The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 12/12-14

Astronautalis (with Mark Mallman) -- See Friday!

Astronautalis (with Mark Mallman) -- See Friday!

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Friday, December 12

6th Annual Holiday Shindig: Kill Kancer benefit
With Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, Molly Dean, Jon Rodine and Natalie Lovejoy
9 p.m., $10.
Aster Cafe

Ben & Sheela's 10 Years Later Show
Featuring Dillinger Four, Pink Mink, Whatever Forever, and No Skin
8 p.m., $10.
Turf Club

Blitzen Trapper: A Benefit for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
With Farewell Milwaukee, Bigtree Bonsai, and Old Desert Road
7 p.m., $25-$30.
Fine Line Music Cafe

Curtiss A & the Dark Click
9 p.m., Free.
Schooner Tavern

Doomtree Blowout X
Blowout X is bound to be the most bittersweet of all the underground hip-hop hometown throwdowns that Doomtree has hosted in the past ten years. Bittersweet, because the local collective claims that this will be the final event in a series that has taken them from the Varsity Theater to a weeklong mini-festival as their stock has risen. P.O.S., Dessa and friends have put together one hell of a swan song. Blowout X began with a sold-out show at the Turf Club on Saturday, followed by a collaboration with Surly Brewing on Sunday to unveil a signature beer. Monday brought a set of Doomtree-affiliated side projects at Icehouse, Tuesday was an all-ages set at the Triple Rock, while Wednesday brought the collective back to their roots at the Varsity. Friday and Saturday will mark the group's final stand at their favorite Blowout locale of First Avenue, with a bonus performance at MPR's UBS Forum on Friday afternoon.18+ Fri.; 21+ Sat., 8 p.m. $18-$20. -- Zach McCormick
First Avenue

Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas
With the Minnesota Boychoir and the Orange Mighty Trio
7:30 p.m., $27.
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

Marijuana Deathsquads
With Roniia and Bliss UK
18+., 9 p.m., $10.
7th St. Entry

With Disasteratti and Solidstate
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Rich Gang: Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan
The new Southern rap powerhouse of Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Birdman are collectively known as Rich Gang. Not only are they riding the success of "Lifestyle," the woozy earworm that peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100, but they're also on the heels of their Tha Tour Part 1 mixtape. The 20-song serving of bonkers flows, unshakeable (but only half-coherent) hooks, and spacious trap rap beats comes courtesy of producers like London on da Track. Of the many possible candidates, it's clear that Thug -- an avowed Weezy disciple -- is Atlanta's number one prospect. A born songwriter capable of doing superhuman things with his voice, Thug throws in endlessly entertaining adlibs to boot. Quan is more conventional but distinctive in his own right, with a rugged singing voice and emphatic rap technique. Birdman, meanwhile, largely stays off the microphone; the Cash Money mogul's main contribution is paving the way for two up-and-comers half his age. 18+, $49.50/$79.50, 9 p.m. -- Michael Madden

Song Exchange: Astronautalis and Mark Mallman
7 p.m., $20.
The Cedar Cultural Center

Sonic Intension (EP Release)
With Big Cats, Homeless, Hustle Rose, and Crunchy Kids
8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.
Nomad World Pub

The Blackberry Brandy Boys
Featuring Frankie Lee and DJ Bill DeVille
10:30 p.m., $7.

With War/Plague, Ex Nuns, and Hive
18+., 8 p.m., $7.
Triple Rock Social Club

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus: Joyful and Triumphant
8 p.m., $25-$53.
Ted Mann Concert Hall (Also Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, December 13

Chris Bates' Red 5
With Dark Blue
7 p.m., Free.
Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

Courage My Love
With City of the Weak, A Moment in Time
18+., 7:30 p.m., $10/$12.
7th St. Entry

Dosh and Friends 7th Annual Cedar Show
Featuring Mike Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Jel, and Ghostband
All ages., 7 p.m., $10-$12.
The Cedar Cultural Center

Enemy Planes
With Gabe Douglas & Friends
10 p.m., $10.

With GooDBarS, Jelly Project, and the Grande Machine
7:30 p.m., $6.

Jillian Rae
With Seth Davin and Wilkinson James
7 p.m., $5.
Harriet Brewing

Lorie Line
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $53.
Historic State Theatre

The Add+Ons (CD Release Show)
With Kitten Forever and Catbath
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

The Birthday Massacre
With New Years Day and the Red Paintings
18+., 8 p.m., $20.
Triple Rock Social Club

The Okee Dokee Brothers
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $15.
The Cedar Cultural Center

Trashy Little Xmas 2014
8 p.m., $20.
Lee's Liquor Lounge

VocalEssence: Welcome Christmas
7:30 p.m., $10-$40.
Orchestra Hall (Also Sunday)

We Are The Willows (Record Release Show)
With S. Carey and Marty Marquis
9 p.m., $8/$10.
Turf Club

Sunday, December 14

Direct Hit!
With Pears, Braver, and the Straight A's.
18+., 8 p.m., $6-$8.
Triple Rock Social Club

Eclectic Electric Music Series: Benefit for the First Nations Kitchen
Featuring Steve Kaul, Mikkel Beckman, Spider John Koerner, Willie Murphy
3-7 p.m., Suggested $10 donation.
Patrick's Cabaret

Marcia Ball
7 p.m., 9:00 p.m., $30-$35
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood
Iconic jazz guitarist John Scofield periodically joins the avant jazz groove trio John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood, which further complicates each's wild, intricately eclectic experimentation with spectacular results. Their latest collaboration, Juice, stretches across a dozen genres and at least as many rhythms tied to the African diaspora, allowing plenty of improvisational space while anchored to greasy, tenacious underlying grooves. The album's first few bars are a cool indication of the delights to come: A funky duel between Scofield's guitar and Martin's cuica is joined by New Orleans parade beats and gospel-like acoustic piano before slipping into a wicked soul jazz jaunt fueled by Medeski's Hammond B3 and Scofield's tasty runs. Elsewhere, "Juicy Lucy" is Latin-flavored jam built around "Louie Louie" and African percussion, giving Scofield a chance to really rock out. Wood's "Helium" is a collage of angular elements held together by his slippery bass. And there's covers of three iconic rock songs: "Light My Fire" is treated fairly straightforwardly, the guitar and organ often swapping roles; Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is reflective to the point of reverence; Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" is radically revamped, moody and atmospheric over a dub reggae beat. 18+, $30, 7 p.m. -- Rick Mason
First Avenue

New Sound Underground
With the Moustache and Mobster Lobster.
18+, 8 p.m., $7.
7th St. Entry


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