The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 5/8 - 5/14

The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 5/8 - 5/14

It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching over Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday, local garage group Crimes releases their latest vinyl at the Icehouse while The Voice's Nicholas David plays a sold out show his first of two nights at First Avenue. 

Wednesday 5.8.2013

Damien Jurado with Holly Newsom 
Turf Club
Though he releases records at a feverish pace, veteran folkie Damien Jurado creates songs that have always cast a slow-burning spell. Over the years, he's veered among jaunty folk-pop on 1999's Rehearsals for Departure, some boisterous full-band rock for 2002's I Break Chairs, and haunted skeletal acoustic ruminations on 2006's Now I'm In Your Shadow. Now Jurado's artfully abstract tales of heartache and honeyed yowl are in a late-period renaissance sparked by newfound collaborator Richard Swift. A talented singer-songwriter in his own right, Swift has an ear for elegant arrangements that has elevated Jurado's always sturdy songcraft to another level on his last two albums. --Rob Van Alstyne
21+, $15, 8 PM

Queen: Days of Our Lives 
Trylon Microcinema
Never in fashion, yet one of the most popular, greatest rock bands of all time, Queen is epically portrayed in one of the best rock documentaries of all time. Directed by Matt O'Casey, Queen: Days of Our Lives is a moving, in-depth depiction of the band's 40-year history. Rife with humor, sadness, and rich surprises, it's a film of the largess that Queen deserves. Sound Unseen presents the 2011 movie's Minnesota premiere. --Cyn Collins 
$8, 7 PM and 9:15 PM 

Lights-Siberia Acoustic with Pat Brown
Varsity Theatre
Intergalactic Electro
AA, $20, 6 PM

SOJA: with Air Dubai, Los Rakas
First Avenue Mainroom
Arena Folk
18+, $19/$24 7 PM

Bomba De Luz and the Lonely Wild with Enemy Planes
7th Street Entry
Jam Pop
18+, $8, 7:30 PM

Damien Jurado with Holly Newsom
Turf Club
Desert Blues
21+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Thursday 5.9.2013

Andre Nickatina with Roach Gigz, Mumbls and St. Paul Slim

Fine Line Music Café
Hip Hop Luminary
18+, $17/$20, 7:30 PM

Black Pus, Seawhores and Slapping Purses
Turf Club
Static Attack
21+, $8, 9 PM 

Shell Tape Release with The Funeral, And the Twilight, Tender Meat and Burnet
7th Street Entry
Ambient Sounds
18+, $5, 8 PM


Friday 5.10.2013

Chicago Afrobeat Project 

7th Street Entry
Well over a decade after Fela Kuti's death, his influence remains profound, via Bill T. Jones's award-winning Broadway show based on his life as well as by bands inspired by his signature Afrobeat, a potent mixture of traditional West African music, funk, jazz, soul, and rock. Chicago Afrobeat Project has been around for a decade, initially focusing on Fela material and then coming up with its own variations and working in fresh influences, like hip hop. CAP's new album, Nyash Up!, is still more adventurous, the octet conjuring up Afrobeat covers of an eclectic array of artists, including the Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, System of a Down, Brazilian singer Céu, and Marvin Gaye, whose "Inner City Blues" echoes Fela's virulent political content. Also notable are fusions of Fela tunes with those of Fugazi and Radiohead. Opening will be the Dérobé Dance Band, a local 12-piece associated with the Secret Stash, and Impala Sound Champions. --Rick Mason 
18+, $10-$12, 9 PM

Daughter with Jeremy Messersmith 
Fine Line Music Cafe
Echoing a melody-minded crossbreed of Cat Power and the XX, buzzy British trio Daughter soundtracked steamy Grey's Anatomy scenes and dominated blogosphere chatter last year, even before releasing a full-length. After two rapturously received EPs, their debut album, If You Leave, lives up to its high expectations throughout. Impeccably produced and paced, the slick but soulful record proves Daughter capable of pulling off gently propulsive ambient-leaning indie-pop explorations, anthemic rock, and instantly accessible Feist-styled folk-pop pleasures. Opening is Daughter's new labelmate on Glassnote Records, Jeremy Messersmith. --Rob Van Alstyne 
18+, $15, 8 PM 

Girls Got Rhythm Fest feat: the Avengers, Ana Lucia, and the Gateway District
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Girl Power  
21+, $20, ($35 for 2 Day Pass) 8 PM 

Ex Nuns with Deleter, The Crash Bandits and Sleepyhead
Agressive Guitars
21+, $5, 9 PM 

Crimes Vinyl Release with Rupert Angeleyes
Gloomy Garage
21+, $5 adv, $10 door, 11 PM

IAMDYNAMITE with The VIRGINMARYS and Red Daughters
Triple Rock 
Anthemic Noise Duo
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Nicholas David with Heatbox, Melanie Martinez, Todd Kessler, Desdamona and Alex Rossi
First Avenue Mainroom
The Voice Star
18+, SOLD OUT 7:30 PM

