The best Twin Cities concerts: 11/13-11/19

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Plenty of fun in store for this blustery November week. Wednesday Colin Meloy of the Decemberists plays the Assembly at the Women's Club while Teenage Moods open for Nobunny at the Turf Club. First Communion Afterparty returns with a 12-inch release at the Turf Club Thursday while Strokes guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr stops by the Varsity. Chicago-based party starters JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound hit up the Triple Rock Sunday and MGMT sonically surfs their way to a set at First Avenue Monday. Plenty more to pick from in the list of gigs to follow.

Wednesday 11.13.13

Sound Unseen Festival 2013 music events
Amsterdam Bar & Hall Wednesday 11.13 - Sunday 11.17

Sound and vision reach their artistic peak in the Twin Cities with the 14th annual Sound Unseen Film Festival. Several local premieres of fine music documentaries include Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart, Meeting Charlie Parr, Peaches Does Herself, rap retrospective Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, and the National's Mistaken for Strangers. Plus, there are several corresponding live music events at St. Paul's Amsterdam. Hart, who released the brilliant concept album The Argument earlier this year, kicks off the fest Wednesday night with Greycoats. On Thursday, Picked to Click 2013 finalist Animal Lover perform with Ex Nuns and Ramones tribute act We Want the Airwaves. Friday brings rapper MaLLy -- who just released his Strange Rhythm EP this month -- as well as Shiro Dame and Mayda. Playing Saturday's post-party for the Peaches doc are L'Assassins, Venus de Mars, and Tickle Torture. Finally, Sunday brings the amiable folk of Charlie Parr, Frankie Lee, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Find the full film and concert schedule at -- Reed Fischer
21+, $6/$12, times vary

Dave Chappelle
First Avenue Mainroom WED+THURS
Most of the Week
18+, SOLD OUT, 6:30/10 PM

Hannah Connolly CD Release with Bomba de Luz and Kara Lauden 
Bryant Lake Bowl

Hailing from the song-rich soil of Eau Claire Wisconsin, 23-year-old Hannah Connolly is the latest in a deluge of compelling songwriters flooding the region. Connolly's vocals are both confidant and fragile -- she could be the third uncredited sister of Sweden's folk darlings First Aid Kit -- or a close confidant to Americana veteran Mindy Smith. Regionally, Connolly's songs quickly elicited popular support -- in 2011, after the release of a 3 song demo disc, she was voted on of the Chippewa Valley's Best New Bands in Volume One Magazine's reader poll.
$7/$9, 7 PM

Colin Meloy with Eleanor Friedberger
The Woman's Club
All Ages, $30, 7 PM

Saintseneca with Vikesh Kapoor 
7th Street Entry
Twisted Elements
18+, $10, 8 PM

Nobunny with Teenage Moods
Turf Club
Quirky Rock
21+, $10, 8 PM

Thursday 11.14.13

Albert Hammond Jr.
Varsity Theater
Shorn of his famous curly locks and a debilitating heroin habit, newly clean and sober Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. made a punchy return. The four-song AHJ EP, his first new material in five years, finds Hammond sounding far more lucid and engaged than its tepid predecessor. Each taut track features the razor-sharp hooks and slightly scruffy vocals that endeared Hammond to audiences in the first place. With Rathborne. -- Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $17/$20, 7:30 PM

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
7th Street Entry
Alberta-born Honky-Tonker
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

First Communion Afterparty with The Goondas, and Hot Damn!
Turf Club
Psychedelic Rock
21+, $5, 9 PM

Heaven on Howitzers with Portrait of a Drowned Man and Oblivion
Kitty Cat Klub
Sonic Distortion
21+, FREE, 10PM

Freedy Johnson with Darden Smith
Aster Café
Songwriting Duo
$15/$20, 9 PM

Sounds Like Home, Astronautalis, Night Moves, Strange Names and Fort Wilson Riot
Triple Rock
Benefit Concert for People Serving People
18+, $20, 7 PM

Jimmy Webb
Dakota Jazz Club
Pop songsmith Jimmy Webb wrote a slew of now-iconic tunes that became hits for others, including Glen Campbell ("Galveston," Wichita Lineman"), the Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away") and actor Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park"). Also active as a producer and arranger, Webb worked with artists as diverse as Thelma Houston, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra. Those connections greatly overshadowed Webb's own performance career, but he retains a fine voice mixing grit and melodicism. This fall Webb released Still Within the Sound of My Voice, a second collection of his classics recorded with Nashville studio vets and notable guest vocalists. Standout cuts include "Elvis And Me," with Elvis' backup group The Jordanaires; "If These Walls Could Speak," with harmonies from David Crosby and Graham Nash; and "MacArthur Park," with a Beach Boys infusion from Brian Wilson. Opening will be pianist Robin Spielberg. -- Rick Mason
$40/$45. 7 PM

Friday 11.15.13

Ecid Vs. Wide Eyes and Phillip Morris Release Party with Rapper Hooks and Ashley Gold
Triple Rock
Grooving Beats
18+ $10, 9 PM

Crocodiles with Wymond Miles 
Turf Club
Reckless Noise
21+, $10, 8 PM

James Blake with Nosaj Thing
First Avenue Mainroom
Dark and Sultry 
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Robbie Fulks with BBGUN
7th Street Entry
Honky-tonk Tenor
18+, $15, 8 PM

