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The best Twin Cities concerts: 11/6-11/12

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So what if there's snow? The shows must go on! Plenty of buzz is centered around the GRRRL PRTY Album Release at the Icehouse tonight. Kitten Forever plays the Turf Thursday while Crimes are at Cause the next day. Skrillex is at the First Avenue Mainroom Sunday before Dave Chappelle begins the first of many nights Monday. Old 97s play the Fine Line while Mazzy Star plays nearby at Mill City Nights.

Wednesday 11.6.2013 

GRRRL PRTY EP-release show 
Icehouse 
Sitting at third place in this year's Picked to Click poll, rap collective GRRRL PRTY have made a big impression on the local scene in a short time. Combining the energies of the poll's 2013 winner Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and La Manchita, GRRRL PRTY is the gritty counterpart to related group the Chalice. These are makers of take-no-shit spit-fire raps and raw trap-leaning beats. With their singles "Wegula" and "Night Watch" already grabbing listeners' eardrums, the trio casually announced that this show will see the release of their debut EP, TNGHT B4 XMAS. Past nights of their Icehouse residency stand among the best shows of the year, and the energy behind an album release is sure to find GRRRL PRTY in rare form. With Shannon Blowtorch. --Jack Spencer 
21+, $6, 9:30 PM 
 
Hymie's Record Roadshow 
Turf Club 
Tunes and 2 for 1's 
 21+, 9 PM 

Eddie Spaghetti with Pretty Boy Thorson and John Swardson and Bad Blood 
7th Street Entry 
Country-damaged Metal 
18+, $10, 8 PM 

Marcus Roberts Trio 
Dakota 
Pianist Marcus Roberts, who got his start with Wynton Marsalis's band in the '80s, is a virtuoso with a distinctive touch on the keyboard. He's also an innovative composer and band leader, digging deep into jazz history. His particularly empathetic trio -- bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis -- has a fresh, collaborative approach to improvisation. Just recently, the prolific Roberts revised his blues suite "Deep in the Shed," premiered a concerto with the Atlanta Symphony, issued a Christmas album, and collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck. This fall he'll release three new albums: From Rags to Rhythms, a 12-movement suite that ties trad and contemporary elements into the trio's philosophy; and two -- one live, one studio, both called Together Again -- from a 2007 reunion with Wynton.--Rick Mason 
 $35 at 7 PM $25 at 9 PM

Thursday 11.7.2013 
 
The Devil Makes Three with Shakey Graves 
First Avenue Mainroom 
Raw and Raucous 
18+, $20, 7:30 PM 

Joe Pug with Sera Cahoone 
7th Street Entry 
Introspective and Warm 
18+, $14, 8 PM 

Kitten Forever with Casual User and Teenage Strangler 
Turf Club 
Agressive Girl Rock 
21+, $5, 8 PM 

Patricia Barber Quartet 
Dakota 
Known for her noirish, edgy covers of pop and rock standards ("Light My Fire," "The Beat Goes On"), Chicago's Patricia Barber also writes about love and loss in the richly nuanced musical language of jazz. She is a sublime singer, her cool voice mercurial and full of intrigue, and a seductive, sophisticated, vividly unpredictable pianist. She's a true rarity, sharing a quiet intensity, insight, and adventurous spirit only with artists like Cassandra Wilson and Joni Mitchell. Her latest, Smash, is a collection of originals laced with anger and humor. "Redshift" metaphorically links astrophysics and a personal relationship in a breezy bossa nova, Barber knocking it out of the park on multiple levels. --Rick Mason 
$30 at 7 PM. $25 at 9 PM 
 
The Blind Boys of Alabama 
Cedar Cultural Center 
Gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama have used their golden years' fame to spread their uplifting tunes to as wide an audience as possible. Their latest effort, I'll Find a Way, finds the soulful stalwarts working with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in the producer's chair. Vernon opts for an understated presence, with his touch being most evident in the material chosen for the album -- close friend Chris Porterfield of Field Report's "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" gets a stirring cover treatment -- and the indie-rock-friendly guest list, including tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus. With My Brightest Diamond. --Rob Van Alstyne 
AA, $30/$35, 7 PM 

Friday 11.8.2013 

Blue Blazer 
album-release show 
Fine Line Music Cafe 
Blue Blazer was born out of an informal late-night jam session between former White Light Riot frontman Mike Schwandt and multi-instrumentalist Brian Casey. Over the course of 2012 it morphed from an experiment into a full-fledged band. Moving away from the Brit-rock sound that defined his work in White Light Riot, Schwandt recasts himself as a highly capable electro-pop crooner on the band's 10-track debut, with Casey providing a constantly swirling backdrop of twinkling synths and kinetic machine-manipulated rhythms. The live version of the group features Hunting Club frontman Eric Pasi and others joining the core duo. With Ready Goes. --Rob Van Alstyne 
18+ 

