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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/24-3/30

The Internet -- See Monday
The Internet -- See Monday
Devon Jefferson

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Monday, March 24

The Internet with Allan Kingdom
Odd Future proved the diversity of their collective sound by pushing alt-R&B duo the Internet's Purple Naked Ladies for their official debut as a full-fledged label in 2011. The spacey, experimental material from Syd tha Kid and Matt Martians is distinctly more chilled than that of their Wolf Gang counterparts, incorporating a grab bag of elements from neo-soul to Tyler, the Creator's more Badu-inspired moments. Their recent album Feel Good tightens their core exploratory nature by adding stronger hooks and more confidence from frontwoman Syd, and this all-ages set at Triple Rock will push even further with their full band in tow.
All ages, $17, 7 PM

The Splendid End with Cadence & the Wolf and Surgery at the Hands of Machines
18+, $5, 8 PM

Kind Red Spirits with Old Desert Road and Danny Morrison & the 241s
$5, 7 PM

Reina del Cid & the Cidizens
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, March 25

Jimmie Vaughan
Texas guitar slinger Jimmie Vaughan founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson in 1974. Both the T-Birds and Vaughan became legendary figures in their Austin hometown and across the globe for their influential take on tough, swaggering Texas R&B, roadhouse, and jump blues. Among those who took notice was Vaughan's younger brother, Stevie Ray, who forged his own distinctive path before tragedy struck. Jimmie launched a solo career after leaving the T-Birds and remains an Austin stalwart. He recently released two rippling, scintillating volumes (Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites) of relatively obscure nuggets from the likes of Jimmy Reed, Roscoe Gordon, Roy Milton, and Huey Meaux. The sound on each is lean, no-nonsense, and wonderfully immediate. Vaughan's guitar lines are terse and laser sharp, especially when offset by the horns, and sparks especially fly when he trades vocals with the fabulous Lou Ann Barton, who'll be along at the Dakota and alone is worth the price of admission.
$42-$52, 7 PM

The Strypes - POSTPONED
The Strypes sure can tear into Muddy Waters's "Rollin' and Tumblin'" or Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover" with youthful abandon. With harmonica and guitar wailing, bass and drums rumbling, 50 years disappear and then-young blues-rock mavericks like the Yardbirds and Rolling Stones reemerge, basking in their raw exuberance. Initially inspired by their parents' record collections, the Strypes, a quartet of Irish teenagers, honed their chops at marathon pub and hotel gigs while absorbing influences ranging from classic pub rock to wizened blues pioneers. Along the way they picked up such fans as Jeff Beck, Elton John, Chris Difford, and Paul Weller. The Strypes' debut album, Snapshot, is a treat, the astute covers rounded out with fine originals in the same spirit, all wired with gritty, bristling energy.
18+, $12/$14, 7 PM

Young the Giant with Vance Joy
18+, $25, 7 PM

The Neighbourhood
18+, $25, 7:30 PM

Sam Roberts Band
$13/$15, 7 PM

Wednesday, March 26

Real Estate with Pure X
Formerly the breeziest blog-buzz band in all the land, New Jersey quintet Real Estate used to pen carefree songs with titles like "Lets Rock the Beach." Those days are long gone. On their recently released third album, Atlas, the lyrical mood darkens considerably even as the guitars chime as brightly as ever. The band still relies on Matt Mondanile's airy electric guitar spirals to command the spotlight, with front man Martin Courtney's low-key tenor largely just another texture lurking in the background. That's something of a shame as he turns in the strongest lyrics of his career, shifting his focus from the halcyon days of youth to rocky transitions into adulthood. Melancholia rarely gets this effortlessly melodic and imminently listenable. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

James Vincent McMorrow with Aidan Knight
$15/$18, 7 PM

Transmission: Ladies of the '80s
Free, 10 pm

Claudia Schmidt
$25, 7 PM

Whitewater Ramble
$8/$10, 8:30 PM

Thursday, March 27

Drive-By Truckers with Blitzen Trapper
After essentially putting out an album annually since the late '90s, Southern gothic rockers Drive-By Truckers took three years between Go-Go Boots and their new studio effort, English Oceans. In the interim, Matt Patton replaced Shonna Tucker on bass, third guitarist John Neff also left and, at least on Oceans, Mike Cooley's songs now essentially get equally billing with Patterson Hood's. Both Cooley and Patterson still write about a rogue's gallery of torturously twisted Southern characters struggling with life's pitfalls. Cooley has the more deft psychological touch, writing about "a girl as plain as a primer coat," contributing the album's fiercest rocker (the horn-stoked, Stones-like "Shit Shots Count") and its most lyrical tune, the poignant, honky-tonkish "Natural Light." Blitzen Trapper's eclectic Portlandia Americana has always had a Southern exposure, but its Southern fried conceits have really floated to the surface on American Goldwing and last fall's VII, the latter also often stirring hip-hop into the brew for cosmic laughs. -Rick Mason
18+, $22/$25, 7 PM

