The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/19-6/25

The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/19-6/25
Photo by Dominic Neitz

So it's starting to actually feel like June! It's just in time because there's TONS of outdoor events to be had. Saturday marks the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names and more. Sunday Uptown celebrates the recent nice weather with music from The High Notes, L.I.T.A., Genuine Synthetic, the Color Pharmacy and Wish You Defeat. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros make an annual stop at the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza Tuesday. As for indoor events, one of the most anticipated shows this year is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at First Avenue on Monday. 

Wednesday 2.19.2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Fitzgerald Theatre

Combining the power of an 11-piece band with the agility of a much smaller unit, the Tedeschi Trucks Band in less than three years has established itself as one of the most formidable contemporary live acts. Of course husband-and-wife guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi had something of a head start with their own bands before joining forces. But the resulting ensemble is definitely greater than the sum of its parts, sporting an outstanding horn section, fiery rhythm section, and two great guitarists, including slide master Trucks. Moreover, TTB operates like a jazz outfit in the way the musicians interact and improvise. Plus, Tedeschi is a superb vocalist, sometimes reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, who blends blues, gospel, and rock. TTB, meanwhile, stir up an intoxicating brew of all that plus funk, soul, Southern rock, and swampy R&B. A new studio album, Made Up Mind, is due in August, following up TTB's Grammy-winning debut, Revelator, and last year's double live set Everybody's Talkin'. --Rick Mason
AA, $59-$75, 7:30 PM

Frankmusik with Vandaam
7th Street Entry
Emotional Depth
18+ $8/$10, 8 PM

Mewithoutyou with Rocky Votolato
Triple Rock Social Club
Explosive and Agressive
18+. $15.  8 PM

Ramsey Lewis & Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dakota Jazz Club
Jazz Duo
AA, $25-$60, 7 PM

Thursday 6.20.2013

Deep Blues Festival
 Bayport BBQ, (Thursday-Sunday)

The big news from Bayport is not only the imminent opening of the sixth Deep Blues Festival, but also the startling announcement from festival founder Chris Johnson that this will be the final event in Minnesota. Johnson said last week he'll relocate the 2014 festival to Mississippi -- essentially its spiritual home since deep blues is an outgrowth of Delta and Hill Country blues -- citing a persistent lack of interest locally. "I've brought some amazing talent to the Twin Cities area with these festivals," he says. "Very few seem to appreciate it." That's a real shame, because the Deep Blues Festival has an international following and attracts a rare array of talent fueled by especially virulent passion. Deep blues is raw, wild, and uncompromising. It's outsider stuff often with a punk ethos but also stretching to folk, country, and bluegrass. This year, for instance, among the six bands scheduled each day at the festival are Minnesota's own Charlie Parr, fierce rockers Left Lane Cruiser, gospel/holy roller-laced Reverend Deadeye, country-folk leaning Possessed by Paul James, and Missouri's Hooten Hallers, who aptly call their stuff "rock 'n' roll & hillbilly soul." Guadelupe Pena, meanwhile, aims at Skip James and R.L. Burnside from Andalusia, Spain, while New York's Dead Exs will have Black Diamond Heavies' Van Campbell sitting in on drums. The festival gets under way with a free show Thursday with local rockers Eleganza! and Kings of the Fucking Sea. The full schedule is at --Rick Mason 
Thursday: Free; 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday: $70 per day or $175 for a three-day pass, including all you can eat, 4 PM

Ex Nuns with Big Bad, Kingfisher and Better Bones
Burger Moes
Howling for Wolves
21+, FREE , 6 PM

Radiation City with Crisis Line
7th Street Entry
Modern Electric
18+.  $8/$10, 8 PM

The Maine with A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, and Brighten
The Varsity Theater
Forever Halloween
AA,  $20/$22, 5 PM

Friday 6.21.2013

Alison Scott
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
Jazzy Vocals
$22-$26, 7 PM

Airplanes Guy
AA, $25, 7 PM

Minnesota Zoo Ampitheater
American Made
www.jammincountry.comAA,  $35, 7:30 PM

Cursive with Digital Leather, Deleter
7th Street Entry
Longtime Trio
18+, $15, 8 PM

Moondance Jammin' Country Fest with music by Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Janson, more Fri.; Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, more
Moondance Fairground
Sat.; camping; food and beverage vendors.  
For tickets and info call 1.877.666.6526 or visit
AA, $130/$140, 11-12 AM


Saturday 6.22.2013

Postina with King Moon Racer, Usonia and Mystery Wires
Fine Line Music Café
Synth Driven
21+, $6, 8 PM

Shakin' Babies with The Real Numbers, The Velveteens and
Hexagon Bar
Under Da Sea Theme
21+, FREE, 10 PM

10 Thousand Sounds Festival: With the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks, more
Outdoor Music Fest
Downtown, 806 Hennepin Ave
AA $20-$45, 4-10 PM

Portugal. the Man with Guards
First Avenue Mainroom
Modern Rock
18+, $22/$24, 8 PM

Shelter from the Storm: A Benefit to Prevent Sex Trafficking with Haley Bonar, the Cactus Blossoms, Roe Family Singers.
Proceeds benefit House of Mercy. 
18+, $15/$18, 7 PM

