The week's best concerts: July 13-19

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti

Go Show feat. Joey Bada$$, deM atlaS, Finding Novyon

Fine Line Music Cafe, Wednesday 7.13

One of the many early positives of Go 95.3 FM is the airtime it gives to emerging rappers, whether they're nationally popular, locally grown, or both. This latest "Go Show" is an extension of that. The headliner is Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$, 21-year-old leader of the Pro Era crew. Joey first emerged with a throwback East Coast sound that he gave new life to with his obvious hunger and refreshing "true MC" skillset. He has since shown he's proficient at multiple styles. See "Lord Knows," his thunderous collaboration with Cinematic Music Group labelmate G Herbo and super-producer Metro Boomin. Joey will be joined by two Minnesota rappers who are at different stages of their respective come-ups. There's deM atlaS, the youngest artist on the Rhymesayers roster. He's preparing to drop his first project since 2014’s DWNR EP in the form of a mixtape that will find him rapping over old MF DOOM beats. The newer name is Minneapolis’ Finding Novyon, who’s had quite the 2016 so far, from January’s consistently catchy Super Saiyan EP to his more recent songs with producers Sonny Digital (the turn-up anthem “Let’s Get Lit”) and Blended Babies (the smoother “Put in Work”). $20-$30. 7:30 p.m. 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8100. —Michael Madden

  • Tiny Deaths: With RONiiA, and Nicholas L. Perez., 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Sarah Jarosz: With the Brother Brothers., 7 p.m., $30-$35. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,

  • Peter Frampton: 7:30 p.m., $53.50-$63.50. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-7007,

  • Super Furry Animals: 7 p.m., $21.50-$25. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222,

  • Swans: With Okkyung Lee., 7:30 p.m., $25. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100,

  • Rock Fest 2016: Featuring Slipknot, Hollywood Vampires, Alice in Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, and more. Full lineup and tickets at, 12 p.m.-2:30 a.m., $89 day; $129 3-day pass. Chippewa Valley Rock Fest, 24447 County Highway S., Cadott, 800-326-3378,
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force

Cedar Cultural Center, Friday 7.15

Femi Kuti is the eldest son of Fela Kuti, Nigerian inventor of Afrobeat and outspoken political activist whose irrepressible spirit made him a worldwide superstar and pariah of corrupt politicians. Femi initially played in his father’s band and was groomed to be his successor, but he decided to form his own band. He was well on his way to establishing his own sound when Fela died in 1997. Fela’s legacy has since grown into a global phenomenon, while Femi continues to define his own vision. Using his dad’s fierce Afrobeat fusion of jazz, funk, and African tradition as his foundation, Femi has incorporated Latin, Caribbean, soul, hip-hop, and sleek melodicism while playing saxophones, trumpet, organ, and adding soulful, high-tenor vocals. Femi also retained his father’s political passion, advocating a progressive agenda in songs like “Nothing to Show For It,” “No Work No Job No Money,” and “Politics Na Big Business” on his latest album, 2013’s No Place For My Dream. ZULUZULUU opens. All ages. $50-$55. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —Rick Mason


First Avenue, Friday 7.15

DJ Keezy is no stranger to throwing successful dance parties that highlight women in the Twin Cities hip-hop and R&B scenes. The aptly titled KLiT•UATION is the biggest yet, gathering a wide-ranging list of talent to perform and spin records in First Ave’s Mainroom. Breaking the tokenism that often pervades local showcase lineups, the KLiT•UATION is appropriately diverse while maintaining its feminist inclinations. Its aim? Paving the way for more platforms and safe spaces for women artists and fans. Everyone on the stacked bill – including former GRRRL PRTY bandmates Sophia Eris, Manchita, and Shannon Blowtorch, plus Sarah White, Maria Isa, the Lioness, Lady Midnight, and K. Raydio — has proven her ability to hold down vibrant, powerful shows. The collective energy in the room is bound to leave a huge impression. 18+. $10-$12. 9:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. 612-338-8388. —Jack Spencer

  • Adam Svec (Record Release Show): With Matt Leavitt, and Chris Salter., 8 p.m., $10. The Warming House, 4001 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis,

  • Dave King Trucking Company (Album Release Show): 9 p.m., $15. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 612-332-5299,

  • The Right Here (Album Release Show): With Arms Aloft, Class of 86, Dingus, and the Anchor Windlass, live art, raffle, and photo booth., 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5-$7. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,
Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival

Various locations, Saturday 7.16

This sixth annual festival benefiting Patrick’s Cabaret will again sport a rich roster of talent from near and far in Minneapolis’ funky Longfellow neighborhood. The array of artists from just the Twin Cities and Duluth represent a broad swath of folk, country, blues, R&B, rock ’n’ roll, and Afrobeat via Charlie Parr, Black-Eyed Snakes, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Eric Koskinen, Black Market Brass, and a couple of virtual legends in “Spider” John Koerner and Cornbread Harris. From down in Iowa there’ll be master songwriter and harmonica ace Dave Moore, plus country-blues couple Joe and Vicki Price. The deep-blues contingent hails directly from Mississippi hill country: Kent Burnside, grandson of blues icon R.L. Burnside, and his New Generation Band, and Lightnin’ Malcolm, a disciple of R.L., Junior Kimbrough, and T Model Ford. And combining deep-blues spirit with ferocious rock ’n’ roll will be Indiana’s Left Lane Cruiser. The full schedule and venue locations for the five-stage fest is at $20. 2 p.m. —Rick Mason

