The best Twin Cities concerts this week: 3/6-3/12

Votel will perform at the Burning Down the House benefit at Sound Gallery
Votel will perform at the Burning Down the House benefit at Sound Gallery
Photo by Erik Hess

With Spring approaching, forget the snow for a second, Minneapolis is selling out shows left and right. Wednesday night, sisters Tegan and Sara are welcomed to Minneapolis by a sold-out First Ave mainroom. Muse hits the Target Center Thursday and Imagine Dragons sells out the Varsity on Friday. Saturday evening, Brother Ali will speak at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College, while former Prince drummer Bobby Z hosts his second annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue. 

Wednesday 3.6.2013

Tegan & Sara with Diana
First Avenue Mainroom
Synth-laced Duo
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM 

7th St. Entry
Sounding like the shaggier and stoned East Coast counterpoint to Local Natives, Brooklyn quintet Caveman likewise rely on tribal rhythms and wild-eyed group harmonizing to get under listeners' skin. Their excellent debut album from 2011, CoCo Beware, darted deftly between direct anthemic material and unhinged psych-pop explorations, wisely favoring economic running times even when opting for a sweepingly cinematic sound. Ten tracks clock in at a tidy 36 minutes. Their self-titled sophomore album, due next month on Fat Possum, looks to continue the group's sonic winning streak based on the strength of lead single "In the City," a sumptuous slice of synth-driven balladry. With Computer Magic, Strange Names. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10, 8 PM

Thursday 3.7.2013

Muse with Dead Sara
Target Center
Polished U.K. Rock 
AA, $40-65, 7 PM

Lindsey Stirling
First Avenue Mainroom
YouTube Sensation
AA, $18, 6 PM

Miami Dolphins, Oaks and DJ TRL
Kitty Cat Klub
Out of Control
21+, FREE, 10 PM 

Friday 3.8.2013

Burning Down the House benefit
The Sound Gallery
The year got off to a rough start for Andy Bothwell, a.k.a. Astronautalis, and his roommates Claire Monestario (La Manchita), Dirty Donuts' Vicki Seymour, and Jeremy Jetson (Spyder Baybie Raw Dog) in northeast Minneapolis when a fire tore through their home. Not only did the flames damage a lot of their stuff and make the place uninhabitable, but items were stolen after the fact, too. All without renter's insurance, they've got plenty of costs to recoup. A bunch of local friends and musicians are pitching in for the Burning Down the House benefit show to be hosted by Botzy (Culture Cry Wolf, the Best Love Is Free) on Friday. The night's entertainment includes Doomtree's Mike Mictlan, Enola Gay, Votel, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, Lydia Hoglund, Claire de Lune, Fort Wilson Riot, Father You See Queen, Me and My Arrow, DJ Young Baby Ander Other, and some surprise guests. --Reed Fischer 
21+, 10:30 PM

Slightly Stoopid with Tribal Seeds and The Heard
First Avenue Mainroom
Feel-good Vibes
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Jukebox the Ghost with Matt Pond and The Lighthouse & The Whaler
Fine Line
Driving Modern Pop
18+, $14, 8 PM

The Sudden Lovelys 
Aster Cafe
Nordeast Folk
AA, $8, 9 PM

Imagine Dragons with Atlas Genius and Nico Vega
Varsity Theatre
Synth-Laden Rock

Lovely Bad Things with Crimes and Kill-Me Kare Bare
7th Street Entry
Hyperactive Garage 
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM
Saturday 3.9.2013

Nobel Peace Prize Forum: Brother Ali
Augsburg College
Although Brother Ali packs plenty of political rhetoric into his rhymes, the music is only the jumping-off point. A natural orator who can speak with great passion and insight, Ali is a perfect fit for a presentation at the 25th anniversary session for the locally based Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Amid a weekend of talks on issues affecting the global community, the "Hip Hop and Peace" session with a brief performance is a powerful way to understand the mind behind last year's acclaimed Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, but also the guy who went to jail while raising awareness for the Occupy Homes movement. With Syrian rapper and activist Omar Offendum and featuring a discussion moderated by 89.3 the Current's Andrea Swensson. --Reed Fischer
 A A, $15, 8 PM

Birthday Suits, L'Assasins, and France Camp
Kitty Cat Klub
Old School Rock Roots
21+, $5, 10 PM

Bobby Z & Friends' 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life
First Avenue
Last February, drummer and radio personality Bobby Z reunited the Revolution, Prince's old group, for their first full-scale show together in quite some time. And now he's got another Prince-inspired party planned with the second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life on Saturday. The night will include the Minneapolis debut of Princess, a Prince tribute act fronted by former Saturday Night Live actress Maya Rudolph and her pal Gretchen Lieberum. The Roots drummer ?uestlove, and a funky ensemble featuring Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O'Neal, Mint Condition's Stokley, and The Voice's local star Nicholas David are also slated to take part.--Reed Fischer
18+, $65-$150, 7 PM

