The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 6/30-7/6

Dillinger Four -- See Fri.
Dillinger Four -- See Fri.
Erik Hess

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

Monday, June 30

All ages, $20/$25, 6 PM

Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith
$25, 7 PM & 9 PM

Septicflesh with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Black Crown Initiate, and Necronomicon
18+, $20, 7 PM

C-Note with Lil Chief on Da Trakk, Mill City Collective, Sota-Kold, Austin Cannon, more
18+, $8, 8 PM

Brilliant Beast with See Through Dresses and Strange Relations
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, July 1

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
$25-$35, 7 PM

All ages, $15/$17, 6 PM

15+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. with the Sharrows
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Budweiser Made in America Minnesota Party with Cash Cash and the Floozies
Free with RSVP, 8 PM

Wednesday, July 2

Railroad Earth
$34, 7:30 PM

Pedrito Martinez
$20-$30, 7 PM & 9 PM

Moon Taxi
18+, $18/$20, 8 PM

Savoy Brown
$10-$15, 8 PM

Uncovered MPLS #3 with EQS-Men, Nicky Gwiggs, EJ, Halogen One, J-Rush, more
18+, $5, 8 PM

Thursday, July 3

Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider
Banjoist Béla Fleck is a musical visionary who has not only taken the instrument to previously unimaginable contexts extending to jazz, classical and the avant-garde, he's also a maverick, inventive composer who embraces a similarly wide swath of genres. Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous string quartet that takes chamber music deep into the 21st century with an eclectic repertoire juggling traditional and new classical pieces alongside world music, jazz and rock. Three of the four Riders, who established the eclectic nine-year-old Stillwater Music Festival, have Minnesota ties. Violist Nicholas Cords grew up in White Bear Lake. Brothers Colin and Eric Jacobsen's father Edmund was a violinist with the Minneapolis Symphony, and they spent time at a family cabin on Square Lake. Both fond of creative, even exotic collaborations, Fleck and the Riders teamed up for Night Flight Over Water, a three movement cross-genre thrill ride Fleck wrote for five strings to round out The Imposter, an album featuring a concerto Fleck wrote for banjo and symphony orchestra. Live, expect additional collaborations and excerpts from each's extensive catalogues.
$42-54.50, 7:30 PM

Moodie Black
Cause Spirits and Soundbar with No Bird Sing and ZuluZuluu
Fresh off a tour in support of their latest record Nausea, noise-rap outfit Moodie Black is hitting Cause to celebrate. Their new multi-layered record is jarring, heavy, and meticulously crafted, displaying a raw energy rarely seen in rap that's amplified at live performances. Pioneers of avant-garde hip-hop, the crew pushes the envelope yet again, and anyone interested in music that is truly unafraid should definitely take in a Moodie Black set. Be prepared for some loud beats and a re-definition of what it means to turn up. -Jack Spencer
$7, 9 PM

Richie Ramone with the Modern Era and Cerveza Muscular
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Ernie Halter
$12/$15, 7:30 PM

Oliver Quincy (EP release) with Mike Daum and Danger Ronnie & the Spins
18+, $10, 8 PM

Friday, July 4

Dillinger 4th of July
The patriotic punks of Dillinger 4 are back hosting their yearly Independence Day weekend bash this weekend. These two days of hard-driving, beer-spilling madness provides the West Bank with explosions rivaling the night sky. Friday's lineup includes Masked Intruder, the Brokedowns, Canadian Rifle, Direct Hit!, the Priceduifkes, and Lutheran Heat. Saturday's bands are Night Birds, Neighborhood Brats, Vulgaari, War/Plague, Zero, and Architectis Death Spiral. -Reed Fischer
18+, $15 per night, 7 PM

Taste of Minnesota
With Soul Asylum, Tina & the B-Sides, Tim Mahoney, Starship, Marshall Tucker Band, more
$10 daily, 11 AM-11 PM; for full lineup and info visit

Ritmo Caliente Reunion with DJ Fresko, Victor 1200, Jose Garcia, DVJ Phantasma, Woody McBride, more
$5/$10, 8 PM

18+, $15/$20, 10 PM

A Fireworks Afterparty with Mark Mallman, Hippo Campus, and Honeystick
18+, $7, 9 PM

Saturday, July 5

The Hold Steady with Cheap Girls
Although the Hold Steady are usually identified as a Brooklyn band, this still qualifies as a homecoming. Not only are singer Craig Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler former members of the local band Lifter Puller, the Edina-raised Finn saturates his lyrics with local references while echoes of Minnesota stalwarts like the 'Mats and Husker Dü seep into the music. Actually, Finn returns to that specificity on the Steady's new Teeth Dreams after straying into fuzzier terrain on 2010's Heaven Is Whenever. This time Finn's tales depict characters slowly coming to the realization that growing up doesn't really dissipate nagging anxiety or prevent "waking up with that American sadness." The band rocks harder than ever behind Finn's Jim Carroll-like jumble of words, finding fresh inspiration in the bristling new guitar tandem of Kubler and ex-Lucero Steve Selvidge. Michigan jangly pop-punk rockers Cheap Girls open.-Rick Mason
$45-$57.50, 7:30 PM

Whither the Tide / Windowvine (double CD release)
$8/$12, 7:30 PM

Tommy Keene with Phil Solem and Ambulance Chaser
18+, $12/$15, 8 PM

Remember the Time: the 5th Annual Celebration of the Life and Music of Michael Jackson
With Mike 2600 and DJ Dan Speak
18+, $5, 9 PM

18+, $10/$15, 9 PM

Sunday, July 6

Matt Nathanson with Gavin DeGraw and Mary Lambert
$39.50, 6:30 PM

The Eastern Sea with Wild Moccasins and Naptaker
18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

American Youth with the Dead Woods, Lydia Liza, and Beneath the Crow
18+, $8, 8 PM

James Hunter
$35-$40, 7 PM

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