The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 9/29-10/2

Lily Allen -- See Wed.

Lily Allen -- See Wed.

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Monday, September 29

Benjamin Booker with Blank Range Turf Club Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Benjamin Booker is riding a wave of enthusiasm that's already declaring him hands-down new artist of the year. Booker, 25, grew up a punker in Tampa and after college moved to New Orleans, where he got an education in blues and R&B listening to iconic roots radio station WWOZ. His sound now is raw and mostly adrenaline-fueled, blasting through tunes on a furious tide of cascading rhythm and guitar riffs culled from a century of predecessors. The first single off his self-titled debut, "Violent Shiver," kicks off with Chuck Berry riffs before tearing off on a blues-punk dash laced with deep, soulful hooks. Booker's expressive singing, reputedly inspired by Robert Johnson, is slurred, raspy, and utterly idiosyncratic. It generates its own energy. -Rick Mason

The Drums with Beverly and Graveyard Club Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $15, 7:30 PM

La Roux with Midnight Magic First Avenue 18+, $28/$30, 7:30 PM

Drowners with Bully 7th St. Entry 18+, $12/$14, 7 PM

Francisco Mela with Jon Weber Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $10, 7 PM

Tuesday, September 30

Fleetwood Mac Target Center $49.50-$179.50, 8 PM

Perfume Genius with Matteah Baim Triple Rock Social Club 18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

Within Temptation with Amaranthe First Avenue All ages, $29, 6 PM

Boz Scaggs Historic State Theatre $53.50-$63.50

The Australian Pink Floyd Show Orpheum Theatre $51.50-$61.50

Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, and Lenny White Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (also Wed.) $25-$30, 7 PM & 9 PM

Rubblebucket with Body Language 7th St. Entry 18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

The Bros Landreth with the Darners Turf Club $8/$10, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 1

Lily Allen Skyway Theatre Lily Allen disappeared from the pop wars for about five years while starting a family, and re-emerged last spring with her third album, Sheezus. The title signaled her pop provocateur return, including as her own fiercest critic, characterizing much of her new material as "docile pop rubbish." But is it? Even if Sheezus isn't as incisive as some of her earlier material, and some may fret that she's stealing licks from Beyoncé or M.I.A. But she's never played by pop diva rules. The controversies over whether she's satirizing pop clichés or trying to buy into them, supporting or undercutting feminism, succumbing to racism or parodying it, is potent fodder for fans and critics alike. It's refreshing that Allen doesn't shy away from such fine lines, and is still willing to push things. The artist who once sampled Professor Longhair's "Big Chief" now tries out a West African juju vibe on "Life For Me" and "As Long As I Got You" is a zydeco tune, complete with wheezing accordion. Take that Gaga and Katy Perry! Lolawolf, a New York electro-pop trio fronted by singer Zoë Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet), opens. -Rick Mason 18+, $27.50, 8 PM

The Varsity Theater 16+, $16-$30, 7 PM

Phantogram with Lia Ices Myth All ages, $27/$30, 7 PM

Mutual Benefit with Ricky Eat Acid and Har-Di-Har 7th St. Entry 18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

Twin Cities Drum N Bass Volume 7 Release Party With Everest & Easyrider, General Malice & Virgo, Wicklum & WT Dread The Record Room 18+, $5, 10 PM

Thursday, October 2

JJ Grey & Mofro Varsity Theater Bubbling up among the skeeters and gators in the blackwater swamps and piney woods of North Florida is the greasy soul, funk, rock, and blues concoction that fuels JJ Grey & Mofro. The band has always had Southern rock leanings, and "99 Shades of Crazy" from last year's terrific The River prominently quotes a familiar Skynyrd guitar riff. But Mofro's sound is more ambitious, grounded in backwoods funk, Wet Willie Southern fried boogie, Muscle Shoals flair, Memphis swagger, and steamy, angst-ridden ballads. Songwriter Grey's gothic melodramas and Cracker culture anthems have grown in complexity and nuance. The tight, blistering funk of "Your Lady, She's Shady" sports touches of James Brown and the Stones, the exquisite, horn-slathered "Somebody Else" has killer Memphis hooks and a hint of Al Green, while "Florabama" is a salty Gulf blast of Maceo Parker-like jazz-infused funk. Opening will be New York's The London Souls, who favor classic, guitar-oriented rock and are wont to cover the Who, Neil Young, and Beatles. -Rick Mason $26-$40, 8 PM

Old Crow Medicine Show Historic State Theatre $29.50-$44.50

Agent Orange with the Architects 7th St. Entry 18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Matisyahu with Radical Something First Avenue 18+, $25, 7 PM

Storm Large Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant $42, 7 PM

Justin Nozuka with David Ryan Harris The Cedar Cultural Center $18/$29, 7 PM

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