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The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Erik Hess

At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live.  

Some the most deeply felt and visually entrancing images have sorted themselves out. With the help of some dedicated freelancers, Gimme Noise assembled the best Twin Cities concerts of 2013. Have at it in the comments section with the ones that were your favorites.

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Erik Hess

15. Zach Sobiech at Varsity Theater, 2/16/13
From Reed Fischer's review: "Songwriting has long been a tool to express the aches and worries of difficult living. The examples of artists who met early and tragic ends, like Elliott Smith or Jeff Buckley, are numerous. The difference for Sobiech, however, is he has a disease beyond his control, but his mind is sharp, and the situation completely in his comprehension... Trying to pack a lifetime's worth of expression into a short time is a tall order, but he's doing it."

See Also: Slideshow: Up, Up, Up: A Benefit for the Zach Sobiech Fund

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Stacy Schwartz

14. Dan & Matt Wilson at Pantages Theatre, 2/1/13
From Youa Vang's review: "The highlight of the evening came in the form of a hybrid acoustic version of 'Closing Time.' On 'Kandy' they grabbed their phones and recorded the brothers, Dan on piano and Matt on guitar, holding the audience captive with the well-known song that ebbs, flows, and builds up to something wonderful."

See Also: Slideshow: Dan and Matt Wilson at the Pantages, 2/1/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

13. How to Dress Well at Triple Rock Social Club, 4/1/13
From Pat O'Brien's review: "Krell found a way to strike a perfect balance, getting his point across while not, almost literally, crushing the crowd to death with it... He ended the set with a daring, phenomenal acapella cover of Janet Jackson's "I'll Never Fall in Love With You Again," for which he stepped away from his microphones once again and stood at the edge of the stage, the crowd staying mum once more and his own "Set It Right" making for a stunning beginning to the evening."

See Also: Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well at the Triple Rock, 4/1/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Erik Hess

12. Bombino at the Cedar Cultural Center, 6/11/13
From Keith Harris's review: "He avoids rock's frenzied drive up the fretboard toward ejaculatory liberation, and he was more likely to climax, if you insist, with some aggressive chording... But we already knew Bombino was a killer guitarist. The performance's real revelation was the drumming, more forceful than on the recordings, though never pushy. What served as a firm bone structure in the studio became the muscle propelling the music on stage."

See Also: Slideshow: Bombino at Cedar Cultural Center, 6/11/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Erik Hess

11. Fall Out Boy at Myth, 6/26/13
From Youa Vang's review: "To the cynic, Fall Out Boy's promise of saving rock 'n' roll may seem like they're overreaching, but to the future generation [they] may be the answer."

See Also: Slideshow: Fall Out Boy at Myth, 6/26/13

 

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Erik Hess

10. Black Moth Super Rainbow at Fine Line, 5/13/13
From Pat O'Brien's review: "BMSR is what drugs sound like."

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Stacy Schwartz

9. Pink at Xcel Energy Center, 3/19/13
From Reed Fischer's review: "'So What,' featured the grandest aerial attack of the entire night, and one of the most impressive visual displays a person can hope to see at a concert. Strapped into a rotating harness attached to wires that reached high into the Xcel, Pink's gilded figure spent the song soaring through the open air into everyone's faces, and she never once lost her composure."

See Also: Slideshow: Pink at Xcel Energy Center, 3/19/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Erik Hess

8. Polica at First Avenue, 4/24/13
From Nicole Oran's review: "Channy Leaneagh is a dancer. She is an animated stage actor and makes eye contact with an audience as a whole as if it were one person. That's all in addition to Polica's intoxicating musicality. Listening to their records doesn't come close to evoking the energy and authentic expression that she exuded during Polica's homecoming show at First Avenue on Wednesday."

