The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/14-4/20

Speedy Ortiz -- see Tuesday
Speedy Ortiz -- see Tuesday

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Monday, April 14

Paris Combo
$20-$27, 7 PM & 9 PM

The Men with The Silver Palms
18+, $12, 7:30 PM

Circle Takes the Square with Gay Witch Abortion and Lungs
18+, $10, 8 PM

Shakey Graves with Goodnight, Texas
$12/$14, 8 PM

Chris Bates (CD release)
$10, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, April 15

Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz is the rare post-punk band that's both musically ferocious and lyrically complex. The Massachusetts quartet began when former NYC rocker Sadie Dupuis felt the music-making urge overtake her once more while studying for her MFA at UMass-Amherst. Since forming in 2011, they've unleashed two full-length albums and three EPs to an increasingly fervent fanbase. Their latest effort, the four-track Real Hair EP, finds the band incorporating slightly more hook-heavy, pop-friendly arrangements on songs like the aptly titled "Everything's Bigger" while still sporting serious love for serrated-edge guitar playing. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $8/$10, 7:30 PM

Chuck Ragan & the Camaraderie with The White Buffalo and Johnny Two Bags
Chuck Ragan made his name in the seminal post-hardcore band Hot Water Music, but his solo work has taken priority in later years. With the release of Till Midnight, his fourth solo LP, it's time to recognize his accomplishments without the amplifiers. Ragan's solo work is firmly folk, but rooted in country and punk just as much as any singer-songwriter focus. His gruff voice has soothed a touch as he's learned the solo trade, but the themes remain everyman and coarse, songs for calloused hands and broken hearts that prefer to look at the rougher side of life. -Loren Green
18+, $17/$20, 7 PM

Riff Raff with Grandtheft
18+, $20, 8 PM

Poncho Sanchez
$30-$35, 7PM & 9PM

18+, $20, 7 PM

Wednesday, April 16

Avery Tare's Slasher Flicks with Dustin Wong
18+, $14, 8 PM

Here Come the Mummies
18+, $20/$30, 7 PM

The Skyway Theatre (Studio B)
All ages, $25, 5 PM

Soul Birthed Us: A Celebration of Soul Music
With Bdot Croc, Lia Renee Dior, and Danami & the Blue
$7/$10, 7 PM

Granger Smith
$10/$12, 8:30 PM

Thursday, April 17

Colin Stetson with Sarah Neufeld
Bass saxophone innovator Colin Stetson has performed as a touring member of indie-rock icons Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, and favors a similarly expansive approach in his ambient jazz solo experiments. Over the past decade, Stetson's circular-breathing based technique has resulted in alluringly odd woodwind/saxophone compositions that hold much in common with densely layered electronic music. Stetson's latest album, New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light, features falsetto vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon that add ethereal eeriness to Stetson's already plenty spooky soundscapes. -Rob van Alstyne
$15/$18, 7 PM

Mark McGuire with Jenny Hval
Guitarist Mark McGuire started out with sedative Cleveland instrumental droners Emeralds, who disbanded a couple years ago. But our best music databases show more than 30 McGuire releases across different formats since 2007. His signature move has always been a kind of serrated solo that strikes like lightning without accompanying rain, and February's Along the Way has some of those. The album bristles with mandolin and piano droplets on top of the nomadic guitar parts. It also comes with something like 8,000 words of liner notes, effectively answering all questions about the intent of McGuire's assembly line productivity. -Michael Madden
$10, 8 PM

Twenty One Pilots with NONONO and Hunter Hunted
The hyperactive glitch-pop of Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots fits our current mash-up cultural moment perfectly. Their major label debut album, Vessel, darts between oddball rap, Glee-styled mega-crooning and agit-rock rioting -- often within a single song. Genre-hopping this extreme is admirable in theory, but often overwrought in practice. With Katy Perry/Adele producer Greg Wells aboard, Vessel is Twenty One Pilots' voyage toward the mainstream spotlight. Anyone wondering what Fun would sound like if they prominently incorporated backpack-rap into the mix will be delighted. With NONONO and Hunter Hunted. -Rob Van Alstyne
All ages, $26, 6 PM

