The best Twin Cities concerts this week : 3/13-3/19

The best Twin Cities concerts this week : 3/13-3/19
Photo by Inga Seevers

A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Dinner Theatre pays tribute to women in Country music. Radio favorites Django Django stops by the First Avenue Mainroom while Umami rocks out the Kitty Cat Klub, this Saturday. If you're downtown, stop by First Avenue for the Ryan Bingham show on St. Patrick's Day. Lastly, if you're not still hungover from the day before, check out Animal Collective Monday night.

Wednesday 3.13.2013

The Anchormen with King Tuesday, Lothario, Dieverse
7th Street Entry
Local Hip Hop
18+, $5, 7:30 PM

Thursday 3.14.2013

Total Trash tape release with Ugly Motors, The Miami Dolphins and Brain Tumors
7th Street Entry
Trash Talk
18+, $5, 8 PM 

Brit Floyd
State Theatre
Pink Floyd Tribute
AA, $39-$49, 8 PM

Cherish the Ladies
Dakota Jazz Club
Traditional Irish Ensemble
AA, $45, 7 PM

Friday 3.15.2013

Sena Ehrhardt Band
Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Hailed in blues circles as a major up-and-coming talent, Rochester singer Sena Ehrhardt celebrates the release of her second album on Bay Area blues label Blind Pig with this gig. Following up 2011's well-received Leave the Light On, Ehrhardt went all out on the new All In, working with heavyweight producer and multiple-Grammy winner Jim Gaines -- whose clients have included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Albert Collins, and George Thorogood -- and a trio of savvy Memphis studio vets. Notably still at the heart of the action is Sena's dad, Ed Ehrhardt, whose versatile, accomplished, typically smoking work on electric guitar remains as much a revelation as Sena's powerful voice. She starts out red hot and sultry on "Buried Alive," her fiery vocals and Ed's searing solos matching lyrics about repressed desire. Next she nails the Solomon Burke classic "Cry to Me," digging into all its nuances, from intimacy to anguish. She's sassy and defiant on the funky title track, and later eases through the ballad "Dreamin' and Dyin'," oozing soul while the band bleeds Memphis. Sena and Ed again prove themselves formidable co-writers, responsible for most of the songs, which are smart, avoid clichés, and more than hold their own against the blues canon. --Rick Mason

Black Blondie with Meta and Speed's the Name
Triple Rock
Soulful Groove Rock
18+, $8, 9 PM

Bob Seger and Kid Rock
Xcel Energy Center
Rocker Pals
AA, $67-87, 8 PM

The Magnolias with Iguano and Buffalo Sleeper
Turf Club
In Your Face
21+, $7, 9 PM

Davina & the Vagabonds with Jon Rodine, Wendy C. Freund, and more
Patrick's Cabaret
Sassy Vocals
$10 7:30 PM 

Dolly, Linda, Patsy & Me: A Tribute to the Greatest Women of Country with Monica Heuser
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
Country Women
AA, $40, 8 PM

Tyrone Wells with Brendan James
The Varsity Theater
Tender Acoustic
AA, $18-30, 6 PM


Saturday 3.16.2013

Django Django with Night Moves
First Avenue
If the members of the London art-rock band Django Django love legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt so much they invoked his name twice for their own moniker, there's little evidence of it on the group's eponymous debut album. But it's sufficiently laced with enough other intriguing stuff to justify the moderate buzz Django Django has generated on both sides of the Atlantic, along the way drawing persistent comparisons to the Beta Band, whose John Maclean is DD drummer David Maclean's brother. Anyway, D-squared fashion a sumptuous eclectic sound characterized by constantly shifting rhythm textures; virulent doses of psychedelia, folk, and pop; eccentric vocal harmonies; and all manner of judicious electronics, from space-age blips to funk. On the album, the quartet dabbles with surf guitar, boogie, noirish rockabilly, folk-rock, new wave, even Arabic motifs; at its best it's infectious, playful, and inventive enough to convincingly flirt with avant-garde. Minneapolis's own Night Moves will open, showcasing the group's diverse, layered mix of vintage progressive rock, country rock, pop, spacey electronics, and John Pelant's soaring voice, all documented last fall on their debut album, Colored Emotions. --Rick Mason
18+, $15, 8 p.m. 

Umami, Fort Wilson Riot and Bollywood
Kitty Cat Klub
21+,$5, 9 PM

Boiled in Lead St. Patrick's Day 30th Anniversary Show
The Cedar
Punky Folk
AA, $12/$15, 7 PM

Kat Edmonson
Dakota Jazz Club
Jazz Vocals
AA, $20, 8 PM

The Ike Reilly Assassination with St. Dominic's Trio
Turf Club
Gospel Punk
21+, $15, 8 PM 8 PM

Veronica Falls with Cold Showers
7th Street Entry
lo-fi goth pop
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Sunday 3.17.2013

