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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/26-6/1

Conor Oberst - See Sunday
Conor Oberst - See Sunday
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Monday, May 26


Victor Wooten
Victor Wooten is astoundingly eclectic, encompassing bluegrass, jazz, funk, R&B, rock, and fusions of every stripe. He co-founded the Flecktones with Béla Fleck, plays with three of his siblings as the Wooten Brothers, and has collaborated with everyone from Prince to Chick Corea, Bootsy Collins, and Branford Marsalis, earning a fistful of Grammys along the way. Wooten's latest albums were 2012's simultaneously released Words & Tones and Sword & Stone, featuring the same tunes in instrumental versions and interpreted by female vocalists. Live, expect a bass tutorial and likely a potent mix of jazz and soul. Wooten's touring group includes brother Regi on guitar, drummer Derico Watson, keyboardist Karlton Taylor, and vocalist Krystal Peterson. -Rick Mason
$27-$37, 7 PM & 9 PM

Man Overboard with Transit, Forever Came Calling, and Knuckle Puck
All ages, $12/$15, 5:30 PM

Sweet Ascent with Ampherium, The Usual Things, The Modern Era, and Downstairs Attic
18+, $8, 7 PM

Sit Kitty Sit with The Strait A's and Shot Memory
18+, $8, 8 PM

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

Tuesday, May 27

God Module with Die Sektor, Mordacious, and F.T.C.
$13/$15, 7 PM

The Goddamn Gallows with In Defence and Nihiltermos
8+, $10, 8 PM

Bad Bad Hats, Good Graeff, The Sudden Lovelys
18+, $8, 8 PM

Edison Atlantic (record release) with Names to Faces and The Velvet Pancakes
18+, $7, 7:30 PM

Dead Disco with GooLProof, DJ Tetzloff and Late Night 1s
Free, 9 PM

Wednesday, May 28

Angelic Upstarts with Victory and Brick Assassins
18+, $18, 9 PM

Gypsyhawk with Black Pussy and Nightosaur
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Ian Thomas Alexy & the Deserters with Silverback Colony
$6, 8 PM

Dean Magraw & the Prairie Rhythm Section
$7, 7 PM

Totally Gross National Product Night
Free, 10 PM

 

Thursday, May 29

Bill Charlap Trio
$25-$30, 7 PM

Papa with Louis and the Hunt
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

The Lawrence Arms with The Copyrights and Sam Russo
18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Natalie Stovall & the Drive
18+, $10/$12, 8:30 PM

Dallas Moore
$10, 9 PM

Wild!!Wing with STNNNG and Seawhores
$7/$8, 9 PM

Friday, May 30

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger with Syd Arthur
The tiger isn't the only ghost with a prominent role in Sean Lennon's and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band GOASTT. The sweeping, meticulously crafted baroque psychedelia on GOASTT's new (and first proper) album Midnight Sun is deeply influenced by John Lennon's Beatles experiments, from the heavy rocker "Too Deep" to the jewel-like "Johannesburg," featuring Muhl's evocative lead vocals. It's a kaleidoscopic garden of delights where John's legacy thrives in innumerable ways via melting vocals, serpentine guitars, buoyant harmonies, and Eastern modalities. At the same time Sean, while clearly embracing his roots, asserts his own artistic vision. He and Muhl, working with admirable assurance, invent a surreal soundscape of thrilling pop hooks, shifting layers of electronics and diverse rhythms, and a swirling, very contemporary sonic palette.  Opening will be Canterbury quartet Syd Arthur, which also inventively explores contemporary psychedelia on its latest, Sound Mirror. -Rick Mason
18+, $15, 8 PM

Girl Germs Live Tribute to Women in Rock
With Night Moves, Pink Mink, Strange Names, L'Assassins, Fury Things, more
18+, $10, 7 PM

BassRiot with Funtcase, Nostalgia, and Johnny Foreplay
18+, $15/$20 8 PM

Kishi Bashi with Busman's Holiday
18+, $13-$25, 8 PM

Six Months to Live 10
With Gypsy Bastards, Ill F.I.L.T.H., Massy Ferguson, Rezolution Wreck, and Swan Station
$10, 7 PM

Saturday, May 31

Swearin' with Bitter Canon and Griswold
Swearin's lack of self-seriousness makes them seem like a group who'd only play for a dozen friends. The scrappy, vaguely bookish indie rockers out of Philly take cues from '90s fuzz maestros like Pavement and the Breeders, but their songs seem to come so effortlessly that those acts might not be influences at all. Primary vocalists Allison Crutchfield (sister of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield) and Kyle Gilbride are distinct in tone if limited in range, a combination that nonetheless lends personality to their grungy throwdowns and acoustic whispers alike. Their two albums to date, 2012's self-titled and last year's Surfing Strange, are low-risk, sneakily hooky bursts without a weak song between them. -Michael Madden

The 4onthefloor with Murder By Death, White Iron Band, and American Scarecrows
18+, $20, 4 PM

Five on the Rise 2014
With Herschel and the Detainees, Bigtree Bonsai, Murzik, BBGun, and Lake Avenue
18+, $8/$12, 7 PM

The Poor Nobodys (album release) with Murder of Crows and Anonymous Choir
$10/$12, 7 PM

The Detroit Cobras with Pujol
18+, $15, 8 PM

Mayda (album release)
With Mixed Blood Majority, DJ Chris Neviator, Hiponymous Dance; hosted by Toki Wright
$8/$10, 9 PM

Audio Perm Dance Party 7
With Bobby Raps, Psymun, TIIIIIIIIIP, Adora Tokyo; hosted by Allan Kingdom
18+, $5, 10 PM

Sunday, June 1

Conor Oberst with Dawes
First Avenue (also Mon.)
Conor Oberst, one of our most foremost chroniclers of despondence, has released more than a dozen albums across a number of projects. The Omaha native's sheer songwriting intuition (he started recording when he was around 14), stormy strumming, and, above all, his crumbling-yet-fearless voice sound fresh even when paired with chord progressions we've heard a hundred times before. His brand-new Upside Down Mountain is a gentle outing, with straight-up compositions like "Hundreds of Ways" providing an easygoing pace. If it's not in the top tier of the 34-year-old's discography -- a level that includes Bright Eyes' Fevers and Mirrors and I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning -- its general friendliness makes for a collection of songs he should particularly enjoy playing live. -Michael Madden
18+, $30, 7:30 PM

Joe Ely with Lucette
Hailing from the wind-whipped Texas Panhandle, Joe Ely absorbed all the juicy sounds blowing by: Buddy Holly rock 'n' roll, honky-tonk, Tex-Mex, blues, rockabilly, country, and R&B. They all contributed to making Ely one of the finest songwriters in a state lousy with them, plus a fierce roots rocker who can get reflective with the flinty-eyed honesty that comes from peering at thunderheads building across the prairie. That's the tone of his latest album, 2011's Satisfied at Last, which assesses his life and times as he negotiates his 60s. Opening will be Lucette, a young singer-songwriter from Edmonton with a country-folk vibe laced with dark streaks of rock and blues. -Rick Mason
$27/$35, 7 PM

St. Paul & the Broken Bones
18+, $15/$17, 7 PM

A Wilhelm Scream with Counterpunch and Our Own End
18+, $15, 8 PM

The Lazy Kids with General B & the Wiz and Holographic Sands
18+, $5, 7:30 PM

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