The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 12/15-18

Soul Asylum -- see Wednesday and Thursday!

Soul Asylum -- see Wednesday and Thursday!

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Monday, December 15

Christmas With Cantus
7:30 p.m., $20-$35.
Ted Mann Concert Hall

Jon Dee Graham
With Mike June and Ben Kyle
Texas is equally prolific at breeding great songwriters and dumb-ass politicians. Too many of the former remain obscure. Among the first group is Jon Dee Graham, a fine guitarist as well as songsmith. Although a proverbial blip on the radar in comparison to arena stars, Graham does have a certain cachet. Raised on the border, he was a member of the seminal Austin punk band the Skunks, then the seminal Austin roots-rock outfit True Believers, with Alejandro Escovedo. Later he was a guitar for hire with the likes of the Silos, Kelly Willis, Eliza Gilkyson, Ry Cooder, James McMurtry and John Doe, some of whom also recorded his tunes. A solo career going back a decade or so showcases his finely wrought story-songs, often in a country-folk-blues mode, delivered with Tom Waits-level gruffness. Opening will be Mike June, an impressive New Jersey-bred, Austin-based folk-roots singer-songwriter, and the Twin Cities' own Ben Kyle. $8/$10, 7 p.m. -- Rick Mason
Turf Club

Roberta Gambarini
With Jimmy Cobb, Ray Drummond, Sullivan Fortner, and Justin Robinson
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $35.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Six Appeal Presents: Caroling For A Cure
Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
7:30 p.m., $17.
New Century Theatre

Tourniquet Noise Series
With Heat, Meth Predator, Wrong, M.T.A.G., and CCD
9:30 p.m., Free.
Kitty Cat Klub

Tuesday, December 16

Cannabis Corpse
With Mammoth Grinder and Inanimate Existence
18+., 8 p.m., $12-$14.
Triple Rock Social Club

Communion Twin Cities
Featuring Beasthead, Ancient Mariner, and Savannah Smith
7 p.m., $10.
Turf Club

With Metasota and Cincopation
9:30 p.m., $5.

Mina Moore
With the Maytags and Sophia Eris
18+., 7:30 p.m., $7.
7th St. Entry

Wednesday, December 17

Jeremy Messersmith
With Gramma's Boyfriend
7 p.m., $20.
Turf Club

KFAI House Party Presents: Charlie Parr
7 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Lenz & Frenz
9:30 p.m., Free.
331 Club

With Solstafir and Mortals
Little Rock's Pallbearer, possibly America's foremost young doom-metal band, aren't doing anything out of left field. Their music is slow and low, composed of Brett Campbell's vaguely panicked vocals, skull-smashingly forceful guitars, similarly ominous bass, and drums like tumbling towers. But over the course of 2010's self-titled, and heavily hyped, demo and two albums - 2012's Sorrow and Extinction and this year's brighter Foundations of Burden -- they've brewed sonic thunderstorm after sonic thunderstorm. Pallbearer maintain a classic-but-forward-looking sound that seemingly no one else has even been able to envision. With the exception of oddities like Foundations of Burden's three-minute ballad "Ashes," their songs usually stretch out to the ten-minute mark or longer, working their way up to vengeful, clanging climaxes, at which point you are only asked to enjoy the ride. With Solstafir and Mortals. $12/$14, 8:30 p.m. -- Michael Madden
Triple Rock Social Club

Soul Asylum
With the Melismatics
18+., 7:30 p.m., $20.
7th St. Entry

With Toby Thomas Churchill
9:30 p.m., $5

Thursday, December 18

American Scarecrows
With Verskotzi and RuDeGirl
7 p.m., $8/$10.
Turf Club

With 9 Electric, Kaleido, Arson River, and Favor the Fall
18+., 7 p.m., $12-$16.
Fine Line Music Cafe

The Icicles
9:30 p.m., Free

Slum Village
8:30 p.m., $15.

Sonny Knight and the Lakers
Not only is Minneapolis powerhouse soul and funk vocalist Sonny Knight still around, he's in the midst of a full-fledged career renaissance. Capping off a pretty remarkable year, Knight and his ferociously tight, swaggering band the Lakers will play four shows over two nights at the Dakota, all of which will be recorded for a live album to be released next year. In addition, the Dakota will clear its main floor of chairs and tables for Friday's late show so patrons can take Knight's advice from the final track of the group's debut album, I'm Still Here, and "Get Up and Dance," preferably unencumbered by furniture. Knight, 66, despite spending decades out of the music biz, retains a supple, resilient, classic soul voice that leaps out of the blazing mix ignited by the much younger Lakers. He cut a single as a teenager in 1965, later spent some time with the seminal TC R&B band Haze, but spent years driving trucks, until the funk and soul revival kicked off by the local Secret Stash label brought him back to his rightful spot on stage. $20, 7 & 9 p.m. -- Rick Mason
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Soul Asylum
With Carnage and Step Rockets
18+., 7:30 p.m., $20
7th St. Entry

Van Stee
With Weathermaps and Greycoats
9 p.m., Free.
Nomad World Pub

Warehouse Eyes
With Go Get 'Em Tiger and DJ Minne Blanco
10 p.m., Free.


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