Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for June 2018

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Welcome to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings for the month of June 2018. There are a ton of great concerts and events this month as we head into summer.

Special Events

Lawrence English with Modify and IE

What: Concert
When: Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis)

A night of experimental electronica featuring Lawrence English from Brisbane, Australia, with an electronic sound that is ambient and yet somewhat chaotic. Performing along with him are local acts Modify, which offers electronica heavy on the experimental and bordering on the verge of noise, and IE (pronounced “ee”), who will be playing the music of Terry Riley. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and this is an all-ages show.

Dark Energy Presents Zanias with Visceral Anatomy and Fee Lion

What: Concert
When: Saturday, June 2nd at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy shines again bringing in Zanias from Berlin, Germany, who offers an ambient yet danceable rhythm with dark synths. Zanias is joined by Visceral Anatomy and Fee Lion, both female-led groups from Chicago—while Visceral Anatomy offers more of an EBM vibe, Fee Lion is more of a dark synthpop with jazzy vocals. DJs PRSPHNE, Healthgoth Mom, and Grant Mayland will be spinning between sets. Cover is $5 and the show is 21+.

Absynthetic Productions Presents Dark and Local

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Absynthetic Productions brings together a group of local bands for an evening of dancing and exploring what the Twin Cities have to offer. Nevers Blessing is an industrial electronic outfit that is very glitch-hoppy. Grave Society changes up the set a bit, bringing traditional goth rock to the stage with slow guitar and dark vocals. Brian Botkiller is a little of everything—industrial, techno, synthwave, EBM, glitch-hop—but all of it is solid; I for one am happy to have this recent transplant from New Mexico in our local scene. Admission is $5 and is 21+.

Nones Proj Debut with DJs Hyperkarma, Intercourse, and CGW

What: Club Night
When: Tuesday, June 5th at 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis)

There is no link for this one as of publication time, but just because it isn’t online doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Nones Proj debuts with an semiexperimental electronica sound that is right at home here in the Twin Cities. Joining them are local DJs Hyperkarma, Intercourse, and CGW, and all are worth a listen as well. This show is 21+ and free! Check it out in all of its lack of social-media glory.

Dark Energy Presents COLD CAVE with Black Marble, Choir Boy, and DJ Grant Mayland

What: Concert
When: Thursday, June 7th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Turf Club (Saint Paul)

Dark Energy is really having a great month in June, this time bringing in COLD CAVE from Los Angeles, which comes in with traditional synthpop that will transport you back to the glory days of the genre. The same can be said for Black Marble from New York City and Choir Boy from Salt Lake City, who bring it all together in one glorious night of classic synthwave. This is one not to be missed for nostalgic fans of the genre and those Transmission regulars out there. Admission is $15 in advance or $18 at the door and is 21+.


What: Club Night
When: Thursday, June 7th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis)

An interesting evening music and dancing courtesy of DJs DJMF, Carl Craigslist, Bleak Roses, and 88project with VJ Mach FoX jamming against a delightful spacey theme. Admission is free and 21+. Go have a blast, Major Tom.

Kilted Farmer Koncerts Presents Adoration Destroyed with FIRES, Xentrifuge, and Souless Affection

What: Concert
When: Saturday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Kilted Farmer brings in EBM industrial band Adoration Destroyed, hailing from Austin, Texas, to the Red Sea along with FIRES from Nashville, Tennessee, who have a great synthpop/EBM vibe reminiscent of Iris; Xentrifuge from New York City, which brings a heavy industrial sound; and local band (even if they did disappear to Texas for a while) Souless Affection rounding out the industrial. It’s a really great lineup that will definitely make it hard not to dance. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door and 21+.

Function Productions, Wrekt, and Dat Boy Present Midnight Ravers

What: Concert
When: Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Herring Lounge (Duluth)

If you are up for a quick jaunt to the North Shore, this is an event for which it’s worth making the trip. Midnight Ravers offer up live performances by Elaborate Heist, ENDIF, and Zwaremachine with DJ sets by Broadway Jones, DJ Silly, FELON, Ed Mills, SHAMAN, and DOC HYDE. Two floors of music make for quite an evening and a lot of variety. Admission is $7 before 10:00 p.m. or $10 after 10:00 p.m. and is 18+.

Mallman Aural Hotbed

What: Concert
When: Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis)

Two local greats come together to collaborate their over 20 years of musical material. Mark Mallman and Savage Aural Hotbed have been Minnesota mainstays for years, and both put on an excellent show—the two together have the potential to create something that really shouldn’t be missed. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and this is an all-ages show.

Bloodfist Promotions Presents the Fire and Ice Metal Festival

What: Concert/Festival
When: Saturday, June 9th from 12:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. and Sunday, June 10th from 12:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Where: Red Carpet Nightclub (St. Cloud)

A short jaunt up I-94 West to St. Cloud offers metalheads a weekend of metal, rock, and punk of many stripes—all of it local to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. A full set list of times and bands can be found at the above link, but this would be a great opportunity to support a ton of local acts of the rock persuasion. Admission is $10 for single day or $15 for both days and is 21+. The organizers suggest the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in St. Cloud for those who are making the trip for both days. Go rock out with your . . . you know.

Extreme Noise Punk Rock Flea Market

What: Sale
When: Saturday, June 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Extreme Noise Records (Minneapolis)

Extreme Noise Records on Lake Street is having its annual flea market, which is offered around the back of the building and gives people in the community the chance to set up a free table to sell or trade their great stuff with one another. It is free attend as well, but bring cash, as not everyone will have the ability to take cards for your delightful finds. It’s even kid friendly! Go find some great new music, gear, clothes, comics, and lots of other wonderful stuff.

