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The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/31-8/6

The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/31-8/6

The Twin Cities is approaching a big week for national acts. Wednesday First Avenue welcomes Best Coast while Aussie rockers San Cisco return to the Triple Rock. The first of the month is marked by British songwriter Emeli Sandé at Pantages and the Killers at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The Postal Service and Mates of State play the Roy Wilkins the next day as Gogol Bordello makes an appearance at the Cabooze. Monday, Vampire Weekend play the Orpheum Theater and ZZ Top at the Myth on Tuesday. Wednesday 7.31.2013


Best Coast
First Avenue
After a first act as the slightly droning and dissonant lo-fi kin of lady-led '90s alt-rock acts like the Breeders, L.A. trio Best Coast polished up and smoothed out their sound  on last year's The Only Place. Now falling more in line with the jangly Reagan-era exploits of the Go Go's,frontwoman Bethany Cosentino nevertheless remains as jaded as ever, even if her melodies have taken a turn toward the sunny side. Tunes like the aptly titled "Angsty" feature the sort of prickly sentiments as "It's overwhelming how much I hate everything, except you." with Prissy Clerks. --ROB VAN ALSTYNE
18+, $15, 8 PM

San Cisco with Smallpools
Triple Rock 
Aussie Indie
18+, $15, 8 PM

Reignwolf 
7th Street Entry
Soul-Dripping
18+, $10, 8 PM

Thursday 8.1.2013

John Hiatt & the Combo with Steve Earle 
Minnesota Zoo Amphiteater 
John Hiatt and Steve Earle rank among America's finest songwriters. Hiatt has written plenty of standards -- "A Thing Called Love," "Feels Like Rain," "Have a Little Faith in Me," "Memphis in the Meantime," for starters -- and has been covered by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, and Eric Clapton. On his latest, Mystic Pinball, Hiatt spins a new assortment of clever tales that address the human condition with rare eloquence and insight ("We're Alright Now"), grapple with ornery lovers ("Bite Marks"), and rival the Coen brothers' dark, wicked humor on the Fargo-esque "Wood Chipper." Steve Earle also roams into bluegrass and folk, the latter especially lately as he paid tribute to mentor Townes Van Zandt and played a philosophical New Orleans street busker on Tremé. Earle's new one, The Low Highway, is a mixed but impressive bag. --RICK MASON 
$56-$68.50, 7:30PM 

Emeli Sandé
Pantages
Personal Songwriting
21+, $29.50, 8 PM

The White Whales CD Release Show with Broken Bicycles and Chalk
7th Street Entry
About the Sea
18+, $5, 8 PM

The Killers 
Roy Wilkins Auditorium 
Following their ubiquity on "modern rock" radio circa 2004's Hot Fuss, the Killers struck gold again with 2006's Sam's Town, which featured "When You Were Young" among other power-chorded wallops. Not coincidentally, the Las Vegas-rooted four-piece reached their commercial peak around the same time the Guitar Hero franchise was at its most popular. Frontman Brandon Flowers, a swaggering descendant of Freddie Mercury, matches Dave Keuning's six-string skills with empowering vocal grace. Last year's Battle Born swiftly divided the critical community, but whether it's Coldplay or Mumford & Sons, it's always admirable when a group tries to sound like the biggest thing ever in this increasingly band-unfriendly world.--MIKE MADDEN
$35-65, 8 PM

Friday 8.2.2013

The Postal Service with Mates of State
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Not content to leave alone their legacy as one of the great one-and-done bands of all time, synth-pop side project the Postal Service return a decade after calling it a day. The brainchild of Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and production mastermind Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, the band made only one brief touring run in its initial incarnation in support of 2003's Give Up. It's a testament to how much the Postal Service's popularity mushroomed since its temporary demise that the group last played here at the 7th St. Entry. With a live lineup now augmented by harmony vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Jenny Lewis and Laura Burhenn, the Postal Service appear to be making their transition to full-fledged crowd-pleasing rock band complete -- albeit 10 years later than originally anticipated. With Mates of State. All ages,--ROB VAN ALSTYNE
$35-$40, 7:30 PM

The Hussy with France Camp, Rabbit Holes and Joust
Turf Club
Madison Duo
21+, $7, 9 PM

Gogol Bordello with Viza
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Gypsy Punk
18+. $30, 6 PM

Mixed Blood Majority with Bomba De Luz
Icehouse
Lyrical Storytelling
21+, $10, 11 PM