Vintage Trouble with Leo Gun
The Nether Bar
Power Soul 
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Mr. Gene Poole album-release show
Triple Rock Social Club
Original member of Headshots and the Dynospectrum collective, Mr. Gene Poole has been a local rap name to know since there even was such a thing. The past few years have been an indication of a return to form, with spots on Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota tour and Soundset suggesting a resurgence of the firebrand spitter's gift of gab. His Bionik-produced second full-length album, The God Particle, drops Saturday at a Triple Rock-hosted release party and proves the vitality of his work. New material maintains the underlying aggression while moving into a different sort of groove, but a Gene Poole show has always been a dramatic performance that's difficult to top. Hosted by Carnage the Executioner. With Muja Messiah, Desdemona, Mike the Martyr, and a special appearance by Slug. --Jack Spencer
18+, $5, 9 PM

Gramma's Boyfriend CD Release with Ginko
Kooky Beats
21+, $10, 11 PM

McCoy Tyner Quartet
Hopkins Center for the Arts
A genuine titan of modern jazz, pianist McCoy Tyner solidified his legacy early on as a member of John Coltrane's groundbreaking '60s-era quartet. Over subsequent decades Tyner has become one of the most influential pianists of his era, his blues-based style characterized by percussive aggression, stormy clouds of chords juxtaposed by lyrical explorations, and harmonic sophistication. He remains a ferocious, inspired improviser, whether solo or accompanied by some of his longtime cohorts, as here. Joining Tyner will be bassist Gerald Cannon, alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, who sometimes seems to channel Coltrane, and drummer Francisco Mela, whose signature style reflects bop along with a measure of his Cuban roots.--Rick Mason
 AA, $36, 8 PM

Sunday 3.10.2013

Lila Downs & La Misteriosa
Ted Mann Concert Hall
After picking up a Latin Grammy last year, borders-defying singer-songwriter Lila Downs just won a 2013 Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album with her latest, Pecados y Milagros (Sins and Miracles), a brilliant synthesis of Mexican traditional roots and musical tendrils. Dubbed "Una Canción para Mi Padre (A Song for My Father)," and paired with an exhibition across the street in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the show celebrates the life and art of her late father, University of Minnesota art professor Allen Downs. A U of M grad, Lila Downs gained her acute multicultural perspective growing up both in Minnesota and her mother's native Oaxaca, where she heard many of the Mexican folk standards that constitute about half of Pecados. The album's simpatico originals, written with husband/saxophonist Paul Cohen (also leader of her international band, La Misteriosa), often deal with cultural identity and social justice issues. Each song is linked to a retablos-style votive painting commissioned by Downs, and each is richly embroidered with seamless mix of ranchera, rock, blues, cumbia, jazz, ska, and more, her maroon-streaked, multi-octave voice evoking a vast range of textured emotions.--Rick Mason
AA, $15-$150, 4 PM

Charles Lloyd Sky Trio
Dakota (Sunday and Monday)
Saxophonist/flautist Charles Lloyd has remained an innovative, even visionary force in contemporary jazz for half a century. Lloyd checks into the Dakota a few days shy of his 75th birthday leading his Sky Trio, featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, each an innovator in his own right, plus special guest Gerald Clayton, who at age 28 has already established himself as a significant pianist and composer brimming with ideas. As well as experimenting with the avant-garde, Lloyd has always adeptly threaded his jazz with elements of gospel, blues, pop, and world music. His just-released collaboration with pianist Jason Moran, Hagar's Song, covers Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" and Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." Both are extraordinarily intimate, but gently unveil vast reservoirs of emotion, Moran's gospel-based piano tethering Lloyd's floating, yearning saxophone. But the core of the album is the five-part "Hagar's Suite," a soulful, haunting, deeply moving tribute to Lloyd's great-great-grandmother, who endured a life of slavery. --Rick Mason
AA, $45 at 7 PM. $35 at 9 PM

Monday 3.11.2013

The Cactus Blossoms 
The Turf Club
Brotherly Harmonies
21+,$5, 6 PM

Mux Mool with Connie Hawkins, PRHYM8, Ghostband and Visionquest
First Avenue Mainroom 
Glitches and Grooves
18+, $5, 8 PM

Tuesday 3.12.2013

Flyleaf and Drowning Pool with Stars in Stereo 
First Avenue Mainroom
Heavy and Agressive
AA, $20, 5 PM

Caspian with Native and The Fairlead
7th Street Entry
Ambient Soundscapes
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Where I'm Going:
Miami Dolphins @ The Kitty Cat Klub

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