SOUL ASYLUM, THE DEPOT, Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m., $23
Around about 1990, when Soul Asylum had yet to have any commercial success to speak of, the Minnesota band played one of the best shows I've ever seen at what was then the Bar & Grill (now The Woodshed). They were touring in support of their And the Horse They Rode In On album, and the energetic show full of well-chosen covers (I seem to recall "Rhinestone Cowboy" and a Fleetwood Mac tune in the mix) and excellent originals made Soul Asylum one of my favorite bands for a while. Then they had their breakthrough moment courtesy of MTV staples like "Runaway Train" and "Black Gold," leading to the band's inexplicable inclusion as performers at one of Bill Clinton's inauguration parties in 1993. Things have been pretty quiet for the band since, despite occasionally releasing new music. Original drummer Grant Young was fired, and bassist Karl Mueller later died of throat cancer, leaving singer/guitarists Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy continuing with a rotating rhythm section. Last year, after the band recorded its new Delayed Reaction album, Murphy left the fold as well, leaving Pirner to lead the current incarnation of Soul Asylum. I'll be checking them out for the first time since that 1990 show, hoping for the same energetic rush from that long-ago gig at Bar & Grill.