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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/5-5/11

Chromeo -- See Tuesday
Chromeo -- See Tuesday
Timothy Sacenti

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Monday, May 5

Patrick Park with Symbol and Surface
18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

Teenage Moods with 1-800 BAND and Mystery Date
18+, $6, 8 PM

Morgan James (also Tue.)
$25, 7 PM

The Roe Family Singers
Free, 9 PM

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

Tuesday, May 6

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age have gone through a number of lineup changes and progressions in sound since forming out of the ashes of Kyuss in 1996, but have stayed true to the core of their heavy-rock roots over the course of six albums. Last year's ...Like Clockwork was influenced largely by frontman Josh Homme's deep depression following a near-death experience after knee surgery, but their seductive swagger and giant riffs cut through the dark material to birth their best effort in years. Their live show is always something to behold, and the band's masterful balance of pop chops and blistering rock 'n' roll come out 10 times bigger than on record. -Jack Spencer
$32.50-$39.50, 7:30 PM

Chromeo with Oliver
Chromeo's hookup humor and brainy grooves -- bedecked with synth clouds, swerving guitar, and bubbly bass -- have kept the Montreal electro-pop duo charming for more than a decade. Since debuting with the kinetic "You're So Gangsta" in 2002, David Macklovitch (Dave 1) and Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) have been more consistent than prolific. But that comes in handy whenever a new album rolls around, because their blissed-out sound, once established, is one you don't want interrupted. Their fourth LP, bravely titled White Women, is out May 12 and features singles like the Toro y Moi assist "Come Alive" and the cut-to-the-chase "Over Your Shoulder" ("That one's ass is leaner, this one's like Serena"). -Michael Madden
18+, $25, 8 PM

Breton with Kid Karate and Graveyard Club
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Bronze Radio Return with Hey Monea!
$10/$12, 8 PM

Liquid Music: Daniel Bjarnason with Nadia Sirota and the Minneapolis Music Company
$10, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 7

Mastodon with Gojira
Mastodon's soon-to-be released Once More Round the Sun is the Atlanta metal act's sixth album. While premiere single "High Road" lacks their earlier material's crushing heaviness, the songwriting signifiers and grandiose bent remains, finding psychedelia and hard rock choruses within metal's framework. Live, Mastodon is a destructive force, pummeling through a wide range of progressive sludge as crowds swarm the mosh pit. Melodic death metal opener Gojira were an inspired choice. -Jack Spencer
18+, $26.50/$30, 6:30 PM

OFF! with Cerebral Ballzy and NASA Space Universe
The throwback California-style early hardcore of OFF! is already three albums deep. Frontman Keith Morris returns to Minneapolis after a strong pre-Riot Fest set with his cover band FLAG last year. This time, the songs will be original, short, and filled with the kind of vitriol that comes from 50 years on the planet. It's a sound coined with the Circle Jerks and Black Flag, but it's got an extra razors not only slicing up his past, but hacking away at already public feuds from the SST era. The band is supporting Wasted Years, a title that directly references that past and hides nothing as to what OFF! is all about. -Loren Green
18+, $15, 7 PM

Hellogoodbye with Vacationer and Sombear
All ages, $15/$17, 5:30 PM

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
$25, 7 PM

William Fitzsimmons with Ben Sollee
$15/$18, 7 PM

Little Hurricane
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra with Total Life
$15, 8 PM

 

Thursday, May 8

YG with DJ Mustard
After first seeming like a forward-thinking singles artist, Compton rapper YG signed with Def Jam. He put out a string of mixtapes (start with last year's Just Re'd Up 2) and released the much-delayed My Krazy Life in March. With the sneakily meaningful smash "My Nigga" as the lead single, the debut album is just as effective when it abandons that song's propulsive but repetitive patterning. The wobbly Kendrick Lamar collab "Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)" is refreshingly humble like much of Kendrick's good kid, m.A.A.d City, while "Meet the Flockers" is a narrative that makes residential burglary sound as joyous as Christmas morning. YG has gang ties, but the album might be best summed up in a single line: "I don't wanna hurt nobody, just came to party." With DJ Mustard, the L.A. producer who's concocted many of the sparse instrumentals defining West Coast rap's present state. -Michael Madden
18+, $22/$25, 8 PM

Youngblood Brass Band with Botzy
The Youngbloods originated in the '90s as high schoolers around Madison, Wisconsin, inspired by the funky, bopped-up neo New Orleans brass band tradition established by the likes of the Dirty Dozen. The ten-piece Youngbloods, which include Twin Citians Adam Meckler on trumpet and Matt Hanzelka on trombone, capture the raucous street vibe of Crescent City outfits with their nimble, blistering horn attack, rumbling sousaphone and funked up parade rhythms, building a blustery head of steam. Infusions of Latin, rock and especially hip-hop often complicate things. YBB's new Pax Volumi splits almost in half, the first five tracks dominated by David Henzie-Skogen's occasionally clever rants and collage-like arrangements tied to hip-hop beats. The rest are instrumental tracks that let the horns loose. -Rick Mason
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Timber Timbre
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

