The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 11/3-6

Bob Dylan -- See Tuesday-Thursday!

Bob Dylan -- See Tuesday-Thursday!

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Monday, November 3

Alexz Johnson
With Jared & the Mill, Patrick Droney
7th St. Entry
18+., 7 p.m., $12/$15.

Breathe Carolina
With Candyland
Mill City Nights
15+., 7 p.m., $20/$22.

Straight No Chaser
Northrop Auditorium
7:30 p.m., $29.50-$49.50.

Tuesday, November 4

Blonde Redhead
The Varsity Theater
18+., 7 p.m., $18-$30.

Bob Dylan
Orpheum Theatre
Dylan's perpetual transit on his so-called Never Ending Tour surpasses a quarter-century now and has included several recent stops in his home state. But it's an event when any artist of Dylan's historic stature comes around, plus it's always interesting to see if he'll utter something profound during one of his increasingly frequent election night shows here. Or anything at all for that matter, since he's notorious for simply letting the songs in his vast repertoire do the talking. So, backed by a crack band that includes guitarist Charlie Sexton, Dylan is likely to rummage through his extensive back pages, sometimes doing radically different arrangements of the most iconic tunes. Two Dylan-related items of note are the imminent releases of The Basement Tapes Complete (which is supposed to include everything salvageable from the material Dylan cut with the Band while recovering from his 1966 motorcycle accident) and the T Bone Burnett-produced Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, with the likes of Elvis Costello, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford writing and performing music for unreleased Dylan lyrics. 8 p.m., $55-$135. (Also Wednesday and Thursday) -- Rick Mason

Wednesday, November 5

With Team*, Kings
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 7 p.m., $15.

Boyce Avenue
With Kris Allen
First Avenue
All ages., 5:30 p.m., $25/$26.50.

Hiromi Trio Project
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $42. (Also Thursday)

Sallie Ford and Crooked Fingers
Turf Club
Just when Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside seemed to be on a critical and popular roll, Ford split from her longtime band late last year, then quickly formed a new, all female group with fellow Oregonians Cristina Cano, Anita Lee Elliot and Amanda Spring. Gone along with the Outsiders is the vintage blues, swing, doo-wop and soul influences that distinguished their collaborative sound, as well as many of Ford's beguiling vocal eccentricities. Instead, on the just-released Slap Back, the new band favors garage rock with occasional flashes of rockabilly, new wave and punk. Ford has called it "an ode to all babe rockers from Joan Jet, Blondie and Pat Benatar to PJ Harvey and Exene Cervenka." Elements of all can be mined in the songs, with perhaps a disproportionate tilt towards the Runaways. Opener Crooked Fingers is the latest project of former Archer of Loaf Eric Bachmann, who favors dark, moody Americana blends of rock, folk and gritty country. $15 7 p.m. -- Rick Mason

Streets of Laredo
7th St. Entry
18+., 7:30 p.m., $10.

Thursday, November 6

Garth Brooks
Target Center (Thursday 11.6 through Sunday 11.9 + Thursday 11.13 through Saturday 11.15)
Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001, and the last time he performed in Minneapolis, Bill Clinton was in office. After touring relentlessly for years, the country entertainer that took the '90s by the throat with "Friend in Low Places" wanted to spend time with his family. Over the ensuing years, Brooks did some shows in Vegas, but remained private: no Instagram or Twitter, and nothing on YouTube or iTunes. Now, to promote his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine, he's hitting live stages around the country with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. A staggering 11 shows -- all of which will be full -- are set to hit Target Center. $63, check date for times. -- Kara Nesvig

Hot Water Music
With Dave Hause, the Flatliners
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 7 p.m., $23.

With Cam Meekins, Carlton, Nikko Gray
Fine Line Music Cafe
8 p.m., $13.

The Wild Feathers
With the Apache Relay, Desert Noises
The Varsity Theater
18+., 7 p.m., $18-$30.

Trout Steak Revival
With Kind Country
7th St. Entry
18+., 9 p.m., $8/$10.

United States of Americana Fifth Birthday Celebration
Featuring Israel Nash, Frankie Lee, and more
Turf Club
8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

Yonder Mountain String Band
With Larry Keel Experience
First Avenue
18+., 7 p.m., $27.50/$30.


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