Cedar Cultural Center

Conceived on the Caracas club scene in the early '90s, Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles essentially launched a Latin-fueled global dance party that's never waned. In fact, the sextet's latest, Commercial, which won a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Album, lives up to its name by arguably being its most accessible record, oozing irresistibly funky grooves liberally peppered with fiery spices and doused with melody. There are sleek soul-funk ballads (including one sung in English: the lightweight "In Luv With U"), sly updates of disco, and raging workouts where P-Funk meets Prince south of the border. But Los Amigos aren't quite so obvious, harboring a judiciously subversive nature that injects spiraling doses of acid jazz, noirish keyboards, edgy guitars, and subtle touches like guest Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade, whose sultry vocals add another dimension to "Viviré Para Ti." An eclectic array of South American and Caribbean roots surface too, including soca, dub, samba, and merengue, allowing Los Amigos to give their infectious rhythms even more intriguing angles. Local Latin-influenced singer/guitarist Matt Jennings will open. All ages. $15/$18 at the door. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Two Door Cinema Club

7th St. Entry

Bedroom-pop heartbreakers Stars kick off the week at First Avenue
Bedroom-pop heartbreakers Stars kick off the week at First Avenue

Location Info


First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Two Door Cinema Club aren't the first band to combine sharp post-punk guitars with a disco backbeat and glistening pop melodies (they're not even the 100th), but they have plenty that sets them apart, not the least of which is their unrelenting optimism. Perpetually overcast Ireland doesn't seem like the ideal place to cultivate such a chipper attitude, but the cheer feels like a reaction, not only to their native land's gray skies, but to the jaded disillusionment of their peers. Where other young bands play up a feigned sense of world-weariness, TDCC look on the bright side, a peppy "you can do it!" smile pasted across every track. It's a shift in emphasis that highlights the warmth of their songs, wonderfully catchy earworms anchored by brisk, enthusiastic drum work. It's a charming combination, and it goes a long way toward establishing TDCC as a buzz band worth your attention. If you show them a little Minnesota Nice, they'll give you some sunshine just when you need it the most. With Bad Veins. 18+. $12.50/$14 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

FRIDAY 10.29

Mumford & Sons

First Avenue

Synthesizer backlash is in full effect. After almost a decade of robbing the cocaine-sprinkled plastic coffin of the '80s, the artifice of the sound started rubbing those who were paying attention the wrong way. So it's no wonder that a group like Mumford & Sons has started to interest the music-conscious populace; the band of Brits has a sound that places a high value on sincerity and simplicity, aiming their lyrics directly at that place between your heart and your gut. But don't let their all-acoustic setup lead you to believe this is a retread of some languid, tired folk. You can tell from massive single "Little Lion Man" alone that the band has a knack for not only surging energy, but also memorable melodies and group harmonies that hit like an old-world boxer. Mumford & Sons can play beautifully mellow and slow, but their best material has a restless stomp to it because, at its core, it's still pop, and the kids still want to dance. With Cadillac Sky and King Charles. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

Dar Williams

Guthrie Theater

One of the premier latter-day folkies, Dar Williams meets the 21st century head-on with rapier dissections of society's foibles and fractures, juxtaposed with introspective musings. Her musical contexts shift from trad folk through sharply melodic pop-folk variations to stuff on the edge of the folk-rock continuum. Williams is a superior storyteller, clearly reflecting key influences Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, often invoking sly humor whose barbs are uncomfortably sharp, such as the dysfunctional family gathering depicted in "The Christians and the Pagans." After seven albums spread over 17 years, Williams just issued a unique two-disc retrospective, Many Great Companions. One disc collects 20 fan favorites. The other sports a dozen tunes—including six overlaps—in new, stripped-down arrangements featuring only acoustic guitars and vocals. Produced by the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, who joins Williams on many tracks, the new recordings both showcase the probing, analytical nature of Williams's songcraft in addition to placing the songs firmly in the folk canon. Sitting in besides Louris are Sara and Sean Watkins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Larkin, and the vocal trio Motherlode. At the Guthrie, Williams will be accompanied by keyboardist Bryn Roberts. $45. 7:30 p.m. 818 Second St. S., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. Also Saturday —Rick Mason


New Orleans Halloween Party

Roy Wilkins Auditorium

The Crescent City is notorious for using anything—or nothing at all—as an excuse for a party. All the better if masquerading is involved. So aside from the Bacchanalian splendor of Mardi Gras, there is, of course, Halloween. Even if it is happening 1,400 miles upriver on the brink of the tundra, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's ghoulish get-together will have a decidedly New Orleans flavor thanks to the presence of a couple of down-river stalwarts: the Joe Krown Trio and the Charmaine Neville Band. Krown, who spent many years as Gatemouth Brown's keyboardist, is steeped in the storied New Orleans piano tradition and does killer work on the B3 organ too. His trio, one of several permutations in which he performs, is essentially an all-star affair: Guitar ace Walter "Wolfman" (a nice bit of symmetry for Halloween) Washington is a bandleader himself whose NOLA funk, blues, and R&B stylings earned him long stints with Lee Dorsey and Johnny Adams. Drummer Russell Batiste Jr. of the famed Batiste musical clan has long conjured the rhythms for the Funky Meters. The daughter of saxophonist Charles Neville, the irrepressible Charmaine Neville, like her dad and uncles in the iconic Neville Brothers, covers the gamut of New Orleans second-line funk, jazz, R&B, and carnival classics, embodying the city's raucous spirit. Leading her band is another great NOLA pianist, Amasa Miller. Prizes are promised for the best costumes. And in honor of the season, there'll even be a ghastly component: the Klondike Kates open things up. $20. 7 p.m. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651.989.5151. —Rick Mason


Purling Hiss

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