Crimes with Brilliant Beast (Record Release), Fury Things and Bad Bad Hats 
Cause 
Garage Rock 
21+, $5, 9 PM 

The Besnard Lakes with Elephant Stone and Chatham Rise 
Triple Rock 
Dreamy Headspace 
18+, $12, 8 PM 

Tourist with Champagne and The Sundance Kid 
7th Street Entry 
Skyscraping Synths 
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM 

New Century Sessions: Rogue Valley with The Starfolk 
New Century Theater 
Sparkling Guitars 
AA, $16-$36, 7 PM 

Vaz with Animal Lover and White Flag 
Turf Club 
Scum-Pop 
21+, $8, 8 PM 

John Mark Nelson with Simonett & Young and the Ericksons 
The Cedar Cultural Center 
Local Singer Songwriter 
AA, $10/$12, 8 PM 

Saturday 11.9.2013 

Throw the Fight with 7th Ascent and And We Danced 
Fine Line Music Café 
Hometown Hard Rock 
18+, $10/$14, 8 PM 

Brett Dennen with Noah Gundersen 
The Cedar 
Sonic and Confident 
AA, $22.50, 7 PM 

Whitewater Ramble and the Ragebirds 
7th Street Entry 
Mixed Elements 
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM 

Bethany Larson & The Bees Knees with Taj Raj and Ashley Gold 
331 
Warm Vocals 
21+, FREE, 10 PM 

Sunday 11.10.2013 

Allen Toussaint 
Dakota 
A New Orleans icon as indispensable as a shrimp po-boy, Allen Toussaint has had a profound influence on the music of the Crescent City and far beyond over the last half-century. He has a new solo album recorded live at New York's Joe's Pub called Songbook, featuring some tunes that defined the city ("It's Raining"), carried the likes of Ernie K-Doe and Lee Dorsey up the charts ("Mother-in-Law," "Working in the Coal Mine"), and been covered by legions ("Get Out of My Life, Woman," "Brickyard Blues"). After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house and studio, Toussaint returned to performing, weaving his songs into a soulful tapestry linked by erudite storytelling and masterful piano work.--Rick Mason 
$40/$45 at 7 PM 

Skrillex with Bro Safari and Valentino Khan 
First Avenue Mainroom 
Dubstep 
18+, $40/$45, 8 PM 

You Won't & The Spring Standars with Jenny Dalton 
7th Street Entry 
Insistently Melodic 
18+, $8, 7 PM 

Jessie Ware 
Varsity Theater 
Sade superfans cound find a new voice to love in England's Jessie Ware. Getting her start as a backing vocalist for the likes of Florence and the Machine and big-in-the-U.K. neo-soul stud Jack Peñate, the 29-year-old finally stepped into the solo spotlight last year with Devotion, quickly becoming something of a sensation in her homeland. It's easy to hear why, as the Mercury Prize-nominated album radiates plenty of heat, balancing sleekly synthetic slow jams ("Still Love Me") with groove-oriented soul-rock (the surprisingly heavy-riffing "Night Light"). With the Invisible. --Rob Van Alstyne 
18+, $25/$35, 8 PM 
 

Monday 11.11.2013 

Sebadoh 
Turf Club 
Iconic indie-rockers and emo progenitors Sebadoh return to the road supporting their first album in 14 years, Defend Yourself. Lou Barlow always expressed romantic regret as well as any songwriter in the game, and he's at his most poignant here. The collapse of his 25-year-marriage is woven into wobbly rhythms and buzzing riffs that have long defined Sebadoh. His partner in crime and occasional lead vocalist Jason Lowenstein's harder-rocking contributions help keep the album from becoming too mired in post-divorce depression. With Octa#Grape. --Rob Van Alstyne 
21+, $15, 7:30 PM 

Nightlands with Carroll 
7th Street Entry 
Analytical Art 
18+, $8/$10, 7:30 PM 

Dave Chappelle 
First Avenue Mainroom MONDAY + TUESDAY 
Jokes and Stuff 
18+, SOLD OUT, 6:30 PM and 10 PM 

Tuesday 11.12.2013

Old 97s with Trapper Schoepp & the Shades with Ryan Traster 
Fine Line Music Café 
Alt Country 18+, $25, 7 PM 

Mazzy Star 
Mill City Nights 
Mazzy Star's '90s output was all familiar chord progressions and Hope Sandoval's quietly devastating voice, so we shouldn't be surprised that they've returned after a decade and a half without missing a step. On their comeback LP, September's Seasons of Your Day, Sandoval and songwriting partner/guitarist David Roback revive old habits but also embrace an Americana influence that was previously understated. Steel rings out high and lonesome, piercing harmonica abounds, and Sandoval is positively wearier now than she was back in the day. --Mike Madden 
18+, $32/$47, 9 PM 

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