The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/24-26

The Black Keys -- See Friday!

The Black Keys -- See Friday!

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Friday, October 24

Black Veil Brides
All ages., 6 p.m., $25/$28.

Charlie Mars (album release)
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $20.

Julie Fowlis
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $22/$25.

With Andy Mineo, DJ Promote
The Skyway Theatre
6 p.m., $25.

Meridian Incident
With Bilderberg, Strange Daze
Fine Line Music Cafe
7:30 p.m., $8/$12.

The Ready Set
With Metro Station, the Downtown Fiction, and Against the Current
The Garage
All ages, 6 p.m., $20-$25.

Minus the Bear
With Young Widows
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $22.

With Radio Moscow, Vulgaari, Bang, and Kings Destroy (Surly Brewing Darkness Day Pre-party featuring complimentary pours of Surly Darkness for all ticket-holders)
Mill City Nights
18+., 7 p.m., $23-$25.

Pert Near Sandstone 10th Anniversary Show
First Avenue
Minnesota urban bluegrass boys Pert Near Sandstone have thrived by injecting the new into old-timey string band music with just the right contemporary touch. This show marks the band's 10th anniversary. Pert's sixth album, The Hardest Part of Leaving, sports a handful of traditional tunes, including the blues standard "Stagger Lee" as a bluegrass romp. But it's mostly originals with Pert's trademark juxtaposition of vintage picking and modern sensibilities, sometimes in hints of pop or rock, but more often in the lyrics' 21st-century takes on relationships ("Another Fool"), larceny ("A Couple Off the Top"), and reveries about spots near ("25th & Riverside") and far ("Wish This Was New Orleans"). With the Big Wu, Spider John Koerner. 18+., 7:30 p.m., $15/$20. -- Rick Mason

Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex
With Buildings
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $12/$14.

The Black Keys
Target Center
Whether or not you think the Black Keys have drifted too far from their garage-rock beginnings, the band's faith in all things rock 'n' roll is admirable. Over the past five years, frontman Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney have become the closest thing we're going to get to the Stones or Zeppelin in this decade. Singles like 2010's muscular, partly whistled "Tighten Up" have appeared in countless commercials, but this year's Danger Mouse-produced Turn Blue proves there's still depth. It's a more personal Keys record than usual due to Auerbach's 2013 divorce; see passages like the outro to lead single "Fever," which is part orchestral and part psychedelic. With Jake Bugg., 8 p.m., $35-$75. -- Michael Madden

The Great Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover
With 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Rhett Miller
Fitzgerald Theater
8 p.m., $29-$45.

The White Buffalo
Turf Club
8 p.m., $15.

Saturday, October 25

Alpha Rev
With Cedar
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 8 p.m., $15-$30.

With the Weather Station
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $15.

Eliza Gilkyson
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $25/$28.

Fat White Family
With Jeffrey Lewis
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $10/$12.

Flying Lotus
First Avenue
Los Angeles producer and Warp signee Flying Lotus is on a wavelength all his own. Everything from spastic jazz to Dilla beats to classic soul to IDM makes up his sonic hodgepodge. His latest album, You're Dead!, is nothing if not a head trip, shifting wildly between beautiful instrumentation and cacophonous spurts of noise in short songs that center on death and the afterlife. Along with guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, the album also features verses from Captain Murphy, Lotus's villainous voice-bending rap alter ego. Bassist and frequent collaborator Thundercat opens.18+., 8 p.m., $25. -- Jack Spencer

Gustafer Yellowgold
The Cedar Cultural Center
10:30 a.m., $12/$15.

Insane Clown Posse
With Mushroomhead, Da Mafia 6ix, Madchild, JellyRoll
All ages., 6 p.m., $29.50.

Treasure Island Resort and Casino
8 p.m., $46-$56.

Paula Cole
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $35-$42.

With Doctopus
Turf Club
8 p.m., $12/$15.

Shadows of the 60s: A Tribute to the Four Tops
Hopkins Center for the Arts
7 p.m., $26.

Disco Fever
With Freddy Fresh and King Otto
Kitty Cat Klub
8 p.m., $3.

Steve Sklar & Johnna Morrow
SpringHouse Ministry Center
7:30 p.m., $15/$20.

Sunday, October 26

Cantus: Fall Concert
St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church
3 p.m., $30.

With Tristen, Verskotzi
Turf Club
7 p.m., $10/$12.

The Person and the People
With Taj Raj and LOTT
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, 8 p.m., $8

Marsha Ambrosius
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 8 p.m., $25-40.

The Smokers Club Tour
With Method Man & Redman, B-Real, Berner, Mick Jenkins
First Avenue
18+., 8 p.m., $25.

Lonesome Shack
Bayport BBQ
On their way home from the relocated Deep Blues Festival (now in Clarksdale, Mississippi), Seattle blues trio Lonesome Shack will drop by the fest's old haunts to help celebrate the Bayport roadhouse's fourth anniversary. Despite its northwest origins, LS's music is inspired by the grit 'n' greasy Mississippi Hill Country blues of folks like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. What's distinctive about Shack's approach is a certain whispery breeze that subtly cools the palpable humidity inherent in the original stuff. So LS's latest, More Primitive, kicks off with a juicy boogie called "Wreck," but Luke Bergman's deep, thumping bass is juxtaposed by the elegant precision of Ben Todd's guitar work, defining wrenching blues spirit while easing its density with space and light. Similarly, Todd's near falsetto moans and whines ache with blues angst but sometimes almost become a purr. 8 p.m., $10. -- Rick Mason


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