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Soul Asylum/Miles Nielson & the Rusted Hearts 

When: Tue., Feb. 19, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $25.50 ADV, $27 DOS
Soul Asylum’s bio is the quintessential Icarian alt rock parable: three high school friends get drunk and form a band, release a few beloved albums on a local label, get signed to a major, catapult to short-lived superstardom and fade into obsolescence when suburban malls report flagging flannel sales and Winona Ryder allegedly ditches the frontman for the poop-dread guy from Counting Crows. Unlike fellow Minnesotans Hüsker Dü and the Replacements, Soul Asylum strayed too far from the insouciant indie template (or the “not entirely cringe-worthy band name template,” for that matter) to sustain the legacy merited by the head-banging, hoarse exuberance of their early output. It may have taken the band ten years to recover from Grave Dancer’s Union, its mostly-appalling, triple-platinum breakout album, but it staged a solid comeback last summer with the appropriately titled Delayed Reaction. The latest sees Dave Pirner and co. in finer form than fans have been treated to since Reagan was in office, and they’ve always been better live. Also: they snagged Michael Bland, Prince’s New Power Generation-era drummer to hold down the bottom end. (Hannah Franklin)


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