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The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 1/16-1/22

Niki & the Dove
Niki & the Dove
Photo by Eliot Hazel

This week marks a rare opportunity to catch our purple legend in action. The main event everyone is buzzing about is Prince's three night stay at The Dakota Jazz Club. If you aren't prepared to drop a good chunk of money this week, there's plenty of other bands to see too. The Current hosts their 8th Birthday Party on the First Avenue main stage featuring acts such as Cloud Cult, Dave Pirner, The 4onthefloor and more. 86-year-old Tony Bennett, still classing it up, will be making an appearance at the State Theater Sunday while actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays the 7th Street Entry with his band The Young Rapscallions.
Wednesday 12.16.2013

                                                                                                 

Prince
The Dakota Jazz Club
Soundcheck
AA, $70, 8 PM, 11 PM

Transmission
Clubhouse Jager
Garage DJ Dance
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Soap's 2nd Annicersary Party with Useful Jenkins
Cabooze
Fresh Jams
18+, $2, 10 PM

Thursday 12.17.2013 
                                                                                                 
Prince
The Dakota Jazz Club
Jam
AA, $100-150, 8 PM, 11 PM

Onuinu with All Eyes and Votel 
7th Street Entry 
Onuinu is one of the biggest new names on the electronic pop-music front. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Dorian Duvall -- whose moniker is pronounced "on-you-in-you" -- is a fresh face with a fresh game. He calls his music "disco-hop," and of all the made-up hyphenated genres he could have picked, it fits pretty well. It's music hipsters from another planet were listening to years before earthbound hipsters were born -- simultaneously familiar and otherworldly. You can pick any number of influences out of the cloud when you listen to Duvall's debut album, Mirror Gazer, from jazz to Michael Jackson -- you'll find that nothing musical is mutually exclusive. And with that kind of open-minded listening, who knows what sonic plateaus you'll reach? --NATALIE GALLAGHER 
18+, $7, 8PM

Speeds The Name with Boats 
Turf Club
Modern Drive
21+, $7 9PM 

The Used with We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Mindflow
First Avenue Mainroom 
Raw Rock
AA, $27.50, 5 PM

Real-Phonic Radio Hour All Stars with Actual Wolf
James J.Hill Library
Twin Cities Remarkable Talent

AA, $20, 7 PM

Friday 12.18.2013
                                                                                                 
Prince
The Dakota Jazz Club
Surprise
AA, $200-250, 8 PM, 11 PM

Chelsea Wolfe with King Dude 
Triple Rock 
Haunting Vocals
18+, $10 adv, $12 door, 8 PM 

Gay Witch Abortion, Ex Nuns and Animal Lover 
Turf Club
Energized Noise
21+, $6, 9 PM

Paul Kelly 
7th Street Entry
Australian Singer/Songwriter
18+, $20, 8 PM 

Prissy Clerks with Nice Purse and Jack Campbell
Cause
Soft Spoken Distortion
21+, $5, 9PM

The Current's 8th Birthday Party feat, The4onthefloor, Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars,Chastity Brown and John Mark Nelson 
First Avenue Mainroom 
Even if 89.3 the Current spins a few artists like Mumford & Sons and Adele that aren't starved for airplay, it's one of the half- dozen or so noncommercial radio stations keeping American airwaves vital. The station's laudable support of local artists is on full display for this weekend's two- night stand at First Avenue. Each night aims for maximum demographic-spanning appeal. Friday features fresh-faced folk-pop acts such as John Mark Nelson and Chastity Brown alongside established rockers the 4onthefloor and veteran musicians of the Twin Cities Funk & Soul All- Stars, who got their start in the 1970s. Saturday includes Picked-to-Click winners the Chalice, surging shoegazers Now, Now, and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum alongside arguably the biggest draw of the whole weekend, Cloud Cult. The famously eco-minded pysch-pop group will be playing their first Twin Cities shows since July 2011 and presumably showcasing material from Love, their ninth album, due out in March.  --ROB VAN ALSTYNE
18+, $18, 7PM 

Walk The Moon with Pacific Air
Fine Line Music Cafe
Indie Dance Pop
AA, $15, SOLD OUT, 6 PM

 

Saturday 12.19.2013
                                                                                                 

El Le Faunt and This Traveling Circus
331 Club
Rolling Guitars
21+, FREE, 10 PM 

Niki & The Dove with Vacationer and Royal Canoe 
Triple Rock Social Club 
There are only two things you need to know about Niki & the Dove. One, they make intelligent electro-pop music that you can dance to and not hate yourself for later. And two, they are from Sweden. Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf form an unstoppable melodic force that bridges the best of early Prince with a new brand of alt-pop, creating a mood that instantly pulls listeners in and keeps them forever and ever (or at least until the set is over).  --NATALIE GALLAGHER 
18+, $15, 8 PM

