The best Twin Cities concerts: 8/7-8/13

The best Twin Cities concerts: 8/7-8/13
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Another busy week in the Twin Cities! Obviously, the biggest event this weekend is Summer Set. Taking up three days, the Somerset Amphitheater will welcome Passion Pit, Girl Talk, Big Boi, STS9 and many more. Saturday is the Pizza Lucé Block Party, which has moved to the the popular pizzeria's downtown location. Valerie June plays the Cedar Cultural Center while Marcia Ball plays the Dakota Jazz Club. Cherie Currie returns to Minneapolis Sunday, while Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers begin their new residency at the Turf Club Monday.
Wednesday 8.7.2013

Batteryboy with Wyatt Overman and Hotel San Sebastian
Kitty Cat Klub
Emotionally Charged Trio
21+, FREE, 10 PM

So Many Dynomos with Bad Bad Hats and Josh Anderson 
7th Street Entry
Blissfully Manic
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Hardcore Crayons with Nomia and Vernon Wayne
Triple Rock
New Residency 
18+, $5, 8 PM

Thursday 8.8.2013

Tom Rush
Cedar Cultural Center
A pivotal figure of the early-'60s folk revival, Tom Rush emerged on the Boston scene as a fine interpreter of folk and blues nuggets (earning comparisons to our own Koerner, Ray, and Glover) and a distinctive guitarist. As his career progressed, he earned a rep as a champion of undiscovered talent (covering then-unknowns like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson 
Browne), and eventually staging shows (dubbed Club 47) that mixed famous and obscure artists. Rush also ventured into folk-rock and, while not terribly prolific, wrote somememorable, widely covered songs, such as "No Regrets." Last December, Rush, looking uncannily like Mark Twain, played Boston's Symphony Hall with a slew of friends both old (David Bromberg) and new (Dom Flemons). The show, Celebrates 50 Years of Music, 
now is out in a CD/DVD set. --RICK MASON
$30-$40. 7:30 PM

Time+Temperature and Dark Dark Dark
Mears Park
Music in the Park
Free, 6 PM

Touch People with Pleasure Adaptor, Me and My Arrow and C. Kostra
7th Street Entry
Visceral and Cerebral
18+, $5/$7, 8 PM

Friday 8.9.2013

Peter Wolf Crier with Actual Wolf
Turf Club
Wolf Party
21+, $10, 8 PM

Summer Set Festival feat Passion Pit, Girl Talk, Dessa and more 
Somerset Amphitheater FRIDAY - SUNDAY
Music and Camping
16+, $20-$350, 3 PM

Rodney Crowell
Cedar Cultural Center
This year's headline news for veteran renegade Nashville singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell was the February release of Old Yellow Moon, his wonderful collaboration with Emmylou Harris. A key member of Harris's Hot Band in the 1970s, Crowell intertwines his voice magnificently with the glowing Emmylou, each profoundly expressive, all the more so while harmonizing, or spurring one another to electrifying heights, such as on Kris Kristofferson's harrowing tale of addiction ("Chase the Feeling"), Hank DeVito's hard blues ("Black Caffeine"), or their rollicking new version of Crowell's classic "Bluebird Wine." Opening will be local alt-country singer-songwriter Frankie Lee. --RICK MASON
$25-$28. 8 PM

Bad Things with The Japhies 
Triple Rock 
Shaun White's Band
18+, $12, 8 PM

Total Request Nite with Forever Young and Eighth Grade Dance
First Avenue Mainroom
Request Your Fav Dance Tunes
18+, $5, 9 PM

Sadistik with Ecid, Maulskull and more 
7th Street Entry
Hip Hop Night
18+, $12, 9 PM

