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

03/29 – Son Volt
04/02 – Foxygen
04/08 – Margo Price
04/12 – Methyl Etyl
04/14 – The Big Wu
04/15 – Manic Focus
04/17 – The Zombies
04/19 – Sleep
04/20 – Mayday Parade
05/01 – Vulfpeck
05/03 – Testament
05/05 – Laura Marling
06/01 – Marian Hill
06/15 – Pokey Lafarge
06/16 – Semisonic
06/17 – Semisonic
07/03 – Miike Snow
08/07 – Sylvan Esso
10/10 – Hanson
12/01 – Mogwai