The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/5-6/11

The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/5-6/11
Photo by Ryan McGinley

So it's June now. Despite the cloudiness, there are actually things happening outdoors. Saturday, be sure to check out tons of local bands at Rock the Vine. Later in the evening Hollow Boys release their latest record at Kitty Cat Klub. The Minnesota Zoo will also be hosting Richard Thompson and Field Report, Saturday and also Joan Baez on Thursday. Sunday, the Pourhouse will be hosting a show to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, featuring The Honeydogs, Retribution Gospel Choir, Zoo Animal and more. Lastly, Christopher Owens of Girls (above) plays a solo show at Icehouse on Tuesday. 

Wednesday 6.5.2013

Peace/Team Spirit
Turf Club
A sizable buzz accompanies the Birmingham quartet Peace as they arrive from the U.K., with a major-label (Columbia/Sony) deal in hand and already buffeted by gusts of both praise and criticism. For what it's worth, England's NME slapped the lads on the cover and declared their debut, In Love, album of the year. Of course, you (mostly) can't hear In Love yet because it won't be released stateside until late August. In Love allegedly "highlights the band's gentler side" after the aggressive, guitar-oriented (and domestically available) EP Delicious, which includes the sunny, ambling "Californian Daze" and the psychedelic epic "1998 (Delicious)." Opening will be Brooklyn's Team Spirit, a guitar-driven power-pop outfit led by Passion Pit's Ayad Al Adhamy.  --Rick Mason 
18+, $10-$12, 8 PM

Baths with Houses and D33j
Triple Rock
Celestial Atmosphere
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Thursday 6.6.2013

Rebirth Brass Band
Dakota Jazz Club

The Rebirth was one of the seminal bands of the nouveau New Orleans brass band movement. And 30 years after its founding, its roiling blend of NOLA tradition, jazz, soul, R&B, and occasional hip hop sizzles over a hotbed of high-energy, funkified second line beats. It continues to be led by brotherly co-founders Phil and Keith Frazier, on tuba and bass drum respectively, abetted by a talented krewe notably including trumpeter Glen Andrews, trombonist Corey Henry, and Derrick Tabb on snare. The Rebirth won a Grammy for its latest, 2011's Rebirth of New Orleans, a raucous assortment of originals (scorching instrumentals, party anthems with chant-along choruses), euphoric covers of standards ("Exactly Like You"), Trombone Shorty, and Dave Bartholomew, plus the ridiculously infectious brass band-Mardi Gras Indian summit "Let's Go Get 'Em." One of Rebirth's many albums is called We Come to Party. Take them at their word. --Rick Mason
 $30 at 7 PM $20 at 9 PM

Monica LaPlante Record Release with The Velveteens and Channels 
The Ritz Theatre
Garage Pop
18+, $10, 8 PM

Huey Lewis and the News
Grand Casino Mille Lacs
New Drugs
18+, $25-45, 7:30 PM

Rogue Valley
Lyric Arts Theater 
Thoughtful Songwriting
AA, $18-$22, 7:30 PM

Joan Baez
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
Classic Songwriter
AA, $47, 7:30 PM

Friday 6.7.2013

MN Music Summit feat Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Soulful Vocals
18+, $7, 7 PM

!!! with Sinkane and Sovietpanda
Fine Line Music Café
High Energy
18+, $15/$18, 8 PM

Phox with Fort Wilson Riot and Anonymous Choir
7th Street Entry
Sweet Voiced Vocals
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

The Dead Milkmen with Samuel Locke Ward & The Garbage Boys
First Avenue Mainroom
18+, $20, 8 PM

Winstock Festival feat. Dierks Bentley, Pistol Annies, Neal McCoy, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, .38 Special and more 
Winsted Festival Grounds
Outdoor Events
AA, $105-$275, FRIDAY: 2 PM -12 AM, SATURDAY 10:30 AM to 12 AM
Saturday 6.8.2013

Eleganza Extravaganza!
Turf Club + Clown Lounge
Excellent rock 'n' roll outfit Eleganza brings together 11 disparate bands for a furious night at the Turf Club and the Clown Lounge. "I'd thought about this for a while, getting a bunch of bands together that don't usually do stuff together," says Eleganza frontman Brian Vanderwerf. Filling out the lineup are the legendary Mighty Mofos, the Floorshakers, Iguano, Wizards Are Real, and Guns N' Roses tribute Appetite for Zaccardi featuring bassist Tony Zaccardi and singer Reed Wilkerson. Plus, Vanderwerf will debut his new garage band featuring Midnight Evils mates Steve Cooper and Curan Folsom, and Gay Witch Abortion drummer Shawn Walker. All the while, Brasszilla will blow us up and down the stairs between sets as bands alternate stages.  --Cyn Collins
21+, $8, 7 PM

Hollow Boys Record Release with Bombay Sweets and Nice Purse
Kitty Cat Klub 

Gloom Pop
21+, $5, 9 PM

MN Music Summit feat. Charlie Parr
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Raucous Folk
18+, $7, 7 PM 

