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The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/25-10/1

The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/25-10/1
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Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in the 7th Street Entry while Nine Inch Nails emerge from their hiatus at the Xcel Energy Center. 


Wednesday 9.25.2013

No Joy with Alex Calder
7th Street Entry
Shoegaze Ripcurls
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Jon McLaughlin
Dakota Jazz Club
Pop Rock Singer Songwriter
AA, $15, 7 PM

Usonia with  Black Diet, Farewell Circuit, Hunting Club and Lady Heat DJ's 
Cause
Dancey Pop
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Thursday 9.26.2013

Billy Bragg
Cedar Cultural Center
For three decades Billy Bragg has been renowned for his progressive activism, politically charged lyrics, and withering folk-punk music, the odd love song notwithstanding. But for his first solo album in five years, Tooth & Nail, Bragg repaired to producer Joe Henry's California basement and came up with a set of mostly introspective songs in which Bragg closely examines his own vulnerabilities. Etched by the likes of Greg Leisz's pedal steel while Bragg's voice creaks towards Lyle Lovett, T&N sometimes sounds more West Texas than East London. World-weariness extends to one political tune, "No One Knows Nothing Anymore," although another, "There Will Be A Reckoning," glows with his trademark fire. Opening will be Arkansas folkie Joe Purdy. Look for an interview with Billy at blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise. -- Rick Mason
AA, $28-$30. 7:30 PM

Atlas Genius with Family of the Year and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Varsity Theater
Modern Pop
AA, $22.50-$33, 6:30 PM

Hollow Boys with Week of Wonders, Real Numbers and Hyperslob
Kitty Cat Klub
Garage Based
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Cold War Kids with Papa
First Avenue Mainroom 
Emotionally-Raw
18+, $22/$24, 7:30 PM

Truth & Salvage Co. with William Within
7th Street Entry
Rag 'n' Bone
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Friday 9.27.2013

Caroline Smith with Solid Gold, Toki Wright and Big Cats
First Avenue Mainroom
Rich and Soulful 
18+, $15, 8 PM

Flavor Crystals with Bombay Sweets, Persian Leaps 
Cause 
Minimalistic Garage
21+, $10, 9 PM

Ewert & the Two Dragons with Trapper Schoepp and Betteryboy
7th Street Entry
Emotionally Charged
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Davina & the Vagabonds
Dakota Jazz Club
Sassy Vocals
AA, $15, 8 PM

North Mississippi Allstars with Lightnin' Malcolm
The Cabooze
Blues Roots
18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour feat. The Growlers with Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together Pangea and more
Turf Club
Psychedlic Circus
21+, $15, 8 PM

 
Saturday 9.28.2013

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
Triple Rock 
Sporting a warm Americana sound indebted to Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams, Drew Holcomb's Good Light floats by so smoothly that its quality craftsmanship sometimes gets overlooked. His longtime backing band, the Neighbors, features his wife Ellie as a key harmonizer and deft occasional duet partner. Pretty much every song occupies the same emotional middle ground of amiable yearning and sets it to a toe-tapping mid-tempo melody. With David Ramirez. -- Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $12-$14, 7 PM

Ms Mr with Wildcat! Wildcat!
7th Street Entry
Introspective Alt-Pop
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Totally Gross National Product feat Marijuana Deathsquads, Pony Bwoy, Lizzo and more
Icehouse
Local Showcase
21+, 3 PM

Walker Fields CD Release with Silverback Colony and Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
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Swamp Rock
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Tom Odell with Vance Joy
Turf Club
Messy Emotions
21+, $15, 8 PM

Empire Status Album Release Party with Reeves Junya, Cashinova, Vanaam, Niles Miller and DJ Sidereal
First Avenue Mainroom
Melodic Vocals
18+, $5, 9 PM

Dave Holland & Prism
Dakota
A member of Miles Davis's fusion-pioneering Bitches Brew-era band, Dave Holland forged a lengthy career as one of jazz's most accomplished bass players as well as its most eclectic, working in myriad formats and venturing into folk and rock. His stellar new quartet, Prism, harkens back to his work with Miles, whipping together uncompromising threads of jazz, rock and funk and creating a new entity that's both earthy and probes the astral plane, sharply cerebral yet strikingly visceral. Prism's lineup features pianist Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, and drummer Eric Harland. All wrote tunes on Prism's eponymous debut, with the raging electric guitar of Eubanks, the former Tonight Show band leader, perhaps leading the way while Taborn's Fender Rhodes dances with pointillist sparkle, Harland's taut explosions bristle and sigh, and Holland's rich bass holds it all together. -- Rick Mason
$40 at 7 PM $30 at 9 PM

Nine Inch Nails
Xcel Energy Center
After a three-year "indefinite hiatus," Nine Inch Nails have returned with a brand new album, Hesitation Marks, and tour. Frontman Trent Reznor emerged behaving less like a tortured soul and more like a grizzled survivor. That's not to say that he's lost anything as a performer. Anyone who caught NIN at Lollapalooza this year can attest that the band is perhaps more captivating now than they've ever been. Reznor has a raging back catalog that begs for reinvention, and he's pairing that with ultra-confident new songs enhanced by a gripping stage show. With Explosions in the Sky. -- Ian Traas
All ages, 8PM.

Sunday 9.29.2013

Hanni El Khatib
Triple Rock
Hanni El Khatib writes the kind of raised-fist garage rock anthems that have become a legit genre over the past decade. His 2011 debut, Will the Guns Come Out, had plenty of attitude borrowed from punk and blues, but didn't get the attention it deserved. Now that Hanni has teamed up with producer and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, new album Head in the Dirt is full of both motorcycle-revving swagger ("Family") and pop hooks ("Penny"). Hanni's sound is still meticulously scuffed in all the right places, but Auerbach's polish has made the choruses bright enough to almost outshine the Keys'. With Bass Drum of Death. -- Ian Traas
18+, 7:30 PM

Houses with Jamaican Queens, Nicholas Larkins Perez and Katy Morley
7th Street Entry
Grassroots
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Monday 9.30.2013

Girl in a Coma with Step Rockets and Krissy Krissy
7th Street Entry
Peircing Vocals
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

Tuesday 10.1.2013

Black Joe Lewis
First Avenue
For pure, raw, soul-slathered, bodily fluid soaked, cerebral cortex melting stuff that roots around in the primitive goop that spawned blues, R&B, funk and rock 'n' roll, Joe Lewis and his swaggering band (formerly known as the Honeybears) set the contemporary gold standard even before they break into their first sweat of the evening. Howling and snarling like a cross of James Brown, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Johnny Rotten, the Austin, Texas-based Lewis spews warnings about life's demons, stings them with his electric guitar while the erstwhile Bears roll in with tight fury and a fusillade of horns. If anything, the new Electric Slave is even more raucous and immediate than previous records, sporting new layers of fuzzed-out psychedelia as Lewis rails about vampires, young girls and Golem. Pickwick opens. -- Rick Mason
18+, $18-$20. 7 PM

Supersuckers, Hellbound Glory and Eleganza!
Triple Rock
Muddy Rock
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Joan of Arc with American Cream and Me and My Arrow
7th Street Entry
Drone Trance
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

San Fermin with Adam Levy
Bryant Lake Bowl
Chamber Pop
18+, $12/$15, 7:30 PM

Hatebreed with Shadows Fall and The Acacia Strain
Mill City Nights
Heavy Rock
15+, $19, 7 PM

Where I'm Going:

No Joy @ 7th Street Entry

Week of Wonders, Hollow Boys, Real Numbers @ Kitty Cat Klub


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