The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 1/23-1/29

Emeli Sandé is at Varsity Theater on Wednesday.
Emeli Sandé is at Varsity Theater on Wednesday.

Don't let this weather scare you, there is plenty of music worth leaving your home for. Thursday, Greg Grease hosts rapper Sean Anonymous's birthday party at the Triple Rock, while indie-rockers The Kopecky Family Band take the 7th Street Entry Stage. Grace Potter begins her two night stay in the First Ave Mainroom on Friday, and The Smiths singer Morrissey appears at the Orpheum Theatre. Saturday, Night Moves makes an appearance at Icehosue while  Free Energy revisits their Minnesota roots at the Turf. 

Wednesday 1.23.2013  


Roy Wilkins Auditorium

After a Myth stop last year, FUN. return with a show at Roy Wilkins this Wednesday. With their joyously explosive "We Are Young" leading the way, the charming trio fronted by Nate Reuss (formerly of the Format) has a talent for bombastic anthems that worm into your brain resolutely. The group was nominated for an astonishing six Grammys for sophomore album Some Nights, including Album of the Year, where they're contending with the likes of Jack White and the Black Keys. With Andrew McMahon. --Natalie Gallagher
18+, $29.50, 7:30 PM 

Emeli Sandé
Varsity Theater

In an ideal world, Emeli Sandé would stay in Minneapolis forever. After a string of nominations for the U.K.'s BRIT Awards, the Scotland-born singer-songwriter plays the Varsity -- a big bump from her gig last March at the Dakota. The soulful artist has a special knack for writing timeless songs and delivering them with the vocal equivalent of a punch to the gut -- a pop star for the modern era. Sandé's debut solo album, Our Version of Events, was the top-selling album of 2012 in the U.K., and it won't be long before she's gained the same recognition in the States. Adele who? With Emily King.--Natalie Gallagher
18+, $20-$22, 7 PM

Ramona Falls with Prissy Clerks and Wolfhoppers
7th Street Entry
Rhythmically Driven
18+, $10, 8PM

Thursday 1.24.2013
                                                                                                                                    Sean Anonymous's 6th Annual Birthday Bash

Triple Rock Social Club

Through his years in the local Minneapolis rap scene and beyond, Sean Anonymous has made some talented friends. Once again, he's bringing his birthday party public and throwing a stacked show. The Chalice's Lizzo and Audio Perm's Chantz Erolin will do solo sets; Toki Wright, Doomtree's Ander Other, and DJ Name of Sean's group Wide Eyes will spin; and the jubilant Soulcrate will trek in from Sioux Falls. To top it all off, Sean will be backed by the free-flowing improv band Dream Crusher, who have featured his impeccable freestyle skills with them onstage on numerous occasions. This stands to be an especially joyous birthday for Sean, who recently dropped his first solo effort, Anonymo, and is still riding high from touring behind it. Hosted by Greg Grease.--Jack Spencer  
18+, $5-$7, 9 PM

Kelly Hogan
Turf Club

Eclecticism was a hallmark of electrifying singer Kelly Hogan's career from her early days, when the Georgia native experimented with the Jody Grind's loungy jazz/pop/country/alt-rock hybrid and the quirky garage sounds of Rock*A*Teens. Subsequently, she moved to Chicago, released solo albums around the turn of the century, and was a backup singer with Neko Case. Last summer, Hogan released I Like To Keep Myself in Pain, her first solo album in over a decade. Featuring striking interpretations of Vic Chesnutt, Jon Langford, Stephin Merritt, M. Ward, and Andrew Bird, Pain also sports a virtual dream band that includes soul icons Booker T. Jones and James Gadson, guitarist Scott Ligon and Dap-Kings bassist Gabriel Roth. But it's Hogan's siren-like voice and emotionally riveting, genre-leaping flair that stand out, creating rare syntheses of country, rock, soul, blues, and pop. --Rick Mason 
21+, $13-$15, 7:30 PM 

Kopecky Family Band and The Eastern Sea with Sera Cahoone
7th Street Entry
Modern Jangle Rock 
18+, $12, 7:30 PM

Railroad Earth
First Avenue Mainroom 
Blue Collar Folk/Rock
18+, $20 adv, $22 door, 7PM  

Icky Blossoms with Fire in the Northern Firs and Squares

Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Booming Low End
21+, $8-10, 8 PM

Friday 1.25.2013      
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals with Langhorne Slim
First Avenue Mainroom
Intimate Songwriting
18+, $27.50 SOLD OUT, 7PM

Morrissey with Kristeen Young
Orpheum Theatre
Mournful & Operatic 
AA, $40-75, 7:30PM

The Daredevel Christopher Wright with John Mark Nelson and Plume Giant
7th Street Entry
Acoustically Based
18+, $8 adv, $10 door, 8 PM

Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade EP Release with Chastity Brown and Bomba de Luz

Americana Songwriting
21, $6, 11 PM

Zeds Dead
Mill City Nights

Club kids used to be fiercely territorial about their favorite subgenres of dance music, but the separating lines have been redrawn so many times that allegiances seem laughable. Canadian duo Zeds Dead are part of a wave of young artists using dubstep as a launchpad to explore other beat-driven sounds, actively dismissing the old guard's notions of keeping EDM in neatly labeled boxes. They're chopping club culture to bits, slathering everything with an unhealthy amount of bass, and leaving the hand-wringing to the purists. Even with no full-length album in sight, Zeds Dead is still the fastest-rising DJ/production tag team thanks to constant touring and remix work. They're bringing more than just massive bass drops -- but plenty of those, too. With Seven Lions and Popeska. --Ian Traas
18+, $20-$30, 8 PM

