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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 7/28-8/3

Wooden Shjips -- See Saturday
Wooden Shjips -- See Saturday

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Monday, July 28

Woods with Quilt 7th St. Entry Brooklyn folk-rockers Woods consistently offer pleasant lawn-chair strumming and harmonies ready to be accompanied by a cold microbrew. On April's With Light and With Love, they upped the showiness of their guitar work, drawing cues from British Invasion acts at times and psych-rock at others. The trim, honeyed "Moving to the Left" is the album's obvious single, and Jeremy Earl's slightly feminine tone has never been suited so well to a Woods composition. Elsewhere are passages that bring to mind specific moments in Americana history -- the opening chords of "Leaves Like Glass," for instance, basically update Bob Dylan's turn-of-the-century classic "Mississippi." Barely falling short of the band's masterpiece to date, 2010's At Echo Lake, With Light and With Love is a consistently great record from a band who keep getting better at what they do. -Michael Madden 18+, $12, 8 PM

Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden 400 Gallery While the 400 Bar continues to work on its unlikely transition from Minneapolis's funky West Bank to the soulless Mall of America, there's an ongoing series of shows in a small performance space inside the Midwest Music Museum called the 400 Gallery. Kate Tucker & the SOS originated in Seattle and are now Nashville-based. The Swedish connection is uncertain, although there is an icy reserve about the band's dreamy, atmospheric indie pop and a Bergman-like melancholy seeping through Tucker's songs about elusive love. There's also cinematic sweep on the group's new, punctuation-resistant The Shape the Color the Feel. Tucker's wintry, guileless vocals drift through swirling layers of guitars and keyboards. Occasionally, as on "Give Up the Ghost" and "Blue Hotel," Wes Chandler's chiming guitar darts off in tandem with Ethan Price's driving percussion, chasing away the ennui. -Rick Mason $7, 8 PM

7 Seconds with the Copyrights and Arms Aloft Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $17, 7 PM

Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $35-$42, 7 PM

Miner with American Youth The Cedar Cultural Center $10, 7 PM

Tuesday, July 29

Secret Sisters with Jillian Rae The Cedar Cultural Center $15, 7 PM

Mimicking Birds with Trails and Ways 7th St. Entry 18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Heaven on Howitzers Kitty Cat Klub Free, 9 PM

Dead Disco with GooLProof, DJ Tetzloff, and Late Night 1s Nomad World Pub Free, 9 PM

JayBee & the Routine Minnesota Music Cafe Free, 9:30 PM

Wednesday, July 30

Tiny Ruins with Anonymous Choir & Holly Hansen 7th St. Entry 18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Cum on Fill the Void Metal Night With music by Maiden Minneapolis, screenings of 'Heavy Metal Picnic' and 'Decline of Western Civilization Part II: the Metal Years' Bedlam Theatre Lowertown $8/$10, 7 PM

Joe Marcinek Band with Allie Kral and Soap Cabooze 18+, $7, 8:30 PM

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh The Varsity Theater Free, 10 PM

Totally Gross National Product Night with Year of the Horse & Suzie Icehouse $5, 10 PM

 

Thursday, July 31

Mark Summer & Tierney Sutton Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Jazz chanteuse Tierney Sutton insists she never picked up on Joni Mitchell until hearing Both Sides Now, Mitchell's 2000 collection of standards with orchestral arrangements by Vince Mendoza. Subsequent Joni saturation and an invitation to collaborate with the Turtle Island Quartet led to Tierney's luscious, Grammy-nominated After Blue. Sutton uses her wonderful voice and supple phrasing to absolutely nail the spirit of Joni and BSN, covering mostly Mitchell nuggets with the adept help of TIQ and such jazz heavyweights as Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings and Al Jarreau. Among the most striking interpretations are a hipsterish, scat-driven "Big Yellow Taxi" and an elegant fusion of "April in Paris" with "Free Man in Paris." Live, the Joni stuff and jazz standards will be revisited by Sutton, French guitarist Serge Merlaud and TIQ founding cellist Mark Summer, whose spectacular, innovative solo escapades run to Brahms, Chick Corea and Hendrix. -Rick Mason $30, 8 PM

