After spending some time in the First Avenue Mainroom for the Slaughter Beach, Dog and Bonny Doon show, it was time to make the 20 foot trek down to the more intimate 7th Street Entry. I know I’ve said this before but I really can not understate how amazing it is to live in a town that has a venue like this. Although the two rooms are connected by just a door and some stairs, the shows I saw at both of these rooms on Monday night couldn’t have been more different. They also couldn’t have been more perfect.
Getting things started in the 7th Street Entry on Monday was a personal favorite of mine, RiGBY. I know I just covered them back on September 29th at The Turf Club but, seeing a band like this will never get old and their set on Monday was proof of that. They hit the stage with an undeniable sense of power that lasted throughout their quick opening set. There was fire and passion that could both be heard and seen. The way the members of this band interact is absolutely flawless. Maybe it’s just a glance or maybe two members converge to sing a line together into the same microphone, there’s just something about seeing a RiGBY show that will leave you with this sense that the members of this band truly love being on stage and it’s what they were all meant to do. With their punk-protest styled songs screaming through the PA, it didn’t take long for me to truly fall in love with this band all over again as I do every time I see them.
Following RiGBY was the only touring act of the night- Social Cinema. This band is from Wichita, Kansas but, between their sound and just the way the members seemed to fit into the local Minneapolis scene, I think we would be more than happy to claim them as our own if they would let us. Social Cinema’s sound is all over the place which is what made me fall head over heels for this group within their first song. There were elements of everything from punk to pop to psychedelic to rock with everything in between. Each member clearly brought their own sound and vibe to the stage and the way it all came together was pure magic, no other way to put it. Social Cinema is a brand new band on my radar so I couldn’t tell you if they have been here before or anything like that but I can tell you their performance gave me the feeling that this band has been grinding since day one. There was something polished about the performance but it was still firmly rooted in the DIY scene. Whether Monday night was their first show in Minneapolis or not, I truly hope it isn’t their last.
Wrapping up the beautiful and fun night at the 7th Street Entry was local band Keep For Cheap. I’ll be honest with you, I thought I had seen this band and covered them multiple times but, as I stood there completely lost in their world, I realized that maybe I hadn’t. Looking back in the depths of my blog, I can’t find any mention of this band which has me shocked but also means that seeing them on Monday night was just meant to be.
The young audience that had gathered at the 7th Street Entry on Monday night was excited throughout the night but that excitement seemed to come to a climax as Keep For Cheap took the stage. This band has been grinding (which is why I probably thought I had seen them before as I always see their name around time) and I feel like even a stranger could feel that pay-off on Monday. Like the previous two acts, the music of Keep For Cheap is all over the place. It has DIY roots that come through loud and clear but there are also vocals that lean a bit into a more mature pop world and guitar lines that will leave you dizzy. Add an undeniable sense of energy and almost metal tendencies when it comes to the delivery of some of the words and notes and you are left with a truly stunning set.
The music of Keep For Cheap was definitely a highlight for me but the cherry on top for my Monday night at the 7th Street Entry was the crowd. As mentioned, everyone was excited to be there– you could feel that in the air– but what had me more thrilled about the audience was the fact that they were there. It was a Monday night and the first Monday after daylight savings time. This meant it was dark by about 4PM which leads to it being hard to leave the house. It was also slightly chilly outside which makes it even harder to leave your house yet the room felt packed. Keep in mind, this was a mostly local show. Many people will die on the hill that their local scene is the best local scene in the country but it’s nights like Monday night at the 7th Street Entry that proves Minneapolis is truly the best.
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Smell-O-Meter: Nothing Notable
Average Age of the Crowd: 23
Crowd Surfers- 0
Stage Divers- 0
Mosh-ability- 1 out of 10
Amount of Beer Spilled On Me While Walking Around- 0
Broken Bones- None Noticed
Spotted Flying Through The Air- nothing
Fights- None Witnessed
Passed Out Kids- 0
Idiots Taken Out By Security – 0
How Irritated I Was With The Audience – 0 out of 10
How Many Times I’ve Seen These Bands Before (or at least how many times I can remember)-
Social Cinema– 0
Keep For Cheap – 0
Celebrity Sightings – None
Overall Score –8.4 out of 10
Show on Deck — The Hotelier / Foxing / Emperor X
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