The best Twin Cities concerts: 11/27-12/3

Strange Names are at Turf Club on Friday
Strange Names are at Turf Club on Friday
Photo by Chris Heidman

This week not only marks Thanksgiving but also the beginning of December. Wednesday, Retribution Gospel Choir play the Amsterdam while the Ike Reilly Assassination take over the First Avenue Mainroom. If you're looking for plans on Thanksgiving, Davina and the Vagabonds will be playing the Dakota and The Big Wu will be rocking the Cabooze. Friday, Minneapolis pays tribute to local heroes the Replacements and Strange Names are at the Turf Club.

Wednesday 11.27.2013

Retribution Gospel Choir with Grey Coats and Prissy Clerks
Saturated Reverb
21+, $10, 8 PM

Ike Reilly Assassination with The Honeydogs, Communist Daughter and Rude Girl
First Avenue Mainroom
Hard Luck Stories
18+, $15, 7 PM

Tramps Like Us with The Ronnie Buxtons and Michael Morris
Boss Rock
21+, FREE, $10 PM

The Cloak Ox with Greg Grease and Wiping out Thousands and Brute Heart
7th Street Entry
Modern Rock
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Mark Mallman with Botzy and Bomba de Luz
Turf Club
Insanity Genius
21+, $10, 8 PM

Thursday 11.28.2013

Davina and the Vagabonds
Dakota Jazz Club + 11.27.2013
Saucy Singing
All Ages, $15, 7 PM

The Blind Shake with Eleganza! and Wild!!Wing
7th Street Entry
Riff Scientists
18+, $8/$10, 9 PM

The Big Wu Thanksgiving Extravaganza
The Cabooze
Jam Rock
18+, $10/$12, 8:30 PM

Friday 11.29. 2013

Pat Mallinger & the Bill Carrothers Trio
Artist's Quarter FRIDAY 11.29 + SATURDAY 11.30
Returning to their favorite local club in what could be its waning days, saxophonist Pat Mallinger and pianist Bill Carrothers both grew up in the Twin Cities before heading to the wider world. Both built sterling reputations among jazz cognoscenti with their technical agility and endless inventiveness, but remain frustratingly below the national radar. Mallinger is based in Chicago, where his band Sabertooth has held the Saturday night slot at the famed Green Mill for a couple of decades. Carrothers lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula but has a thriving performance and recording career in Europe. When the two friends, periodic bandmates since high school, get together, sparks really fly, as they did on last year's live album, Home on Richmond. -Rick Mason
$15, 9 PM

Poliça with Marijuana Deathsquads
Mill City Nights + 11.30.2013
Local Favorites
18+, $25/$28, 8 PM

A Tribute to the Replacements
First Avenue
The reunited 'Mats may have yet to appear locally, but First Ave's annual tribute should be pretty cool in itself. The growing slew of local bands that'll be on hand include the Melismatics, Slimboree, Ol' Yeller, Blackberry Brandy Boys, Fury Things, Mad Ripple, Vandy & Friends, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, Stereo Confession, and Myotis. Besides nuggets from throughout 'Mats history, there'll be a complete run through the group's pivotal 1983 album Hootenanny, with guest vocalists promised. Proceeds will benefit the Slim Dunlap Fund and Twin Cities Music Community Trust. -Rick Mason
18+, $10, 7 PM

Toussaint Morrison Performs Frank Ocean with Black Diet, Dwell & The Shape Ship and Big Jess
Triple Rock
Hip-Hop Soul
18+, $7, 9 PM

Strange Names with SCRNS, Red Mountain and Upstairs Neighbor Collective
Turf Club
Funky Modern
21+, $7, Turf Club
Saturday 11.30. 2013

Skyway Theatre
On her second full­-length, Back to Forever, Lissie Maurus initially comes on like vintage Stevie Nicks. The first twosongs, "The Habit" and "Further Away (Romance Police)," lope along on a driving Mick Fleetwood -like beat, with the Rock Island, Illinois, native's maroon, intriguingly textured voice negotiating classic California pop hooks while dissecting the hazards of love. Most of the subsequent tunes, however, have even more rocking bite, thanks to Jacknife Lee's production. When her magnificent, siren like howl isn't slicing and dicing relationships, Lissie beefs up her heartland rocker credentials, tackling the erosion of American ideals and the angst of undervalued working stiffs. Chicago pop­rockers Purple Apple open. -Rick Mason
18+, $26.50, 7:30 PM

