The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 11/14-16

Interpol -- See Friday!

Interpol -- See Friday!

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Friday, November 14

Avi Buffalo
7th St. Entry
18+, 8 p.m., $10/$12.

FKA Twigs
Fine Line Music Cafe
Specializing in haunting harmonics and modern trip-hop sheen, London's Tahliah Barnett seemed destined to make an impact on R&B with her music as FKA Twigs. Experimental, sensual, and strikingly unique, the songs draw on her work as a producer and a dancer to create an immersive sonic experience. Her debut LP1, coming off a pair of EPs and a string of provocative self-directed videos, is one of the year's best albums, featuring some stellar electronic production from Arca, Sampha, and Dev Hynes. This rare Fine Line appearance is bound to be a concert highlight of the year. Expect a powerful, emotionally resonant performance., 8 p.m., $20-$36. -- Jack Spencer

Garth Brooks
Target Center
Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001, and the last time he performed in Minneapolis, Bill Clinton was in office. After touring relentlessly for years, the country entertainer who took the '90s by the throat with "Friend in Low Places" wanted to spend time with his family. Over the ensuing years, Brooks did some shows in Vegas, but remained private: no Instagram or Twitter, and nothing on YouTube or iTunes. Now, to promote his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine, he's hitting live stages around the country with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. A staggering 11 shows -- all of which will be full -- are set to hit Target Center., 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $70.50. (Also Saturday and Sunday.) -- Kara Nesvig

First Avenue
18+, 8 p.m., $30.

Little River Band
With Kurt Jorgensen Band
Medina Entertainment Center
7:30 p.m., $29-$49.

Nallo (LP Release Show)
With Mrs., Wolf Mountain, and the Good Colonels
Hexagon Bar
7 p.m., Free.

Shawn Colvin
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $45-$50. (Also Saturday)

Sound Unseen Presents: Flood Tide Featuring Dark Dark Dark
Featuring an original score by Dark Dark Dark, who will be on hand to live score a series of short films.
9 p.m., $10.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks!
Orpheum Theatre
Brian Setzer doesn't strut his musical stuff with the Stray Cats much anymore, but the Minneapolis-based Grammy-winning musician has expanded his rockabilly repertoire to include feisty solo songs and reworked holiday classics. Setzer brings his 18-piece orchestra to the Orpheum as part of his annual Christmas Rocks! Tour, with a wide array of material spanning his swing-based early days to instantly recognizable seasonal anthems given added zest. Los Angeles blues-rock trio the Record Company opens., 8 p.m., $53.50-$89. -- Erik Thompson

Wits: Hari Kondabolu
With musical guest OK Go
Fitzgerald Theater
8 p.m., $29-$45.

Saturday, November 15

With E-40, Iamsu!, Jay Ant
First Avenue
All ages., 6 p.m., $24/$27. (Also Sunday)

James McMurtry
Turf Club
8 p.m., $20.

Liquid Music: Dawn of Midi, Nils Frahm
All ages., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $15.

Mötley Crüe
With Alice Cooper
Xcel Energy Center
7 p.m., $20-$125.

Peter Hook & the Light
Fine Line Music Cafe
Peter Hook's throbbing, ominous, rhythmically vital bass anchored the gripping, tormented post-punk of Joy Division and later the innovative electronica and underground dance beats of New Order. Hook, now also handling vocals, formed the Light quintet about four years ago to perform the seminal Joy Division albums in their entirety. Following a spate of ecstatic live show reviews, Hook and company have moved on to the New Order catalogue. On this abbreviated tour, the focus will be N.O.'s third and fourth albums, Low-life and Brotherhood, when the band was evolving to a point where pop, rock, electronics, dance, and experimentation were coming together in a perfect storm. Besides performing both albums, the band will mix in N.O. singles and B-sides from the 1983-87 period, plus open the show with a selection of Joy Division material., 8 p.m., $25-$40. -- Rick Mason

Royal Canoe
With Verskotzi, Beasthead
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $10.

The Barr Brothers
The Cedar Cultural Center
7 p.m., $12/$15.

Sunday, November 16

Bae Tigre (Record Release Show)
With Botzy, Battlerat, and Choral Reefr
10 p.m., Free.

The Varsity Theater
Bleachers is yet another side project of Jack Antonoff, fun. guitarist/songwriter and increasingly in-demand pop collaborator for Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, and others. Antonoff's contributions to Swift's 1989 are notable because that decade inspired the prevailing sound on Bleachers' debut, Strange Desire. Fidgety, synth-fired rock, angst-ridden anthems, flashes of jangly guitars, billowy emotions, plus anguished lyrics and vocals all easily slide into his recipe for perfect pop tarts. Much has been made of Antonoff's fascination with John Hughes's '80s teenage wasteland films. His tunes here do capture their essence, fused with modest contemporary experimentation and big production values. And he sprints with the psychobabble, exemplified by the lead single and its booming chorus, "I Wanna Get Better.," 7 p.m., $21.50-$35. -- Rick Mason

Legendary Shack Shakers
With Aaron Lee Tasjan
Turf Club
8 p.m., $12-$15.

7th St. Entry
18+., 7:30 p.m., $8.

The Bluegrass Ball
With the Travelin' McCourys, the Jeff Austin Band
18+., 7 p.m., $18/$20.

Todd Rundgren
Mill City Nights
8 p.m., $40/$42.

Will the Circle be Unbroken: the Music of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family
With John McEuen, John Carter Cash
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m., $40-$50.


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