The week's 27 best concerts: Aug. 9-15

Mew play the Turf Club on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Mew play the Turf Club on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Rounding up the week's best concerts in the Twin Cities.

  • CHARLIE PARR Aug. 9, 6:00 p.m. at Mill City Museum
  • ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Aug. 9, 7:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • CHRIS ISAAK Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theatre
  • TAKING BACK SUNDAY Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m. at First Avenue
  • MUSIC IN MEARS: DAN ISRAEL Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Mears Park
  • HOLY HOOTENANNERS (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Aug. 10, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club

Rodney Crowell
Dakota, Thursday 8.10, Friday 8.11
Since arriving in Nashville 40 years ago, Rodney Crowell has been a prolific, reliably first-rate songwriter, playing an outlaw mix of country, rock, R&B, and honky-tonk while making astute observations about treacherous relationships, characters, and times. Crowell assesses his life at age 66 on his latest album, the intimate and reflective Close Ties, singing about his hardscrabble youth, his long-lost flames, and his loneliness. Much of the music is acoustic, ambling folk—a bit somber, but, with a string quartet occasionally weighing in, consistently rich. “Nashville 1972” reminisces about wild, distant days hanging with Guy Clark and Mickey Newbury; “I’m Tied to Ya,” a duet with Sheryl Crow, is a live-for-today love song; and “It Ain’t Over Yet” perfectly juxtaposes nostalgic self-examination with resilient determination to carry on, the latter featuring pointed verses sung by ex-wife Rosanne Cash. 7 p.m. $40-$50. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

Herbie Hancock
Minnesota Zoo, Friday 8.11
From bop to funk to electro-pop, with numerous groundbreaking stops in between, Herbie Hancock has been a virtuoso keyboardist, genre-jumping innovator, unlikely hit-maker, and all-around musical guru for the past half-century. Hancock spent five years with Miles Davis in the 1960s, led the jazz-funk fusion band Headhunters and the all-star Miles alumni group V.S.O.P. in the ’70s, and landed on the charts in the ’80s with “Rockit,” an avant-garde mix of industrial funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Hancock’s first full-band tour since 2011 features longtime associates Lionel Loueke on guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, plus bassist James Genus and saxophonist Terrace Martin. Martin is also producing a new Hancock album with performances from younger cutting-edge jazz musicians Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, and Kamasi Washington. Expect a preview of new material, plus Hancock nuggets like “Chameleon” and “Cantaloupe Island.” 7:30 p.m. $75-$103.50. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952-432-9000. —Rick Mason

Ohio Players
Ordway Theater Concert Hall, Friday 8.11
Existing in one form or another since 1959 (!), the beyond-legendary Ohio Players have mourned the deaths of several members, losing three since 2013, notably singer/keyboardist Walter “Junie” Morrison at the top of this year. But the funk-R&B ensemble, who now perform as an 11-piece lineup, were always a sum of many parts, and it takes more than just attrition to sap them of their collective vitality. In their ’70s heyday, the Players packed their sprawling sound with steamy vocal harmonies, sizzling guitar and bass, and sumptuous horn arrangements. Their songs often stretched past six or seven minutes, seeming to groove infinitely. Many of their hits, most notably their pair of No. 1 smashes, “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster,” are immortal, whether popping up in film and TV (most recently Straight Outta Compton) or woven into hip-hop beats as samples on songs from everyone from Rick Ross to Raekwon to Action Bronson. 7:30 p.m. $26-$110.50. 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 651-224-4222. —Michael Madden

  • LOVELY DARK (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Aug. 11, 9:00 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • REBEL, REBEL - ROCK FOR PUSSY XIII: A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE Aug. 11, 8:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • SUMMER SET MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 11-13, 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at Somerset Amphitheater

Pizza Lucé Block Party
Pizza Lucé, Saturday 8.12
Despite the fact that no Hold Steady song mentions Pizza Lucé (how can that be?), Craig Finn will headline the noted Twin Cites pizza chain’s annual downtown Minneapolis block party this year, topping off an impressively deep lineup of local talent. He’s joined by Allan Kingdom, whose new album, LINES, extends the St. Paul-based MC’s spacey brilliance in some interesting new lyrical directions, yet still barely hints at what an electric live performer he is. Rounding out the bill is the great, now surnameless Haley (previously Haley Bonar); onetime Lizzo accomplice Sophia Eris, who’s launched her own solo career and also moonlights as a Go 95.3 on-air personality; and Fury Things, the rockers whose band name spares writers the trouble of having to describe their sound. Plus pizza from Lucé and beer from Surly. With Tabah, Static Panic, Fanaka, and Modern Era. Noon. Free. 119 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612-333-7359. —Keith Harris 

  • JAYANTHI KYLE Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Grand Oak Opry
  • FOX & COYOTE Aug. 12, 10:00 p.m. at 331 Club
  • ESSO AFROJAM FUNKBEAT Aug. 12, 8:00 p.m. at Turf Club
  • JOSH THOMPSON Aug. 13, 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • BIRDTALKER Aug. 13, 7:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • IRV WILLIAMS 98TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Aug. 13, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • JEREMY YLVISAKER (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) Aug. 14, 9:30 p.m. at Icehouse
  • JACOB SARTORIUS Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. at Myth
  • STU LARSEN Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • BELLE & SEBASTIAN Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m. at Palace Theatre
  • LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • THE MISSING LETTERS Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m. at Turf Club


Turf Club, Sunday 8.13
Mew are almost certainly the only band to be described as “Queensryche meets Sigur Rós,” as Pitchfork critic Nitsuh Abebe put it back in 2006. The enveloping, expansive music of the proggy Danish rock trio bursts with sound; their compositions are dense without feeling disjointed. Formed in 1994, Mew broke through in 2003 when their third album, Frengers, cleaned up at that year’s Danish Music Critics Awards and brought them stateside acclaim. They followed that up with their 2005 masterpiece, the sound-universe And the Glass Handed Kites, structured to be played front to back without interruption. This summer and fall they’re touring behind Visuals, their latest album and their first without founding member and guitarist Bo Madsen. It’s their tightest LP to date, with some of the band’s clearest pop song structures, though it’s still plenty inventive, defined by a synthy sense of cosmic exploration that brings to mind M83. Monakr open. 21+. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 1601 University Ave. St. Paul; 651-647-0486. —Michael Madden

Belle and Sebastian
Palace Theater, Tuesday 8.15
Perhaps the quintessential indie-pop band, Glasgow’s enduring Belle and Sebastian have successfully experimented with their core sound over the years without diluting it, as leader Stuart Murdoch’s affable wit and irrepressible melodic instincts remain ever intact. Their first three albums—Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister from 1996, and 1998’s The Boy with the Arab Strap—are undisputed classics, and 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress isn’t far behind. On their latest album, 2015’s Ben H. Allen-produced Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, the band displayed a clubby electronic sensibility on songs like “The Party Line” and “Enter Sylvia Plath.” Though there hasn’t yet been an official announcement, the band may be readying their 10th album, as a new single, “We Were Beautiful,” dropped last month. Julien Baker opens. 18+. 8 p.m. $40-$50. 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul; 651-266-8989. —Michael Madden