Best concerts in the Twin Cities: June 24-30

Death Grips

Death Grips

Cecile McLorin Salvant • $40-$25 • 7 p.m. Wed. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Bob Log III • $10-$12 • 8 p.m. Wed. • 7th St. Entry

Chastity Belt • $10-$12 • 7:30 p.m. Wed. • Triple Rock Social Club

The Smashing Pumpkins

Pantages Theatre, Thursday 6.25

Billy Corgan’s recent devotion to Chicagoland cat shelters should prove he isn’t the sourpuss he’s been made out to be since his adored/reshuffled Smashing Pumpkins were sutured back together in 2007. And sure, we could all sit with our Sony Discmans on the quad mumbling James Iha this and D’arcy Wretzky that. Or we could find comfort in the fact the Pumpkins’ “In Plainsong – An Acoustic-Electro Evening” tour will diminish the roles of those strange faces that now flank Corgan onstage. As Mark Wahlberg made clear to anyone who finished Rock Star, the surest way to reiterate your Target-Center-filling star power is by doing the opposite of that. Corgan, clearly a Rock Star enthusiast, also understands that nobody’s gonna take you seriously with a nose-thumbing name like Billy, which is why the alt-rock statesman announced this year he'd rather be addressed as William. Since Thursday’s show will offer Corgan an opportunity to interact with his crowd, make sure to yell, “We love you, William!” … if you’re the kind of person who does that. All ages. $52.95. 8 p.m. 710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis; 612-339-7007.

— Andy Penkalski

Melissa Etheridge • $59-$69 •  8 p.m. Thu. • Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Neon Trees • $25-$30 •  6:30 p.m. Thu. • The Varsity Theater

Beenie Man • $20-$25 • 9 p.m. Thu. • Cabooze

Twin Cities Jazz Fest

Throughout St. Paul, Thursday-Saturday 6.25-27

The 17th incarnation of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival offers one new high-profile venue, three additional outdoor stages in its Lowertown hub, and a free array of international and local talent. The snazzy new locale is the St. Paul Saints’ ballpark, CHS Field, a mere pop fly from the fest’s other main stages in Mears Park and adjacent to Union Station. Persuasively percolatin’ on the 88s at CHS on Saturday will be pianist Dr. John, a New Orleans icon who pays tribute to another – Louis Armstrong – on his latest inspired album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. One distinguished guest on the album is New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton, who will play later Saturday with Afro-Cuban drummer (and TC Jazz Fest artistic director) Francisco Mela’s Crash Trio. Other festival headliners are equally impressive. Miami’s fiery Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet (Fri.) returns to the fest, this time with a tribute to iconic jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius featuring Othello Molineaux. London’s vibes-bass-drums Cloudmakers Trio (Sat.) stirs up a scintillating blend of post-bop and jazz experimentation. New York's Marquis Hill Blacktet (Sat.) is a supple post-bop ensemble. Finally, there’s the super quartet of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, and Eric Harland on Friday. Meanwhile, the cream of the Twin Cities jazz crop will appear on free outdoor stages and in clubs throughout St. Paul. The full lineup is at

— Rick Mason

Buddy Guy

Minnesota Zoo, Friday 6.26

With the recent death of B.B. King, Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy is being talked up as the greatest living blues artists. Fair enough. Considering Guy’s lithe, electrifying guitar work and onstage shenanigans with his Damn Right Blues Band, he probably also qualifies for some variation on Dick Clark’s oldest living teenager tag. In fact, Guy is spry, fly, sly, and wry at 78, lacing his sets with quips while cranking up his Stratocaster and charming his way through a lesson in the blues. And he should know because he helped forge the modern definition of the blues in the ’50s, influencing generations of younger guitarists. Guy picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys earlier this year, but he’s nowhere close to done, with a new album, Born to Play Guitar, due later this summer. The Record Company, L.A. rockers with strong streaks of blues and boogie, opens. All ages. $65-$77.50. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952-431-9200.

