Mountaintops, the latest album from indie-pop marrieds Mates of State, is bright, grabby, and big-sounding, enough so that its pull-out-all-the-stops opener, "Palomino," is now being used to sell Whoppers. (The burger, that is, not the candy, though the group is closer in spirit to the latter, and to Thompson Twins and '80s Fleetwood Mac.) Drummer Jason Hammel and keyboardist Kori Gardner play with talent-show intensity, and if their lyrics are hit and miss, their mostly aerobic songs are otherwise very cleverly constructed, full of flowing but truly distinct verses, choruses, bridges, and codas—again and again a new section transforms more than merely changes the song. The mood is usually summery but not Pollyannaish, sometimes introspective but never defeated; it's perfect music for kitchen dancing after a bad day, but it's worth leaving the house for, too. 18+. $18/$20 at the door. 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100 —Dylan Hicks

C.J. Chenier

Dakota Jazz Club / Friday 11.18

C.J. Chenier inherited the Louisiana Red Hot Band from the King of Zydeco, his father, Clifton Chenier, along with the high expectations that often burden the offspring of legends. But C.J. established his own identity by tapping his eclectic background in funk, rock, pop, and jazz after learning the gritty, swamp essentials of zydeco from the master. Plus, C.J. is arguably zydeco's best singer, with an especially deep, richly resonant voice that ignites the songs' emotional content alongside the fiery rhythms and rampaging accordion. Can't Sit Down (World Village), Chenier's first album in five years, returns to the party spirit after the post-Katrina blues of The Desperate Kingdom of Love. He covers some sizzling zydeco classics (Clifton's title track and "Hot Tamale Baby," as well as Boozoo Chavis's "Paper in My Shoe"), ventures into the blues via John Lee Hooker and Joe Williams, conjures a sleek, contemporary sound on his own "Zydeco Boogie," and evokes Los Lobos on a cover of Tom Waits's "Clap Hands," pumping the old squeezebox with unbridled passion the whole time. $25. 8 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010 —Rick Mason

Red Daughters (EP-release show)

Rosanne Cash makes her symphonic debut
courtesy of the artist
Rosanne Cash makes her symphonic debut

Location Info


Orchestra Hall

1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Music Venues

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

7th St. Entry / Saturday 11.19

If there's any one thing the Twin Cities music scene is short on, it's sweaty, honest-to-goodness rock 'n' roll bands. Have no fear, though: Red Daughters are one group more than capable of stepping in to fill that void. The quintet's rough-and-ready mix of classic-rock riffs and psychedelic jams is bursting with old-school bravado. But it's not the red-hot guitar work or jackhammer drumming that really makes Red Daughters' formula work, or even their impressive facial hair. (Though that assuredly doesn't hurt.) No, it's the barrelhouse keys and the array of outstanding singers on their roster. Mark Hanson, in particular, has a throaty howl that harkens back to the booze-soaked drawl of another drummer, Levon Helm, whose band no doubt resonates with these guys' tastes. Tonight, they're releasing their new EP, Turquoise Tomb. With Me and My Arrow and Sex Rays. 18+. $5. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388. — Jeff Gage

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