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

12/18 – Lil Pump
12/22 – Flip Phone
12/23 – DJ Keezy
01/18 – Passion Pit
02/08 – ZZ Ward
02/13 – Neck Deep
02/17 – Valerie June
02/22 – Machine Head
02/23 – Ani Difranco
03/02 – Tune-Yards
03/06 – Why Don't We
03/07 – Ty Dolla $ign
03/18 – OMD
03/28 – Yo La Tengo
04/07 – Ty Segall
04/13 – Echosmith
05/09 – Jimmy Eat World
05/10 – The Fratellis