The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 1/16-19

Hamilton Leithauser -- see Saturday!

Hamilton Leithauser -- see Saturday!

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Friday, January 16

12 Rods With Rupert Angeleyes Over a decade after their star started to fade, one-time Minneapolis college radio darlings 12 Rods are set to make a triumphant comeback at the First Avenue mainroom, with nearly all of the original cast returning. With a challenging sound that walked a difficult line between '60s pop and angular post-rock experimentalism, 12 Rods were the kind of cult local band that got briefly huge but sold only a handful of records. Like any good cult band, their influence is just starting to be felt, nearly 12 years after their landmark release Lost Time. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is a fan, and he's thrown his support behind the reunion in addition to re-releasing Lost Time on his Chigliak Records imprint. The one-off reunion will act as a celebration of the band's legacy as well as a release show for the new reissue. 18+, 8 p.m., $20. -- Zach McCormick First Avenue

Chicago Afrobeat Project With Hotpants DJs 9 p.m., $10. Nomad World Pub

Cody Jinks With the Dirt Road Ramblers. 9 p.m., $10. Lee's Liquor Lounge

Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners With Jordan Purkat 9 p.m., Free. Amsterdam

Dark Tranquility With Insomnium and Cold Colours 18+, 8 p.m., $20-$22. Triple Rock Social Club

Dirty Rotten All-Stars With Olde Town Ghosts, Zero, and Sudaka 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Fleetwood Mac 8 p.m., $49.50-$179.50. Xcel Energy Center

Gregory Alan Isakov With Nathaniel Rateliff 18+, 7 p.m., $20-$22 The Varsity Theater

Joe Henry Joe Henry regularly racks up the accolades as a deft producer, usually working with roots-aware artists recently including Rodney Crowell, Billy Bragg and Over the Rhine. Henry's own work as a singer-songwriter has been equally revelatory, synthesizing a wide swath of American roots music and probing, enigmatic lyrics into striking, albeit often understated nuggets. Indeed, there's a quiet, almost haunted atmosphere on his 13th album, Invisible Hour, released last June on his own label. Grounded in the folk tradition and played on mostly acoustic instruments, the music is laced with a chamber jazz elegance, primarily thanks to the reed work of Henry's son, Levon. The songs pack an emotional wallop, but subtly, via Henry's poetic wordplay and his sometimes microscopic investigations of what he calls "marriage as a verb." They're really about the endless mysteries of love; lost, found, frayed, perplexed and undone, all rendered with an exquisite touch. Levon Henry will accompany his father on this tour. 7 p.m., $35. -- Rick Mason Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

The Last Jackson With the May North 10 p.m., free. 331 Club

The Suicide Commandos With Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, and L'Assassins 7 p.m., $15. Turf Club

White Boyfriend No one in the Twin Cities is on White Boyfriend's level right now. The college-pal trio's viciously strange and thoroughly experimental mix of styles darts cleanly from disco beats, to lounge, to gospel a cappella, and back around without scraping any guard rails. Vocals are studiously witty on a Magnetic Fields level, but delivered with punk playfulness a la Micachu and the Shapes. From "The Feathered Frontier" off last year's Twins EP, "We know so much / Is it all in ink and chalk? / Have you felt so proud to get the meaning of the shit we talk?" Bassist Dan Hansen leads this infectious pop morsel, and counter-harmonies from drummer Katharine Seggerman and synth maestro Nicky Leingang eventually swell to overtake him. Recorded at the Sound Gallery, White Boyfriend's self-titled debut delivers even more moments that never end up anywhere close to where they started. The album is split up by several skits, including an ESPN-level laugh on "Sports!" ("Look at those fucking calves"), but there's always serious musicianship at play underneath the blanket of black humor. Seggerman takes the lead for "The First," a swoop into a string-adorned chamber pop that swells to become the album's emotional center. Even if the group of transplants - North Dakota, Boston, Northern California - aren't strictly in the business of creating banger tracks, they've got one in the tempo-shifting Bee Gees-style blitz "I'm Breaking Up With Mr. Smiles." Let's go steady in 2015, White Boyfriend. With Fort Wilson Riot, Yoni Yum, LOTT, and DJ Minnie Blanco. 9 p.m., $5. -- Reed Fischer 7th St. Entry

