The Best Twin Cities Concerts Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Wednesday, November 26

Corpse Reviver
With Sister Species and Dave Hoenack
Bedlam Theatre Lowertown
9:30 p.m., $7-$10.

Dave King Takeover
Featuring Halloween, Alaska
10 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

Triple Rock Social Club
21+., 8 p.m., $13 adv/$15 doors.

Ike Reilly Assassination
With American Scarecrows and Sam Cassidy
First Avenue
18+., 7:30 p.m., $15.

Fleetwood Magic: Night of 100 Stevies
Turf Club
If you're under the age of 35, there's a reliable chance you were conceived to Rumours. Since your parents will be in town for Turkey Day this Thursday, why not surprise the folks whose Stevie-sweetened lovemaking begat your existence with tickets to Turf Club's Fleetwood Mac tribute? The night features four artists taking turns on the British-American band's legendary hits, including Poliça tangent Invisible Boy and electropop orgasm euphemism Tiny Deaths. While you're at home basting your 20 lb gobbler, mom and pop will be cooing lovingly to Red Daughters' countrified reworking of "Don't Stop" or gyrating unwholesomely to the sounds of Hot Roxx house DJ Jen Hughes. Even Just Perfect's ensemble folk will seem sweetly humpable when it's pressed against Nicks' impassioned lyrics. 21+, $10, 8:00 p.m. -- Jerard Fagerberg

Hexagon Bar
7 p.m., Free.

St. Paul Slim
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $10.

Thursday, November 27

With Prince Jabba & Lynval Jackson
Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
10:30 p.m., $10.

With Meinong's Jungle, Upstanding Hoodrat, and Alien Brain Food
7th St. Entry
18+., 9 p.m., $8.

Turf Club
A night of karaoke run by musicians and hosted by Arzu Gokcen
9 p.m., 21+, Free.

Friday, November 28

A Tribute To The Replacements
Benefit for the Slim Dunlap Fund and Twin Cities Music Community Trust
With the Melismatics, Two Harbors, Frankie Teardrop, BNLX, Black Diet
First Avenue
We always wondered if First Avenue's annual tribute festival honoring the Replacements would call it quits when the band finally did a reunion show, but the popular night of covers shows no signs of stopping. Taking over both of the venue's main stages, A Tribute to the Replacements has found a winning formula over the past few years, encouraging scene veterans and up-and-comers alike to give their own twist on the local legends' songbook. This year's event is themed around the 'Mats' melancholy sixth album, Don't Tell a Soul, which will be performed front-to-back on the main stage by an all-star cast of guest vocalists including Curtiss A, Claire Taubenhaus, Eric Pollard, and Maurice Jacox. Some of the best 'Mats Tribute moments in years past have happened next-door in the Entry, however, so expect interesting takes from young guns like Black Diet, Stereo Confession and Frankie Teardrop. 18+, $10/$12, 7 p.m. -- Zach McCormick

Appetite For Zaccardi
With All Tomorrow's Petty and Private Oates
Turf Club
9 p.m., $10.

Celtic Thunder
Historic State Theatre
8 p.m., $43.50-$63.50.

Dave King Takeover: Featuring Dave King Trucking Co
With the Gang Font
10:30 p.m., $10-$12.

With Kristoff Krane and Moodie Black
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 9 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

In This Moment
All ages., 7 p.m., $25.

Leo "Bud" Welch
With Charlie Parr
Hell's Kitchen
9 p.m., $8.

With the Ultrasounds and A Model Home Life
331 Club
10 p.m., Free.

Thee Oh Sees
With Jack Name
Thee Oh Sees are the baby of guitarist John Dwyer, who for a decade or so has been tripping on a lysergic wave of psychedelia brewed in the garage. Over the years and numerous records, Dwyer's acid tide eye has shifted among punk, rockabilly, new wave, power pop, noise, and hard rock, among others, while always anchored in the fuzzy heart of the mid-'60s. After a brief hiatus, Dwyer issued Drop, a TOS album with yet a new twist, and reconstituted the band as a touring trio with bassist Timothy Hellman and drummer Nick Murray. Drop still exudes '60s psychedelia but edges towards the late decade with swirling experimentalism aligned with the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" and the Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request. There's garage experimentalism as well, such as the blistering boogie of "Encrypted Bounce," which manages to evoke T-Rex, The Who and Frank Zappa, as well as the baroque rock of "The Lens," with its sawing cello. Quirky L.A. experimental-psych musician Jake Name, whose Weird Moon is due in January, opens. 18+, $15/$18, 8 p.m. -- Rick Mason

With Rittz, Big Henry, DJ Klever
The Skyway Theatre
18+., 9 p.m., $22.50-$25.

