The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/17-7/23

The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/17-7/23

What better to way to escape the heat than to check out music around the Twin Cities! Mrs. Carter herself, better known as Beyonce, will make an appearance at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday while teen sensations One Direction play the Target Center. The team of Killer Mike and El-P bring their Run the Jewels collaboration to the Varsity on Friday. Plenty of festivals also start Wednesday/Thursday and continue throughout the weekend. Sonshine, Rockfest, Moondance festival and the Vans Warped tour will all take place in surrounding Twin Cities areas.  Lastly, Palmer's will be hosting Palmfest Saturday and Sunday, featuring releases from Southside Desire and Black Diet. 

Wednesday 7.17.2013

Hot Freaks with Radar Sound Machine and Mr. Fuzz
Kitty Cat Klub

Funky Dance
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Bob Log III with Eleganza
7th Street Entry

One Man Band
18+, $12, 8 PM

UME with Fury Things
Triple Rock

Austin Power Trio
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Sonshine Festival with Family Force 5, Newsboys, Lecrae, Crowder, Skillet and more
Willmar Civic Center Grounds WEDNESDAY- SATURDAY

Christian Rock Weekend
$64-$99 for four day pass

Thursday 7.18.2013

Xcel Energy Center

It'd be easy enough just to go over Beyonce Knowles's qualities and accomplishments as a 21st-century media superstar. She's got first-name recognition, one of the most fervent fan bases in pop and R&B, genuine power-couple status alongside Jay-Z, and a Super Bowl halftime show so over-the-top energetic that the only thing that could upstage it was the Superdome's lights conking out. Bey is showbiz to the core, and her concerts are known to be heavy on the spectacle. But it's not the costume changes and massive setpieces that get songs like Crazy in Love, Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), and Countdown wedged inside listeners' heads. It's that voice that one ranks up there with Diana and Janet in its ability to mix emotional range with to-the-rafters vocal virtuosity and nail a decade-spanning soundtrack for millions. Oh yeah, and she can dance, too. -- Nate Patrin
$45-$250, 8 PM


Live Radio Recording
4:30 PM

Vonnie Kyle with Geodesique and Kingfisher
7th Street Entry

Seasoned Indie Rock
18+, $5, 8 PM

Moondance Festival
Walker, MN Campgrounds

Classic Rock Festival

Country Jam with Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Craig Morgan, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, and more THURSDAY- SATURDAY
Country Jam Festival Grounds, Eau Claire

Outdoor Festival
$150-$520 three-day pass

One Direction
Target Center

Pre Teen Pop
$29.50-$89.50, 7:30 PM

Rock Fest: with Three Days Grace, Seether, Korn, the Offspring, Kiss, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, and more THURSDAY - SUNDAY
Chippewa Valley Rock Fest, Cadott, WI
More Classic Rock
$165 for four day pass

Said the Whale with Bad Bad Hats.
Cedar Cultural Center

Vancouver indie-pop
$10/$12, 7 PM

Friday 7.19.2013

El-P and Killer Mike
Varsity Theater

Brooklyn indie-rap majordomo El-P and relentlessly grinding Dungeon Family alumnus Killer Mike became fast friends and creative collaborators when what was meant to be a one-beat team-up turned into the full-length R.A.P. Music. The El-produced, Mike-helmed skullcrusher of a hip-hop record was the bolo right hook in their 2012 one-two punch, with El Producto's own Cancer4Cure as the gut-slugging left. And if that wasn't enough, they both jumped out the gate 13 months later as co-headliners of Run the Jewels, a free-to-download album that appears to be one of the few releases rap fiends can agree about these days. And not for nothing: El-Ps production on this one is the ideal midpoint between nodding to predecessors tradition (Mantronix, Bomb Squad, Organized Noise) and his own crowd-moving futuristic abrasion, while both men on the mic are at their smack-talk peak. -Nate Patrin
18+, $16-$25, 7:30 PM

France Camp with Rich Garvey, Vacation Dad and Some Pulp

Gritty Garage
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Budo with Hollis and Elskavon
7th Street Entry

