The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 1/20-22

The Vaselines -- see Thursday!

The Vaselines -- see Thursday!

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

Tuesday, January 20

ACTN With Puff Puff and Wooden Antler 9:30 p.m., Free. Icehouse

Brianna Lane & the Navigator's Club 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Films at the Fitz and the Current Present: Purple Rain With Heiruspecs, Lizzo, Maurice Jacox, Ashley Dubose, and Tickle Torture 6 p.m., $15. Fitzgerald Theater

Finding Novyon With Travis Gorman, Devon Reason, Reeves Junya, Thanks For Coming, and Tiiiiiiiiip 7 p.m., $5-$10. 7th St. Entry

Harakiri With Skittish, Clementine, and Taba Yames 8 p.m., $5. Triple Rock Social Club

José James New York-based singer-songwriter José James grew up on the fringes of the Minneapolis jazz scene. Already acclaimed for his supple baritone voice and adeptness connecting jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and soul in a contemporary context, James returns to his hometown on the cusp of a project that promises to carry him to the next level. These concerts are devoted to the music of Billie Holiday, the jazz diva who James calls his earliest influence and "musical mother," and whose touch can be heard in virtually every note James sings. Holiday is also the subject of his next album, Yesterday I Had the Blues, due in the spring during the centennial year of Holiday's birth. Backing James on the album are jazz heavy hitters: pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Eric Harland. Snippets from those sessions suggest the album will be nothing less than spectacular. 7 p.m., $35. -- Rick Mason Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (Also Wednesday)

Jukebox The Ghost With Twin Folks 16+., 6:30 p.m., $16-$18. The Varsity Theater

The House Of Dosh 8 p.m., $6-$8. Turf Club

Upon A Burning Body With Veil of Maya, Gideon, Volumes, and the Last Ten Seconds of Life 15+., 7 p.m., $18-$20. Mill City Nights

Wednesday, January 21

Katey Bellville 9:30 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Ripper (EP Release Show) With Danger Ron & the Spins and Donx Two months after opening for Julian Casablancas + the Voidz at First Avenue, locals Ripper are holding the release party for their debut EP (out on cassette and limited to 100 copies) at Turf Club. The self-titled release's seven songs are over way before you know it, but that's plenty of time to show that Ripper share plenty of influences with Casablancas and his Strokes. "White Chuck Taylors," for instance, is a melodic blast of '70s garage punk, while "48 Hours" is a chaotic ode to staying up for two nights straight and "not giving a fuck."8 p.m., $6 -- Alex Rice Turf Club

Sarah Krueger 7 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Violent Shifters With Rachel and the Ranch Hand Resistance and Trim Reaper 8 p.m., $5. Triple Rock Social Club

Warey With Stolyette 9:30 p.m., $8. Icehouse

Willie Murphy 7:30 p.m., Free. Schooner Tavern

Thursday, January 22

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Featuring IU Soul Revue, the U of M Carnaval world music ensemble, and U of M School of Music graduate choral 7:30-8:45 p.m., Free. Ted Mann Concert Hall

Cedar With Apollos and Oklahoma 7 p.m., $7-$10. Turf Club

Daniel With ZKPR 18+., 8 p.m., $5. 7th St. Entry

Droppers 9:30 p.m., Free. Icehouse

Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Pledge Empire Records and Prince Carlton Present: Gold Status Featuring Ced Linus, Sti-Lo Reel, Louie P, and DJ Rich Lee 9 p.m., $7-$12. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

Silverback Colony With My Brother Vincent and Brian Just Band 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

The Lone Crows With Danger Ron & the Spins, Oliver Quincy, and Tso Big 8 p.m., $5. Triple Rock Social Club

The Vaselines With Amanda X One prime claim to fame of the Vaselines was Kurt Cobain's proclamations that the Scottish band was a key influence. Nirvana, in fact, covered at least three Vaselines songs, including "Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam." But by then the band had broken up. Core Vaselines duo Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly reunited some 15 years later and issued their comeback (and second proper) album Sex with an X in 2010, not as raw as in the late '80s but in spirit, sound and edginess otherwise relatively intact. The followup, V For Vaselines, came out in October and finds the duo - with a little help from friends from bands like Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Sons & Daughters -- perhaps a little more sedate, particularly on ballads like "Single Spies," but still readily capable of stirring up punkish spunk. Jangly guitars flirt with infectious melodies, and there's still potent elixir in the juxtaposition of Kelly's vocal bite and McKee's honeyed siren. All ages., 7 p.m., $18-$20. -- Rick Mason The Cedar Cultural Center


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