After the Burial Cabooze All ages, $16/$18, 6 PM

St. Paul & the Broken Bones Amsterdam 18+, $20, 8 PM

Bollywood with New Wave Hookers & Ripper 7th St. Entry 18+, $5, 9 PM

Music in Mears: Small Cities & the New Standards Mears Park Free, 6 PM

Friday, August 1 New Space with Greg Grease, Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom, Tiny Deaths, and Manny Phesto First Avenue With a strong lineup of forward-thinking local artists, Friday's New Space concert in the Mainroom promises to showcase the range of quality currently bubbling up in the scene. Headlined by Greg Grease, who recently dropped the single "Really Tho" to announce his new album Born to Lurk, Forced to Work coming later this year, the show spans rap, funk, and R&B to complete a bill that's daring but cohesive. Everyone featured is liable to headline shows of this size down the line, and this is a great opportunity to catch some of the local scene's best and brightest. With Ander Other and Voice of Culture Drum and Dance. -Jack Spencer 18+, $7/$10, 7 PM

Drenge with Wax Witches 7th St. Entry 18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Glamorama: Fashion Rocks with Dason Derulo Historic State Theatre $90-$325, 8 PM

Denny Laine 400 Gallery $30, 9 PM

Megalodon with Soloman, Durbin, MicDaddy, & T-Wrecks The Loft 18+, $15/$20, 9 PM

Saturday, August 2 Paul McCartney Target Field Paul McCartney is now 72 years young and 51 years on from the Beatles' "Love Me Do." Inasmuch as a McCartney setlist includes songs old and new, his Out There tour supports New, last year's all-original LP that ranks right up there with the best recent works of geezers like Leonard Cohen and Willie Nelson. His practically ageless voice and that once-in-a-generation ear for pentatonic melodies still hold strong. For instance, New's "Looking at Her" has a soft sway that is undeniable. "I was just a little kid in Liverpool with no money, and I'd be saving up forever," he told Rolling Stone recently, discussing the possible enchantment of a rock show. Lucky for us, he says he's still committed to the idea that a string of three-minute songs can make for a priceless time. -Michael Madden $85.30-$250, 8 PM

Wooden Shjips 7th St. Entry San Francisco's relatively reclusive Wooden Shjips (the "j" hiccup intentional) hail from the minimalist wing of the neo-psychedelic movement. The quartet specializes in droning, fuzzy rock influenced by the wilder acidic stuff of the '60s, scuzzy garage punk and the darker, throbbing impulses of early krautrock. The plodding, heavy bottom, joined by spacey, mostly indecipherable vocals, can get monotonous. But when Ripley Johnson laces his melodic electric guitar lines through the tangle, sometimes in tandem with Nash Whalen's organ, the band attains a dreamy lyricism that's quite elegant, as on "These Shadows." Things also heat up when they pick up the pace as on punkish jaunts like "Ruins." Both are from last year's Back to Land, a moderately introspective album perhaps reflecting half of the quartet's move to Oregon. -Rick Mason 18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Jake Shimabukuro The Cedar Cultural Center $35, 7 PM

Jill Sobule Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $25, 8 PM

God Johnson's Summer Smackdown with Tangled Up in Dylan, Super Duty, & Refrigerager Cabooze 18+, $7/$10, 8:30 PM

Sunday, August 3

Jenny Lewis First Avenue Former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis put together her third solo album, The Voyager, amidst trauma: her father's death, her band's breakup, bouts of severe insomnia. While not specifically addressing those issues, the album is a log of the journey Lewis--or her protagonist--has taken to this point in her life. The songs are bittersweet tales of regret, loss, betrayal and bad decisions, ultimately buoyed by a sense of now being older and wiser. The music is similarly buoyant, a breezy, jaunty brand of SoCal pop-rock, with hints of Laurel Canyon and prime Fleetwood Mac. Producers Ryan Adams, Beck and longtime partner Johnathan Rice help craft a spirit of musical and personal resiliency. Opening is the Apache Relay, a Rice-affiliated Nashville band that on its new eponymous album continues to move into lush pop strongly influenced by blue-eyed soul while retaining remnants of its Americana roots. -Rick Mason 18+, $22/$25, 7:30 PM

Tori Amos O'Shaughnessy Auditorium $37-$57, 7 PM

In Cahoots Block Party With Sonny Knight & the Lakers, E.L.nO., Shiro Dame, Alpha Consumer, Frankie Lee, & more Red Stag Supper Club Free, 2 PM-8 PM

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater $68, 7:30 PM

The Summer Slaughter Tour With Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus & the Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, & more The Skyway Theatre $25/$30, 2 PM

Broken Bells Historic State Theatre $37.50, 6:30 PM

Lucy Michelle with John Munson & Chan Poling Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $27, 7 PM

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