The Shouting Matches with Alpha Consumer
First Avenue Mainroom 
Midwestern Supergroup
18+, $22, 8 PM

 

Saturday 8.3.2013

Strange Names with Carroll and Hot Freaks 
7th Street Entry
Pop Echos
18+, $5, 8 PM

Wiping out Thousands with Votel and K Serra
Kitty Cat Klub
Electric Duo
21+, $5, 10 PM

Bachelor Farmer Block Party feat. DJ Jonathan Ackerman Joey Ryan & The Inks,The Cloak Ox and secret guest
Local Summer Festival 
2nd Avenue North between North 1st Street and Azine Way
$4, 5 PM


Red Stag Block Party feat Gramma's Boyfriend, Greg Grease, All Tomorrow's Petty, Bad Bad Hats and more
Red Stag Supperclub
FREE, 5 PM

Dead Larry with Hyentyte and Aitas
Cabooze
High Energy Dancing
18+, $5, 9:30 PM

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals with Warbeast and Author & Punisher
First Avenue Mainroom
Metal Legend
18+, $25, 8 PM

Sunday 8.4.2013

The Reckless with Rat Pit and Sexy Delicious
7th Street Entry
Clever Songwritng
18+, $5, 7 PM

Moonstone Continuum, Hastings 3000, Me and My Arrow, Up Rock and Enema Town
Turf Club
Prince and the mpls sound tribute
21+, $8, 9 PM

Kitten Forever with Is/Is and Animal Lover
Kitty Cat Klub
Badass Rock
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Monday 8.5.2013

Vampire Weekend 
Orpheum Theater
Now that cynics have mostly given up on jokes about boat shoes, Vampire Weekend are finally getting their due. This year's acclaimed Modern Vampires of the City somehow pulls off more universal songwriting paired with a more distinct expression of the band's personality. Ezra Koenig's voice sounds genuine when dwelling on death, the hereafter, and the increasingly blurry feeling of time moving forward. Still, "Dying Young" is too first-draft; title it "Diane Young." Add enigmatic depth in the form of shoutouts to Souls of Mischief, and spiritual ambivalence ("what Holy water contains/a little drop, little drop for me?") and the material resonates as audienceready text and personal subtext alike. The only thing keeping them from being one of the defining bands of their generation? It's never entirely clear what generation it's meant for. A good sign. --NATE PATRIN
$35, 7:30 PM 

Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers
Turf Club
New Turf Residency
21+, $5, 8 PM

Jake Bugg with Lydia Hoglund
Fine Line Music Café
Modern Folk Tale 
18+, SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Soft Metals with Actn and Venue Vanity 
7th Street Entry
Electro Duo
18+, $8, 8 PM

Jeremy Messersmith with The Starfolk and John Mark Nelson
7th Street Entry
Poppy Melodies
18+, SOLD OUT, 7:30 PM

Tuesday 8.6.2013 

ZZ Top 

Myth
Going more than 40 years without any personnel changes often is a recipe for entropy, but legendary blues-rock power trio ZZ Top have done a damn good job of fighting off elder-statesman malaise. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard gave the world the gritty, funky slink of 1971's "Neighbor, Neighbor," and the same trio brought the Houston hip-hop-influenced buzzbomb of "I Gotsta Get Paid," from last year's Rick Rubin-produced La Futura. Youngsters playing catchup and casual fans mostly acquainted with their MTV-driven '80s years have something else to be thankful for: Rhino's recently released The Complete Studio Albums 1970- 1990 collects a 10-album mean streak of LPs that encompasses must-hears like Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, and Tejas for the first time on CD in their original mixes before they got "remastered" with Afterburner-singed gated drums in the '80s. In all, ZZ Top have stretched out, grown, and gotten enjoyably weird on their way to muchdeserved megastar status. 
18+, $54.50, 6:30 PM

The National with Daughter
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Alluring Melodies
AA, $35, 6:30 PM

The Cult with White Hills
Varsity Theater
Electric 13 Tour
18+, $35/$50, 8 PM

D'Angelo with live band
First Avenue Mainroom
Jazz-influenced Rythms
18+, $41.50, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:

Best Coast @ First Avenue
Wiping out Thousands @ Kitty Cat Klub
Red Stag Block Party 

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

See Also:
MTV debuts Minnesota music scene documentary
Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Foxygen show ends early after singer injured at First Avenue


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