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The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/2-10/8

The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/2-10/8
Photo by Jake Moore

This week marks the beginning of October. Why not celebrate fall with some rad tunes? Thursday brings the rapper Le1f to First Ave to get us dancing. Friday the ever ambient Why? plays the Fine Line, while local boppers Teenage Moods release their latest cassettes. Saturday, KT Tunstall is welcomed by a sold out show at the Cedar while Birthday Suits play the Turf Club. Quintron & Miss Pussycat play the First Avenue Mainroom Tuesday while Noah and the Whale make an appearance at the Varsity.

Wednesday 10.2.2013

Dan Croll with Sleep Study and Gloss
Triple Rock
Raw and Versitile
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

The Features with Tristen
7th Street Entry
Jangley Pop
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Thursday 10.3.2013

John Hodgman Lives with Bill Corbet
The Cedar Cultural Center
Expert on Everything
AAm $25, 7 PM

Speed's the Name with Sean Anonymous and Umami
Triple Rock
Modern Rock
18+, $5, 8 PM

The Poor Nobodys with Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers
331
Classic Country
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Le1f with Antwon and Lakutis
7th Street Entry
Le1f is a breath of fresh air for hip-hop. His debut mixtape Dark York, featuring the infectious single "Wut," made an impact thanks to an ear for experimental production and raps that float atop effortlessly. His latest, Tree House, sounds airily futuristic while remaining rooted in the gritty and aggressive tunnel bangers on which he was raised. Trained in ballet and modern dance, his live shows are a sight to behold, as he incorporates his studied side alongside ratchet abandon for an incredible stage presence. While most media attention stems from his status as an openly gay rapper, it's impossible to deny his original sound and persona. With Antwon and Lakutis. -- Jack Spencer
18+, $15, 8 PM

Friday 10.4.2013

Why? with The Cloak Ox
Fine Line
Blissfully Ambient

 

Saturday 10.5.2013

Martin Devaney Album Release with Ol' Yeller and The Cactus Blossoms
Cedar Cultural Center
Americana
AA, $10/$12, 7 PM

Teenage Moods Cassette Release with Rupert Angel Eyes, The Shakin' Babies and Vacation Dad
The Hexagon
Dual Cassettes
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Howler with Frankie Teardrop and Superdream
The Terminal Bar
Garage 
21+, $5, 9 PM

Langhorn Slim & the Law with Jonny Fritz
Turf Club
Emotional Energy
21+, $15, 8 PM

Ra Ra Riot with Cayucas
First Avenue Mainroom
Steeped in Sci Fi 
18+, $15, 8 PM

Red Wanting Blue with Symbol & Surface and American Youth
7th Street Entry
America's Local Band
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Pepper with RDGLDGRN and New Reb
Mill City Nights
Good Vibes
15+, $20, 7 PM

Gold Panda with Slow Magic and Voices of Black
Triple Rock 
Ideally suited to soundtrack über-hip coffeehouses, the work of Berlin-based Gold Panda recalls forebears like DJ Shadow in his propensity to loop hypnotic snippets of dialogue atop mildly booty-shaking beats. The DJ and producer's sophomore album, Half of Where You Live, draws from his recent international travels both for inspiration in both selecting song titles ("Brazil," "Enoshima") and pushing the boundaries of his ambient electronica sound in a World-Music-nodding direction. With Luke Abbott. -- Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Saturday 10.5.2013

Gwar with Whitechapel, Iron Reagan and A Band of Orcs
First Avenue Mainroom
Lots of Blood
AA, $20/$23, 5 PM

