Johnny Brenda's Presents

Mal Blum

Ages 21 and up
Saturday, July 15
Doors: 7pm

*All events are 21+ valid ID required for entry*

7PM – Doors
8PM – Show


Once dubbed “punk’s greatest hidden treasure” by Stereogum, Mal Blum writes cleverly crafted songs that are are as self-effacing as they are viscerally relatable. In 2019 they released their latest full length, Pity Boy (Don Giovanni), an album that explores boundary setting and self-sabotage, and an exemplification of Mal’s ability to interrogate the human condition with lyrical ingenuity. Following that, they released a 7″, Nobody Waits b/w San Cristóbal, with Saddle Creek Records’ Document Series in 2020.


VIAL is a Minneapolis-based indie punk trio of best friends: Keytarist and bassist Taylor Kraemer (she/they), guitarist KT Branscom (they/them), and drummer Katie Fischer (she/they). VIAL has brought their genre-bending cascade of sound into electrifying live performances since their formation (On Tinder, mind you) in mid-2019. They’ve got songs that smack you in the face: Rage-written speedruns about running over misogynists (“Roadkill”) and head-bopping, cheek-blushing queer love songs to tingle your toes (“Violet”); VIAL is a powerhouse who knows how to adapt their sound, and themselves, allowing them to grow in new ways during 2020’s days of quarantine by creating a wide audience on TikTok and other social media while revving up to release their blossoming debut album, LOUDMOUTH (2021). This record was highly anticipated after the success of their debut EP, “Grow Up,” which hit streaming sites soon after the group’s formation in late 2019. 

Following the release of LOUDMOUTH, VIAL has made an explosive return to live music, playing historic venues across Minnesota, including First Avenue’s iconic main stage, and have hit many of their favorite cities while supporting artists such as FIDLAR, HUNNY, and Jhariah. 


John-Allison Weiss is a singer/songwriter living life on their own terms. Born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, they started making music in high school and never stopped. Their career started online where they made lifelong fans through MySpace and Tumblr, lonely hearts across the globe who found solace in their soft songs and hope in their louder ones.
From 2010-2020 they toured relentlessly, sharing the stage with everyone from Lou Reed to Letters to Cleo. They wrote songs with heroes like Tegan Quin and Kevin Devine and took their music to two more continents with tours in the UK and Australia. Flying just under the radar, Weiss earned a cult following and the respect of peers like The Wonder Years, Into It. Over It., Now Now, The Front Bottoms, Jenny Owen Youngs, Julia Nunes, Cartalk, Hit Like a Girl, Kississippi, Koji, and the list goes on.

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