The best Twin Cities concerts: 2/5-2/11


This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Justin Timberlake will be at the Xcel Center. Early next week, the reunited Neutral Milk Hotel play shows Monday and Tuesday at First Ave, and Mates of State hit up the Turf Club Tuesday night.

Wednesday 2.5.2014

7th St. Entry
On their lithe and intelligent 2012 debut, NYC trio Hospitality set cleverly worded post-collegiate angst atop jangly '90s-redolent college-rock. Their follow-up, Trouble, ups the stakes by significantly broadening their sonic palette. Frontwoman Amber Papini's voice, formerly solely operating in wounded-detachment mode, shows newfound warmth on tracks like the Pretenders-reminiscent "It's Not Serious." The band confidently explores a wide spectrum of rock styles throughout, from the sinister, synth-led minor-key single "Rockets and Jets" to the guttural groove-oriented garage rock of "I Miss Your Bones." With Air Waves and Hunting Club. --Rob van Alstyne
18+, $10, 7 PM

Wild Cub with Hands
Turf Club
Intimate, Diary-like
21+,$8, 7 PM

Thursday 2.6.2014

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
Cedar Cultural Center
It's been way too long since Milwaukeean and Twin Cities fave Paul Cebar issued a new disc. But Fine Rude Thing hit the streets in January while the band hit the road to stir up the pot. The fresh collection's irresistible mélange of rhythms promises to pack the dance floor while tickling the old gray cells with sneaky melodies and crafty lyrics that reflect Cebar's vast array of influences. That includes a major dose of classic New Orleansiana, soul out of Memphis and Detroit, sweet rock 'n' roll, R&B of all stripes, jump blues, and a sweep of sounds from Havana through Rio and back to Africa. Thus FRT kicks off with its raucous title track and makes dozens of fascinating stops before concluding with the sunny ska of "Like Loving People Do."  --Rick Mason
$18-$22, 7:30 PM

Oaks, Teenage Strangler and Persian Leaps
Kitty Cat Klub
Thick Distortion 
21+, FREE, 10 PM

MoonRise Nation EP Release with Aaron Lee Martin and Lynn O'Brien
7th Street Entry 
Alt Folk
18+, $6/$9, 7 PM

Cantharone with Invidiosus, Ashen and Fallen Empire
Turf Club
Warewolf Metal
21+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Dr. Dog with Carroll
First Avenue
Vibrant Pop Rock
18+, $20/$23, 8 PM

Friday 2.7.2014

Jonathan Wilson and the Blank Tapes
Turf Club
70s style Singer Songwriter 
18+, $15, 8 PM

Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra Release Show with Greg Grease
Local Hip Hop 
21+, $8, 11 PM

Drone not Drones:28-hour Drone
Cedar Cultural Center
A benefit for Doctors Without Boarders
AA, $10/$20, 6 PM

First Communion Afterparty with Secret Colours, Panther Ray and Transcendental Strangers
Triple Rock
Spaced Out
18+, $7, 9 PM

Lady Antebellum with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves
Target Center
Country Pop
All Ages, $30-$75, 7 PM

Quilt with Teenage Moods and The Velveteens
7th Street Entry
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Dr. Dog with Saint Rich
First Avenue Mainroom
Vibrant Pop Rock
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM
Saturday 2.8.2014

Tina Schlieske: One of the Boys
Just before beginning work on her reunion album with the B-Sides, California-Minnesota rocker Tina Schlieske got together with guitarist Patrik Tanner and knocked out a cool little EP that pays tribute to some of the music that influenced her early career. One of The Boys: Pinned Up covers key male Minnesota artists -- Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks, Hüsker Dü, Bob Dylan, Prince, and the Replacements -- as nicely turned rock ballads, with particularly affecting vocals from Schlieske on Prince's "When Doves Cry" and the Mats' "Sixteen Blue." This show will revisit those tunes, along with other important material from her formative years by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, T. Rex, and Adam Ant. The new B-Sides album, Barricade, is currently being mixed, aiming for an early March release.--Rick Mason
$10, 11 PM

Strange Relations with Hollow Boys and Nap Taker
Kitty Cat Klub
Diary Rock
21+, $5, 10 PM

Seawhores, Gay Witch Abortion, Blackthorne and Ex-Nuns
Triple Rock
Raw & Vicious
18+, $8, 9 PM 

Andrew Ripp with Judah & the Lion and Brent Johnson
7th Street Entry
Energetic Beats
18+, $10, 7 PM

Jason Isbell with Robert Ellis
First Avenue
Contemplative Acoustic
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

The Last Revel CD Release with Bigtree Bonsai and Dead Horses
Turf Club
Folk Minded Harmonies
21+, $7/$10, 8 PM

Sunday 2.9.2014

Justin Timberlake
Xcel Energy Center 
Justin Timberlake, like Joe Mauer and James Franco, is almost suspiciously versatile. He's acted in everything from phallocentric viral videos ("Dick in a Box") to the Coens' Best Picture snub Inside Llewyn Davis. He's a golfer with a miniscule handicap, and of course a scientist of pop. Ten songs in 70 minutes will always indicate your host is swinging for the fences, and with the supercharged soul and orchestral summits of March's The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake never delivered less than a double. September's equally long The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2 was received less fiendishly, but its very existence is proof our guy has scrambled to remove whatever rust there may have been as he started this comeback. --Michael Madden
$60.35-$195.25, 8 PM 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Last week, South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won its fourth Grammy Award: Best World Music Album for 2013's Live: Singing for Peace Around the World. Ladysmith has been around since the early '60s, creating sublime vocal harmonies based on traditional Zulu mbube music, with particularly rich, rumbling bass work offset by a high lead. World acclaim followed the group's participation on Paul Simon's Graceland, and subsequent close association with late South African President Nelson Mandela. Ladysmith's new album, Always With Us, adds an exquisite new dimension: female vocals recorded by leader Joseph Shabalala's wife Nellie and own group before her 2002 death, meticulously interwoven with Ladysmith's contemporary male voices. --Rick Mason
$16-$58, 7:30 PM 

John Butler Trio with Little Hurricane 
First Avenue 
Poised Disenchantment
18+, $30, 7 PM

New Politics with Magic Man and Sleep Agent 
Triple Rock 
Polished Denmark Trio
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

James Durbin and Kelley James
7th Street Entry
Vocal Powerhouse
18+, $15, 7 PM

Monday 2.10.2014

Neutral Milk Hotel
First Avenue, MONDAY 2.10 + TUESDAY 2.11
With just a handful of chords, verse-chorus structures, and occasional horns and singing saws, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum created a small miracle with 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and the fuzzier rest of his catalog. As a lyricist, 43-year-old Mangum is endearing but also awkward, and anxiety is obfuscated as being somehow romantic. He went silent for a decade before returning to performing in 2010, and his reclusiveness goes a long way toward explaining why an NMH show -- a big draw of which is his sheer presence, behind a Whitman beard but obviously pensive -- is a vaguely cultish must-see. With Elf Power, peers of NMH in the Denver-founded Elephant 6 collective. --Michael Madden
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Communist Daughter with Ginkgo and Bad Bad Hats
7th Street Entry
Sparkling Bright
18+, $6, 8 PM

Tuesday 2.11.2014

Rabbit Holes, Cozy and Porch Knights
7th Street Entry
Rock Anthems
18+, $5, 7 PM

Mates of State
Turf Club
Pop Duo
21+, $15, 7:30 PM

Karmin with Bryce Vine
Varsity Theater
Top 40 Pop
AA, $20-$30, 5:30 PM