The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/24-7/30

The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/24-7/30

Another rockin' week in the Twin Cities! Thursday, The Triple Rock will be hosting Rock the Link in order to raise awareness of homeless youth. Friday is Target Field's Skyline Music Festival and Saturday, the MN Zoo welcome's Beach Boy legend, Brian Wilson. Strange Names open for Yeasayer at First Avenue and Halloween, Alaska makes a return to the stage at Icehouse. 

Wednesday 7.24.2013

Mr. Hide and Southside Desire
Garage-based Grooves 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Scattered Birdz CD Release with The Broken Bicycles, Orchyd and Citizen Arms
7th Street Entry
Soulful and Sassy
18+, $5, 7 PM

Thursday 7.25.2013

Rock the Link Benefit Show feat. Zoo Animal , The Ericksons, Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade and more
Triple Rock 
Homeless Youth Awareness
18+, $10, 7 PM

Symbol & Surface Album Release with Bora York and Meg Kirsch
7th Street Entry
Acoustic Roots
18+. $10, 7:30 PM

Aidan Knight with Taj Raj
Turf Club
Rustic and Ambient
21+,$10/$12, 8 PM

All Stars Summer Slaughter Tour feat Every time I Die, Terror, Stray from the Path and more
Heavy Alternative
AA, $20-35, 2:30 PM

Friday 7.26.2013

Skyline Music Festival

Target Field
The Minnesota Twins' gorgeous downtown park will finally host a large-scale concert not featuring Kenny Chesney. The Skyline Music Festival brings hometown heroes Soul Asylum back as part of the LP Tour. As part of it, each band will play its most cherished album in its entirety. Soul Asylum might bring a few punk covers from their brand-new EP, No Fun Intended, but alt-rock fans can expect to hear Grave Dancers Union from "Somebody to Shove" to "The Sun Maid." Filling out the classic bill are Matthew Sweet performing his essential album Girlfriend and Big Head Todd and the Monsters performing Sister Sweetly. Plus, another local treasure, the Gear Daddies, will also be along. This comes not long after Target Field opened its doors to an extensive list of local acts for its Midwest Music Showcase series, and it finally feels like a place where music fans can settle in. --Reed Fischer
$25-$45, 4 PM

Kitty Cat Klub
Deep Cuts
21+, $5, 9 PM

Enemy Planes with Sleep Study and Dear Data
Turf Club
Dark and Moody
21+, 9 PM

Rapper Hooks with Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck, Dj Snuggles and Meta Sota
7th Street Entry
Explosive Duo
18+. $7/$10, 9 PM

Wak Lyf with special guests
First Avenue Mainroom
DJ night
18+, $5, 9 PM

Savanna Smith with Katy Vernon
Heartfelt Lyrics
21+, $6, 11 PM 

Carnage, Desdamona and Villa Rosa
Triple Rock
Beats and Lyrics
18+, $10/$12, 9 PM

Saturday 7.27.2013

Birthday Suits with The Blind Shake, Teenage Moods and Animal Lover
Triple Rock
Loud and Rowdy
18+, $7, 9 PM

Brian Wilson

Minnesota Zoo Amphitheatre
Plans for a full-blown Beach Boys reunion tour remain up in the air, but Wilson this summer has actually been more active than the ex-San Francisco Giants righty of the same name. Following his band's exuberant early hits and 1965's immortal Pet Sounds, Wilson lost that happy glow during the drug-abetted sessions of the infamously tabled Smile LP -- never to be the same again. Still, the Inglewood native was the guiding force behind such later successes as 1977's Love You, and his not-always-so-pure pop genius was recently reasserted with 2011's expanded edition of those Smile sessions. All the big ones will be here -- "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations, "I Get Around," etc. -- but a recent blog post on Wilson's website also promises this tour will include "songs that have rarely, if ever, been performed live." Get psyched, completists. With Beach Boys founding members Al Jardine and David Marks. --Mike Madden
$65, 7:30 PM

Dakota Street Festival
Dakota Jazz Club
Jazz all day
AA, 12 PM 

Hrvrd with End Quotes and The Soft Light
7th Street Entry
Haunting Sounds
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Yeasayer with Strange Names and Umami
First Avenue Mainroom
Echoing Melodies
21+. 8 PM

Alpha Rey with Cedar Avenue and White Lines Grey Matter
Mill City Nights
Gripping and Emotional
18+, $13/$15, 9 PM

Halloween, Alaska with Father You See Queen
Sweetly Sung
21+. $8/$10, 11 PM

Ghostmouth, Bionic Motion,  PRoper Folk and Blueclaw
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Eclectic and Electric
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Blue Ruin with Autodramatics, Soft Force and Southside Desire
Turf Club
Rock Smorgasbord
21+, $7, 9 PM

