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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 12/1-4

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Monday, December 1

Allah-Las
With Tashaki Miyaki, Chatham Rise
Turf Club
7 p.m., $10/$12.

Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $20-$30.

JT's Jazz Implosion: Type Type (CD Release Show)
With Mancrush and Luke Polipnick Organ Trio
Icehouse
9:30 p.m., $10.

The Paper Days
With Small Town Anthem and Old Desert Road
7th St. Entry
18+., 7:30 p.m., $10.

Tuesday, December 2

Ben Cook-Feltz
With Vonnie Kyle and Oak Ribbons
Amsterdam
9 p.m., Free.

[Canceled] Cold Specks
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $12/$15.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Orchestra Hall
Led by world class trumpeter and premier jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is one of the best and most prominent contemporary large jazz ensembles, nicely continuing the legacy of folks like Ellington, Basie. And aptly so for this Big Band Holidays show, which promises swinging takes on yuletide standards. Marsalis has recorded a couple of holiday albums over the years with the seasonal nuggets' arrangements sporting the flair of Marsalis' native New Orleans, including 2009's Christmas Jazz Jam, which featured some existing JALCO personnel. That 15-strong lineup includes such leading jazz musicians as trumpeters Ryan Kisor and Marcus Printup, and reed players Sherman Irby, Victor Goines and Joe Temperley. The stellar guest will be Cécile McLorin Salvant, who is still in her early 20s but shows a deep understanding of classic jazz and blues, remarkable sophistication in her arrangements and a fabulously elastic voice already being ranked alongside Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. $40/$105. 7:30 p.m. The Jazz in the Target Atrium series will debut after JALCO performance, with some JALCO members joining pianist/bandleader Jeremy Walker, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer JT Bates. Separate admission charge of $50, 9:30 p.m. -- Rick Mason

O-Town
Mill City Nights
18+., 8 p.m., $30/$40.

Wednesday, December 3

Breakaway
Kitty Cat Klub
10 p.m. Free.

Erik Koskinen
Icehouse
10 p.m., $8.

Girl On Fire
With Raw Fabrics, Names To Faces, Avenue Army, and the Missing Letters
Fine Line Music Cafe
7 p.m. $10, 18+.

Moonlight Grammar (EP Release Show)
With PCP, Lamon Manuel, Supportive Parents, and DJ Walk
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $10.

Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets
With Ian McLagan
First Avenue
Who better to put the cool back into Yule than erstwhile Jesus of cool Nick Lowe? The eternally hip, ever clever Lowe has morphed over the years from '70s pub rocker to grandfatherly pop crooner, although there's still plenty of the former in the latter, along with a still wicked sense of irony. All of which should shake the tinsel when Lowe celebrates the holidays with garage / surf rockers Los Straitjackets as his band. Most of the repertoire likely will be drawn from Lowe's 2013 holiday disc, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All the Family, which is eclectic, erudite and sometimes rocks its Christmas stockings off. The traditional "Children Go Where I Send Thee," for instance, is a gospel-laced rockabilly Memphis shuffle, Ron Sexsmith's "Hooves on the Roof" swings slyly, Lowe's "I Was Born In Bethlehem" is a country ballad and the striking arrangement of "Silent Night" turns it into a twangy sleigh ride with a ska beat and Crescent City horns. And Lowe's "Christmas At the Airport" is a breezy, blithe and appropriately snarky account of spending the holiday in transit. Los Straitjackets have issued a couple of rockin' Yule discs of their own, so this fab collab should seriously roast your chestnuts. Opening is former Faces keyboardist and super session musician Ian McLagan, who recently issued his first album in six years, United States, an R&B-infused medium tempo rocker. 18+, $20, 7 p.m. -- Rick Mason

Travis Anderson Trio
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., Free.

Thursday, December 4

Bad Bad Hats
With the Awful Truth and Nallo
Triple Rock Social Club
21+., 8 p.m., $5.

Beneath The Crow
Harriet Brewing
8 p.m., Free.

CCFA Camp Oasis Benefit Show
With Dustin Lee, Luke Zimmerman, and Icicles (feat. Jim Anton, Jake Hanson & Jeremy Hanson)
Icehouse
7 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

College
With Maids and Tired Tongues
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $12/$15.

Cracker
With Hugh Bob & the Hustle
The Varsity Theater
18+., 7 p.m., $22-$25.

I AM MPLS!
With host Barb Abney, Greycoats and Tickle Torture
First Avenue
7 p.m., $15-$20, 18+.

The Johnny Mathis Christmas Show
Historic State Theatre
7:30 p.m., $63.50-$104.

Liam Gerard (CD Release Show)
With Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League and Lydia Liza
Amsterdam
7:30 p.m., $7.

Opeth
With In Flames, Red Fang
Mill City Nights
15+., 6:30 p.m., $29.50/$35.

Sonny Landreth
With Cindy Cashdollar
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $30-$38.

Sturgill Simpson
With Lucette
Fine Line Music Cafe
Sturgill Simpson was born in the hills of eastern Kentucky, served in the Navy, worked as a train conductor and was addicted to drugs throughout his 20s. In other words, there's plenty of material to mine for his unique brand of alt-country. Now 36 years old, Simpson got a late start on his music career, but has made up for lost time with two critically-acclaimed albums, his 2013 debut High Top Mountain and this year's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Simpson's music brings to mind the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, so there's plenty for fans of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to enjoy here. $15/$30, 8 p.m. -- Alex Rice

Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra
With Greg Grease
Turf Club
8 p.m., $7.

Van Stee
With Al Church and Nathan Elliot
Nomad World Pub
9 p.m., Free.

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