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Violent Femmes and The Breeders tickets at Palace Theatre in St. Paul
Sat Jun 25, 2022 - 8:00 PM

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Violent Femmes and The Breeders

Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN Ages: 18 & Over with Valid Government ID
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The Current presents

The Current presents

Violent Femmes and The Breeders

Palace Theatre
17 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
Sat Jun 25, 2022 - 8:00 PM
Ages: 18 & Over with Valid Government ID
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Door Price: $45.00 - $75.00
Onsale: Fri May 6, 2022 - 10:00 AM
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Bio: Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their main influences at that time were Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and The Velvet Underground. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet.

They were rejected for an audition by a local nightclub and set up outside a Pretenders gig. Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night’s show. This gave the early Femmes a publicity boost which led to them being invited to play in NYC supporting Richard Hell. A rave review in the New York Times led eventually to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide touring.

Their eponymous first album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album, eight years after its release. The Femmes became a mainstay of festivals, clubs and theatres in over 30 countries worldwide in the ensuing three decades.

MTV’s “Unplugged” show was inspired by the Femmes, although they never actually appeared on it. Their raw sound and honest lyrical perspective has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as Pink, Keith Urban, The Smiths, Nirvana, Lou Reed, John Cusack, Mark Morris, and Wim Wenders.

Violent Femmes are currently touring in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the release of their first album.

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Bio: The Breeders

The Breeders started life as a side project for Kim Deal of the Pixies, Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses, Josephine Wiggs of the British band The Perfect Disaster, and Britt Walford of Slint. They recorded the album Pod with Steve Albiniin a mere ten days, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The album was released on 4AD in 1990 to critical acclaim. The press dubbed the Breeders an Indie Supergroup, but the band were able to play only two London shows before returning to their day jobs. During another hiatus in 1992, Josephine flew to Dayton, Ohio, where Kim had recruited her sister Kelley to learn lead guitar, and stolen powerhouse drummer Jim Macpherson after seeing him play in a local band. They broke an exhaustive rehearsal schedule only to watch nightly re-runs of Star Trek The Next Generation. The Breeders first tour launched in June 1992 in a snooker hall behind Warrington Rugby Club, Manchester, in the UK. Two days later, they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast, and then performed at Glastonbury. After 27 sold-out US shows that fall, the band drove cross-country to San Francisco to record Last Splash, (released August 1993). The video for the single Cannonball—directed by Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze—was in heavy rotation on MTV’  s 120 minutes throughout the fall. The band provided support for Nirvana’  s In Utero tour, then in January 1994 they traveled to Australia, Japan, and Hawaii, where they were shot for the cover ofRolling Stone—only to be supplanted by the “  Ladies of Melrose Place.”   That summer they embarked upon the epic Lollapalooza ‘  94; the Melody Maker opined, "Kim's nicotine-stained vocals [are] the very spit of wasted elegance...”   the Breeders are “  probably the most casually brilliant band around”   and Last Splash went platinum. Whatever that means. In 2013, Kim, Kelley, Josephine and Jim reunited for the 20th anniversary of Last Splash. 4AD reissued the album as a deluxe box set, and the “  classic" lineup of the Breeders (augmented by violinist Carrie Bradley) toured the US, Europe, Austrailia and South America, performing the album at festivals, and playing eight months of sold-out shows. In London, they played Last Splash and Pod back to back, a tour de force they went on to repeat several times. The final run of shows took them across country from Dayton to L.A.—dubbed by Kelley the “  Mid West Coast Tour”—culminating in a performance supporting Neutral Milk Hotel at the Hollywood Bowl. As the end of the reunion tour approached—Kim, or was it Kelley?—broached the idea of carrying on—and the Breeders started working on material for a new album. They will play shows this fall, including a show with Arcade Fire in late October.

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