The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/3-4/9

The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/3-4/9

Spring has arrived, and with good weather comes more good music. The Mavericks make a comeback performance to Pantages Theater while Finland natives, Sigur Rós make a reappearance at The Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Wednesday. Divine Fits finally live up to their lyrics ("I wish that I was / In Minneapolis") for their first local performance at the Varsity Theater. The4onthefloor makes a two night appearance this weekend, Thursday at the Turf Club, Saturday in the First Avenue Mainroom. 

Wednesday 4.3.2013

The Mavericks

Pantages Theatre
In Time, the first new studio album from the Mavericks in a decade, sounds timeless. Marrying vintage country and pop with a wide array of Latin threads, most prominently Tex-Mex, mariachi, and Cuban, it displays a stylish assurance. Raul Malo is once again at the heart of the band. Besides writing or co-writing all the tunes, his Roy Orbison-like operatic croon carries torchy '50s-ish ballads like "Forgive Me," jaunty Bakersfield/Austin romps like "Back in Your Arms Again," and rockers like "Lies" with equal aplomb. Seth Walker, a fine, bluesy singer, guitarist, songwriter, and sometimes Malo collaborator, will open. --Rick Mason
AA, $42.50-$52.50. 7:30 PM 

The Joy Formidable with Guards and Kitten
First Avenue Mainroom
Chunky Distortion
18+, $18/20, 7 PM

Doldrums with Sean Nicholas Savage
7th Street Entry
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM 

Sigur Rós
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Sigur Rós is a band so singular that only a small number of adjectives will suffice when describing them. Over the past decade and a half, the Icelandic outfit has been conflating the best elements of post-rock and ambient music without ever fitting squarely into either genre, meanwhile penning mostly long songs, singing in a self-invented language called Vonlenska, and making use of virtually every instrument from here to Reykjavik. After test-driving bona fide pop structures with 2008's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, the band reverted to more characteristic sprawl for last year's Valtari, a quieter record with only one earth-splitting crescendo. It didn't make the critical dent of 1999's Ágætis byrjun or 2005's Takk..., but then, any initial reception was probably misguided. This is a band that tends to make music best heard loud and in a spacious setting -- in fewer words, in a place like the Roy. --Mike Madden
AA, $36-$51, 7:30 PM 

Thursday 4.4.2013

Anthras with Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail
First Avenue Mainroom
Metal Alliance Tour III
18+, $29, 6 PM

Hey Marseilles with Young Buffalo and Ben Rosenbush & The Brighton
7th Street Entry
Lyrical Wayfaring
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Divine Fits
Varsity Theater
New Wave super group
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

The 4onthefloor with Erik Koskinen
Turf Club

Stomp Rock
21+, $25, 8 PM

Matt Costa with The Blank Tapes
Triple Rock
Sugar-laced Vocals
18+, $15, 8 PM

Friday 4.5.2013

Crimes with Leisure Birds and Strange Relations
Turf Club 
Bobbing Garage
21+, $6, 9 PM

Happy Apple
Icehouse MPLS (Friday and Saturday)
Avant Gard Jazz
21+, $12, 11 PM 

Garbage with Io Echo
Mill City Nights
Returning last spring from an eight-year "indefinite hiatus," Garbage essentially picked up where it left off: '90s-era, post-grunge alt-rock. That proved to be more a template than a formula on the comeback album Not Your Kind of People. The quartet's sound is still dark, muscular, turbulent, and honed to near-perfection. The band's allusions to losing control are illusions when it comes to the music, whose big hooks dangle just beneath the roiling guitars and electronics. Meanwhile, singer Shirley Manson delivers her sometimes topical ("Blood for Poppies"), angst-ridden lyrics with an impressive array of sneers, murmurs, and honeyed dissections (and on the title track, a psychedelic swoon). Io Echo is the L.A. duo of Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross, whose sound has alternately been dubbed Grunge Goth and New Orientalism.  --Rick Mason
18+, $42, 9 PM

Cold War Kids with Houses
First Avenue Mainroom
Percussive Vocals
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Wovenhand with Wrekmeister Harmonies 
7th Street Entry 
Ambient Tonefields
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Jamie Lidell
Fine Line Music Cafe
A 39-year-old pasty Englishman with production skills and a soulful set of pipes, Jamie Lidell may not look the part of suave potential Prince successor, but he confidently produces the sound. Lidell's self-titled fifth solo album was recorded in his new Nashville home base at a studio he built himself, unsurprisingly resulting in his most dizzyingly layered record yet in a catalog already known for enjoyably overstuffed and frightfully funky recordings. With a sweaty electro-soul sound that manages to feel simultaneously retro and adventurous, Lidell is part Motown magic man, part London space-disco party-starter, and all irresistible. With Empress Of, Ludwig Persik. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $15, 8 PM

