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The week's best concerts: Aug. 10-16

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing with Volcano Choir at First Avenue in 2013

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing with Volcano Choir at First Avenue in 2013

Rounding up this week's best Twin Cities concerts.

Case/Lang/Veirs
Minnesota Zoo, Wednesday 8.10
It was k.d. lang’s idea to recruit two then-acquaintances — Neko Case and Laura Veirs — to form a band. The resulting Americana-inclined supertrio issued their eponymous debut album in January, and it’s a sublime collaborative effort that shines even brighter than the sum of its (already golden) parts. Torch-singing cowgirl lang, punk-weaned turned twangy avant-eclectic Case, and folk-laced alt-pop/rocker Veirs complement each other, allowing all three personalities to blossom before drifting back into the exquisite mix produced by Veirs’ husband, Tucker Martine. The opening “Atomic Number” lets them exchange lines then harmonize while dark, alt-country melodrama lurks, and the Tosca String Quartet adds a piquant edge. The smoldering “Blue Fires” features lang’s whispering, sighing, soaring lead. Case is coolly reserved as she falls apart on the folk-rocker “Delirium.” Veirs ignites the catchy “Best Kept Secret,” whose horns evoke swinging London while zinging strings flirt with psychedelia. Like the Traveling Wilburys supergroup that reportedly inspired them, ClV avoid clashing egos and grand statements, instead rejoicing in one another’s abilities for a truly serendipitous union. Andy Shauf opens. $73-$103. 7:30 p.m. 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley; 952-432-9000. -- Rick Mason

  • FLOGGING MOLLY Aug 10 5:30 p.m. at Cabooze
  • LEE SCRATCH PERRY AND SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM Aug 10 7 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • PRINZE GEORGE Aug 10 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • MUSIC IN MEARS: THE NEW STANDARDS Aug 11 6 p.m. at Mears Park
  • MELVINS (PRICK RECORD RELEASE PARTY) Aug 11 7 p.m. at Grumpy's Bar & Grill Downtown
  • THE LOWERTOWN LINE: COMMUNIST DAUGHTER Aug 11 7 p.m. at Twin Cities Public Television

Eaux Claires
Foster Farms, Friday 8.12 & Saturday 8.13
Just entering its second year, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival already has established a reputation as a progressive, thoughtfully organized event promising a deep lineup of diverse artists and unexpected collaborations. That’s largely thanks to Eaux Claires founders Justin Vernon, Eau Claire native and leader of the band Bon Iver, and Aaron Dessner of the National. The 2016 fest crams more than 50 bands onto multiple stages on an expansive site along the Chippewa River just outside Eau Claire, a burgeoning music and arts scene roughly 90 minutes east of the Twin Cities. This year’s lineup ranges far and wide among genres and generations. A very brief overview: Deafheaven, James Blake, Kill the Vultures, So Percussion, the Staves, Beach House, Erykah Badu, Jenny Lewis, Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Vince Staples. Of particular note: a Bon Iver set of all new material; Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers performing The Way It Is album; Japan’s Cornelius performing his 1997 breakthrough album Fantasma; and an all-star performance of Grateful Dead tunes inspired by Day of the Dead, the recent tribute album that was the brainchild of the National’s Dessner brothers. Camping and many other details are available at eauxclaires.com. $90-$169. 3443 Crescent Ave., Eau Claire, Wisconsin. -- Rick Mason

Summer Set
Somerset Amphitheater, Friday 8.12, Saturday 8.13, & Sunday 8.14
This year’s Summer Set Music & Camping Festival will feature headlining sets from dubstep god Skrillex, exploding Chicago MC Chance the Rapper, and tubthumping EDM maestro Bassnectar. Experimental art-pop mastermind Grimes and trap-rap king Fetty Wap are among other big names set to play supporting sets in Somerset, Wisconsin, about 35 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. Other than Bassnectar, who’s performed at the ever-growing EDM carnival three years running, the main acts this year are new to the Summer Set stage. It’ll be a rare chance to see Chance the Rapper collab live with the Social Experiment, as well as the first time any eight-time Grammy winner has appeared (Skrillex; remember, the dance music categories count). Other notables include party-starting DJ Steve Aoki, rapper Logic, future-bass producer Marshmello, Minnesota hip-hop godfathers Atmosphere, and electro-instrumental rockers STS9. The fest promises “special surprise collaborations” in honor of its five-year anniversary. Does that mean Chance will hop on a Grimes track? Maybe Fetty Wap and Skrillex will finally create the trap-dubstep fusion we’ve been waiting for. Either way, Summer Set remains the premier Midwestern festival for folks who love EDM and molly. Camping and many other details are available at summersetfestival.com. $89.50 single-day; $224.50 three-day passes. 715 Spring St., Somerset, Wisconsin. -- Jared Hemming