Computerized Beats
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Alexander O'Neal with Cherrelle
First Avenue Mainroom

Pure Vocals
18+, $20, 8 PM

Caitlin Rose with Frankie Lee
Turf Club

Exploring Emotions
21+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Dr. John / Sonny Landreth
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

Dr. John's 2012 collaboration with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Locked Down, won a Grammy (his sixth) for Best Blues Album and raised his national profile probably higher than it's been since his 1973 hit single, "Right Place, Wrong Time." But good as the album is, with its down-and-dirty second line swamp funk and fiery apocalyptical rants (in the widely played Revolution) those who praised it as his best in years simply haven't been paying attention to a varied and extensive discography that ranges from Big Easy classics to tributes to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer. Here the good Dr. will lead a jazz- and R&B-steeped quintet dubbed the Nite Trippers, several of whom, including trombonist/music director Sarah Morrow, toured with Ray Charles. Opener Sonny Landreth is a southwest Louisiana native, a brilliant slide guitarist, and an accomplished songwriter. His latest, Elemental Journey, is an all-instrumental affair inspired by a wide swath of blues, jazz, rock, and zydeco. --Rick Mason
$42-$54.50, 7:30 PM

New Sound Underground CD Release with Sean Anonymous, #MPLS, and Greg Grease

18+, $8/10, 9:30 PM

Crimes with Carroll, The ACBs and Humanda

Garage Guitars
21+, $7, 9 PM

Saturday 7.20.2013

Palmer's bar SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Celebrating a Classic Venue
$5, 1 PM

8th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festiva with music by Richie Spice, Everton Blender, Christopher Martin, Alex Marley, Innocent and more
Bayfront Festival Park

$45, 11 AM -11 PM

Bash 13 with Die Kreuzen, the Melvins, Negative Approach and Mudhoney
Grumpy's Bar & Grill

Downtown Rock Fest
$35, 2 PM

Wayne "The Train" Hancock with The Union Suits
Natural Blues

7th Street Entry
18+, $15, 8 PM

Remember The Time: with Mike 2600 and Dan Speak
First Avenue Mainroom

Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Party
18+, $5, 9 PM

Skylar Grey with Teammate

Hip Hop Songwriter
21+, $15/$20, 10:30 PM

Global Dance Festival 2013 with Bro Safari, Butch Clancy, Designer Drugs and more
Mill City Nights

Dances of the World
18+, $25/$30, 8 PM

The Package Tour with New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men.
Target Center

Boy Band Central
$29.50-$91.50, 7:30 PM

Sunday 7.21.2013

Triple Rock Social Club

Savages' debut full-length is titled Silence Yourself; the first song is called "Shut Up." That says a lot about how an aloof outward impression can hide a more to-the-point message: If you hear terms like "post-punk" and "gothic rock" bandied about where Savages are concerned, you might not expect a band to be this directly, no-bullshit heavy. The lineage is warranted, mind you; comparisons to Siouxsie and the Banshees or Joy Division aren't just fallback rock-crit shorthand but good points of reference for where some of their darker, artier impulses are derived. And if singer Jehnny Beth isn't a direct heir to the slow-burn/intense-peak catharsis of early Patti Smith, who shared billing with Savages during last month's Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown festival in London, then she's at least an equally resonant fellow traveler. But it's hard to listen to Silence Yourself and feel like curling up in the corner, thanks to Gemma Thompson's searingly expressive guitar and the most call-to-arms rhythm section in buzz-band circles. --Nate Patrin
18+, sold out, 8 PM

Yellow Red Sparks with Benjamin Lau
7th Street Entry

Indie-Folk Trio
18+. $10, 7 PM

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Mavis Staples
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

