The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/12-5/18

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Monday, May 12

Matt Pond PA with Emblems, The Lighthouse & the Whaler, and The Farewell Circuit
$13/$15, 7:30 PM

Stabbed in Back with The Shell Corporation and Deep Cuts
18+, $8, 8 PM

Free, 10 PM

JT's Jazz Implosion
$5, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, May 13

Motion City Soundtrack
$25, 6 PM

Jane Monheit
$30-$40, 7 PM & 9 PM

Powerman 5000 with 9Electric, Strate Jak It, and Dead Horse Trauma
18+, $13/$16, 7 PM

Voltaire with Ego Likeness and Trapezoids
18+, $12/$15, 7 PM

Ice Balloons with Babes and Brilliant Beast
$8/$10, 7:30 PM

Tera Melos with Holographic Sands and Hardcore Crayons
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Wednesday, May 14

The Idan Raichel Project
Keyboardist, singer, composer and producer Idan Raichel leads Israel's most popular band, something all the more extraordinary because in the volatile Middle East the Idan Raichel Project embraces multiculturalism and a message of hope and tolerance. The music on Raichel's latest, Quarter to Six, is primarily reflective international pop entwined with rich influences from the Mediterranean region and beyond. Elegant, generally acoustic arrangements, with occasional lean orchestrations, enhance the beauty of alluring melodies sung mostly in Hebrew. But an impressive array of guests, including fado star Ana Moura and Malian guitar monster Vieux Farka Touré, add lyrics in Portuguese, French, Arabic, Spanish and German for a stirring polyglot experience. Live, the Project will be a ten-piece band. -Rick Mason
$25-$60, 7:30 PM

Manchester Orchestra
All ages, $19, 5:30 PM

Pop Evil with Escape the Fate, Avatar, and Glamour of the Kill
16+, $19.50-$30, 6 PM

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
$35/$45, 7 PM & 9 PM

Truckfighters with Bloodnstuff and Red Desert
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Breakneck the Mage's Birthday Bash with Vision the Kid, Literati, Lifted Mindz, and Kuley
$5, 8 PM


Thursday, May 15

Wye Oak with Braids
If you take away an act's defining instrument, how much of their essence is also drained? Remarkably little, at least in the case of Baltimore/Portland duo Wye Oak, who subbed in synths for guitars on the fresh-out Shriek. After three albums of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack adopting alt rock's soft-to-loud dynamics, Shriek eradicates an itchy "indie folk" tag they never deserved in the first place. The songs can be breezy, as on the title track, but also ominous. The beats and Wasner's foreboding voice on "Glory" flicker like a bad bulb in a dark hallway. There's room for Wasner and Stack to gain even more expertise with the new equipment, but they're already on an exciting roll. -Michael Madden
18+, $16, 8 PM

Animal Lover EP release with STNNNG, Solid Attitude, and Les Deux Magots
Animal Lover has been blowing out basement windows around the Twin Cities and Fargo area for a few years now, but thanks to a spike in public demand for their Amphetamine Reptile-inspired heaviness they're moving above ground. Chalk that up to their particular take on the noise-punk territory, which combines the usual guitar pyrotechnics of the genre with grooving basslines reminiscent of Fugazi and occasional flashes of stomping garage riffage. Their new EP, entitled Guilt and out on local punk label Learning Curve records, solidifies their monstrous sound while dipping its toe into longer, epic instrumental workouts. -Zach McCormick
$6, 8 PM

Ragamala Dance & Rudresh Mahanthappa: Song of the Jasmine (also Fri-Sun)
This is the world premiere of Song of the Jasmine, an extraordinary collaboration between Twin Cities-based Ragamala Dance and acclaimed jazz alto saxophonist and innovative composer Rudresh Mahanthappa. Inspired by the South Indian heritage of Mahanthappa and Ragamala artistic directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Jasmine explores conflicting notions of identity, traditional and contemporary, spirituality and sensuality. Five Ragamala dancers will adapt the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam to Mahanthappa's hybrid of jazz and Carnatic music, including improvised passages by both musicians and dancers.  Colorado-raised, New York-based Mahanthappa has fused bop and avant-garde jazz with everything from punk rock and drum'n'bass to the South India stuff, which (similar to his Kinsman project) will dominate here. The band will include longtime associate Rez Abbasi on guitar, Carnatic flautist Raman Kalyan, Rajna Swaminathan on mridangam and violinist Anjna Swaminathan. -Rick Mason
$22-$30, 8 PM Thu-Sat, 2 PM Sun