Green River Ordinance with Elenowen and Marc Scibilia
18+, $12/$15, 7 PM

Ying Yang Twins with Rawgee, Nimo the Hooligan, Absent, and DJ D.Mil
$20, 7 PM

Skaters with Team Spirit and Bollywood
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Meklit
$15/$18, 7 PM

 
Friday, March 28

Future Islands
Heartbroken synth-pop heroes Future Islands' fourth album, Singles, is a document worthy of their high-drama live poise. Single "Seasons (Waiting on You)" shall lead the emotionally raw and unflinching collection into the hearts of America this year. Frontman Samuel T. Herring's outsized stage personality has been keeping audiences rapt in tiny clubs for the past five years with unhinged vocals surge atop minimalist mechanical drum machines, rubbery bass lines and delightfully sprightly keyboard textures. Now signed to indie-label heavyweight 4AD and with a David Letterman endorsement, they have the goods to make the inevitable leap to headlining larger clubs in the very near future. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Juicy J with Travi$ Scott and Project Pat
18+, $26-$40, 8:30 PM

New Century Sessions: Dessa with A Piano in Every Home
$25-$39, 7:30 PM

The Suburbs with Johnny Rey and DJ Jake Rudh
18+, $20/$25, 8 PM

Martin Sexton
$35-$38, 7:30 PM

Breathe Carolina with Jonny Craig, Ghost Town, and Divided by Friday
All ages, $16/$19, 5:30 PM

The Mill City Devils (album release) with Battlefish, The Devil Blues Band, and Black Church Service
$8/$12, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 29

Warpaint with Cate Le Bon
These days, Los Angeles four-piece rockers Warpaint have become more textural and impressionistic than they let on with their debut, 2010's The Fool. With their self-titled sophomore album produced by Mark "Flood" Ellis (U2, Smashing Pumpkins) and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), Warpaint unravel like celestial curtains, the drums expansive but not showy, the bass every bit as vital as the six-string, the odd synth never calling much attention to itself. Self-described as "ghost pop," it's mostly love songs with more emphasis on twists of and mood than on bubbly optimism. Case in point: "Love Is to Die." -Michael Madden
18+, $16/$18, 8 PM

Jake Clemons
Although replacing the enormous, inimitable spirit of Clarence Clemons is impossible, the Big Man's muscular tenor saxophone sound lives on in the E Street Band thanks to nephew Jake Clemons. But Jake is also a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader in his own right, now touring with his own band in support of last December's Embracing Light EP after wrapping up a South Pacific swing with Springsteen. Three tunes are infectious rockers laced with jazz, blues and soul, Jake's tenor repeatedly stepping in with soaring authority. The title cut is a soulful ballad that showcases Jake's high tenor voice. Finally, "Carry Me Through" is an acoustic folk-soul opus, impassioned vocals slipping into an emotional sax solo. -Rick Mason
18+, $10/$12, 9:30 PM

Scott H. Biram with Larry & His Flask and Whiskey Shivers
18+, $13, 9 PM

Otis Clay
$25-$35, 7 PM & 9 PM

The Big Wu with Jill Mikelson & the New Gruv
$12/$15, 7 PM

Blue Felix (EP release)
18+, free, 8 PM

Sunday, March 30

Perfect Pussy with Condominium and the Miami Dolphins
Syracuse hardcore act Perfect Pussy, who get censored in their own press releases, are just as fearless with their music as they are in name. The profane, passionate frontwoman Meredith Graves is a sure bet to go bananas, screaming lovingly atop mucky non-arrangements of highly flammable guitars and limbs-flailing drums. After debuting last year with an 11-minute sprint of an EP, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling, Perfect Pussy followed up this year with Say Yes to Love. During smoother, daresay melodic stretches like "Interference Fits," it confirms that there's something to this band beyond the name and the sheer chaos. -Michael Madden
18+, $8/$10, 7:30 PM

Gary Numan with Big Black Delta, Roman Remains, and DJ Jake Rudh
18+, $25/$30, 8 PM

Alejandro Escovedo
$37-$45, 7 PM

Marsha Ambrosius with K.Raydio & Psymun
18+, $18/$20, 8 PM

Bend Sinister with Panther Ray and Bear the Sound
$8/$10, 8 PM
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