Connan Mockasin with Kirin J Callinan
18+, $15, 8 PM

Jessica Lea Mayfield with Dylan Leblanc
$13/$15, 8 PM

Friday, May 9

Augustana with Twin Forks
All ages, $20-$30, 7 PM

The Modern Era album release with Skittish, Kick, Evasive Maneuver, and the Devil Blues Band
$7/$10, 7:30 PM

Gerardo Ortiz with Luis Coronel
18+, $40, 8 PM

Jessy Lanza with Teen
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Get Together 3: Spring House Music Party
With Riverside Soul Experience, Monte Hilleman, Demonica Fly, Chuck Love & Jason Heinrichs, DJ XEL, more
18+, $5/$7, 8 PM

Saturday, May 10

The Both with Nick Diamonds
Combine refined folk-pop artist Aimee Mann and jagged-edge power-pop practitioner Ted Leo and the Both emerges. United by their rapier lyrical wit and earworm-worthy melodicism, the veteran rockers' collaborative debut stakes out an impressive middle ground. Plenty of Leo's righteous six-string riffing and Mann's more elegant muse fit together -- the highlight being their fire (Leo) and ice (Mann) harmonies. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $20, 8 PM

Baths with Young Fathers
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Tech N9ne with Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, and Psych Ward Druggies
All ages, $35-$45, 7 PM

Tina & the B-Sides with Patrik Tanner & the Faraway Men
18+, $20, 8 PM

Priscilla Ahn with Communist Daughter
$15, 7 PM

Crazy Hearts
18+, $15, 8:30 PM

Chicago Afrobeat Project with Black Market Brass
18+, $12/$15, 9 PM

Sunday, May 11

Flamin' Groovies with the Mighty Mofos
The Flamin' Groovies surfaced in San Francisco in the mid-'60s playing gnarly, exuberant rock 'n' roll in all its primal glory. Although the Groovies always seemed out of sync with prevailing trends, the band had a rabid cult following, produced some indelible nuggets ("Teenage Head," "Slow Death," "Shake Some Action") and were a key influence on the punk movement. Founding Groovies guitarist Cyril Jordan and bassist George Alexander were recruited by vocalist/guitarist Chris Wilson (who replaced Roy Loney in '71) to play on his solo album (It's Flamin' Groovy!). The trio subsequently reformed the band with new drummer Victor Penalosa, and released a single, "End of the World," which, like the stuff on Wilson's disc, rocks out with streaks of Chuck Berry, psychedelia and the Stones. -Rick Mason
$25/$27, 8 PM

Nickel Creek with Secret Sisters
Seven years after going on a dreaded "indefinite hiatus," Nickel Creek are emphatically back, marking the 25th anniversary of the trio's origin with A Dotted Line. Sara and Sean Watkins and Chris Thile's material mostly remains bluegrass deftly spiked with pop, folk, rock, and classical. Strong, evocative original songs are etched by mandolin, fiddle and guitar in an exquisite scrum of rootsy virtuosity and stirring vocals (especially Sara's stunning lead on the cover of Sam Phillips' melancholy "Where Is Love Now", including gorgeous three-part harmonies. There's a touch of gospel in "21st of May," Sean's snarky take on a wacky preacher's prediction of apocalypse. Most surprising is a jagged, funky, new-wavy cover of the Canadian indie-rock band Mother Mother's "Hayloft." Opening will be the Secret Sisters, Muscle Shoals siblings Lydia and Laura Rogers. Their new, T Bone Burnett-produced Put Your Needle Down pushes into late '50s/early '60s rock, pop and folk territory. -Rick Mason
$49.50, 7:30 PM

Slint with Wrekmeister Harmonies
Over four short days in August of 1990, Slint recorded their seminal work Spiderland. The album was released in 1991 to much critical acclaim, and since then has been widely credited as setting the precedent for post-rock music. Though Slint broke up shortly after Spiderland was released, its sprawling and poignant sound continued to gain notoriety after the sleeper hit "Good Morning, Captain" was featured in the cult movie Kids. Since their brief 2005 reunion, Slint have performed sporadically. This April, the band released a limited edition deluxe Spiderland box set, and announced a handful of tour dates to support the reissue. Mill City Nights will host Slint's last performance of this abbreviated tour. -Sarah Stanley-Ayre
18+, $25/$28, 8 PM

Eric Hutchinson
16+, $22-$35, 7 PM

Milk Carton Kids
$20, 7 PM & 9 PM

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