The week's best concerts: Jan. 13-19

Teenage Moods

Teenage Moods

  • G-Eazy $30-$37 7:30 p.m. Wed. Target Center

  • Enemy Planes $5 9 p.m. Wed. Cabooze

  • The Wailers $20-$25 7 p.m. Wed. Fine Line Music Cafe

  • Cram (EP Release Show) $7 8 p.m. Thu. Cabooze

  • Bones & Beeker Minneseries $5 9 p.m. Thu. Nomad World Pub

  • The Missing Letters $8-$12 7:30 p.m. Thu. 7th St. Entry

Teenage Moods

7th St. Entry, Friday 1.15

While their sound has grown more colorful, even poppier, Minneapolis band Teenage Moods have been steadfast in their sheer ability to produce crisp, unpretentious rock songs. It’s a craft they’ve learned from ’80s and ’90s Rough Trade and K Records bands: steady growth instead of popularity grabs. Over the past seven years, Teenage Moods have cranked out release after release powered by the vocals of Gordon Byrd, driving guitar lines, and a sturdy rhythm section. To call them a local band is only appropriate to a certain extent; last September, Madrid label Tenorio Cotobade issued a 12-inch Teenage Moods EP called Select Buds, composed of five highlights from the band’s 2014 Rosebuds LP. The release of Select Buds, which tonight’s show celebrates, should bring the band wider international exposure. 18+. $5. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N. Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. –Michael Madden

  • Tribute to the Last Waltz with Big Pink $12-$15 8 p.m. Fri. Cabooze

  • Sam Cassidy $10 8 p.m. Fri. Turf Club

  • Best New Bands of 2015 $7-$10 7 p.n. Fri. First Avenue
Dustin Thomas

7th St. Entry, Saturday 1.16

“I think there’s awful norms about what being a musician is,” singer-songwriter and Augsburg College grad Dustin Thomas said in a 2013 interview with 89.3 the Current. It’s a statement that defines his entire musical existence: Few artists are as uncompromising and independent-minded in their actions as Thomas, whose music can be described as “universal” if anyone’s can. Aside from his work as a member of Nahko and Medicine for the People, he’s made his name as a solo artist with songs that feature nothing more than singing and acoustic guitar (okay, he beatboxes, too). That doesn’t mean his songs are simple or minimal — far from it. Lyrically, Thomas addresses big themes like war and peace and love and hate, all the while expressing deeply personal yet relatable feelings. His hard-hitting line found on song “Strong Like Jah” — “Today I burned all my money” — typifies his passion. Thomas is a born performer above all, having developed his artistry while busking and touring the world. 18+. $10-$12. 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N. Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. ?–Michael Madden

Krayzie Bone

Triple Rock Social Club, ?Saturday 1.16

It could’ve been a year of pure reflection for founding Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone; 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of BTNH’s hyper-melodic rap masterpiece E. 1999 Eternal, and its hit singles “Tha Crossroads” and “1st of tha Month.” Instead, he was focused on wrapping up the first part of his three-volume album, Chasing the Devil, his first solo project since winning a 2007 Grammy for his appearance on Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’.” Given the influence he and the rest of BTNH have had on rappers like A$AP Rocky and Freddie Gibbs, it’s unsurprising that Chasing the Devil songs like “Like Fire” fit into the modern era as seamlessly as Krayzie’s flows interlocked with DJ U-Neek’s beats two decades ago. Krayzie, 42, has also matured as a writer, wholeheartedly tackling the themes of temptation and death that the album’s title implies. 18+. $15-$20. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. ?–Michael Madden

  • DJ Qbert $15 8 p.m. Sat. Amsterdam

  • Happy Birthday Janis: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Janis Joplin $13-$15 7 p.m. Sat. First Avenue

  • Nightosaur FREE 9 p.m. Sat. Grumpy's Bar & Grill

Living Colour

Dakota Jazz Club, Sunday 1.17

When Living Colour burst on the scene in the late ’80s, its innovative fusion sound and dazzling success — hit song “Cult of Personality”; Grammy award; tour with the Rolling Stones — sparked a reconciliation between black artists and the rock ’n’ roll world. By linking hard rock to a bubbling brew of R&B, soul, jazz, funk, and eventually metal and hip-hop, LC opened doors still wildly spinning today. As is LC itself, which includes virtuoso guitarist Vernon Reid, charismatic vocalist Corey Glover, and the slippery thunder of drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish. While still awaiting release of the long-promised Shade LP, Living Colour continues touring with explosive, eclectic performances of LC originals and diverse covers. The Shade material reportedly is more blues oriented, but also continues LC’s tradition of social commentary with a version of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya.” Recent shows featured tributes to both Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police, and Motörhead’s recently departed Lemmy Kilmister. $50-$60. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. –Rick Mason

  • Drake Nite 3 $10-$12 9 p.m. Sun. First Avenue

  • The Mehmet Polat Trio $20-$25 7 p.m. Sun. The Cedar Cultural Center

  • Charlie Parr $10 7 p.m. Sun. Turf Club 


Fine Line Music Cafe, Monday 1.18

While there are plenty of upcoming bands that share musical qualities with grungy Nashville rockers Bully, few are in the same position in the music industry. Signed to Columbia, they have a potent platform for releasing their music, especially for a ’90s-influenced rock band. And they’ve justified that unique spot with jolting, cathartic songs like “I Remember” and “Trying.” Their 2015 debut album, Feels Like, is a half-hour burst of burning riffs and pounding drums, produced and co-engineered by singer, guitarist, and Rosemount native Alicia Bognanno, a former intern at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio recording facility. If this were the ’90s, Bully might be misconstrued as a riot grrrl band because of lone female member Bognanno’s Kathleen Hanna-esque command as a bandleader. But in light of other emerging acts like Waxahatchee, White Lung, and Screaming Females, it’s easy to see Bully for what they are: one of our most promising young bands, regardless of gender configuration. 18+. $15-$30. 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N. Minneapolis, 612-338-8100. –Michael Madden

  • JT's Jazz Implosion $8 all day Icehouse

  • Record Wranglers FREE 10 p.m. Mon. Lee's Liquor Lounge

  • The Roe Family Singers FREE 9 p.m. Mon. 331 Club

Davell Crawford tribute to Allen Toussaint

Dakota Jazz Club, ?Monday & Tuesday 1.18-19

New Orleans and the world lost a towering icon when debonair pianist, songwriter, producer, and arranger Allen Toussaint died in November. A wonderful pianist in the great Crescent City tradition, Toussaint, 77, wrote a slew of Big Easy standards — “It’s Raining,” “Fortune Teller,” “Mother-in-Law” — for the likes of Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, and Lee Dorsey. He also worked with the Band, Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle, and Elvis Costello. Davell Crawford, aka the Piano Prince of New Orleans, is a fine, gospel-influenced singer, accomplished keyboardist, and legit heir to Toussaint’s legacy. As a kid, Crawford hung out at family friend Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Studio. He played at Toussaint’s funeral, including backing Thomas on “Walk Around Heaven All Day.” At these tribute shows, Crawford promises to rummage through Toussaint’s extensive songbook, from “Java” to “Southern Nights.” Accompanying him will be drummer LeShawn Lee, guitarist Jamieson Ledonio, and bassist Roland Guerin, who often played with Tousssaint. $25-$35 at 7 p.m. $20-$30 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. –Rick Mason

  • Luos Mulysa $15 7 p.m. Tue. Turf Club

  • The Federales FREE 8 p.m. Tue. Amsterdam

  • January Conspiracy Series: Brianna Lane FREE 9:30 p.m. Tue. 331 Club