The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/7-7/13

The Budos Band -- See Thursday

The Budos Band -- See Thursday

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Monday, July 7

Gillian Welch Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater Gillian Welch's songs are mild Americana arrangements, yet they maintain a sense of atmosphere. She's not one for left turns, although her knack for folk's pacing and narration allowed her to extend 2001's "I Dream a Highway" to nearly 15 hypnotic minutes. After the productive first five years of her recording career, she and guitarist and husband David Rawlings "went electric without changing instruments." After 2003's roots-rocking Soul Journey, a long pause followed, eventually ending with 2011's The Harrow & The Harvest. Welch came back world-weary and wiser, kinda like a Harry Smith-worshiping soccer mom. Her to-the-point storytelling has stuck with her the whole time. -Michael Madden $37, 7:30 PM

Bill Frisell Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (also Tue.) Bill Frisell's vivid explorations and syntheses of jazz, country, blues, rock, pop, and folk are distinguished both by his love for the roots material and the helixian contortions he uses to open them up for fresh examination. For his latest project, Guitar in the Space Age, Frisell enlists frequent collaborators Greg Leisz (guitar/pedal steel), bassist Tony Scherr, and drummer Kenny Wollesen to trace some of the music that deeply influenced his formative years. It's a sort of surf-to-turf tour of the '50s and '60s, stretching from the Ventures, Duane Eddy, and the Beach Boys to Merle Travis and Chet Atkins via Charlie Christian, the Byrds, and Junior Wells, promising to be both fun and educational. -Rick Mason $30-$40, 7 PM & 9 PM

Pledge Empire Records: the Greater Good Tour With Sti-Lo Reel, Ced Linus, Sota-Kold, Karma, Trinh & Amos, and more 7th St. Entry 18+, $5/$10, 8 PM

Undergang with Maledicere, Trepanation, and Astraes Pestis Amsterdam Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, July 8

Sarah McLachlan Historic State Theatre $49.50-$84.50, 8 PM

Andy Grammer Varsity Theater 16+, $22-$35, 6 PM

Bonobo with Odesza First Avenue $20/$25, 8 PM

Rival Sons with the Soft White Sixties Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $15, 8 PM

Yarn with Quincy Mumford and Carolina Story 7th St Entry 18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 9

Veruca Salt with Battleme Varsity Theater The grunge explosion made it possible for bands like Chicago's Veruca Salt -- hitting somewhere between Pat Benatar and Pantera -- to reach gold status. Having gone unheard-from since 2006's IV, the group finally rebooted this year, releasing a Record Store Day 10-inch with two new songs (the harmonious power pop of "It's Holy" and the soft-to-loud-to-louder "The Museum of Broken Relationships"). Now comes a reunion tour 18 years after the original lineup last hit the road -- and just a few months shy of their debut's 20th anniversary. No matter the roster or producer (they've worked with the likes of Steve Albini and Bob Rock) one tenet of Veruca Salt is that they've stuck to the sound of alt-rock's mid-'90s. Their albums have aged superbly. -Michael Madden 18+, $20-$30, 8:30 PM

Future with Rico Love and Que [CANCELED] Mill City Nights 18+, $29.50/$32, 8 PM

Tinsley Ellis Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $20, 7 PM

Baskery with the Ericksons The Cedar Cultural Center $10/$12, 7 PM

Bad Suns with Colony House and Hippo Campus 7th St Entry $10, 8 PM


Thursday, July 10

Budos Band Fine Line Music Cafe The bumper crop of Brooklyn funk bands that sprouted around the Dap-Tone family in the late '90s and early '00s gave rise to long-simmering yet right-on-time soul singers like Sharon Jones and Lee Fields. But one of the best of the bunch is a band that keeps its clearest voices blaring through brass. To this date, the Budos Band have released three LPs sharing a heated, horn-driven, organ-drenched strain of "Afro-soul" that channels raw-knuckled intensity into downtempo ballads and foot-pounding flat-out jams alike. Think the circa-'74 J.B.'s if Fred and Maceo were just as enthusiastic about Ethio-jazz, Latin soul, and stoner rock as they were about humid Southern funk, and you've got a good idea of their good ideas. Their originals sweat like frosty beer bottles and kick like 15-year-old Scotch, sinuous body blows and nerve holds that leave you adrenaline-dazed, while their way with covers has injected heated minor-key dread into such formerly lighthearted classics like "My Girl" and "Day Tripper." Expect a live show that draws the raw, unrestrained force and rubber-band elasticity out from their tautly arranged repertoire. -Nate Patrin 18+, $15-$30, 8 PM

