MONDAY 5.14

The Tragically Hip
First Avenue
Worshiped as rock gods in their own country, Canadian Music Hall of Famers the Tragically Hip never caught on as strongly in the States, despite two decades of touring in support of album after album of sweet hooks and high-energy storytelling by frontman Gordon Downie. Maybe it's just that they were never really needed in the U.S., where the fruited plains offer up a new crop of rock gods every year. Early reports from the Hip's current road trip promise an exhilarating rush of a performance, sure to please the same Canuck expats who'll be turning out to see Sloan the following week. With Winter Sleep. 18+. $25/$30. 7:00 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Sarah Askari

 

TUESDAY 5.15

The Killers
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
It's been said that Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers left his first band, Blush Response, for a real rock 'n' roll band after an epiphany at an Oasis concert. Do you think it was during the refrain for "Don't Look Back in Anger"? Riding high on the success of their second album, Sam's Town (Island), the Killers are bringing their updated brand of Duran-Duran-esque rock to a sold-out Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Known for being outspoken and thrashing against many of their peers, including guy-liner aficionado Pete Wentz & Co, Flowers and the gang are sure to regale the audience with their many hits, including "Mr. Brightside," "Bones," and the Springsteen-inspired "When We Were Young." If you love Smashing Pumpkins, but wish that Billy were a little more "rawr" and a little less whiney, the Killers will cure your ails. Sold out. 8:00 p.m. 175 W Kellogg Blvd, at RiverCentre, St. Paul; 651.989.5151. Jackie Varriano

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