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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 6/2-6/8

Dan Wilson -- See Wednesday
Dan Wilson -- See Wednesday
Stacy Schwartz

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Monday, June 2


The Monkees
Hey, hey, they're still the Monkees, appropriately opening the Zoo's summer music series. Nearly 50 years after being assembled by corporate types for a TV show in the anarchic spirit of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, the group once derisively called the prefab four is still having fun while enjoying belated critical respect, albeit without singer Davy Jones, who died in 2012. Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz are still performing all the band's enduring pop nuggets, initially written by ace songsmiths like Neil Diamond, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart. But they'll also focus on their third album, Headquarters, and later material, when they finally were allowed to write their own songs and actually play their instruments. Still with plenty of monkeying around, of course. -Rick Mason
$70, 7:30 PM

DevilDriver with Whitechapel, Carnifex, and Revocation
15+, $22/$25, 5:45 PM

Twinsmith with Apollos and Jack Ventimiglia
18+, $6/$8, 8 PM

The Roe Family Singers
Free, 9 PM

Ditchrunners
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, June 3

First Aid Kit with Willy Mason
All ages, $20-$30, 6:30 PM

Lindsey Stirling
All ages, $28/$30, 6:30 PM

Band of Skulls with Deap Vally
18+, $20, 7:30 PM

Indigo Girls
$50, 7:30 PM

Brothers with Moving Parts and The Lazy Kids
18+, $5, 8 PM

Wednesday, June 4

Dan Wilson
The Cedar Cultural Center (also Thu-Fri)
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Dan Wilson has had plenty of commercial success since his Semisonic days. After penning smash hits for Adele, the Dixie Chicks, Pink, Taylor Swift, and countless others, Wilson has written more songs for himself. Those efforts fill his third solo album, Love Without Fear. Subtle elements of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic are layered within these studied pop-rock numbers, but Wilson's new material reflects a wisdom gained from a lifetime spent on all sides of the music industry. While Love Without Fear was released in April, these three hometown shows at the Cedar are serving as a celebration of that album and Wilson's distinguished career. The first night explores his vast catalog, the second will feature guests joining in, and the final evening will be a "Chef's surprise." -Erik Thompson
$33, 7 PM

Chvrches with Summer Cannibals
First Avenue (also Thu)
18+, $22/$25, 8 PM

Peter Asher
$45, 7 PM

Red Fang with Big Business and American Sharks
18+, $15/$18, 8 PM

The Raskins with Via
18+, $8, 7:30 PM

 
Thursday, June 5

Heliotrope X
Intermedia Arts (also Fri-Sat)
The impeccably curated Heliotrope Festival is back for its 10th (styled as Roman numeral X) running. (The underground music fest announced it was "on pause" last year.) Noise rock, free jazz, post-rock, and just experimentalism will be in heaping servings all weekend long. Among 27 artists taking part are American Cream, OAKS, Thunderbolt Pagoda, Transitional Species, Paul Metzger, International Novelty Gamelan, and more acts pushing musical boundaries past their breaking point. The Lyn-Lake-based Intermedia Arts location will provide a "lobby bazaar" feel to the proceedings that includes records, artwork, and other accoutrements to showcase the weekend's performers. Friday's show will include a free companion show nearby at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater featuring unamplified performances by Dreamland Faces and the duo of Paul Metzger and Elaine Evans. -Reed Fischer
All ages, $12 per day or $30 for three-day pass, 6 PM

Unearth with Texas in July, Cruel Hand, and Armed for Apocalypse
The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B)
$15, 5 PM

#MPLS with Heiruspecs and DJ Adora Tokyo
$10-$20, 7:30 PM

The Webb Sisters
$25, 7 PM

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Friday, June 6

Rebel, Rebel: Rock for Pussy XI
With appearances by Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses, Chan Poling, Steve Brantseg, Maurice Jacox, Phil Solem, more
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Playing for Change
$35-$60, 7:30 PM

Local H with Bad Veins and Young & Tender
18+, $15, 9 PM

Colt Ford
18+, $22/$25, 8 PM

Lost Highway
18+, $10/$15, 8:30 PM

Saturday, June 7

FMLY Fest Preparty
Some of the Twin Cities' best emerging indie rock bands are flexing for FMLY. Created by MJMJ Records, the multi-day music festival will take over In The Heart of The Beast Theater in early August with more than 40 acts. To get the ball rolling, one of Bedlam Lowertown's first shows in their newly renovated space will help raise funds for the festivities. On the bill Saturday are Black Diet, Frankie Teardrop, Teenage Moods, the Shakin' Babies, the Velveteens, VATS, and the Miami Dolphins. A kickball barbecue precedes the show at Mathews Park in Seward at 1 p.m., with a bike ride leaving for the Bedlam at 6 p.m. -Reed Fischer
All ages, $10, 7 PM

Wayne Static with American Head Charge, Smile Empty Soul, Thira, Blue Felix, Nuisance, and more
15+, $25/$32, noon

Sage Francis with Cecil Otter and B. Dolan
18+, $16/$18, 8 PM

The Menzingers with Lemuria, Pup, and Cayetana
18+, $15, 8 PM

Alpha Consumer (album release) with BBGun and The Upward Few
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Bring Back Summer
With Anchorman ft. Big Wiz, MidwestMonstaZ, Company Costumes, Mill City Collective, and more
18+, $10-$20, 8:30 PM

Sunday, June 8

Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) with the Mastersons
From renegade roots rocker to collaborating with some of bluegrass's finest, from hard country and blues to folkie busker (in spirit, while also playing one on TV's Tremé), Steve Earle has put together an eclectic and eloquent body of work over the decades. He's a terrific songwriter and fervent performer, whether snarling or waxing philosophical. His progressive activism has often surfaced in provocative songs that don't shy away from uncomfortable truths, even while world-weariness has seeped into his work. On last year's The Low Highway, that surfaced on the reflective "Burnin' It Down." But there were also country-rockers ("Calico Country") bluegrass ("Warren Hellman's Banjo") and a couple of tunes written with fellow Tremé cast member Lucia Micarelli. The Mastersons, longtime members of The Dukes, open. -Rick Mason
$45/$57.50, 7:30 PM

Yann Tiersen with NO
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen's sweeping, evocative music is often cinematic in scale. Richly endowed with enchanting melodies, it's easy to hear an array of influences:  classical, French chanson, folk, avant-garde, electronica and various rock permutations (punk, Euro, Nordic). Perhaps best known for his memorable soundtrack for the 2001 film Amélie, Tiersen's latest is the enigmatic ∞ (Infinity), whose stark beauty reflects the landscape of Iceland, where it was mostly recorded. The initially brooding "A Midsummer Evening" blossoms into a joyous reverie with the jewel-like sound of toy instruments, an anthemic piano passage and a rock lope. Opening will be L.A.'s NO, whose moody sound is belied by shimmery synths, while Bradley Carter's dark baritone intones angst-filled lyrics, earning comparisons to the National and Joy Division. -Rick Mason
$16, 7:30 PM

Lyn Lake Street Festival
With Secret Stash Soul Revue, Rogue Valley, Dosh, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Ginkgo, and more
Jungle Theater (Garfield parking lot behind the theater)
Free, noon-8 PM

Matt Hires
All ages, $15/$17, 6 PM

Emily Bear
$20, 7 PM

Ben Nichols
18+, $16, 6 PM

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