The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 4/3-5

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Friday, April 3

Aero Flynn (Record Release Show) With Carroll and Matt Latterell 8 p.m., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry

Buckcherry With New Medicine and Cold Kingdom 7 p.m., $27-$32. Medina Entertainment Center

Cruel Love (EP Release Show) With Crankshaft 11 p.m., $8-$10. Icehouse

Diamond Rugs With New Madrid and Justin Collins Diamond Rugs came about in 2011 when a solo project by Deer Tick's John McCauley evolved into a full-fledged supergroup. Joining the fun are Los Lobos saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin, Tick bassist Rob Crowell, Dead Confederate guitarist Hardy Morris, Six Finger Satellite drummer Bryan Dufresne and Black Lips guitarist Ian St. Pé. DR's debut was a raucous, whiskey-soaked dose of barroom rock 'n' roll characterized by tunes like "Gimme a Beer" and "Hungover and Horny." The mayhem continues on the new Cosmetics; Stones-like riffs and spirit largely intact; the band actually a little more focused. Berlin's swaggering bari sax anchors a bristly horn section that drives tunes like "Voodoo Doll." "Live and Shout It" has the exuberant drive of Katrina and the Waves tied to a Bo Diddley beat. "Killin' Time" is infused with honky-tonk. "Blame" edges even farther country-ward. And "Clean," with its ringing guitars, sounds like the Troggs fronted by Tom Petty. 8 p.m., $15. -- Rick Mason Turf Club

Diva 93 (Tape Release Show) With Breakaway, Homebirth, Well, and Dudechoir 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Famous Last Words With Tear Out The Heart and For All I Am All ages, 5 p.m., $10-$12. Amsterdam

First Avenue's 45th Anniversary Celebration featuring Har Mar Superstar With Sonny Knight and the Lakers, the Cactus Blossoms, and more 7 p.m., $15. First Avenue

First Avenue's 45th Anniversary Celebration featuring TIIIIIIIIIIP With DJ's Caroline Smith, Kevin Beacham, Jake Rudh, and Roy Freedom 8:30 p.m., $5/Free crossover from Mainroom. The Record Room

Kara Laudon (CD Release Show) 9 p.m., $7-$10. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

Qui With Gay Witch Abortion and STNNNG 9 p.m., Free. Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown

REO Speedwagon 8 p.m., $47-$55. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Soap Performing Abbey Road in its entirety. With Chester Bay 8:30 p.m., $8-$10. Cabooze

The Butanes Soul Revue 9 p.m., $10-$12. Minnesota Music Cafe

The Drug Budget With the Add+Ons, and A Model Home Life 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

The Mowgli's With Night Riots and Hippo Campus 7 p.m., $20-$22. The Varsity Theater

The Music of Bryce Dessner Bryce Dessner's mark on the classical world is as distinctive as what he's done to indie rock with the National. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Carnegie Hall have commissioned his work, and his collaborators include composers Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and David Lang. The Walker and SPCO's Liquid Music's two-day mini festival features two new pieces composed by Dessner performed by the Minneapolis Music Company featuring musicians of the SPCO. Work by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, So Percussion, Ben Lanz, and Buke & Gase will fill out the weekend. 8 p.m., $25. -- Erik Thompson Walker Art Center (Also Saturday)

The Paper Days 9 p.m., $7. Aster Cafe

The Ting Tings With KANEHOLLER 8 p.m., $20. Fine Line Music Cafe

TINCUP With Lucy Luxe, DJ Slayer TC, and Bee Skee 9 p.m., $10-$15. The Loft

Wayne Krantz 7 p.m., $25. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

What Tyrants With Fury Things, Some Pulp, Ripper, and Stereo Confession DJ set Following a short tour of the Midwest, the Minneapolis garage-rock trio What Tyrants mark the release of their full-length debut, No Luck. Their new collection - out on Forged Artifacts - bristles with a jangly, guitar-fueled urgency that hooks you in straight away. Their boisterous tunes feature riffs and energetic rhythms galore. Fury Things, Some Pulp, and Ripper will all bring their jams to the party, with Stereo Confession joining in the fun with a DJ set between acts. 9 p.m., $5-$7. -- Erik Thompson Triple Rock Social Club

Saturday, April 4

Al Scorch & the Country Soul Ensemble With Jack Klatt 9 p.m., $10. Aster Cafe

Dopapod With Circle of Heat 8 p.m., $12. 7th St. Entry

Father John Misty With King Tuff Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman morphed into Father John Misty on 2012's Fear Fun. The album is an hallucinatory circus of spaced-out folk and dystopian pop set among Laurel Canyon's counterculture ghosts. Misty returns on I Love You, Honeybear, an appropriately schizophrenic album partially inspired by Tillman's recent marriage and fully by a caustic worldview with a dim opinion of people in general and 21st century society in particular. The dirge-like "Bored in the U.S.A." dripping with cynicism, offers a litany of societal dead-ends ("useless education...a sub-prime loan") with its own laugh track, followed by the Lennon-esque, equally nihilistic "Holy Shit," which naturally ends up being a love song. Altogether there's sufficient psychosocial fodder for an entire conference, curiously graced by a melody-rich soundtrack ranging from chamber folk to synth pop. Opening is King Tuff and his fuzzy, deliciously warped power-pop and psychedelia-laced garage rock. 7 p.m., $25. -- Rick Mason First Avenue

Gospel Machine With Southside Desire 8 p.m., $10. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Grolar Bears With MPLS, Ninja Thunderbolt 9 p.m., $5-$8. Triple Rock Social Club

Grave Slave With Human Bashing, Glutton For Punishment, and Rising Plague 9 p.m., Free. Hexagon Bar

Graveyard Club With Tropical Depression and BBGUN 8 p.m., $6-$8. Turf Club

Katrina (Ex-Katrina & the Waves) With Flamin' Ohs and Beebe Gallini 7 p.m., $12-$15. Amsterdam

Lunar Bedrooms With Joey Joey Michaels and Perez All ages, 10 p.m., Free, but donations are suggested. Seward Community Cafe

Martin Devaney BDay Bash Featuring Crescent Moon Is In Big Trouble and Gramophone 11 p.m., $8. Icehouse

Mick Sterling Presents: ELTONSONGS Featuring Mick Sterling, Peter Guertin, and a 10-piece Twin Cities band covering the songs of Elton John 8 p.m., $30-$35. Pepito's Parkway Theater

Minnesota Meltdown: Featuring Sin City Escape With Arson River, Fifth Hour, and Cold Kingdom 7 p.m., $12-$15. Fine Line Music Cafe

Oh Honey 7 p.m., $12-$15. The Varsity Theater

Rodrigo Amarante 9:30 p.m., $15-$18. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

Silverback Colony With Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Bethany Larson & the Bee's Knees 10 p.m., Free. 331 Club

The Lowest Pair (CD Release Show) With Dave Simonett 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Cedar Cultural Center

The Mavericks 8 p.m., $48.50-$58.50. Pantages Theatre

Sunday, April 5

At The Gates With Pallbearer, Converge, and Vallenfyre 18+, 6 p.m., $27.50-$30. Mill City Nights

Clean Bandit With Meg Mac 7:30 p.m., $20. First Avenue

Connie Evingson: Blue Skies - Songs of Spring 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $25. Jungle Theater

Quantic 8 p.m., $15. 7th St. Entry

Venus de Mars (Record Release Show) With Jim Walsh 7 p.m., $8-$10. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

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