 Saturday 4.6.2013

Toots & the Maytals
Mill City Nights

Out of all the acts who got their chops in the '60s as ska transitioned to rocksteady and finally to reggae, Toots & the Maytals are easily one of the greatest. They'd already released dozens of 7-inch singles by the time of 1969's Sweet and Dandy LP. That album's "Monkey Man," "54-46 That's My Number," and "Pressure Drop" are universally beloved by reggae aficionados, with the last track becoming a cornerstone of the soundtrack to The Harder They Come. They'd continue cranking out classics in the '70s (Funky Kingston; In the Dark; Reggae Got Soul), and kick off the '80s by predating the internet in performing, recording, releasing, and distributing their LP Live over a span of 24 hours. By then, they'd become a veritable institution, and everything Toots Hibbert and his rotating cast of bandmates have done in recent years -- from their amazing, transformative 2006 cover of Radiohead's "Let Down" to last year's Grammy-nominated Unplugged on Sugar Hill -- has built on an already considerable legacy. --Nate Patrin
18+, $26-$28, 8 PM

Zammuto with Snowblink
7th Street Entry
Electronically Enhanced
18+, $10, 8 PM

Nallo 7-inch Release with Prissy Clerks, France Camp and Worryers
The Hexagon 
Garage Rock
21+, FREE, 9 PM

The 4onthefloor with The Evening Rig, Wishbook and Trapper Schoepp& the Shades
First Avenue Mainroom
Stomp Rock
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Exiles, Nuclears and Bottom Dollars
Amsterdam Bar & Hall 
Doom Rock
21+, FREE, 10 PM

John Zorn @ 60 
Walker Art Center
John Zorn is a multi-instrumentalist, renowned for his groundbreaking compositions and ferocious improvisations. To even scratch the surface of Zorn's stylistic stretch, it's necessary to cite jazz, funk, metal, klezmer, classical, punk, and cheesy film scores; but his inspiration seems to spring from virtually anywhere. This marathon celebration of Zorn's 60th birthday (five months premature) will feature six ensembles, drawing from an impressive cast of local (cellist Michelle Kinney, guitarist Chris Cunningham, keyboardist Joey Schad) and world-renowned musicians (including guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist John Medeski, percussionist Cyro Baptista, cellist Erik Friedlander). Three programs with the bands will be sandwiched between two free events: Things will get underway at 3 p.m. with a discussion between Zorn and the Walker's Philip Bither. At midnight, Zorn will do a solo organ performance (The Hermetic Organ) across the street from the Walker at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. --Rick Mason
The paid programs (all in the Walker's McGuire Theater): Game Pieces at 4 p.m., Masada at 7 p.m., New Projects at 10 p.m. $18-$20 for each performance or $42-$50 for all three.

Sunday 4.7.2013

Triple Rock Social Club

The sixth song on Iceage's second album, "Morals," was inspired by "L'Ultima Occasione," a 1965 piano ballad by Italian pop singer Mina. Bit of a curveball for a young punk band who are the subject of ongoing controversy for flashing various extremist imagery at shows, yes? But there's a key component to You're Nothing's success: After the more insular debut, New Brigade, this year's model succeeds at enough new things -- intertwining guitar leads, abrupt tempo changes, tighter melodies -- to prove that the Danish quartet will be capable of going in a number of directions after their penchant for writing gothic, lightning punk songs gets old. Of course, when those songs are as strong as "Rodfæstet" and "You're Nothing," that time is nowhere in sight. --Mike Madden
18+, $10, 8 PM 

Chris Koza Solo
Icehouse MPLS
Acoustic Melodies

White Mystery, Fuck Knights and Goondas

Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Redheaded Rock-children 
21+, $8/$10, 10 PM

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers with Rayland Baxter
Turf Club
21+, $12, 7 PM

Modestep with Popeska
First Avenue Mainroom
Auricular Army
18+, $20, 7 PM

Hey Ocean! with We Are the City, West of Aldine and Meme
7th Street Entry
Dreamy Keyboards
18+, $8/$10, 7 PM

Bon Jovi 
Xcel Energy Center

Stadium Rock
AA, $19.50-$149.50, 6:30 PM

Monday 4.8.2013 

Caitlin Rose
Triple Rock
With a country soul and a pop heart, 25-year-old Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose sometimes suggests Stevie Nicks, more often evokes Patsy Cline. Rose's voice is definitely her own, though, established well before the recent release of her second full-length album, The Stand-In. She's particularly adept at etching complex emotions: hinting at plaintiveness on "I Was Cruel" but lacing it with measures of sadness and indignation; grappling with sighing, honky-tonk heartbreak on "Dallas"; darker, more resentful and declarative on "Waitin"; ambivalent and a little lost on "Pink Champagne." All these are stories -- mostly about fractured love -- that she tells with depth and nuance through her voice and writing. The music usually relies on pedal steel and fiddle, but there's also electric guitar, and touches of the Stones, Tom Petty, and F. Mac flitting in and out. Opening will be Nashville-based Texas singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, who works up a fine mix of honky-tonk, folk, blues, and rock on his recent Worried Man, plus the Twin Cities' own Martin Devaney. . --Rick Mason
18+, $10, 7 PM 

The Last Bison with Marah in the Mainsail
7th Street Entry
Mountain-top Chamber
AA, $10/$13, 6 PM

John Scofield Hollowbody Band feat. Mike Stern
Dakota Jazz Club (Monday and Tuesday)
Guitar Legends 
AA, $32-$42, 7 PM

The Magikatz, Fury Things and Bear the Sound
Kitty Cat Klub
Driving Progressions
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Tuesday 4.9.2013

Noah Gunderson with Denison Witmer
7th Street Entry
Emotionally Charged
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:
The Joy Formidable @ First Avenue Mainroom

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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