The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 12/5-7

Omar Souleyman - see Friday!

Omar Souleyman - see Friday!

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Friday, December 5

Bae Tigre
With Enemy Planes, Botzy, and Battlerat
9 p.m., $5.
Nomad World Pub

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
With Crankshaft
9 p.m., $10-$12.
Turf Club

Ice - A Songwriter Night
Featuring Martin Devaney, Jillian Rae, Terry Walsh, Ryan Holweger, Savannah Smith, and John Swardson
8 p.m., $10.
7th St. Entry

Mason Jennings
18+., 7 p.m., $20.
First Avenue (Also Saturday)

Narco States (CD Release Show)
Triple Rock Social Club
Local mom-and-pop label Pinata Records has made a name by releasing mellow and groovy soul-tinged albums from groups like Black Diet and Southside Desire, but their deep roster has some heavy freaks lurking just below the surface. Exhibit A is Narco States, who've taken the garage and proto-punk leanings of their first EP and shot them full of high-test acid. The resulting debut album Wicked Sun, sounds fresh enough to hang with the Ty Segall crowd but remains surprisingly faithful to cues from Fun House-era Stooges and hard-garage maniacs like the Mummies. With a live show so rowdy that it's already put lead singer Michael Meyer in the ER at least once, the Narcos might just be the band to fill that gaping, Goondas-shaped hole in your heart. Local Psychobilly heroes the Violent Shifters will be co-headlining and releasing an album of their own, along with surf-punk vixens L'Assassins. 18+, $6, 9 p.m. -- Zack McCormick

The New Standards 8th Annual Holiday Show
8 p.m., $35-$100.
Historic State Theatre (Also Saturday)

Omar Souleyman
The Cedar Cultural Center
A wedding singer from northeastern Syria, Omar Souleyman became known regionally via distribution of performance cassettes of his energetic mix of traditional dabka rhythms and shaabi, a kind of street-savvy urban folk-pop. The combination of Souleyman's rapid-fire declarative vocals, plus keyboardist Rizan Sa'id's synthesized textures (in place of trad acoustic instruments) and electronic dance beats seeped into the European club circuit, attracting djs and artists such as Björk. Souleyman, now reportedly living in Turkey due to the Syrian war, released his first studio album, Wenu Wenu, last year. Producer Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) coaxed a supple quality from Souleyman's vocals and gave the rhythms an organic feel not always evident in live clips. Sa'id's sinuous, serpentine electronics provide an exotic, entrancing core. All ages, $22/$30, 8 p.m. -- Rick Mason

The Belfast Cowboys
With Doug Collins & the Receptionists
9 p.m., $7.
Lee's Liquor Lounge

The Sexrays
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

VocalEssence: Welcome Christmas
7:30 p.m., $10-$40.
Orchestra Hall (Also Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday)

Saturday, December 6

With Fake Limbs and Gay Witch Abortion
10 p.m., Free.
331 Club

Def Kith (Record Release Show)
With Mux Mool and Aby Wolf.
18+., 11 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.
7th St. Entry

Del McCoury and David Grisman
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $35-$60.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Dillon Francis
18+., 8 p.m., $25-$35.
The Skyway Theatre

Doomtree Blowout X
Turf Club
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 begins with a sold-out show at the Turf Club on Saturday, followed by a mysterious collaboration with Surly Brewing on Sunday to unveil a signature beer. Monday brings a set of Doomtree-affiliated side projects at Icehouse, Tuesday is an all-ages set at the Triple Rock, while Wednesday brings the collective back to their roots at the Varsity. Thursday, 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.9 p.m., $18-$20. -- Zack McCormick

Every Time I Die
With the Ghost Inside, Architects, Hundredth, Backtrack.
15+., 6 p.m., $17/$20.
Mill City Nights

Flavor Crystals
With Panther Ray and Basement Apartment
8 p.m., $5.
Kitty Cat Klub

Nicholas David
With Alison Scott, Esera Tuaolo, Eric Gordon, and Phil Thompson
All ages, 7 p.m., $30-$42.50.
Fitzgerald Theater

Forged Artifacts Showcase
Triple Rock Social Club
While the majors brace themselves for another slump this holiday season, 2014 has been a great year for the Twin Cities' micro label community. Forged Artifacts' diverse roster, handpicked by owner Matt Linden, comes together with top-shelf aesthetics to complement their vinyl and CDs. While they're not a household name yet, Linden's label has a partnership with indie powerhouse FrenchKiss records, and has released a few national LPs. Surf-punk psychos France Camp will show off some of their trippy new material, while psych-pop savant Rupert Angeleyes will take the headlining slot. The latter's new album Young Sunset is a perfect slice of candy-coated paisley that should make for a fun live show. Off-roster riot grrls Kitten Forever will open the night up with the help of the power-pop revivalists in Real Numbers. 18+, $8., 9 p.m. -- Zack McCormick

Sarah Krueger (Record Release Show)
11 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door.

Shakey Graves
With Sean Rowe., 7 p.m., $15/$17.
The Cedar Cultural Center

The Velveteens
Hexagon Bar
The Velveteens are something a little more intimate than the crowd they run with at the Hexagon Bar nearly every weekend. Taking full advantage of their sparse power-trio instrumentation, the group is able to directly highlight the smoky, intertwining harmonies of drummer Kiera Coonan and bassist Jillian Schroeder. Their sound is an breezy take on the classic doo-wop formula, updated with a little of the garage-y power-pop kick of Schroeder's main group Teenage Moods. While they've been active in the local DIY scene since 2008, the new Velveteens record Sun's Up will their first full-length, culling several years worth of the band's groovy, simmering songs onto wax and cassette, courtesy of TC engineer and tastemaker Neil Weir. The Hecks will be making the trip up from Chicago to open the night up along with Waveless. 21+, Free, 10 p.m. -- Zack McCormick

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

Sunday, December 7

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party
7 p.m., $37.50-$47.50.
Pantages Theatre

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
7 p.m., $48.50-$68.50.
Orpheum Theatre

Rich Robinson
7 p.m. $35.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

With He Is Legend, Thira, and Lydia Can't Breathe
5 p.m., $15.

Trailer Trash: Trashy Little Xmas Family Matinee
11:30 a.m., $12 adults, $6 children ages 2-12.
The Cedar Cultural Center

What Tyrants
With Stereo Confession, Naptaker, and Hot Cellars
18+., 8 p.m., $5.
Triple Rock Social Club


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