The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/14-7/20

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Monday, July 14

Chris Forsyth 7th St. Entry 18+, $8/$10, 7:30 PM

Reina del Cid & the Cidizens Amsterdam Free, 9 PM

Lamont Cranston Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $10, 8 PM

Tourniquet Noise with Thaumatrope, Jacob Wetterling, Final Seed, Zombie Bite Kitty Cat Klub Free, 9 PM

Irv Williams Trio Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (on the patio; also Sun. & Tue.) Free, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, July 15

Peter Matthew Bauer Icehouse Bassist Peter Matthew Bauer's Liberation! is the latest and most surprising solo album to emerge from the Walkmen's camp in the wake of the band's "extreme hiatus." Although quiet in the group, Bauer finds his voice -- an interesting Tom Petty-like drawl -- and his songwriting muse on Liberation! by mulling over the nature of religious belief and free will. Despite some intriguing song titles ("Scientology Airplane Conversations," "Shaved Heads & Ponytails") and his personal experience ("I Was Born in an Ashram"), Bauer's ambitious and admirable attempt to apparently skewer religion in any organized form is confounded by fuzzy expression and lyrics muddled by the mix. Only the finale, "You Are the Chapel," is clear in suggesting the true source of wonder. The music is a more consistent extension of the Walkmen's indie rock, ranging from the scuzzy, guitar-driven anthem "Latin American Ficciones" to the echoey blue-eyed soul of "Shiva the Destroyer," ringing folk-rock of "Philadelphia Raga," and the title track's soca-like effervescence. -Rick Mason $14, 9:30 PM

The Flaming Lips with Morgan Delt First Avenue 18+, $49.50, 8 PM

The Fresh & Onlys with Ages and Ages & The Shilohs Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $10, 8 PM

Spirit Family Reunion 7th St. Entry 18+, $12/$14, 7 PM

The Southside Aces Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $7, 7 PM

Wednesday, July 16 Sharon Van Etten with Jana Hunter First Avenue Brooklyn-based folksy songstress Sharon Van Etten's repertoire has expanded naturally. "People say I'm a one-hit wonder," she sings on her new album's closer, "Every Time the Sun Comes Up." Then a twist: "But what happens when I have two?" The joke, of course, is that it's not clear which song of hers she's talking about. It's arguable that 2012's "Serpents," an indie get-together featuring members of the National and Wye Oak, is her most successful track to date, but it wasn't exactly "Little Lion Man." From her lo-fi beginnings to Are We There, that latest effort, Van Etten has favored patience-rewarding tempos and stripped, balanced arrangements. Nowadays, the combination is especially devastating, offering a more forgiving canvas for her lovelorn meditation. -Michael Madden 18+, $17/$20, 8 PM

Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 The Cedar Cultural Center At the tender age of 14, Seun Kuti became the lead singer of the Afrobeat group Egypt 80, carrying the legacy of his father Fela Kuti by choosing music over a career in African football. Seun was inducted after expressing an interest in singing to Fela, who allowed him to open their performances on lead vocals. After his father's death, Seun continued to follow his social and political ethos. Fela's Egypt 80 sets typically consist of both new material and originals from Fela's era. They are touring in support of their 2014 release, A Long Way to the Beginning, co-produced by R&B musician and jazz pianist Robert Glasper. The new songs are packed with driving beats, heavy funk, and joyous moments of dance-inducing frenzy, craftily interweaving the concept of party and social conscious, cementing Seun's reputation. -Sarah Stanley-Ayre 30/$35, 7 PM

Sun Kil Moon with Actual Wolf The Varsity Theater Mark Kozelek, now best known as the man behind Sun Kil Moon after more than a decade in Red House Painters, has written glacial-but-entrancing singer-songwriter for the past quarter century. In the run-up to February's Benji, Kozelek's sixth album as the mastermind of SKM, he already had a more-patient-than-most audience prepared for the challenge of an album so lyrical that Pitchfork assembled a goddamn glossary, spanning Kozelek's rock fandom and formative sexual encounters. The especially talky album was still a gamble for Kozelek. The eighth song on the 62-minute record is called "I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same," it tops 10 minutes in length, and (surprise!) it's about the inventive Zeppelin concert film. At least at the start. Kozelek, born in Ohio and now 47, recollects Jimmy Page's guitars and John Bonham's drums, setting up the intoxication he felt upon his own first record contract in '92. He's no longer riding that wave, but he's equally wizened all over Benji. -Michael Madden 18+, $22/$30, 7 PM

Alderman Tolliver Icehouse Jonathan Tolliver is the unrivaled vocalist frontman for local soul/garage group Black Diet. This Wednesday at Icehouse, Tolliver will debut his new solo project under the name Alderman Tolliver, an intersection of hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and digital sound via Chilean producer Lister Rossel, in celebration of their new Quarter Tone EP. Quarter Tone juxtaposes a relaxed, minimal soundscape with Tolliver's politically charged lyrical frustration. Years spent training as a jazz vocalist have found Tolliver with a practiced sense of control, yet he manages to inject each verse with a laissez-faire spilling of notes in a style unique only to him. The project is a distinct departure from Black Diet, allowing Tolliver to take the reins entirely yet providing enough familiarity to please fans of his previous work. -Sarah Stanley-Ayre $7, 9:30 PM