See Also: Slideshow: Polica at First Avenue, 4/24/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

7. Prof at First Avenue, 4/13/13
From Reed Fischer's review: "Prof got inside a giant hamster ball, a la the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne. As he rolled triumphantly through the crowd while Lazerbeak's catchy beat ran and ran, it was definitely a moment to consider if Prof was trying to show us how he feels about the pace he's been working at during the past two year. (The old heads in the crowd were probably just cringing and hoping his knee didn't tear in two.)"

See Also: Slideshow: Prof takes over First Avenue: Night One, 4/12/13
Slideshow: Prof takes over First Avenue: Night Two, 4/13/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

6. CHVRCHES at Fine Line Music Cafe, 6/8/13
From Erik Thompson's review: "CHVRCHES' first Minneapolis performance was a triumph, as the group's spirited, hour-long set featured overt nods to Prince, and they delivered twelve of their own synth-pop anthems, getting the festive crowd dancing along to their towering beats while boldly refuting any concerns that the band was all hype and little substance."

See Also: Slideshow: CHVRCHES at Fine Line, 6/8/13

 

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

5. Major Lazer at First Avenue, 3/20/13
From Jack Spencer's review: "When the cartoon introduction to the Major Lazer character played on the screen, the audience began to lose their shit and they never got it back. Immediately upon revealing themselves behind the screen, Diplo and his crew threw vuvuzelas into the crowd and said 'If you like something, blow your horn.'"

See Also: Slideshow: Major Lazer at First Avenue, 3/20/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Steve Cohen

4. D'Angelo and ?uestlove at First Avenue, 6/23/13
From Jeff Gage's review: "D'Angelo began to explore the range of his voice, from the low growl to the high falsetto, coloring it with all the melodrama he could muster. And then came the breakdown -- and then a further breakdown. He and Questlove slowed down the song and dismantled the parts until it was little more than a mechanical snap. And so it followed from there, until the end of Prince's "She's Always in My Hair," where the build-up -- full of D'Angelo scatting and improvising -- finally brought a full-on release, one that left you almost drained."

See Also: Slideshow: D'Angelo and ?uestlove at First Avenue, 6/23/13

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

3. Rock the Garden at Walker Art Center, 6/22/13 (Revews of Low and Metric and a timeline with GIFs)

From Reed Fischer's review: "Just as Dan Deacon was about to start his set, a downpour erupted. Fortunately, his gear was portable enough that he could shift into the Walker's underground parking facility. 'This is gonna be a little crazy,' the stocky, bearded Baltimore avant-electronic artist said once he had the mic. 'I'm sure you all realize that.'... But as the sun started to peek its way out from behind the clouds, "Do You Know How to Waltz?" began to build into something epic... With little banter and just the power of stadium-sized material, radiant frontwoman Emily Haines and her three associates delivered 70 minutes of precision work."

See Also: Slideshow: Rock the Garden, the Music

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

2. Prince at Dakota Jazz Club, 1/16-18/13 (Night 1, Night 2, Night 3) From Reed Fischer's review: "Prince strutted out from backstage twirling a sparkling cane promptly at 11 p.m. trailing a six-person horn section. He did a lap of the entire floor plan of the Dakota Jazz Club, upstairs and downstairs, as if to prove it was really him... His 3rd Eye was already observing all of us... Bitches Brew-style psychedelia entered into the third composition, and Prince exhibited an unholy guitar solo in the middle of it all. While the man doesn't curse anymore, he's still fine with conjuring evil out of the strings of an instrument."

The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)
Photo by Tony Nelson

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs at First Avenue, 6/24/13
From Erik Thompson's review: "Karen O is an unbridled indie-rock dynamo. And during Yeah Yeah Yeahs' explosive 80-minute set at a very sold-out First Avenue on Monday night, Karen led the packed club through her twisted, blistering brand of calisthenics... Karen danced about wildly in her yellow rhinestone suit jacket, Michael Jackson tee, and shorts combo, [and released] the first of many confetti bombs."

See Also: Slideshow: Yeah Yeah Yeahs at First Avenue, 6/24/13


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