The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/21-1/28


This blustery week in the Twin Cities 89.3 the Current will be hosting their 9th Birthday Bash in the First Avenue Mainroom over the weekend. Acts will include Lizzo, Har Mar Superstar, Strange Names, Howler, Heiruspecs and more. The Cedar Cultural center will also be hosting a benefit for those affected in the Cedar Ave. fire earlier this month. Into It. Over It. (above) will be at the Entry on Thursday.

Wednesday 1.22.2014

Brilliant Beast, C. Kostra and Almitra
Fuzzy Powerpop
21+, FREE,  9 PM

Mr. Hide with Mary Allen & the Percolators and The Sex Rays
7th Street Entry
Psychedelic Garage 
18+, $5, 8 PM

Thursday 1.23.2014

Into it. Over it. with The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves and the Farewell Continental 
7th Street Entry
Chicagoan Evan Weiss is far from a fresh-faced dabbler in the genre, having spent the better part of the last 15 years cranking out angular angst with myriad bands. But now he's a key player of the current "emo revival" following last year's Intersections LP by his one-man band, Into It. Over It. While previous releases were endearing enough on their own modest terms, Intersections is the real deal, proof that "adult" lyrical content and sophisticated production can be powerfully paired with Braid-styled riffs. With the World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Farewell Continental. --Rob Van Alstyne 
18+, $10/$12, 7 PM

Michael Janisch's Purpose Built Quintet
Studio Z
Based in England for nearly a decade, Wisconsin native Michael Janisch is a coveted session acoustic and electric bassist, composer, producer, promoter, operator of his own burgeoning label (Whirlwind), and instructor at the Royal Academy of Music. Beyond that dizzying schedule, he's a bandleader, sharing the helm of a quintet with Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz (their Banned in London album earned four and a half stars in Downbeat), and heading up his own Purpose Built, taking its name from a fine 2009 album. Both sport cerebral, exciting 21st-century jazz rooted in tradition yet overflowing with fresh perspectives, Janisch's plump, melodic bass providing a solid foundation that percolates with restless tension. --Rick Mason
Free clinic at 6 PM, Concert: $15. 7 PM   

Friday 1.24.2014

The Current's 9th Birthday Party feat. Lizzo, Strange Names, Har Mar Superstar and Actual Wolf
First Avenue
Local Celebration
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Hey, Remember Nostalgia CD Release with Hot Freaks and Bear the Sound
The Amsterdam
Eclectic Pop
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Cedar Ave Fire Benefit
Cedar Cultural Center 
Following the tragic New Year's Day fire at 516 Cedar Avenue that took the lives of three residents of the apartments, the Cedar Cultural Center will host a benefit concert for the victims. The performers for the evening include Spider John Koerner, Martin Devaney, Brass Messengers, Southside Desire, the Cactus Blossoms, and plenty more. Funds raised will go to the Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief Fund established by Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Center.  --Erik Thompson
All ages, $20, 7 PM

Triple Rock Social Club
This Friday, the Triple Rock will play host to several impressive up-and-coming acts ready to inject some life into the glacial drag of winter. The lineup is stacked with a wide range of sounds, including the electronic grime ballads of the recently Picked to Click Pony Bwoy, the deep glitch-groove R&B of Psymun and K. Raydio, the new wave romanticism of Baltimore's Chiffon, and the electro-synth sheen of the oft-nude Tickle Torture. Curated "with a purpose" by Vacation Dad of MJ MJ Records, who will also be doing a set of his own chilled instrumentals, the show will be "focused on sensuous sounds and lots and lots of grinding," according to the press release. Prepare yourself accordingly. --Jack Spencer
18+, $7, 8 PM

West of Aldine with American Scarecrows, The People Say Fox and The Lost Wheels
Turf Club
Groove Oriented
21+, $5/$7, 8 PM

Grolar Bears, Honeystick and Hippo Campus 
7th Street Entry
Orchestral Funk
18+, $5, 8 PM
Saturday 1.25.2014