Delta Rae
18+, $20-$30, 7 PM

G. Love & Special Sauce with Ethan Tucker
18+, $25, 7:30 PM

Friday, April 18

Duluth Homegrown Twin Cities Invasion
Before Duluth's yearly Homegrown Music Festival turns the city into loud, fitful ball of rock clatter later this month, get a taste at the Turf with four North Country bands. Led by Southwire's soul, folk, and rap infusion, the night is a distillation of a weird, passionate scene that keeps their local population sane (or properly crazy) through long, frigid winters. Alan Sparhawk's the Black-Eyed Snakes tear at their blues melodies until their knuckles are bloody, and both the atmospheric (Portage) and the infectious (Low Forms) sides of rock will be represented too. Then, get prepped for April 27, when Homegrown begins in earnest. -Reed Fischer
$7, 9 PM

Kill Kancer Benefit
An eclectic, essentially all-star array of local musicians, plus the fabled "special guests," will gather at the Cedar for this benefit to support Kill Kancer, a non-profit cancer fighting organization founded by Mary Beth Mueller, wife of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller. Although Karl lost his battle with esophageal cancer, his memory has spurred continuing efforts to combat the disease and promote healthy lifestyles, now coming together as KK. Announced performers will include Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, the alt-country band Silverback Colony, indie Americana outfit Communist Daughter, country-tinged folk-rockers Taj Raj and West Bank blues/R&B icon Willie Murphy. -Rick Mason
$25, 7 PM

Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli: Straighten Up and Fly Right
$35-$70, 8 PM

Particle with Freekbass
18+, $15/$17, 8:30 PM

Goth Trad
18+, $10, 9 PM

Saturday, April 19

Kudzu boogie is the shorthand the western North Carolina band Turchi uses to describe its bristling fusion of hard Mississippi Hill Country blues, southern rock, southern fried boogie and pungent Memphis soul, newly captured on the sizzling, salty slab Can't Bury Your Past. Namesake Reed Turchi (who runs the blues label Devil Down) is a fiery guitarist who especially likes to lace the tunes with slithering slide and a raspy vocalist who doesn't so much sing as use his growly drawl to pepper the tunes with hellfire tales of loneliness, obsession and retribution.  Bassist Andrew Hamlet and drummer Cam Weeks conjure drone-like Hill Country grooves while Art Edmaiston's dirty bari sax and Anthony Farrell's blustery organ put a saucy Memphis spin on harrowing escapades like "(We Could Still Be) Each Other's Alibi." -Rick Mason
$10, 8 PM 
(Also at the Turf Club Sun. with Bad Bad Hats and Naptaker; $5, 7 PM)

Tyte Jeff EP release with Valet and The Ronnie Buxtons
It's been six long years since Twin Cities post-punk band the Plastic Constellations' joyful swan song, We Appreciate You. Now ex-TPC cog Jeff Allen returns with a wizened wit and hooks to spare as Tyte Jeff. Allen's new outfit trades in spiky electric guitars for piano-led folk rock, but retains the skewed vocals and boisterous group battle cries that made his old band such fist-pumping fun. Their self-titled debut EP features Allen's rueful ruminations on aging ("We never think when we grow up/ That we'll push paper around or meekly bow down/ No kids ever day dream of underwriting loans or answering phones all day long") alongside satirical self-critiques ("Watch these rockist dads/ Chucks and Vans, plain and square/ Finger-waggin' at those synthy kids, pining for the way things used to be/ Oh wait that's me") with dazzling skill. With Valet, the Ronnie Buxtons. -Rob van Alstyne
$5, 8 PM

4th Annual Record Store Day Block Party
With Black Diet, The Brian Just Band, Chastity Brown, The Ericksons, Martin Devaney, and more.
Free, 11 AM-9 PM

Celtic Fiddle Festival
$25/$28, 7 PM

18+, $25-$30, 7 PM

Sunday, April 20

ScHoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples
18+, $25/$30, 7PM & 11 PM

The Orb with IMP and Deep Mix Minneapolis
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

Beenie Man
18+, $23/$30, 8 PM

Awkward Bodies (album release) with Party of One and PRGRPHS
18+, $5, 8 PM

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