The best Twin Cities concerts this weekend: 9/5-9/7

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires -- See Sat.
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires -- See Sat.
Wes Frazer

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Friday, September 5

The Jayhawks with Rich Mattson & the Northstars Fri.; Two Harbors Sat.
Turf Club (also Turf Club Thu.)
Three shows, three albums. The rest of the Jayhawks had the opportunity for a facelift in 1995, after frontman Mark Olson left the band citing frustration with the major label pigpen. Led by Gary Louris, the Minneapolis alt-country band broadened their palette to encompass the likes of psych-pop on 1997's Sound of Lies, played with electronics on 2000's Smile, and ultimately retreated to their rootsiest sounds on 2003's Rainy Day Music. If you look at the records together, the sequence shows a band that knew its strengths -- fluid hooks, pinpoint guitar work, and an inimitable sense of togetherness -- and knew the new directions those strengths could take them. As a reminder to fans, the Jayhawks combed through their archives and reissued all three this summer, also collecting demos, outtakes, and live versions. (A is the cover of Charlie Rich's 1969 "Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs," recorded in Minneapolis during the Smile era.) Featuring most of the '97 touring lineup, this latest tour has been organized to highlight those years, with earlier songs like the riff-based "Waiting for the Sun" and the purely melodic "Blue" regularly being saved for later in the show, if not the encore. -Michael Madden
$30, 7 PM

Roseanne Cash
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
Although born in Memphis, Rosanne Cash grew up primarily in Southern California and spent most of her life estranged from the South, which of course was pivotal to her family's history and her father's music. When Johnny Cash's Arkansas boyhood home was being restored, Rosanne and husband John Leventhal traveled below the Mason-Dixon to find that legacy, which inspired her latest, extraordinary album, The River & the Thread. Entwined with Leventhal's rootsy, eloquent guitar is Cash's dark-amber voice, as expressive as any in popular music, built on threads of gospel, country, blues, pop and tendrils deeply rooted in that Southern soil. -Rick Mason
$40-$60, 8 PM

Owen Pallett
The Cedar Cultural Center
Canadian violinist, composer, arranger, singer, and Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett's latest solo album, In Conflict, is a wonderfully complex, dazzlingly accessible study in creative and psychological tension. The prevailing sound is avant-garde leaning chamber pop; sculpted, exquisitely layered electronics, guitars, rhythm section and orchestral elements juxtaposed with Pallett's arch, Rufus Wainwright-like croon, with sporadic help from Brian Eno. His thematic focus on such things as depression, addiction, obsession and "the terror of the infinite" as valid alternate states of being is necessarily enigmatic but no less compelling for it. The music may be the palliative, whether the luscious, shimmering "I Am Not Afraid" or the frenetic baroque'n'roll of "The Riverbed." Opening is Foxes in Fiction, the dream pop project of Toronto native Warren Hildebrand, whose forthcoming Ontario Gothic features Pallett arrangements. -Rick Mason
$15, 7 PM

Garfunkel & Oates
The Varsity Theater
18+, $29.50, 6:30 PM

WAM-O-Rama with Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Hippo Campus
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Free, 7:30 PM

Caleb Hawley
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 8 PM

Gay Witch Abortion with Miami Dolphins and New Wave Hookers
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $5, 9 PM

Saturday, September 6

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires
Turf Club
Lee Bains and the fiercely burning Glory Fires are ferocious Southern rockers out of Birmingham, Alabama, marinated in punk and Muscle Shoals R&B, and peppered with gritty North Mississippi blues. Their second album and first for Sub Pop, Dereconstructed, is a blistering, uncompromisingly raucous romp through the kudzu, tapping the legacy of the Allmans and Skynyrd. But like the Drive-By Truckers, Bains also grapples with the conundrum of Southern history and heritage sometimes seriously on the skids. Underneath the raging dual guitars and propulsive rhythms, Bains--a talented lyricist who understands the South's nuances, contradictions and stereotypes--addresses racism, regressive politics and hypocrisy. Opening will be the Twin Cities' Eleganza! with its three-guitar onslaught and brazen mix of rough'n'tumble rock and country, and John Paul Keith, a fine Tennessee singer and clever songwriter. -Rick Mason
$10/$12, 8 PM

Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival
Mears Park (also Thu-Fri)
Free, 7 PM-10 PM Thu; 5 PM-10 PM Fri; 4 PM-10 PM Sat. (Full schedule at

Konawerks Grumpy's Bike Show
With Sneaky Pete Bauer, the Bitterroot Fires, Kiss or Kill, From the Midwest, United Teachers of Music, and more
Grumpy's Bar & Grill
Free; noon-9 PM

Mr. Vegas
18+, $20/$25, 9 PM

The Brass Messengers Family Dance Party
The Cedar Cultural Center
$10, 10:30 AM

Theory of a Deadman
All ages, $25/$35, 7 PM

Tickle Torture (EP release) with Pony Bwoy and C. Kostra
7th St. Entry
18+, $8/$10, 7:30 PM

Sunday, September 7

Color Me Impressed: A Tribute Concert to Benefit the Epilepsy Foundation
With Belfast Cowboys, Appetite for Zaccardi, Trompe Le Monde, Private Oates, Jailbreak!, and more
Harriet Brewing
$12, noon-9 PM

Joyce Manor with Frozen Teens
Triple Rock Social Club
All ages, $15, 6 PM

Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Historic State Theatre
$48.50-$58.50, 7 PM

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$30, 7 PM & 9 PM

Lil Bibby
Fine Line Music Cafe
$20-$40, 8 PM

Joshua James with Neulore
The Cedar Cultural Center
$15/$18, 7 PM

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