The week's best concerts: April 13-19



  • Taj Mahal: 7 p.m. Wed., $35-$65. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,

  • Tony Visconti + Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy: Celebration of David Bowie, with Jessica Lee Morgan, and DJ Jake Rudh., 7 p.m. Wed., $30. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100,

  • A Tribute to Hank Williams: Featuring Curtiss A and friends., 7 p.m. Wed., $8-$10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • Nazeem and Spencer Joles (Album Release Show): Featuring Alibaster Jones, Cram, Unknown Creatures, and BJ Bvckwoods, hosted by Maria Isa., 8 p.m. Thu., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Night Moves: With Gramma's Boyfriend, and Carroll., 7 p.m. Thu., $12-$15, First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • A Local Tribute to Harry Nilsson: Featuring Dream On Nilsson, Battlerat, M.T. Foyer, and MRDR., 7:30 p.m. Thu., $7. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

Carnage the Executioner


It's hard to believe Twin Cities rapper/beatboxer Carnage the Executioner has never headlined 7th St. Entry, but Friday's show will be the real-life Terrell Woods' first time atop the bill. That's cause for celebration enough, but the lyrical vet will also be kicking off his tour and debuting a pair of music videos from his upcoming solo album, The Minnesota Mean Movement. The outspoken Carnage says the movement has to do with fighting back against the forced politeness of Minnesota Nice. He considers the phenomenon a barrier to honest conversations on race relations in the North Star State, and he's set that sentiment to music, as we've previously seen in the video for the album's title track. Cali's Katana Da Don and local MC Andre Mariette lead the way for a slew of hip-hop-focused openers. 18+. $8-$10. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – JERARD FAGERBERG

Hot Cellars

331 CLUB, FRIDAY 4.15

Minneapolis retro rockers Hot Cellars put out four singles en route to becoming one of the most talked-about bands named after uncomfortably warm subterranean living spaces. It might be because of how easy it is to sub the band's moniker into the chorus of Foreigner's 1978 hit "Hot Blooded" — try it! — or because of the groups's washed-out Midwest coast vibes. Either way, Hot Cellars are celebrating their debut album, Summer Voodoo, which will drop unseasonably early Friday at the 331. The band is working on getting all attendees free downloads of the new LP, promising, “we’ll figure that out eventually,” so stay tuned. The Sex Rays and What Tyrants open the release party. If you like what you see/hear, you can catch Hot Cellars again at the Midwest Music Fest in Winona, Minnesota, from April 28-30. 21+. Free. 10 p.m. 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746. – JERARD FAGERBERG

  • Nicholas David: With Dawg Yawp., 7:30 p.m. Fri., $30-$40. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674,

  • World Art Day Featuring Dessa: Featuring interactive art displays, student films, open mic, and presentations, with lecture and performance by Dessa., 12-8:30 p.m. Fri., $20; free for U of M students. Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-625-6003,

  • Julien Baker: With Phoebe Bridgers., 8 p.m. Fri., $12-$15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

Father John Misty


Father John Misty is the alias of Joshua Tillman, who first checked in as a solo artist by writing slow, lonesome folk songs as J. Tillman, then ascended to the role of drummer/backing vocalist in indie-folk heavyweights Fleet Foxes. Still, the FJM project is such a thorough reinvention that his prior music now seems worlds behind him. In 2012, Tillman released his Misty debut, Fear Fun, where a lively, Gram Parsons-esque twang and a sardonic, mushrooms-influenced writing voice announced his new persona and sound. The masterful follow-up, last year’s I Love You, Honeybear, sincerely and hilariously depicted love and marriage with doses of irony and cynicism. Misty’s down-to-earth nature kept the album’s sweeping horn and string arrangements from feeling too billowy. These days, the unforgettably original Tillman is a songwriter equally as respected as Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold. With Tess & Dave. $35. 7:30 p.m. 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-625-6003. – MICHAEL MADDEN



Shrink-wrapped amidst a clutter of pop culture effluvia, Santigold looks ready for vending action on the cover of her new album, 99¢. The Philly-born singer’s third solo release is intended as a commentary on the commodification of culture, something of a slippery slope considering her music has been used to advertise cars, soda, and department stores. So when the real-life Santi White sings, “All I want to do is bottle it to sell” in “Can’t Get Enough of Myself,” the line between irony, satire, and truth gets a bit thin. Moreover, the prevailing 99¢ sound is shiny pop, still punctuated with her trademark multi-genre forays (R&B, dub, electronica, reggae, hip-hop, punk ), but less incisively than on 2013’s Master of My Make-Believe. Thankfully, a slew of collaborators — Rostam Batmanglij, Patrik Berger, Cathy Dennis — help Santigold not get mired in polemics. The reggaeish “Can’t Get Enough” and power-pop nugget “Banshee” are 99¢ highlights. The single dud is “Who Be Lovin’Me,” a disconsolate duet with Drake collaborator iLoveMakonnen. DonMonique opens. 18+. $27.50-$50. 9 p.m. 111 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis; 612-333-3422. – RICK MASON