Strange Relations

Kitty Cat Klub, Saturday, 7.16

Three years into a career crafting moody, meticulous diary-rock, Strange Relations are just getting started. The Minneapolis trio – winners of City Pages’ Best Rock Band of 2015 prize — solidified their post-punk sound with last year’s debut full-length, —CENTRISM. Their new EP, Going Out, showcases different shades of that same frenetic punk groove. Drummer/singer Casey Sowa rips a winning Heathers reference on the pulsating “Weeknites,” and the group embrace electronic drums for the dance-punk brooder “Ceremonies.” Sowa and her Strange cohorts Maro Helgeson and Nate Hart-Andersen bring even more velocity to their live shows — it’s always thrilling to watch Sowa pull off the syncopated fills on “Drift” in between belting lyrics about quitting her day job. With Murder Shoes, Catbath, and experimental dance group Kelvin Wailey supporting Saturday’s release party, Strange Relations are making it easy to come out for Going Out. 21+. $5. 9 p.m. 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-331-9800. —Jared Hemming

  • Let's Go Crazy III: A Transmission Tribute to Prince: Featuring DJ Jake Rudh., 9 p.m., $8-$10, First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Northern Lights Drill and Drum Invitational: Featuring top drill teams and drum-lines from across the country., 5 p.m., $15-$20. Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-989-5151,

  • [email protected]: Featuring music, dance, and art, with guided tours during band breaks. Cactus Blossoms 2-6 p.m. Sat., Jun. 25; Malamanya 2-6 p.m. Sat., Jul 16; and American Roots Festival 2-6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 27., 2-6 p.m., free; $5 for parking. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer, 651-257-6668,
Kevin Gates

Myth, Sunday 7.17

When the first-week numbers came in for Kevin Gates’ debut album, January’s Islah, many were surprised to see him sell 112,000 album-equivalent units. That total, whopping by 2016 standards, shouldn’t have popped eyes, though. Before Islah, the Louisiana rapper piled up mixtapes and EPs that vividly described his Baton Rouge upbringing, detailing gunplay and trap houses with raw, stark intensity (see: “4:30 AM,” “Out the Mud”). He’s always had heart, but he’s never been without internal conflict: “The streets love me but fuck ’em / They tryna take me down,” goes a line on his recent cut “Lil Nigga.” Gates’ capable singing voice and preternatural sense of melody fully emerged in recent years, leading to legit pop success. Consider Islah single “2 Phones,” which would practically warrant a Kidz Bop version if not for its R-rated subject matter. Always productive, Gates, 30, quickly followed up Islah with his Murder for Hire 2 mixtape in May. All ages. $40-$150. 6 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., St. Paul; 651-779-6984. —Michael Madden

  • Bastille Day Block Party: Outdoor street festival, featuring live music from Babes in Toyland, Bad Bad Hats, the Brass Messengers, and Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows, with food, drinks, and entertainment from Nadine DuBois and Les Folies Risque, Infiammati Fire Circus, MC Foxy Tann, and the North Star Roller Girls., 3-10 p.m., free, Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710,

  • Shel: With Dan Rodriguez, and Savannah Smith., 7 p.m., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Sweet Honey In the Rock: 6 p.m., $35-$45. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,
Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone

First Avenue, Monday 7.18

When indie-rap cult hero Aesop Rock first announced his current tour, with no Minneapolis show planned, he took to Twitter to let Minnesota fans know that would soon change. He had good reason to make it a priority: He’s worked with local rappers going back to the turn of the millennium, and he’s released his past two solo albums on Minneapolis label Rhymesayers. Now two full decades into the rap game, Aes is having some of his best musical years ever. In fact, he’s getting better and better reviews, even from 20-something critics who grew up on Southern rap. First emerging as an integral piece of the Def Jux roster, he’s continued to hone what he started: a grimy, sometimes psychedelic style of alt-rap fueled by a dazzling vocabulary. His work from the past year includes his Lice EP with Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman, which led to Run the Jewels comparisons, and his entirely self-produced solo LP, April’s more personal The Impossible Kid. Opening are Rob Sonic, DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman, and deM atlaS. 18+.$20. 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

Car Seat Headrest

Triple Rock Social Club, Monday 7.18

Words like “masterpiece” and “genius” are being bandied about in reference to Teens of Denial. That’s the messy, ambitious, compelling, maybe transcendent opus from native Virginian Will Toledo, the driving force behind Car Seat Headrest. The name reportedly stems from Toledo’s habit of recording vocals in his car for the slew of Bandcamp-released songs that scored him a deal with Matador Records. Last fall’s Teens of Style was a kind of greatest-hits reworking of older tunes, making May’s Denial the first proper studio foray from Toledo. On it, his cleverly idiosyncratic lyrics depict a teenage wasteland of angst and ecstasy, confusion and revelation — part brutally confessional, part cathartic. The latter is especially true when his brooding, often murmured vocals fuel quirky, angular music that traverses twisted acoustic confessionals and elliptical tangents. The sound ranges from buzzing strings to primal screams, ultimately lashing out as gnarly, prickly, hook-infested rock. Detroit’s Stef Chura opens. 18+. $15. 7:30 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. —Rick Mason

  • Gaby Moreno: 7 p.m., $25-$32. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,
  • Letlive: 7 p.m., $18-$20. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100,
  • Pape Diouf: 7 p.m., $25-$30. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674,
  • Chris Isaak: 7:30 p.m., $63.50-$83.50. Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-7007,
  • Mill City Hot Club: 8 p.m., $5. Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 612-332-5299,
  • Mitski: With Japanese Breakfast, and Jay Som., 7:30 p.m., $12.50-$15. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,