The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/31-11/2


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Friday, October 31

Alt-J emerged from Leeds University and soon earned comparisons to Radiohead for the unpredictable, mathematically complex tunes on its debut, An Awesome Wave. The band is now on a tour of sold-out halls, coinciding with last month's release of This Is All Yours, which is equally enigmatic and difficult to pin down. Each track consists of multiple peel-away sonic layers, meticulously assembled from electronic and acoustic realms but with a suspiciously chilly core. "Intro" is a curious pastiche of pseudo-choral chants, electronic dissonance, hip-hop beats, Arabic figures, and pop ambience. The following "Arrival in Nara" is quiet and sedate with acoustic piano and guitar. But "Every Other Freckle" conjures a more aggressive stomp in the service of lust, if "lick you like a crisp packet" stirs your chips. All ages., 7 p.m., $35/$38 -- Rick Mason

American Authors
With the Mowgli's and Oh Honey
Mill City Nights
15+., 8 p.m., $18/$20.

Doctor P & Protohype
With Trolley Snatcha
The Skyway Theatre
18+., 7 p.m., $20-$25

With Joey Ryan & the Inks, DJ Mellow Magic
Lee's Liquor Lounge
9 p.m., $10.

Le Cirque Rouge Halloween
With Iguano, Kiss or Kill, the Splendid End, DJ Instigator
7 p.m., $10/$12; $50-$100 VIP.

With Low and DJ Jake Rudh
Fine Line Music Cafe
Influential shoegaze band Slowdive broke up after the release of their third album, 1995's Pygmalion. In the span of only six years, the group left a lasting impact. The sheer tone of the guitars, Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell's woozy vocals, and the drum patterns congealed in an aesthetic that has influenced indie rock's studio wizards for the past two decades. In other words, this reunion sounds anything but dated. 18+., 8 p.m., $25-$45. -- Michael Madden

The Hood Internet
With Hologram Kizzie, My Gold Mask, Fluffy
Turf Club
8 p.m., $15.

The Protomen
With Phantom Tails
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $13/$15.

Teenage Moods (album release)
With Shakin' Babies, Animal Lover and Miami Dolphins
Hexagon Bar
9 p.m., Free.

Saturday, November 1

Allo Darlin'
10:30 p.m., $12.

Chris Smither (album release)
With Milton
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $20/$25.

Har Mar Superstar
With the Pizza Underground
First Avenue
18+., 8 p.m., $15.

Mary Lambert
With Jillette Johnson
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 8 p.m., $20-$35.

Mike Mictlan (album release)
With Sims, Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, and Ander Other
7th St. Entry
Mike Mictlan's massive "CLAPP'D" is about as heavy a lead single as you can get. The Doomtree MC laces the droning beat with a slick-tongued dissection of modern violence that's nonetheless cogent as a club favorite. He's mixed styles since his early days living in L.A., and his latest record, HELLA FRREAL, ventures out still further, simultaneously aiming for anthemic pop and minimalist grime rap. The raps elbow against the heart-on-its-sleeve conventions of the underground with a grittier approach to honest hip-hop, benefitting especially from Mictlan's meticulous spitting ability. He's put together some stellar shows at the Entry in the past, and with a slew of powerful new material, Saturday's intimate set stands to be one of his strongest.18+., 9 p.m., $10/$12. -- Jack Spencer

With Kalya Scintilla, Nominus, J:Kenzo, Thelem, Eshone and Sleeper
The Skyway Theatre
18+., 7 p.m., $25=$30.

The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz
Fitzgerald Theater
7 p.m., $28-$30.

The Wytches
Turf Club
Just in time for Day of the Dead frivolities, Brighton trio the Wytches arrive with appropriately ghoulish garage psychedelia gleefully stretching from twangy psychobilly to the brink of early Black Sabbath via the Cramps. The band scare up abundant hooks for the faint of heart to cling onto as they wobble about distorted soundscapes propelled by the intrepid-to-feverish locomotion of drummer Gianni Honey and bassist Dan Rumsey. Kristian Bell then slathers it all with multidimensional guitars, occasionally with ringing clarity but more often exalting in fuzztones and doomish reverb. Their new Anabel Dream Reader Bell rages about bad dreams and graveyard girls with caterwauling vocals. 8 p.m., $10. -- Rick Mason

Sunday, November 2

Alice Peacock
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $25.

With Springtime Carnivore
7th St. Entry
Much of Alix, the fourth album from Generationals duo Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, is lighter than air, synth-infused indie pop whose gossamer, fragmented melodies and low-simmering rhythms seem in constant danger of floating away. The pair's new, almost exclusive focus on shimmery, '80s-style electronica is a marked departure from their earlier, more diverse influences, which spanned decades and instrumentation, including now virtually absent jangly guitars. Alix's tunes bubble and squeak, the former in quirky, spare confections sprinkled with modest hooks, the latter in falsetto vocals, which on the plaintive "Would You Want Me" nearly escape the stratosphere. Working with Shins producer Richard Swift for the first time, Generationals establish an easygoing vibe whose sunny aspirations are shadowed by moodiness and a persistent, enervating haze. 18+., 7:30 p.m., $12. -- Rick Mason

Get Out The Vote Concert
Hosted by Congressmen Keith Ellison, featuring Sims, Heiruspecs, Toki Wright and Big Cats, Gabriel Douglas, Guante, and special guests
First Avenue
6 p.m., $10.

James Taylor
Xcel Energy Center
8 p.m., $67-$91.50.

Relient K
With Blondfire, From Indian Lakes
Mill City Nights
15+., 6:30 p.m., $17/$20


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