The week's best concerts: Jan. 6-12

Dengue Fever will spread to the Ordway

Dengue Fever will spread to the Ordway

  • Mary Bue $6-$8 7:30 p.m. Wed. 7th St. Entry

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

  • Erik Koskinen $8 9:30 p.m. Wed. Icehouse

  • Bloodnstuff $10 7:00PM Turf Club

  • Bones & Beeker Minneseries $5 9:00PM Nomad World Pub

  • The Social Animals $6-$8 7:30 p.m.  7th St. Entry


When Rhode Island metal band the Body came to the Triple Rock back in May, there were far too few people in the crowd. Perhaps, with the dawning of summer, people weren’t as interested in hunkering down on the West Bank to be aurally pummeled. Now, it’s full-blown winter, and the other side of the Body’s sludge-metal coin – collaborators/friends Thou — are gracing us with their lone regional show. It only takes a few minutes off any of Louisiana quintet’s five studio albums to find out what attendees will be in for. What sets Thou apart from many of their counterparts, however, is vocalist Bryan Funck’s ability to scream bloody murder while still being understandable. “Through doubts and fears / And all that makes the difference / I see an end,” he wails on “The Wheel Weaves As The Wheel Wills.” Do these words represent a light at the end of Thou’s tunnel? We may find out soon. Here’s a bright spot: Thou’s 2014 release, Heathen, was named the best metal album of 2014 by Pitchfork. Opening are Fister, False, and Näive Sense. 18+. $10-$12. 629 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. – MICHAEL CYRS

  • Cash Only: A Tribute to the Man In Black $10-$15 8 p.m. Fri. Cabooze

  • Al Church$8 7:30 p.m. Fri. Turf Club

  • The Crash Bandits (Tape Release Show)$6 8 p.m. Fri. 7th St. Entry
Dengue Fever


What do Khmer classical music, surfing, mosquito-borne disease, psychedelics, and punk have in common? Quite a lot, actually, in the creative mitts of L.A. sextet Dengue Fever (in lowercase, a tropical malady), whose exotic sound drifts from misty Cambodian temples to California beaches, Memphis to CBGB. The band’s focal point is Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol, whose serpentine flutters weave through a curious mix of 1960s Cambodian pop (a synthesis of Khmer tradition and American incursions of the era), and splintered bits of new wave, punk, blues, African rhythms, and even sinuous Ethiopian jazz. Holding it all together are brotherly DF masterminds Zac (guitar) and Ethan (keyboards) Holtzman. On their latest album, The Deepest Lake, DF expands their palette even more — deeper blues, wilder dual vocal forays by Zac and Nimol — while heading on a new tack of more extended and improvisational jams. Characteristic of DF’s deft eclecticism is “No Sudden Moves,” which includes surf guitar, Nimol vocals that shift from yearning undulations to hard-edged rapping, honking R&B horns, and twisting, funky grooves. $23-$27. 7:30 p.m. 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 651-224-4222. – RICK MASON

Annual Blowout


We are still very much living in the wake of the Bay Area psychedelic rock boom. Even though standout Cali psych-rock outfits like the Thee Oh Sees’s still put out strong albums, fans seem to be looking elsewhere for ‘60s-inspired jams. Fortunately for us Twin Cities buffs, we have acts like the Blind Shake, who give us that warm, throwback feeling right here in the frozen Midwest. BS’s 2015 album, Fly Right, is just as fun and danceable as ever, but they now have added flashes of ingenuity, like the squelching Indian guitar sounds on “Holy Road.” If the recent King Khan & BBQ show at Turf Club was an indicator, our favorite St. Paul venue is the ideal location for surf-y dancing. Also performing at the Turf’s Annual Blowout showcase are Birthday Suits, who will bring their Clash-inspired grooves into the mix, and Ripper, who are fresh off the release of last month’s A.D. cassette. 21+. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W. St. Paul; 651-647-0486. – MICHAEL CYRS

  • The Pines $25 7:30 p.m. Sat. Northfield Arts Guild

  • Like, Totally Rad: An 80s vs. 90s Dance Party $5-$8 9 p.m. Sat. First Avenue

  • Fury Things$5 8 p.m. Sat. 7th St. Entry
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues


Blues and classical are seemingly odd musical bedfellows. But when harmonica ace and pianist Corky Siegel puts them together in his acclaimed Chamber Blues project, the funky union ultimately sounds like a natural blend. Siegel formed the Siegel-Schwall Band with guitarist Jim Schwall in the ’60s. After the group started out in Chicago blues clubs, it wasn’t long before they were engaged in groundbreaking collaborations with the San Francisco and Chicago symphonies. Siegel has been bringing the Delta and the Danube together, as he once said, ever since. As Chamber Blues with longtime collaborators the West End String Quartet, Siegel is even more eclectic, tying classical to the likes of zydeco and bluegrass through percussionist Frank Donaldson global rhythms. Slyly wailing like Larry Adler covering Sonny Boy Williamson, Siegel and his cunning strings are sublime. This performance promises even more dimensions, specifically Coltrane- and Parker-influenced jazz, thanks to the presence of tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. $30. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. – RICK MASON

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

  • Dr. Mambo's Combo $7 9:30 Sun. Bunker's Music Bar & Grill

  • Country Doctors$5-$10 2 p.m. Sun. Eagles Club #34
Dr. Mambo’s Combo


1987 was a notable year for Minnesota: the Twins won the World Series, Prince released one of his best albums in Sign 'O' the Times, and St. Louis Park's own Coen Brothers released their first great comedy Raising Arizona. 1987 was also the year that Dr. Mambo's Combo was formed, and it just so happens that their crowd-pleasing funk/R&B sound has endured well enough to land them a regular Sunday/Monday night residency at Bunker's. You might wander in with a "nothing else to do tonight" attitude, only stagger out having your head blown clean off by their top-notch soul sounds, the end product of decades' worth of hard work and refinement. $7. 9:30 p.m. 761 Washington Ave. N.; Minneapolis; 612-338-8188. – NATE PATRIN

  • Show Me The Body $5-$7 8:00PM 7th St. Entry
  • Record Wranglers FREE 10:00PM Lee's Liquor Lounge
  • The Roe Family Singers FREE 9:00PM 331 Club
  • Venom Inc.$20-$25 7:30 p.m. Tue. Turf Club
  • January Conspiracy Series: Brianna Lane FREE 9:30 p.m. Tue. 331 Club
  • That Dude Trey & DJ B Rock FREE 9 p.m. Tue. Nomad World Pub