The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/10-7/16

Grace Potter, duh.
Grace Potter, duh.

Dawes continues with the second of his two-night set at First Avenue, while The Oh Hellos play to a sold out crowd next door, and Bob Dylan holds court at Midway. Kenny Chesney plays a concert at Target Feild Friday and First Avenue will be hosting the after party. One of the biggest events of the weekend is without a doubt, the Basilica Block Party. Featuring acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Father John Misty, Mayer Hawthorne, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Raphael Saadiq and more on the lineup, why wouldn't anyone want to sneak a listen? 

Wednesday 7.10.2013

Cedar Cultural Center
A troupe of dancers and musicians based in Addis Ababa, Fendika delve into a wide array of traditional material from throughout Ethiopia. This promises to be a roots-centric show featuring the core group: two dancers, a female singer, and musicians playing kebero (a two-headed Ethiopian drum), masenqo (a single-stringed fiddle) and krar (a five or six-stringed lyre). Fendika's founder and leader, Melaku Belay, is a master of many trad Ethiopian dance styles, but particularly eskista, which involves frenetic movements of isolated body parts. Eskista is said to be the inspiration for the Harlem Shake, and was performed by Beyoncé in her video for "Run the World (Girls)." The far more spare music of this ensemble is nonetheless rhythmically energetic with undulating, sinuous melodies accompanying spectacular dance moves. --Rick Mason
 $20, 7:30 PM

Dawes with Shovels & Rope and Paul Spring
First Avenue Mainroom 
When Dawes's debut, North Hills was released in 2009, it was as if an artifact from the golden days of Southern California folk-rock had been unearthed in Laurel Canyon. The quartet's sharply rambling guitars, close vocal harmonies, hazy grooves, and literate, purposeful lyrics suggested a strong affinity for the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne. By the time it got around to album three, the band began to chafe a little at the retro references and so left L.A. and producer Jonathan Wilson for North Carolina and Jacquire King of Kings of Leon and Norah Jones fame. So April's Stories Don't End doesn't quite have the dusty, sepia-toned ambiance of the first two, but the SoCal vibe persists, especially Taylor Goldsmith's almost uncanny similarities to Browne, both in his vocal mannerisms and in his reflective, finely observed, adeptly crafted lyrics. --Rick Mason 18+, SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Bob Dylan's AmericanaramA tour
With Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Richard Thompson
Midway Stadium
Folk to the extreme
Sold Out

Channels with Step Rockets
Ambient and Emotional 
18+, $5, 10 PM

The Oh Hellos with Andy Elwell
7th Street Entry
Music Making Siblings
18+,  $10 SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Thursday 7.11.2013

Killto Kill with Prissy Clerks and Fury Things
Kitty Cat Klub
Melodic Dissonance 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Mystikal with The Level Heads
Gruff Vocals
18+, $20/$25, 10 PM

Killstreak album release with Chantz Erolin, Rich Garvey, Psymun, Z, John Daniel and Botzy
7th Street Entry
Local Hip Hop Duo
18+, $5/$7, 8 PM

Friday 7.12.2013

Five Iron Frenzy with Triple Stitch
Mill City Nights
Ska Reunited
16+, $20/$25, 8 PM

Gramma's Boyfriend with IS/IS
Get Crazy
21+, $7, 11 PM

Parallels with Danger Dust and Park Place Xenia
7th Street Entry
Synth-Pop Trio
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Kenny Chesney
Target Field
Country Rock
AA, $32-$253, 5 PM

Kenny Chesney Afterparty feat: Hitchville
First Avenue Mainroom
Country Super Group
18+, $5, 9 PM

Basilica Block Party: With Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Father John Misty, Mayer Hawthorne, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Raphael Saadiq and more
Basilica of St. Mary Lawn
More info here
AA, $60-100, 5 PM

Saturday 7.13.2013

Mike Midwestern CD Release with Party House and Bora York
Acoustic Heartsongs
$5, 7 PM

City of Sound with Red Daughters, Blueclaw  and Negative Beach
Rowdy Rock
21+, $5, 9 PM

