The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 11/10-13

B.o.B -- See Monday!

B.o.B -- See Monday!

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Monday, November 10

With Kevin Gates
First Avenue
B.o.B.'s calculated balance of Atlanta flows and pop harmonies landed him several radio hits since his early mixtape days, including one of 2010's biggest songs, the downtempo pop-rap "Airplanes" featuring Hayley Williams from Paramore. His hook sensibility and indistinct rapping can shift from ballad to bottle service soundtrack to Taylor Swift collaboration with only minor alterations, and his No Genre tour proudly touts that malleability. Opener Kevin Gates is among the best rappers working today, expressing his unflinching and honest street memoirs with a melodic tinge suited to the headliner's core sound. 8 p.m., $30/$35. -- Jack Spencer

Cobi Mike
7th St. Entry
18+., 6:30 p.m., $10.

Tony Malaby
With Anthony Cox and JT Bates
9:30 p.m., $15.

Vance Joy
With Jaymes Young
The Varsity Theater
16+., 7 p.m., $17-$30.

Tuesday, November 11

With River City Extension and Colony House
The Varsity Theater
18+., 7 p.m., $20-$30.

David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet
With David Dondero
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $20.

Loudon Wainwright III
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
At 68, Wainwright is aging as gracelessly as you'd hope. The trickiest move in "Brand New Dance," the swinging rockabilly opener to Haven't Got the Blues Yet (429 Records), is putting on your shoes. The lousy dad who one-ups his semi-famous kids on "I Knew Your Mother" understands as well as Bill Cosby himself that family life is a comic but not unserious power struggle between the generations. Try as he might to find solace by walking his dog or hunting for parking spaces, Wainwright worries that the years have rendered him "Harmless" -- "Depression Blues" isn't about the unemployment rate and the title track is about depression. Age may bring wisdom to some, but as always this sarcastic wit commits himself to a goal both more mundane and no less profound: gaining insight. 7 p.m., $35. (Also Wednesday.) -- Keith Harris

Quintron & Miss Pussycat
With Babes, Honeystick
Turf Club
8 p.m., $12.

Wednesday, November 12

Alien Ant Farm
With Zeale
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 7:30 p.m., $15/$18.

Jeffrey Foucault
Accompanied by Eric Heywood
9 p.m., $10.

Little People
With Yppah
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $12-$15.

Ryan Bingham
Turf Club
7 p.m., $20.

The New Pornographers
With the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
First Avenue
18+., 7 p.m., $25/$28.

Thursday, November 13

Garth Brooks
Target Center
Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001, and the last time he performed in Minneapolis, Bill Clinton was in office. After touring relentlessly for years, the country entertainer who took the '90s by the throat with "Friend in Low Places" wanted to spend time with his family. Over the ensuing years, Brooks did some shows in Vegas, but remained private: no Instagram or Twitter, and nothing on YouTube or iTunes. Now, to promote his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine, he's hitting live stages around the country with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. A staggering 11 shows -- all of which will be full -- are set to hit Target Center. 7:30 p.m., $70.50. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis. -- Kara Nesvig

James Vincent McMorrow
With Moors
First Avenue
18+., 7 p.m., $18/$21.

Judah & the Lion
With Joseph, Hope Country
7th St. Entry
18+., 7:30 p.m., $10.

New Politics
With Bad Suns, SomeKindaWonderful
The Varsity Theater
All ages., 5:30 p.m., $19-$25.

Shawn Colvin
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $45-$50.


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