Mother Banjo/Vicky Emerson
Dakota Jazz Club

Local Americana-leaning singer-songwriters Mother Banjo and Vicky Emerson -- joined by their respective bands -- team up for a dual album-release celebration at the Dakota. The new one from Mother Banjo, who goes by Ellen Stanley in her gigs as Red House Records publicist and KFAI radio host, is a tasty excursion into rootsy gospel called The Devil Hasn't Won. Offering an array of philosophical originals, nuggets from Dave Carter and Eric Peltoniemi, plus standards "Wade in the Water" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain," Devil thrives on the spare eloquence of Stanley's open, slyly nuanced voice, which bends and creaks with emotion as it flirts with a gospel chorus and finely wrought, earthy arrangements. Emerson, who recently moved back to the Twin Cities, recorded her latest, Dust & Echoes, at Minneapolis's Library Studio last July. Her songs thoughtfully reflect on love and loss, a bit melancholy but with graceful turns of phrase and affecting, country-tinged melodies that her lovely, hushed voice brushes with emotion. --Rick Mason
AA, $10, 8 PM
Saturday 1.26.2013
Slitt with Silverseed and Apollo Cobra
7th Street Entry
Face Melters
18+, $5, 8PM 

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals with Langhorne Slim
First Avenue Mainroom
Intimate Songwriting
18+, $27.50, 7PM

Mixed Blood Majority with LaLiberte and Guante & Big Cats!
Triple Rock Social Club
Beats, Rhymes and Life
18+, $10, 9 PM

See Also:
Mixed Blood Majority team up: New local supergroup release an EP combining their hip-hop talents

Night Moves with Red Daughters

Cosmically Expansive
21+, $10, 11 PM

Free Energy
Turf Club

While they call Philadelphia home, fist-pump-inducing rockers Free Energy boast Minnesota ties to warrant honorary local-band-made-good status. Red Wing natives Paul Sprangers (vocals) and Scott Wells (lead guitar) honed their musical chops in early-'00s Twin Cities bands like Hockey Night and Superhopper. While their James-Murphy-produced 2010 debut, Stuck on Nothing, pegged them as Thin-Lizzy-loving '70s throwbacks, this year's Love Signs sees the band moving their source of inspiration forward a decade. Lead single "Electric Fever" draws shamelessly from the Huey Lewis "Power of Love" playbook, while dreamy synth-sprinkled ballad "Dance All Night" sounds primed for prom night circa 1985. With Bad Boys, Strange Relations. --Rob Van Alstyne
21+, $10, 9 PM

Greycoats CD-release show
Ritz Theater

Prog-pop perfectionists Greycoats spent years refining the sounds on their epic sophomore album, The World of Tomorrow, alongside ace Andrew Bird sideman Jeremy Ylvisaker. All the exhaustive studio work paid off in the end for the quartet, as World boasts soaring songs combining cinematic sweep and memorable hooks. Plus, a dozen local visual artists will debut song-specific art throughout their set. With All Eyes, John Mark Nelson, Ben Rosenbush. --Rob Van Alstyne 
AA, $10, 7:30PM

Method Man
The Cabooze

Method Man was the first solo star of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, starting strong with his RZA-produced debut Tical, which garnered some chart hits and eventually a Grammy for his Mary J. Blige-assisted "I'll be There for You/You're All I Need." He managed to mix his tight, melodic flow and smoke-strained rasp with both undeniable wide-range appeal and the trademark Wu grit. The manic charisma he exudes led to a number of film and television opportunities, ranging from dramatic roles in The Wire to the less dramatic How High, and his ranging personality shines through in his music. His stage presence is fun, buoyant, and raw, but he also boasts some of the toughest and most classic lines the East Coast ever delivered. With Toki Wright, Carnage the Executioner, and DJ D Mil. --Jack Spencer
18+, $22-$25, 9 PM

Sunday 1.27.2013  

Dave Holland Quintet 
Dakota Jazz Club 
Modern Jazz Masters
AA, $35-$45 7 PM & 9 PM  

Silverstein: With Glass Cloud
Mill City Nights
16+, $16/$18, 4:30 PM  

Monday 1.28.2013
                                                                                                                                 Down: With Warbeast
First Avenue
Modern Jazz Masters
18+, $30, 7 PM. 

Dave Holland Quintet 
Dakota Jazz Club
Modern Jazz Masters
AA, $35-$45 7 PM & 9 PM  

Tuesday 1.29.2013

Jose James
The Cedar Cultural Center
Jazz/Hip-Hop Blend
AA, $20, 7PM

See Also:
Jose James channels his idols: Switching from jazz to soul, James evokes Al Green and Marvin Gaye on No Beginning No End

Peter Asher
Dakota Jazz Club
Musical Memoir of the 60s 
AA, $40-$45 7 PM    

Stone Sour, Papa Roach with Otherwise
Heavy Alt Rock
All ages. $35/$40 6 PM 

The Darkness with Hell or Highwater
First Avenue Mainroom
Classic Rock Sound
18+, $30, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going: Brian Laidlaw & The Family Trade @ Icehouse

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