Midwest Industrial Presents Zwaremachine with My Zero, Absynthe of Faith, and DJ Apollolypstic PLUS Autumn Album Release Party

What: Concert
When: Saturday, June 16th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

With the sad demise of the Heavy Attic, part of the artist space in the former Roberts Shoe Store building, Dark Energy will be joining with Zwaremachine to kick off a summer of #midwestindustrial with an excellent lineup. Joining the group as they play off their new album, Be a Light, is My Zero, an industrial rock group with catchy song titles like “She’s Got the Moves Like Satan.” They also have Absynthe of Faith, who never disappoint, and DJ Apollolypstic. Local band Autumn will be debuting its new album, Chandelier, with New York City act A Place Both Wonderful and Strange to make this a great start to the summer concert season. Admission is only $4 and is 21+.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Steamship Coffee & Tea (Minneapolis)

A quiet coffee klatch for the goth in all of us. Come out for conversation, board and card games, and of course coffee. You might even hear some new information regarding Goth Prom in the process. GothiCoffee, organized by the Twin Cities Elysium Society, is generally on the third Wednesday of each month.

First Avenue Presents POPTONE with BNLX and DJ Jake Rudh

What: Concert
When: Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue (Minneapolis)

POPTONE is the combination of Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, along with Haskins’s daughter Diva. They will be performing music from the three previously mentioned bands in new ways, and for fans of those bands and their style, this could be a great new way to experience it. They are backed by BNLX, a local “experimental/noisepop/postpunk,” group according to the group’s Facebook page, and they offer just the right blend of sounds to work with POPTONES. DJ Jake Rudh rounds out the sound, playing music between sets to blend it all together.

Absynthetic Productions Presents Espermachine and Esoterik

What: Concert
When: Friday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Absynthetic Productions brings James Esper of Espermachine back to the Twin Cities for the first time since the group toured with Assemblage 23 back in 2012. Espermachine offers up dark synthpop/futurepop but is full of well-done covers such as “The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove.” Esoterik is visiting us for the first time and is sure to delight with darkwave synthpop and poppy female vocals. An excellent pairing if there ever was one. This is one to check out and make Esoterik love us so much they keep coming back. Admission is $10 at the door and 21+.

Dark Energy Presents the 2nd Annual Vampire’s Ball

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, June 30th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy takes over the First Avenue mainroom for its Vampire’s Ball, which was a great success last year. The stage feature the Pirate Twins; performances by Angela Higgins, Joy Coy, and Marcel Michelle-Mobama; and DJing by Angelica Ottavia, Mercury, Hyperkarma, Devata Daun, and Grant Mayland. There will be a vampire costume contest with prizes from Grimm Bebop, art booths, a fetish fashion show by Bondesque, and a virtual-reality torture chamber by Blortram. If you show up early, there will be free vampire makeovers by Matt Baehr and Wild Hare Salon from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Hosted by Lea Reed and visuals by VideoViolence this is the event of the month. Don’t miss out! Admission is $10 in advance at Bondesque, Wild Hare Salon, and Grimm Bebop or $12 at the door, and the event is is 18+.

Weekly Events

She’s in Control: The History of Goth and Alternative Culture

What: Radio Show
When: Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.
Where: 98.9 FM or online at KRSM Radio

DJ Mercury brings you the musical and pop-culture history of the goth and alternative scene in her one-hour show for the Southside Media Project. Blending interviews, history, and music to tie it all together makes her show one to catch.

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh

What: Club Night
When: Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown Minneapolis VFW (Minneapolis, MN)

For 17 years, DJ Jake Rudh has been bringing the best of ’80s new wave and synthpop to the clubs every Wednesday (and more recently to the airwaves on the Current every Thursday). Transmission is an amazing night of music, videos, dancing, and ’80s nostalgia for all fans, and there are people who have met and gotten married thanks to this unparalleled night of music. Come out and see what it’s all about, you won’t regret it. This event is 21+ and free!

Across the Board with DJ SLT

What: Radio Show
When: Friday Mornings from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.; Excellent! Bill and Ted Tribute June 8th; Blade Runner Tribute with Oni Sakti June 29th
Where: 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul or online at KFAI Community Radio

DJ SLT has been bringing his wide-ranging musical interests to KFAI for over 10 years. His show features anything and everything from ’70s glam rock to EBM, industrial, pop, and all the David Bowie you never knew existed. He frequently has theme nights, guest hosts, collaborations, and collectors’ corners to make a varied and greatly interesting radio show worth staying awake for. He also plays his own original works under the name Kradis.

Bondage A-Go-Go

What: Club Night
When: Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis, MN)

Ground Zero has been the goth community’s mainstay for nearly 24 years. Today it is the best place to grab a drink and dance to the best music the goth world has to offer (and some it hasn’t). With three rotating DJs keeping the music fresh and interesting, it sets the scene for what’s going on in the back—where the in-house dominatrixes keep your blood pumping with safe and consensual scenes you can either watch or participate in (after signing up, staying sober until your time, and tipping the mistress). No photos, 21+, $7.00 cover, cash-only bar. Come casual or dress to impress.

Communion Sundays

What: Club Night
When: Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Pourhouse (Minneapolis)

Communion Sundays take over the Pourhouse with multiple DJs on each floor. The DJs rotate around weekly, giving you a unique experience each time. Admission is $15 and is 21+.

So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!


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