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The week's best concerts: Aug. 17-23

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

  • GAELYNN LEA (EP RELEASE SHOW) Aug. 17th 7:30 pm at 7th St. Entry
  • MOTLEY 2: TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE Aug 17th 8:00 pm at Turf Club
  • MILEMARKER Aug 17th 8:00 pm at Triple Rock Social Club
  • KESHA Aug 18th 7:00 pm at Aria
  • KID DAKOTA Aug 18th 8:00 pm at Turf Club
  • LION BABE Aug 18th 9:00 pm at Skyway Theatre

Lil Uzi Vert
Myth, Friday 8.19
Like fellow rappers/hair dye enthusiasts Lil Yachty and Famous Dex, Lil Uzi Vert is a thrilling newcomer for young listeners and a puzzling one for old heads. Uzi himself embraces this, reveling in a druggy, blissful sound that pulls from trap, drill, and even EDM. It’s not that the 22-year-old can’t rap; he got the “Uzi” in his name because of his machine-gun-like flow. More notably, though, the Philly native has a way with seemingly improvised melodies that rivals that of Young Thug. More than any of his other skills, that’s what’s fueled his rapid ascent to chart success with songs “Money Longer” and “You Was Right.” Inspired by guys like Marilyn Manson and GG Allin (no, seriously), Uzi has taken to calling himself a “rock star” instead of a rapper. His high-energy live show supports that notion even more than his music. $22. 7 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651-779-6984. — Michael Madden

Ness Nite
7th St. Entry, Friday 8.19
Ness Nite could probably only exist in the age of the internet. With her effusive attitude and sadgirl steez, the 20-year-old Are You Local? finalist is tailor-made for the complex listernership of the Tumblr generation. Think  Lexii Alijai after watching Donnie Darko on repeat. Think Tiny Deaths three blunts into Drake’s discography. Look no further than “Sigh,” the woozy, throbbing opener of her debut EP, Nite Time, for evidence of both. On Friday, Nite — who grew up in Chicago and Milwaukee before arriving in Minneapolis two years ago — will celebrate the drop of Nite Time at the Entry alongside a who’s who of local hip-hop acts, including Dizzy Fae, Metastota, and Destiny Roberts. It’s the kind of bill that could prove that Nite, despite her dreary aesthetic, can run a room just as well as any of the openers. DJ Bvckwoods also plays, and Mica May Grimm will host. 18+. $8-$10. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — Jerard Fagerberg

  • MUSIC AND MOVIES: CHASTITY BROWN AND MOONRISE KINGDOM Aug 19th 7:30 pm at Lake Harriet Bandshell
  • WEIRD AL YANKOVIC Aug 19th 8:00 pm at Historic State Theatre
  • LUTHERAN HEAT (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) Aug 19th 9:00 pm at Eagles Club #34

Wilco and Kurt Vile
Hall’s Island, Saturday 8.20
For the second summer in a row, Hall’s Island in northeast Minneapolis will host a major outdoor concert sponsored by First Avenue. This year’s will feature Americana-esque rockers Wilco, on the verge of releasing their 10th studio album, and rootsy Philly singer-songwriter Kurt Vile and his Violators. Alt-country pioneer Jeff Tweedy has taken Wilco on an unpredictable but inspired path that’s ranged from country-rock to pop, folk, psychedelia, and more expansive sonic experimentation, the last especially since the addition of jazz/avant-garde inclined guitarist Nels Cline. Following up last summer’s surprise album, Star Wars, the band will release Schmilco, which Tweedy has described as “joyously negative” and mostly acoustic, next month. Two tracks have already leaked: ambling, country-ish shuffle “If I Ever Was a Child” and “Locator,” an angsty, off-kilter rocker. Vile’s year-old B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down finds the former War on Druggie musing introspectively about his hazy but engaging philosophies. His languid folk-rock is doused in a quirky Philly twang and fueled by fingerpicked acoustic guitar, banjo, and front-parlor piano. $50. 4:30 p.m. 1004 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — Rick Mason

Metallica
U.S. Bank Stadium, Saturday 8.20
Before we see Viking horns at U.S. Bank Stadium, expect a sea of devil horns. Metal gods Metallica will rock the brand-new, $1.1 billion football/concert space Saturday, just one day after bro-country pioneer Luke Bryan christens it with Miller Lite. Tickets to the Metallica show — their first Twin Cities gig since 2009 at Target Center — sold out almost instantly. The Minneapolis stop is one of just a handful of Metallica dates planned for 2016. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will join the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers at the People’s Stadium. Metallica probably won’t be pimping their latest album, 2008’s Death Magnetic, very hard, as the legendary headbangers should be nostalgic following April’s vinyl/CD re-issuing of their first two seminal LPs — 1983’s Kill ’Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning. All ages. Sold out. 4 p.m. 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis; 612-777-8700. — Jay Boller

