FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
XCEL ENERGY CENTER, THURSDAY 6.2
Kate Bush may have beaten her to the heights, but if any diva was destined to roam the Yorkshire moors looking for Heathcliff, it had to be Florence Welch. Musically, it’s as if she’s stumbling across the rocks while being pelted by rain, fiery hair billowing around her while a primal wail escapes her golden throat into the gale. Welch is intimately aware of the powers of melodrama, soul-baring intensity, and passion, elements that have characterized her work since she first exhaled onto the scene last decade with Lungs. The brooding London artiste lays it on the line with starkly confessional lyrics and artful, bombastic arrangements. She dialed down the scale a bit on her year-old third album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, which is still suitably grand to fill arenas with craggy mysticism and avant-pop smarts. What’s brand-new is a short film featuring Welch and much of the How Big material, audaciously titled The Odyssey. Art-pop star Grimes opens. $30.50-$80.50. 7:30 p.m. 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-265-4800. — RICK MASON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
Erik Koskinen: 9:30 p.m., $8. Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523, icehousempls.com.
Lacuna Coil: With Stitched Up Heart., 7:30 p.m., $20-$22. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
Mutual Benefit: With Florist, and Northern Darling. 7 p.m., $12-$15. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
Sevadar Sehaj (EP Release Show): With Niles, Proper-T, and DJ Just Nine., 9 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-746-0306, honeympls.com.
Subhumans: With Pears, and Bonefire., 8 p.m., $15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, triplerocksocialclub.com.
Suzy Bogguss: 7 p.m., $35-$40. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com. (Also Thursday)
7TH ST. ENTRY, THURSDAY 6.2
In interviews, rapper and producer Oddisee talks about how hip-hop is often simplified as the sum of beats and rhymes. With his own material, the D.C.-based Mello Music Group artist provides a rebuttal to that reductive way of thinking. Now a solid decade and a half into his career, he’s recognized as a deeply thoughtful rapper, an elite producer, and, ultimately, one of indie rap’s most vital artists today. As heard on projects like 2011’s mostly instrumental Rock Creek Park, last year’s The Good Fight album, and this year’s Alwasta EP, his music is the result of a profound connection between his mind, heart, and gut. His positive, impactful rapping and singing illuminates the complexities being a Muslim American in a post-9/11 world. Meanwhile, Odd's beats, which initially recalled the Golden Era, have taken on a unique sheen and level of detail. The way it all comes together is the mark of a serious musician, regardless of genre. With Big Cats. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – MICHAEL MADDEN
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
Blue Ox Music Festival Pre-Party: Featuring Ginstrings, and Evergreen Grass Band., 9 p.m., $8-$12. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
B.o.B.: With Scotty Atl, and London Jae., 8 p.m., $20-$25. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399, triplerocksocialclub.com.
Kris Allen: 7 p.m., $18-$20. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
Robert Fripp & The Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists: Tickets and more info at rfcocgmn.bpt.me., 7 p.m., $35. Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, 952-545-5623.
Saosin: 8 p.m., $25-$30. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.
CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER, FRIDAY 6.3
The Staves whip up ethereally beautiful, pristine melodies and spectacular harmonies deeply rooted in English trad folk. The English sisterly trio of Camille, Jessica, and Emily Staveley-Taylor write their own tales of sadness, toil, heartbreak, misfortune, and lust. After the release of their debut album, Dead & Born & Grown, the Staves toured with Bon Iver, hitting it off so well with Justin Vernon that he invited them to his Eau Claire, Wisconsin, studio. That visit culminated with the impromptu recording of their second LP, 2015’s If I Was. Although the arrangements retain characteristic sparseness, Vernon heightens the dramatic intensity with a slew of subtle touches: the scuttling piano of “The Shining,” the swirling, billowy harmonies of “Let Me Down,” the lush, conspiratorial hum of “No Me, No You, No More,” and the sublime folk-rock of “Black & White.” A new Vernon-involved EP, Sleeping in a Car, is just out, and the sisters will return to his Eaux Claires Festival in August. Trevor Sensor opens. Sold out. 8:00 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. — RICK MASON
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Barenaked Ladies: With OMD, and Howard Jones. All ages., 5 p.m., $42.50-$45. Cabooze Plaza, 917 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis.
