Spring Jam, hangover cures and a command to listen to Dan Deacon

We’ve got Neko Case, The Thermals, Battle of the Bands and more for this weekend.

Tartufi is an eccentric, atmospheric act named after an ice-cream treat. See them at the Nomad on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY TARTUFI.

Ashley Goetz

Tartufi is an eccentric, atmospheric act named after an ice-cream treat. See them at the Nomad on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY TARTUFI.

b>Friday Music – Trampled By Turtles with The Hackensaw Boys Hailing from the sunny windswept shores of Duluth, Bluegrass blitzkrieg band Trampled By Turtles actually have more in common with the hare than the tortoise. Their feverish-paced breakneck brand of backwoods grass-fed country has served to enchant listeners since the release of their 2004 debut, âÄúSongs From a Ghost Town.âÄù Impressive musical chops, well-crafted songwriting and constant mid-song string breakings/restringings have given their live shows a reputation of showmanship among twang-savvy bluegrass fans. Backed by the Hackensaw boys to boot, all thatâÄôs left for a hootenanny is someone to procure the moonshine. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S. 8 p.m. 18+ $12/$15 Music – The Life and Times with Story of the Sea and The Central Division Kansas-based grandiose rockers The Life and TimesâÄô reputation as a band with an earth-shatteringly loud and epic live show may seem hyperbolic, but ironic or not, their performances strive to be larger-than-life regardless of venue size. Spacey, noisy and in constant homage to the rock giants of the âÄô80s who command their respect, The Life and TimesâÄô sound is simultaneously unique and reminiscent. With two strong openers and a more than affordable ticket price attached, The Life and Times will be a chance to see an arena show without the stadium prices. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S 10 p.m. 18+ $10 Theater – I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda It may be a mouthful of a title to swallow, but then again itâÄôs no more soluble as a subject. Playwright Sonja LindenâÄôs two-person play is the account of a washed-up writer helping to edit and publish the testimonial manuscript of a genocide survivor. Heavy in subject but beautifully realized, LindenâÄôs play is masterfully brought to life by Warren C. Bowles of Mixed Blood Theater. Park Square Theater, 408 St. Peter St. 7:30 p.m. $15-$39 Film – White ManâÄôs World When self-proclaimed genius filmmaker Jason PageâÄôs film âÄúNewtonâÄôs DiseaseâÄù doesnâÄôt gain him the fame he deserves, he is bewildered. But after coming to the conclusion that it canâÄôt be his fault, he begins plans for his next project. Convinced that âÄúHustle And FlowâÄù was a success due to it being a story based around ethnicity, Page sets out to make âÄúWhite ManâÄôs WorldâÄù a tale of the Native American struggle. Hilarious and poignant, Page spares no irony in poking fun at himself, art and independent filmmaking as a whole. With a completely Minnesota-based cast (save for two Wisconsinites) and a local filmmaker attending, the premiere screening of âÄúWhite ManâÄôs WorldâÄù will be followed by a free release party at Pracna on main. Translation: funny movie with free food and drinks. St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main St. 9:15 p.m. $9 Music – Spring Jam Battle Of The Bands Now an annual occurrence, the Spring Jam band competition pits competing up-and-comers against each other for a chance to open at SaturdayâÄôs Talib Kweli Hi-Tek show. The competition starts early enough to not conflict with the spring jam-inspired debauchery which will undoubtedly transpire Friday night, and who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised by the musicianship based so close to home. Coffman Memorial Union-Great Hall 7 p.m. Free Saturday Dance – The Somewhat Vaudeville Variety Show Everything you could hope for in an evening can be found in PatrickâÄôs CabaretâÄôs âÄúThe Somewhat Vaudeville Variety Show.âÄù Entertainers will flaunt themselves for a medley of everything from acrobatic dance-comedy (performed by Ned the Magnificent) to hip-hop dance paired with a jazz solo (Arturo Miles) and Switch the Boy WonderâÄôs dyke-drag burlesque show. Patrick’s Cabaret 3010 Minnehaha Ave. 8 p.m. $10 Door Music – M. Ward and The Watson Twins This whiskey-voiced troubadour, accompanied by Jenny LewisâÄôs old sidekicks the golden-throated Watson Twins, will appear HERE to serenade listeners with tracks from his newest album, âÄúHold Time.âÄù Expect plenty of sincere little indie-folk tunes from the musical mastermind and âÄúHimâÄù of She & Him. First Avenue 701 First Ave. N. 6 p.m. $18 Door Music – Dierks Bentley BentleyâÄôs tour celebrates his sixth studio album, âÄúFeel That Fire.