The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 5/4-7

Wolf Alice -- see Tuesday!

Wolf Alice -- see Tuesday!

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

Monday, May 4

Daikaiju With RYKYGNYZYR, and Narco States 8 p.m., $7. Turf Club

JT's Jazz Implosion Featuring Michael O'Brien, Zacc Harris, Jake Baldwin, JT Bates, Brandon Wozniak 9:30 p.m., $8. Icehouse

Kyle 5 p.m., All ages, $15. 7th St. Entry

Kyle Robert Lutz 9 p.m., Free. Amsterdam

Madeon With the M Machine 8 p.m., $25-$30. Mill City Nights

Safe Jazz With Sofia Eris, Cat Sax, and Medium Zach 9 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub

Tuesday, May 5

Alison Scott With Laurels String Quartet, Brian Gallagher, and Claudia Russell 6 p.m., $20. Hopkins Center for the Arts

Better Bones With Ryan Traster Music, Cruel Love, and Oklahoma 8 p.m., $5. Triple Rock Social Club

Coloring Time Featuring Cody McKinney 10 p.m., Free. Icehouse

Danger Ron & the Spins With Stereo Confession, Mountain Opera, PTSTD, Wild In, and Chris Giuliano 5 p.m., All ages., $5-$8. Amsterdam

Lady Lamb With Rathborne 7:30 p.m., $11-$13. 7th St. Entry

Salsabrosa With Alma Andina 7 p.m., $12-$15. The Cedar Cultural Center

The English Beat 7 p.m., $40-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (Also Wednesday)

The Fairfields With the Dreamland Faces 9 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub

Wolf Alice With Made Violent 7:30 p.m., $12-$14. Turf Club

Wednesday, May 6

Erik Koskinen 10 p.m., $8. Icehouse

Fat Animal With Trailer Park Queen, and the Neuts 9 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub

Human Kindness With New Wave Hookers, and Yume Nikki 8 p.m., Free. Nomad World Pub

Jack Klatt 7 p.m., Free. Harriet Brewing

Pornonono With Jon Jones, and Gospel Machine 7:30 p.m., $6. 7th St. Entry

Nashville In Concert Featuring Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples, and Lennon & Maisy 7:30 p.m., $38-$68. Northrop

The Broken Bicycles With Andy Elwell, and Hot H 9 p.m., Free. Amsterdam

The Wombats With Life In Film, and Cheerleader 6:30 p.m., 16+, $18-$20. Varsity Theater

Vetiver With EDJ (Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats) 7:30 p.m., $15. Turf Club

Waxahatchee With Girlpool, and Kitten Forever Waxahatchee singer-songwriter/guitarist Katie Crutchfield set out to make a poppier sounding album for her Merge Records debut, Ivy Tripp. The Birmingham native harnessed a fuller, bolder sound this time out, compared to the refined hush of Waxahatchee's first two albums. Songs like "Under a Rock" and "Poison" feature a driving rock pulse, while "La Loose" and "Air" are low-key earworms. But the album is not an overt leap toward chart success, more of a gradual, graceful transformation. The 26-year-old Crutchfield still uses her achy voice to deliver words that bristle with post-adolescent disaster as she searches for clarity: "I wasted my boredom hastily/ I'm a basement brimming with nothing great," she sighs on "The Dirt." First emerging alongside twin sister Allison with the band P.S. Eliot, Crutchfield has since made a name for herself as one of the premier indie rock songwriters of the modern era. 8 p.m., $12. -- Michael Madden Triple Rock Social Club

Wild Party 8 p.m., $10-$12. In the Nether Bar of Mill City Nights

Thursday, May 7

Alejandro Escovedo 7 p.m., $45-$38. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Crown Larks With American Cream, Vacation Dad, and Orchard Thief 9 p.m., Free. Kitty Cat Klub

Daniel Lanois With Rocco DeLuca Renowned producer Daniel Lanois, acclaimed for his atmospheric sophistication, helped create groundbreaking albums for the likes of U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, the Neville Brothers, and Emmylou Harris. But on his first solo album in seven years, Lanois returns to the ambient sonic sculpturing he initially explored 30-some years ago as a protégé of Brian Eno. On Flesh And Machine, he essentially creates his own experimental sound language, recording conventional instruments and voice, then processing those sounds into something new and reinserting them into original contexts. The result is lush and complex, with sounds flowing through mercurial filters while invoking spirits both languid and harrowing. The latter characterizes "The End," a creaking, roiling cry of angst. Considerably sunnier is the lilting, "My First Love," while "Sioux Lookout" is driven by syncopated rhythms and earthy urgency. Lanois will be playing with a trio and incorporating his electronic manipulations. 7 p.m., $22-$25. -- Rick Mason The Cedar Cultural Center

Filthy Animals With Rat Pit, and Beau Blue & the Confused 7:30 p.m., $5. 7th St. Entry

Kamelot With DragonForce 18+, 8:30 p.m., $25. Mill City Nights

Kill Kancer Presents: American Scarecrows With Kraig Jarret Johnson & David Poe, Trailer Trash 8 p.m., $10-$12. Turf Club

Les Exodus, Featuring Prince Jabba & Lynval Jackson 8:30 p.m., $7. Cabooze

Maeth With Morality Crisis, Pestifere, and HHRRIISSTT 8 p.m., $5. Triple Rock Social Club

MN Opera: Carmen 7:30 p.m., $25-$200. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

One Last Party 8 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar (More info at

Pints With Purpose Fundraiser kick-off featuring Field Trip, Ashley Gold, and the Lowland Lakers 9 p.m., $15. Day Block Brewing Co.

Rock 'n' Roll Potluck Featuring food and performances from Haley Bonar, Chris Koza, Munson & Wilson, Undlin & Wolfe, and Alan Sparhawk 6 p.m., $50. Clockwork

Sun Gods To Gamma Rays With Phillip Morris + Tony Phantom, and Beasthead 9 p.m., Free. Nomad World Pub

TC Music Showcase Featuring G-Biz, Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls, and Alicia Kay & the Changeups 7 p.m., $8-$10. Varsity Theater

Tech N9ne With Chris Webby, Krizz Kaliko, Murs, King, Zuse All ages, 7 p.m., $35. Myth

The Waterboys With the Bluebonnets At the helm of the shifting crew that has been the Waterboys for some three decades, Mike Scott still musters his signature skirling passion and rapturous "big music" mix of Celtic folk and rock on Modern Blues, the first Waterboys album with entirely new material in eight years. The restless Scott changed up the Waterboys' sound by injecting a potent dose of southern R&B and soul, recording in Nashville with famed Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood, Memphis keyboardist Brother Paul Brown, and Texas guitarist Zach Ernst. All will be touring with the band (Hood hitting the road for the first time since 1972 with Traffic), along with longtime Waterboy fiddler, Steve Wickham, and drummer Ralph Salmins. The fusion works marvelously. From the blazing opener, "Destinies Entwined," featuring an organ billowing under Scott's ringing guitar, to the epic finale, "Long Strange Golden Road," an apocalyptic rouser that begins with a snippet of Jack Kerouac reading from On The Road, which invokes Aphrodite, Venus, and Dean Moriarity's ghost while the band rages. As always, Scott's literate lyrics are provocative, lush with romanticism and nostalgia, addressing old lovers, imagining Elvis, Hendrix and Shakespeare hanging in heaven, and unapologetically sticking to his counterculture convictions in "Still A Freak." 7 p.m., $30. -- Rick Mason First Avenue

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