The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/19-5/25

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Monday, May 19

Haim with Tennis
The all-in-the-family L.A. trio Haim covered glossy magazines before they even released an album. When the 44 minutes of pop-rock power moves Days Are Gone actually arrived, the hype was warranted. There's no Diet Dr. Luke production or anything, no cheapskate swipes at stardom, and yet it sounds like the Haim sisters -- Este, Danielle, and Alana, each older and wiser than they seem -- have learned from Lady Gaga and Tom Petty in equal measure. It might have taken months to get these songs down in the studio, assisted by producers James Ford (Arctic Monkeys) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend). The key to it all, though, is that they flow so naturally they could've been written in 15 minutes apiece. Haim's live show is marked by their three-way vocal exchanges and, more than anything, the fascinating contortions of Este's "bass face." -Michael Madden
18+, $20, 7 PM

Cassandra Wilson
To mark the 20th anniversary of jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's landmark album Blue Light 'Til Dawn, Blue Note has reissued a digitally remastered version with three new live tracks from Wilson's 1994 European tour. Wilson, meanwhile, is on tour performing Blue Light in its entirety with guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Lonnie Plaxico, who played on the original album, plus drummer John Davis, guitarist Kevin Breit, and Gregoire Maret on harmonica. Blue Light was remarkable because Wilson used her smoky voice, unusual instrumentation, and idiosyncratic arrangements to create striking, sultry, jazz-infused versions of pop, blues, R&B, and folk nuggets rather than jazz standards. Her interpretations of tunes like Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on My Trail," Joni Mitchell's "Black Crow," and Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" profoundly influenced such singers as Norah Jones and Karrin Allyson.
$40-$60, 7 PM & 9 PM

David Lindley
$20/$22, 7 PM

Nightmares with PVRIS, Alive Like Me
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
15+, $10/$12, 6 PM

Blood Red Shoes with Radkey and BNLX
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Tuesday, May 20

Lady Gaga
$37-$202, 7:30 PM

Elbow with John Grant
18+, $30/$35, 7 PM

18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Communion Minneapolis with Neulore, Bootstraps, and Busy Living
18+, $9.50/$15, 7 PM

Seether with Black Stone Cherry and Skindred
All ages, $19.37, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 21

Hoodie Allen
All ages, $30, 5:30 PM

Black Label Society with Down
All ages, $29.50, 7:30 PM

18+, $25-$39.50, 7 PM

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
$35-$40, 7 PM

DE/VISION with Thought Thieves and DJ Nemo
18+, $13/$16, 8 PM

Ryan Traster (CD release) with Moonmaster and Julia Read
18+, $10, 8 PM

Thursday, May 22

Kids Like Us (album release)
Inspired by other Minneapolis musicians, friends Eli Fhima, Sam Wayne and Lizzie Fontaine formed the hip-hop group Kids Like Us in 2010. Since then, the three have developed a distinct sound by striking a balance between their individual performance personalities. Wayne builds upon his passion for acting by often rapping in character. Fhima explores emotional landscapes and societal issues. Vocalist Fontaine's bold voice provides a sense of optimism and positivity as the thread that ties the trio's common themes together. They will celebrate the release of their debut full length, When the Going Got Weird, with a party at the 7th Street Entry. Alex Wiley, 2 Jayz, and Nazeem open. Hosted by DJ Snuggles, with Tiiip on the decks and live art by Amo Tarvas. -Saran Stanley-Ayre
18+, $5/$8, 9 PM

Irv Williams
Listening to tenor saxophonist Irv Williams' burnished tone, his knowing way around a jazz ballad or the way he swings passionately through a standard, it's clear he's in his prime. What's extraordinary is the 94-year-old Williams' prime has endured for more than a half century. A key player on the Twin Cities jazz scene since the 1940s, Williams has "retired" more times than Michael Jordan, Brett Favre, and Jay Leno combined, but keeps turning up for regular gigs and knocking out great albums. His latest is Pinnacle, which he'll preview at the Dakota with Billy Peterson on bass and Steve Bluns on guitar. Album details are still sketchy, but the renowned Mr. Smooth will undoubtedly be in prime form. -Rick Mason
$7, 7 PM

