Music can soothe one’s fiery temper, propel a rousing dance, or distract a roommate long enough so you can sell his television at a pawnshop. Experience the stunning power of sound with this GrouponLive deal to see Soul Asylum at the Buckhead Theatre. For $14, you get general admission on Friday, October 26, at 9 p.m. (up to a $26.45 value, including all fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.
A decade before Soul Asylum achieved mainstream recognition with its triple-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, frontman Dave Pirner reached the ears of a small army of punk fans on The Replacements’ 1982 EP, Stink. But he didn’t sing a note of music. Instead, he can be heard swearing at the police during the opening track, “Kids Don’t Follow,” which begins with audio of the cops breaking up an early ‘Mats gig. Pirner has since matured, but this slice of Minneapolis lore is a reminder that, despite Soul Asylum’s commercial success, its roots cling firmly to the rugged, working-class rock scene of the Twin Cities. It has opened for St. Paul hardcore icons Hüsker Dü, and Replacements’ bassist Tommy Stinson joined the band as a full-time member in 2005.
Its legacy continues to come full circle with the 2012 release Delayed Reaction, described by AllMusic.com's Mark Deming as their "best album in ages." Its 10th studio full-length album brims with eclecticism, swaying during the loungy blues of “Cruel Intentions,” and clipping along with the rough and tumble jangle of the band’s early releases in “The Streets.” Live, Soul Asylum propels its rough yet infectious guitar riffs and swelling organ chords into the audience, all while Pirner strums a low-slung guitar and growls a set of new cuts as well as recognizable hits such as “Runaway Train,” which earned the band a Grammy and a gold-plated railroad spike for Best Rock Song in 1994.