The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/9-10/15

The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/9-10/15
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Plenty to see in the Twin Cities this week! The Barenaked Ladies return to the stage at The State Theatre, while The Skyway theatre hosts Glasgow natives Franz Ferdinand. The Varsity Theater hosts a number of events this week; including Minus the Bear, Between the Buried and Les Claypool. Miranda Lambert makes an appearance at the Xcel Center Friday, meanwhile Father John Misty will be performing a solo show in the First Avenue Mainroom. The Odd Future star Earl Sweatshirt (above) is at Fine Line on Monday.

Wednesday 10.9.2013

Barenaked Ladies with Whitehorse
State Theater
Good Time Jams
$37.50-$65,  7:30 PM

Leagues with The Dig
Turf Club
Vintage Feel
21+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Half Moon Run with Misterwives 
7th Street Entry
Eythmic Harmonies
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

The Moondoggies with Rose Windows and The Further Adjestments
Triple Rock 
Folk-infused Rock
18+, $12, 8 PM

Blitzen Trapper with Phox
First Avenue
Vivid Tales
18+, 7:30 PM

Franz Ferdinand
The Skyway Theatre
Scottish Rock
18+, $45.30, 8 PM

Thursday 10.10.2013

Ryan Hemsworth
Triple Rock Social Club
Though he has a handful of EPs out, Halifax producer Ryan Hemsworth has made his name in a more fractal manner than most. There are glinting remixes of Future's "Turn on the Lights," Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You," and Grimes' "Genesis." There are the lengthy, eclectic DJ mixes that have gained traction throughout the blogosphere. There are the low-risk, high-reward productions he's done for rappers like North Carolina's Deniro Farrar, whose pendulous Hemsworth collab "Big Tookie" might be the gangsta-rap song of the year. At any rate, Hemsworth appears to be without genre boundaries, and that should yield great diversity on his forthcoming debut LP, Guilt Trips. With Cyril Hahn. --Mike Madden
18+, $15-$20, 8 PM

Minus the Bear with INVSN, Slow Club. 
The Varsity Theater
Bright Chords
18+, $20-$25, 7 PM

IS/IS with The Chambermaids, Erros Magicos and DJ Soft Abuse
Turf Club
Psych Rock 
21+, 9 PM

Phutureprimitive with Unlimited Gravity and Loom in Essence
7th Street Entry
Dance Out Your Demons
18+, $12/$15, 8 PM
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) with Buddy
Cedar Cultural Center
AA, $15, 7 PM

Phantogram with Future Islands
First Avenue
NY Synth Pop
18+, $20 SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Friday 10.11.2013

Miranda Lambert
Xcel Energy Center
Miranda Lambert is more Johnny than June. She sings about guns, whiskey, cigarettes, and the benefits of each. First gaining recognition on the reality show Nashville Star, Lambert has since released four albums, each better than the last. She's very much a product of the Nashville assembly line -- much of her vengeful material comes from professional songwriting teams -- but few country stars have the 31-year-old's charisma and vocal precision. If you're reluctant to dive headlong into the honky-tonk, start with 2011's "Fine Tune" or her explosive cover of John Prine's "That's the Way That the World Goes Round." With Dierks Bentley.  --Mike Madden
AA, $29.75-$54.75, 7:30 PM

Between the Buried and Me with The Faceless, The Contortionist, and The Safety Fire
The Varsity Theater
Progressive Metal 
16+, 6 p.m., $18-$30.6 PM 

Father John Misty with Kate Berlant
First Avenue
Emotionally Hightened
18+, $25, 8 PM

Jellies & Jams with King Otto and Shannon Blowtorch
The Record Room
DJ Dance Night
18+, $3, 10 PM

Robert Robinson (CD-release)
Dakota Jazz Club
Songs of Love
AA, $20, 8 PM

Deleter (EP release), Buildings, Bollywood, Kill To Kill 
21+, $5, 9 PM

Tech N9ne
The Myth
Flowing Freestyle
AA, $35, 7 PM

Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders with Todd Barry, Todd Boss, more
Cedar Cultural Center
Local Variety
AA, $20/$25, 7 PM

Saturday 10.12.2013

The New Standards
The Dakota
Locally Loved Legends
AA, $30, 7PM/9 PM

C.Kostra with Gloss, The Multiple Cat, and Brilliant Beast
Kitty Cat Klub
Warped Guitar
21+, $5, 9 PM

Meat Raffle w/ Vandaam, Checho,1990, Catwoman of the Moon and Rupert Angeleyes
Kitty Cat Klub
Galactic Trio
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Communist Daughter with Zoo Animal 
Textured Harmonies
21+, $10, 11 PM

Cheryl Wheeler
The Cedar Cultural Center
Acoustic Melodies
AA, $15/$18, 7 PM

Bronze Radio Return with Graham Colton
7th Street Entry
American Roots 
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Hullabaloo Fest with Reina Del Cid, Paul Metzger, Barbara Jean, Southwire, Taj Raj, more. 
Indeed Brewing Company
Fall Festival
FREE, 12-11 PM

Man Man with Xenia Rubinos
First Avenue
Stripped and Rebuilt
18+, $15, 8 PM

Yuppies with Weakwick, Real Numbers, and The Miami Dolphins 
Energy and Rawness
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Zombie Pub Crawl With music by Sublime With Rome, Flock of Seagulls, Crunchy Kids, Kill the Vultures, Marijuana Deathsquads, Get Cryphy, and more
Zombie Pub Crawl Quarantine Zone, 500 S. 4th St., Minneapolis 
World Brain Eating Championship featuring Joey Chestnut; rides and attractions. For a complete schedule of performances and locations, visit
 $25-$40,  4 PM-2 AM

