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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 2/24-3/2

Body/Head -- See Thursday.
Body/Head -- See Thursday.
Photo by by Annabel Mehran

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Monday, February 24

Terence Blanchard
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Over his prolific, 30-plus-year career, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has scored dozens of films -- including most of Spike Lee's -- while remaining a compelling and significant post-bop jazz artist. On last spring's Magnetic, Blanchard's cool, silvery tone leads his fine quintet (and a few stellar guests) through a modern soundscape that acknowledges bop and New Orleans roots. Both of the latter are most prominent on "Don't Run," which also reflects the blues and features Ron Carter's majestically plump, swinging bass and Ravi Coltrane's sizzling soprano sax. Elsewhere subtle electronic effects color Blanchard's trumpet, lending bubbling funkiness to the title track and spaciness to "Hallucinations." Above all Magnetic is a wonderful band album in the tradition of Blanchard mentor Art Blakey, with drummer Kendrick Scott, pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Brice Winston, and bassist Joshua Crumbly all contributing tunes and glistening ensemble work. (Also Feb. 25.) - Rick Mason
$45, 7 PM


Tickle Torture, Ava Luna
$5, 9 PM

The Belle Game
$8/$10, 7 PM

Tuesday, February 25

Graveface Records Roadshow
Triple Rock Social Club
Though long-running indie label Graveface Records calls Georgia home, its ties to the local scene include recent releases from Minnesota music stalwarts like Dosh, Kid Dakota, and Haley Bonar's spazz-rock side project Gramma's Boyfriend. Bonar and co. will perform alongside a trio of other Graveface artists currently on tour across the nation. In keeping with the label's sonically adventurous spirit, they all sound markedly different from one another. The Casket Girls traffic in gothic electro-pop, while Dreamend's kaleidoscopic folk-rock will undoubtedly appeal to Animal Collective enthusiasts. Featuring the Casket Girls, the Stargazer Lillies, Gramma's Boyfriend, and Dreamend. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $10, 8 PM

Habib Koite & Bamada
The Cedar Cultural Center
Recent turmoil in Mali -- essentially a struggle to preserve the nation's rich multicultural heritage against Taliban-like troglodytes -- continues to elicit eloquent responses from its many superb musicians. Virtuoso acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter Habib Koité's newly released Soô, which means "home," is a simple concept that becomes profound in Mali's current context. Singing soulfully in several languages and characteristically incorporating diverse traditional elements from throughout the country, Koité addresses the crisis by celebrating Mali's roots, sharing its pleasures, waxing poignantly about war, and pleading for harmony. His music is sublime and seductive: alluring melodies picked with Western and Malian influences, simmering rhythms from djembe and calabash, Issa Kone's surprise turns on banjo, and subtle harmonies that sigh and whisper and seem to bring it all back home. -Rick Mason
All ages, $30/$35, 7 PM

Glasvegas with the Ceremonies
7th St. Entry
18+, $15, 7 PM

Wednesday, February 26

Hellfyre Club
7th St. Entry
Thanks to the likes of TDE and Brainfeeder, Los Angeles has earned a comparatively recent rep for cultivating a headspace for next-level hip-hop genius. But that didn't come overnight. Thanks to open-mic workshops and collective efforts like Project Blowed starting back in the '90s, the city that g-funk built was also a lab where indie visionaries from Freestyle Fellowship to Abstract Rude built up repertoires run through with quick-witted, battle-forged razor tongues. Nearly two decades after the first Project Blowed compilation, the Hellfyre Club crew put out Dorner vs. Tookie, a strikingly eclectic collection of punchlines, abstractions, technical joints, reflections, and just plain rappity-raps that continue to draw off the traditions that Project Blowed helped get off the ground. The MCs representing Hellfyre on this tour -- label founder/wiseass Nocando, the introspective Open Mike Eagle, incisive art-provocateur Busdriver, and the unpretentiously philosophical Milo -- are hard-hitting brainiacs, the types of rappers who knock your wig back because that gives them easier access to plant new seeds in your head. With Ecid. -Nate Patrin
18+, $12/$15, 8 PM

Dead Meadow with Dead Gurus & Flavor Crystals
Turf Club
21+, $15, 8 PM

Marijuana Deathsquads

$10, 10:30 PM, through Fri.