Saturday, November 29

Allison Scott's Soulful Christmas
21+., 6 p.m., $18.

Black Diet
With Chris Holm and more special guests
Nomad World Pub
9 p.m., $7.

Dave King Takeover: Red Daughters (CD Release Show)
With Love Cars
11 p.m., $12-$15.

Hippo Campus (EP Release Show)
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $10-$12.

Little Man
With Fury Things and Driftwood Pyre
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 9 p.m., $8.

Live Transmission
With the Ocean Blue, BNLX, Two Harbors, Frankie Teardrop, the Rope, Gloss, DJ Jake Rudh
The Varsity Theater
November tends to be a very busy month for local art-rockers BNLX, and 2014 is no different. For the past couple of years, they've set up at Cause for a weekend to host a Fest featuring themselves and lots of their talented friends. With the Lyn-Lake venue still sorting its situation out, the group has teamed up with pal DJ Jake Rudh for a show at the Varsity Theater on Saturday. Live Transmission combines the brand of Rudh's long-running New Wave and alternative dance party with bands that employ similarly adventurous artistry. Plus, the night will double as a release show for BNLX's ninth EP, Flextime. 18+, $8/$10, 7 p.m. -- Reed Fischer

Lucinda Williams
With the Kenneth Brian Band
First Avenue
No longer a woman of constant sorrow, Lucinda Williams still finds plenty of pain, struggle, wickedness and heartache in the world. But contentment in her personal life has allowed the queen of existential Americana to broaden her perspective, heighten her eloquent dissection of good and evil, embolden the honeyed grit of her vocals and, at age 61, continue a particularly prolific pace. Williams and her crack touring band return for two shows in the wake of her sprawling, magnificent double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone, which deftly tackles philosophy, politics, anger, regret, helplessness and dozens more emotions--even bliss--in a swampy crucible of country soul, blues, gospel and rock. The title comes from the opening track, "Compassion," an adaptation of a poem by her renowned father (Miller Williams) that's subdued, almost starkly reflective but utterly gorgeous. Stinging electric guitar kicks off the subsequent "Protection," a Southern fried blues-gospel rocker, Williams' Louisiana drawl deeply soulful and expressive. That potent combo of vocal and guitar passion (the latter from the likes of Greg Leisz, Stuart Mathis and Tony Joe White) carries through both discs, culminating with Leisz and Bill Frisell weaving sinuous lines on a long, languid, haunting cover of J.J. Cale's "Magnolia." Decatur, Alabama's fabulous Kenneth Brian Band will open with its potent mix of Southern rock and hard country. 18+, $30, 7 p.m. (Also Sunday.) -- Rick Mason

Lydia Loveless
With The Sudden Lovelys
Turf Club
8 p.m., $15.

Sam Llanas
Aster Cafe
9-11 p.m., $20.

The Pines
With John Trudell, Quiltman
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $20-$25.

Ultimate Aldean
Mill City Nights
18+., 8 p.m., $13/$17.

Sunday, November 30

Cold Flows For Warm Clothes Benefit
Featuring Guardians of Balance, Unknown Prophets, Mac Irv, the Lioness, Manny Phesto, Baby Shel, Tall Paul, and Finding Reason
The Cedar Cultural Center
Originally envisioned by MC Tall Paul as a way to showcase some of the Twin Cities' best underground hip-hop talent in a benefit concert, Cold Flows for Warm Clothes has become something of a Thanksgiving tradition in the past few years. With donations and net proceeds funding the Division of Indian Works' Healthy Transitions program, Cold Flows would be an admirable event even if the roster wasn't stacked with talent. Headlining this year is Guardians of Balance, originally formed in the late '90s by local legends St. Paul Slim and Mastermind, along with Northeast's reigning live hip-hop band Unknown Prophets. Stir in a few hungry up-and-comers like the Northside's Mac Irv and Lioness with Southside backpack rapper Manny Phesto - plus a freewheeling atmosphere that encourages cameos -- and you've got a recipe for one of the better hip-hop showcases of the season. Cold Flows also doubles as a coat drive, so admission is free with the donation of a new or slightly used coat. All Ages, $10/$15, 5:30 p.m. -- Zach McCormick

Home Free
Fitzgerald Theater
1 p.m., $28-$125.

Featuring Spooky Black, Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, and Psymun. With DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip,

The Varsity Theater
6:30 p.m., $15-$18.

With the Funeral and the Twilight, Lungs, and Caveat
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $8.


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