Troy Andrews, now well over six feet tall, acquired his Trombone Shorty nickname around the tender age of four, when he was already playing on the streets of his Trem neighborhood on an instrument longer than he was. Long a stalwart of the Crescent City scene, he broke nationally and internationally with 2010's Backatown and its follow-up, For True, both high-energy blasts of NOLA brass band tradition, funk, jazz, rock, soul, and hip-hop. Andrews is a charismatic band leader, whether blowing on trombone or trumpet, or as a soulful vocalist who can do justice to Marvin Gaye. Gospel and R&B great Mavis Staples, meanwhile, just released One True Vine, her second album working with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (following the Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone). Vine's sound is relatively spare, making Staples's marvelous voice even more prominent, contributing to a slightly somber, more intimate but no less enthralling mood. Tweedy again wrote a handful of thoughtful originals for the session, which mesh nicely with the gospel standards and covers of Nick Lowe, George Clinton, and Low's Alan Sparhawk. --Rick Mason
$56-$68.50, 7:30 PM

I am Satellitle with We Became Actors

Experimental Alternative
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Vans Warped Tour
Canterbury Park

Teen Scene
All Ages, $34.50, 11 AM

Peter Frampton with Kenny Wayne Shepherd
State Theatre

Classic Rock Legend
$53.50-$68.50, 7:30 PM

Monday 7.22.2013

Daughn Gibson
Triple Rock Social Club

A creepy crooner par excellence, trucker-turned-troubadour Daughn Gibson continues to turn heads with his unique brand of electronically tinged pitch-black Americana. Gibson's just released sophomore album, Me Moan, his first for pseudo-indie juggernaut Sub Pop, boasts equal measures of grit and groove. Tunes like "Phantom Rider" twinkle and glide musically but never get too airy, tethered as they are to Gibson's seriously low register and smoky twang. While he sports a surprisingly strong pop sensibility as a songwriter, Gibson's also thankfully not afraid to get gothic and weird ("Franco") or boisterous and bluesy ("Kissin' on the Blacktop") when the occasion calls for it. With Merchandise and Steve Gunn. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10-$12, 8 PM

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell
State Theatre

Not merely a wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin is a seriously talented banjo player and composer. Martin won a bluegrass Grammy for his first banjo album, 2009's The Crow, which also sported fellow banjo aces Earl Scruggs, Tony Trischka, and Pete Wernick. Then he teamed up with bluegrass's Steep Canyon Rangers for the also excellent Rare Bird Alert, which combined serious picking with Martin originals both heartfelt "You" and silly "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" Martin's latest is a full-fledged collaboration with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Martin wrote the slinky folk/bluegrass music while Brickell contributed the whimsical lyrics for Love Has Come for You, which was produced by Peter Asher and features such notable guests as Esperanza Spalding, Sara Watkins, and the Rangers, who'll also be on hand at the zoo. Brickell's sly insouciance perfectly matches Martin's sprightly banjo, her slurred phrasing and Texas twang spicing up her inherent sweetness, especially as her lyrics sneak into such shadowy territory as breakups and death. This is billed as an evening of music and comedy, both of which should be seriously entertaining. --Rick Mason
$43.50-$83.50, 7:30 PM

Kitty Cat Klub
Brazilian magic
21+, Free, 9 pm

Tuesday 7.23.2013

Badi Assad
Dakota Jazz Club

Younger sister of virtuoso Brazilian guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad, Badi Assad is a seasoned and compelling artist in her own right; she's also an accomplished finger-style acoustic guitarist, as well as a compelling singer and an increasingly gifted composer. Stylistically, she favors an often intriguing blend of MPBsica popular brasileira), world pop, jazz, and classical, all slathered with the sultry insouciance characteristic of much Brazilian music. As a vocalist she can soar, spew a torrent of rapid lyrics, etch delicate emotions, scat like Ella, and conjure a surprisingly wide array of percussive sounds. She sings in Portuguese and English on Between Love and Luck, her first album in seven years. She wrote virtually all the material, vividly musing about life, love, and infidelities while negotiating an impressively malleable, supple, even luxurious soundscape laced with samba, funk, rock, and jazz, stretching from cool caipirinha bliss to the brink of avant-garde dissonance.
$40, 7 PM

Mrs. Skannotto with Survay Says! and Umbrella Bed
7th Street Entry
Third Wave Ska
18+, $6/$8, 7:30 PM

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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