KT Tunstall
Cedar Cultural Center
The yin and yang halves of Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall's gorgeous new album, Invisible Empire / Crescent Moon, were written and recorded around two wrenching events, the death of her father and divorce from drummer Luke Bullen. The melancholy, folkish songs that begin the album eerily presaged the subsequent trauma, which in turn seeded more optimistic material tinged with noirish rock. Both sections were recorded months apart at the Arizona desert studio of Howe Gelb, who provides a spare, intimate context organically peppered with subtle bits of clarinet, pedal steel, euphonium, vibes. Vocally Tunstall has never sounded better, juggling delicacy and resiliency, judicious sighs juxtaposed with smoky resolve. Tucson guitarist Brian Lopez opens. -- Rick Mason
AA, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

The Goondas with Calliope and Some Pulp
331
High Energy
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Birthday Suits with Pink Mink, Seawhores and DJ Danny Henry
Turf Club
In Your Face
21+, $7, 9 PM

Hey Marseilles and The Apache Relay 
7th Street Entry
Swirl of Language and Color
18+, $12, 8 PM

Sunday 10.6.2013

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion with Song Preservation Society 
7th Street Entry
Sarah Lee Guthrie is the granddaughter of Woodie Guthrie and Johnny Irion is the grandnephew of author John Steinbeck, and their songwriting reflects that pedigree throughout their fourth album, Wassaic Way. After debuting their pastoral-pop project with the Twin Cities' own Gary Louris producing 2005's Exploration, this time Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is behind the boards. The duo's voices boast an endearing slightly askew quality that keeps the proceedings a safe distance from placid adult contemporary terrain and Tweedy favors a layered production sensibility that's unafraid to get mildly weird. With Song Preservation Society.-- Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $12, 8 PM

Monday 10.7.2013

Saint Vitus with PallBearer and The hookers 
7th Street Entry
Aside from Black Flag, who were disintegrating in a wave of Sabbath-y sludge, few underground rock bands were doing the doom-metal thing at Saint Vitus's caliber. Not faster-and-louder enough for either crossover thrash or traditional hardcore, their detuned dirge-march rhythms and foot-dragging riffs - along with Scott "Wino" Weinrich's observantly bleak lyrics - had a niche of their own to carve out. That sound residing on Born Too Late, Mournful Cries, and V formed crucial focal points in the doom metal movement that spawned Sleep and Eyehategod. Ten years ago, the same lineup that recorded those three albums played a one-off reunion show that kick-started a renewed interest in their influential classics. And they've been a going concern since the late '00s, with Weinrich, founding members Dave Chandler and Mark Adams, and new drummer Henry Vasquez recently adding their fantastic 2012 comeback album Lillie: F-65 to the mix. -- Nate Patrin
18+, $22/$25, 7 PM

Obits with Heavy times and Bombay Sweets
Triple Rock
Warbly Guitars
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Diva 93 with The Velveteens, Larry Wish & his Guys, Cosmic Relief and Hastas
The Hexagon
Dreamy Pop
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Tuesday 10.8.2013

Quintron & Miss Pussycat with ZZZ
7th Street Entry
Based in New Orleans, Quintron & Miss Pussycat have established new beachheads of eccentricity with their wondrous musical and theatrical concoctions. With Q's gurgling organ, homemade rhythm contraptions, Miss P's cheerleader vocals, widespread ambient solicitations, quirky costumes and surrealistic puppets, they suggest some crossbreeding of '60s garage bands, Mr. Wizard, the B-52s and Pee Wee's Playhouse. Q broadly defines the music as "swamp tech," incorporating pop, funk, rock, analog electronics, boogie and experimental tangents. Q & P's most prominent album, Sucre du Sauvage, was recorded in 2010 during a residency at New Orleans' Museum of Art. Half is relatively familiarly formatted songs played live; the rest are sound collages built around ambient recordings. Opening will be the Dutch band zZz, which mixes electronic dance beats, industrial crunch and vintage R&B. -- Rick Mason
18+, $12, 8 PM

Noah and the Whale with LP 
Varsity Theatre
Tender Lyrics
18+, $18-$30, 7 PM

Four Fists
Triple Rock 
P.O.S and Astronautalis 


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