Lindsey Buckingham, Aimee Mann, RNDM, and more

Old Crow Medicine Show / Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

Mill City Nights, Friday 11.16

Conjuring up vintage sounds meant to be played on a porch deep in the Smokies, or maybe at a moonshine-fueled hoedown in a rickety barn, Old Crow Medicine Show trades in string-band music, folk, and bluegrass from another era yet informed by the likes of Gram Parsons, the Band, and even a punk ethos. With tight vocal harmonies and well-honed acoustic instrumentation straight out of the mountains, the group's finely detailed original story-songs reveal a subversive contemporary attitude, from the tragic ballad "Genevieve" ("With your love like fire/And your heart like a guillotine") to the galloping breakdown "Sewanee Mountain Catfight," both from their strong fourth album, Carry Me Back. Sticking even more tenaciously to roots is opener Chuck Mead, former BR5-49 co-leader, whose Grassy Knoll Boys teamed up with bunch of Nashville studio vets on Back at the Quonset Hut, vividly resurrecting country and honky-tonk standards like Roy Acuff's "Wabash Cannonball," Hank Williams's "Settin' the Woods on Fire," and Gene Vincent's "Be Bop a Lula." $34.50, 9 p.m. 111 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Rick Mason

Sonny Landreth

Cedar Cultural Center, Wednesday 11.14

Slide guitarist extraordinaire Sonny Landreth combines that glorious glide with a slew of innovative techniques, often managing to sound like multiple players on a wild ride originating on the bayous of southwest Louisiana. Long ago Landreth played with zydeco master Clifton Chenier. His Faulkneresque lyrics and cypress aura confirm his roots. He's also ventured far afield, backing John Hiatt and collaborating with the likes of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, but never so far as on his latest, the all-instrumental Elemental Journey. It weaves blistering solos, swampy atmospherics, flourishes of jazz-rock, a strong undercurrent of the blues, hints of classical, and sly references to zydeco. Here, Landreth will be accompanied by his longtime bassist, Dave Ransom, and drummer Brian Brignac. Redoubtable North Country bluesman Charlie Parr will open. $28-$30. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.2674. —Rick Mason

Gallows

7th St. Entry, Thursday 11.15

Songs about failed relationships aren't usually in a hardcore punk band's repertoire, but let's make an exception for Gallows' "Abandon Ship." It's a breakup song that supplants broken hearts with broken skulls, and smashes your nose with the kind of blind rage that only grief can provoke. The British lads in Gallows got a lot of well-deserved attention in the wake of that single and their debut album, but the following years brought lineup changes and label problems. Now that those issues are settled, the band has found some stability in a heavier, more metallic sound and a new lead screamer. Let's hope those changes haven't robbed Gallows of a single ounce of venom. With Barn Burner, Brain Tumor, and the Gillespie Killings. 18+, $15, 7 p.m. 701 First Ave N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.Ian Traas

RNDM

First Avenue, Thursday 11.15

Critically lauded singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has spent the last six or so years of his lengthy career swinging between immaculate one-man-band electro-folk albums and rougher-hewn rock recordings alongside backing group the Lonely Astronauts, featuring Minneapolis's own Kraig Jarret Johnson on guitar. With the Astronauts out to pasture for the time being, Arthur founded a new unit alongside Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament dubbed RNDM to help give life to his ever hyperactive muse. (Arthur's "slow" years usually see at least one full-length album and an EP release.) Their debut album together, Acts, was recorded over the course of just a few days, working from half-finished demos both artists had at hand. The final product comes off like a higher-fidelity version of Arthur's Astronauts albums and features some of the most immediately catchy songs in his vast catalog with endearing forays into exuberant power-pop ("The Disappearing Ones") and jagged primal punk ("Throw You to the Pack"). With Gull. 18+, $15, 8 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rob Van Alstyne

Field Report

The Turf Club, Friday 11.16

Formerly the one dude from Eau Claire's DeYarmond Edison not to go on to a critically acclaimed music career, Chris Porterfield is playing catch-up to the boys of Megafuan and Bon Iver head honcho Justin Vernon with the release of his own solid high-and-lonesome folk-rock recording as Field Report. Now a resident of Milwaukee, Porterfield decamped back to Eau Claire and old friend Vernon's April Base studios to record Field Report's self-titled debut alongside ace producer Paul Kolderie (Wilco, Radiohead). While the album is occasionally a little too slow-paced and honeyed for its own good, those enamored of Deer Tick and Dawes in their quieter moments will find plenty of similarly '70s-inspired folk-rock goodness and warm harmony vocals on display. With Old Earth, the Farewell Circuit. 21+, $10-$12 door, 8 p.m., 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.0486. —Rob Van Alstyne

Aimee Mann

First Avenue, Saturday 11.17

Even Aimee Mann's peppiest songs are infused with a certain world-weary grittiness thanks to her sad-eyed alto and caustic lyricism, but her last few records veered into morose mediocrity with slower-paced, lounge-y material. Charmer rights that wrong by serving up 11 bright-hued mid-tempo confections, resulting in the first Mann collection in quite a while in which sharp riffs aren't limited to wordplay. Highlights include the Summerteeth-styled "Crazytown" and doomed-relationship duet "Living a Lie," wherein Mann swaps vitriolic verses alongside the Shins' James Mercer. Charmer is easily Mann's most endearingly melodic offering in a decade. With Ted Leo. 18+, $25, 6 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rob Van Alstyne

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