Saturday, January 17

A Prairie Home Companion 4:45 p.m., $33-$49. Fitzgerald Theater

Best New Bands of 2014 With PaviElle, Hippo Campus, Sam Cassidy, Suzie, Tiny Deaths, Warey, and ZuluZuluu 7 p.m., $7. First Avenue

Bloodnstuff With Zebulon Pike and Hardcore Crayons 9 p.m., $8-$10. Triple Rock Social Club

Brilliant Beast With Principality and Wretch 9 p.m., $5. Kitty Cat Klub

Bunny Clogs (CD Release Show) With Guitar Party All ages, 10:30 a.m., $12 The Cedar Cultural Center

deM atlaS 18+, 8 p.m., $10-$15. 7th St. Entry

Freez's Frozen French Frey's Album Release A veteran and an up-and-comer, Southside rapper Freez has been considered in the top tier in Minneapolis long prior to his recent signing with Soul Tools. His latest collaborative effort with producer Mike Frey proves, he's still getting stronger. The tightly compacted bars carry extra weight live, where Freez carries a comfortable stride when spitting some of the purest technical rhymes of his generation. Alongside the talents of local openers Greg Grease, Sophia Eris of GRRRL PRTY, and Vision the Kid & Tru, Freez and Mike Frey will unveil his new work and reveal why he's been well-respected since his early days with Illuminous 3 nearly a decade ago. With DJ Willie Shu. Hosted by Toki Wright. 10:30 p.m., $5. -- Jack Spencer Icehouse

Hamilton Leithauser For well over a decade, Hamilton Leithauser has created dramatic indie rock as the dapper lead singer of the on-hiatus Walkmen, but showed off a softer touch with his first solo endeavor, Black Hours. Already boasting a wounded but emphatic vocal tone, he drew inspiration from vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. On top of contributions from Dirty Projectors singer Amber Coffman and Walkmen guitarist Paul Maroon, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij produced the album, bringing out the best in everything from Leithauser's jaunty pop rock ("Alexandra") to his piano-oriented laments ("St. Mary's County"). With horns and strings aplenty, it's an expansive sound that may be difficult to recreate live, but there shouldn't be a shortage of professionalism as long as Leithauser retains his vocal precision. With Bully. 8 p.m., $15. -- Michael Madden Turf Club

Less Than Jake 7 p.m., $22.50. The Skyway Theatre

LOTT With the Sapwoods, Clementine, and FOXMO 9 p.m., free. Amsterdam

Maeth With Falcon Arrow, Strange, and Hanan 9 p.m., free. Hexagon Bar

Motion City Soundtrack With Team Spirit and Stereo Confession 16+, 7 p.m., $25-$35. The Varsity Theater

Mystery Date (Record Release Show) With Teenage Strangler and VATS 9 p.m., free. Eagles Club #34

Particle 8:30 p.m., $15-$20. Cabooze

Southwire With Toby Thomas Churchill and Sarah Krueger All ages, 7 p.m., $12-$15. The Cedar Cultural Center

The Broken Bicycles With Graveyard Club 10 p.m., free. 331 Club

Sunday, January 18

Brooklyn Rider With Greg Saunier 7 p.m., $31. Aria at La Jeune Lune

Clown Lounge Sundays: Frankie Lee and Friends 7:30 p.m., $5-$7. Clown Lounge At The Turf Club

Cult of Youth With Uniform and the Funeral and the Twilight 7:30 p.m., $10. 7th St. Entry

Dan Israel Trio 4 p.m., free. Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park

Silverstein With Beartooth, Hands Like Houses, Major League, and My Iron Lung. 15+, 6:30 p.m., $18-$22. Mill City Nights

T Collective 9:30 p.m., free. Icehouse

The Devil Makes Three With Joe Pug 18+, 7:30 p.m., $20. First Avenue

The Steeles Present A New Martin Luther King Day Concert 6 p.m., $36-$28. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Monday, January 19

Billy Idol With Steve Stevens, Little Man, and Tropical Depression 7 p.m., $25. Turf Club

Billy Strings and Don Julin 7 p.m., $20. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

JT's Jazz Implosion Featuring Real Bulls and PBR Street Gang 9:30 p.m., $8. Icehouse

Radio Drive featuring Kevin Gullickson With the Missing Letters 18+, 7:30 p.m., $5. 7th St. Entry

The Toasters With Umbrella Bed and the Skruffians 6 p.m., $12-$14. Triple Rock Social Club

Wale With Doja Cat 18+, 7 p.m., $25-$30. The Varsity Theater


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