The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 8/18-8/21

Strand of Oaks - See Tue.
Strand of Oaks - See Tue.
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Monday, August 18 Jamey Johnson Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphiteater Long-haired, long-bearded Alabaman Jamey Johnson is a Nashville rarity these days: a genuine country outlaw who doesn't care about snazzy outfits, slick stage shows, or pop affectations. That he still managed to garner critical and popular acclaim is a tribute to his songwriting prowess (anything from weepy ballads to thumping honky-tonk, working-stiff blues, or spirited gospel), classic baritone, classy guitar work, and eclectic tastes. Read what you will into his split from Mercury Records after the 2012 release of his Hank Cochran tribute album. In any case, Johnson is an uncompromising, unpredictable treat live, leading his resolute band from his own tunes through a usually substantial number of covers that could include George Jones, jazz standards, Metallica, folk nuggets, Merle Haggard, and Marshall Tucker. Johnson band member Chris Hennessee will open with a solo set. -Rick Mason $49, 7:30 PM

The Polyphonic Spree The Cedar Cultural Center $28/$30, 7 PM

Grendel with Ludovico Technique, ENDIF, and DJ Electronic Commando Amsterdam $16/$20, 8 PM

Davell Crawford Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (also Tue.) $25, 7 PM

Straight Line Stitch with Ded Volt, Cage 9, and Dead Horse Trauma Fine Line Music Cafe 18+, $12/$18, 7 PM

Tuesday, August 19 Strand of Oaks with Christopher Denny 7th St. Entry Last Christmas Day, Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter survived a car crash that left him with a concussion and broke every rib on his right side. But the Philly songwriter, who looks like a full-bearded Packers linebacker, had already recorded June's HEAL before the accident. After three acoustic-oriented records, HEAL is the rocker of the bunch, a melding of darting guitar solos and aerial synths with standout songs like the Smashing Pumpkins nod "Goshen '97" and the Born in the U.S.A. feel of "Shut In." But it wouldn't be a Strand of Oaks album without achingly personal moments, too -- the trembling "Mirage Year," for one, recounts infidelity in soul-breaking detail ("I was in love, but it was changing"). No matter how deep Showalter gets into his feels, the lasting impression is one of great confidence in his toolkit. -Michael Madden

Misery Signals with Counterparts and Grim Light Amsterdam 16+, $15, 6 PM

Fang with Against the Grain, Glitter, and No Skin Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $8, 8 PM

The Trews Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar) 18+, $8, 8 PM

Rusty Belle with Eddy Burke Lee's Liquor Lounge Free, 9 PM

Wednesday, August 20 Feed Me with Delta Heavy and Tjani First Avenue 18+, $25/$30, 8 PM

Sierra Hull Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $30-$35, 7 PM

Mill City Live: Fort Wilson Riot Mill City Museum $5, 6 PM

The Life and Times with Porcupine and All the Way Rider 7th St. Entry 18+, $10, 8 PM

You Me & Apollo Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar) All ages, $10/$12, 8:30 PM

Thursday, August 21 The Supersuckers with the Beggars Lee's Liquor Lounge $15/$18, 8 PM

Darrell Scott Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $25-$30, 7 PM

Psychostick with One-Eyed Doll and Wild Throne 7th St. Entry 18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Blackthorne with Blood Folke Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $5, 8 PM

The Dread Crew of Oddwood with the Langers Ball Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar) 18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

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