Much like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco rode in on a the emo wave of the mid-aughts but never truly were an easy fit for that genre. Led by vocalist Brendon Urie, the band’s sound quickly outstripped their guyliner-and-top-hat package, diving headfirst into ’60s psychedelia, baroque pop, and electronic music. 2016’s Death of a Bachelor marked yet another corner turn for the band, as Urie began to experiment with hip-hop textures while maintaining the lyrical playfulness that has become his signature. Make sure to catch the opener Misterwives, whose danceable horn-inflected sound and sassy diva vocals could easily make them the second coming of No Doubt.
Hippo Campus have become one of the most significant success stories in local music in the past decade. Forming on a whim at a St. Paul arts high school, the longtime friends quickly saw their star rise to national levels of acclaim thanks to a precocial talent for sophisticated pop songwriting. After touring the world in support of their first two EPs, the band settled back in and teamed up with Bon Iver producer BJ Burton to create their debut full length Landmark. While the new LP still sizzles with youthful energy, Landmark sees the quartet refining their pop chops and delving into slightly darker territory. Fellow St. Paul art-school kids The Happy Children of Normal Parents open.
Aussie indie-pop outfit the Griswolds turn this Sunday into an especially tough decision for Twin Cities music fans. Blowing up in 2013 on the back of their peppy-but-secretly-super-dark single “Beware the Dog,” the quartet joined their countrymen in Tame Impala and Empire of the Sun at the head of new wave of Australian rock. Their 2016 follow-up High Times for Low Lives is another sugar-rush of sunny, afro-tinged indie-pop, and the band also brings a well-earned reputation for delivering the goods live. Joining them is the hype-baiting L.A. band DREAMERS, whose anthemic “Sweet Disaster” should make for a big, party-starting stage moment.
Mod Sun’s sunny, chill rhymes and pop-punk background give the self-styled hippie-hopper a very different steez than the average Minnesota rapper, and no place is that more apparent than his eclectic new album, Movie. Just as the title implies, the new LP sees Mod diving into storytelling mode, with slick widescreen production by the likes of Don Cannon. Known as a tireless worker who takes time to appreciate each of his fans individually, Mod should be a fun hang at MOA’s Hard Rock Cafe for this listening party, which will be followed by a meet-and-greet. Best of all, the party is free and all-ages friendly.
Don’t ask us why, but somehow St. Paul is way more Irish than Minneapolis. It might be the fact that quality Irish watering holes like O’Gara’s and the Nook are seemingly everywhere on the east side of the river, or it might just be because of LuckyPalooza. On Saturday, the city is blocking off a portion of West 7th just south of Downtown for an Irish-themed street party that will feature live music, craft beer, Irish step dancing, a parade, and enough whiskey to drown your shillelagh.