The best Twin Cities concerts: 8/21- 8/27

The best Twin Cities concerts: 8/21- 8/27

If you're not jetting to Toronto to see the Replacements, this week marks the beginning of the State Fair and also a number of quality shows. The State Fair Grandstand welcomes Sheryl Crow, Sunday and Depeche Mode, Tuesday. Lyle Lovett also makes a Wednesday evening appearance at the MN Zoo. Friday is full of local acts such as Night Moves at the Triple Rock, Fathom Lane at the Aster, Bomba de Luz at the Turf Club and more.

Wednesday 8.21.2013

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Minnesota Zoo 
Quirky, lanky, wry, and sly, flecked with horse wrangler's dust and a hipster's sense of surrealism, Lyle Lovett has been following his own eclectic trail for nigh on 30 years. The sounds he's threaded through the Texas sage have ranged from blues to western swing, country, folk, pop, and jump jazz, all seemingly weathered by the prairie wind but also tinged with an impish glint, a touch of irreverent wisdom. Last year's Release Me had a dual meaning. It was the final release of Lovett's long association with the Curb/ Lost Highway label and also referred to his fine, twangy-tragic duet with k.d. lang on that classic heartbreaker. As usual, he's all over the map, from swaggering blues to bluegrass to punchy, horn-driven soulful rock and gospel, topping them all with an ambling soul-folk reading of Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." -Rick Mason
 $68-$80.50, 7:30 PM

Howie Day with Justin James
Cedar Cultural Center
Pop Singer/Songwriter
AA, $17/$20, 7 PM

The Giving Tree Band with Big Tree Bonsai
7th Street Entry
Collective Heart
18+. $10, 8 PM

Thursday 8.22.2013

The Eastern Sea
7th St Entry
The brainchild of Duluth native Matthew Hines, indie-rock act the Eastern Sea's rich musical melodies didn't start flowing publicly until after a collegiate move to Austin, Texas, in 2005. The 2012 sophomore album Plague features the same sort of evocative downbeat lyricism and stately brass-laden arrangements that have made the National into dour indie-rock kings, but feels like a far different animal by dint of Hines's angelic choir-boy voice. Widely praised on their hometown turf, the band hit the 7th St. Entry tonight primed to head into the studio and record album number three at the close of the tour, and have promised plenty of new material in their headlining set. With Wishbook and Grandchildren. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10-$12, 8 PM

Reverend Horton Heat with Wayne "The Train" Hancock and Deke Dickerson
First Avenue Mainroom
Blues Rock Roots
18+, $20/$22, 7:30 PM

Friday 8.23.2013

Murder By Death with Maps & Atlases
Fine Line Music Café
Meticulous Songwriting
18+, $15, 8 PM

Fathom Lane with Fairfax, AK and Savannah Smith
Aster Café
Sweetly Acoustic
$8, 8:30 PM

Night Moves with Tickle Torture and Umami
Triple Rock 
Free Tuneups and Quick Bike Fixes
18+. 8 PM

Greg Grease with Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck, Grrrl Prty, DJ Just Nine, and Simone Steppa Dujour
7th Street Entry
Spoken Lyrics
18+, $7/$9, 8 PM

Serena Ryder
Varsity Theater
Top Pop
18+. $12/$15. 8 PM

Bomba De Luz with Prissy Clerks, Niki Becker and Bethany Larson & the Bees Knees
Turf Club
Twin Cities Eclectic
21+, $7, 9 PM

Saturday 8.24.2013

The Octopus Project with Vandaam and Gloss
7th Street Entry
Expirimental Pop
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Fury Things with Launch Party and Boys Choir
Kitty Cat Klub
Fuzzy Rock
21+, $5, 10 PM

Get Together: A Twin Cities House Music Party
Special Guests
18+, $5, 9 PM

Freddie Gibbs
Gary, Indiana's loyal son Freddie Gibbs dropped the long-awaited ESGN in June, and finally has an official studio release to his name. After being signed and subsequently dropped by Interscope in the mid-aughts, Gibbs hit his stride label-free with the 2009 mixtapes The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs and midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, then took more revenge on his former execs with 2011's Cold Day in Hell, home to the practically operatic "Rob Me a Nigga," and last year's melodic salvo Baby Face Killa, featuring the stratospheric "Kush Cloud." ESGN's gems aren't better than those of the mixtapes, yet the 75-minute debut proper is absolutely the place to start for Gibbs neophytes. All of his many technical and lyrical gifts can be heard on the LP. The leverage of the tradtrap highlight "Lay It Down" is notexactly sounding run-of-the-mill among today's glut of demonic coke-rap. With Brooklyn Park MC ThatGuySoda. --Mike Madden
18+, $25, 9 PM

