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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/28-5/4

Cloud Nothings -- See Thursday
Cloud Nothings -- See Thursday

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!


Monday, April 28

Devin the Dude with Berner, Potluck, Cool Nutz, J. Hornay, and Blaze 1
18+, $17, 8 PM

Joe Lovano & Us Five
$25-$40, 7 PM & 9 PM

Nelo with the Novel Ideas and the Betsies
$6, 7:30 PM

We/Ours
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, April 29

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Fear of Men and Ablebody
Kip Berman, frontman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has said his intention for the fuzzy indie-pop band going back to their 2009 debut has been to play music with his friends. This justifies any singer-songwriterly change while explaining why, despite Pains' revolving-door lineup, the band has been affixed to the same romantic framework. After going big on 2011's Belong, the band released third album Days of Abandon, which has its own share of brimming, sun-streaked moments, including the My Bloody Valentine arch of "Beautiful You." But more often, Berman sticks to altogether lower stakes, as on "Simple and Sure," which yearns (really yearns) to be both simple and sure, and "Eurydice," which yippees like Los Campesinos! or the Polyphonic Spree with more guitar parts than gowns. -Michael Madden
18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

Bombay Bicycle Club with Royal Canoe
18+, $20-$30, 7 PM

Lisa Marie Presley (also Wed)
$50, 7 PM

Peelander-Z with Downtown Brown and Koo Koo Kanga Roo
18+, $12, 8 PM

Jake Jones (EP release) with the Ericksons
$6, 10 PM

Wednesday, April 30

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys with The Cactus Blossoms
On his latest wild and woolly, rockin' and twangin' slab, Free State Serenade, former BR5-49 co-leader Chuck Mead conspires with His Grassy Knoll Boys to unearth the heart of prairie darkness that is his native Kansas. Although based in Nashville for two decades, Mead couldn't resist taking up some of the genuine, harrowing tales of his home state, including UFO encounters, Quantrill's Raiders' bloody Civil War skirmishes, the murders of Mead's childhood schoolmate and the farm family that Truman Capote wrote about in In Cold Blood. Laced with dark humor and fueled by the Boys' raucous waves of honky tonk, rockabilly, western swing, Bakersfield country and Appalachian-streaked primal rock 'n' roll, the tunes are grim only in their details, coming across like a Coen Brothers version of Kansas noir. -Rick Mason
$15, 7:30 PM

Twelve Foot Ninja
The Skyway Theatre (Studio B)
16+, $15.50, 6:30 PM

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs with Batteryboy
18+, $12, 8 PM

Uh Huh Her with DJ Kim Anh
18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Fair Oaks with Broken Bicycles and Graveyard Club
Free, 9 PM

 

Thursday, May 1

Cloud Nothings with Protomartyr
Raucous Ohio-reared indie-rockers Cloud Nothings started off their existence proffering short bursts of sunny power pop on 2010's Turning On and gradually shifted into darker and dirge-ier terrain by 2012's critically feted Attack on Memory. Their latest effort, Here and Nowhere Else, finds the band offering arguably its leanest set of songs ever, channeling the prickly post-punk spirit of early Spoon on taut and trebly tunes like the excellent "Psychic Trauma." Formed when front man Dylan Baldi was still in his teens, the band seems to unexpectedly becoming only more gloriously adrenalized with age. -Rob van Alstyne
$15, 8 PM

Angel Olsen with Promised Land Sound and The Awful Truth
Chicago's Angel Olsen is smoldering on the strength of her just-released third studio album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Clearly a kindred musical spirit of Sharon Van Etten, and possessor of a similarly world-weary and slightly twangy sound, Olsen is at her best when releasing occasional bursts of fiery indignation. Fire's blend of barbed bluesy rambles and hazy folk-pop rewards close listening and positions Olson as one of the most engaging Americana-inflected singer/songwriters of recent years. -Rob van Alstyne
$12/$15, 7 PM

