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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 3/20-22

Tycho -- see Sunday!

Tycho -- see Sunday!

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

Friday, March 20

38 Special With Austin Healy 7:30 p.m., $33-$53. Medina Entertainment Center

Apollos With Grayshot and American Youth 8 p.m., $7-$8. Amsterdam

Black Market Brass With the Lakers and Gospel Machine 8 p.m., $10-$12. Turf Club

Chalk With Moving Parts, Clyde and the Scopes 8 p.m., Free. Day Block Brewing Co.

Craft Spells With the Bilinda Butchers and Rupert Angeleyes 8 p.m., $10-$12. 7th St. Entry

Crizzly With Antiserum and LAXX 8 p.m., $20. The Loft

Cursive With See Through Dresses and Dylan Ryan Sand Cursive helped put Omaha on the indie-rock map in the early '00s by combining traces of punk with theatrical concepts, intense lyrics, serrated guitars, and Tim Kasher's anguished howls. By the time Cursive released The Ugly Organ in 2003, Kasher sang, "I've been screaming for years but it gets me nowhere." Actually, the album confirmed Cursive's significance as a band and proved highly influential. The turmoil in Kasher's vocals and lyrics mirrored the times, and so did the juxtaposition of raging guitars and throttling rhythms against an off-kilter carnival organ and Gretta Cohn's cello. The Ugly Organ was reissued in November, remastered and with eight additional tracks originally intended for the album. While plotting a studio follow-up to 2012's I Am Gemini, Cursive have taken to the road (cellist in tow), playing TUO in its entirety along with nuggets from their entire catalogue. 8 p.m., $15. -- Rick Mason Triple Rock Social Club

DSM-5 With the Okerlunds, Partial Traces, and Shot Memory 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Ghost Replicant With Crash Cuddle and Surgery at the Hands of Machines 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Greg Grease With Greg Grease’s penchant for slick voicing and busy internal rhymes, he’s able to slip heavy subject matter into palatable rap patterns that are simultaneously mood-­focused and edifying. The bars are consistently multi­tiered, often complicating moments of joy with the lingering reminder of economic need or impending danger. Criticizing the violence and deviance of the inner city over smooth and soulful modernized boom­bap, he zooms out to include history and context. Grease’s sophomore full-length, Born To Lurk Forced To Work, is simultaneously exploratory and grounded, filled with beats that reflect a new spin on timeless grooves, somewhere between the young, technology-­driven producers of today and the analog instrumentation of older generations. The album aligns itself with a history of black art based around resistance and personal freedom outside of society's constraints. Grease's lyrics of care­free, after­hours revelry are cut with the reality of police harassment, loosely based around a simple concept that balances the dichotomy of lurking and working. For his record release show, Grease will be joined by some unannounced special guests. 7 p.m., Free. -- Jack Spencer Public Funtionary

Invisible Guy With Paul Metzger/Mike Lewis/Anthony Cox/JT Bates Invisible Guy is a trio featuring clarinetist Ben Goldberg, drummer Hamir Atwal, and pianist Michael Coleman. All three are busy San Francisco Bay Area musicians who play in numerous contexts. As IG, they play a sinuous brand of jazz that traces bristly, peripherally cubist melodies reflecting their collective interests in klezmer, classical, and experimental jazz. Goldberg weaves intriguing melodies through complex but alluring music rooted in chamber jazz but deftly incorporating dozens of tendrils. On the same bill is the also extraordinary local innovator Paul Metzger, playing his modified 23-string banjo along with saxophonist Mike Lewis, cellist Anthony Cox, and drummer JT Bates. 10 p.m., $8. -- Rick Mason Icehouse

Love Songs: Vocal Soloists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Featuring Michelle Arezaga, Tamara Mumford, Paul Appleby, Kelly Markgraf, Gilbert Kalish, and Wu Han 7:30 p.m., $25-$41. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

New Found Glory With Turnstile, This Wild Life, and Turnover 6:30 p.m., 16+., $19.99-$25. The Varsity Theater

Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band With Pat Donohue and Judi Donaghy 7 p.m., $15-$18. The Cedar Cultural Center

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - A Musical Tribute to Aretha Franklin Featuring Jamecia Bennett, Ginger Commodore, Kathleen Johnson, Paris Bennett, Ashley Commodore, Yohannes Tona, Brian Ziemniak, Troy Norton and Brian Kendrick 9 p.m., $10. Bunker's Music Bar and Grill (Also Saturday)

Singer Songwriter Series Featuring Quinn Devero, Jennifer Markey, Nathan Eliot, and Mark Grim 8 p.m., $10. Patrick's Cabaret

The Awful Truth With Frankie Teardrop and Whatever Forever 9 p.m., $5. Eagles Club

The Get UP With Saving Vinyl City, the Cellar Kings, and the Joe Fessler Band 7:30 p.m., $6-$8. Fine Line Music Cafe

The Millenium With the Resolution, Out With the Old 7:30 p.m., ., $8. In the Nether Bar at Mill City Nights

Tommie Sunshine With Woody McBride, Chrystal Mann, and Chuckles 10 p.m., $10. First Avenue

Visual Grooves: A Showcase of Groovy Live Music and Rhythmic Dance 7 p.m., $10-$12. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

Wilkinson James (CD Release Show) With Stevens Family Band 7 p.m., Free. Harriet Brewing

Saturday, March 21

Annex Network Benefit Concert With Bad Bad Hats, Go Get 'Em, Tiger, Daniel Rosenbush, and Family Three 7 p.m., $6. The Fallout Arts Initiative Coop Space

Beats 4 Billy Benefit Show: Benefit for Billy Scheremet With Big Wiz, Major G, Lyric Marid, and J. Plaza. 9 p.m., $10. In the Nether Bar of Mill City Nights

