Dan Bejar provides the unmistakably creaky vocals in the Vancouver rock band Destroyer.


The premise of FRZN Fest has been the same since it began in 2012: a critical mass of great live music for “when you’ve got cabin fever and you just want to get out of the house.”

That's according to Tag Evers, the music promoter behind the Frank Productions brand True Endeavors, and the organizer of the seven-year-old festival. But while he said some things have stayed the same, there's been a prominent change for this year's FRZN Fest: The series of concerts has been split up between two venues. Both the High Noon Saloon at 701A E. Washington Ave. and the Majestic Theatre at 115 King Street will be hosting musical acts Thursday through Saturday.

“We’re hopeful that this next step of being able to offer even more music will be embraced,” he said.

Evers said the expansion was made possible by the merger of Majestic Live and Frank Productions, which owns True Endeavors, and has been designed to allow those who buy three-day passes to bounce between venues. 

A grand total of 19 artists will be performing at this year’s FRZN Fest. Here’s an overview of the six headliners, along with a rundown of the entire schedule and lineup:

Destroyer (High Noon Saloon, Friday at 8 p.m.)

The one constant behind the 23-year-old Vancouver rock band Destroyer has been the unmistakable creaky, leathery, jazzy voice of singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. Everything else has been a variable: Each new record from the band has explored new sounds and genres, from the sultry lounge music of 2011’s “Kaputt” to the electronic orchestration of 2004’s “Your Blues.”

Shredders (High Noon Saloon, Thursday at 8 p.m.)

Shredders is the newest collaboration to have sprung from Doomtree, the Twin Cities’ famous hip-hop collective. The crew, which formed in 2017, features four-sevenths of the collective — the producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger with rappers Sims and P.O.S — melding booming beats with cutting bars as part of their self-described mission of making some “legendary heaters.”

Typhoon (Majestic Theatre, Thursday at 8 p.m.)

There are plenty of orchestral indie rock bands, but few are as sprawling as Typhoon: The outfit from Portland, Oregon has 11 musicians who weave together a rich tapestry of cinematic sound through swells of strings, strumming and shouts. Their latest album, “Offerings,” was a concept album, telling the story of a man who loses his memory.

Hinds (High Noon Saloon, Saturday at 8 p.m.)

For those seeking a tonic for the orchestral sheen of a band like Typhoon, the Spanish band Hinds revels in chaotic, distorted, and woozy lo-fi garage rock. The four-piece act is a dynamo onstage, juxtaposing a fun and goofy stage presence with some deadly serious rock musicianship.

Polica (Majestic Theatre, Saturday at 8 p.m.)

The electro-pop music of Polica is at times chirpy and clubby, and at others meditative and downcast. But throughout the band’s lifespan, it has been consistently political, creating music about resistance in the era of a Donald Trump presidency and the tumultuous history of its hometown of Minneapolis. 

Rayland Baxter (Majestic Theatre, Friday at 8 p.m.)

Rayland Baxter is the son of legendary slide guitarist Bucky Baxter, who played slide guitar with the likes of Bob Dylan. His own career has been steeped in sounds of Nashville, blending Americana and pop into music that’s warm, twangy and playful.

The full lineup and schedule for FRZN Fest:


High Noon Saloon

8 p.m. | $15



Charles Grant

Neu Dae

Majestic Theatre

8 p.m. | $18 in advance, $20 at the door


Mimicking Birds



High Noon Saloon

8 p.m. | $16 in advance, $18 at the door


Mega Bog

Okey Dokey

Majestic Theatre

8 p.m. | $15

Rayland Baxter

Liz Cooper & The Stampede



High Noon Saloon

8 p.m. | $15



Snail Mail

Stef Chura

Majestic Theatre

8 p.m. | $22 in advance, $25 at the door


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Erik Lorenzsonn is the Capital Times' tech and culture reporter. He joined the team in 2016, after having served as an online editor for Wisconsin Public Radio and having written for publications like The Progressive Magazine and The Poughkeepsie Journal.