Syd Straw and Pete Donnelly
Aster Cafe
Syd Straw and Pete Donnelly have been attached to a wealth of influential rock acts, but now they're both kicking it solo. Getting her start singing backup for Pat Benatar in 1978, Straw has since worked with the Golden Palominos, Vic Chestnutt, and Evan Dando. She has as catalog of her own songs rich in narrative and depth. On the co-bill is the Figgs/ NRBQ vet Pete Donnelly playing pieces from his new, pop-fueled album Face the 
Bird. This rare Twin Cities performance will have both bringing out songs from their solo projects, but also teaming up onstage. --Youa Vang
18+, $15, 9 PM

Sunday 8.25.2013

Sheryl Crow with Dwight Yoakam 
MN State Fair
Sun Soaked
AA, $39, 7:30  PM

Josh Krajcik with David Ullman
7th Street Entry
Striking and Sincire
18+,$15, 7 PM

Step Rockets with Magikatz, Joseph Walker Band and DJ Kasper
Modern Grooves 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Bomba de Luz and The Farewell Circuit
Cedar Cultural Center
Song Exchange
AA, $12/$15, 7PM

Monday 8.26.2013

Big Sam's Funky Nation
The proliferation of charismatic trombone-wielding New Orleans bandleaders includes Trombone Shorty,Glen David Andrews, Tremé's Antoine Batiste, and, maybe the funkiest of all, Big Sammie Williams, whose Funky Nation regularly rockets the party into the stratosphere. Big Sam absorbed the Crescent City's funky brass band sound as a member of the Dirty Dozen, Soul Rebels, and, way back, Lil' Stooges Brass Band, along the way being mentored by jazz saxophone great Kidd Jordan. Integrating wicked and psychedelic funk from the likes of P-Funk, Sly, and Earth, Wind & Fire with NOLA brass band tradition, jazz, and rock, Sam and his furious, super-tight Nation's trademark Noladelic Powerfunk kick the funk into overdrive. It's serious, take no prisoners, booty shakin' dance stuff fueled by blazing horns, searing electric guitar, sweaty vocals, and merciless beats, captured on last year's Funky DonkeyEP and 2010's aptly dubbed King of the Party. --Rick Mason
$25, 7 PM

Headband Jam with Space Monster, Aitas and Kind Country
7th St Entry
Fresh and Ever-Changing
18+. $5, 7 PM

MN State Fair (MONDAY and TUESDAY)
AA, FREE 8:30 PM 

Tuesday 8.27.2013

Depeche Mode
State Fair Grandstand
Depeche Mode's influence on electronic music is incalculable. They're up there 
with Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, and Daft Punk. Only six years after the Essex-formed 
group's debut LP, a seemingly endless string of chart-scaling tracks birthed a greatesthits album by 1987. And this was before they hit paydirt with "Personal Jesus" and 
"Enjoy the Silence" on 1990's Violator. They aged well into the Britpop era with '93's 
Songs of Faith and Devotion, and were exposed to an entirely new generation of fans 
when unbeliever Marilyn Manson cynically covered their "Personal Jesus" in 2004. 
Though this year's Delta Machine is atypically bluesy and sexual, David Gahan and 
Martin Gore still sound utterly like themselves, and the musicianship this time around 
is particularly inspiring -- see the masterful, almost jam-band-like stuff that closes 
"Secret to the End" or the bumping minimalism of "My Little Universe." With Bat for 
Lashes. --Mike Madden
$60-70, 7:30 PM

Hollis Brown with The Melodic and Marah in the Mainsail
7th Steret Entry
Warm, Vintage
18+, $8/$10, 7 PM

Matisyahu with Levi Robin 
First Avenue Mainroom
Polished Pop Reggae
18+, $25, 7:30 PM

Lake Street Drive with Reina del Cid & the Cidizens
Soulful R&B/Pop
21+, SOLD OUT, 10 PM

Where I'm Going: 

Fathom Lane @ The Aster Cafe 

The State Fair. Duh. 

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