The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/30-11/5

The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/30-11/5
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Still don't have plans for Halloween? Have no fear! There's plenty of shows to catch this night of fright. First Avenue will be holding their annual Halloween party and costume contest while the Solid Gold hosts the night at the Turf Club. As for post-Halloween partying, Okkervil River plays the First Avenue Mainroom and My Bloody Valentine makes an appearance at the Roy Wilkins. 

Wednesday 10.30.2013

Chris Cornell
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
Armed only with an acoustic guitar and his rough-textured, blues-tinged voice, Chris Cornell is likely to attract as much acclaim on his second solo Songbook tour as he did for the 2011 installment. Among rock's signature instruments, Cornell's voice, along with surprisingly deep lyrics, is the focus of a career that's included grunge pioneers Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and solo projects. Along with covers that could come from the likes of Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Creedence, and Zeppelin (plus tunes from last year's Soundgarden reunion album, King Animal), Cornell redefines each as a folky meditation, gnarled ballad, or still-muscular anthem, never quite shedding their rock tendrils but revealing myriad fresh dimensions. Americana singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman opens.  --Rick Mason
$40-$46, 8 PM

Kate Nash with La Sera 
First Avenue Mainroom
Unapologetic Vocals
18+, $15, 7 PM

Cyndi Lauper with Hunter Valentine 
Milly City Nights
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
18+, $39-80, 9 PM

Widowspeak with Pure Bath Culture
7th Street Entry
Dreamy Western-tinged
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Rocktoberfest 2013
La Madness with Mememe, the Avenue Army and Digital Homicide
Triple Rock
Rock Night
18+, $5/$7, 7 PM

Thursday 10.31.2013 

First Avenue's Halloween Party & Costume Contest with DJ FooLProoF & MC Cloud, DJ Espada, DJ Smitty, Roy Freedom and  more. Hosted by Ian Rans. 
First Avenue Mainroom
Fright Night
18+, $5/$10, 8 PM

Chastity Belt, Kitten Forever, Pony Time, and Prissy Clerks
Eagles Club 34
Witchy Halloween Party
21+, $5, 10 PM

Davina and the Vagabonds
The Dakota
Deep Rooted 
AA, $15, 7 PM

Wookiefoot Halloween with Heatbox, the Limns Thu.; That 1 Guy, Reed Grimm 
18+, $14-$25, 8 PM

Solid Gold with Grime Dogg, Allan Kingdom, Tickle Torture and Mike 2600
Turf Club
21+, $15, 8 PM

Daigaro (Slayer Tribute) with We Rock ( Ronnie James Dio Tribute), Appetite for Zaccardi, Sux Pistols and The Bleeding Light (Glen Danzig Tribute)
Triple Rock
Halloween Tributes
21+, $8, 8 PM

Friday 11.1.2013 

Okkervil River
First Avenue
During his decade-plus career fronting shape-shifting folk rockers Okkervil River, Will Sheff has temporarily tried on numerous styles. From the cracked cowboy anthems of 2002's Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See to the menacing orchestral maneuvers of 2011's I Am Very Far, the sole constants have been his sonorous tenor and adroit lyricism. The group's latest, The Silver Gymnasium, finds the 37-year-old Sheff revisiting his childhood in rural New Hampshire for inspiration. The shiny synths and swinging saxophone sounds of Reagan-era touchstones like Born in the USA remake his band's sound yet again. With Matthew E. White. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $17-$20, 8 PM 

My Bloody Valentine
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Kevin Shields and the rest of My Bloody Valentine achieved an unprecedented level of studio-rat wizardry with 1991's Loveless. Then the now-immortal collection of distortion bombs turned out to be their last album for two decades. During the interim, their primordial shoegaze aesthetic -- built from a tool kit of hacksaw guitar riffs, epicene vocals, and muddy percussion -- was mined by countless young bands. But the four-piece out of Dublin finally reclaimed the sound with January's m b v, possibly the heaviest non-metal album of the year. From the midtempo stomper "Only Tomorrow" to the battering "Nothing Is," it's another record of bone-crunching, emotionally transcendent force. More importantly, nobody else could have made it. --Mike Madden
$35, 7:30 PM

of Montreal: With La Luz
The Cedar Cultural Center
Funky and Quirky
AA, $21, 7 PM

Ben Rector 
Varsity Theater
Nashville Songwriting

Living Colour
Mill City Nights
25th Anniversary Tour
18+, $25, 8 PM

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds with Mark Andrew, Absolute Grüv and Dewi Sant
Triple Rock
Powerhouse Soul
18+, $10, 8 PM

Maria Minerva with Cherushi and Jim Frick (Wak Lyf) 
7th Street Entry
Electronic Pop
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Wangs, Tramps like Us, Colin Johnson, Mauled Glass and The Blackberry Brandy Boys
Turf Club
Halloween Cover Show
21+, $8, 9 PM

