim last August and started graduate school in the fall. The band emerges from their long hiatus Friday at the Bryant-Lake Bowl with “the same Sliver sound, but with a lot more dimensions to it.” The band has shed two of its previous players and is instead experimenting as a two-piece with electronic drums and piano.

Friday, August 3rd at the Bryant-Lake Bowl (810 W. Lake St., Mpls.). Opening for Autonomous. 9:30 p.m. $6. 18+. Download Sliver mp3’s at http://www.slivermusic.com

Also this weekend, the flesh becomes rock and the rock becomes flesh again as Detroit dusts off their costumes for a pair of reunion shows at the 400 Bar. “I hate bands who make a ritual out of this thing,” said bassist Mark Edwards, who currently plays with fellow ex-Detroit-er Jeremy Ylvisaker in The Fog. This will be Detroit’s second reunion since breaking up in 1999, and Edwards said they have no plans to turn it into an annual event. But they do plan on pulling out all the old songs and stunts for these nights. “Oh yeah, we’ll be blowing up lots of stuff.”

Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 4th at the 400 Bar (400 Cedar Ave., Mpls.). 9 p.m. $10. 21+. Download Detroit mp3’s at http://www.mp3.com/detroit

Dan Haugen is The Lens Music Editor. He welcomes feedback at [email protected]