ZZ Ward
The Skyway Theatre
Dirty Shine
18+, $18.75, 7 PM

Sunday 10.13.2013

Bill Callahan
Cedar Cultural Center
First as Smog, and lately under his real name, Bill Callahan has crafted powerful and precise songs over the course of 18 albums and two dozen years. On his latest effort, Dream River, loping and gentle melodies predominate, with airy open arrangements keeping the focus squarely on Callahan's hangdog croon and mordant wit. Callahan's the rare songwriter with truly poetic talents, equally adept serving up beautiful imagery and haunting turns of phrase ("All I want to do/Is make love to you/With a careless mind/Who cares what's mine?"). With Circuit Des Yeux. --Rob Van Alstyne
AA, $16-$18, 7 PM

7th St. Entry
An indie-pop shape-shifter of the highest order, Nick Thorburn has cut a collaborative path through multiple groups over the past decade. But the member of the Unicorns, Human Highway, and Mister Heavenly has saved his strongest work for Islands. The L.A.-based Canadian's latest Islands effort, Ski Mask, splits the difference between 2012's classicist, Elliott Smith-inspired A Sleep & a Forgetting and 2009's trippy synthesizer-stuffed Vapours. The results are instantly ingratiating and rewarding on repeat listens. With Brazos. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $13-$15, 8 PM

J. Cole with Wale
Mainstream Hip Hop
$42, 6:30 PM

Papa Roach with Pop Evil, Ages of Days
First Avenue
Alternative Edge
18+, $22/$25, 7 PM

Streetlight Manifesto
Mill City Nights
Modern Ska
16+, $20, 7 PM

Surfer Blood with Team Spirit, Andy Boay. 
Triple Rock 
Echoing Vocals
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Third Eye Blind
The Skyway Theater
Classic 90s
$39, 7 PM

Monday 10.14.2013

Delorean with Superhumanoids
7th Street Entry
Aesthetically United
18+, $12/$14, 7:30 PM

Fiona Apple
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
Firey Vocals
$39.50-$59.50, 8 PM

Les Claypool's Duo de Twang
The Varsity Theater
Primus Star
18+, $30-$45, 7PM

Earl Sweatshirt
Fine Line Music Cafe
Tyler, the Creator has always been the face of Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future, but Earl Sweatshirt is its one dependable visionary. Earl's major-label debut, Doris, has the highest production value of any OF release yet, featuring a brassy Neptunes beat ("Burgundy") as well as squirmy bumpers firmly in the Odd Future tradition. More importantly, the 19-year-old, born Thebe Kgotsitsile, filled the LP with the sorts of dictionary-drunk lines that have been his forte since before he was famously shipped off to boarding school for poor academic performance. "From honor roll to cracking locks up off them bicycle racks/I'm indecisive, I'm scatterbrained, and I'm frightened, it's evident," he raps on the vindictive "Chum." Teenage angst has paid off well; now he's hurtling into the future. With Vince Staples. --Mike Madden
$20-$22, 6:30 PM 

Tuesday 10.15.2013

Communion Minneapolis
Varsity Theater

U.K.'s Communion label has extended its club shows to these shores and invited singer-songwriter Willy Mason, Florida's Roadkill Ghost Choir, Yacht Club DJs, and the 4onthefloor. Mason's first album in five years, Carry On, is infused with blues, classic country, and folk elements, along with his philosophical musings on existential and political matters. This one was recorded with London producer Dan Carey of Franz Ferdinand and M.I.A. association, who added quirky drumbox rhythms and ironic electric guitars, both of which knock around the catchy radio track "Talk Me Down." Rootsy Roadkill Ghost Choir is southern gothic by implication and instrumentation that runs to banjo and pedal steel. But on their Quiet Light EP, RGC show off sufficient indie-rock streaks, punkish spirit, and lush vocals to belie easy categorization. Yacht Club DJs and Minneapolis's own blues-rockers the 4onthefloor round out the bill. --Rick Mason
18+, $12/ $15, 7 PM

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion
Dakota, TUESDAY 10.15 + WEDNESDAY 10.16
Cream and Blind Faith vet Ginger Baker is arguably rock's greatest and most influential drummer. But Baker came up playing trad jazz before hooking up with blues bands, and there's no confusing his latest group, featuring longtime James Brown associate Pee Wee Ellis on tenor saxophone, English jazz bassist Alec Dankworth, and Ghanaian percussionist Abass Dodoo. Their repertoire reportedly includes the likes of Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Sonny Rollins, plus originals. Between Cream and Confusion, Baker's life has been a mishmash of triumphs and tribulations fueling the myth and legend: sessions with Fela Kuti, running a Nigerian studio, health and legal issues, cross-genre experiments with Bill Laswell and Nicky Skopelitis, breeding polo ponies, fortunes won and lost, plus a persistent rep for extreme irascibility.--Rick Mason
$45, 7 PM

Boy with Greg Holden
First Avenue
Hamburg Duo
18+, $18, 7 PM

Deer Tick with Robert Ellis
Fine Line Music Café
Alt Country
18+, $20, 7:30 PM

The Blow with Love Inks
The Cedar Cultural Center
Electronic Pop Duo
AA, $15, 7 PM

The Lonely Forest with Cumulus
7th Street Entry
Warm Lyrics
18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:
Father John Misty @ First Avenue
Surfer Blood @ Triple Rock
Minus the Bear @ Varsity

See Also:
50 cool facts about the Minnesota music scene
Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list
Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

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