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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 6/9-6/15

Elvis Costello -- See Monday
Elvis Costello -- See Monday
Andy Gotts

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Monday, June 9


Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello's long, prolific, and brilliant career has been punctuated by a wide array of collaborations reflecting his wildly eclectic musical interests, including -- just to scratch the surface -- Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and, of course, last year's Wise Up Ghost album with the Roots. But Costello's latest "surprise guest" (as he put it recently) is himself. Reprising a series of East Coast solo performances last fall, Costello will kick off a solo summer tour in St. Paul. Expected to be primarily acoustic, the show is likely to trace Costello's career from his early punkish days to the current Roots material, hitting all his iconic material along with obscurities. Stripped-down versions of familiar tunes should provide fresh insight, as should Costello's always erudite commentary. -Rick Mason
$45-$95, 7:30 PM

Eagulls with Cheatahs
George Mitchell's deranged, airborne bellows in Leeds punk band Eagulls are strangely catchy. Could there be a world-conquering Oasis influence at work between the vaguely gothic sheets of distortion? His band's knack for gorgeous guitar progressions -- played by Mark Goldsworthy and Liam Matthews -- were apparent all the way back on 2012's gauzy, sun-scorched "Moulting," and continue through "Possessed," the monster they took to Letterman in January. "Come to our show," Mitchell said in an interview earlier this year, "'cause I'm sure you won't need to listen to some proper music." This is Eagulls' first U.S. tour. -Michael Madden
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Priests with Carpet, Whatever Forever, and Brain Tumors
The most politically charged places often breed the boldest reactionaries. Take Washington, D.C., post-punks Priests. The enthusiastic, female-fronted group's lyrics oppose sexism, consumerism, racism, and capitalism in a city that manufactures all the -isms you can think of. As clichéd as those topics may be at this point in punk's trajectory, Priests keep their sound fresh with singer Katie Greer's demanding scream-song vocals and Gideon Jaguar's experimental guitar licks in the vein of fellow, now-defunct D.C. group Black Eyes. Joining them are Carpet, Whatever Forever, and Brain Tumors, fronted by the endearingly masochistic (frequent City Pages contributor) Drew Ailes. If you're lucky, you may be subjected to the spectacle of Ailes cracking his head open with his own microphone. -Emily Eveland
Free, 9 PM

Dog Fashion Disco with Psychostick and The Bunny the Bear.
The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B)
$15, 5 PM

Spanish Gold with Clear Plastic Masks
18+, $12/$14, 7 PM

Tuesday, June 10

Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne
$29.50-$150, 7:30 PM

World Party
$35-$40, 7 PM

Reel Big Fish with Survay Says
15+, $20/$22, 7 PM

Ben Ottewell with Buddy
18+, $15, 8 PM

Toki Wright
$5, 10 PM

Wednesday, June 11

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Stagnant Pools
Of course it's not the same. Down from five to two members after the departure of Robbie Guertin and brothers Tyler and Lee Sargent, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are admirably trucking on nine years after their excellent self-titled debut. The "something" that last year's Little Moments EP left to be desired was fulfilled with the new Only Run, the fourth CYHSY album. It uses space like none of the indie rockers' other records, employing tranquilizing guitar runs, pounding drums via Sean Greenhalgh, and light-beam synths. While hiccupy-voiced frontman Alec Ounsworth sounds closer than ever, the album restores the classy, affable essence of the band. CYHSY is the name that should be on the cover. -Michael Madden
18+, $15, 9 PM

Cher
$27.50-$133

James Cotton
$35-$40, 8 PM

MarchFourth Marching Band
$16/$18, 7 PM

3 Doors Down
$50, 7:30 PM

Asgeir
18+, $15-$30, 7:30 PM

 

Thursday, June 12

NEEDTOBREATHE
18+, $38, 7 PM

John Gorka & Michael Johnson
$35, 7 PM

The Jezabels with Gold & Youth
18+, $15, 7 PM

The Chain Gang of 1974
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Haters Club with Wizards Are Real and Adam Svec
Free, 9 PM

Friday, June 13

Booker T. Jones
Booker T. Jones created the classic Hammond B3 organ sound that was at the core of Booker T. and the MGs, the iconic Stax Records house band that helped invent Memphis soul as well as conjure up such indelible instrumental hits of their own as "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight." Jones spent two decades mostly out of the spotlight as a session musician and producer before reemerging with 2009's Grammy-winning Potato Hole. Subsequently, The Road From Memphis and last year's Sound the Alarm both laced Jones's organ sound, as thick and tangy as Memphis barbecue sauce, around the contributions of a slew of guests. Jones's Memphis grooves tend to adopt sleek, contemporary updates when vocalists (Mayer Hawthorne, Jay James, Estelle) are involved. But the instrumentals feel timeless, including a pair of blues-soaked tunes with guitarists Gary Clark Jr. and son Ted Jones, plus a Latin workout with Pancho Sanchez and Sheila E. -Rick Mason
$35-$42, 9 PM

Bob Weir & RatDog
The Dead live. In fact any number of bands lay partial claim to the Grateful Dead's legacy, but none come closer to the rambling, exploratory, intoxicating spirit of the Dead than RatDog, led by Dead rhythm guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bob Weir. Weir actually formed RatDog as a blues-oriented side project before Jerry Garcia's death and the Dead's demise. These days RatDog's repertoire is peppered with loads of Dead nuggets, which come up with unpredictable frequency, along with blues and rock standards by the likes of Dylan, the Rascals, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. Current members include originals Rob Wasserman on bass and drummer Jay Lane, along with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, guitarist Steve Kimock and bassist Robin Sylvester. -Rick Mason

