The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 2/2-5

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Monday, February 2

American Primitive
With Matt Sowell, Kyle Fosburgh, and Nic Garcia
7:30 p.m., Free.
Clown Lounge At The Turf Club

Chris Potter Quartet
Over the past two decades, Chris Potter has emerged as a premier post-bop saxophonist, combining marvelous expression, tone and an abundance of ideas. He's had notable stints with Red Rodney, Paul Motian, Mingus Big Band and Dave Holland, among many, and issued a succession of his own albums showing off his instrumental prowess and impressive compositions. His new Imaginary Cities ups the ante again. Adding vibes, two basses and a string quartet to his core quartet, Potter created the Underground Orchestra, which operates as a fully integrated jazz band (not a jazz-classical fusion), with improvisations all around. The centerpiece is the four-movement title suite, which explores utopian ideals in an expansive context both intimate and free-flowing, textured with intrigues big and small. Potter's erudite, sometimes scorching horns provide the anchor, but everyone steps up and knocks this ambitious, fascinating, thoroughly engaging music out of the park. Potter's touring quartet includes guitarist Adam Rogers, electric bassist Fima Ephron and drummer Nate Smith. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $25-$15. -- Rick Mason
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (Also Tuesday)

Hill House Chamber Concerts: Last Words
Featuring Karin Wolverton and Helen Chang Haertzen
7:30 p.m., $22.
James J. Hill House

With Blackwood, Pale Spectre, and Curt Open
7:30 p.m., $5.
7th St. Entry

With Nothing More, Wovenwar, and Thank You Scientist
16+., 5:30 p.m., $19-$21.
The Varsity Theater

Peter Miller
With Joey Ryan and Mike Noyce
9 p.m., Free.

Tuesday, February 3

With Wicked Inquisition, the Wolf Council, and Hanan
8 p.m., $5.
Triple Rock Social Club

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
18+., 7 p.m., $20.
Fine Line Music Cafe

Jake Ilika
With Undlin & Wolfe
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Josh Persian
9 p.m., Free.
Lee's Liquor Lounge

London Grammar
With Until The Ribbon Breaks
After London Grammar's November show was postponed due to scheduling conflicts, the British electro-whisperers are back on the road. The trio of Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman, and Dot Major are revered overseas for their ambient down-tempo rattlers and Reid's affected vocal style. Their 2013 debut If You Wait is certified platinum in the U.K., but a bigger launching point in the States awaits. That Dior commercial starring Charlize Theron features the Euro buzzmakers' song "Hey Now," but expect a bigger splash once a follow up arrives. 18+., 7 p.m., $22-$24. -- Jerard Fagerberg
First Avenue

Mad Rounds
With What Tyrants, Fret Rattles, and New Rocket Union
8 p.m., $5.
7th St. Entry

With Holler House and Animal Lover
9 p.m., Free.
Kitty Cat Klub

Wednesday, February 4

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic
With Homeboy Sandman and DJ Abilities
Indie hip-hop icon Aesop Rock found an anchor when he started rapping with Rob Sonic. The legendarily esoteric Rock took his run-to-the-dictionary stilo back to his roots, and the newly christened Hail Mary Mallon was born. Last year, the pair released Bestiary, a playful romp that showcased the pair's greasy chemistry with blacktop verse-trading and dizzying wordplay. Though DJ Big Wiz isn't behind the HMM boards anymore, local Superman DJ Abilities will be on the ones and twos, which is as close to an upgrade as you can get. 18+., 7:30 p.m., $17-$20. -- Jerard Fagerberg
First Avenue

Anti-Human: Live Electronic Music v2.1
With Naughty Wood, Sentry, Yellow Hyper Balls, and Sunk
8 p.m., $5.
7th St. Entry

Bjorn Olaf
With International Karate and Jeremy Warden & Ego Death
9 p.m., Free.
Kitty Cat Klub

With L'Assassins and They Live
8 p.m., $8-$10.
Triple Rock Social Club

Erik Koskinen
10 p.m., $8.

Gabe Barnett & Them Rounders
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Free.
Harriet Brewing

John Elliott & Brianna Lane
9 p.m., $6.
Aster Cafe

Rachel Roberts Band
9 p.m., Free.

Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil
With Mallory Knox and PVRIS.
All ages., 6 p.m., $29.50-$35.

With Flintlock and Personhurter
8 p.m., $5.
Turf Club

The Dead Pigeons
9:30 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Tower Of Power
Hipper than the hip standard for going on half a century is longstanding paragon on Oakland soul, Tower of Power. Since the late '60s, the boys from the bay have been blazing through their horn-heavy, groovilicious brand of R&B, knockin' themselves out, and revisiting such indelible hits as "You're Still A Young Man" and, of course, answering the eternal question, "What Is Hip?" Four founding members are still with TOP: tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, bari saxophonist Doc Kupka, bassist Rocco Prestia and drummer David Garibaldi. Longtime vocalist Larry Braggs retired a year or so ago. Ably filling his slot is Ray Greene, a Boston-based Georgia native with roots in gospel, soul and jazz. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $35-$70. -- Rick Mason
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (Through Saturday)

Thursday, February 5

A New World: Music From Final Fantasy
Featuring Arnie Roth, Benyamin Nuss, and the New World Players
7 p.m., $40.
Amsterdam (Also Friday)

With Technician, Wild!Wing, and Inirie
8 p.m., $5.
Triple Rock Social Club

Dr. Dog
With Phox
Indie rock as jam rock vets Dr. Dog just released their first live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, but they're doing the Twin Cities a couple better with three shows in a row. Recorded during 20 tour dates last year, the record ties together recent live favorites from their years signed to Anti-, as well as a few dating back the superior songwriting of Fate and We All Belong. Minnesota has a particularly ravenous love affair with the '60s folk-pop revivalists, so expect all the shadow people to be there belting out the choruses. 8 p.m., $25. -- Jerard Fagerberg
Turf Club

9:30 p.m., Free.

With Monophonics
18+., 8 p.m., $25-$27.
First Avenue

Joey Joey Michaels
With Lazy Kids
9 p.m., Free.
Kitty Cat Klub

Sarah Morris & Thomas Nordlund
9 p.m., $6.
Aster Cafe

Tabah Yames
With Elizabeth Ghandour and the Highburners and Lee Henke
9:30 p.m., Free.
331 Club

The Anatomy Of...
With Lydia Liza
7 p.m., $5.

Wild Child
With i like you.
18+., 8 p.m., $12-$14.
7th St. Entry


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