The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 11/7-9


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Friday, November 7

Charlie Parr
With Wild Hands, Matt Ray
Turf Club
8 p.m., $12/$15.

Garland Jeffreys
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Veteran New York singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys has long epitomized the complexities of the Big Apple's grit, passion, philosophical idealism, and rock 'n' roll heart. Like compadres Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen, he can both rock ferociously and stir the intellect. Jeffreys had a good run in the '70s and early '80s, but surfaced only sporadically since until issuing two superb albums in the past three years. On the latest, Truth Serum, he riffs on revolution, muses about identity, yearns for racial harmony. The title track is terrific gutbucket blues, Jeffreys raging, fusing, and fuming about demon alcohol. "Collide the Generations" is a charging, Velvets-like celebration of his daughter. And "Dragons to Slay" is agile, adeptly realized classic reggae in which Jeffreys, at age 70, convincingly asserts he's still raring to go. Martin Devaney opens. 7 p.m., $35 -- Rick Mason

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 "Friends 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

New Century Sessions: Matt Wilson & John Munson
New Century Theatre
7:30 p.m., $15-$42.

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

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
Following their lush, groove-heavy debut EP, The Water, the Wave, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays return with the dream-pop drenched full-length A Ghost to Find. The Minneapolis quintet's textured, ethereal sound is rich with subdued, trip-hop beats that float hypnotically underneath the sumptuous, soulful vocals of Brianna Kocka. Joining them for their record release show is the equally celestial Votel. 10:30 p.m., $8. -- Erik Thompson

With Gungor
First Avenue
All ages., 6 p.m., $26.50.

Saturday, November 8

Bebel Gilberto
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Bebel Gilberto splits her time between New York and Brazil, where she grew up literally surrounded by music, including that of her parents, iconic bossa nova guitarist João Gilberto and singer Miúch, plus the cream of música popular brasilera: uncle Chico Buarque, family friends Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento, and Caetano Veloso. Initially struggling a little to lasso her own eclecticism, Gilberto found her groove on a sly, slinky mix of electronica, Europop, samba, and bossa nova, her seductive voice wafting on metaphoric tropical breezes. On Tudo, her first album in five years, she wrote or co-wrote most of the material, which simmers with cool insouciance. She also includes supple covers of Jobim's "Vivo Sonhando" and Luiz Bonfá's "Saudade Vem Correndo," plus a lilting version of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon." $40/$60 at 7 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $30-$60. -- Rick Mason

Chadwick Stokes
With Ark Life
The Cedar Cultural Center
All ages., 7 p.m., $19-$21.

With Soap
7th St. Entry
18+., 8 p.m., $12.

Featuring Minnesota artists Martin Devaney, Gabriel Douglass, and others
All proceeds benefit the Perpich Foundation
8:30 p.m., 21+., $8-$10.

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
With the May North, Tin Can Gin
Turf Club
8 p.m., $10.

Kenny Rogers
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
8 p.m., $44-$55.

Kiss or Kill, The Sex Rays (7" Release Party)
Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown
9 p.m., Free.

Magic Castles
With Chatham Rise and Old Moon
Hexagon Bar
7 p.m., Free.

St. Lucia
First Avenue
The synth waves that cascade through St. Lucia's billowy confections glitter with the blinding intensity of the sun reflecting off the Caribbean. Add a sleek cigarette boat skimming through the surf, the ghosts of Crockett and Tubbs, blustery dance beats, pop hooks that could snare Moby Dick, and you've got an approximation of St. Lucia's sound. This one is the nom de guerre of South African-born, Brooklyn-based Jean-Philip Grobler, whose fascination with '80s electronica and the pop manifestations of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel drives the lush, shimmering melodic ism. On St.Lucia's 2013 full-length debut, When the Night, Grobler crafts the retro synth pop elements with a sure hand, adding subtle dimension, a measure of contemporary sophistication; sliding a saxophone into "All Eyes On You," for instance, or approximating steel drums on "Elevate," even while the lyrics mostly remain amorphous. Philly synth-pop experimenters Vacationer open. 8 p.m., $16/$18. -- Rick Mason

The 1975
All ages., 8 p.m., $30/$35.

Wits: Neil Gaiman
With musical guest My Brightest Diamond
Fitzgerald Theater
8 p.m., $29-$45.

Sunday, November 9

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
With AD, Almost Kings, Skinny, Sir Trigga
8 p.m., $30-$50.

Capital Cities
With Cherub, Night Terrors of 1927
First Avenue
18+., 7 p.m., $25.

Chris Koza (record release show)
The Cedar Cultural Center
As the frontman of Rogue Valley, Chris Koza has made a name with his ambitious four-album Seasons series, chronicling 46 songs worth of swirling folk-pop and Americana. But even in that sea of incredible creative productivity, there were orphans that didn't match the rest of the band's output. They more or less stayed in the can until an acoustic tour opening for east-coast singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg presented itself. He reached deep into his songwriter's cellar to unearth some of those passed-over gems and worked them up to fit his new format. Those pared-down compositions are the heart of In Real Time, Koza's third solo release. The result is an inviting yet cerebral album, full of the intimate moments that have always been Koza's signature, but shot with a widescreen lens. Though the songs may have humble origins, they've been rendered in lush detail this time around to realize what might be his most unapologetically poppy album to date. 7 p.m., $12 adv/$15 door. -- Zach McCormick

Frontier Ruckus
With Fairfax, AK
7th St. Entry
18+., 7 p.m., $10.

With Ces Cru, the Palmer Squares, Karizma
The Skyway Theatre
18+, 8 p.m., $17-$25.

With Memphis May Fire, Emarosa
Mill City Nights
15+., 7 p.m., $25/$30.


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