Cedar Cultural Center
Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez first gained international attention by stunningly retrofitting the Knife's electro-pop song "Heartbeats" into a hypnotic and naked acoustic number back in 2006. In the years since he's used Junip, the trio he now fronts, to explore machine-driven textures and rhythms in his own compositions. The group's mesmerizing self-titled sophomore album shows equal appreciation for electronic and acoustic textures serving up 10 folk-inflected chill-out tunes seemingly tailor-made for hipster coffee houses. With Zoo Animal, Barabarossa. -Rob Van Alstyne 
AA, $15-$18, 7 PM 

Richard Thompson/Field Report
Minnesota Zoo
Electric is the prosaic title of Richard Thompson's new album. But it triggers uncontrollable salivating in anyone who has known Thompson going way back to his Fairport Convention days, because it can only mean he's firing up a signature ringing, Celtic-tinged fusillade from his trusty Stratocaster. And he doesn't disappoint, lacing searing electric licks through the opening "Stony Ground." Thompson opts for acoustic for the hungover reflection of the bittersweet "Salford Sunday" before cranking up the Strat again, ripping out rapier-sharp lines as menacing as the titular siren on "Sally B." Recorded at Buddy Miller's Nashville studio, Electric has a clarity of sound that makes Thompson's virtuoso picking even more riveting while unveiling the rogue's gallery of finely observed characters that make Thompson tales as richly nuanced as the finest short-story writers'. On tour, his Electric Trio will include bassist Taras Prodaniuk and drummer Michael Jerome. Opening is Wisconsin's Field Report, led by Chris Porterfield, who was in the same Eau Claire band -- DeYarmond Edison -- that produced Bon Iver and the Mountain Goats.--Rick Mason 
AA, $35-$47.50, 7:30 PM 

Voltage feat. The Chalice, Aby Wolf, Sean Anonymous,  Bomba de Luz, Dream Crusher and more
First Avenue Mainroom
Music + Fashion
18+, $28/$33, 7 PM

Eleanor Friedberger with Teen and Cassandra Jenkins
Triple Rock
Fiery Furnaces Vocalist
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Benefit for Quinlan Hall with Haphduzn, Meta, Mavin MC, Illab, Skreech, DJ Frank Castle, and more
Nomad World Pub
Proceeds benefit the bar's door employee, who recently lost his home to a fire.
21+, $5-$10 suggested donation, 9 PM

Chvrches with Still Corners
Fine Line Music Café
Synth Soaked
 18+, $18/$20,  9 PM

Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival with Mikkel Beckmen & Friends, Mother Banjo, Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers, Como Ave. Jug Band, the Ditchlillies, more.
Loring Park
Acoustic Bands
AA, FREE, 12-8 PM

Rock the Vine 4 with Mark Mallman, Roster McCabe, Actual Wolf, the Melismatics, Van Stee, Fathom Lane and more
Bands and Booze
Saint Croix Vineyards
21+, $15-$35, 11 AM

Sunday 6.9.2013

Ben Nichols
7th Street Entry
of Lucero
18+, $16, 6 PM

The Dandy Warhols 
First Avenue Mainroom
Urban Bohemia Anniversary
18+, $18/$20, 7:30 PM

Sixty Five Roses with music by the Honeydogs, Retribution Gospel Choir, the Color Pharmacy, Zoo Animal, Story of the Sea, more
The Pourhouse
Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
 $15-$40,  11 AM-10:30 PM

Monday 6.10.2013

Mikal Cronin
7th St. Entry
Mikal Cronin's sophomore album, MCII, marks the 27-year-old as a power-pop classicist able to deftly shift gears from light and jangly to ferocious and fuzzy at the drop of a hat. While his previous work alone and in support of artists like Ty Segall generally stuck to a guttural garage-rock mood, Cronin's now clearly confident painting with a wider palette, be it lovely viola-led acoustic numbers ("Peace of Mind") or the ivory-tinkling, spine-tingling balladry of "Piano Mantra." Formally trained in composition for multiple instruments, Cronin manages, with his one-man band routine -- he's personally responsible for nearly every noise on MCII -- to sound as robust and dynamic as the work of any full-fledged band. With Shannon and the Clams, Is/Is. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10-$12, 7:30 PM

Mount Kimbie with Holy Other and Vinyl Williams 
Fine Line Music Café
Progressive Electronic

18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Darren Criss with Theo Katzman
Varsity Theater
Youtube Sensation goes Music 
AA, $25-$35 SOLD OUT, 5:30 PM

Tuesday 6.11.2013

Christopher Owens 

The ex-frontman of San Francisco outfit Girls, Christopher Owens left guitar-driven rock band-dom behind to dive into sumptuous orchestral pop on his solo debut, Lysandre. The heavy melodic lifting formerly carried out by electric six-strings in Owens's songs is currently being handled by PBS-evoking pan flutes, warm vintage keyboards, and heavenly female harmony vocals on record. While Owens's instrumentation may have softened up and smoothed out, his lyrics remain as prickly and tortured as ever. --Rob Van Alstyne
21+, $15, 9:30 PM

Hands with Strange Names and Grandchildren
7th Street Entry
Overlapping Loops
18+, $8, 8 PM

Bombino with Crimes
The Cedar Cultural Center
Saturated Guitars
AA, $18/$20, 7 PM

Rachel Yamagata with Sanders Bohlke
The Varsity Theatre
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist
18+, $18/$20, 7 PM

Where I'm Going:

Monica LaPlante @ The Ritz if I don't get Huey Lewis tickets...then I'm ditchin' out.

Christopher Owens @ Icehouse

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