The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 2/6-2/12

The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 2/6-2/12
Photo by Terry Richardson

The second week of February is already underway with some great shows. Didn't get tickets to Lady Gaga? Have no fear. The Amsterdam will be hosting a Born this Way After Party with Lady Starlight and the Dirty Pearls. The silky voiced Cody ChesnuTT makes an appearance at the Triple Rock Thursday. Saturday, Brit rockers the Vaccines bring Aussie rockers San Cisco and local rockers France Camp to open their sold-out show. Local bands Teenage Moods, Prissy Clerks, Nallo and Gloss will be playing against art installations and projection displays at the Cedar Cultural Center. There are so many shows, and you can't go wrong!  Wednesday 2.6.2013

Lady Gaga with Madeon and Lady Starlight 
Xcel Energy Center
Born That Way
AA, $51-177, 6:30 PM

First Avenue

The quintessential rap playboy, Harlem's Cam'ron helped define the sound and look of mid-2000s hip hop thanks to his massively influential solo work and that of his group the Diplomats a.k.a. Dipset. Casually bragging about his cars, ways with women, and pissing off PETA with his various furs ("Accessories, my closet's Pet Sematary," he touts on the Kanye West-produced hit "Down and Out" off 2004's classic Purple Haze), Cam'ron is a master of cocksure lyricism and undeterred swagger. Though things slowed for Killa Cam after a three-year hiatus from music to help his ailing mother, the recent team-up with Vado for Gunz and Butter promises he's not lost his vigor. Some high-profile guest spots and talk of a new Dipset album are putting Cam's name back in people's minds, but the fact that his lingo, flow patterning, and flamboyant fashion sense are still present in today's rap stars proves he never really left. With Greg Grease. --Jack Spencer
18+, $20, 8 PM

Graveyard with the Shrine 
Triple Rock
Bluesy Psych
18+, $12/$15 8 PM

Lucinda Williams
Dakota Jazz Club
Acclaimed Country/Folk
AA, $50-60, 7 PM

Born This Way Tour After Party with Lady Starlight and The Dirty Pearls
Amsterdam Bar & Hall 
Post Gaga Bash
21+, $10/$12, 10:30 PM

Thursday 2.7.2013

Cody ChesnuTT

Triple Rock Social Club
Renowned Roots associate and soul-music maestro Cody ChesnuTT released his debut stunner double album, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, and spent the better part of a decade readying the follow-up. Despite its epic gestation time, Landing on a Hundred feels remarkably fresh and alive, and the passage of time did nothing to shrink the scope of ChesnuTT's always outsized musical ambitions. A throwback to bar-raising soul platters like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Curtis Mayfield's Roots, Hundred sees ChesnuTT deftly alternating between uplifiting personal anthems ("Til I Met Thee") and ferociously funky message-oriented material ("Under the Spell of the Handout"). All of the tunes benefit from boisterous brass and sweeping string arrangements, and the 45-year-old ChesnuTT's spine-tingling singing voice is thankfully showing no signs of losing its booming power.  --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $17-20, 8 PM

Leisure Birds / Flavor Crystals

Kitty Cat Klub
The first Thursday of every month is Modern Radio Night at the Kitty Cat Klub, and the local label aims to re-create the edgy musical magic of Manchester's fabled club the Hacienda. Two wildly inventive local quartets, Leisure Birds and Flavor Crystals, bring their expansive, pulsing sounds, with between-set and after-show music spun by Radio K's Chase Mathey and TRL. These Modern Radio Nights are always free, and introduce local music fans to unheralded bands that don't get nearly as much enough attention as they deserve.--Erik Thompson
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Umphrey's McGee
First Avenue Mainroom
Prog Rock 
18+, $27.50/$30, 8 PM

Broncho with Skating Polly and Exiles 
7th Street Entry 
Loud and Agressive
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Kevin Bowe with Fathom Lane 
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Heartfelt Songwriting 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Allstar Weekend with Cute is What We Aim For and Tiffany Alvord
The Varsity Theatre
Modern Pop
AA, $16/$18, 4 PM

Friday 2.8.2013

CLAPS with Hollow Boys, Real Numbers and The Velveteens
The Hexagon Bar
Gloom Pop
21+, FREE, 9:30 PM

Mark Mallman with BNLX and Blue Sky Blackout
Turf Club
Rock Drive
21+, $7, 9 PM

The Maccabees with Reputante
The Varsity Theatre
Keyboard Loops
18+, $15, 8 PM

Saturday 2.9.2013

The Best Love Is Free 4

Fine Line Music Cafe
For those not feeling the implications of Valentine's Day, there's a love-themed party at the Fine Line that is probably better suited for you. Now in its fourth year, the Best Love Is Free is an annual showcase of music, well-dressed audience members, and community connection that's grown bigger each time. The associated compilation CD, which comes free with entry, received over 700 entries for consideration this year, and part of the fun is seeing who made the final cut. Hosted by Botzy of Culture Cry Wolf, the show itself is unique, boasting rare solo sets from Doomtree's Cecil Otter and the Chalice's Sophia Eris (both with their bands in tow), as well as sets from indie-pop locals I, Colossus and South Dakota's live mash-up crew Later Babes. --Jack Spencer
18+, $10-15, 9 PM