Saturday 8.10.2013

Marcia Ball
Dakota Jazz Club
Long tall Marcia Ball is a bayou-fueled whirlwind on piano, issuing rollicking torrents inspired by Texas roadhouse blues, Cajun and zydeco from southwest Louisiana, and especially the steamy, triplet-laden, rambunctious piano stylings of New Orleans master Professor Longhair. She's a great singer too, her husky, swampy twang equally adept at revving up party hijinks and etching a tragic blues tale. Ball wrote or co-wrote everything on her latest,2011's Roadside Attractions. From the New Orleans-steeped title track to wistful reflections ("This Used to Be Paradise"), swingin' Texas boogie ("Sugar Boogie"), soulful blues ("Mule Headed Man"), and the inevitable all-night rouser ("The Party's Still Going On"), Ball knocks 'em all out with her inimitable, irrepressible spirit.  --RICK MASON
$35 at 7 p.m. $30 at 9 PM

Big Time Rush with Victoria Justice
Target Center
Preteen Popstars
AA, $25-$65, 8 PM

Davina and the Vagabonds
Lee's Liquor Lounge
Sassy Vocals
21+, $10, 9 PM

The Dangerous Summer 
7th Street Entry
Straightforward Rock
18+, $12/$14, 6 PM

Cait Leary Band
Harriet Brewing
Sweetly Acoustic
Free, 9 PM 

Valerie June with Southwire
Cedar Cultural Center
Twangy Tones
AA, $10, 8 PM

Vonnie Kyle CD Release with Black Blondie and Geodesique
Honest Lyrics
21+, $5, 9 PM

#PUSHMUZIC in the City / Urban Lights 20th Anniversary
Nomad World Pub
Combining the powers of longtime St. Paul record store Urban Lights with the local Push Music Group, here's one of the largest hip-hop events of the summer. The lineup is just as much of a mouthful, with Naughty by Nature's Treach and Kay Gee, as well as DJ Unk of "Walk It Out" fame topping the bill of more than four dozen acts for the day-long event. With Obie Trice, I Self Devine, Mastermind, Lioness, BDotCroc, Midway Felix, Up Rock, St. Paul Slim, Big Wiz, and many more. --REED FISCHER
18+, $20-$30, 12 PM

Pizza Lucé Block Party
Pizza Luce Downtown
There was not a Pizza Lucé Block Party in 2012, but the tradition has returned with a twist.The gathering is moving downtown to celebrate the pizza chain's 20th year in business. The lineup for the 10th annual Block Party includes local pop-punk stars Motion City Soundtrack, hard-rockers Bloodnstuff, and country crooner Frankie Lee. Haphduzn, Martin Devaney, Sean Anonymous, After the Burial, Cannons North, Pennyroyal, and Fairfax, AK round out the day. --REED FISCHER
Free, 12 PM 

Sunday 8.11.2013

Cherie Currie with the Japhies
The Belmore/Skyway Lounge
Classic Attitude
$18-$22, 8 PM

Ben Kyle and Chastity Brown
Cedar Cultural Center
Well Crafted Lyrics
AA, $12.$15, 7 PM

Alicia Wiley
Hell's Kitchen
Early Morning Music

Monday 8.12.2013

Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers
Turf Club
Residency Night
21+, $5, 8 PM

Chic Gamine with Ashley Gold, Dear Data, Booka B and Espada
Triple Rock
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Cory Chisel with The Candles, Adriel Denae and Space Woman with Special Guests
7th Street Entry
Son of a Preacher
18+, $15, 7 PM

Tuesday 8.13.2013

The Sextons with American Youth and Ranger Ranger
Kitty Cat Klub
Indie Rock 
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Majical Cloudz
7th Street Entry
The first Majical Cloudz album, 2011's II, was an underwhelming, hissing, meandering effort that never quite knew what it wanted to be. The Montreal-based duo's new one,Impersonators, is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor, and confirms mastermind Devon Welsh as one of the most singular vocalists in independent music. The album's Laurie 
Anderson-indebted sonics, often sparse, drumless, and glacial, are hard to place. "Ambient pop," perhaps? Welsh carries most of the weight himself, with a voice that can be every bit as effortlessly wrenching as Antony Hegarty's. With Moon King. --MIKE MADDEN
18+, $10, 8 PM

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

See Also:
Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Jake Bugg at Fine Line, 8/5/13
Vampire Weekend at Orpheum Theatre, 8/5/13

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