Bassgasm 9 
First Avenue
Multi-room Super Dance
18+, $18/$20, 5 PM

Sunday 7.14.2013

Bruno Mars 
Xcel Energy Center
Bruno Mars did not show up fully formed, though it was hard to argue with the commercial success of his debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Last December, on follow-up Unorthodox Jukebox, the Hawaii native revealed the extent of the compositional chops that justified his being credited as a co-writer on Cee Lo's insta-classic "Fuck You." Check the authentic reggae of "Show Me," the easy glide of opener "Young Girls," and the Prince-ly "Gorilla" -- all of which help to redeem the uneven nature of Doo-Wops. Mars isn't necessarily a bigger star than he was the last time around, but the craft at work on Jukebox rewards in other ways. With Ellie Goulding.  --Mike Madden
$29.50-84, 7:30 PM

Alice Cooper
State Theater SUNDAY 7.14 + MONDAY 7.15
Once there was a band named Alice Cooper that issued 1971's Love It to Death, a genuine rock 'n' roll classic. Sticking mostly to its tempestuous hard rock, the original band endured for four more albums, spitting out classics like "School's Out" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy," while lead singer Vincent Furnier assumed the Alice Cooper persona and launched onstage spectacles overflowing in blood, gore, and violence. At some point, Furnier turned born-again Christian, golfer, and Republican, but Alice Cooper kept putting out a steady stream of albums that almost always showed glimmers (and sometimes more) of the gory glory that was. The latest, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, is all over the map, from a piano ballad to twisted cabaret, hard rock, a disco parody, and even a Stones rip ("I'll Bite Your Face Off"). It has its moments, falling somewhere between derivative and nostalgiac, as should the show.  --Rick Mason
$43.50-$53.50, 7:30 PM

The Meditations  with Irie Sol
7th Street Entry
Good Vibes
18+, $15, 8 PM

A Tripe Called Red with Mike Mictlan
Triple Rock
Urban Club Culture
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Monday 7.15.2013

Charmin and Shapira 
Dakota Jazz Club
Sultry Jazz Vocals

Svoboda with Blackthorne and Bisento 
7th Street Entry
Transformative Metal
18+, $5, 8 PM

The Cactus Blossoms
Turf Club
Haunting Harmonies
21+, $5, 6 PM

Tuesday 7.16.2013

Plain White Tees with The Wind and the Wave and American Scarecrows
The Varsity Theater
Hey There Delilah
AA, $20/$25, 7 PM

MunQs with Carielle, Bears & Company and The Set
7th Street Entry
Laid Back Electric
18+, $5, 8 PM

Future Bible Heroes
Cedar Cultural Center
Stephin Merritt let his synth-pop side project Future Bible Heroes lie dormant over the past decade as his primary musical outlet the Magnetic Fields ascended to revered elder statesfolk status. Now back in action with the same core members on this year's Partygoing, the band have left their approach essentially unchanged. Merritt mordantly marches through middle age on songs titled "Love Is a Luxury I Can No Longer Afford" and "Keep Your Children in a Coma." Aging hasn't dulled his cutting way with words in the slightest. With Luxury Liners & DJ Jake Rudh. --Rob Van Alstyne
AA, $15 -$18, 7 PM

Willie Nelson
Weesner Family Ampitheater
His finest hour occurred about 38 years ago, but the red-headed stranger has stayed trucking. Willie Nelson's latest record, Let's Face the Music and Dance, is one of 2013's more pleasant listens. Nelson wrote just one of its 14 songs himself (the rest are standards like Carl Perkins's "Matchbox" and Django Reinhardt's "Vous Et Moi"), but he sings all of them with an intimacy that suggests they're his and his alone. Modestly arranged with acoustic guitar usually at the fore, it's a quiet record, perhaps deliberately so in order to protect the 80-year-old Nelson's ears. But ultimately, Face the Music hits hard enough to persuade listeners to keep up with the guy so long as he keeps recording stuff this tender. --Mike Madden
 $87-99.50, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:

Future Bible Heroes @ The Cedar

Still not getting your fill of Minneapolis music this week? Check out more shows going on around town with our Concert Calendar

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