Cantus: Covers: Featuring run through of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds in its entirety, and a variety of pop covers., 7:30 p.m., $25-$35. The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-206-3636, thecowlescenter.org. (Also Saturday)
Chris Lane: With David Ray., 6 p.m., $10. The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, 612-604-0222, varsitytheater.org.
Doug MacLeod (CD Release Show): With Jeff Arundel., 9 p.m., $20. Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main St., Minneapolis, 612-379-3138, aster-cafe.com.
Malamanya: With DJ Miguel Vargas., 9:30 p.m., $10. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, 213 E. 4th St., St Paul, 651-209-0597, bedlamtheatre.org.
Oh Wonder: With Lany., 8 p.m., $20. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
Patty Peterson All-Stars: With Steve Cole., 7 p.m., $20. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
Pup: With Rozwell Kid, and Charly Bliss., 8 p.m., $12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
This Thing Called Life: The Prince Tribute: Featuring Prince's NPG members Michael Bland, Sonny Thompson, and Tommy Barbarella., 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $45. Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-3030, theparkwaytheater.com. (Also Saturday)
Wheeler Walker Jr.: With Birdcloud., 7:30 p.m., $15. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
ICEHOUSE, SATURDAY 6.4
Gordi is the professional alias of 22-year-old Australian singer-songwriter Sophie Payten. She created a stir Down Under on the strength of her newly released EP, Clever Disguise. A handful of striking singles and a cool cover of Courtney Barnett’s “Avant Gardener” have already spurred substantial global buzz. She calls her stuff folktronica. It glistens with that implied combination of earthy and ethereal, compounded by dark-hued pop lyricism, and is delivered by a magical voice. On the EP, Gordi sometimes hauntingly multi-tracks her voice, but with a deft touch that avoids gimmickry. Instead, it adds more facets to her remarkable arrangements: intricately laced, nuanced layers of twinkling electronica punctuated by fissures of light and shadow. She anchors her emotional songs with acoustic guitar or piano and a voice that hints at Laurel Canyon. Songs like “Can We Work It Out,” “Nothing’s As It Seems,” and “Wanting” pick at the pieces of a crumbled relationship with a mix of clear-eyed resilience and clever ambivalence. Locals Good Night Gold Dust open. 21+. $10. 11 p.m. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. — RICK MASON
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
18th Annual Grand Young Day: Featuring the Music of Neil Young: Featuring Tired Eyes, Heavy Love Peal, Al Grande & the Brown Notes, Mammy Nuns, Stereo Rules, Little Man, and the Hillians., 5 p.m., $8-$10. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
Boom Boom! Out Goes Childhood Cancer VI: Benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, featuring music by Ben Nichols, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Eleganza, and Tea & Sympathy. 1-8 p.m., $12. Grumpy's Northeast, 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-789-7429, grumpys-bar.com.
Buckfest '16: Featuring Bobby Raps, Micro Penis, Quincy, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, Lux, and Finding Novyon., 6 p.m., $10. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-333-3422, millcitynights.com.
Deorro: 9 p.m., $24. Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave. 2nd floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100, skywaytheatre.com.
Let's Go Crazy: A Transmission Tribute to Prince: Proceeds go to the Harvest Network of Schools., 9 p.m., $8-$10. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
Rock the Block!: Featuring music by Filthy Animals, Oaks, Philip Morris, the Honeydogs, and Viva Knievel, with food, drinks, and entertainment., 2-9 p.m., $10-$15. Coup D'Etat, 2923 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3575, coupdetatmpls.com.
