The week's best concerts: Aug. 12-18



Easton Corbin • $47 • 7 p.m. Wed. • Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

Theory of a Deadman • $23-$25 • 7 p.m. Wed. • First Avenue

Black Diet • $5 • 6 p.m. Wed. • Mill City Museum

Nancy’s Raygun


“We have been told our music sounds like a bicycle crash,” claims local garage-rock duo Nancy's Raygun. On their new EP Friends, the fuzzed-out rockers produce the same kind of rush, just without the bloody aftermath. Tracks like “Things to Blame” hit you with the force of a car door opening in the bike lane, leaving you dazed and reeling. If the promise of a rock ‘n' roll adrenaline high isn't enough to convince you, then check this out — the release party for Friends has a “spooky pizza party” theme with actual pizza. Who doesn't like pizza!? Show up early for the 'za and you'll also catch openers Rupert Angeleyes, mod-pop act Real Numbers, and Bruise Violet, the next generation of riot grrrl straight of outa high school. The three teens employ three-part harmonies over scathing grunge riffs – think Broadway meets Bikini Kill. 18+. $5. 8 p.m. 701 N 1st Ave.; 612-338-8388. — SARAH STANLEY-AYRE

Magic Castles & Private Dancer • $8 • 8 p.m. Thu. • Turf Club

Kasey Chambers • $30 • 7 p.m. Thu. • The Cedar Cultural Center

Idina Menzel • $100-$75 • 8 p.m. Thu. • Northrop

Bad Bad Hats


Local indie-rock trio Bad Bad Hats just dropped their debut LP, and Icehouse is hosting the party. Having met at Macalester College, the band spent the last two years writing and recording Psychic Reader, which came out July 17 on Twin Cities label Afternoon Records. The album is sweet and summery; light guitars, affable drums, and flourishing synths from band members Noah Boswell and Chris Hoge slide under singer Kerry Alexander’s mesmerizing voice. To support the music, BBH are gearing up for a cross-country tour that will begin September 10 and hit Minneapolis’ 7th St. Entry eight days later. Understated pop-rock band the Awful Truth opens tonight’s release party. 21+. $8-$10. 10:30 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. — CECILIA JOHNSON



DEAD make the kind of music I'd blast in my room as a teenager just to terrorize my parents. Think sludge metal mixed with skeletal elements of the Melvins and even Coil, a bastardized science project made in some class taught by a young and angry Genesis P-Orridge. As harrowing and dissonant as this Australian duo's wall of noise is, they manage to engage the listener with a simultaneous onslaught of rhythmic chord structures and carefully constructed dueling vocals. Devotedly DIY, DEAD run their own label, WeEmptyRooms, and personally create all of their merch and artwork. They've managed to ascend from dingy basements venues to stages all over the world, and this Friday they will test the limits of our eardrums here in Minneapolis. Adding to the cacophony will be locals Burn Fetish, the Funeral and the Twilight, and Gay Witch Abortion.18+. $10. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S.; 612-333-7399. — SARAH STANLEY-AYRE

Under The Sun 2015: Sugar Ray, Eve 6, others • $25-$35 • 7 p.m. Fri. • Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival • $149.50/3-DAY PASS • noon Fri. • Somerset Amphitheater

The Original Wailers • $20-$25 • 7 p.m. Fri. • The Cedar Cultural Center



Something like Less Than Zero crossed with Dirty Mind, Miguel’s latest album, Wildheart, is a murky exploration of decadence, ambition, alienation, and sex — quite a lot of sex. As on 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream, we’re offered a tasting menu of romantic and sexual stances: devoted, paternalistic, coy, dominant, though this time more space is given to rougher role-play. “NWA,” with a spongy bass drum out of Mr. Collipark and a persona out of R. Kelly, promises – or you might say threatens — sex hard enough to at least temporarily alter the partner’s gait. Elsewhere, the L.A. neo-soul soul singer is more likable and vulnerable, but the mood, in that great L.A. tradition, is always mixed. The album’s signature moment might be the glammy guitar riff that drives the washout anthem “Hollywood Dreams”; the notes descend with the dream, and somehow this very defeat is uplifting. 18+. Sold out. 8 p.m. 701 N 1st Ave.; 612-338-8388. — DYLAN HICKS

MN Next


Reading through a list of new musicians can be overwhelming; it’s an achievement to remember just a few of the bands’ names. But live shows stick much better, and considering that, Minnesota is in luck. Eight of 89.3 the Current blogger Andrea Swensson’s 10 New Twin Cities Bands to Watch are hitting the Cedar for Minnesota Next, a two-night marathon of exciting local music. As for genres, dreamy pop (Bae Tigre, Perfume Monster) and hip-hop (Glow Mechanics, Danami and the Blue) lead the way, while selected other artists lean more toward rock or jazz. Funky sextet Hustle Rose will play music from their just-released album Stay Up. Local photographers and designers will also show off their work, and Swensson herself will emcee. All ages. $12-$15 for one night; $20 for both. 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. – CECILIA JOHNSON

Tina & the B-Sides • $37 • 7 p.m. Sat. • Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

KMFDM • $22-$25 • 8 p.m. Sat. • Mill City Nights

Wyld Lyf • $10 ADV/$15 DOOR • 10 p.m. Sat. • The Record Room

Linda Peterson • $10 • 4:30 p.m. Sun. • Icehouse

Open Streets Minneapolis: Music At Peavey Park • free • 11 a.m. Sun. • Peavey Park

Tinsley Ellis • $25 • 7 p.m. Sun. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

7 Seconds • $14-$16 • 7:30 p.m. Mon. • Triple Rock Social Club

Eric Harland and Rude Unkal • $40-$30 • 7 p.m. Mon. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant T

The Delta Saints • $10-$12 • 7:30 p.m. Mon. • 7th St. Entry

Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour


Fat Wreck Chords will be forever linked to 1990s skate punk. And while the label’s bands may not hit the halfpipe as much as 25 ago, they’re still hitting the beer bongs and will crack SoCal wise about your mother. To mark two and a half decades, Fat is taking a party bus of old and new acts on the road. With label stalwarts like NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, and Swingin’ Utters headlining, some help from mighty locals Dillinger Four, and the new crop (Masked Intruder, the Flatliners), you’ll forget you’re in Maplewood. If the bands will remember where they were, well, that’s another question entirely. All ages. $40. 2 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood; 651-779-6984 – LOREN GREEN

The Good Life • $13-$15 • 7:30 p.m. Tue. • Turf Club

The Robert Cray Band • $45 • 7 p.m. Tue. • Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater

Insomnium • $18-$20 • 7 p.m. Tue. • 7th St. Entry