The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/12 - 6/18

The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/12 - 6/18

PLENTY of events going on this week to get everyone out of the house. Wednesday, the Kopecky Family band (which is not actually a family band) play the Triple Rock. Featuring Astronautalis, Sims, Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority, Friday is a night for hip hop in the First Avenue Mainroom. Let's hope for good weather Saturday for all of our lucky friends who snagged Rock the Garden tickets. Festivities begin at the Walker Art Center at 11, and will wind down in First Avenue later in the evening. Lastly Fitz and the Tantrums sell out TWO nights at the Varsity. 
Wednesday 6.12.2013

Rah Rah with Bad Bad Hats
The Nether Bar (Mill City Nights)
18+, $10, 8 PM

Kitten Forever with Prissy Clerks and Buzzers
Kitty Cat Klub
Distorted Reverb
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Big Black Delta with Wiping out Thousands 
7th Street Entry
Electro Dance
18+, $10, 7 PM

Kopecky Family Band
Triple Rock
With a catchy but enigmatic sound that somehow works the seams among rock, country, pop, and folk, the Kopecky Family Band have steadily built a buzz over the past five years via extensive touring, festival appearances, a handful of EPs, and finally, last fall, their full-length debut, Kids Raising Kids. Along the way the Kopeckys have attracted somewhat fanciful comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, the Lumineers, Arcade Fire, Emmylou and Gram, and George and Loretta, albeit all with fleeting kernels of truth. They've also been touted for representing the indie wing of their Nashville hometown, even though the only actual Kopecky in the crew is Minneapolis native and Blaine High School grad Kelsey, who formed the band with Gabe Simon while both were music majors at Nashville's Belmont University. A sextet of multi-instrumentalists, the Kopeckys do play with the cohesion of actual kin, breeding snaky groves, alluring melodies, shout-along choruses, and intriguing arrangements that include cello, horns, and steel guitar. The irresistible opening track, "Wandering Eyes" has echoes of the Band, streaks of moody mahogany, and a communal spirit that's irresistible and persists throughout the disc -Rick Mason
18+, $12, 8 PM 

Thursday 6.13.2013

Man or Astro-Man? with Jacuzzi Boys
Turf Club
After a dozen years apparently lost in a far galaxy, cosmic surfers Man or Astro-Man? have splashed down on Earth with a new, surprising, gritty album, Defcon 5...4...3...2...1. The band originally rocketed out of Auburn, Alabama, in the early '90s, picking up on the grand tradition of Dick Dale-inspired surf-rock guitar, but in the context of a cheesy, spaceage, Devo-esque schtick they like to call science friction. Original Astro-nauts Birdstuff, Coco, and Star Crunch are back onboard after the hiatus, along with renowned producer Steve Albini, plus new guitarist Avona Nova. The Defcon sound has a new muscularity laced with darker rock aggression than the fizzier surf stuff still at its core. More vocals are interspersed with the instrumentals too, also adding a more ominous tone. But as the band counts down through Defcon , the penultimate track is suffused with twinkling electronics, and the finale blasts off into classic surf-rock mode. Opening will be the Jacuzzi Boys, a Miami trio whose sun-kissed variety of garage-surf pop is riddled with big, tasty hooks and a fresh quality reminiscent of rock 'n' roll's early days. -Rick Mason 
21+, $15, 8 PM

The Cave Singers with Blessed Feathers
7th Street Entry
Brushfired Folk
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Friday 6.14.2013

Hot Freaks (CD Release) with Shakin Babies and Rupert AngelEyes
Bright Chords
21+, $5, 9 PM

The Ragbirds with Joey Ryan & The Inks and Reina Del Cid
7th Street Entry
Folk-Rock hooks
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Stone Arch Bridge Fest: Riverfront Concerts on Water Power Park
Rockstar Storytellers, Apollo Cobra, and Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps
All Ages, Free, 7 PM to 10 PM

Astronautalis and Sims with Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority
First Avenue Mainroom
Hip Hop Heros
18+, $15, 8 PM

Saturday 6.15.2013

The Big Wu Family Reunion XIII Pre Party with The Big Wu, The Boys N The Barrels and Katy Bellville
Rock n' Roll Jam
18+, $10/$12, 9 PM

Rock the Garden feat Metric, Silversun Pickups, Low and more
Walker Art Center
Art and Music

Orgone with Mike 2600
7th Street Entry
Sweat-Dripping Soul
18+, $12, 9 PM

Stone Arch Bridge Fest: Riverfront Concerts on Water Power Park
BloodnStuff and The Honeydogs
AA, Free, 7:30 PM - 10 PM
Full Saturday schedule here.

