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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 1/23-25

Cold War Kids -- See Friday

Cold War Kids -- See Friday

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Friday, January 23

AFK
9 p.m., $10-$15.
The Loft

Elliot Moss
With Tiny Deaths and AATS
9 p.m., $10.
7th St. Entry

Jake Hanson & James Buckley
6:30 p.m., Free.
Icehouse (Also Saturday)

Ratpit (CD Release Show)
With Rupert Angeleyes and Jaybone Bell and the Restless Light
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Red Bull Crashed Ice Welcome Party Featuring Lizzo
9:30 p.m., Free.
Turf Club

Seven Steps To Havana
8 p.m., $10.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Sun Gods To Gamma Rays
With Tyte Jeff and Crossing Guards
9 p.m., $8.
Triple Rock Social Club

The Boys N' The Barrels
With Kind Country
10:30 p.m., $10.
Icehouse

The Current's 10th Anniversary
It has now been a decade since 89.3 the Current hit the Twin Cities airwaves. In past years, the two-night birthday bash at First Avenue has been a fixture each mid-January, but this time a 10-day marathon of events has filled mid-January. This weekend, the party caps in the Mainroom. Friday night features Cold War Kids, Dead Man Winter, Hippo Campus, and Allan Kingdom. Saturday assembles Atmosphere, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, the Trashmen, and PaviElle. 7 p.m., $20. -- Reed Fischer
First Avenue (Also Saturday)

The Mighty Diamonds
7 p.m., $20-$25.
The Cedar Cultural Center

The Westies feat. Michael McDermott
9 p.m., $10.
Aster Cafe

United Teachers of Music
With Blackthorne, Rifle Diet, and Noble Beast
United Teachers of Music are making the Hex their classroom for the release of debut EP, Annihilation of '77. These educators apparently double-majored in punk and metal, as this five-song seven-inch is equal parts Black Flag and Judas Priest -- exemplified by the fast, raw "Endurance" and the expansive, multi-movement "Kittenger's Fall." That's perfect, since the two-and-a-half-year-old band bills itself as "the new derivative rock and roll experience." You know the old saying that goes, "Those who can't do, teach"? Well, if Annihilation of '77 proves anything, it's that United Teachers of Music can do both. 9 p.m., Free. -- Alex Rice
Hexagon Bar

Saturday, January 24

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

Bad September
With SisterTree
8 p.m., $8-$10.
Phoenix Theatre

Chokecherry (Record Release Show)
With Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band, Diver Dress, and Up the Mountain Down the Mountain
9 p.m., Free.
Seward Community Cafe

Da Tweekaz
9 p.m., $15-$20.
The Loft

Debbie Duncan
8 p.m., $10.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Enemy Planes
With Better Bones and the Person and the People
9 p.m., $7.
Triple Rock Social Club

Harbor and Home
With I Like You and Laura Lou and the Loungeabouts
All ages, 7 p.m., $12-$15.
The Cedar Cultural Center

Head For The Hills
With Black River Revue
8 p.m., $10-$12.
Turf Club

Hyperslob and the Goat Meat Explosion (Album Release Show)
With Kitten Forever, Teenage Moods, and Les Deux Magots
9 p.m., $5.
Kitty Cat Klub

Old Desert Road (Record Release Show)
With Jack and the Coax, Lake Avenue, and Going to the Sun
18+., 7 p.m., $10.
7th St. Entry

One Voice Mixed Chorus: Eat, Drink, and Be Married!
7:30 p.m., $20-$25.
Hopkins High School Theater Auditorium (Also Sunday)

Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels
9 p.m., Free.
Hexagon Bar

Railwave
With the Persian Leaps and Pussytoes
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Sam Smith
The Brits have been cranking out pop stars with interesting stories and intense fascinations with American soul and R&B sounds for more than a decade now, and Sam Smith is the heir apparent. Following in the footsteps of Adele and the late, great Amy Winehouse, Smith has taken the former's smoky soul and the later's diva dramatics and put his own achingly vulnerable, gospel¬ tinged twist on the formula. The singer's massive, world-beating single "Stay With Me," netted him the second best selling record of the year, and suite of euro industry awards and even a few critical raves. Like Adele, he's a bit of an odd bird for a pop singer. As an openly gay man who struggles with an intense OCD disorder, he's definitely got some real pain to draw on for his musical intensity. 8 p.m., $49.50-$85. -- Zach McCormick
Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Verskotzi and Jourdan Myers
9 p.m., $10.
Aster Cafe

Wilbur Cares Benefit: Fundraiser for the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
8 p.m., $10.
Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown

Winter Jazz Blast
Featuring Ingrid Jensen and the McNally Smith Jazz Orchestra
6 p.m., $15/$5 students.
McNally Smith College of Music

XTRAV 10 Season Finale
Featuring the Melismatics, Jillian Rae, Jenny Dalton, batteryboy, Bora York, Phantom Tails, Little Man, Courtney Yasmineh, HANK, and Infinities
10 p.m., $8-$10.
Icehouse

Sunday, January 25

A Night of Radiohead
Featuring Kid Villain, Teddy Holidays, and Gucci Little Piggy
7 p.m., $12-$15.
The Cedar Cultural Center

Clown Lounge Sundays: Frankie Lee and Friends
Who better to kick off the Clown Lounge's year than City Pages' Best Minneapolis Songwriter for 2014? Acclaimed alt-country singer Frankie Lee is hosting Clown Lounge Sundays in the Turf Club basement every week in January, with a little help from a cast of his musician friends. Lee's debut EP, Middle West, was released in 2013 and is, fittingly, made up of five twangy tunes he wrote while driving I-35 from Austin to the Twin Cities. Even though his songs were written on and made for the road, it seems like Frankie Lee is staying put for a little while. Or, at least he'll be back by Sunday. 7:30 p.m., $5-$7. -- Alex Rice
Clown Lounge At The Turf Club

Leigh Kamman Celebration
Leigh Kamman was intimately familiar with the magic of jazz and radio. He put them together for more than six decades, including 34 as the late Saturday night host of The Jazz Image on MPR. Kamman, who died in October at 92, was a poet on the airwaves, using language as jazz to create an atmosphere of remote time and place that gave unique context to the discs he spun and his revealing interviews with jazz artists. He interviewed and got to know such jazz icons as Duke Ellington, Count Basic and Billie Holiday during a stint on New York radio in the early 1950s before moving back to his native Minnesota. This tribute to the truly legendary Kamman will feature performances by a virtual who's who of local jazz musicians far too long to mention here, but including Eric Gravatt, Dean Magraw, Patty Peterson, Phil Hey, Carole Martin, Kenny Horst, Debbie Duncan, Irv Williams, Connie Evingson. Laura Caviani, Butch Thompson, Charlie Devore. The concluding jam alone should be amazing. 4 p.m., Suggested $20 donation. -- Rick Mason
St. Paul Hotel

Quinn Tsan
With Jillian Rae and Seth Davin
18+., 7 p.m., $5.
7th St. Entry

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