Saturday 5.11.2013

Vietnam with Pony Trash and Mages
7th St Entry 
Invoking not the country but the era when it was the United States' obsession, Vietnam is the appropriately obsessive expression of Michael Gerner, who rages at assorted demons over a sprawling, gritty sound that draws heavily on the Velvet Underground, bluesy rock, and hazy experimentation. He also has a major Dylan fixation that comes out sporadically in his vocal phrasing and more frequently in his stabs at rock poetics. The first incarnation of Vietnam paired Gerner with guitarist Josh Grubb, who put out a well-received 2004 EP, The Concrete's Always Grayer on the Other Side of the Street, then an eponymous LP in 2007. Shortly after, the band split up. Gerner reportedly spent five years on the West Coast fiddling with ambient music, but returned to New York, put together a new version of the band, and subsequently issued An A.merican D.ream. Like U.S. policy during the Southeast Asian war, the new album is messy, confusing, sometimes nonsensical, other times riveting, and often riddled with the sounds of helicopters and falling bombs. A pair of local bands with folk-rock/psychedelic overtones, Pony Trash and Mages, will open. --Rick Mason
18+, $10-$12, 8 PM 

Nicholas David with Terry McDermott, Trevin Hunte, Teague Alexy, Melanie Martinez, Todd Kessler, Desdamona and Alex Rossi
First Avenue Mainroom
The Voice Star
18+, SOLD OUT 7:30 PM

The Ike Reilly Assassination
Turf Club
Gritty Realism
21+, $15, 8 PM 

Girls Got Rhythm Fest feat: Cherie Currie, IS/IS and Sugar Stems
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Girl Power  
21+, $20, ($35 for 2 Day Pass) 8 PM

The Pines
The Dakota
Indie Acoustic 
AA, $25, 8 PM

Sunday 5.12.2013


Dakota (Sunday 5.12 & Monday 5.13) 
It might be said that the riskiest thing about the sleek jazz quartet Fourplay is the name. Sure, there's a nod-and-a wink aspect, but "fourplay" more accurately indicates the true, interactive nature of founders Bob James on keyboards, Harvey Mason on percussion, and bassist Nathan East. The relative newcomer is guitarist Chuck Loeb, who in 2010 replaced Larry Carlton, who had taken over for Lee Ritenour. Anyway, particularly with Loeb on board, Fourplay takes an ensemble approach that unveils the band's strengths in subtle ways, working off one another's ideas and adding splashes of tonal colors and textures that take many of its pieces beyond the smooth jazz realm they're sometimes relegated to. On last fall's Esprit de Four, the group's affection for strong melodies -- which has fueled its crossover popularity -- is readily evident. Loeb's dynamic "Sonnymoon" is a nice juxtaposition of funky rhythms and fluid runs. But the most emotional piece is James's "Put Our Hearts Together," inspired by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and sung evocatively by Japanese vocal star Seiko Matsuda. --Rick Mason  
$45 at 7 PM $35 at 9 PM

Girls Got Rhythm Wrap Party feat. The Pinsch and Ana Lucia
Girl Power Continued
21+. FREE, 11 PM

Night Beats with Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Sex Rays
7th Street Entry
Texas 60s Psych
18+, $8, 7:30 PM

Falling in Reverse
Mill City Nights
Alt Rock
AA,  $18/$20, 5:30 PM

Monday 5.13.2013

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Fine Line Music Cafe
Mondays are rough, but Black Moth Super Rainbow's psych-out drone-pop can enliven a bruised aura. Mysterious frontman Tobacco returns with a new supporting cast on the heels of the band's self-released Cobra Juicy. Its ambiance is conducive to dancing or just nodding along, with the vocal reverb dialed up to undecipherable levels. Through a handful of albums since 2007's breakthrough, Dandelion Gum, the Pittsburgh group continues defying classification but not expectation. With the Hood Internet.--Loren Green 
18+, $15, 7PM

7th St Entry  
"Take Me As I Am," a rollicking, folk-pop epic, kicks off Stornoway's Tales from Terra Firma with an effusive, unabashedly joyful celebration of love and marriage, riding waves of churning acoustic guitars, billowing piano chords, bristling horns, and Brian Briggs's soaring vocals. It's an auspicious, infectious start for the quartet of Oxford University grads' second album. English folk roots mix with occasional chamber-pop and a generous dose of contemporary alt smarts. Even in moodier songs like "Farewell Appalachia" and through a persistent theme of time passages, Stornoway exude buoyancy laced with equal measures whimsy and reality. Briggs's lyrics are a curious combination of intentional clichés, fine details, and left-field insight. --Rick Mason 
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

The Sheepdogs with The Sex Rays
Triple Rock 
Dirty Blues Rock
18+, $15, 7 PM

Stronoway with Horse Thief
7th Street Entry
World Influenced
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Sick Puppies
Mill City Nights
Emotionally Driven
18+, $20/$22, 8 PM

Tuesday 5.14.2013

The Thermals 

7th St. Entry
Both political and pogo-friendly, riotously riffing pop-punk trio the Thermals have always been comfortable squeezing big ideas into short and spiky songs. That trend continues in earnest on the Portland band's sixth album, Desperate Ground. Frontman Hutch Harris's impassioned yelp is in fine form throughout, simultaneously chronicling mankind's self-destructive urges ("Born to Kill") and spiritedly spearheading calls for continued resilience on "Our Love Survives." Working straight from the Buzzcocks' three-chords-and-the-truth playbook, the Thermals provide stirring proof that punk rock doesn't have to revamp its sound to stay relevant. With Strange Relations. --Rob Van Alstyne 
18+, $15, 8 PM

Iguano with Launch Party and Rank Strangers
Sloppy Garage
21+, $5, 9 PM

Joshua Radin
Dakota Jazz Club
Soft Whispering Vocals
AA, $40, 7 PM

Limp Bizkit
Varsity Theatre
Reunion Tour
18+, $35-$45 SOLD OUT,  7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:

Crimes @ Icehouse

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