Saturday 11.2.2013

The New Orleans Suspects: A Tribute to Lowell George
The Cabooze
Unusually usual, the Suspects are renowned around the Crescent City. Mean Willie Green has been the Neville Brothers' drummer for 30-odd years. Reggie Scanlan was the Radiators' bassist. Jake Eckert is lead guitarist for the Dirty Dozen. Saxophonist Jeff Watkins spent a dozen years with James Brown. Keyboardist CR Gruver is a disciple of Booker and Art Neville. The quintet's repertoire, played with that wickedly funky spirit endemic to New Orleans, digs deep into the NOLA canon -- Fess, Rads, Meters, Toussaint -- and beyond, including the New Orleans-influenced Little Feat, whose late, great Lowell George is the nominal honoree here. But expect sailin' into all things Feat, whose Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett will be on hand to add to the frivolity. --Rick Mason
21+, $25, 9 PM

Buck 65 with Kristoff Krane 
Triple Rock 
Eclectic Freestyle
18+, $15, 8 PM

Sun God to Gamma Rays with Speeds the Name and The Parlour Suite
Kitty Cat Klub
Fast Rock
21+, $5, 9 PM

Fidlar with France Camp and Frankie Teardrop
7th Street Entry
Slack Rock
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Toro Y Moi with Classixx 
First Avenue Mainroom
Intuitive Pop
18+, $20/$22, 8 PM

Chuck Prophet with Dan Israel
The Cedar
Classic Songwriting
AA, $15, 7 PM

Sunday 11.3.2013

The Paper Kites
First Avenue
Classy Aussie indie-folk outfit the Paper Kites craft lush and sweeping tunes whose American contemporaries from the likes of Ida have always done well with the NPR-music-loving crowd. A combination of stateliness and steaminess has made the band a big deal in the Land Down Under. Their latest album, States, proves the quintet adept at both swooning strings via "Living Colour" and the coffeehouse-approved folktronica of "Young." In the record's best moments, the group manages to conjure a bit of Sade's laidback sensuality. With Reuben and the Dark, Rah Rah. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10-$12, 7:30 PM 

Travis Garland with Colby O'Donis and Ka-Chi
Triple Rock 
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

Linda Ortega with Brett Detar
21+, $15, 8:30 PM

Monday 11.4.2013

Mad Professor
7th St. Entry
As dubstep continues to pervade modern electronic music, famed producer, engineer, and remix master Mad Professor is using his dub expertise to highlight where everything started. The latest addition to his massive, 20-plus-year discography, The Roots of Dubstep, is an audio treatise and music history lesson by the man who helped bridge first-generation dub into the electronic era. "It was a dark, emotionless, cold music at first. What made dubstep more interesting is when it started to draw more from the dub scene... the effects, the melody, now you're talking!" said Mad Professor in a 2011 interview. In an era when it's hard to tell whether DJs really do much behind the boards, seeing the live mix pioneer at work will be an edifying experience. With Minneapolis Dub Ensemble and Jermaican Jake. --Jack Spencer
18+, $15, 8 PM

Rickie Lee Jones
The Dakota, MONDAY 11.4 + TUESDAY 11.5
Rickie Lee Jones may have earned her rep as the Duchess of Coolsville with early jazz-laced boho tunes like "Chuck E's in Love," but over the last three decades she's roamed far and wide with admirable unpredictability. She remains a distinctive, arresting vocalist, no more so than on her latest, The Devil You Know, produced by bluesman Ben Harper. The covers collection runs to the likes of the Stones, Neil Young, and the Band. Jones and Harper succeed in riveting attention back on songs so well-known they could have become wallpaper in lesser hands. The arrangements are so pared down they're skeletal, while Jones's conspiratorial vocals run the emotional gamut from hair-raisingly scary ("Sympathy for the Devil") to wistful ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart") to seductive ("Play With Fire"). --Rick Mason
$45-$60, 7 PM 

Tuesday 11.5.2013

Basia Bulat
7th St. Entry
Easily the coolest auto-harpist in the indie-rock game, Canadian songstress Basia Bulat recalls the music of Joni Mitchell both in her lovelorn literary lyricism and jazzy vocal agility. Her latest album, Tall Tall Shadow, shows Bulat opting for austere vocal-showcase solo balladry on "It Can't Be You" and ornate orchestral fare on "Someone." Not since Pentangle in the late '60s has vaguely "medieval"-sounding folk rock been executed this well. Anyone in search of a killer soundtrack for their next Game of Thrones-themed party should have Bulat queued up. With Foreign Fields. . --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10-$12, 7:30 PM

Coloring Time
Art Collective 
21+, FREE, 9:30 PM

Kanye West with Kendrick Lamar
Target Center
AA, $35.50-$97.50 7:30 PM

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