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
Dakota Jazz Club, Saturday 8.20
John Jorgenson is master of a startling array of wind, string, and keyboard instruments, but is primarily known as a world-class guitar and mandolin picker. Over his long career he has played with a mind-boggling, genre-hopping stretch of artists, often country-leaning folks like Rodney Crowell, Kenny Chesney, and Reba McEntire, but also including Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Pavarotti, Bob Seger, and local chanteuse Connie Evingson. He was a key member of country-rock’s Desert Rose Band and the Telecaster-obsessed Hellecasters. In recent years, Jorgenson’s affinity for Django Reinhardt has inspired Gypsy jazz/classical fusions. Jorgenson’s Bluegrass Band, one of his many ongoing projects, is an all-star affair, featuring session wizard/banjoist Herb Pedersen; guitarist Jon Randall, who has played with Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett and written country hits for Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley; and bassist Mark Fain, a longtime member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder. $30-$35. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —Rick Mason

Flume
Skyway Theater, Saturday 8.20
Flume is producer and electronica ace Harley Streten, whose adventurous 2012 debut was a lush, atmospheric blend of trip-hop, dubstep, pop, and R&B. Four years later, he’s following that multiple-award-winning effort with Skin. On it, the 24-year-old Aussie sculpts a more eclectic, aggressive sound while juggling edgy innovation and stylish collaborations with a slew of guests. The opening instrumental, “Helix,” ascends a spiral rooted in pristine flute work set against a subtle electronic crescendo. Eventually, the track opens into sweeping Eastern melodies, then a skittish pulse that evolves into clashing beats and textures. Complex structures underpin the collaborations, while electronic tendrils reach out, complementing, caressing, and flirting with the likes of Beck, Vince Staples, and Raekwon. Shimmering waves flow into Kai’s alluring, overarching voice on the global hit “Never Be Like You.” Glittery funhouse mirrors reflect sassy Tove Lo on “Say It.” Kaleidoscopic cubism frames Little Dragon’s soulful yearning on “Take a Chance.” Ryan Hemsworth and HWLS open. 18+. $29.99-$35. 9 p.m. 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-6100. — Rick Mason

  • HAR MAR SUPERSTAR Aug 20th 7:00 pm at Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
  • GRAVEYARD CLUB (CD RELEASE SHOW) Aug 20th 8:00 pm at 7th St. Entry
  • RED BULL SOUND SELECT PRESENTS: D.R.A.M. Aug 20th 9:00 pm at The Varsity Theater
  • CHARLES BRADLEY AND HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES Aug 21st 3:00 pm at Sociable Cider Werks
  • THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS Aug 21st 6:30 pm at Silverwood Park
  • ANDY MCKEE Aug 21st 7:00 pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • SUMMER MUSIC AND MOVIES: BRUISE VIOLET WITH BIG CATS AND MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA Aug 22nd 7:00 pm at Loring Park
  • PERIPHERY Aug 22nd 5:30 pm at The Varsity Theater
  • PAUL WENTZEL'S GOING AWAY PARTY Aug 22nd 7:30 pm at 7th St. Entry

Baroness
Cabooze, Tuesday 8.23
Some have condemned hard-rock band Baroness’ crossover into more accessible sonic territory. But given the range of abilities John Baizley and co. have demonstrated, it would be a shame for them to limit themselves. Though not extreme in any way, the band’s first two albums, 2007’s Red Album and 2009’s Blue Record, distinctly registered as metal due to elements like Baizley’s intense, guttural vocals. With 2012’s double album Yellow & Green, Baroness expanded their sound with stratospheric post-rock crescendos, psych-rock, and folk experiments. Songs like “Take My Bones Away” and “Board Up the House,” with their clean singing and pop melodies, were striking departures. Last year’s even more digestible Purple, the band’s first album since a serious tour bus accident in 2012, was a triumphant return. Initially slated to play the Varsity Theater, Baroness relocated this gig to the Cabooze because of child sex abuse lawsuits filed against Varsity owner Jason McLean. With Pallbearer. 16+. 8 p.m. $22.50-$25. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-6425. — Michael Madden

  • HOT JAZZ TUESDAY WITH CONNIE EVINGSON Aug 23rd 8:00 pm at Vieux Carre
  • GIRLS NIGHT IN Aug 23rd 6:30 pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • ALEX PROCTOR'S 30TH BIRTHDAY SHINDIG Aug 23rd 7:30 pm at 7th St. Entry