Cage the Elephant with The Foals and J. Roddy Walston & the Business
All ages, $35, 6:30 PM

The Blasters with Pinata Protest
$15, 8PM

The Icarus Account with Hydra Melody, The Millennium, and Austin Plaine
15+, $12/$14, 6 PM

Friday, May 16

Art-A-Whirl weekend music (also Sat & Sun)
Various venues
Art-A-Whirl weekend has far too many sanctioned and unofficial events to list all of the indelible acts cramming every dram-house, tent, back alley, and artists' loft around northeast Minneapolis. What's important is that you're not caught snoozing while 331 Club, 612Brew, Indeed Brewing Co., Anchor Fish & Chips, Grumpy's NE, and countless others are busting open the outdoor partying season. Get more info at,, and by plugging the above-mentioned businesses' names into your search bar. -Reed Fischer

Pelican with Nothing and Sweet Cobra
Spending time in prison can provide plenty of time for songwriting. Philadelphia-bred shoegaze band Nothing's vocalist/guitarist Domenic "Nicky" Palermo did exactly that while serving out a sentence for attempted murder. After releasing the album Guilty of Everything earlier this year, Nothing have garnered acclaim for their haunting sound, a wall of noise accompanied by Palermo's soothing ghostlike vocals. (They also do a gorgeous cover of Low's "In Metal".) Headlining is Pelican, regarded highly for their instrumental atmospheric sound, tinged with elements of stoner rock and doom metal. -Sarah Stanley-Ayre
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Two Harbors record release with BNLX, Fury Things, Stereo Confession, DJ Jake Rudh
Two Harbors' new album, The Natural Order of Things, distills the massive guitar riffs and soaring choruses of early '90s Britpop and rekindles the fire of a bygone era. Frontman Chris Pavlich and Kris Johnson's wall of guitars give "There Is Love," "Be Forever," and "See You Down the Road" an Oasis-like bite that is more than welcome since the Gallagher brothers splintered their legendary band. The Minneapolis quartet's new material has slowly trickled out  live -- including a support slot for English buzz band Temples -- but this release show will be a chance to focus squarely on the most dynamic material of their career. -Erik Thompson
$7, 9 PM

Mirah with Loamlands and Led to Sea
$15/$18, 7 PM

Acid Mothers Temple with Perhaps
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Carrie Newcomer (CD release)
$20, 8 PM

18+, $25-$45, 8 PM

Haley Bonar (album release) with Anonymous Choir and DJ Shannon Blowtorch
18+, $15, 8 PM

Saturday, May 17

$39-$69, 8 PM

Stu Larsen
All ages, $14, 5:30 PM

Suzanne Vega with Ari Hest
$35-$45, 7 PM

Vaudeville (CD release) with Fifth Hour, The Phoenix Philosophy, and Venus on Fire
18+, $10/$13, 7 PM

S O H N with Mr. Little Jeans
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Potty Mouth with Fleabite and Strange Relations
$8/$10, 8 PM

Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
$16/$18, 8:30 PM

Sunday, May 18

Mogwai with Majeure
Glasgow's Mogwai are among the faces of instrumental rock's Mount Rushmore. They're a tad less ambitious than Godspeed and lean away from beautifully polished songs of Explosions in the Sky, but remain as creatively formidable as either. Stuart Braithwaite and his Glaswegian bandmates have emphasized such things as the power of massive guitars, architecting fortresses of Marshall stacks and maintaining a vigorous rhythm section. They're consistent, too, a streak that dates back to their mid-'90s origins, onto scores for Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait and The Fountain, Japanese bonus tracks, and beyond. Their album from January, Rave Tapes, is familiarly heavy, but it's also impressive during the more electronic compositions (for one, gale force closer "The Lord Is Out of Control").
18+, $20, 7:30 PM

Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
$30/$35, 7 PM

Lubomyr Melnyk
$18/$20, 7 PM

Windsor Drive with Avian and Preston Gunderson
18+, $8, 7 PM

Ellen Lease & Pat Moriarty featuring Michael Attias & Homer Lambrecht
$10, 8 PM

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