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Earlier this year we predicted that 2016 would be the year that homegrown rock really catches up with the likes of our booming electro-soul and darkwave scenes hasn’t really panned out, but there are a few glimmers of the rock starting to bubble back up in MPLS + STPL. Some of our favorite things we’ve heard so far this year, in fact, come from beastly-heavy duo Buffalo Fuzz. Their updated take on throwback bluesy rock will instantly hook any Black Keys or White Stripes fans, and the added thickness of the guitar layers and vocal distortion give it an even deeper pull. Buffalo Fuzz have been burning up some of Twincy’s smaller stages over the summer, including a few solo spots by guitarist-vocalist Jared Zachary, and we can’t imagine how exciting a full length album will be. Check them out soon before they blow up, they’ll be at the Fine Line this weekend with Porno Wolves.
“The artist contemplates the unknowable. And the world keeps spinning through space. And the circle is unbroken.”
Ray LaMontagne came off the yearlong tour behind 2013’s Supernova with around 18 songs he’d stockpiled prior to going on the road with the intention of developing the best of the new material for the follow-up LP. The resulting album, Ouroboros, co-produced by My Morning Jacket auteur Jim James, is both a musical departure for LaMontagne and one of the best psychedelic albums in recent memory.
Along with his acclaimed and wildly popular previous material, LaMontagne’s live show is a can’t-miss evening of music. There are only a few remaining tickets left to see him play the State Theater on Thursday, August 4th. 7:30 PM. $69-83.50. Tickets.
Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do during both primaries and he also documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.
South of the cities doesn’t always mean Southdale. This hunt takes us crosstown to LYN 65 Kitchen & Bar in Richfield, MN. It’s located in a strip mall just down from a place that would put your rock collection to complete shame. The Chicago Diner Burger gives you the option of going single or double and folks don’t even think about it—go big! The inspiration behind this burger is the famous Au Cheval in Chicago. Their real game no gimmicks approach to the greatest sandwich on earth set the stage for “basic” being not so boring after all. Starting with the bun; it’s soft, fresh, and perfect firmness for handling this juicy masterpiece. The meat is sensational. Sus of some short rib grinding in. You can’t get that kind of flavor without some high ranking cut making a cameo in your meat party. It’s smothered with American Kraft and is just savage. Comes with pickles and shallots and I added the bacon, of course. There’s a wonderful spread that adds a lovely flavor extension. Most likely it’s mayo mixed with mustard. Whatever it is it’s an OTP (one true pairing). The burger is a handful and will leave a couple kisses (grease spots) on your clothes if you’re not careful. The fries are hand-cut and simply wonderful. Oh oh oh the staff is so so sweet and the cocktails are v crafty! Get it in ya!
Scorecard: Flavor: 9.3 Presentation: 7 Originality: 7
Lyn 65, 6439 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS; lyn65.com
Our weekends are collectively a gauntlet of different arts and culture events, and we occasionally like to share a few observations from our efforts with you.
On Friday night Lowertown was even hotter than the temp gauges were reading. With the free Lowertown Blues (now Blues and Funk) Festival filling up the park with boomers in hiking sandals and BBQ, and the Saints playing a home game, St. Easy’s usually replete parking had very few spots open. The best part of the neighborhood visit? The underrated Insight Brewing serving $4 pints in front of the beautifully remodeled Black Dog Cafe, which now has a much better performance layout (which local legend Big George Jackson and his guitarist filled up). Saturday’s rain kept everyone home until the first rays broke through at exactly 5:05 PM and then all the revelers filed in to the block parties and fests. Surly’s campus was full for Dr. Dog, maybe not as full as for the earlier Ed Sharpe, but that location’s logistic (especially if you bike) and acoustics are making it a top-tier outdoor music destination. As predicted, the East Lake Open Streets installment was one of the better Open Streets so far, with bikes and walker and lots of strollers. The Hi-Lo Wonderland party brought in a huge crowd for the pie eating contest, and as the MC pointed out during the kids’ heat, there’s nothing more Minnesotan in summer than stuffing your face full of warm pie in the direct sun in a scorching parking lot.