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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 12/8-11

The Cactus Blossoms -- see Wednesday!

The Cactus Blossoms -- see Wednesday!

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Monday, December 8

35th Annual John Lennon Tribute
With Curtiss A
7 p.m., $15.
First Avenue

Doomtree Blowout X
Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a weeklong mini-festival as their stock has risen. P.O.S., Dessa and friends have put together one hell of a swan song. Blowout X begins with a sold-out show at the Turf Club on Saturday, followed by a mysterious collaboration with Surly Brewing on Sunday to unveil a signature beer. Monday brings a set of Doomtree-affiliated side projects at Icehouse, Tuesday is an all-ages set at the Triple Rock, while Wednesday brings the collective back to their roots at the Varsity. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will mark the group's final stand at their favorite Blowout locale of First Avenue, with a bonus performance at MPR's UBS Forum. 9 p.m., $15. -- Zach McCormick
Icehouse

Jingle Ball 2014
With Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Nico & Vinz, Kiesza, Rita Ora, Becky G, and Shawn Mendes. Hosted by Nick Jonas.
'Tis the season for corporate radio behemoth Clear Channel to roll its massive holiday package of stars through the Twin Cities. For fans of Top 40 pop, the Jingle Ball is a seasonal treat, one of the few truly old-school revue style showcases still consistently touring every year. Regulars know exactly what to expect at this point: A few abbreviated sets from three or four A-List pop stars propping up a night full of has-beens and up-and-comers that need a little seasonal boost in record sales. This year's lineup features two "maturing" teen idols in Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, as well as Iggy Azaela and hit machine OneRepublic, and "All About that Bass" singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor might add a fun wrinkle. Rounding out the "Wait, who?" category is Nico & Vinz ("Am I Wrong"), balletic Cannuck Keisza, Beiber 2.0 Shawn Mendes and brits Jessie J and Rita Ora. All ages, 7:30 p.m., $36-$151.-- Zach McCormick
Xcel Energy Center

The Uncle Bob Show
With Dead Bundy and the Neat Neats, Gaslighters Union
18+., 7:30 p.m., $5.
7th St. Entry

Tuesday, December 9

Doomtree Blowout X
All ages., 6:30 p.m., $15.
Triple Rock Social Club

Lisa Fischer
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $40-$60.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Nashville Pussy
With Valient Thorr and Against the Grain
8 p.m., $15-$18.
Lee's Liquor Lounge

Wednesday, December 10

Allison Scott: A Soulful Christmas
With the MN Boychoir, Eric Gordon, Brian Gallagher, and Lisi Wright
7:30 p.m., $21-$25.
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

Cedar (CD Release Show)
With David Sutton and Dustin Hatzenbuhler
7 p.m., $7.
Amsterdam

Doomtree Blowout X
18+., 8 p.m., $18/$20.
The Varsity Theater

Fuck Knights
With Thelma and the Sleaze, and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band
8 p.m., $6.
7th St. Entry

Skinny Puppy
With Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, Youth Code
18+., 8 p.m., $30/$35.
Mill City Nights

The Cactus Blossoms
With Erik Koskinen
8 p.m., $8.
Turf Club

Thursday, December 11

Alvvays
Don't be too quick to write Alvvays off as just another buzz band with an unnecessary "v" or two in their name. The Toronto indie pop five-piece (pronounced "Always") have summery tunes that could turn the Turf Club into the Surf Club for a night. Released in July, their debut self-titled LP is packed with nine lo-fi, retro-leaning songs with melodies straight out of a Beach Boys record and guitar licks that could get a party started on Happy Days - perhaps best exemplified by the single "Archie, Marry Me." 7:30 p.m., $12-$14. -- Alex Rice
Turf Club

An Evening With Friends
Featuring performances from Joey Ryan, Fort Wilson Riot, LOTT, and Pat Mazurek
7 p.m., $10.
Soo Visual Arts Center

Doomtree Blowout X
18+ , 8 p.m., $18-$20.
First Avenue

Jack Campbell (CD Release Show)
With the Person and the People, Stereo Confession, and the Social Disaster
18+., 8 p.m., $5.
Triple Rock Social Club

Song Exchange: Gary Louris and Haley Bonar
7 p.m., $20.
The Cedar Cultural Center

The May North
With Tour Funk
9-11 p.m., Free.
Harriet Brewing

The Miami Dolphins
With Animal Lover, the Funeral and the Twilight, and Swimsuit Area
10 p.m., Free.
Kitty Cat Klub

Van Stee
With Jill and PRSMS
9 p.m., Free.
Nomad World Pub

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