Jackopierce with Cait Leary
$20/$25, 7 PM

Metronomy with Cloud Control
18+, $16/$18, 8 PM

Hip Hop Celebrates Memorial Day
With Sti-Lo Reel & Ced Linus, Aquafresh, cherry sky, $ota-Kold, Fresco Jakes, and more
18+, $5-$10, 8 PM

Kougar (EP release) with Naptaker and El Greco Explosive
$5, 8 PM

Friday, May 23

Black Weirdo: the Party
With THEESatisfaction, Sarah White, Sweetz P, Mamadu, DJ Just Nine, and more
18+, $12/$15, 7:30 PM

Muja Messiah (album release)
Wth Mike the Martyr, Metasota, Grip, Bobby Raps, DJ Simone Steppa Du Jour, and more
18+, $7, 8 PM

Dutty Moonshine with Menage Quad, Beak Nasty, and ADIX
18+, $10/$15, 8:30 PM

Paul Spring, Maple & Beech, and Dylan McFarling (triple EP release)
$6/$8, 8 PM

Warehouse Eyes (EP release)
With Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, Grand Courriers, Aaron & the Sea
$5, 8 PM

Astronomique  (album release) with Bollywood, Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir, and sloslylove
$5, 9 PM

With Hater Greg, Quadrillion Jackson, Wyld Lyf, Palladium a Cfans, Dappa Dan x Serious George, and more
18+, $5, 10 PM

Saturday, May 24

Memory Lanes Block Party
Memory Lanes (also Sunday)
With GRRRL PRTY, Black Market Brass, Southside Desire, and more Sat.; Deadstring Brothers, Eleganza!, Frankie Teardrop, and more Sun.
Free, 3 PM

The Faint with Reptar, Darren Keen
18+, $20-$35, 8 PM

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash with the Tommy Bentz Band
$10, 6 PM

Authority Zero with Torches to Triggers
$10/$13, 8 PM

Cinema in the Cemetery: Dreamland Faces
With a screening of 'The General'
$8/$10, 7 PM

Sunday, May 25

Soundset 2014
Rhymesayers Entertainment's seventh annual Soundset festival will be the local introduction to their flagship artist Atmosphere's newest album. Southsiders is Slug and Ant's first since 2011's The Family Sign, and tracks like "Camera Thief," "Bitter," and "Kanye West" are totally built to boom out of the speakers at Canterbury. Filling out the bill: Wiz Khalifa, Nas (celebrating the 20th anniversary of Illmatic), 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, Earlwolf (Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt), and more. The local hip-hop community is well-represented by Prof, Lizzo, and Lazerbeak, Dem Atlas, Dosh, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Allan Kingdom, K. Raydio & Psymun, and many other local MCs and DJs. The event will be hosted by Brother Ali, Sway Calloway, and J. Pratt. In addition to the music at the two main stages, the Fifth Element Tent, and the Essential Elements Tent, there will be, as in Soundset's past, a skateboarding competition, a custom car show, freestyle sessions, B-boy/B-girl competitions, and live paintings done by the Seventh Letter crew. -Erik Thompson
$55, 11 AM

Eels with Chelsea Wolfe
If Eels enigmatic engineer E hadn't ever encountered essentially every enervating emotion in his songwriting over the course of his career, the eleventh Eels album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett would seem to be a watershed of self-reflection. But E has frequently mused about loss, death, regret, pain and misfortune. These Tales include ruminations on all those angsts, plus stark personal assessments ("The world has no use for my kind"), and puzzling at the absence of cosmic answers, before finally brightening with a glimmer of cautious optimism. The mood is low-key, the music spare acoustic folk with lean, sculpted orchestrations enhancing E's insinuating melodies and affecting vocals (which sometimes approach Tom Waits' gritty torment). Opener Chelsea Wolfe regularly digs into similarly unsettling issues, crafting a dark, spooky sound out of a jumbled mix of folk, electronics, baroque pop, metal and doom. Backed by a violin and keyboard, she'll perform stripped down versions of songs from last fall's Pain Is Beauty. -Rick Mason
$34, 7:30 PM

Butch Thompson
$10/$15, 6:30 PM

Two Cow Garage with the Right Here and Empty Orchestra
18+, $12, 8 PM

Koo Koo Kanga Roo (CD release)
With Destroy Nate Allen at noon; Carroll and General B & the Wiz at 7 PM
$6, all ages at noon; 18+ at 7 PM

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