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Art-A-Whirl Music Highlights


With the weekend of Art-A-Whirl finally here, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District will be in full swing, creating a great opportunity to celebrate local artistic expression. This year marks the 21st celebration of the art festival, all the while remaining the largest open-studio gathering in the United States.

The city of Minneapolis is home to a unique blend of music spanning all types of genres. Artists ranging from the hip-hop collective Doomtree, to the 80’s popularized The Replacements, and even the punk stylized Hüsker Dü, all received their start in the city we call home. The late Prince, one of the most notable of  Minnesotan musicians, developed and honed his own sound, possibly even to inspire some of the up-incoming acts seen locally in Northeast this weekend. Here is a list of what our team would consider to be the acts to catch of this weekend at Art-A-Whirl:

Communist Daughter

A staple of Minneapolis folk-rock sound, Communist Daughter is sure to be one of this weekend’s favorites. They incorporate beautiful harmonizing instrumentation, as well as thematic lyrics that leave their audiences captivated. This band has a consistent following within the Twin Cities, which should lead to a high energy show of easy listening.

Set time: Friday 20th / 9:00 PM / 331 Club

331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Babes in Toyland

This will be the second year that you will be able to catch this local punk favorite following the trio’s reunion after a thirteen year hiatus. Their sound is distorted and unforgiving for its intensity, gaining notoriety across the United States. They are best known for their role in adapting punk sound to the 90’s post-punk and indie-grunge genres.

Set time: Saturday 21st / 9:00 PM / Grumpy’s NE

2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

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Jeremy Messersmith

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeremy Messersmith hits Bauhaus Brew Labs this Saturday.  Messersmith has a longstanding record of artistry with four standalone LPs to date. This quintet consistently departs from the conventional folk style to garner a fanbase that always has a novel experience with each Messersmith show.

Set time: Saturday 21st / 6:30 PM / Bauhaus Brew Labs

1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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tiny deaths

If you’re looking for experimental-electronica-indie-rock artistry this weekend,  check out tiny deaths at Dangerous Man Brewing Company. They are considered as “dream-pop,” could be described as the coupling of sound between artists like Purity Ring and Tycho.

Set time: Saturday 21st / 4:15 PM / Dangerous Man Brewing Company

1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Bad Bad Hats

Consider Bad Bad Hats the must-see of the weekend considering the following they’ve developed just after their debut album, Psychic Reader. Their music, as well as live performances, contribute to the always evolving indie rock scene of Minneapolis. The band walks the line perfectly between writing heartfelt lyrics of loss and excitement while keeping their music fun, light, and airy.

Set time: Saturday 21st / 5:30 PM / Bauhaus Brew Labs

1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Artists on the rise, PHO comes to Art-a-Whirl with music that is sure to connect new and old fans of Funk. This band has received acclaim from fans and artists alike over the past two years, even receiving a sign of approval from the late artist Prince in January via Twitter. Incorporating instruments ranging from bass to Flugel Horn means this 7 piece band will be a must see.

Set time: Sunday 22nd / 4:00 PM / 331 Club

331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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There are of course a considerable number of musical acts that are going unnamed under this article; however, this list may just epitomize the spirit of the weekend of art exploration.