âÄù Get ready for a ho-down, ladies and gentlemen; this Vanderbilt Sigma Alpha Epsilon alum is touring solo. Bring them there cowboy hats and such. Yee-haw, bitches. Mystic Lake Casino – Celebrity Palace Theater 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. N.W., Prior Lake 7:30 p.m. $66 Art – Tattoo Art The ongoing exhibit at Gallery 122 features paintings constructed by six self-taught Uptown tattoo artists: Brandon Holt, Zack Kinsey, Dan Kytola, Nic Skrade, Tom Strom and Jon Sweet. The six men all flaunt their unique style while presenting the tattoo as a valid medium of art. Kat Von Dee ainâÄôt got nothing on these boys. Gallery 122 at Hang It Inc. 122 8th St. S.E. Free Admission Sunday Music âÄì The Thermals, Shaky Hands The Thermals are a Portland, Oregon threesome who were signed to Sub Pop Records with the help of Death CabâÄôs Ben Gibbard. Their next goal was to get a parental warning on their second album, F–kinâÄô A, and like the truly emo always do, they succeeded. Their most recent release, âÄúNow We Can SeeâÄù is a narrative-packed rock album with vocal chords that seep with youthfulness. Playing with them is fellow Portland band Shaky Hands, who are one year younger as a band but whose mature sound reaches back into the âÄô60s to glean the best minimalistic punk melodies of that era. Shaky HandsâÄô subtle but well-crafted recording style manages to bring garage sounds to their next incarnation by fleshing out the emotional undertones of their songs. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S. 9 p.m. $12 Music âÄì Neko Case Cool things about Neko Case: 1. Her former backup singers were called âÄúHer BoyfriendsâÄù 2. Her former family name was Shevchenko 3. She was voted PlayboyâÄôs âÄúSexiest Babe of Indie Rock.âÄù Want to know more? Click here State Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave. 7:30 p.m. $29.50 Music – Tartufi Tartufi is the plural of Tartufo, which Wikipedia defines as âÄúan Italian ice-cream dessert âĦ usually composed of two or more flavours of ice cream with either fruit syrup or frozen fruit – typically raspberry, strawberry or cherry – in the center. It is typically covered in a shell made of chocolate, but cinnamon or nuts are also used.âÄù So, does their sound evoke this decadent treat from the land shaped like a boot? To some palates, possibly, but to most, probably not. The band does have two members, but thatâÄôs where the similarities end. With evocative soundscapes and electronic meanderings, they sound more like Yoko Ono mixed with Grizzly Bear, um, if you can imagine that. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S. 8 p.m. $5 Theater âÄì âÄúGodâÄôs EarâÄù Dialogue reigns supreme in Jenny SchwartzâÄô âÄúGodâÄôs Ear.âÄù A story of two parentsâÄô watching as their emotions slowly unfold in response to their sonâÄôs death, this play uses cliché and an inversion of the literal and the symbolic as catalysts for revelation. It doesnâÄôt always make sense, but confusion reigns supreme in times of grieving. Red Eye Theater, 15 14th St. W. 7 p.m. $15/$18 Health âÄì Cure Your Spring Jam Hangover Partied too hard? Here are some hangover cures: 1. In Poland, hangovers are believed to be cured by pickle juice. 2. Drink a bloody mary and take a baby step toward alcoholism 3. Drink ginger ale for a sore stomach 4. Have a bacon sandwich 5. Steal your little brotherâÄôs Pedialyte 6. The Romans are rumored to have eaten fried canaries. Now thatâÄôs a sign of hope buried in a sign of modern overindulgence if there ever was one. 7. It is also rumored that some Puerto Ricans rub lemon under their armpit before drinking to prevent a hangover. So, uh, try that. 8. Do what everyone at the University does: drink Gatorade and eat too much at AlâÄôs Breakfast. Culture to Consume Watch This: Home Movies Tenth Anniversary Set. Brendon SmallâÄôs hilarious Adult Swim squiggle-heavy animated series seems to have aged like fine wine. The TV show may have halted after five seasons in 2004, but the tenth anniversary set sports new episodes as well as a collection of musical numbers by Brendon. What to Read: âÄúPornocalypse NowâÄù by Douglas Haddow Douglas HaddowâÄôs recent article in Adbusters about the mind-numbing effect of the porno industry is a poignant critique if not a bit terrifying. Put down the towel and pick up the Tolstoy … sinner. www.adbusters.org Listen to This: Dan Deacon âÄúBromstâÄù Everyone is talking about it, no one will shut up about it, everyone is obsessed with it, and itâÄôs not gonna stop. Indeed Dan DeaconâÄôs latest album âÄúBromstâÄù seems almost perfect in every way. If you have a problem with that, then youâÄôre not listening hard enough! Eat This: If youâÄôre looking for a quick lunch on Eat Street, hit up Pho 79; their menuâÄôs pricing is chock full of inexpensive food items. Think traditional Vietnamese Pho soup for $6.75 that will stuff you for two meals paired with imported Tsing Tao beer at $2.50 a bottle. Drink This: ManhattanâÄôs Rock Star ($9.50) is a beautiful medley of champagne, ginger beer and smooth Three Olives cherry vodka. The menu also lists the last secret ingredient as the âÄúessence of rock âÄònâÄô roll,âÄù and we wouldnâÄôt want to ruin the surprise. Toss on a star fruit garnish and youâÄôve got a girly drink fit for a music legend. Click This: John Christenson used to photograph for corporate Target here in Minneapolis, but has since moved to New York to shoot fashion and interior design ads. ChristensonâÄôs online portfolio includes some ads shot for Martin Patrick 3, a menâÄôs boutique here in MPLS.