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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 10/20-10/23

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

Anberlin
The Varsity Theater
16+., 6 p.m., $20/$22.

Shawn Phillips:
Guthrie Theater
6:30 p.m., $28-$35.

The Electric Koolade Experience: With Flatbush Zombies, the Underachievers
First Avenue
Like-minded underground rap duos Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers are hitting the Mainroom collectively as Clockwork Indigo. As evidenced on their recent song as a four-piece, "Butterfly Effect," New York's post-A$AP Rocky explorations are ever-present in both groups' material. Psychedelic spirituality elbows against drug escapism and boom-bap flashbacks for some brain-bending hip-hop material. While the Underachievers moved from spacey breaks to Lex Luger bangers, Flatbush Zombies dug deeper into their raw, paranoiac sound. The groups gravitated together for energetic, smoked-out live shows that still provoke thought. All ages, $20, 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-1775. --JACK SPENCER

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

Empires
7th St. Entry
18+., 7:30 p.m., $10.

Ian Anderson:
Historic State Theatre
7:30 p.m., $39-$79.

The Pretty Reckless
First Avenue
All ages., 6 p.m., $21.50/$31.50.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

Boy & Bear
The Varsity Theater
18+., 7 p.m., $18-$30.

Captured! By Robots
With Nightosaur
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $10.

Creole Choir of Cuba
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
The roots of Creole Choir of Cuba's ten members and repertoire stretch back to Haitians who immigrated to Cuba in the early 19th century. Many of the folk songs were passed down over subsequent generations: tales of survival, quests for freedom, love pangs, humorous commentaries. The group's harmonies soar and swoop and generate all the thrills of a gospel choir, following call and response patterns, playing off dazzling leads, percolating on scintillating Caribbean rhythms tied to West Africa. On its latest album, Santiman, instrumentation occasionally complements the vocals as on the exuberant "Simbi," where ethereal voices break into rousing party mode when Tom Cawley's fiery piano arrives. More often the vocals, mostly sung in Creole, need no accompaniment. $20/$45, 7:30 p.m. 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 651­224­4222. --RICK MASON

Dum Dum Girls
With Ex Cops.
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 7 p.m., $15-$30.

Machine Head
With Children of Bodom, Epica, Battlecross, I am Vengeance, spacemanIam, more.
The Skyway Theatre
6 p.m., $30/$35.

Noah Gundersen
With Caroline Rose, Armon Jay
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $15.

Polish Ambassador
With Liminus, Mr. Lif, Ayla Nereo, Wildlight
Cabooze
18+., 8:30 p.m., $15/$20.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23

Burger Records Caravan of Stars Tour
With the Coathangers, together Pangea, Cherry Glazerr, Mozes & the Firstborn, AJ Davila & Terror Amor, more
7th St. Entry
18+., 7 p.m., $15.

Iceage
With Helm, Final Grim, Deleter.
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $15.

Rhye
With Lo-Fang
Pantages Theatre
It's impressive that two men in Los Angeles have created one of the best sonic descendants to Sade in modern R&B. That's exactly how Rhye comes across, and it's to learn that the creamy vocals associated with the project are those of Toronto-­bred Mike Milosh, AKA Milosh, and not those of a woman. Titling their debut album Woman does little to clear up the confusion. On the production end, Copenhagen native Robin Hannibal combines ascending strings, tight bass lines, and propulsive drum machine loops for an energetic mix updating Curtis Mayfield and other soul pioneers' influences to the present. With Lo­Fang. 18+, 7 p.m., $30, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-­339­-7007. --MICHAEL MADDEN

Richard Marx
Mill City Nights
8 p.m., $49.50.

The Great Depression
Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
6 p.m., $10/$12.

Willie Watson
With Mikaela Davis
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $15.

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