The week's best concerts: March 23-29

Young Fathers

Young Fathers


First Avenue, Wednesday 3.23

At first glance, you would think the two singers of Brooklyn five-piece Lucius, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, were twin sisters. The two actually met while studying vocal performance at Berklee School of Music, but they almost always align their outfits, haircuts, and hair colors. Also matching are their soft, elegant voices that tackle styles from folk (“Two of Us on the Run”) to soul (“Something About You”) to pop perfection (“Turn It Around”). Lucius’ third album, Good Grief, came out this month. It continues their coveted style of taking otherwise uninteresting pop compositions and dressing them with lovely harmonies. The group shined at last year’s Rock the Garden. Pure Bathing Culture — the rising easy-listening dream-pop group from Portland — open the show. 18+. 7 p.m. $20-$22. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — Grace Birnstengel 

  • Puscifer $37.50-$57.50 7:30 p.m. Wed. Northrop

  • Starset $15 5 p.m. Wed. Amsterdam

  • The House of Yeezy - An Evening Dedicated to Kanye West $10 9 p.m. Wed. 7th St. Entry
The Cult

Mill City Nights, Thursday, 3.24

More than 30 years after rumbling out of Yorkshire, the Cult can still muster a tumultuous roar amid the portentous mystical musings of Ian Astbury. The band, anchored as always by Astbury’s baritonial whine and Billy Duffy’s expansive, restless, ringing guitar work, continues to set its own course: muscular hard rock streaked with psychedelia, goth, grunge, and blues. The Cult’s new Hidden City completes a recent trilogy of spiritually linked albums that zero in on the band’s enduring legacy. Hidden City gets underway with the explosive “Dark Energy,” an epic, infectious, haunted, blistering boogie. On the even more ferocious “G O A T,” with bluesy debts to the James Gang and Zeppelin, Astbury’s slashing vocals duel with Duffy’s wild guitar over boiling rhythms. And the ominous, brooding “Deeply Ordered Chaos” ruminates on the Paris terror attacks and Syrian crisis, like most of the record, powerful in words and deed. 18+. $40-$65. 9 p.m.111 Fifth St. N., Minneapolis; 612-333-3422. — Rick Mason

Go Show

First Avenue, Thursday 3.24

Go 95.3 has filled a conspicuous gap in becoming the Twin Cities’ only modern hip-hop radio station, and it’s done a fine job of spotlighting local talent in addition to mainstream artists. It’s a combination that will come to life with the station’s first Go Show, hosted by Mr. Peter Parker. Curren$y, the endlessly quotable New Orleans drawler, is the main attraction, a month removed from the latest entry in his ever-mounting discography, the Carrollton Heist mixtape. Representing the East Coast will be Brooklyn’s Your Old Droog, a no-nonsense technician that some listeners originally believed to be an alter ego of Nas, though his dry wit is distinctly his own. As for the Twin Cities, Doomtree member Sims, Greg Grease, and GRRRL PRTY’s Sophia Eris are slated to go to bat for the local scene that Parker & Co. lend airtime to in between the latest hits from Drizzy, Nicki, and Cole. 18+. 7 p.m. $11.50-$21.50. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

  • Tim Cheesebrow (CD Release Show) $15 7 p.m. Thu. The Cedar Cultural Center

  • Shawn Colvin $50-$45 7 p.m. Thu. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

  • La Familia featuring Finding Novyon $5-$8 8 p.m. Thu. 7th St. Entry
Young Fathers

Fine Line Music Cafe, Friday 3.25

The Scotland-based, Mercury Prize-winning trio Young Fathers are journeying closer and closer to the center of the music world, and they’re doing so on their own terms. Their sound — a melting pot of hip-hop and electronic comparable to Death Grips or Shabazz Palaces — has always defied simple categorization. Their sophomore album, last year’s tightened-up but thrillingly unpredictable White Men Are Black Men Too, enforced that experimental core. WMABMT puffed up the group’s pop sensibilities with massive choruses that explode on record and, more so, live. YF’s new guest spot on Massive Attack’s mesmerizing “Voodoo in My Blood” is probably their best-known work. But it’s likely to be surpassed by a future track of their own as the world increasingly accepts them as one of the most inventive groups working today. With HXLT. 18+. 9 p.m. $15-$30. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8100. — Michael Madden

