The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/31-4/6

St. Vincent -- See Wednesday
St. Vincent -- See Wednesday
Renata Raksha

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Monday, March 31

Da Mafia 6 with Twisted Insane, Whitney Peyton, and Sozay
18+, $25/$30, 6 PM

Fuel with Cage the Gods, Strange Daze, and Suit and Tie Genocide
18+, $18/$23, 7:30 PM

Boy & Bear
18+, $15, 7 PM

Hollow Earth, Old Wounds, Exalts, and Girl
18+, $8, 8 PM

Tuesday, April 1

Dum Dum Girls with Blouse
Always sounding a bit like a garage-rock take on Blondie's chic-pop stylings, Dum Dum Girls clean up and shine brightly on their third album, Too True. With band founder/sole mainstay Dee Dee reportedly having scratched the results of multiple recording sessions before settling in with producers Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner to finally finish the album, the end results exhibit a polished perfectionist streak that in the wrong hands could have rendered the songs inert; thankfully Dee Dee's darkly dramatic voice gives even the slickest tracks here a welcome edge. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $15, 7 PM

The Sounds with Blondfire and Strange Talk
18+, $20-$35, 7 PM

Bastille with To Kill a King
All ages, $18, 6 PM

Best in Brutality with Oceano, Broken Hope, Fallujah, Rivers of Nihil, and Kublai Khan
15+, $15, 5 PM

Remix Artist Collective with Panama Wedding and Ghost Beach
18+, $16-$25, 7 PM

Wednesday, April 2

Against Me! with Laura Stevenson and Cheap Girls
Against Me!, as the name implies, are both a confrontational and personal band. At times, their bark has been louder than their bite, but on the heels of their new Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the Laura Jane Grace-led group has found a new energy, one that indulges in self-exploration, but also hits on universal truths that extend far beyond the gender issues at play. While Grace is presently going through some very public changes and the record reflects that exhibitionist nature, Against Me! holds just as much anger and insight as ever. It's rare that a band can be this personal and avoid narcissism, but that's exactly what Against Me! achieve. -Loren Green
18+, $18/$20, 7 PM

The Orwells with Twin Peaks
As 20th-century English novelists go, Illinois garage rockers the Orwells might have gone with "the Burgesses" instead if it didn't have such a shitty ring to it. Considering the locker-bashing drums and knees-flexing guitar riffs, debut Remember When conjured up the boisterousness of Alex and his droogs in A Clockwork Orange. In 2013, the Orwells released two EPs, the second of which, Who Needs You, opened with the haymaker of a title track and continued with "Open Your Eyes" and "Salvation Is a Parking Lot," self-proclaimed "rip-offs" of the Misfits and Black Lips respectively. The band's second album, Disgraceland, promisingly produced by Dave Sitek and Chris Coady, is due out in June.
$12, 6:30 PM

Asking Alexandria
All ages, $25, 4:30 PM

David Broza
$40-$45, 7 PM

18+, $15/$18, 9 PM

Thursday, April 3

St. Vincent
St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, keeps making pop albums and veiling them as experimental rock. After infiltrating Dallas's gowned choral group the Polyphonic Spree, the Oklahoma-born singer-guitarist debuted on her own in 2007 with the whispery Marry Me. She'd follow-up stronger with each solo album hence, returning this February with a self-titled collection. (She also made a collaborative record with David Byrne, Love This Giant, in 2012.) For all its frantic-clockmaker guitar work, St. Vincent also has a mellow side: the piano ballad "I Prefer Your Love" attempts to explain why some things don't need an explanation, the title's reference point being Jesus himself. -Michael Madden
$25/$29.50, 7:30 PM

London Grammar with Vancouver Sleep Clinic
British indie-pop trio London Grammar's debut album, If You Wait, is simultaneously soulful and synthetic. While lead singer Hannah Reid's big voice and dynamic delivery undoubtedly command the spotlight, the crystalline guitar and smooth keyboard that frame it are equally alluring. It's perfect for Sade fans looking for a more modern take on similarly sophisticated sounds. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $15/$18, 7 PM

First Avenue's 44th Anniversary Party with Hipshaker, DJ Jake Rudh, Get Cryphy, Verb X, DJ Kevin Beacham, and more
18+, $5, 7 PM

Weekend with Cities Aviv and Oaks
18+, $10, 8 PM

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
$20/$22, 7 PM

Andy C with Loadstar, Mutrix, and Singularity
18+, $25/$30, 8 PM

Friday, April 4

Extreme Noise 20th Anniversary with Oswald Armageddon, Quincy Punx, Dillinger Four, The Strike, Man Afraid, and more
18+, $15, 6 PM (also Saturday)

Decibel Magazine Tour with Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem
$27.50/$30, 7 PM

Astronautalis with Toki Wright & Big Cats and K.Visions
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Leftover Salmon with The Giving Tree Band
18+, $25, 8 PM

The Colourist with Night Terrors of 1927 and The Wind + The Wave
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

One Night Stand College Tour with Heroes and Villains, Tropkillaz, Regulators, and The World Class Art Thieves
18+, $15, 9 PM

Saturday, April 5

Bun B with Kirko Bangs
As crucial as UGK was to the lifeblood of Southern rap, the passing of member Pimp C in 2007 put a premature end to a group that never truly fell off. But UGK's other half, the smooth-drawling, deep-voiced Bun B, has done an admirable job of maintaining their legacy while continuing to build his own. A solid run of solo albums kicked off in 2005 -- call it the Trill series, based off Trill, 2008's II Trill, and 2010's Trill O.G.. As integral to the representation of Texas hip-hop as Scarface, Bun's also had a gift for region-spanning teamups, with recent years seeing him nab a scene-stealing verse on Killer Mike's universally acclaimed R.A.P. Music and a solo record, Trill O.G.: the Epilogue, that compiles collaborations with everyone from Raekwon to 2 Chainz to Royce da 5'9". (Not to mention his titular contribution to Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book.)  When your voice is as authoritative and your keep-it-100 motivation is as unshakable as Bun's, you can record with anyone you want and still come out with the longest-lasting impression. -Nate Patrin
$25, 8:30 PM

Cloud Cult
$25, 7 PM (also Sunday)

Mindless Self Indulgence with Death Valley High and The Bunny the Bear
All ages, $25, 7 PM

The Meat Puppets with Moistboyz and The Thermos Brothers
18+, $15, 8 PM

Mason Jennings
$31.50-$36.50, 8 PM

PipJazz Live: The Dakota Combo
$25, 7 PM

Small Black with Snowmine and Aaron & the Sea
$10, 8 PM

Sunday, April 6

Tinariwen with The Melodic
Political upheaval has both plagued and inspired the North African Grammy-winning Taureg band Tinariwen. And it forced the group to trade one desert for another to record its new album, Emmaar. Turmoil in the Sahara sent Tinariwen to California's Joshua Tree area, whose harsh beauty can also be reflected in the band's sinuous, drone-like, haunting cry of electric guitars. After the acoustic orientation of 2011's Tassili, electric guitars again insistently pierce the group's undulating melodies. As on Tassili, a few American guests add subtle touches, including Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and Fats Kaplin's whiny pedal steel on "Toumast Tincha," plus Kaplin's swirling fiddle on "Imidiwan Ahi Tifhamam." But whatever the locale, Tinariwen's sinewy grace echoes a desert wind that originates deep in the Sahara. -Rick Mason
$32/$35, 7:30 PM

Local Natives
18+, $22/$25, 7 PM

Wild Ones with Bora York
18+, $8, 8 PM

Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Studdard
$35-$50, 7 PM & 9 PM (also Monday & Tuesday)
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