First Avenue on Saturday 5.28

It might not seem like Arctic Monkeys have been around long enough to blow through a number of music industry clichés, but they've already had a massive debut, safe-playing sophomore release, and a departure of a third album that shot for a larger, slicker sound than the one the band broke through with. Now, only five years after their much-loved first album, Arctic Monkeys are already talking about going back to basics with their upcoming Suck It and See. The band's clever Brit-rock has always felt like it's ahead of the curve, so perhaps it's only fitting that their career follows suit. With the Vaccines. 18+. $25. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Turf Club on Saturday 5.28

Heliotrope headliners Skoal Kodiak
Adam Bubolz
Heliotrope headliners Skoal Kodiak

Location Info


Music Box Theatre

1407 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Music Venues

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

The title of Jason Isbell's third solo album, Here We Rest, was taken from the first motto of his home state of Alabama, which was long-ago dropped in favor of something far more antagonistic. Though the phrase was originally meant to suggest an idyllic retreat from a troubled world, Isbell now uses it ironically, as characters in his new batch of finely observed story-songs struggle with fractured relationships, economic collapse, and returning uncertainly from war. Rest not only features some of the former Drive-By Trucker's most perceptive writing, Isbell's musical palette is broader, ranging from electric Southern-rock anthems to a New Orleans shuffle, slices of bluegrass and country, as well as a fine taste of shimmering, classic Muscle Shoals soul. With Maria Taylor. 21+. 8 p.m. $14. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Rick Mason

Anna Calvi

Triple Rock Social Club on Sunday 5.29

Anna Calvi has a captivating voice that sits somewhere between Nico and PJ Harvey, and she's drawn praise for the level of expression that she's able to coax out of a six-string—but her real talent is in building atmosphere. Calvi constructs a suffocating sultriness around each of her songs, and based on her debut album, she has an innate knowledge of how to let a tune smolder and when to go for the throat. It's darkly seductive when she reins it in, but when she lets the bombast loose, it's going to be hard for the Triple Rock to hold her. With Cuckoo Chaos. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Ian Traas

Front Line Assembly

Ground Zero on Sunday 5.29

Remember that brief period in the mid-'90s when industrial music was popular? It was played on mainstream radio and even in feature films. On Sunday, you'll have the chance to relive those nocturnes of yore with the hard percussion and edgy lyrics of Front Line Assembly. This Canadian band came together in 1986, led by former Skinny Puppy member Bill Leeb (a.k.a. Wilhelm Schroeder). Using sequencers, samplers, synths, and vocal distortions, FLA deliver a sound from an alien world that is at once haunting, primal, and accessible. Their scary soundscapes, guttural growls, and danceable beats will keep you moving all night. FLA will be joined at Ground Zero by Gary Zon, a.k.a. Dismantled, one of a group of electro-industrial musicians influenced by bands like FLA, but with a sound that recalls humanity's postindustrial present more than its industrial past—automated, computerized, and oh so anxious. With Cyanotic and DJ Acucrack. 18+. $15. 7 p.m. 15 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis; 612.378.5115. —Sarah Wash

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