Becky Schlegel With Kenny Wilson 9 p.m., $10. Aster Cafe

Bellamy Brothers With the Hell Country Truckers 7:30 p.m., $19.74-$34.18. Medina Entertainment Center

Buildings With TRITA and Disasteratti 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

Carl Craig With Etones, Centrific, and Playata 9 p.m., 18+., $22. The Skyway Theatre

Cedar With Michael Shynes 11 p.m., $6. Icehouse

Drew Druckrey & The Dharma Hounds With Swamp Kings 7 p.m., $6. Harriet Brewing

Farewell Milwaukee, Verskotzi With Bora York 7 p.m., $8-$12. The Varsity Theater

Frankie Lee "American Dreamer" Video Release Show 8 p.m., $10-$12. Turf Club

Fury Things With Nomia, Mrs., and Stereo Confession 9 p.m., $5. Triple Rock Social Club

Har-di-Har (EP Release Show) With Gloom Balloon, Phantom Tails, and Hanan Experimental dream-folk duo Har-di-Har is the husband-and-wife tandem of Andrew and Julie Thoreen. Their tUnE-yArDs-esque material, affectionately dubbed "freak-pop," is propelled forward by hypnotic looped vocals and malleable melodies that arrive around an unsettled center from all angles at once. The Bedlam show will mark the release of Har-di-Har's first new EP in well over a year, but also serve as a tour kickoff show that will see the band off on a busy Midwest tour. Next up, a full-length is planned for this fall. Joining in the festivities at Bedlam will be Phantom Tails, Hanan, and Des Moines's Gloom Balloon. Expect things to get weird in the best way possible. 8 p.m., $10. -- Erik Thompson Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

Helado Negro Helado Negro (that's "black ice cream" en español) is the working group name of experimental electronics wizard Roberto Carlos Lange, a South Florida native of Ecuadorean heritage currently living in Brooklyn. He calls himself a "sound organizer," whose drifting electronic clouds are laden with shadowy moisture, often with a throbbing interior pulse that flirts with funk or dubstep or more tropical beats. Some pieces have hints of Brazil's genre-spanning Tropicália. Lange sings in Spanish and English in an echoey, languid manner that surfs the electronic waves. This performance, part of the Ordway's adventurous Liquid Music series, will be a multi-media event dubbed Island Universe Story after three HN EPs. 8 p.m., $19. -- Rick Mason Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Lunasa 7 p.m., $22-$25. The Cedar Cultural Center

Magic Man With Great Good FIne OK, and Vinyl Theatre 7 p.m., $15. 7th St. Entry

Rap For Life Benefit for Kulture Klub Collaborative Featuring Ménage Quad, Metasota, Illuminous 3, Christopher Michael Jensen, False Teeth, and SOFTPORECORN with North Star Wisdom 8 p.m., $10. Amsterdam

TAWST: Manchita's Birthday Edition Featuring Shannon Blowtorch, Sophia Eris, DJ GJ Neck Drug, hosted by Manchita 10 p.m., $5. Clubhouse Jager

Sun Gods To Gamma Rays With Plume Varia, Warehouse Eyes 9 p.m., $5. Kitty Cat Klub

The Fab Four: the Ultimate Tribute 7 p.m., $29-$53.50. Historic State Theatre

The Violent Shifters With Fret Rattles, Sex Rays, DJ Rock the Monkey, and Cinema Apocalyps 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Transmission Celebrates 14 Years Featuring DJ Jake Rudh and Andy Rourke of the Smiths 9 p.m., $8-$10. First Avenue

Sunday, March 22

Benefit for the Minnesota Military Family Foundation Featuring Turpentine Wine, Lady Luck, All About the Music, and Hell Country Truckers 1 p.m., Free. The Lookout Bar and Grill

Blockhead With Arms and Sleepers 8 p.m., $12-$15. 7th St. Entry

Jonah Marais 5:30 p.m., $15. Mill City Nights

Make It Happen! - A Benefit Concert for KFAI Featuring Maria Isa, the Lioness, Tory Envy, Andrea Jenkins, Krystal LaBeija, and DJ Lady Em 7 p.m., $10. Nomad World Pub

Northwest Suburban Jazz Festival Featuring Hamline University Jazz Ensemble, Augsburg College Jazz Ensemble, Park Center High School Jazz Ensemble, and, Brooklyn UMC Big Band 3 p.m., $10-$20. Brooklyn United Methodist Church

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield While on tour with the Avett Brothers a few years ago, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett discovered their mutual love of Elliott Smith, the often troubled, much revered singer-songwriter who died in 2003. Periodic recording resulted in the release this week of Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith and this tour, the pair joined by Avetts bassist Paul Defiglia. The songs are drawn from throughout Smith's abbreviated career, and the emphasis is on finding each's emotional essence, capturing Smith's intimate melancholy via finely wrought vocal harmonies — Mayfield's wistfulness contrasting with Avett's greater resiliency — and spare arrangements often simply relying on acoustic guitar, piano, and chamber-like strings. Even the full-band treatment of "Roman Candle," complete with electric guitar feedback, has a brittle core its urgent melody can't obscure. As an obvious labor of love, it's exquisite. 6:30 p.m., $40-$45. -- Rick Mason Fitzgerald Theater

Sweetz P With That Guy Soda and Ray LaCrooks 8 p.m., $7-$10. Triple Rock Social Club

Soulnami (EP Release Show) With Lia Renee Dior, CJ Pitts, and Chirch Crooner 4 p.m., $20-$35. Intermedia Arts

T Collective 9:30 p.m. Free. Icehouse

Tycho With Beacon 7:30 p.m., $20. First Avenue

Send concert announcements and music calendar listings to Erik Thompson here.

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