 

Thursday, February 27

Body/Head
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Following the dissolutions of her marriage to Thurston Moore and their influential, iconic band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon formed Body/Head with guitarist Bill Nace. It's a largely improvisational duo, both wielding electric guitars that define a succession of brash sonic textures, mostly atonal and arrhythmic, while Gordon whispers and howls ragged phrases or wordless vocal sounds. Their first album, Coming Apart, is an abstract construction of drone, noise, feedback and fleeting blues and rock references, essentially an aural expression of Gordon's conceptual art roots. The result, hardly random, is a powerful exploration of raw, conflicting, often fused emotions, ranging from passion to anguish. Their harrowing cover of "Black Is The Color of My True Love's Hair," for instance, features a long stormy, dissonant passage of shrieking guitars followed by Gordon's almost disembodied but tormented (and arguably deeply ironic) recitation of the lyrics. Minneapolis musician Paul Metzger will play an opening set on his 23-string banjo. This gig is the first in a new contemporary music series at the MIA dubbed Sound.Art. -Rick Mason
All ages, $20/$22, 6:30 PM

The Southern Theater Sessions with Gabriel Douglas, Nick Costa, the Farewell Circuit, batteryboy, the Melismatics, and more
The Southern Theater
$30 for three-day pass, 6:30 PM Thu-Fri, 6 PM Sat.

Purple with Ringo Deathstarr, Vats
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Stanley Clarke
$35-$50, 7 PM

Friday, February 28

Richie Ramone
The Belmore/The New Skyway Lounge
Richie Ramone (née Richard Reinhardt, aka Richard Beau) was the third drummer for punk rock pioneers The Ramones, manning the skins for about four years and a trio of albums in the mid '80s. It was a period when the band struggled with direction, initially reclaiming its legacy (with Too Tough To Die), then squandering it. After leaving the band over a revenues dispute, Richie essentially was missing in action for a quarter century, recently resurfacing and releasing his first solo album, Entitled, last fall. Revisiting a handful of songs he wrote for The Ramones (including "I'm Not Jesus" and "I Know Better Now") and matching them with new material, Richie touches on The Ramones' punk ethos but more often wanders metal-ward with classic shredder Tommy Bolan lacing thick guitar lines throughout. Live, Richie reportedly will lead a quartet featuring guitarist Alex Kane, bassist Clare Misstake and rhythm guitarist Ben Reagan, who also takes over on drums when Richie steps out front on vocals, usually a guttural howl that remains an acquired taste. -Rick Mason
$12/$15, 8 PM

Broken Bells with Au Revoir Simone
First Avenue
18+, $30/$35, 8 PM


We Were Promised Jetpacks with Honeyblood
18+, $14, 8 PM

Saturday, March 1

The Sonics with the Suicide Commandos and Curtiss A & the Jerks of Fate
First Avenue

Think back to what you consider to be the first punk rock album. The Ramones' 1976 debut? Nah, go a few years earlier. New York Dolls in '73? Getting warmer, but head West. The Stooges' first LP or the MC5's Kick Out the Jams? Crucial stuff, sure, but the racket out of '69 Detroit still had precedent. Credit where it's due, then, to Tacoma's own The Sonics, whose 1965 debut Here Are the Sonics and its fittingly-titled 1966 followup Boom are generally classified as garage rock but are noisier, more abrasive, heavier, and just plain more set-fire-to-your-speakers crazy than any band to pick up that mantle until Iggy and them gave it a shot later that decade. And while later punks tried transcending old rock'n'roll traditions by subverting or mocking them, the Sonics simply revamped the previous standards of rock by fitting a supercharger to them, loving it so much they practically shook the whole damn structure apart. The lineage between Little Richard and Nirvana was never clearer as it was when keyboardist/frontman Gerry Roslie let loose with one of his bloodcurdling wails, and their ferocious originals -- "Psycho," "Strychnine," "The Witch" -- now feel as definitive as earthshaking songs like "Blitzkrieg Bop" or "T.V. Eye," while still coming from the tradition that made their versions of "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Money (That's What I Want)" so concussive. -Nate Patrin
18+, $25/$50, 7 PM

Trisha Yearwood
Mystic Lake
$55-$69, 8 PM

Dirt Nasty X Little Debbie with Kids Like Us
18+, $20-$25, 8:30 PM 

Sunday, March 2

King Buzzo (of the Melvins)
$12, 7 PM

Wanting
All ages, $25, 6 PM

Gardens & Villa with Waterstrider

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