The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/29-2/4


This week in the ever-so-cold land of Minnesota, the concert landscape heats up. Thursday marks the Best New Bands of 2013 concert featuring Allan Kingdom (above), BBGUN, Black Diet, Frankie Teardrop, Fury Things, GRRRL PRTY and Southwire. Another hot 2013 commodity in Wolf Lords is at the James J. Hill Library. First Avenue welcomes Galactic on Friday and a Joe Strummer tribute on Saturday. Finally, Josh Ritter will be performing at the Fitzgerald while the Black Angels make a return to Minneapolis early next week too.

See Also: Allan Kingdom's ambitious hip-hop vision

Wednesday 1.29.2014

Dark Star Orchestra 
First Avenue
Grateful Dead Experience
18+, $25, 7 PM

Homeless & The Van Gobots with Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir and the Sextons
7th Street Entry
Hip Hop Flavor
18+, $5, 8 PM

Thursday 1.30.2014

Adam Levy's Rose Room
Dakota Jazz Club
Rock and Roll Collective
All Ages, $5, 7 PM

Best New Bands of 2013 feat. Allan Kingdom, BBGUN, Black diet, Frankie Teardrop, Fury Things, GRRRL PRTY and Southwire
First Avenue
New Bands
18+, $7, 7 PM

Wolf Lords
James J. Hill Library
It has been nearly a year since electro-pop producer Grant Cutler and ace vocalist Aby Wolf teamed up to blow minds and shake butts with their debut release as Wolf Lords, and the passing of time has only strengthened the album's appeal. Comprised primarily of swoon-worthy synthetic slow jams with welcome detours into more propulsive pop terrain to change up the mood, it's the sort of record that sounds good in any environment. The finely filigreed tunes seem particularly well-suited to the beautiful acoustics and classy confines of the the James J. Hill Library, where the rarely gigging live duo will headline the night's installment of "Loud at the Library."  -- Rob Van Alstyne
All Ages, $10, trivia at 7:15 PM, music at 8:15 PM

Falcon Arrow with Delta Lyrae and Panther Ray
Turf Club
Art Rock Duo
21+, $5, 7 PM

Friday 1.31.2014

Disaster Bird with Lovely Dark and Taj Raj
Sweet Harmonies
21+, $5, 9 PM

Kenny Brown
Bayport BBQ (FRIDAY 1.31 - SUNDAY 2.2)
A protégé and longtime bandmate of North Mississippi blues icon R.L. Burnside, Kenny Brown is a prodigiously accomplished guitarist in his own right. Brown played with Burnside for 26 years in a relationship so close Burnside often called him his adopted son. Brown has been on his own since Burnside's 2005 death, playing Hill Country classics and other blues nuggets while showing off his deft fingerpicking skills and wicked slide work. His 2011 album Can't Stay Long has two discs: one is a solo, acoustic set recorded on his front porch; the other a wild electric performance that rolls, tumbles and rocks out. Brown will be playing solo during his big three-night stand in Bayport.  Crooked Saws open.-- Rick Mason
$25 (including buffet dinner). 8 PM

Fairfax, AK 
Fine Line
Acoustic Alt
21+, $7, 8 PM

An Evening with Cloud Cult
Clyde Iron Works
Acoustic and Electric Sets
18+, $18/$20, 8 PM

Galactic / The Stepkids
First Avenue
One of New Orleans' most formidable bands, Galactic not only tear it up live, they do so with far-reaching, experimental music. Rooted in potent NOLA tendrils of jazz, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians and second line funk, Galactic complicate the roux with shots of hip-hop, acid jazz, rock and more. The band's last studio effort, Carnivale Electricos, was a brilliant revelation, a dazzling synthesis of New Orleans and Brazilian carnival. It's uncertain what particular tack Galactic will be on this time around, but the latest of a revolving crew of musicians complementing the core quintet is singer Maggie Koerner, a Shreveport native whose bluesy, powerful pipes have been compared to Janis Joplin's. -- Rick Mason
18+, $25/$27, 8 PM
Saturday 2.1.2014

Blackberry Smoke with Delta Saints
Varsity Theater
Southern Rock
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

JD Samson & Men
7th Street Entry
JD Samson has become established as equal parts art-punk provocateur and feminist firebrand over a decade-plus as part of Le Tigre and fronting MEN. Her latest effort, Labor, represents a new creative high water mark in an already impressive career. Simultaneously heady ("Making Art") and hedonistic ("Club Thang"), it's easily her most musically accessible album, showcasing the sharp pop skills that have led her to songwriting gigs for the likes of Christina Aguilera in the past. On the whole it's a welcome reminder that music with a message needn't forsake ear-worm melodies. With Kitten Forever. -- Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

We Are the Willows, Joey Ryan & the Inks and Fort Wilson Riot
Turf Club
Orchestral Indie Rock
21+, $7, 9 PM

Turning Rebellion Into Money: A Tribute to Joe Strummer
First Avenue
It has been nearly 11 years since the world lost the Clash's Joe Strummer. Here in Minnesota, we keep Strummer's restless spirit alive with a semi-annual night dedicated to his lasting memory. Turning Rebellion Into Money: A Tribute To Joe Strummer assembles local artists to raise funds for Free Arts Minnesota, who nurture at-risk children with the redeeming powers of artistic expression. The performers range from post-punks BNLX to rap experimenter Greg Grease. The rest of the lineup includes Andrew Broder, Al Church,
Gabriel Douglas with Silverback Colony, James Diers and Jake Hanson, RuDe GiRL, Two Harbors, WILD!!wing, and the 9/16s supergroup (featuring members of the Cloak Ox, Andrew Bird's band, the Honeydogs, Sensational Joint Chiefs, the Witnesses and more). With 89.3 the Current DJs Bill DeVille and Steve Seel. -- Erik Thompson
18+, $8, 7 PM

Monday 2.3.2014

White Boyfriend with Male Models, Holographic Sands and Farrington
Kitty Cat Klub
Sparkling Surf
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Josh Ritter (Acoustic Show)
The Fitzgerald Theater
Compressed Lyricism 
All Ages, $26.50, 7 PM

Woodsman with Robust Worlds and Vacation Desk
7th Street Entry
Hazy Vocals
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

The Black Angels / Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville
First Avenue
Psychedelic music is experiencing a resurgence with all the kozmic implications of an acid flashback thanks to bands like Austin's Black Angels, whose fuzzed out guitars are still exploring the labyrinthine melodies on last year's Indigo Meadow. Joining the fray are bands like the Brooklyn/California drums-and-guitar duo opener Golden Animals, whose perceptions are more Doors oriented. But the true treasure of this triple header is Roky Erickson, the godfather of psychedelic rock, whose indelible nugget with Texas' 13th Floor Elevators "You're Gonna Miss Me" knocked around the depths of the pop charts in 1966 but grew into a touchstone of the era. Subsequent decades were a surreal trip for Erickson, with sporadic music making interrupted by years of abusive institutionalization straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, fighting elusive demons and poor health. Eventually restored, Erickson retains his ability to create compelling, sometimes visionary music, as he did in collaboration with Okkervil River on 2010's True Love Cast Out All Evil. He'll be backed by a swampy outfit headed up by son Jegar Erickson, the Hounds of Baskerville. Elementary indeed. -- Rick Mason
18+. $20. 7 PM

Tuesday 2.4.2014

Trey Anastasio Band
First Avenue
Phish Founder
18+, SOLD OUT, 6:30 PM

History of Hip
Turf Club
DUIs, Bootlegging and Murder in the Midway