Ryan Bingham with honeyhoney
First Avenue
After 2010's Junky Star, former rodeo bull rider Ryan Bingham buried Dead Horses, his old band, veered off Lost Highway, his old label, and set off on his own for Tomorrowland. The latter, his fourth album, isn't about the utopia the term once suggested. But it is about hope for the future, rooted in acknowledgment of today's grim realities. Like Woody Guthrie, whose spirit is specifically invoked in Tomorrowland's final tune, "Too Deep to Fill," Bingham addresses an array of injustices -- skewed economics, homelessness, discrimination -- and musters the revolutionary zeal to correct them, not only lyrically but mostly with roots-fired rock 'n' roll that's ragged, wiry, full of grit, and irrepressible. Dusty country, blues, and hard folk still weave through the music -- the last especially on the Springsteen-like ballad "Flower Bomb" -- but the spirit is rebellious, outsider rock: "We got a heart full of rhythm that they don't understand," Bingham snarls, his charismatically scratchy voice biting with mercurial agility. There's a lot of guitar on the album, along with driving rhythms that stoke the adrenalin, and Bingham and his band should really crank it up live. Opening will be honeyhoney, the duo of Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe, who conjure twangy country-rock with dual pop/Appalachian inclinations.  --Rick Mason
18+, $20, 7 p.m

Blue Ruin EP Release Show with Fury Things and Hollow Boys
7th Street Entry
Fuzz Rock, Gloom Pop
18+, $6, 7 PM

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Dakota Jazz Club
Swinging Tunes
AA, $35, 7 PM

Eileen Ivers
Ordway Theatre
Traditional Irish
AA, $20-40, 7:30 PM

Kottonmouth Kings
Mill City Nights
Hip Hop Rock
16+. $18/$20, 7 PM

Monday 3.18.2013

Animal Collective
First Avenue
The one constant of Animal Collective's nearly decade-and-a-half-long career is that the Baltimore-founded quartet has always lacked continuity. Until 2004's Sung Tongs, AnCo dealt almost exclusively in various strains of meandering, loosely organized noise -- "Slippi," from 2003's Here Comes the Indian, was the only thing they'd done that actually resembled a song -- slowly making a run at indie superstardom over the next few years that peaked with 2009's glorious psych masterpiece, Merriweather Post Pavilion. So there was a major break in tradition with last year's Centipede Hz, which was actually regressive in terms of its breadth -- it didn't have the million-sounds-a-minute density of MPP -- and of its commercial prospects, with no "My Girls"-level single. Enlisting lap steel for some tracks and a sample of reggae legend King Tubby's "Invasion" on another, the album defies definition with much concision -- the ever-vague term "experimental rock" probably comes closest. Instead, it's simply a great, if challenging, record from a band that has delivered plenty of those. With Dan Deacon.  --Mike Madden
18+, $25, 7 PM

Efterklang with Nightlands
The Cedar Cultural Center
Emotional Resonance
AA, $15, 7 PM

Keb' Mo'
Guthrie Theater
Old Style Blues
AA, $46-$48, 7:30 PM

Tuesday 3.19.2013

Cedar Cultural Center
Featuring a sleek and sophisticated indie-pop sound seemingly custom-made for cosmopolitan coffeehouses, Germany-based female duo BOY have slowly but surely charmed fans around the world with their delightful debut album, Mutual Friends. Originally released in Europe way back in September 2011, the album went on to achieve gold status and sell more than 100,000 copies. Local listeners of 89.3 the Current undoubtedly first encountered the band via the fabulously Feist-like single "Little Numbers." With Mutual Friends having finally hit stateside just last month, the pairing of Swiss vocalist Valeska Steiner and German mult-instrumentalist Sonja Glass appears to possess just the right mixture of polish and grit to click with indie audiences and successfully court the mainstream simultaneously. With the Ericksons.  --Rob Van Alstyne
AA, $15, 7 PM

SFJAZZ Collective
Dakota Jazz Club
The mission of the SFJAZZ Collective is simple but brilliant: Assemble an octet of first-tier contemporary jazz musicians, annually focus on the compositions of a single modern jazz master, come up with arrangements that simultaneously honor jazz tradition and stress innovation, add complementary new pieces by each member, take it on the road after intense rehearsals, and, finally, document it with a recording. The Collective has been at it since 2004, covering Ornette Coleman, Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder (a pop artist whose pieces have become cross-genre standards), and, this year, Chick Corea, the pianist who played with Miles Davis in the '60s, later was a pioneer of fusion with Return to Forever and continues to pursue many innovative projects, including April's Dakota performance with banjoist Béla Fleck. The Collective's current lineup is a virtual all-star slate with an international flair: alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris on vibes, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Obed Calvaire. These singular talents coalesce into a particularly agile band that embodies serious jazz as a vibrant, vital organism, pushing boundaries, embracing roots, creating transcendent music.  --Rick Mason
$45 at 7 PM $32 at 9 PM

Great Big Sea
Fitzgerald Theatre
Canadian Folk Rock
AA, $37.50, 7:30 PM

P!nk with City and Colour
Xcel Energy Center
Tough Girl Pop
AA, $39.50-$99.50, 7:30 PM

Chris Cohen with Me and My Arrow and Wizards Are Real 
7th Street Entry
Idiosyncratic Form
18+, $8, 7:30 PM

Where I'm Going:
Black Blondie @ The Triple Rock 

Gotta have more noise? Check the City Pages Concert Calendar. for more shows not mentioned. And check out our entire Calendar section here

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