The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 11/21-23

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Friday, November 21

With Paris Blohm, Dzeko & Torres, Junkie Kid
The Skyway Theatre
18+., 8 p.m., $20-$30.

Courtney Yasmineh (Album Release Show)
With Sunday Islands feat. Mayda
10:30 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes
With Alanna Royale and Brian Wheat
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $10/$12.

Fitz & the Tantrums
With Big Data
First Avenue
18+., 7:30 p.m., $25.

Grolar Bears
With Soul Surgeons
Memory Lanes
10 p.m., Free.

Hardcore Crayons (CD Release Show)
With Damage Controller, Czarbles, and Tender Meat
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $5-$7.

Pill Hill (Record Release Show)
With Porcupine and Street Hassle
331 Club
10 p.m., Free.

Robyn Hitchcock
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $40.

Sam Roberts Band
With the Besnard Lakes
Turf Club
Montreal's Sam Roberts Band is far better known north of the border, where its heartland roots-leaning rock racked up popular support and slew of awards, including multiple Junos. On this year's Lo-Fantasy, however, the band tried a new tack with the help of U.K. producer Youth (aka Martin Glover), a former Killing Joke bassist who's worked with everyone from the Verve to Art of Noise and Paul McCartney. Glover encouraged more disco-ish dance rhythms, sleek synth washes and a snappy, new wave-like feel. The result is a shimmery vibe with sufficient residual grit and meaty hooks to keep the material grounded, as do Roberts' deft lyrical inclinations. These tend to the Springsteen school of characters -- down but never out, --exemplified by "Shapeshifters" ("try to keep them fires burning") and the anthemic "We're All In This Together." Opening is fellow Québécois the Besnard Lakes, who favor grand, sweeping dreamscapes of neo-psychedelia and indie rock., 8 p.m., $15. -- Rick Mason

Fine Line Music Cafe
18+., 9 p.m., $18/$20.

Slick Rick
The list of rappers that count Slick Rick as an inspiration is long and spans multiple eras, and it stands to reason. With a silky storytelling, distinctive fashion sense showcasing fat gold chains, timeless braggadocio, and a playful attitude, the blueprint Rick the Ruler brought to hip-hop is undisputed. Classics like "Children's Story" and "La Di Da Di" have stuck in the cultural consciousness for good reason. Considering how his influence carried through generations, the mid-'80s Brooklyn vibe sits comfortably alongside rap's current wave, and hearing the legend can satisfy rap fans of any age., 8 p.m., $20. -- Jack Spencer

Saturday, November 22

Barbara Jean (CD Release Show)
If North Shore songstress Barbara Jean's voice is as clear as Lake Superior, then the music that she and her band make is as cozy as a winter gathering 'round the fireplace. This is especially true on the multi-instrumentalist's latest release, Darker Than Blue, a 10-track collection of laid-back, twangy tunes. Jean's sophomore effort features contributions by a who's who of local musicians -- Chastity Brown, Mason Jennings and members of Bon Iver, Dead Man Winter and The Pines all lend a hand. Recorded between Minneapolis and Montana, Darker will sound right at home at one of the Twin Cities' most intimate venues., 10:30 p.m., $10-$12. -- Alex Rice

Benefit for the Andy Richardson Memorial Fund
With Dillinger Four, Rivethead, the Crush, Song of Zarathustra, the Dirty Hits, and Blackthorne
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, 8 p.m., $15.

Crossing Guards
With Jack Ventimiglia and JiLL
331 Club
10 p.m., Free.

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
8 p.m., $59-$69.

Mill City Nights
8:30 p.m., $18-$20.

France Camp
With Calliope and Sonic J
Kitty Cat Klub
10 p.m., $5.

Horse Feathers
With John Mark Nelson
Turf Club
Horse Feathers are currently supporting their fifth album, this year's, So It Is With Us. The relatively energetic LP is the Oregon folk rockers' first to feature drums and bass, and that's not by accident. Frontman Justin Ringle has said that he wanted the album to help listeners "have a good weekend," rather than, say, help them through a divorce. The self-described "living, breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia" recorded parts of So It Is With Us in a rural Oregon barn and cite influences as disparate as Talk Talk and John Wesley Harding-era Bob Dylan, so that comparison can't be too far off., 8 p.m., $13/$15. -- Alex Rice

Mike Doughty
With Andrew "Scrap" Livingston
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $25.

Tech N9ne
With Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, and Ces Cru
All ages., 7 p.m., $35-$50.

The Knotwells
With Claps, Blood & Sun, and the Quaking Bogge
Hexagon Bar
7 p.m., Free.

VocalEssence Presents: Young People's Chorus of New York City
Orchestra Hall
8 p.m., $20-$30.

Sunday, November 23

First Avenue
18+., 8 p.m., $25.

With Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, and Aziza
10:30 p.m., Free.

Brilliant Beast
With Teenage Strangler and Burn Fetish
Triple Rock Social Club
18+., 8 p.m., $5.

Guantanamo Baywatch
With Rupert Angeleyes
Turf Club
Portland surf rockers Guantanamo Baywatch are famous for their sexed-up stage show. Their campy "Wipe Out" homage pairs nicely with D-movie levels of raunch, and the Suicide Squeeze trio brings both in buckets with songs like "Cum Fart Food" and "Massage My Taj Mahal." It's like a Ralph Steadman illustration come to life in 1960s Huntington Beach. Think torn fishnets washed up in the dunes. Think salty dreadlocks on a piss-drunk lifeguard. The band hasn't pulled new beach jams from the dumpster since their 2013 split EP with Natural Child, but they've spent 2014 in the studio slapping together a new record for next year. Early indications suggest frontman Jason Powell is intent on scrubbing some of the reverb from Guantanamo Baywatch's sound and letting his Jello Biafra vocals bob to the top, but their signature is still written in slime., 8 p.m., $8/$10. -- Jerard Fagerberg

7th St. Entry
18+., 7:30 p.m., $10/$12.


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