Glen David Andrews Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Redemption is the title of New Orleans singer / trombonist Glen David Andrews' new album, and electrifying, soul-shaking, fire-breathing, life-and-career-altering salvation is definitely what you get. With Andrews growling, shouting and testifying and his revamped band crackling with furious energy, every note inspires the soul and moves your ass with a kinetic jolt of NOLA funk, blues, rock and gospel. Andrews has a long-established rep as a charismatic performer (who once crowd surfed at the Dakota) but his addictions and other demons were taking their toll. After completing rehab two years ago, he returns with a triumphant declaration of physical, spiritual and artistic renewal, also neatly tied to the Crescent City's own post-Katrina recovery. "Life is like a mockery" Andrews declares on the searing funk-rock kickoff "NY To NOLA." He trades vocals with organ-pumping Ivan Neville on "Bad By Myself" before cranking up the bristling horn section. A Mahalia Jackson sample ignites the gospel standard "Didn't It Rain," Andrews then taking off on an amazing grit-and-soul soaked dose of "moanin' and groanin'." -Rick Mason $25 at 7 PM; $20 at 9 PM

Fly Golden Eagle with the Dirty Banks and the Tontons 7th St Entry 18+, $10, 8 PM

Cozy LP release with France Camp and Frankie Teardrop Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $8, 8 PM

Music in Mears: Fort Wilson Riot with Communist Daughter Mears Park Free, 6 PM

Friday, July 11

Basilica Block Party Basilica of St. Mary (also Sat.) The popular Cities 97 music festival celebrates its 20th year with another amalgam of its light alternative playlist spread over two days of outdoor musical communion. The unstoppable force of mellow-rock superstars Train is back headlining Friday night. They'll hand the keys to hippie-indie commune that is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. On the local stages is a wide swath of talent from the alt-country delights of Frankie Lee to the fiddle-folk incitements of Jillian Rae. -Reed Fischer $55 and up per day, 5 PM; full lineup at

Tiny Deaths with Glass Animals and Maids First Avenue After enrapturing the local music scene as part of the 2012 Picked to Click winners the Chalice, Claire de Lune has switched gears for her new creative endeavor, Tiny Deaths. She has partnered up with producer/musical alchemist Grant Cutler (Lookbook, Wolflords) to craft ethereal electro-pop. Her golden, haunting vocals shimmer on the surface of the material, which will arrive as a self-titled EP at some point this summer. For live performances, de Lune has tapped Night Moves' Jared Isabella and Aaron Baum to fill in on drums and guitar, respectively, with Votel's Ben Clark on bass. -Erik Thompson 18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

The Cactus Blossoms with Eleganza!, Red Daughters, and Erik Koskinen First Avenue 18+, $10, 7 PM

The Oh Hellos with Judah & the Lion The Cedar Cultural Center $15, 7 PM

The Missing Letters The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B) 18+, $7, 7 PM

Saturday, July 12

2014 Target All-Star Concert with Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere TCF Bank Stadium Free, 7:30 PM

For the Love: A Community Celebration With the Micranots, Mayda, Desdamona, Illuminous 3, Crunchy Kids, more Bedlam Theatre Lowertown All ages, 18+ after 9 PM, free, 2 PM; full lineup and info at

Ben Kweller Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $20, 8 PM

Liam Finn with Alpha Consumer and Fury Things The Cedar Cultural Center $12/$15, 7 PM

Cause 5 Year Anniversary Show With Enemy Planes, Gay Witch Abortion, Mississippi North, Buildings, and Ex Nuns Cause Spirits and Soundbar $12, 8 PM

Peace Treaty The Skyway Theatre (in Studio B) 18+, $10/$15, 9 PM

Sunday, July 13

Bastille Day Block Party Barbette The 12th annual Bastille Day Block Party returns to Barbette this weekend with one of the strongest local music lineups of the summer ahead. Among the performers will be Black Diet, the rock and soul combo who have come into their own during the past few months. Filling out the bill will be newcomers Hippo Campus, who bring an upbeat Vampire Weekend-y sound for that summer tingle all over your body, plus Lizzo's hip-hop crew GRRRL PRTY, the new-album-toting Heiruspecs, the always furious live show of the Cloak Ox, and many more. -Reed Fischer All ages, free, 3 PM

Say Anything The Varsity Theater 16+, $18-$32, 5:30 PM

Dengue Fever with American Cream The Cedar Cultural Center $15/$18, 7 PM

Frankie Teardrop EP release with Teenage Moods, the Velveteens, Whatever Forever, and Alex Uhrich 7th St Entry 18+, $5, 8 PM

Weedeater Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $15, 8 PM

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