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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 6/16-6/22

Nick Cave -- See Saturday
Nick Cave -- See Saturday

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Monday, June 16


Eyehategod with Ringworm and Enabler
Sludge metal pioneers Eyehategod are touring behind their new self-titled album -- their first in 14 years. Sifting murky blues riffs through a sheen of hardcore pummel and wall-of-sound distortion, the New Orleans five-piece promise to carry their own torch with a new batch of sonic brutality, despite the recent tragic loss of original drummer John LaCaze. As visceral and debauched as you'd expect, the group's latest hits the same bottom-heavy highs as classics like Take As Needed for Pain and Dopesick, and their live show accentuates the band's raw power. -Jack Spencer
18+, $18, 8 PM

Tegan and Sara with My Midnight Heart and the Courtneys
18+, $40, 7 PM

Logic with QuESt and Castro
The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B)
All ages, $24, 6 PM

Nice Peter
$15/$20, 7:30 PM

Old Man Canyon with Fairfax, AK and the Modern Electric
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Tuesday, June 17

OneRepublic
$35-$59.50, 7 PM

Maceo Parker
$35-$55, 7PM

King Khan & the Shrines with Red Mass and the Sueves
18+, $20, 8 PM

moe. with Chris Robinson Brotherhood
$35, 7 PM

Blood on the Dance Floor with Millionaires and Haley Rose
$24, 5 PM

Communion Minneapolis with Catfish & the Bottlemen, Frankie Teardrop, and Stereo Confession
18+, $9.50/$15, 7 PM

Wednesday, June 18

Tim Sparks
This show marks the release of Chasin' the Boogie, the tenth solo guitar album from local fingerstyle magician Tim Sparks. Once part of the vintage jazz outfit Rio Nido, Sparks subsequently delved into a broad swath of global music where few guitarists ventured before, including Balkans dances and Russian symphonies. Inspired by visits to his native North Carolina, Boogie is a collection of blues, gospel and pop standards, all with original arrangements and erudite historical references. Jazz sneaks into the spiritual standard "I'll Fly Away" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," for instance. An unusual key and tricky extrapolations delightfully twist the melody of the Beatles' "Blackbird." "The Mississippi Blues" is an intricate, rollicking joy ride, while the original "Blue La La" recalls eccentric New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin. Phil Heywood and fellow former Nido Tom Lieberman are among friends likely to stop by for a pick or two with Sparks. -Rick Mason
$10, 7 PM

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion
$42-$50, 7 PM

Diarrhea Planet with Danger Ron & the Spins and Gabe Douglas
18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

Agalloch with Obsidian Tongue and Blood and Sun
18+, $15, 8 PM

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers with Dave Simonett & Dave Carroll
$15, 7 PM

 

Thursday, June 19

Aaron Neville
$45, 7:30 PM

Kid Ink
16+, $25-$33, 8 PM

Manny Phesto (album release) with Tall Paul, Devon Reason, more
Free, 10 PM

American Scarecrows (CD release) with A.M. Taxi and the Usual Things
18+, $10/$12, 7 PM

Music in Mears: Melismatics with Benjamin Cartel
Free, 6 PM

Brit Floyd
$39-$54, 8 PM

Friday, June 20

Old 97s with Madison King and Kentucky Knife Fight
18+, $20, 8 PM

Foxy Shazam with Larry and His Flask
15+, $15/$17, 7:30 PM

DJ Snake
18+, $30/$35, 8 PM

honeyhoney
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

The Rope with Maledicere, Prostate, the Funeral and the Twilight, and Begrime Exemious
18+, $10, 8 PM

Saturday, June 21

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave is the subject of the new documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, and it didn't come unwarranted. For more than three decades, the Aussie has specialized in clouds-rolling-in rock with bands like the Birthday Party and Grinderman, but he's been most prolific with the Melbourne-founded Bad Seeds. Going back to their 1984 debut, From Her to Eternity, Cave & the Bad Seeds' records are sinister heaps of narrative rock. They're huge growers, too: Cave, now 56, has professed his stance that the usual burst of an idea is less important than the process of carrying it out to fruition. Increasingly, the calling card of their music is Cave's deep voice: soft when it wants to be, bracing at other times, like when the bastard blurts out: "AND MY DICK FELT LONG AND HARD." Still, the band's music can be as pretty and well-adjusted as Cave isn't, as was the case with last year's "Mermaids" off last year's Push the Sky Away. -Michael Madden
$39.50-$79.50, 8 PM

Bruno Mars with Aloe Blacc
If Bruno Mars isn't yet the new King of Pop it isn't for lack of effort. Mars, who brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to the X for the second time, is on an impressive roll. With only two albums to his credit, Mars has racked up a series of hits from each to go with his prior success as a songwriter for the likes of Flo Rida and Cee Lo Green. Earlier this year, he headlined the Super Bowl half time show and won his second Grammy (amidst a slew of nominations) for Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox. His charisma, pop savvy and keen appreciation of soul, R&B, reggae and rock roots is unmatched, and the former Elvis and Michael Jackson impersonator has a sleek, insinuating high tenor voice that's in the same emotional and technical range as MJ's. But it remains for Mars to prove he can consistently be more "Thriller" than "Gorilla." Opener Aloe Blacc has a classic soul voice that he astutely matches with an updated funk-soul-blues vibe on his latest, Lift Your Spirit
$45-$102, 8 PM

Rock the Garden
Walker Art Center (also Sunday)
For the first time ever, Rock the Garden has expanded to two days. The grounds next to the Minneapolis Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden will see a ton of foot traffic for a total of ten performers hot off 89.3 the Current's playlists. On Saturday, headliner De La Soul is the most prominent hip-hop placement ever. Festival vets Matt & Kim and Best Coast bring a youthful vibe to the day, and two local faves in Jeremy Messersmith and Lizzo lead off. Sunday's slate includes soulful indie rockers Spoon, who return with their eighth studio album this summer. Ohio's masters of lo-fi rock anthems Guided by Voices will warm up the stage, as will Dessa, Valerie June, and Kurt Vile & the Violators. -Reed Fischer
$59-$225, 3 PM

Jonny Lang
$65, 7:30 PM

Zeds Dead
18+, $30/$35, 8 PM

Reuben & the Dark with Fort Wilson Riot
18+, $10, 8 PM

Sunday, June 22

Oneohtrix Point Never with Circuit des Yeux and video artist Nate Bryce
$20/$22, 7 PM

Funkytown Family Reunion with Mint Condition, Lo-Key?, Sounds of Blackness, RL, Jellybean Johnson, more
18+, $20/$30, 6 PM

Los Lobos
$45, 7:30 PM

The Fray with Barcelona and Oh Honey
$49.50

James Carter Organ Trio
$22-$32, 7 PM & 9 PM

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