Friday, August 27, 2010

Amphetamine Reptile Records 25th Anniversary Events This Weekend

Veterans of the Twin Cities music scene will remember Amphetamine Reptile Records, the ground-breaking label that was the one-time home to all styles of metal/alternative/noise bands such as Melvins, Helmet, Today Is The Day, Unsane, The Cows, and many, many others. Several label alumni went on to greater success or moved on to other successful bands such as Mudhoney. Amphetamine Reptile is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend with a series of cool events and concerts, including one-off shows from label alumni. A lot of Amphetamine Reptile bands used to come through Gabe's in Iowa City when I lived there from 1989-1994, and these were always great shows to attend. City Pages published an insightful interview with label founder Tom Hazelmyer here, and the article includes testimonials from bands describing the impact that Amphetamine Reptile had. Here is an overview of all the insanity happening this weekend to celebrate this innovative label:

Friday, August 28, Grumpy's Downtown, 7:00
- Concert: Unsane, Lollipop
- Guitar art show
- Photography exhibition

Saturday, August 29, Grumpy's Downtown, 1:00 - SOLD OUT
- Indoor art show
- Outdoor concert: Melvins, Boss Hog, Today Is The Day, God Bullies, Hammerhead, The Thrown Ups, Vaz, White Drugs, Gay Witch Abortion
Melvins go on first at 1:00 pm!

Sunday, August 30, Grumpy's NE, 1:00
- Concert: Janitor Joe, Calvin Krime, Freedom Fighters, Jet Lag
- BBQ Party

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