Triple Rock Social Club on Saturday 11.12

For their fourth album, Divine Providence, Rhode Island's Deer Tick downplay the folk and country influences that informed some of their previous work in favor of skuzzy rock 'n' roll for young alcoholics and the people who loan them money. The results are mixed, sometimes too second-hand even by the honorable standards of keep it simple, stupid. "Main Street" takes its beat from "Be My Baby" and assembles its chorus ably enough from Rolling Stones titles, but nicks everything else from Paul Westerberg; it's like a four-minute request to put on an old Replacements record. On the other hand, "Miss K." stands with some of leader John McCauley's better songs, and one suspects that the rowdier tunes (the Ramones-y "Let's All Go to the Bar," for instance) will do the job in their natural environment. With Guards and Thomas Hardy. 18+. $16. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Dylan Hicks

Lykke Li

First Avenue on Sunday 11.13

Merrill Garbus brings her powerful pipes to First Ave
Anna MCampbell
Merrill Garbus brings her powerful pipes to First Ave

Location Info


First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Lykke Li has said in interviews that her art is about escaping reality, but that's hard to believe given that her music looks to document the heartache and giddy joy of being in love. The little-girl innocence that appeared on debut Youth Novels has almost entirely disappeared as Li has given in to her sex drive, caring less about romance than lust. But even if the subject matter is purely physical, the diminutive Swedish singer can flip between pop-kissing exuberance and wallflower introversion with a voice that feels equally suited to both—it just depends on what mood she's in. She smolders when she restrains herself and shines when she stretches out, so her audience wins in every case. With First Aid Kit. 18+. $25. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. —Ian Traas

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