Mount Carmel with Porch Knights and Narco States
7th Street Entry
Lo-Fi Greaser
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Very Small Animal LP Release with Red Daughters
Two-Step Folk
21+, $6, 11 PM

Varsity Theater
When music is described as "cinematic," often there's influence from Bernard Herrmann's bonesaw strings, the twang of an Ennio Morricone spaghetti western guitar, or the velvety jazz of Henry Mancini or Lalo Schifrin. But it was Italy's own Goblin that added a new angle to film scores in the mid-­'70s: prog rock. As indebted to Genesis and King Crimson as they were to Herrmann and Morricone, the band created a chilling, suspenseful atmosphere cut through with intricate polyrhythms, state­-of­-the­-art synthesizers, and knife's-edge guitar. The sound is linked with the lurid comic-­book colors and uncanny dreamscape surrealism of Italy's giallo horror/thriller film movement, particularly through the lens of Dario Argento. Goblin are touring the U.S. for the first time in their four­decade history, featuring four members of their 1975­-77 five-piece lineup -- Massimo Morante, Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Pignatelli, and Agostino Marangolo. Their live performance will be accompanied by some visual cues from the horror­buff canon -- expect themes and movements from the likes of Suspiria, Tenebrae, and the original 1978 Dawn of the Dead. -Nate Patrin
18+, $25/$65, 8 PM

High on Fire
First Avenue
High on Fire's well­-traveled vocalist Matt Pike sings like he's exhaling flames, and his bellow is every bit as key to the band's wallop as the revving guitars. Pike has had his share of personal drama -- last summer, mid-­tour, he checked himself into treatment for alcohol -- but he's been remarkably reliable as a songwriter. HoF, which Pike formed after the breakup of his '90s band Sleep, has dropped six albums since 2000, all of them master classes in stoner­-metal heave. While it's true that some of their songs are nearly identical to the next, Pike, bassist Jeff Matz, and drummer Des Kensel are known to unleash the occasional ascendant masterpiece. Openers are Virginia's doom-­metal quintet Windhand and Norway's equally heavy Kvelertak. --Mike Madden
18+, $15, 7 PM

Frontier Ruckus with Reina Del Cid and Savannah Smith
Turf Club
21+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Korda Records Showcase with The Ocean Blue, The Starfolk, The Jim Ruiz Set and The Owls
The Cedar Cultural Center
Indie Pop
All Ages, $12/$15, 7 PM

Ruben CD Release with Lydia Hoglund, and American Youth
Turkey Art As Well
21+, $6, 9 PM

Xcel Energy Center
Magna Carter Tour
All Ages, $32-$125, 7 PM

Sunday 12.1.2013

The Mahones with Wild Colonial Bhoys
7th Street Entry
Irish Punk Scene
18+, $12/$14

Jake Miller with Action Item and Air Dubai
The Varsity Theater
All Ages, SOLD OUT, 5 PM

Monday 12.2.2013

Hot Rash with Soft Force
Triple Rock
Rad Times
21+, $3, 9 PM

La Madness with Black Church Service and Poverty Hash
7th Street Entry
Indie Grind Blues
18+, $5, 8 PM

Tuesday 12.3.2013

Pho with McNasty Brass Band and the Tasty Tones
7th Street Entry
Brass Band Blowout
18+, $6, 7:30 PM

Joe Henry
This is one of only four solo acoustic shows Joe Henry is doing on an abbreviated tour, inspired by a July L.A. set that was his first solo performance in 25 years. That, he has said, was "motivated neither by necessity nor threat of violence" but "purely of my own stubborn desire." Henry is renowned as a savvy Grammy­-winning producer, working with such artists as Solomon Burke, Allen Toussaint, Rodney Crowell, Bonnie Raitt, and Me'shell Ndegeocello. He's also released a dozen impressive albums of his own, featuring his distinctive, decades­-defying synthesis of American music -- blues, country, jazz, gospel, rock, and the stuff in between -- along with mercurial, enigmatic lyrics. He'll play songs from throughout his career, plus new material from a forthcoming album. --Rick Mason
$27, 7 PM

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band
Xcel Energy Center
All Ages, $36-$136, 8 PM

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