THURSDAY 1.22

The Map and the Territory

Hexagon Bar

While the group's self-assessment of "strange loops & the infinite regress" might be a little off the mark, it's hard to dismiss the appeal of the atmospheric reach behind the Map and the Territory's songs. The band has a gentle approach, characterized by the flowing cohesiveness between the rhythm section and Jeramy Cain's lead guitar. A quick scan through the group's songs lends perspective to this balance, though Cain's guitar often sounds vibrant enough to overtake the vocals as the focal point on many of the combo's tunes. The Map and the Territory will be one of four acts on the bill Thursday night at the Hexagon Bar, along with Hojas Rojas, Two Months to Live, and Inwood Radio. 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454. Chris DeLine

 

FRIDAY 1.23

The Big Pink: A Tribute to The Last Waltz

Cabooze

Dubbed by Pauline Kael "the best of all rock-concert documentaries," 1978's The Last Waltz leaves me wishing director Martin Scorsese had waited and made a Clash film instead: The Band are just too comfy in their rustic-traditionalist approach to blaze more than a campfire for guests Muddy Waters, the Staples, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan. Yet there's admirably obsessive fandom behind recreating the entire film onstage with local musicians, great songs to seize (the undeniable "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"), and neck-chilling vocal likenesses all over this tribute's MySpace page. With Katie Gearty and Larry Fountain as the Staples, Andra Suchy as Joni Mitchell, Big George Jackson as Muddy Waters, Dan Israel as Dylan, Terry Walsh as Van Morrison, Melissa Moser as Emmylou Harris, Mick Sterling as Neil Diamond, and many more. 21+. $12. 8:30 p.m. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. Peter S. Scholtes

Private Dancer

Triple Rock Social Club

Private Dancer is an experience. An experience in that head-spinning, "Oh my god, what was that?" kind of way. Expect rabid shaking of nonexistent asses. Expect frenzied and primitive indulgences. Expect to leave with patches of hair missing. Private Dancer sound like the result of a wicked one-night stand between Iggy Pop and Stephen Malkmus—and nobody is paying child support for these twisted children. The hi-hat bangs away seemingly without forethought. Braying, feral vocals turn eardrums into bloody pulp. But just go with it, darlings. Chalk it up to experience. With the Dynamiters, Strut & Shock, and Les Deux Maggots. 21+. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7499. Erin Roof

William Elliott Whitmore

Varsity Theater

William Elliott Whitmore has a voice that echoes a soul far older than his years, with a sound ever on the brink of cracking. It's a voice that can be heard throughout the nation as he continues to tour in support of his forthcoming album, Animals in the Dark. The record will be his sixth full-length, but only the first for his new label, Anti- Records. If history is any indication of what sort of thematic guise both Animals and his Varsity Theater performance are set to follow, Whitmore's songs are likely to echo tales of Midwest tragedy and lost love—neither of which are unnatural subjects to the musician, farmer, and Iowa native. Joining Whitmore will be City and Colour, a celebrated Canadian group fronted by Dallas Green of Alexisonfire. All ages. $15. 6 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Chris DeLine

 

SATURDAY 1.24

Ecid

The Depot

In the second-to-last performance of his month-long residency, Kristoff Krane will be returning to The Depot in Hopkins Saturday night for another all-ages show along with gritty, introspective MC Ecid. Aside from the full-bodied lineups that have already accompanied Krane at The Depot, including performances by Big Quarters, No Bird Sing, and Ill Chemistry, January has been a big month for the Krane, as he performed with some of the Twin Cities' brightest young talent at First Avenue's Best New Bands showcase. Fans of Krane's ego-less approach to rap would do well to check out Ecid, another in a rash of local MCs to abandon the clichés of hip hop in search of something more meaningful. Saturday's bill will be rounded out by one of City Pages' most recent "Artist of the Year" honorees, MC and spoken word poet El Guante. All ages. $4. 6:30 p.m. 9451 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins; 952.938.2204. —Chris DeLine

 

SUNDAY 1.25

Catie Curtis

The Cedar

At a time when virtually every songwriter with an ounce of sensitivity has been addressing the sorry state of affairs on the planet, Catie Curtis focused on domestic bliss on her latest album, Sweet Life. But if you know Curtis, a neo-folkie out of the Boston scene who has increasingly drifted in a rootsy pop, country-inflected direction, you could guess that's not the whole story. Although the life Curtis writes about may be sweet, she's philosophical enough to acknowledge that things don't always go smoothly. So these songs, mostly about love in the real world, deal with the ephemeral nature of things, trying to live in the moment, letting go of the past, searching for meaning and strength. In Curtis's adept hands, all this positivity avoids pits of cloying sentimentality, even turning a murder into a celebration of the victim's life in "Fools." Curtis's melodic conceits and earthy arrangements are equally sweet, with the occasional swirl of organ, steel guitar, or fiddle giving the songs additional grounding. And for a bonus, she does a beautiful cover of Death Cab's "Soul Meets Body." Opening will be Boston-based singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson, whose Come Up Full (her first album for Red House) was much praised for her raw-honey voice and poetic lyrics. All ages. $15/$18 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

 

MONDAY 1.26

Cradle of Filth and Satyricon

First Avenue

While both bands are nearing their second decade in action, now share a label, and mine the dark side of the human psyche with gusto, England's Cradle of Filth and Norway's Satyricon couldn't be more different. Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder, Filth's latest, memorializes 15th-century sadist and murderer Gilles de Reis with a whirl of growling, spoken interludes, swelling choruses, and frenetic tempos. The effect is frantic and a little silly—but it could play well onstage. Reportedly rather introverted live, Satyricon's duo of Frost and Satyr find endless ways to energize their deceptively simple music on their latest, The Age of Nero. Satyr's vocals may be classic Norse-metal gravel, but his enunciation is clear, and the riffs he unspools are downtuned, skeletal gems. Behind him, Frost pounds and pummels his kit with an understated musicality. It's early in the year, but it may be tough to top this one. All ages. $24/$26 at the door. 5 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Cecile Cloutier

 

TUESDAY 1.27

Kevin Costner & Modern West

Cabooze

The Postman cometh. Following in the fine tradition of Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves, and Bruce Willis, aging Hollywood icon Kevin Costner now fronts his own band, a safe but surprisingly palatable country-rock outfit for fans who think the Eagles play too many slow songs but Tom Petty rocks just a little too hard. Modern West's talents were on display in the recent Costner-produced vehicle Swing Vote, in which the Waterworld star serenaded the various non-functioning cars in his backyard. It's a ditty that would, for better or worse, fit nicely in the self-consciously folksy world of hot country Top 40. Yes, there's dull-edged hypocrisy in a mega-rich movie star singing about the true joys of NASCAR watchin' and trailer livin'—rarely does K-Cost miss an opportunity to mention driving old pickup trucks on the band's debut album, Untold Truths—but that's Nashville for you. Come to see Costner channel his inner John Cougar Mellencamp; stay for the cougars prowling the stage looking to bite off a hunk of Robin Hood. With Molly Maher. 21+. $25. 7:30 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. Bryan Miller

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