— Rick Mason

My Morning Jacket

Northrop, Friday-Saturday 6.26-27

Eclecticism has been My Morning Jacket’s forte since the Kentucky band’s early days. From firm roots in alt-country and folk-rock with an undertone of Southern rock, MMJ has sent experimental tendrils in dozens of directions, often tinged with psychedelia and evoking classic bits of pop, soul, and more. For its efforts, MMJ has acquired both critical respect and an avid fan base (prompting two big nights at Northrop) while leader Jim James has applied his epic voice to seemingly every all-star project that comes down the pike. James’ mostly mystical musings and the band’s diverse diversions again are at the heart of their seventh studio album, The Waterfall. James ponders big concepts right from the billowy, near-orchestral opening echoes of “Believe (Nobody Knows),” but also later frets about more down-to-earth romantic concerns. Elsewhere, James’ falsetto flutters to ethereal heights on such tunes as “Like A River,” while rustic nuggets like “Get The Point” provide some grounding. Local favorites Hippo Campus and Lizzo open Friday and Saturday, respectively. $24-$45. 8 p.m. 84 Church St. SE., Minneapolis; 612-624-3245.

— Rick Mason

Esperanza Spalding • $29.95-$35 • 7 p.m. Fri, • Mill City Nights

The Pines • $27-$52 • 6 p.m. Fri. • O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

Erik Koskinen Band • $10-$12 • 8 p.m. Fri. • Turf Club 

Death Grips

First Avenue, Saturday 6.27

On their signature album, 2012’s The Money Store, Death Grips made postindustrial hip-hop noise that wouldn’t have been turned down by the Troggs. With its brittle hooks and a fanged riffs, the Sacramento, California-based trio has remained capricious and challenging. If you find yourself scanning headlines in a storm shelter, the group’s jittery nihilism might sound like the spirit of the times. It might also sound ridiculous. Their latest release, The Powers that B, is a double album featuring two independent parts. The first part, Niggas on the Moon, builds collages around Björk samples and showcases Zach Hill’s virtuosity on Roland V-Drums. On the second and fuller part, Jenny Death, shirtless frontman Stefan Burnett again captures the sound of a man chasing angrily after a bus, as he prods Hill, Andy Morin, and a pair of guests toward grandly bruised psychedelia. 18+. Sold out. 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612-332-1775.

— Dylan Hicks

Pride in Concert

Loring Park, Saturday 6.27

While you’d have to look back to 1999 to find her last radio hit, Deborah Cox – like so many big-voiced divas before her – has gone on to find new life and safe refuge in the pulsating beats of gay clubs. Synonymous with the dance remix, the R&B songstress racked up 12 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart, making her a natural centerpiece for this year’s Pride in Concert show in Loring Park. Cox will be joined by fellow Canadian, Peaches, who will proudly bring a dose of bad taste to the night with her trademark crass lyrics and form-fitting spandex. Alternative girl band Hunter Valentine and local funk-pop fixture Mayda round out the bill, promising a night of music equally as eclectic and diverse as the rest of the Twin Cities Pride Festival. 18+. $10-$75. 6 p.m. 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis; 612-255-3260.

— Marcus Michalik

Christopher Owens • $15 • 8 p.m. Sat. • 7th St. Entry

The Helio Sequence • $15 • 8 p.m. Sat. • Turf Club

Honky Tonk Fest • $10 • 2 p.m. Sat. • Grumpy's

Javier and the Innocent Sons • $50 • 4 p.m. Sun. • Nicollet Island Pavilion

Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional • $35-$40 • 5:00 p.m. Sun. • Cabooze

The Heavenly States • $10-$12 • 7:30 p.m. Sun. • 7th St. Entry

Heartless Bastards

First Avenue, Monday 6.29

Ohio garage-rockers Heartless Bastards are currently on tour supporting their just-released fifth album, Restless Ones. Singer Erika Wennerstrom’s twangy vocals shine brightly on the latest effort, while the amped-up production makes the band behind her sound beefier than ever. The four-piece got its name from a bar trivia game that listed “Heartless Bastards” as one of the choices for Tom Petty’s backing band, and now Petty has a group to call on should the Heartbreakers ever go on strike. Supporting Wennerstrom & Co. is Minnesota’s own Craig Finn, who has played First Avenue nearly a dozen times fronting the Hold Steady but never on his own. Finn has a new batch of solo tunes, songs that will presumably comprise Faith in the Future, the forthcoming follow-up his 2012 solo debut. 18+. $20. 8:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612-332-1775.

— Alex Rice

The Hunts • $10-$12 • 7:30 p.m. Mon. • 7th St. Entry

Becca Stevens • $20 • 7 p.m. Mon. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Tiny Deaths • $8 • 8 p.m. Mon. • Clown Lounge at The Turf Club

Brand New • $30.50 • 5 p.m. Tue. • Cabooze

Voodoo Glow Skulls • $12-$14 • 8 p.m. Tue. • Triple Rock Social Club

Brian Wheat • $8 • 7:30 p.m. Tue. • Turf Club