Sunday 6.23.2013

Brothers in Arms with ?uestlove and D'Angelo 

First Avenue
After D'Angelo became an increasingly reluctant sex symbol, he retreated from the spotlight following 2000's revered R&B classic Voodoo. The return of one of the most luxurious, emotive voices in popular music has been in feverish demand. There have been teases, false starts, rumors, cameos, reappearances, hype, and promises -- but now, it finally appears that D'Angelo is ready for the real thing again. Last year saw him jet through Europe for his first tour in a dozen years, and now an extended engagement in the States continues his comeback trail. A March show at the Brooklyn Bowl with Roots drummer and Soulquarians cornerstone Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson proved powerfully moving, a two-piece unit jamming off a blend of covers, medleys, and material from the much-awaited new album tentatively titled James River. A reprise of that much buzzed-about show should feel even more at home at First Avenue --Nate Patrin
18+, $40, 7 PM

Up North Operations Lyndale feat The High Notes, L.I.T.A., Genuine Synthetic, The Color Pharmacy and Wish You Defeat
Lyndale Street: Uptown
Fresh Air


 Geto Boys
 Fine Line Music Cafe

 It's impossible to have a deep interest in hip-hop and not reckon with the Geto Boys. There's no better act to trace hip-hop's lineage, as they go from Southern rap pioneers with Grip It! On That Other Level, to coast-to-coast superstars after We Can't Be Stopped, and influential icons by the end of the '90s. Their Dirty South dominance by the beginning of the millennium was a defiantly zero-bullshit blend of personality-driven storytelling that ranged from everyday life struggles to crime-kingpin pulp to midnight-movie horror (often all in the same song, as '91's immortal "Mind Playin' Tricks on Me" proved.) The reunited lineup of Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill has played the festival circuit in recent years -- including last year's Gathering of the Juggalos, where they were booked as a sort of legacy/royalty act -- but this marks the first time they've toured outside their home state of Texas in ages, and it's worth making a pilgrimage to see where so much of the stuff you bump in your speakers came from. --Nate Patrin
18+, $25-$30, 8 PM

Mount Moriah
7th St. Entry

North Carolina trio Mount Moriah specialize in wide-ranging and deeply moving Americana. Band lynchpin Heather McEntire's spine-tingling voice sounds more than a bit like Emmylou Harris, but her backing band is stunning enough on their Merge Records debut, Miracle Temple, to confidently command an equal share of the spotlight. Encompassing both smoky back-roads balladry and surprisingly buoyant Dixieland rock -- check out the Allman Brothers-styled guitar heroics closing out "Eureka Springs" -- Mount Moriah might just be the South's strongest rural-rock ambassadors of the year. With Jesse Sykes. --Rob van Alstyne
18+, $10, 8 PM

David Murray Infinity Quartet with Macy Gray
Dakota Jazz Club (Sunday and Monday)

On his latest project, saxophone colossus David Murray is touring with his new Infinity Quartet and singular soul singer Macy Gray. Infinity's just-released Be My Monster Love finds Murray his usual brilliant self on tenor, his rich, muscular tone dancing from deeply lyrical swing and bop-influenced stuff to raucous blossoms of free jazz, all delivered with the consummate passion of one of the finest saxophonists on the planet. Gray, who previously worked with Murray on Roots drummer ?uestlove's Afro-Picks project, sings the title track, electrifying the intense lyrics of novelist Ishmael Reed. Gray should have more extensive role live, especially considering the absence of soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter, who sings three other cuts on the album. Pianist Marc Cary, bassist Jaribu Shahid, and drummer Nasheet Waits fill out the group. --Rick Mason
$45-$55 at 7 p.m. $40-$50 at 9 PM

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Cedar Cultural Center
Taste of Psychedelia
AA, $15/$18, 7 PM

Monday 6.24.2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs 
First Avenue

Since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' early-'00s arrival on New York's then-popping rock landscape, no band besides the one of Karen O, Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase has been able to give off quite the same energy, the same chemistry, the same cool. It was a shame we had to go nearly four years between third album It's Blitz! and April's Mosquito, but the YYYs predictably pulled through with songs of both angels (the very pretty "Wedding Song") and aliens ("Area 52"). Karen O's voice is still a thing to behold, at turns haunting and endearingly weepy, while Zinner weaves melodic leads ("Sacrilege") with slicing post-punk crunch (the James Murphy-produced "Buried Alive" featuring Dr. Octagon). Above all, the record is a reminder that no act does the YYYs like the NYC trio do themselves.  --Mike Madden

Valient Thorr with Gypsyhawk, and Ramming Speed
7th Street Entry
Beard Rock
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Tuesday 6.25.2013

Dessa private in-store performance and signing
Electric Fetus
details here
AA, with the purchase of new album, 7:50 PM

Hannah von der Hoff with Danny O'Brien 
Aster Cafe
Powerhouse Vocals
21+, $5, 9 PM

CSS with IO Echo
Fine Line Music Café
Synth Dance 
18+.  $15/$20, 8 PM

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros with the Giving Tree Band
Fresh Air Festival Band
AA, $30, 5:30 PM

O.A.R. with Andrew McMahon, Allen Stone.
Classic 90s
AA, $36.50/$40 7PM

The Mowglis with Hunter Hunted
7th Street Entry
indie pop
18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going
10 Thousand Sounds Fest

Portugal. The Man @ First Avenue

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