Rock the Garden After Party feat Michael Kiwanuka, Chastity Brown and DJ Jake Rudh
First Avenue Mainroom
MORE music
18+, $15, 9 PM

Josh Rouse 
The Dakota
Always on the softer adult-alternative leaning side of the indie-rock spectrum to begin with, veteran singer-songwriter Josh Rouse "rocks" gentler than ever on his 10th album proper, The Happiness Waltz. Now firmly ensconced in his 40s and a married father of two, the reedy tenor has a latest batch of songs that consists largely of low-key meditations on the trials and tribulations of attempting to simultaneously forge a fulfilling family life and a modest living as a working musician. In the wrong hands, such source material could come off as solipsistic and lazy, but Rouse has always had a knack for clever phrasing, and it helps that these mid-life ruminations are set to some of his most ingratiating melodies in years. Now a full-time resident in his wife's native Spain, Rouse wisely ditched the Mediterranean fixation that derailed his prior two albums to re-focus on the breezy '70s folk-rock sound that informed his most popular recordings in the early 2000s, including 2004's excellent Nashville.
AA, $22, 8 PM and 10 PM

Sunday 6.16.2013

Stone Arch Bridge Fest: Cities 97 Stage on Water Power Park
The White Whales, Sophia Shorai, The Ericksons, Southside Desire, and Van Stee
AA, Free, 12 PM to 5 PM
See Sunday's full schedule here.

Ginkgo with All Tomorrow's Petty 
Laid back tunes
21+, $7, 9 PM

Aaron Carter with Vince Tomas
Drugs Probably
AA, $15/$18, 6 PM

Dent May with Dead Gaze and Bad Bad Hats
7th Street Entry
Dance Pop Echoes
18+, $8/$10, 7 PM

Superhumanoids with The Parlour Suite
Triple Rock
Swooning Guitars
18+, $10, 8 PM

Fitz & the Tantrums with Saints of Valory and Ivy Levan
Varsity Theater
Having made quite the commercial splash as R&B revivalists with their 2010 debut, 
Pickin' Up the Pieces, Los Angelino sextet Fitz and the Tantrums could have easily been 
forgiven for staying the course on their sophomore release. Instead the group opted to 
boldly modernize on this year's More Than Just a Dream, injecting slick synthesizers and 
club-friendly beats into the mix without sacrificing an ounce of the rhythmic intensity 
and classic vocal chops that got them noticed in the first place. While the group's always 
spotlighted the vocal interplay of Daryl Hall-reminiscent frontman Michael Fitzpatrick 
and firecracker backing vocalist Noelle Scaggs live, album number two wisely gives the 
soulful Scaggs a significantly larger share of the recorded spotlight, making an already 
dynamic band that much more powerful. With Saints of Valory and Ivy Levan.  --Rob Van Alstyne

Monday 6.17.2013

Fitz & the Tantrums with Saints of Valory and Ivy Levan
Varsity Theater
Energized Retro Pop

Valleys with Weeknight and Web of Sunsets
7th Street Entry
Noise Melody
18+, $8, 8 PM

Tuesday 6.18.2013

Mac DeMarco
7th Street Entry
Montreal-based Mac Demarco winningly pairs the skewed lo-fi aesthetic of early- '90s indie rock with unexpected goofy glam-rock touches throughout his excellent sophomore outing, 2. With the sort of laid-back croon that would likely elicit Jack Johnson comparisons if it weren't set to such an archly contrasting sound, the 23-year-old's intimate guitarpop gems sound effortless, but never sloppy, thanks to a way with crystalline guitar hooks that materialize rapidly in his succinct and sharp songs. With Jamaican Queens and Aaron & the Sea. -Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Where I'm Going:
Big Black Delta and Wiping out Thousands @ 7th Street Entry

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