Vita.mn August Music and Movies

Updated 8/15/2013

FRIDAY: Strange Names play before '80s flick "SpaceCamp" at Lake Harriet. Plus: Homeboy Sandman, Joan Osborne.

Strange Names

Vita.mn August Music and Movies: Strange Names and ‘SpaceCamp’

7:30 p.m. • Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Mpls. • all ages • free

Between advanced sound and advanced astronaut’ing, the band and the movie have plenty in common for this installment of our August Music and Movies series. Strange Names doesn’t project any aw-shucks youthfulness, despite the duo’s fresh-out-the-dorms ages. Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez — the scamps behind the surf-y, Britpoppy and new-wavey jams — sound supremely polished on record, and boast a savvy stage presence. Could they handle it in outer space? Smart money says yes. Speaking of pluck and competence, “SpaceCamp.” At dusk we’ll screen the 1986 adventure flick, one that sees a group of teenage space campers get more than they bargained for (spoiler: They accidentally get shot into space). It’s got Joaquin Phoenix! Jay Boller

 

Homeboy Sandman

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • $10-$15

With a weirdly laid-back delivery that belies his seriously thought-provoking lyrics and madcap wordplay, Homeboy Sandman is as unique a voice in indie rap as his recent tourmate Brother Ali. The New York City rapper just issued his second album for Stones Throw Records, “All That I Hold Dear.” He’s on tour with another odd-duck of a rapper, Chicago’s Open Mike Eagle, who also played the Soundset fest back in May.  Chris Riemenschneider

 

Joan Osborne

8 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $35-$45

Don’t dismiss Osborne as a one-hit wonder (“One of Us”). She’s had an artistically rewarding career since, touring with the Dead (remaining members of the Grateful Dead) and the Funk Brothers (the famous Motown session players). Last year at the Dakota, the Kentucky-bred, New York-based Osborne proved a wonderful vocalist, covering jazz, R&B, blues, rock and pop — originals and covers, many heard on her tasty 2012 blues/R&B collection, “Bring It on Home.” Jon Bream