Dirty Heads with Pepper Cabooze 18+, $25, 8:30 PM [page] Thursday, July 17 tUnE-yArDs with Dosh First Avenue In the three years since tUnE-yArDs' last album, w h o k i l l, Merrill Garbus studied Haitian drumming and dance, and after a brief artistic drought devised a fresh strategy resulting in a complex, intricately textured, insidiously catchy avant-pop gem, Nikki Nack. So "Find a New Way" starts things off with a roiling mix of new and old elements: elastic polyrhythms anchored only to Nate Brenner's bass while Garbus's alluring vocals flit and soar through a delirium peppered by shouts, electronic claps and suddenly blossoming choirs. Garbus goes on to assemble her quirky musical knickknacks into eccentric, compelling curiosities that take off from playground chants and the linguistic gyrations of nursery rhymes while adapting a shifting array of musical artifacts from near and across the globe. But the playfulness is soaked in irony, turning starkly serious in lyrics about ethical morasses, from "blood-soaked" dollars to cultural cannibalism. -Rick Mason 18+, $21, 8 PM

Foreigner and Styx with Don Felder Target Center $25-$125, 7 PM

Caravan of Thieves Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $20, 7 PM

Reignwolf 7th St. Entry 18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

War Poets The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B) 18+, $8, 7:30 PM

Friday, July 18 Jackson Browne Historic State Theatre Awaiting the release this fall of his 13th studio album, Jackson Browne is out this summer with a solo acoustic tour spanning his four-decade career. Browne is the quintessential Southern California singer-songwriter: deeply introspective but writing for everyman, with melodies that sidle into the consciousness along with indelible lyrics. One thing new is a fine double-CD tribute, Looking Into You, featuring 23 Browne nuggets covered by an impressive cast of his contemporaries and younger artists. Highlights include Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley's "Everywhere I Go," Paul Thorn's "Doctor My Eyes," Ben Harper's "Jamaica Say You Will," Lucinda Williams' "The Pretender" and Sara and Sean Watkins' "Your Bright Baby Blues." -Rick Mason $57.50/$67.50, 8 PM

Bob Schneider The Varsity Theater 18+, $20-$30, 7 PM

Gov't Mule Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater $35, 7:30 PM

Bummerfest with Ambassador Gun, Vukari, House of Atreus, Seidr, Cold Colours Amsterdam $10/$12, 7 PM

Andrew Jackson Jihad with Hard Girls and Dogbreth 7th St. Entry 18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Cwn Annwn (CD release) with Gabriel & the Apocalypse and Hate Beast Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $8, 9 PM

Saturday, July 19 Ought with Dub Thompson and Danger Ron & the Spins 7th St. Entry Ought's articulate post-punk frontman Tim Beeler is no one's idea of a great singer. Yet the New Hampshire-raised babyface has a little Lou Reed in him, and a little Ian Curtis. Luckily, Beeler's every theatrical shiver, groan, yelp, howl, and gasp seems plotted to mask his inability (or unwillingness) to hold a note. In turn, Ought's lockstep musicianship alone is a sign of their rapport; the four members, all students at Montreal's McGill University at the time but none of them Canadian-born, formed in the midst of protests against rising tuition in Quebec. Beeler's sense of humor, then, is collegiate, but it's also cerebral without being highbrow. The trembling single "Habit" off April's More Than Any Other Day particularly succeeds this way. -Michael Madden 18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

The Twin Cities' Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Music Festival With Sonny Knight & the Lakers, Black Eyed Snakes, Black Market Brass, Kent Burnside & the New Generation, Mrs. Glass, more Patrick's Cabaret $15/$20, 8 AM-midnight

Curren$y Fine Line Music Cafe 18+, $25, 8:30 PM

The Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow With Rapedoor, Violent Shifters, Red Desert, Le Cirque Rouge, Sean Anonymous, more 331 Club Free, noon-2 AM

Midtown Global Music Festival With Hoka-Hey, Brian Nielsen Band, 2/3rds MN, Rene Thompson, Qband, more Midtown Global Market Free, 2 PM-8 PM

Ben Watt with Bernard Butler Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater $20, 6 PM & 9 PM

Marc Cohn Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater $47, 7:30 PM

Mary Fahl Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $28, 8 PM

Sunday, July 20

Vans Warped Tour With the Devil Wears Prada, Every Time I Die, Mayday Parade, Born of Osiris, Cute Is What We Aim For Canterbury Park $38.50/$45, 11 AM-10 PM

Black Flag with Cinema Cinema and Greg Ginn & the Royal We Amsterdam $15/$20, 8:30 PM

Time for Three Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $20, 7 PM

Richard Buckner 7th St. Entry 18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

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