Culture Compass: music, music and music

Here’s what you should be doing this weekend.

Joe Cristo

Friday: Drool, Pussyfoot, Wild Firth and Both/And at Eagles Club 34

This show is definitely worth the measly $5 admission price. Newish avant-garde act Both/And is finally hitting its stride and there are rumors of a guest appearance. Appleton, Wisconsin band Wild Firth finally relocated to Minneapolis and are playing one of their first few live shows in their new neighborhood. Chicago bands Pussyfoot and Drool both play loud, raucous punk rock. If you’re looking to see live music this weekend, you can’t do much better than this.

Where: Eagles Club #34, 2507 E. 25th St., Minneapolis

When: 9 p.m. – midnight

Cost: $5 21+

Saturday: Hardcore Crayons, Fort Wilson Riot, Lunch Duchess and Speedweed at the Reverie

This bill is absolutely stacked from top to bottom with bands that strive to emphasize an underlying sense of bouncy pop. Lunch Duchess is fronted by Katharine Seggerman, and Hardcore Crayons have finally reached the proverbial Minneapolis apex in crowd size. This event is a celebration of Simon Calder’s podcast “Back to the City,” a popular Minneapolis music podcast that features up-and-coming rock ’n’ roll superstars. This is an inclusive, safe and fun environment.

Where: Reverie Café + Bar, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

When: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Cost: $7

Sunday: Metro Station at Mill City Nights

Mill City Nights is one of my favorite places to see live music. Metro Station is obviously a bit of an old hat, but when I was a kid they were one of, if not the most, important pop-punk bands. This is the type of Myspace band that we yearned for when they released their eponymous debut in 2007. Don’t miss this show if you’re bored on a Sunday night.

Where: Mill City Nights, 111 5th St. N., Minneapolis

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $17 online, $20 at the door 15+

CULTURE TO CONSUME

Watch this: “Daddy Lessons” at the CMA’s

Last week, Beyonce performed her “Lemonade” hit “Daddy Lessons” on the Country Music Awards with the Dixie Chicks as her backing band. Everyone knows that the Dixie Chicks are the exception to the early 2000s rule which states that pop country is rooted in inane subjects like beer and pickup trucks. The mix of two different and distinct artists made for an incredible live performance complete with baritone saxophone.

Listen to this: “Black America Again” by Common

Common is one of the most important rappers of the last 20 years. That fact is inarguable. Recently, he’s moved away from music and into movies and community organizing. After a starring turn in the newest MLK biopic, he decided to focus his efforts on one of the best records he has released this side of the millennium. Listen to the deep bass and wobbly treble of the first single “Lovestar,” and I think you’ll understand.

Eat this: India Palace Uptown

One of the best Indian restaurants in Minneapolis can finally be delivered by Amazon Prime. The new delivery service is free for those that subscribe, which means that you can get food delivered with said delivery fee waived. I recommend the Malai Kofta, an excellent vegetarian dish which blends curry spices with a thick, creamy tomato based sauce. Get it extra spicy and you won’t regret your decision to stay in and watch reality TV.