The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/16-10/22

The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/16-10/22
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As the weather grows cold, the Twin Cities music scene still remains hot! Neko Case makes a two day stop at First Avenue starting Wednesday, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin hits up the 7th Street Entry. Justin Vernon's side project Volcano Choir is Friday and a sold out CocoRosie show is at the Cedar Saturday. Meanwhile, Fountains of Wayne co-headlines the First Avenue Mainroom with local legends, Soul Asylum. Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann makes a two-day stop at the Dakota, starting Sunday and psych rockers Thee Oh Sees will be at the Amsterdam Monday.

Wednesday 10.16.2013

Neko Case

First Avenue, Wednesday 10.16 & Thursday 10.17

Now 16 years removed from her solo debut, alt-country icon Neko Case is still in her prime. Her verbosely titled new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, pays homage to classic country sounds in austere acoustic gems like "I'm From Nowhere." Case also perfects the sophisticated power-pop formula she's long dabbled in with the New Pornographers on fuller bodied tunes like "Man." Overall, the album finds Case's songwriting and booming, beautiful twang both at the top of their game. With Dead Man Winter. --Rob Van Alstyne

18+, $30, 7 PM

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin with A Great Big Pile of Leaves
7th Street Entry
Sunny Pop
18+, $12, 8 PM

Radical Face
The Varsity Theater
18+, $16.50-$28.50, 7 PM

Thursday 10.17.2013

Charlie Mars
The Varsity Theater
18+, $20/$25, 7 PM

Twin Peaks with Crimes and Fury Things
7th Street Entry
Energy Power
18+, $8, 8 PM

Laidback Luke
Beats and Remixes
18+, $25/$30, 9 PM

Fuck Knights (Record Release) with Narco States, Mary Allen & The Percolators and Mystery Train
Turf Club
Euro Tour Kick Off
21+, $5, 9 PM

Mike Michel & The Universal Co-Op with The Grolar Bears and Black Diet
Singer Songwriter
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Friday 10.18.2013

Jherek Bischoff with Sondre Lerche, Ólöf Arnalds, Channy Leaneagh (Poliça) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)
The Fitzgerald Theater
Pop Polymath
AA, 8 PM

Stephen Kellogg with Fort Atlantic and Caroline Brooks
Fine Line Music Café
American Roads
18+. $20/$25, 7 PM

Houndmouth with Andrew Combs
7th Street Entry
Boy/Girl Harmonies
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Mr. Hide with John Wesley Coleman III and Pretty Boy Thorson
Turf Club
21+, 9 PM

Volcano Choir
First Avenue

Content to leave the Bon Iver behemoth on ice for the foreseeable future, Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon has of late turned his focus to two side projects. While his dirty boogie blues-rock trio the Shouting Matches bears little resemblance to the sounds that made him famous, there's more of Bon Iver's fragile beauty coursing through the veins of Repave, the sophomore album from Volcano Choir, his sextet side-band. While VC's debut was a hook-less largely instrumental musical journey, Repave retains the gentle spirit and exploratory bent of its predecessor and moves it in a far more immediately melodic direction. With Mark Mallman. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $22.50-$25 SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Saturday 10.19.2013

Flatbush Zombies
Triple Rock Social Club

Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliott make up the drugged-out, gold-fanged New York trio Flatbush Zombies. Their in-your-face and deranged debut mixtape D.R.U.G.S. (an acronym standing for Death and Reincarnation Under God's Supervision) sums up the mission statement well. It's personality-driven music to get high to with the occasional foggy allusions to elevated principles. Their latest project BetterOffDEAD expands on their gothic template, and the group's wild-out energy spills through on every track. With Bodega Bamz and Allan Kingdom. --Jack Spencer
18+, $15, 8 PM

Alpine with Basic Vacation & Step Rockets
The Nether Bar
Duel Vocals
18+, $12/$15, 9 PM

Soul Asylum and Fountains of Wayne with Even Dando of the Lemonheads
First Avenue Mainroom
Local Legends
18+, $30, 7 PM

Bonobo with Grey Reverend
Fine Line Music Café
Melodic Electronics
18+, $20/$22, 8 PM

Keep Shelly in Athens and Chad Valley with Strange Relations
7th Street Entry
18+, $12, 8 PM

Cedar Cultural Center
Freak Folk

Josh Groban with Judith Hill
Target Center
Operatic and Dramatic
AA, $50-$100 ,8 PM

