Riff Raff

The alleged inspiration for James Franco’s character in “Spring Breakers,” Riff Raff is embarking on his first headlining tour (VIP pizza parties are promised). The real-life Horst Simco is no stranger to Minnesota; he briefly attended Hibbing Community College before returning to his native Houston. The inked-up and cornrowed viral MC is set to issue his second studio album, “Neon Icon,” April 29 on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. If lead single “Dolce & Gabbana” is any indication, the guest-packed effort will be anchored by more trap-informed beats and Simco’s self-aggrandizing wangster persona. Riff Raff — who recently announced he’s pursuing country music, which is only odd outside of the Riff Raff universe — has also been romantically linked to Katy Perry (ditto). The guy’s either crazy unique or a crazy-good marketing gimmick. Grandtheft opens. Jay Boller

Price: $20

Where

First Avenue Mainroom

701 1st Av. N.Minneapolis, MN

When

Date: Ended 04/15/14

Upcoming events

05/06 – Gear Daddies
05/24 – Yeasayer
05/25 – The Kills
05/30 – Keys 2 the City
06/03 – Oh Wonder
06/19 – Dolan Twins
06/21 – Built to Spill
07/05 – Violent Femmes
07/12 – The Wombats
07/18 – Aesop Rock
07/27 – Borns
08/09 – Broods
09/17 – The Specials
09/18 – Belly
10/09 – Boyce Avenue