State Theatre on Sunday 7.17

Helplessness Blues, the second album from Seattle's Fleet Foxes, is dense with influences from myriad directions and eras, but mostly coalescing around the freaky late '60s and early '70s. There's abundant folk of various ilks—trad, rock, chamber—as well as pop and country, plus vocal harmonies that stretch all the way from the Beach Boys and CSN&Y to the hootenanny era and monkish chorals. Yet the Foxes' refreshing lack of affectation and fearless arrangements set a unique tone while Robin Pecknold's high tenor contemplates deep, sometimes somber questions of identity and existence. Opener Alela Diane & Wild Devine's sound also harkens back to early-'70s country rock. Previously mostly a nouveau folkie, Diane cranks up the twang with the help of a more aggressive band on her eponymous third album, whose songs boast a dusty eloquence. All ages. $32. 6:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

DJ Shadow

First Avenue on Sunday 7.17

Andrew Broder re-emerges with the Cloak Ox
Ben LaFond
Andrew Broder re-emerges with the Cloak Ox

Location Info


Turf Club

1601 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Macalester/Groveland

On the landmark Entroducing, the songier and nearly as great Private Press, and a great many singles and collaborations, hip-hop independent scholar and pioneer DJ Shadow has made compositionally and emotionally rich sample-based music whose ambition doesn't preclude humor and loud, body-moving beats, and whose deracinated, transformed elements are nearly always—as he boasts on his better-than-you-might-expect live album—"in tune and in time." A new album, The Less You Know the Better, is due in early September. A teaser EP from this spring was led by the compellingly hard and monotonous "I Gotta Rokk," and also featured ominous drum workouts and beaded-curtain psych-soul. 18+. $21/$25 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Dylan Hicks

Cold Cave

Varsity Theater on Sunday 7.17

The dynamic, synth-driven Philadelphia trio Cold Cave have crafted two stellar albums full of pulsing, moody songs that immediately recall the dark, insular sound of edgy '80s New Wave. But there is an urgent, energetic spirit to their particular style that is refreshingly modern and enthralling, led by vocalist and songwriter Wesley Eisold, whose downcast delivery will at once sound familiar to old-school U.K. music fans but is a perfect match for these bold, capricious arrangements. Their opening slot for the Kills back in May got everyone's attention both through the sheer volume of the performance and the catchy, killer songs featured in their set. This headlining show should allow this talented band to win over some more fans in a city that has always seemed to embrace their particular type of moody, mercurial sound. With Cult of Youth. 18+. $12. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson

Thurston Moore

Varsity Theater on Monday 7.18

"Thurston Moore turns down the volume" seems like an oxymoronic headline; the fiftysomething underground iconoclast has spent an entire career inspiring splitting migraines. Yet on new disc Demolished Thoughts, the Sonic Youth guitarist's sound implodes, trading gritted-teeth intensity for pillowy grace. Moore's leads remain reliably recognizable—trotting, circular melodic doodles and starry-eyed scales—but now his plectrums are affixed to acoustic axes, he's singing in a lulling, bedroom whisper, and a heavenly host of strings and harps are there to sweeten his reveries; even the atmospheric, vanishing-into-fuzz larks here soothe. Moore finally sounding his age, and sounding amazing doing so? Crazy. With Kurt Vile & the Violators (read our interview with Vile on p. 43) and Hush Arbors. 18+. $20. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Ray Cummings


Varsity Theater on Tuesday 7.19

The hotly tipped young London quartet Yuck finally make their highly anticipated Minneapolis debut in support of their gritty self-titled debut, an album that has been garnering plenty of acclaim on both sides of the pond. And while the fledgling group clearly aren't reinventing the wheel with their choppy, guitar-heavy sound (think Dinosaur Jr. blended with Sonic Youth and a touch of Pavement), there is a tuneful quality layered within the discord, and the infectious nature of the material proves to be quite irresistible, especially at a loud volume. Reports indicate that their live shows have been decidedly hit or miss so far, but hopefully we'll catch them on a good night and their highly appealing songs will take flight within the cozy confines of the Varsity. With Unknown Mortal Orchestra. 18+. $12/$14 at the door. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson

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