Fuzz with CCR Headcleaner and Gay Witch Abortion
Turf Club
Ty Segall Sideproject
21+, $10, 8 PM

The Waterboys
Fitzgerald Theater

Even at his quietest, Mike Scott is all about unbridled passion. The wild intensity that swirls at the core of the longtime Waterboys leader's music gives itself away with a rustle and a sigh, or bursts into grand, windswept anthems. Irish poet W.B. Yeats, whether writing about nature, mysticism, or politics, unleashed a similar fervor. They vividly join forces on the Waterboys' latest, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, Scott neatly capturing the essence of Yeats's poems with his bristly, poignant blend of Celtic folk and rock. From the stirring, epic drive of "The Hosting of the Shee," ignited by a Celtic-reggae hitch, to the Highlands blues of "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," lashed by Steve Wickham's wailing fiddle and haunted by Katie Kim's whispers, it's brilliant stuff: enthralling, full of fire, Scott back to his creative peak. --Rick Mason
$34-$39. 8 PM

Sunday 10.20.2013

Aimee Mann with Ted Leo
Dakota Jazz Club SUNDAY 10.20+ MONDAY 10.21
Acclaimed Songwriter
AA, $40-$60, 7 PM

7th St. Entry

Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss have now clocked 20 years together as Quasi. While their marriage may not have lasted, their band appears to only be growing stronger with time. Their latest album, Mole City, sounds simultaneously earthy and urban. Continuing further down the same wild 'n' wooly rock 'n' roll path as their previous few, they mine punk-rock gold from the powerful tension between Coomes's skewed blasts of electric guitar and vintage keyboard and Weiss's precise timekeeping. With Jeffrey Lewis. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Black Milk with Nat Turner and Quelle
7th Street Entry
Fresh Emcee
18+, $12/$15, 8 PM

Monday 10.21.2013

Thee Oh Sees with The Blind Shake, OBN III's, Soft Force
The Amsterdam
Psychedelic Folk Pop
18+, $12.$15, 8 PM

King Kahn & The Shrines with Hell Shovel
Turf Club
Psych Surf
21+, $15, 8 PM

The 1975
The Varsity Theater
Echoey Pop
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Tuesday 10.22.2013

Janelle Monáe
Skyway Theatre, Tuesday 10.22

The Electric Lady is a bold title considering the Hendrix implications, but then, few are as capable as neo-soul auteur Janelle Monáe. For 2010's The ArchAndroid, Monáe seemingly went centuries into the future and brought back textures that would sound vital in any era. Among its highlights were the space-pop of "Cold War" and the Big Boi collaboration "Tightrope." With Electric, it's more a mix of throwbacks and progression. The fluttering Miguel collaboration "Primetime" might be the best R&B duet this side Usher and Alicia Keys's "My Boo." As for the Prince-assisted "Givin Em What They Love," it has a krautrock pulse but is nowhere near as stiff as that might imply. --Mike Madden
16+, $23.50, 7 p.m.

Little Green Cars
First Avenue

A sort of Mumford & Sons in miniature, youthful Irish quintet Little Green Cars also favor group sing-alongs, forceful strumming, and sea-shanty melodies. Their debut album, Absolute Zero, has already cemented the band's stardom at home -- where they knocked Michael Bublé off the top of the album charts this year. Here, LGC scored choice slots at Coachella and Lollapalooza. The all-together-now belting and ooh-ahh harmonies might feel a bit twee, but there's no doubting the group's knack for crafting swelling, cathartic choruses. With Foy Vance. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $12-$15, 7:30 PM

Sturgill Simpson with Fathom Lane, John Swardson and Bad Blood
Triple Rock
Nashville Songwriting
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Spirit Family Reunion and Hurray for the Riff Raff with Deslondes
7th Street Entry
Delicate Folk
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

Menomena/The Helio Sequence
Varsity Theater

Oregonian indie-rock veterans Menomena and the Helio Sequence are back to share their shadowy musical wares for the second time in as many years. Both still touring in support of excellent albums released last year, the pair should delight all those who prefer their indie-rock dark, tuneful, and surprisingly lithe. Menomena should supply the funkier rhythms and the Helio Sequence the tastier guitar hooks. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $16-$18, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:
Sondre Lerche @ The Fitzgerald
Thee Oh Sees @ The Amsterdam

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