  • Caroline Smith: With Harriet Brown, and DJ Set by Lip Lap (Sarah White and Alicia Steele)., 8 p.m. Sat., $20. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Step Rockets: With Graveyard Club, and Denny., 8 p.m. Sat., $10-$12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Joe Satriani: 7 p.m. Sat., $99-$20. Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul, 651-290-1200,

  • Andrea Sorum (CD Release Show): All ages., 4:30 p.m. Sun., $6-$8. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523,

  • The Residents: Presenting Shadowland, and a pre-concert screening of Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents., 7 p.m. Sun., $40-$45. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674,

  • Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers: With the Stringdingers, and Jill Zimmerman., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $7. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck


Peculiar as it is rare, a piano-banjo duet gains instant credibility when the musicians involved are a pair of virtuosi — pianist Chick Corea and banjoist Béla Fleck. Both musicians are broadly eclectic, embracing jazz, classical, and numerous tangents in between. Consistently on the cutting edge, they’re inventive improvisers whose intellectual restlessness knows no bounds. Fleck , the bluegrass to bop to Bach picker, long has cited Correa, chief instigator of the groundbreaking fusion group Return To Forever, as a key influence. Their mutual admiration led to the 2007’s The Enchantment, then eight years of live performances, the best of which were released last fall as the double-album Two. Fleck and Corea revisit all The Enchantment material in extensively reworked form, including rangy, playfully impetuous improvs. Corea’s title track is a lush, classical meditation with jazz and Spanish tinges; Fleck’s exquisitely swirling “Menagerie” flirts with flamenco, dissonance, and blues. $45-$90. 7:30 p.m. 818 S. Second St.,

Minneapolis; 612-377-2224. – RICK MASON

Freddie Gibbs


On first listen, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs is an uncompromising gangsta rapper, one of rough, anti-pop edges. The accumulation of production styles he’s rapped over during his decade-long career has added dimension to that temperament. Following a lengthy run of hard, dark mixtapes, EPs, and 2013’s ESGN album, Gangsta Gibbs reached a new era of his career, ushered in with his kaleidoscopic, Madlib-produced Pinata album. It’s a record that brought out in Gibbs new flows and even a goofy sense of humor over funk, soul, and psychedelic production. The follow-up album that he’s currently touring behind, last fall’s Shadow of a Doubt, was more personal, and it pivoted with sounds that made for natural connections with guests ranging from the Roots’ Black Thought to Gucci Mane. Throughout his progression, Gibbs has utilized his competitive drive to flaunt his technical rapping abilities and explore new musical terrain. With local MCs Sean Anonymous and Baby Shel. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – MICHAEL MADDEN

  • David Garfield: With St. Paul Peterson., 7 p.m. Mon., $15. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,

  • The White Buffalo: With Alice Drinks the Kool-Aid., 7 p.m. Mon., $18-$20. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222,
Andrew Bird


Marriage and fatherhood have changed Andrew Bird. So has living in L.A. Seriously. The evidence is all over his new album, Are You Serious, so much so that the erstwhile dabbler in crazy wordplay, literary allusions, and obtuse references forgot the title’s question mark with no apparent ulterior motive. The classically trained Bird is still sawing on his fiddle, but his quirky lyric obscurities have given way to straightforward, even confessional narratives. Among the recent travails confronted in the Bird nest: toddlerhood, his wife’s successful battle with cancer, and relocating from New York to La La Land. Bird even wrote an obvious love song, “Left Handed Kisses,” on which he duets with Fiona Apple. “Valleys of Young,” an unsettling electro-rocker, recounts crossing the “great divide” between parenthood and the young/kidless. And “Capsized” is a funk-light paean to togetherness and its unappetizing alternative. Brooklyn trio Dawn of Midi opens. 18+. $36. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – RICK MASON

The Thermals


Increasingly, it seems as though synths and other electronics are taking over indie music. That’s definitely not the case with Portland trio the Thermals, who stick to the guitar-driven, melodic basics while delivering messages about love, death, politics, and technology. Each song is an essay, but with surplus distorted hooks to make it all palatable. The veteran indie-rock band has released records with Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars, and Saddle Creek. The latter label released the their seventh and most recent full-length, last month’s We Disappear. The Chris Walla-produced LP is dark but catchy, deep but concise, thoughtful but loud. The Turf Club’s intimate stage should be the perfect setting for the band’s poppy blasts of punk rock. They’ll be joined by fellow Portlanders Summer Cannibals and local group Catbath. 21+. $16. 7:30 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-647-0486. – LOREN GREEN

  • Lizz Wright: 7 p.m. Tue., $40-$55. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,
  • Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit): With Reverend Baron., 7:30 p.m. Tue., $15. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,