Flavor Crystals with Magic Castles, Panther Ray and Driftwood Pyre
Sparkling Guitars
21+, $5, 9 PM

Sunday 7.28.2013

Alabama Shakes with Eleganza!
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza 
Fronting a rootsy rock band is harder than it looks. Done poorly, it means singing the blues in an infinite loop of beer-soaked dive bars. Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes doesn't have that problem. Her raw, soulful delivery feels at odds with the band's striking youth -- they're all in their early 20s -- but the combination has lifted the group from an after-school project to a globetrotting festival headliner. The band drapes an easygoing veil of traditional rock 'n' roll around Howard, rightly letting her voice provide the fireworks that mark Alabama Shakes as a spectacle that deserves to be witnessed live. The outdoor plaza at the Cabooze is a summer-only approximation of a festival atmosphere just steps from downtown -- all of which amounts to a setting that's perfect for the Shakes. They'll make it look easy, but it takes a special alchemy to turn blues into gold. --Ian Traas
18+, SOLD OUT, 6 PM

Jack Campbell with France Camp, Porch Knights and Narco States
7th Street Entry
Young Songwriter
18+, $5, 7 PM

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Dakota Jazz Club Sunday + Monday
Irrepressible trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins -- one of New Orleans's most distinctive characters in a city full of them -- is the embodiment of the joyful, bubbling spirit that inspired NOLA's Big Easy nickname. Often decked out in a snappy fedora and snazzy suit, Ruffins commands the stage with panache and élan, carrying it over to his recurring character (himself) on HBO's Tremé, set on his home turf. Ruffins got his start as a teenage co-founder of the Rebirth Brass Band. By the time he went solo, Ruffins had immersed himself in traditional New Orleans jazz and emulated the character of one of his idols, Louis Armstrong. With his raspy voice, bright trumpet sound, and charismatic personality, Kermit could be Louis reincarnated, and, leading a crackling band of Crescent City vets, he includes a sparkling version of the Satchmo signature tune "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" on his new We Partyin' Traditional Style! And it is a uniquely New Orleans party, dating from the first half of the 20th century. Ruffins puts his ebullient spin on vintage jazz and pop standards like "Jeepers Creepers" and "All of Me," each one alive with infectious vitality. There's one Kermit original, "Tremé Second Line," while things wrap up with a rousing take on "When the Saints Go Marching In." What would make this perfect would be for the Dakota to figure out a way for Kermit to fire up a barbecue outside between sets, as he does in New Orleans, the inspiration for his band's name. --Rick Mason
AA, $35 at 7 PM $25 at 9 PM

Monday 7.29.2013

Foxygen with Twin Peaks
First Avenue Mainroom
As Sam France delivers his deeply sardonic scribblings -- "There's no need to be an asshole/You're not in Brooklyn anymore" -- you can almost hear the smirk stretched across his face on Foxygen's new We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. But along with the San Francisco duo's other half, Jonathan Rado, the frontman always sounds like a listener as well as a performer in his own right. A dramatic improvement over 2012's debut, Take the Kids Off Broadway, the brightly recorded We Are the Ambassadors pits together the record-nerd playfulness of MGMT's Congratulations with the Stones' mid-'60s glee. They might be smartasses, but they sure are loveable ones. With Chicago lo-fi janglers Twin Peaks - Mike Madden
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Slim Cessna's Auto Club with The Sterling Sisters
7th Street Entry
Engaging and Riveting
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Tuesday 7.30.2013

Heloise & The Savoir Faire with Hank & Cupcakes and Moon & Pollution
7th Street Entry
Electro-pop Pioneer
18+, $10, 8 PM

World Party

After a memorable mid-'80s stint with the Waterboys, Welshman Karl Wallinger formed World Party as essentially a personal vehicle for his increasingly impressive songwriting. Over five World Paarty albums, Wallinger established himself as a superb song craftsman, combining smart lyrics that were equally catchy and thoughtful (whether addressing love or environmental assaults) with alluring melodies and intriguing arrangements strongly influenced by the Beatles. In 2001, Wallinger was stricken with a brain aneurysm that required a lengthy recovery. Only recently has he re-emerged on a consistent basis, last year issuing Arkeology, a massive five-CD compendium of previously unreleased songs, demos, covers, and live performances from throughout WP's history. The material is remarkably strong and often fascinating. Highlights include a stunning rock epic and instant WP classic, "Lost in Infinity"; live versions of WP nuggets "Ship of Fools" and "Put the Message in the Box"; and striking covers of the Beatles' "Cry Baby Cry" and Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." Wallinger's playing only four U.S. dates (plus four Canadian festivals) through September, leading a lean WP featuring Irish fiddler/mandolin player David Duffy and English guitarist John Turnbull, reportedly lending a country touch to some of the tunes. --Rick Mason
AA, $35, 7 PM and 9 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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