  • Killswitch Engage $29.50-$32 6 p.m. Fri. Skyway Theatre

  • Anjunabeats $20-$25 10 p.m. Fri. REV Ultra Lounge

  • Mark Mallman (Album Release Shows) $10 11 p.m. Fri. Icehouse
Gardens Kill Kancer

Turf Club, Saturday 3.26

Can good music cure cancer? Maybe, but good food is probably a better bet. The manifesto of local nonprofit Kill Kancer is that the secret to preventing cancer is a healthy, fresh diet. To that end, it’s throwing a concert with some of the Twin Cities’ best local bands to help raise money for community gardens in underprivileged neighborhoods. Headlining this endeavor are Minneapolis paint-peelers Fury Things, whose powerhouse album VHS is still freshly ringing in the tinnitus-riddled ears of locals. They’re joined in rock by Vancouver’s Dead Soft and Crash Bandits, whose uppity punk is sure to bring the mosh pits to this good-vibe fest. On the softer side of the sonic spectrum are shoegazers Strange Relations and psych-wave trio the Cult of Lip. 21+. $8-$10. 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave. W. St. Paul; 651-647-0486. — Jerard Fagerberg

Soul Asylum

First Avenue, Saturday 3.26

Even for the volatile world of rock ’n’ roll, the veteran and in many ways iconic Minneapolis band Soul Asylum has endured far more than its share of the vicissitudes of fortune. Sometimes it’s almost as if the quartet were on a runaway train. Through highs and lows of critical and commercial acclaim and rejection, a Grammy, the devastation of bassist Karl Mueller’s death, and the more recent departure of original guitarist Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner has somehow kept Soul Asylum alive. Now comes the band’s 11th studio album, Change of Fortune, which will be celebrated Saturday. The quartet worked on the crowd-funded LP for three years while touring with the current lineup of Pirner, drummer Michael Bland, guitarist Justin Sharbono, and bassist Winston Roye. The infectious first single, “Supersonic,” shines with SA’s characteristic mix of shimmery melodic hooks and grungy energy. Bruise Violet open. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. — Rick Mason

  • Big Cats (Album Release Show) $10-$15 8:30 p.m. Sat. Amsterdam

  • Illenium $20-$22 8 p.m. Sat. The Loft

  • Secret Stash Soul Revue $17 8 p.m. Sat. Fitzgerald Theater

  • Yung Lean $21 6 p.m. Sun. Fine Line Music Cafe

  • Acid Mothers Temple $12-$14 7:30 p.m. Sun. 7th St. Entry

  • Easter Brunch with Southside Aces $29.95+ 10:30 p.m. Sun. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Anaïs Mitchell

The O'Shaughnessy, Monday 3.28

All acclaimed singer-songwriters on their own, Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell have joined forces this election year for this Use Your Voice Tour. Launched in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, the tour hopes to encourage citizen participation, voter registration, and education. The trio will be onstage together in a classic singers-in-the-round format, exchanging songs and accompanying one another. Of the three, Griffin has the most recent album, last fall’s extraordinary Servant of Love, which expands her rich folk-blues-country-Americana musical palette to include jazz and African elements. Although the subject is love, Griffin takes a hard look at its grim consequences, and the mood is often stark and unsettling. Fiddle ace Sara Watkins started out with the bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek before heading into a solo career with more eclectic influences. Vermont’s Anaïs Mitchell is a literate, imaginative, and surprising songwriter. $35-$50. 7:30 p.m. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651-690-6700. — Rick Mason

  • Sol $12-$14 7:30 p.m. Mon. 7th St. Entry

  • The Local Music Scene Presents: Jen Strick $8-$10 7 p.m. Mon. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

  • JT's Jazz Implosion $8 9 p.m. Mon. Icehouse

  • Operators $12-$14 7 p.m. Tue. 7th St. Entry

  • Benjamin Cartel $8-$10 8 p.m. Tue. Icehouse

  • Experimental Music Series $5 7:30 p.m. Tue. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater