The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/17-4/23

The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/17-4/23
Photo by Pieter van Hattem

This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's right...RECORD STORE DAY. Stores such as Hymie's Vintage Records and the Electric Fetus will be celebrating the whole day with live bands and new vinyl releases. Jim James of My Morning Jacket makes a stop to First Avenue Sunday while legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr stops by the Varsity Theater on Tuesday. 

Wednesday 4.17.2013

Space Cats with Cheap Thrills 
Kitty Cat Klub 
Atmospheric Jams
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Trampled by Turtles with Actual Wolf, Fever Dream, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Sans Souci Quartet and Next of Kin
First Avenue/7th Street Entry
10 Year Takeover
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Now, Now with the Lonely Forest and Prissy Clerks
Triple Rock
Static Waves
18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

Thursday 4.18.2013

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Dakota Jazz Club
Bluegrass phenomenon Ricky Skaggs has enjoyed a long, prolific career still celebrated in contemporary alt-country circles. A master of mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and vocals, Skaggs has always grounded his work in traditional bluegrass, even while being an integral part of the newgrass movement in the 1970s, sneaking subtle bits of jazz and rock in amid the grass, and helping spearhead country's new traditionalist revival in the '80s. As a kid he shared stages with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, at 15 joined Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, and later played with J.D. Crowe and the New South and Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. Skaggs's latest, Music to My Ears, is a typically accomplished bluegrass and trad country collection, with brilliant picking, soulful mountain vocals, and a few surprises. --Rick Mason
AA, $50-$60/$35-$45, 7 PM/9 PM

Trampled By Turtles with The Pines, Real Bulls, Corpse Reviver, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, The Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs and Strange Meeting
First Avenue/7th Street Entry
10 Year Takeover
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Pickwick with Basia Bulat
Turf Club
Laid back Harmonies
21+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Zeus with Sleep Study and Wild Cathedral
Triple Rock
Classic Roots
18+, $10, 8 PM

Rebelution with J Boog and Hot Rain
Jam Grooves
18+, $17.50-$20, 7:30 PM

Friday 4.19.2013

It's been 10 years since T.I.'s breakthrough Trap Muzik, one of the crucial records of the early-aughts Southern rap boom with a lyrical weight to match its hustler charisma and ringtone-ready production. His career since then has wavered slightly, from the high of three straight chart-topping platinum albums in three years (2006's King, 2007's T.I. vs. T.I.P., and 2008's Paper Trail) to the low of his momentum-slowing prison stints. But T.I.'s still a regular presence on the charts and rap radio, and keeps on expanding his empire as he gets settled into veteran status. Last December's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head was another strong effort to maintain his form, and while it's notorious for one of the biggest track-stealing guest spots in recent years -- Andre 3000 going absolutely ballistic on "Sorry" -- it's also got one of the most distinct, chest-out rasps on the mic at work in ways that'd still sound gripping reciting the back of a Wheaties box.--Nate Patrin
18+, $50-$80, 9 PM

Pissed Jeans
Triple Rock Social Club
For obvious reasons, hardcore/noise-rock records are never the trendiest stuff out there. But with February's Honeys, Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans delivered a masterpiece of their form, 12 songs that stand out compared to the band's first three albums because of their exceptional quality rather than any purely sonic tics. Over seasick riffage and a consistently brutal rhythm section, frontman Matt Korvette once again proves himself one of the more capable vocalists in all of heavy music, mixing in plenty of his trademark sardonic humor along the way. While occasionally similar bands like Ceremony and Fucked Up are doing X Games commercials and labyrinthine concept albums, respectively, Pissed Jeans are busy being a pummeling, frills-free quartet at their peak. There's never been a better opportunity to catch these guys live. With Total Trash. --Mike Madden
18+, $12, 8 PM

REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent
Target Center
Old Classics
AA, $25-125, 7 PM 

Fuck Knights with Valet
331 Club

Psychedelic Blow Your Mind Dance Party
21+, FREE, 10 PM

The Casualties with Rocksteady Breakfast and Devil Blues Band
Triple Rock
Hard Hitting
18+, $13/$15, 9 PM

Shabazz Palaces with THEESatisfaction and Malitia Malimob
Fine Line Music Café
Electro Hip Hop
18+, $15, 8 PM

Disappears with Pony Trash and The Bombay Sweets
Turf Club
Trance Rock
21+, $8/10, 8 PM

Trampled by Turtles with Charlie Parr, Erik Koskinen, Prissy Clerks, The Keep Aways and Southwire
First Avenue/7th Street Entry
10 Year Takeover
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Fountains of Wayne
Dakota Jazz Club
Power Pop Does Acoustic
AA, $35, 8 PM


Saturday 4.20.2013

The Black Angels, Allah-Las and Elephant Stone
Fine Line Music Café
The 21st-century neo-psychedelic phenomenon is an actual movement, with its own annual gathering (the upcoming Austin Psych Fest) and a slew of bands on the kaleidoscopic bandwagon, including these three. Austin's Black Angels, named after a Velvet Underground song, evoke the magic-mushroom era with twisting melodies; fuzzy, swaggering guitars; volcanic keyboards; arch, echoey vocals; and crashing drums. One song off the Angels' new Indigo Meadow album generating interest is a searing pop nugget about lurking evil called "Don't Play with Guns," eerily echoing the latest gun violence. L.A.'s Allah-Las add touches of surf, twang, and blues to what's essentially moody, medium-tempo, mid-'60s garage rock just as it was beginning to sweep into psychedelic haze. There's lots of chiming So Cal guitars, but also touches of Animals-like British grit. Elephant Stone's lusher, more anarchic sound adds another element of the original psychedelic era: an Indian influence most prominent in the sitar work of leader Rishi Dhir, a Canadian of Indian heritage. Dhir named the Montreal band after a Stone Roses song, and that band's jangly pop resonates throughout ES's eponymous second album.  --Rick Mason 
18+, $17, 9 PM

Joey Ryan & the Inks EP-release show
Cedar Cultural Center
Now five years and two albums into their ascent on the local scene, indie-pop quintet Joey Ryan & the Inks (whose frontman is employed here at City Pages) continue to evolve and expand their sound impressively. While they may have started life as sunny '60s-pop revivalists with shiny hooks and a streamlined sound, their latest effort, the six-track [pause ep.], manages to feel weightier than its full-length predecessors despite its shorter running time. While things start off in familiar Inks territory with the soaring single "Of a Feather," subsequent tracks find the band successfully experimenting with moody mid-tempo rock ("The Transfiguration of Eugene Wolf") and woozy-synth-driven balladry ("A Lonely Spark"). The end result feels simultaneously retro and futuristic and a worthy listening-shelf companion to Wilco's Jay Bennett-era efforts. With Farewell Milwaukee. --Rob Van Alstyne
AA, $12-$15, 7 PM

Katey Sagal and cast of Sons of Anarchy
Milly City Nights 
Music from the television show
18+, $49.50-$250, 7 PM

The Warlocks with Rosco, Flavor Crystals and Chatham Rise
Turf Club
21+, $12, 8 PM

G-Eazy with Christoph and Ground Up
First Avenue Mainroom
New Orleans Beat

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank with Ryan Young, Jillian Rae Band, Walker Fields 
7th Street Entry
Minnesota Roots
18+, $10, 8 PM

Record Store Day Block Party feat. Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade, the White Whales, the Prissy Clerks, Audio Perm, Big Quarters, more.
Hymie's Vintage Records 
Record Store Day 
AA, FREE, 11 AM-9 PM

Record Store Day feat. music by Black Angels, Dave King Trucking Company, Frankie Lee, The 4onthefloor, Greg Grease  
Electric Fetus
Record Store Day
AA, FREE, 9 AM- 8 PM

Sunday 4.21.2013

Jim James
First Avenue
"I want a new life," sings Jim James on the fourth track of February's Regions of Light and Sound of God. To a certain extent, he already has it. After six albums as the frontman of Louisville sluggers My Morning Jacket, James is on his first solo outing, a celestial 38-minute sigh with a fitting attention to spirituality. Though fuzzed-up guitars sear to the surface on "Dear One" and "Actress," it doesn't have a single track like "One Big Holiday," the immortal 2003 MMJ jam with six-string heroics damn near everywhere. Instead, the music on Regions is quieter than (and just as adventurous as) that of any MMJ record, with tumbling piano, vaguely funky bass, and cruising sax all in tow. There's also an especially bright spotlight on James's hickory tenor, a voice that here occasionally evokes John Lennon's. Above all, the thing is just a gorgeous record, and James, its producer, should have no trouble translating its sheen live. With Cold Specks. --Mike Madden
18+, $26, 7:30 PM

He's My Brother She's My Sister with Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Actual Wolf
7th Street Entry
Flamboyant Folk
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Monday 4.22.2013

Joan Soriano
The cedar Cultural Center
Electric Roots
AA, $20, 7 PM

The Proclaimers with JP Jones
The Varsity Theater
Scottish Twin Rock
18+, $22/$24, 7 PM

Tuesday 4.23.2013

Nick Drake's Musical Legacy with Haley Bonar, Mason Jennings
Cedar Cultural Center
British folkie Nick Drake's stature seems only to grow with each passing year since his tragic death in 1974 at age 26 from an antidepressant overdose. Drake was a reticent live performer who ultimately swore off playing in front of audiences altogether, making a tribute concert organized by Drake's longtime producer and musical confidante Joe Boyd the sort of joyful musical celebration Drake himself was never comfortable enough in his own skin to deliver. Boyd will be on hand at the Cedar to host a program devoted to Drake's legacy featuring video clips from last year's Way to Blue tribute concert in London and participate in a Q&A with the audience, but the real attraction lies in the local luminaries scheduled to perform Drake covers over the course of the evening. Featuring Haley Bonar, Mason Jennings, and Steve Tibbets with Wendy Lewis.  --Rob Van Alstyne
AA, $10, 7:30 PM

Johnny Marr
Varsity Theatre
The clarion, wiry ring of Johnny Marr's guitar and Morrissey's angst-laden vocals made the Smiths one of the definitive bands of the 1980s. After the Smiths' demise late in that decade, Marr began a peripatetic existence, essentially as a guitar for hire who had a far more profound influence than the average sideman on bands like The The, the Pretenders, Pet Shop Boys, Crowded House, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs. He also teamed up with New Order's Bernard Sumner for periodic projects as Electronic and briefly led a group called the Healers, issuing a 2003 album, Boomslang. Marr's current tour supports what's being touted as his first solo album: The Messenger. Amid obvious echoes of the Smiths' prime, the album exudes assurance, its pop hooks doused in irony, the songs solid and alluring, Marr's vocals moodily insinuating.
18+, $22-$35, 8 PM

Molly Ringwald Quartet
Dakota Jazz Club
80s Dream Crush Does Jazz
AA, $25/$35, 7PM/9PM

Where I'm Going:
Trampled by Turtles @ First Ave
The Allah-lahs @ The Fine Line 

Gotta have more noise? Check the City Pages Concert Calendar. for more shows not mentioned. And check out our entire Calendar section here

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