Have you ever been to a dance night or heard a DJ’s set and thought that you just had to have the album that was being played? Tonight at Hymie’s Record Roadshow at the Turf Club, the tunes that make your booty move are also a part of the Hymie’s inventory and available for you to purchase right then and there. (Records sold at the Turf also have a 10 percent discount on new records, 20 percent for used during the show.) After Dave and Laura from Hymie’s DJ their own sets, they’ll hand the decks off to guest DJ Shannon Blowtorch who’s well known for moving crowds at dance nights like Lush at the Spring Street and Bomp! Pabst Tall Boys are only $3, if you need a little bit of assistance getting out on the dance floor. Music starts at 8 p.m., for more info visit the Hymies website.
Harry and the Potters scream “Who here feels like a wizard!?” at the opening of the live version of their track “Harry Potter”, a blitzkrieg of power chords and lyrics that are just names like Voldemort, Dumbledore, Ron, and yes, Harry Potter. Frontmen Joe and Paul DeGeorge both perform as Harry and, along with their backing band The Potters, they rip through fast-paced songs about the boy wizard and the rest of J.K. Rowling’s creations, turning their shows into equal parts cosplay and jubilant party. If jamming out to wizard rock wasn’t fun enough for you, some of the best and infectiously upbeat party bands in the Twin Cities, Best Friends Forever and Dance Band will also be performing. The show is appropriately all ages and doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information on the show and to hear a bunch of free music from Harry and the Potters, visit HarryandthePotters.com.
Here’s your last chance to catch Chelsea Boys before they and their super sexy synth-tastic sound head out on tour through the upper midwest to the east coast. The band, if you couldn’t tell from the name, mixes just the right combination of heteroflexible innuendo with danceable drum beats. MC Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and 2% Muck will warm up the crowd with their freaky and funky beats. Tickle Torture and Grave Danger (Preston from Buffalo Moon) also open. Follow the stream of kids in wayfarers and tank-tops behind the old Bedlam space to XXXUSA/Club Med on the West Bank. $5 at the door, space opens at 10 p.m.
Celebrate the craft of writing with some of the best, brightest, and most ubiquitous writers in the Twin Cities! Local writer and reviewer Lightsey Darst hosts The Works: A Writers’ Salon; this evening the assembled women and man of words focus on guilty pleasures, “things you know you shouldn’t like but can’t help loving anyway.” Ooh la la. Presenters include MC Hyland, the curator for the Pocket Lab Reading series, poet Haley Lasche, and everybody’s favorite arts ambassador Andy Sturdevant, who will talk everyone through his obsessive teenage fascination with Rolling Stone album guides of yesterday. The salon runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bryant Lake Bowl cabaret; cost is $6-12 on a sliding scale and tickets are available at the door or at the Bryant Lake Bowl website.
Get acquainted with up-and-coming local pop rock at tonight’s New Music Tuesdays hosted by in-the-know gents of Minneapolis Fucking Rocks at Honey. This week’s installment of the music series at the underground hot spot features Skies Alive who, with heartfelt vocals and amped up guitars, sound like a younger version of another well known Minneapolis group, Motion City Soundtrack. The group will be highlighting tracks off its new EP ‘Til I Die. Dan Mariska opens with a solo set. The event is 18+, starts at 9 p.m., and costs $5. For more information, visit the event page.