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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 11/17-20

My Brightest Diamond -- See Monday!

My Brightest Diamond -- See Monday!

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

Monday, November 17

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
With American Cream
7th St. Entry
18+, $8/$10

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz
First Avenue
18+, 7:30 p.m., $25.

My Brightest Diamond
With Dosh, Ghostland
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $15/$18.

Trentemøller
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+, 8 p.m., $20-$35.

Watsky
With Kyle & Anderson Paak
The Varsity Theater
16+, 6 p.m., $15/$16.

Tuesday, November 18

Arch Enemy
With Kreator, Huntress
Mill City Nights
18+, 8 p.m., $23/$25.

Communion Twin Cities
With Mikhael Paskalev, Count This Penny, and Peter Michael Miller
Turf Club
7 p.m., $9.50/$15.

Huey Mack
Triple Rock Social Club
All ages, 5 p.m., $17.

Jamestown Revival
With Nikki Lane, Hollow Wood
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $15.

Tantric
With Indestructible Noise Command
7th St. Entry
18+, 8 p.m., $12/$15.

Usher
With August Alsina, DJ Cassidy
Xcel Energy Center
7:30 p.m., $37.50-$152.50.

Wednesday, November 19

Alex Clare
The Varsity Theater
7 p.m., $22-$35.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival
With Moving Parts and Oklahoma
Turf Club
8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

Hot Rize
The Cedar Cultural Center
Taking its name from a brand of flour that sponsored Flatt & Scruggs, Hot Rize came out of the Rockies in the midst of the newgrass movement of the '70s, juggling trad bluegrass with a progressive integration of blues, rock and jazz elements. The influential quartet and its alter-ego, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, were critical and popular successes into the early '90s, then split except for sporadic reunions. In September the revitalized band--Tim O'Brien, Peter Wernick, Nick Forster and Bryan Sutton (in place of late guitarist Charles Sawtelle)--released its first studio album in 24 years, When I'm Free. The picking on the new disc is as impeccable as always, the vocal harmonies tight and glowing, and the fresh tunes topnotch, ranging from the Rocky Mountain high of "Western Skies" to the scorching instrumental "Sky Rider" and Forster's bluesy "Doggone." Notable covers include Mark Knopfler's rambling "I Never Met A One Like You," a dark-hued version of Los Lobos' "Burn It Down" and the traditional Appalachian string band romp "Glory in The Meeting House." The show should include new tunes, old favorites and an appearance by Knuckles and his cornpone pals. 7 p.m., $35-$45. -- Rick Mason

Maria Isa, Greg Grease
With the Lioness, Muja Messiah, DJ Toda & King Otto
Icehouse
8 p.m., Free.

Stars
With Hey Rosetta!
First Avenue
18+, 7 p.m., $20.

Suzanne Vega
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $35-$45.

The Lowertown Line Presents: Black Diet
Bedlam Theatre Lowertown
7:30 p.m., $5.

Thursday, November 20

Benefit For Joanna Lund
With Reina del Cid
Hexagon Bar
10 p.m., Free.

Better Than Ezra
The Varsity Theater
18+, 7 p.m., $26-$38.

Dads
With Tiny Moving Parts and Choir Vandals
Triple Rock Social Club
All ages, 6 p.m., $10-$12.

First Aid Kit
With Samantha Crain
First Avenue
18+, 7:30 p.m., $22/$25.

Gwar
With Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks
The Skyway Theatre
15+, 6 p.m., $19.

Mass Nerve Management Artist Showcase
With Tired Tongues, Makr, Fort Wilson Riot, and Aaron & the Sea (DJ Set)
7th St. Entry
18+, 7 p.m., $7.

RL Grime
Mill City Nights
18+, 8:30 p.m., $20/$25.

Run the Jewels
Fine Line Music Cafe
Killer Mike and El-P are collectively pummeling through the rap world with their pair of albums as duo Run the Jewels, the second of which dropped last month to huge acclaim. Combining the strengths of their storied solo careers into something unprecedented, the pair complement each other's sound to the point where their paths seemed destined to cross. Connecting on their shared love of hard rhyming, politically minded abrasiveness, and starkly gritty production, the group are unlike anything in rap right now. The sound is progressive while harkening back to the days where rap groups reigned. Live, they are one of the strongest acts in hip-hop today, backing up every boast with the decades of skills they've amassed. With Ratking and Despot. 8 p.m., $21-$35. -- Jack Spencer

The Paladins
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $27.

Yemen Blues
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $20/$25.

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