The Current's 9th Birthday Party feat. Caroline Smith, Howler, Heiruspecs and The Cactus Blossoms
First Avenue
Local Celebration
18+, $20, 7 PM

Gospel Gossip, Gloss, Robust Worlds and The Velveteens
Triple Rock 
Noise Emotion
18+, $6, 8 PM

Damn Your Eyes with Mad Dogs of Glory, The Right Here, Sundowners and Class of 86 
The Hexagon
21+, FREE, 8 PM

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Cedar Cultural Center
Bassekou Kouyate completely revolutionized the ngoni, an ancient West African oblong lute traditionally used to accompany a singer. Kouyate plugged in, attached a strap and stepped out in front of an entire ensemble of ngonis, added a wah-wah pedal, bent notes with a bluesman's finesse, and peppered traditional Malian music with bits of rock, funk, jazz, and bluegrass. His quartet's latest album, Jama Ko, was recorded two years ago in Bamako while fighting raged between government forces and Islamic radicals intent on imposing draconian strictures, including banning music. Much of Jama Ko reflects that turbulence. Kouyate's electrified ngoni etches the exquisite angst of genuine Malian blues while his wife, Amy Sacko, and a few guests add undulating vocals laced with scintillating poignancy, the band's muscular beauty undeniably powerful.  --Rick Mason
$22-$25, 8 PM

Cate Le Bon with Kevin Morby 
7th Street Entry
Wooziliy Melodic
18+, $12, 8 PM

Charlie Mars
The Dakota
Tightly Crafted
AA, $20, 9 PM

Caleb Hawley with Mayda 
Turf Club
Funk and Attitude
21+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Sunday 1.26.2014

Johnny Flynn with The Melodic 
Turf Club
English indie-folk rocker Johnny Flynn is back for a rare solo show without his backing band, the Sussex Wit. The classically trained singer-songwriter is touring in support of his new album, Country Mile, a retro-styled roots record that finds Flynn refining the wistful, lyric-driven nu-folk that led onetime tourmates Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling to worldwide acclaim. While Flynn's level of popularity keeps him slightly under the radar in the U.S., his poignant songs have a vulnerable, understated charm. His plaintive material and distinctive musical talents should shine in a solo setting, as will Flynn's typically affable stage demeanor. Emerging London folk quintet the Melodic will open.-- Erik Thompson
21+, $15, 6 PM

Irie Sol with 9Tomorrows and PeeWee Dread 
7th Street Entry
Modern Reggae
18+, $5, 8 PM 

St. Lucia with Sir Sly
Fine Line
Dancey Synth
18+, $15, 7 PM

The Wailers perform Legend with British Dependancy 
First Avenue
Celebrating 30 Years
18+, $20, 7 PM

Monday 1.27.2014

Surgery at the Hands of Machines with RYKYGNYZYR and Eddie Burke 
Kitty Cat Klub
Electronic Experimental 
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Tuesday 1.28.2014

Lord Huron with Night Moves 
First Avenue
Vivid and Upbeat
18+, $20, 7 PM

Tom McDermott with Patty & the Buttons
New Orleans pianist and composer Tom McDermott distinguishes himself by an unusually broad musical palette -- ragtime, stride, Brazilian choro, French musette, Cuban habanera, and swing. He deftly creates clever and surprising arrangements of iconic tunes (Longhair's "Tipitina," Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer") or originals. His recently released Bamboula, named for 19th-century composer Louis Gottschalk's signature piece, is a compilation of previously released tunes, but notably selected by musical savant Van Dyke Parks. Dukes of Dixieland trumpeter and bandleader Kevin Clark is coming with McDermott upriver, where they'll play with the local vintage music quartet Patty & the Buttons, who roam from trad jazz to jug band music and western swing. --Rick Mason
$7, 7 PM  

Plagued Insanity, Wicked Inquisition and Detritus
7th Street Entry
Doom Metal
18+, $5, 7:30 PM

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