Royce 5'9": With Grafh, and Metasota., 8 p.m., $20. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
FIRST AVENUE, SUNDAY 6.5
On his 2013 solo debut, High Top Mountain, Sturgill Simpson came across as a 1970s country outlaw, specifically influenced by the muscular, hard-bitten sound of Waylon Jennings. Simpson’s baritone still recalls Jennings (whom he admitted never really listening to), but on his new A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, he utilizes the clipped phrasing and R&B intonation of Van Morrison. Simpson, 37, takes those retro-country tendrils on a wild ride that touches on Memphis and Motown soul, psychedelia, Southern rock, and blues, with chamber strings and the blazing Dap Kings horns thrown in for good measure. By now it’s clear he’s forging a unique path, an outlaw outlier whose maverick inclinations surfaced on his breakout psychedelic country album, 2014’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Sailor’s changeups are more acute: orchestral zings smack up against lurching R&B in a tinkling honky-tonk sliced by electric guitars, all set in a context of sage advice doled out to Simpson’s newborn son. 18+. Sold out. 7 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — RICK MASON
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Ben Nichols: With Lee Bains., 7:30 p.m., $17-$19. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
Gay Henry: With Ziemba, Mar Habrine, and Itch Princess., 8 p.m., $5. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.
Lyn-Lake Street Festival: Featuring Brother Ali, Sean Anonymous, Gramma's Boyfriend, Birthday Suits, Al Church, ZuluZuluu, Warehouse Eyes, and Sloslylove, hosted by Holly Hansen. All ages. In Garfield Lot behind theater., 12-8 p.m., free, lynlakestreetfest.com. Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-7063, jungletheater.com.
Miner: 7 p.m., $12-$15. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674, thecedar.org.
Nobuko Imai: Classical music and jazz paying tribute to Gunther Schuller., 4 p.m., $25-$20. Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, 651-523-2459, hamline.edu/sundin.
Poncho Sanchez: 7 p.m., $25-$40. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 6
JT's Jazz Implosion: 9 p.m., $8. Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523, www.icehousempls.com.
The Body: 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com
XCEL ENERGY CENTER, THURSDAY 6.7
After all this time, there’s still a lasting misconception that the Cure are just gloomy goth dudes with a knack for remarkable pop rock songs. In fact, they’re much more: architects of vast musical universes with shifting emotional cores. Almost 40 years after guyliner enthusiast Robert Smith and Co. emerged in post-punk England, the band continues to complexly evolve. They’ve endured longer than most of their initial peers on the strength of their concise singles, as well as the kaleidoscopic musicianship of their best-loved albums. They’ve not released any new music since 2008’s underrated 4:13 Dream, but they’ve remained prolific as a live act. Tuesday will mark the Cure’s first Twin Cities show in two decades, and it comes weeks after they debuted new material in New Orleans. With the Twilight Sad. $25-$85. 7:30 p.m. 199 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul; 651-265-4800. — MICHAEL MADDEN
TYLER, THE CREATOR
FIRST AVENUE, TUESDAY 6.7
Since emerging as the ringleader of insurgent hip-hop collective Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator has been a fearless and restless force in different mediums. Aside from his music, he directs goofy, sometimes disturbing music videos and the Adult Swim sketch-comedy series Loiter Squad, among other creative endeavors. As for the music, his extremely sexual and violent lyricism initially overshadowed the chaos that actually made his early solo projects work. Fortunately, 2009's Bastard and 2011’s Wolf still hold up, and Tyler's new stuff is more notable for adventurous beats than any reckless subject matter. Last year’s Cherry Bomb might be the only rap album in history to sound equally influenced by Stevie Wonder, Iggy Pop, and the Neptunes. These days, Tyler is collaborating with older rap stars like Kanye, Lil Wayne, and Schoolboy Q as rumors of OF’s breakup persist. More than anything, that’s the result of his obvious rise as a highly respected young voice in hip-hop. With Taco. $30. 6 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – MICHAEL MADDEN
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
The Blasters: With Molly Maher., 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, turfclub.net.
Brett Dennen: With Firekid., 7 p.m., $25-$40. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100, finelinemusic.com.
Swim Deep: With Vista Kicks, and Strangers You Know., 7:30 p.m., $10-$12. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com.