Alter Bridge with Monster Truck
18+, $27.50/$29.50, 7 PM

Keri Noble (CD release)
18+, $25, 7 PM

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
18+, $8/$10, 8:30 PM

Friday, May 2

Carnage the Executioner
A proficient beat-boxer and rapidfire lyricist, local legend Carnage intends to tone down his explosive live set for a rare night at the Dakota he calls "Up Close and Merciful." With four-piece band the Last Band Stanin' behind him, this set will focus closely on his rapping and lyrical ability, taking Carnage's typically bombastic performances to new places. He's long been one of Minnesota's top live acts, but there's more to the music that his looped beat-boxing skills or his tongue-twister spitting. His complexity and craftsmanship will be on display like never before, and the new vibe ought to feel right at home at the intimate Dakota. -Jack Spencer
$8, 11:30 PM

Mystic Braves with Jack Ventimiglia and the Amendments
This L.A., psychedelia-obsessed quintet juggled several monikers (Blackfeet Braves, Mystic Rabbit) before settling on Mystic Braves and scoring an apropos gig opening for the reconstituted Zombies last year. With arch, undulating guitars, echoey vocals, billowy organ, streaks of garage and surf, and a hazy vibe to go with its groovy raphics, the Braves don't need much of a flashback to drop them into the same cosmic playground as '60 Southern California psychedelic relics like the Strawberry Alarm Clock and Electric Prunes. The songs on the Braves' new Desert Island are all well-crafted and played with the requisite flair of that era, resulting in trip worth taking this era as well. Two Minnesota artists sporting influences from the same period will open: Jack Ventimiglia, who has a jangly pop-folk vibe on his new Transdigital, and the Amendments, who incorporate splinters of '60s pop and rock. -Rick Mason
$10, 8 PM

Machine Gun Kelly with Sage the Gemini
All ages, $28-$35, 7 PM

New Century Sessions: Communist Daughter with Black Diet
$14-$20, 7:30 PM

The 1975 with Bad Suns and Sir Sly
18+, $20, 8 PM

The High 48s with Robbie Fulks and Don Stiernberg
$15, 7 PM

Saturday, May 3

Leon Russell with Riley Etheridge Jr.
So prolific and influential in the '70s that he was renowned as the Master of Space and Time, Leon Russell never stopped touring and recording, but virtually disappeared from popular view until Elton John collaborated with him on the 2010 album, The Union. With Universal's release this month of Life Journey, Russell at 72 essentially is back where he belongs, playing acoustic piano, working with a first-rate producer (Tommy LiPuma) and studio musicians, and allowing his soulful Tulsa drawl to seep deeply into a potent concoction of jazz, gospel, rock, blues, country and soul. The title and tune selections running from Robert Johnson to Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Billy Joel suggest Journey is a retrospective. Russell's interpretations do show where he's been, but  are so vibrant the road ahead beckons too, particularly via two new originals, the rollicking, salacious "Big Lips" and raucous trad jazz workout "Down In Dixieland." Opening will be Riley Etheridge Jr., who's known for literate, psychological songwriting but funks it up on his new The Straight and Narrow Way. He'll perform here as a duo with guitarist/mandolinist Kenji Shinagawa.
$35, 8 PM

Sonny Knight & the Lakers with the Honeydogs and Southside Desire
First Avenue
18+, $10/$15, 7 PM

Jesse Cook
Pantages Theatre
$33.50-$104

Anvil
Amsterdam
16+, $15, 6 PM

Dar Williams (also Fri.)
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$35, 7 PM

Lo-Fang with Kate Berlant
7th St. Entry
18+, $12, 8 PM


Sunday, May 4

Waka Flocka Flame
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+, $24-$32, 8:30 PM

Paganfest America Part V with Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, Varg, and Winterhymn
The Skyway Theatre (Studio B)
15+, $20/$25, 5 PM

Blessthefall
Mill City Nights
15+, $18/$20, 6 PM

Paul Thorn Band
The Cedar Cultural Center
$21/$23, 7 PM

Simon Townshend
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$25, 7 PM

Zeus with Cheers Elephant and Verskotzi
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 8 PM

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