Dream Sequence: Featuring Teenage Moods, Prissy Clerks, Nallo, and Gloss
Cedar Cultural Center
Art and music are set to collide at the Cedar for Dream Sequence, bringing together four local bands that will perform alongside art installations and creative projections on display throughout the venue. The catchy, guitar-driven indie rock of Teenage Moods, Prissy Clerks, Nallo, and Gloss will provide a raucous soundscape for a series of imaginative artistic creations, creating a blissful combination of sights and sounds that will boldly transport members of the audience "to a teenage dreamland of garage rock and pillow forts."  --Erik Thompson
AA, $8-10, 7 PM

The Vaccines with San Cisco and France Camp

Triple Rock Social Club
There's always a surplus of bands emerging from London, but the Vaccines have made their way to the top of the deluge by being some of the best at what they do: concise, guitar-led stomp indebted to the Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, and other recent products of Ye Olde English Hype Machine. Both of the quartet's first two albums, 2010's What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? and last year's Come of Age, are among the most consistent rock albums out of the U.K. this side of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, brimming with crisp leads and frontman Justin Young's Paul Banks-conjuring vocals. Also, face it, there's no way you're leaving this show without one of their songs rattling around your head (probably "If You Wanna," "Wetsuit," or "Teenage Icon").--Mike Madden
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Ben Frost 

Amsterdam Bar & Hall 
Musician, composer, and producer Ben Frost's stark, sweeping soundscapes are appropriately coated with metaphoric rime, striking in frozen beauty yet harrowing. Frost, an Australian who (fittingly) now lives in Iceland, taps a wide array of influences -- metal, punk, folk, classical, industrial noise, avant-garde minimalism, electronics -- that conspire to forge emotionally complex instrumental forays. It's ambient, but with a volcanic undercurrent that can swamp the unwary. On 2009's By the Throat, for example, melodies (sometimes acoustic and quite lovely) lurk far beneath harsh drones, electronic waves stretching from whispery to titanic, the clanking of metallic fury, and the actual sounds of marauding wolves. In this rare U.S. appearance, Frost will lead a trio featuring Liturgy's Greg Fox on acoustic drums and Paul Corley on synths and electronic drums. The repertoire will include older material as well as fresh stuff destined for a 2013 album --Rick Mason
AA, $10, 8PM

Stomp Out Stomach Cancer: The Benefit with TBA, Gramma's Boyfriend and Pocahontas County 
Turf Club
Stomp Rock 
21+, $20, 8 PM

Ashtray Hearts CD Release with The Starfolk
Softspoken Harmonies
21+, $8, 10:30 PM

Sunday 2.10.2013

Bitch City with Southside Desire and Martin Devaney
Triple Rock
Local Variety
18+, $10, 7 PM

United Teachers of Music

Cause Spirits & Soundbar
Rock 'n' roll has long been a creature of the night, best enjoyed in dim lighting through a smoky spotlight. Cause Spirits & Soundbar, however, is seeking to turn everything upside down with Loud Brunch. The free, all-ages event starts promptly at 11 a.m. and will feature United Teachers of Music, Violent Shifters, and Deaf Mexico. Order a Bloody Mary with your eggs and push the newspaper to the side to catch some loud and energetic rock before Saturday night's hangover has even withered away. United Teachers of Music played their first show in late 2012 and released a debut EP at the same time. Best enjoyed with a side of home fries, the band boasts members of Amish Armada, 20 Dollar Love, New Labor, the Drug Budget, and a whole slew of other recognizable faces. All ages, free, 11 a.m. 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.822.6000. --Loren Green

Coheed & Cambria with Between the Buried & Me, Russian Circles.
First Avenue
Story Rock
AA, $30, 5 PM

The Big Wu with Saints of Circumstance, Chris Lee
Mario's Keller Bar
Minnesota Classics
$10, 7 PM

Monday 2.11.2013

The Cactus Blossoms
Turf Club
Heartbreak Harmonies
21+, $5, 6 PM

Vusi Mahlasela
The Dakota Jazz Club

Revered in his native South Africa and simply but poetically known as the Voice, Vusi Mahlasela wrote the anti-Apartheid anthem "When You Come Back," a joyful tune that initially anticipated the return of those forced into exile. Mahlasela sang it at President Nelson Mandela's inauguration and again at the opening of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The soaring, effervescent energy that Mahlasela and his band -- fueled by an ecstatic crowd -- inject into the tune live is a highlight of his new album, Sing to the People, recorded at a Johannesburg theater to mark the 20th anniversary of his debut album and its famous title track. Mahlasela's graceful, peppery voice glistens with indomitable spirit, and his band simmers on a mix of SA traditional music, township jazz, and international folk and pop while sorting through two decades of Mahlasela nuggets. For this tour, Mahlasela will be accompanied by guitarist Mongezi Ntaka. --Rick Mason
AA, $25, 7 PM

Dead Man Winter with Gabriel Douglas
Triple Rock Social Club
Rugged Vocals
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Tuesday 2.12.2013

Kishi Bashi and Plume Giant
Triple Rock
18+, $12, 8 PM

Bobby Bare, Jr

Dakota Jazz Club
Nashville Songwriting
AA, $15 7 PM

Lindi Orteg with Dustin Bentall & the Smokes
7th Street Entry
Country Vibe Roots
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:

Cody ChesnuTT @ Triple Rock
CLAPS @ The Hexagon

Gotta have more noise? Check the City Pages Concert Calendar. for more shows not mentioned. And check out our entire Calendar section here

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