  • MUSIC AND MOVIES: PRAIRIE FIRE LADY CHOIR AND TROOP BEVERLY HILLS Aug 12 7:30 p.m. at Lake Harriet Bandshell
  • POSH LOST (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Aug 12 9 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • 90S EXPLOSION Aug 12 8 p.m. at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Rebirth Brass Band
Dakota Jazz Club, Saturday 8.13
As if summer isn’t steamy enough in New Orleans, there’s always the sound of a fired-up, funkified brass band, which brings a different kind of heat. Such as venerable yet still red-hot Rebirth, who have fueled street parties with the same blazing horns and rousing spirit the krewe mustered some 30 years ago. With the weather around here a bit sticky too, the Dakota is bringing Rebirth upriver for the backend of a two-day NOLA fest, beginning Friday with charismatic trombonist (and frequent Rebirth collaborator) Glen David Andrews. The band is a genuine institution, having won a Grammy, incorporated hip-hop, and helped inspire bounce while concocting an irrepressible brew of essential New Orleans ingredients: jazz, soul, R&B, funk, gospel, and the eternal second line. Opening will be Cha Wa, whose raucous debut album, Funk ‘n’ Feathers, channels the Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Magnolias. 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. $35-$40. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. – Rick Mason

  • KICK (CD RELEASE SHOW) Aug 13 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • LEMMY/MOTORHEAD TRIBUTE SHOW Aug 13 8 p.m. at Turf Club
  • (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME: A TRANSMISSION TRIBUTE TO JOHN HUGHES Aug 13th 9 p.m. at First Avenue

Red Stag Block Party
Red Stag Supperclub, Sunday 8.14
The main draw of the Red Stag Block Party is the In Cahoots! brew-off, which organizes 12 breweries into teams to compete head-to-head in one-off collaborations. Surly will join Bent Paddle, Dangerous Man will pair with Indeed, so on and so forth. Pretty cool shit, especially on a hot August afternoon, but the entertainment at this northeast Minneapolis bash is too good to be rendered a footnote. Wild piano man Mark Mallman, who wrote the best rock record of the year, heads up a lineup that also includes twangy psych-rockers Night Moves, who dropped a pretty good album themselves this year. Also performing are Doomtree rapper Sims, funky Afrobeat 10-piece Black Market Brass, folk-rockers Farewell Milwaukee, and others. All ages. Free. 2 p.m. 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-767-7766. -- Jerard Fagerberg

  • HOT TUNA Aug 14 7 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • COLIN CAMPBELL AND THE SHACKLETONS Aug 14 7 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • THE FALL OF TROY Aug 14 7 p.m. at Mill City Nights

Mixed Blood Majority
Loring Park, Monday 8.15
Despite their many local connections, it’s hard to compare experimental hip-hop group Mixed Blood Majority to many other bands in the Twin Cities (or anywhere else for that matter). The trio of Kill the Vultures’ Crescent Moon, No Bird Sing’s Joe Horton, and Doomtree producer Lazerbeak come with an angular, nocturnal sound, though it’s not just Lazerbeak’s production that makes MBM unique. There’s also Crescent Moon’s and Horton’s headstrong verses, which address topics including race, written with brutal and even bleak honesty (“I’m grateful, thankful master made me half white / I know I’m lucky that he’s that nice, right?”). With their 2013 self-titled album and last year’s noisier Insane World, they proved to have a more developed sound than the term “side project,” which is often applied to the crew, suggests. This free show is part of the Walker Art Center’s Summer Music & Movies series at Loring Park; MBM’s set will be followed by a screening of the first Wayne’s World. Party on. Free. 7 p.m. 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis; 612-370-4929. -- Michael Madden

  • LAND SPEED RECORD 35TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Aug 15 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • NAOMI AND HER HANDSOME DEVILS Aug 15th 7 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Deftones
Myth, Tuesday 8.16
There are many impressive things about the influential Sacramento band Deftones, but the most impressive might be their sheer endurance. Their latest album, April’s Gore, keeps them locked in at the forefront of modern rock music. Since forming in 1988, the band have honed a dynamic swirl of a sound that’s evolved with modern technology, one that’s ultimately more about texture than riffs. (That’s not to say they don’t have countless kick-ass riffs — they do!) First emerging in the mid-’90s with a more uniformly aggressive style, frontman Chino Moreno & Co. have fearlessly incorporated various styles, broadening the scope of the alt-metal subgenre in the process. They’ve covered Sade, given high praise to Morrissey, and started fusing such disparate elements as screaming and lush shoegaze guitar passages long before bands like Deafheaven would become known for such blending. Any of Deftones’ albums could be considered their best, and Gore is no exception. $51.25. 8 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651-779-6984. -- Michael Madden

  • MARIACHI MI TIERRA Aug 16th 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota History Center
  • MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR SEND-OFF Aug 16 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall
  • ZIG ZAGS Aug 16 7:30 p.m. at 7th St. Entry