The Current's 8th Birthday Party feat. Cloud Cult Dave Pirner, Now, Now and The Chalice 
First Avenue Mainroom
Part II
18+, $18, 7 PM

Willy Mason
Turf Club
When Where the Humans Eat came out in 2004, 19-year-old Martha's Vineyard native Willy Mason was praised for his preternaturally world-weary voice and literate musings on personal integrity and societal hypocrisy. His debut, and 2007 follow-up If the Ocean Gets Rough, littered with folk, country, and blues influences, prompted comparisons to Dylan, Lennon, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash, along with tours with the likes of My Morning Jacket and Evan Dando. Mason then retreated to the Vineyard for the next five years. This week he has a new U.S. EP, Don't Stop Now, three of whose four tracks are drawn from Carry On, a full-length album already released in the U.K. but unavailable stateside. The new stuff shows Mason's philosophical nature and maroon-streaked voice intact, but with new sonic dimensions -- drumboxes defining quirkier rhythms, echoey electric guitars -- thanks to London producer Dan Carey (of Hot Chip and M.I.A. experience). More of Carry On presumably will be unveiled live.  --RICK MASON 
21+, $10 adv, $12 door, 8PM

Aaron Neville 
Hopkins Center for the Arts
New Orleans icon Aaron Neville returns for a rare duo performance with keyboardist Michael Goods just a few days before the release of his hotly anticipated new doo-wop album, My True Story. Much of the hoopla is because it's Neville's first album on Blue Note in addition to being co-produced by Don Was and Keith Richards, who also plays guitar on it. It's also a great album, an obvious labor of love for Neville, who revisits many of the doo-wop classics that were his early inspiration as he honed his utterly inimitable voice. That magical instrument flutters through such nuggets as Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Tears on My Pillow," the Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk," Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie," and the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," all aquiver with Neville's unique gossamer touch, subtle Crescent City elements, some distinctive guitar, and even a little vocal help from a handful of doo-wop originators.  --RICK MASON
AA, $46, 8 PM

Pill Hill with Street Hassle, Maria Isa, Joey Fahey and the Bottom 40 and That's What You Get   Wild Tymes
Folky Rock n' Roll
21+, FREE, 8 PM 

Sunday 12.20.2013
                                                                                                 
Tony Bennett 
State Theatre
Tony Bennett at 86 remains one of the classiest guys in show biz, charming listeners with vibrant standards and still looking for fresh inspiration. A master of phrasing and intonation, Bennett uses every facet of his warm voice to make tunes he's been singing for over half a century glisten. On Viva Duets, the third in his duets series, Bennett teams up with a dozen Latin artists, some more familiar to U.S. audiences (Marc Antony, Christina Aguilera) than others (Dominican Juan Luis Guerra, Argentinian rocker Vicentico). Bennett draws most into his fine, familiar turf of ballads and big band jazz, mutual respect carrying the pieces to new heights. But on "Return to Me," Bennett joins the world of Mexican ranchera singer Vincente Fernández with dazzling results. Live, expect stories from Bennett's long career, an array of classy classics with the help of a supple quartet, and an opening set from daughter Antonia. --RICK MASON 
AA, $69.50-$130, 7 PM

Yo Gotti 
Epic
It's not like Yo Gotti is trying to beat you over the head with intellect. He names songs "Young Nigga Thuggin'" and "After I Fuck Ya Bitch," collaborates with folks like Zed Zilla and Sylver Karatz, and generally treads the same money-hoes- and-coke lyrical territory as his regional peers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. After a run of independent albums during the early- and mid-'00s, the 31-year-old Memphis rapper has spent recent years adding installments to his Cocaine Muzik mixtape series and occasionally dropping a major-label-backed record (including last January's long-gestated Live from the Kitchen LP). And while just about all of his releases have their share of overly dumb duds, they also tend to have three or four tracks that bang as hard as anything off the last Gucci or Waka tape. --MIKE MADDEN
18+, $25, 10 PM

The Young Rapscallions with Ghostmouth and Blue Ruin 
7th Street Entry 
McLovin's Band
8+, $10 adv $12 door, 7 PM 

Monday 12.21.2013
                                                                                                 

Family of the Year
7th Street Entry
18+, $10, 7:30PM 

Keane with Youngblood Hawke
First Avenue Mainroom
Open and Soaring
18+, $34 adv $36 door, 7 PM

Tuesday 12.22.2013 
                                                                                                 
Jose Feliciano 
Dakota Jazz Club
Guitar Master 
AA, 7PM $45-70, 9PM $35-60

Where I'm Going:

Prince...in my dreams

Chelsea Wolfe @ The Triple Rock

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