Patti Smith
State Theater
It's been decades since the vaguely hostile, vaguely androgynous poet staring out from Mapplethorpe's cover photo for Horses started expanding her repertory of archetypes: Not just punk-rock shaman, Patti Smith embraced roles as wife, mother, and, tragically, widow. This year even saw Smith, not entirely convinced of the legitimacy of the endeavor, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her latest release is an album of cover songs titled Twelve, which finds her interpreting artists from Tears for Fears ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World") to Nirvana (a bluegrass-influenced take on "Smells Like Teen Spirit"). But even if she seems to be taking a conservative tack with her music, her politics remain confrontational, and current events seem to conspire to ensure an intense performance, sharp with passionate indignation and revolutionary spirit. $26. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Sarah Askari


Hellbilly Hank III is super-psyched for Shark Week
Bill Ross
Hellbilly Hank III is super-psyched for Shark Week

Hank III & Assjack
First Avenue
In a 2002 duet with Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr. called the Detroit rocker his "rebel son" and crooned, "In country music, you just can't say the F-word." His real rebel son, Hank III, retorted sharply in the 2006 release Straight to Hell: "Just so you know, so it's set in stone/Kid Rock don't come from where I come from/Yeah, it's true, he's a Yank, he ain't no son of Hank/And if you thought so, well goddamn, you're fucking dumb." Not very subtle—but what the Third taps into is the primal essence of his granddaddy, who founded country music on piss, vinegar, and morphine, and got hisself run out of Nashville on a rail. Hank III's turbulent live shows are broken into three sets —one country, one punk, and one in-between, which he calls "hellbilly." With Big Red Goad and Power of Country. $15/$17 at the door. 8:00 p.m. 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ward Rubrecht

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