Kaiser Chiefs with Streets of Laredo
18+, $25, 8 PM

Jungle with Beaty Heart
18+, $15/$25, 8 PM

Robert Francis & the Night Tide with Carly Ritter
18+, $10, 7 PM

Songbird Sessions featuring the Prairie Fire Lady Choir and Aby Wolf & Shiro Dame
$12/$15, 7 PM

Saturday, June 14

Black Dog Block Party
What was once a friendly, low-key coffeeshop in the heart of Lowertown is soon to become a friendly, low-key coffeeshop within a stones' throw from the end of the Green Line and the new Saints ballpark. But even before the potential for a wider clientele emerged, the Black Dog was always a community cornerstone with an appreciation for the local arts scene and a finely tuned ear for musical guests. This year's edition of the Black Dog Block Party is being held in tandem with the citywide festivities around the Green Line's official launch, and the weekend's free rides give even U of M and Midway-area passengers a no-strings opportunity to catch the equally free festivities. Funk and soul vet headliners Maurice Jacox and his band cap off an eclectic afternoon and evening that also features Black Dog regulars like Balkan party-folkers Orkestar Bez Ime and the jazz quartet Zacc Harris Group, alongside well-traveled Latin locals Salsa Del Soul and power-poppy indie/garage rockers The Person & the People. -Nate Patrin
Free, 2 PM-9 PM

BoneYard Hoedown
With Strange Names, American Revival, Saint Anyway, BNLX, Toki Wright, more
$20; $30 for weekend pass, noon-10 PM

Mighty River Bluegrass Festival
With the Platte Valley Boys, the Barley Jacks, the Dumpy Jug Bumpers, Five Miles from Town, Switched at Birth
Free, 11:30 AM-8:30 PM

Harakiri with Inlire, Florence Republic, Delta Repeater, Splimit, and more
The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B)
$10, 5 PM

Saintseneca with Blessed Ffeathers, Emot, and Pony the Mustang
$12, 7 PM

Sunday, June 15

Black Flag with HOR and Cinema Cinema
From 1978-1986 Black Flag had 18 members. It's only fitting that the reincarnation filter through a few more. Reborn last year and rising for the festival circuit near the same time as the related but unaffiliated FLAG, the Greg Ginn-led hardcore outfit hits Minneapolis for their first club show in town since the mid-'80s. Along with Ginn, the line-up at press time includes pro skater Mike Vallely on vocals, and Tyler Smith and Brandon Pertzborn rounding out the rhythm section. Black Flag are an American hardcore pioneer, spawning a harsh sound that still struggles to live up to its original intensity. The band also spawned SST Records, home of many Hüsker Dü recordings. -Loren Green
18+, $18/$20, 7 PM

Maxwell
The success of Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" and the rest of his 2009 comeback, BLACKsummers'night, was refreshing in that modern R&B is short on the subtlety that defined the genre in the '90s. At that time, Maxwell established himself among neo-soul's meticulous craftsmen, working with collaborators of Marvin Gaye and Sade to realize high-thread-count arrangements that functioned like ambient music on his 1996 debut, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite. He grew increasingly lively over his next two, 1998's Embrya and 2001's Now. Either way, his voice, a friendly-not-flashy croon, has always been at the fore. Now 41 and a perennial favorite of the Grammy committee, Maxwell has tamed his hair, but the poise hasn't diminished. -Michael Madden
$35.50/$66.50, 7 PM

Wussy with Fury Things and Hollow Boys
On Wussy's Attica!, this unjustly under-celebrated Cincinnati band's ninth release in ten years, burly alt-rock vet Chuck Cleaver warbles with ornery middle-aged restlessness ("This is not a home/ This is an apartment") while the younger Lisa Walker can dream that memories of a time "when the kick of the drum lined up with the beat of your heart" might double as predictions of the future. Both singers' guitars are fluent in every major indie-rock dialect―twang and jangle, squelch and fuzz, drone and strum―and few (if any) working bands today make a stronger case that this musical tradition can still help ordinary folks articulate their hopes and dissatisfactions. -Keith Harris
$7/$10, 8 PM

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Proud to be Okees from Shakopee -- or at least somewhere in the Twin Cities, via Denver -- Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander rarely get haggard playing lively bluegrass, folk and string-band music that appeals to both kids and parents by being musically legit and lyrically clever. The pair won last year's best children's music album Grammy for Can You Canoe? The new, equally charming Through the Woods recounts a trek on the Appalachian Trail. There's a grand tradition of pickers addressing the kid in us all, and the Okees fit right in on Woods writing about the pleasures of wandering, jamborees, black bears and the wisdom of lightening your load. Notable guests include David Holt, Cathy Fink and, on a sparkling "Big Rock Candy Mountain," Carolina Chocolate Drop Hubby Jenkins. This Father's Day show will include a full backing band. -Rick Mason
$20/$32.50, 7:30 PM

Billy Hart Quartet
This quartet shows all the deeply intuitive instinct of their decade together. Leader and master drummer Billy Hart has a lengthy résumé that includes notable stints with Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Charles Lloyd. Together with pianist Ethan Iverson of local origin and avant-jazz renegades the Bad Plus, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, and bassist Ben Street, Hart plays complex, exquisitely nuanced, elegantly textured jazz that taps many historical facets while being very much in the modern moment. The quartet's new One Is the Other begins with a scrambling Iverson piano foray, each hand pursuing disparate rhythms to ignite the odd meters and quirky melodies in Turner's tribute to pianist Lennie Tristano "Lennie [fc] Groove." Iverson's "Maraschino" is a moody blues, Hart tickling the elusive pulse with his brushes while Turner paints impressionistic strokes with his horn. -Rick Mason
$20, 7 PM

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