BNLX Fest with Wiping out Thousands, Blue Sky Blackout, Gloss, DJ Jake Rudh
Part I
21+, $7, 9 PM

  Saturday 11.16.13

Oneohtrix Point Never & Tim Hecker
Walker Art Center
Daniel Lopatin's early work as Oneohtrix Point Never could be geometric to a fault. More recently, the 31-year-old has developed a keener ear for melody and progression as he's inched toward the head of Brooklyn's experimental underground. Following 2011's haunted Replica, last month's R Plus Seven is the most musical OPN album so far. Tracks like "Americans" and "Chrome Country" value Lopatin's affinity for drones, but swirl like leaves with synthesized strings and beaming piano, respectively. As a proponent of "plunderphonics," a kind of digital foraging, Lopatin brings unlikely samples together and reveals the interconnection of the world of sound around us. Also performing is Montreal ambient-music perfectionist Tim Hecker, with whom Lopatin paired for last fall's Instrumental Tourist. -- Mike Madden
$18/$20, 8 p.m. and 10:30 PM

Tim Kasher (Cursive) and Laura Stevenson
Triple Rock
Thematically Elastic
18+, $13, 9 PM

Brad Paisley with Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery
Xcel Energy Center
Beat the Summer
All Ages, $25-$60, 7:30 PM

Leftover Salmon with The Big Wu
First Avenue Mainroom
18+, $25, 8 PM

Aceyalone with Bionik and Mixed Blood Majority, and Mr. Gene Poole
7th Street Entry
Underground Hip Hop
18+, $12/$15, 8 PM

757's with Porcupine and Teenage Strangler
Turf Club
Sonic Sandpaper
21+, $5, 8 PM

Minor Alps
Cedar Cultural Center
Minor Alps is the official moniker chosen for the unexpected pairing of Nada Surf's Matthew Caws and solo songstress Juliana Hatfield. Their debut album, Get There, feels like a genuinely collaborative effort, deftly combining Caws' ear for sparkling power-pop with Hatfield's gentler indie-folk acumen. Both 46 years old, the veteran talents fragile voices work best together, a discovery the duo clearly delighted in as they choose to sing in close harmony throughout nearly the entire album. Fans of "adult" indie pop will be hard pressed to find a more delightful record this fall season. With Sylvan Esso. -- Rob Van Alstyne
All Ages, $20, 7 PM

BNLX Fest with Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, Two Harbors and Frakie Teardrop
Part II
21+, $7, 9 PM

Steve Cole with The Peterson Family
Soulful Saxophone
All Ages, $20, 8 PM

Aaron & the Sea EP release
Kitty Cat Klub
Local specialists in shadowy synth-pop Aaron & the Sea return for an EP release after delighting hipsters in Reykjavik at this year's Icelandic Airwaves Festival. Recorded with former Lookbook sonic architect Grant Cutler in the producer's chair, the group's latest installment of self-described "nightmare pop" combines booming drums and woozy synthesizers in a manner reminiscent of Polica on lead single "Blac of Heart." With Umami. -- Rob Van Alstyne
21+, $5, 8 PM

Sunday 11.17.13

Diarrhea Planet
7th Street Entry
Nashville's Diarrhea Planet own the worst name in all of indie rock, but make up for it with their riff-tastic new album, I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. Featuring four guitarists in their sextet, the group almost always has one noodling solo happening at all times, and often three. An intriguing cross-breed of Dinosaur Jr. and the Darkness, the band of youngsters embraces campy '80s hair metal and heavier '90s indie rock with equal fervor. With Lovely Bad Things, General B & the Wiz. -- Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound with Escort and Rambo Salinas
Triple Rock
Funky Jams
18+, $15, 7 PM

Built to Spill with Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair
First Avenue Mainroom
18+, $20/$22, 7:30 PM

Monday 11.18.13

Dream Crusher with Space Rock Collective, Phantom Tails and Ricky Charles
Triple Rock
Space Rock
18+, $5, 8PM

MGMT with Kuroma
First Avenue Mainroom
Electric Feel
All Ages, $29.50, 6:30 PM

Paws with Fury Things 
7th Street Entry
From the Ashes
18+, $10, 8 PM

Tuesday 11.19.13

John Legend
State Theatre
Neo soul icon John Legend's latest album, Love in the Future, reflects the five-year wait since his last outing. It's too long (16 tracks), and too stacked with big-name producers needlessly overstuffing many of the arrangements. Even with these flaws it largely makes for riveting listening due to Legend's stubborn insistence on straddling the worlds of both smooth old-school crooner -- he tackles Bobby Caldwell's 1980 soft-rock jam "Open Your Eyes" -- and rhythmically bumpin' modern-day lothario on "Save the Night." With Tamar Braxton. -Rob Van Alstyne
All Ages, $44.50/$89, 7:30 PM

Alkaline Trio and Newfound Glory with H20
First Avenue Mainroom
Whining Guitars
All Ages, $26/$30, 5 PM

Active Child with JMSN
7th Street Entry
Laptop-assisted Indie Pop
18+, $14/$16, 8 PM

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