The week's 24 best concerts: Jan. 18-24

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Rounding up the week's best shows in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

  • WHY KHALIQ Jan. 18, 8:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • WILD HEART WEDNESDAY'S WITH CHASTITY BROWN Jan. 18, 9:00 p.m. at Icehouse
  • LUKAS GRAHAM Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m. at Myth

The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Margaret Glaspy
Target Center, Thursday 1.19
The Lumineers arrived in a big way in 2012 on the strength of “Ho Hey,” an international hit fueled by stomps and shouts out of the folk revival era, a catchy chorus, and Mumford-esque pop streaks. But on last April’s Cleopatra, the Denver trio tread more carefully between Americana roots and stadium aspirations. “Sleep on the Floor,” for example, is a straight Springsteen rip featuring middling poetry. The hooky “Ophelia” and the urgent title track keep things lively. Those songs’ themes — desperation, bitterness, mortality — infect the remaining music, which becomes spare, sullen, and cautiously crafted, with fewer concessions to the charts. A masterfully quirky songwriter and classically trained violin virtuoso, Andrew Bird is renowned for his musical eclecticism and literate wordplay. His songs were more straightforward and personal on last year’s Are You Serious. New York-based singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy’s debut full-length album, Emotions and Math, is a curious mix of textures: confessional lyrics, ragged, funky rhythms, grunge-y guitars, and a voice that growls, croons, and moans a slate of indignities and lamentations. 7 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-673-0900. —Rick Mason

Isaiah Rashad
7th St. Entry, Thursday 1.19
Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad initially rose to fame as the Southern newcomer to Top Dawg Entertainment, the label that already boasted signees Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock. Fast-forward three years from his 2014 debut EP, and Rashad undeniably has solidified an individual identity. It hasn’t been an entirely smooth journey: He’s battled alcoholism and an addiction to Xanax, both of which got out of control shortly after he first started experiencing rap fame. Fortunately, he’s transitioned to a healthier headspace and his music is more clear-eyed because of it. Rashad’s long-awaited full-length debut, last September’s The Sun’s Tirade, is every bit as good as his EP, with warm production flourishes and genuine soulfulness reminiscent of early Kanye. It’s not music that overtly seeks to capture your undivided attention, though the album does have highlights, like “4r Da Squaw,” “Free Lunch,” and “A Lot” (the last of which is a welcome stylistic anomaly due to Mike Will’s space-trap production). With Lance Skiiiwalker and Jay IDK. 18+. 7:30 p.m. Sold out. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

  • JOHN MUNSON AND MATT WILSON Jan. 19, 8:00 p.m. at Aster Cafe
  • FLIP PHONE PRESENTS: NASTY WOMAN Jan. 19, 9:30 p.m. at Muse Event Center]
  • DAKOTA DAVE HULL FAREWELL TO THE RADIO PARTY Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m. at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge

The Devil Makes Three
First Avenue, Friday 1.20
The premise of the Devil Makes Three’s latest album is right in the title: Redemption & Ruin. A variation on the classic Saturday night/Sunday morning country conundrum, R&R dives into an impressive collection of covers. TDM3 has long dabbled in a punk-seasoned blend of country, blues, bluegrass, and Appalachian folk. The core trio, a quirky two guitars and an upright bass combo, recruited a stellar crew to flesh out these nuggets. Vice is addressed first via a scorching bluegrass run through Robert Johnson’s “Drunken Hearted Man.” Harmonica spikes a rockabilly-echoing version of Muddy Waters’ “Champagne and Reefer.” Creaky lead vocals ice Kris Kristofferson’s already chilling “Chase the Feeling.” Townes Van Zandt’s dire “Waiting Around to Die” includes vocals from Emmylou Harris. Salvation gets off the ground with the sprightly “There’ll Be a Jubilee” and Tom Waits’ revivalist “Come On Up to the House.” But Ralph Stanley’s harrowing “I Am the Man Thomas” has a fire-and-brimstone core, and Hank Williams’ harrowing “The Angel of Death” includes apocalyptic twang. Marvelous stuff that either way’ll put you on your knees. 18+. 8 p.m. $25. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Rick Mason

  • HEATWAVE & LANDMAN (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
  • JACK KLATT (VIDEO RELEASE SHOW) Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • DANCE ASSAULT (EP RELEASE SHOW) Jan. 20, 10:30 p.m. at Icehouse

Tyte Jeff
7th St. Entry, Saturday 1.21
Jeff Allen — alongside Matt Scharenbroich, Jordan Roske, and eventual Doomtree producer Lazerbeak — co-founded the widely acclaimed, straight-outta-Hopkins post-punk band the Plastic Constellations, who, before going on indefinite hiatus in 2008, released four great-to-excellent albums (2004’s Mazatlan is usually considered their best). Allen’s Tyte Jeff project initially emerged around 2014, and now we’re finally getting a debut full-length. Saturday at the Entry serves as the release party for Lutheran Teens, a roaring triumph with fantastic-sounding production perfectly fitting both the louder moments (“Take Hold of His Throat”) and softer, smoother ones (“Same Tattoos,” “Gulf War II”). Allen is also writing his strongest and most unique lyrics; they’re funny and specific, with lines about Election Night 2008, dark Pat Benatar references, graphic designers, and homebrewers. Opening are Mrs., Valet, and Iowa’s excellently named Greg Wheeler and the Polygamist Mall Cops. 18+. 8 p.m. $10. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

  • JON WAYNE & THE PAIN (CD RELEASE SHOW) Jan. 21, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • TRIBUTE TO THE LAST WALTZ 2017 Jan. 21, 8:00 p.m. at Cabooze
  • DESSA Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m. at Lutsen Mountains
  • CHARLIE PARR Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • GAINES FM (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) Jan. 22, 8:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • WE BANJO 3 Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center

JC Sanford
Icehouse, Monday 1.23
Trombonist and Minnesota native JC Sanford spent the last couple of decades elsewhere, chiefly New York. That’s where he earned accolades as a conductor and arranger for cutting-edge jazz ensembles, working with the likes of John Hollenbeck, Joel Harrison, and Ravi Coltrane. His compositions have been covered by a wide range of jazz artists, including his own quartet, JC4, which released Can You Believe It? last month. Coinciding with Sanford’s recent move back to Minnesota, the new album will be celebrated with this performance, which will feature Twin Cities jazz stalwarts JT Bates on drums, Chris Bates on bass, and Zacc Harris on guitar. A protégé of trombone icon Bob Brookmeyer, Sanford is an agile player with a warm, glowing tone, graceful textures, and imaginative solos. Sanford’s originals on Believe It? range from the funky title track (inspired by the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series win) to the stylish reverie “Forest Lawn,” the slippery jazz-rock grooves of “DumPac,” and the Latin-flecked “Chico’s First Date.” The sole cover is John Scofield’s “Easy for You,” a rich meditation with country overtones. 9:30 p.m. $8. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. —Rick Mason

  • TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • HUEY MACK Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Skyway Theatre
  • TAKE FIVE TUESDAY: ROGUE VALLEY Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m. at Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • HOUSE OF DOSH Jan. 24, 9:00 p.m. at Icehouse