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

06/29 – Misterwives
07/03 – Miike Snow
07/08 – Poptone
07/19 – Sublime
07/21 – Andrew Bird
07/23 – The Revolution
07/29 – Mike Stud
08/06 – Sylvan Esso
08/22 – Simple Plan
08/24 – Washed Out
08/29 – Midnight Oil
09/12 – Oh Wonder
09/13 – X
09/17 – Thundercat
09/18 – Andrew W.K.
09/19 – Dead Cross
10/01 – Future Islands
10/02 – Angel Olsen
10/07 – Blue October
10/10 – Hanson
10/23 – Lany
10/30 – Gogol Bordello
11/02 – Alvvays
11/08 – Crystal Castles
11/12 – O.A.R.
12/01 – Mogwai