The week's best concerts: May 11-17

Whatcha doing with them hands, Devendra Banhart?

Whatcha doing with them hands, Devendra Banhart?

  • Nappy Roots: With DJ DMil, Spiffy Wilds, Sti-Lo Reel,and NMG., 8 p.m. Wed., $15-$20. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100,

  • Ripper: With Muuy Biien, and Tree Blood., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $8. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Whitehorse: With Ryan Boldt., 7:30 p.m. Wed., $10-$12. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,


Stay Awake Vol. 3 will feature performers from overlapping T.C. music scenes uniting to bring awareness to the campaign. The series is presented by Minneapolis’ Parks and Power, which organizes for racial justice through a combination of grassroots training and local political action. Few, if any, Minnesota musicians have addressed race more eloquently in their songs than the bill’s most famous name, rapper Brother Ali. The indie-rap star was an absolute powerhouse at December’s Rhymesayers 20 blowout, where he discussed the importance of recognizing hip-hop’s foundation as a black art. Minneapolis’ always woke Sarah White is also set to perform, now two months on the heels of her impressive Laughing at Ghosts EP. Greg Grease’s intriguing hip-hop act, ZULUZULUU, should have no problem furthering anticipation for their future material. Meanwhile, the ascendant singer-songwriter and youth activist Lady Midnight is set to boost her profile as a solo performer following recent collaborations with the likes of White, Grease, and 9th House. 21+. 10 p.m. $8-$10. 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523. —MICHAEL MADDEN




The Colorado quintet Elephant Revival usually is identified as a folk group, which is barely adequate even when tacking on “progressive transcendental,” as the band itself is wont to do. Although certainly anchored in folk, ER’s sound is better defined as broad eclecticism, and the release of its fourth studio album, Petals, only complicates things further. Pedal steel and cello join a virtuosic instrumental scrum already laced with everything from fiddle to banjo, organ, and washboard, while Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez spark harmonies that conjure earthy elegance. Rather than a jumble, ER’s music often has the pristine spaciousness of chamber folk, even infused as it is with Celtic, bluegrass, folk-rock, African elements, swing, even reggae. That distinctive spatial sense is the true heart (emotionally and figuratively) of Petals, whose themes of love, loss, and the circle of life are etched in each song’s shifting dimensions: haunted, sunny, fragile, poignant, serene, resilient. Wisconsin “folkgrass” quartet Dead Horses opens. $18-$20. 7:30 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674. —RICK MASON

  • Harry Connick, Jr.: 7:30 p.m. Thu., $75-$175. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-7007,

  • The New Granadas (EP Release Show): With Little Man, and Sleep Study., 7 p.m. Thu., $6. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,

  • Spice (EP Release Show): With Blue Green, North Star Wisdom, Will Robinson, $t3r3otyp3 & Murph Meyers, Moonshie Sax, and Translucent., 8 p.m. Thu., $8-$10. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,


Influential freak-folk pioneer Devendra Banhart is eccentric, eclectic, sometimes electric, and very possibly ectoplasmic, summoning inspiration from mystic realms off the usual spiritual grid. Banhart split his formative years between Venezuela and Southern California, essentially stumbling into a music career with his whimsical, idiosyncratic, charmingly insinuating DIY recordings. His discography is characterized by surrealistic lyrics, quirky arrangements, vocals that meander all over the map, and a persona hovering between engaging naiveté and pop-savvy outsider. The latest album is 2013’s Mala, which veers from breezy Tropicália to intimations of folk, blues, and off-kilter pop-rock. These Walker performances, dubbed Wind Grove Mind Alone, will be different each night. Friday will open with a Banhart solo set, followed by multimedia/interactive experimental duo Lucky Dragons, electronica conceptualist/singer Helado Negro, and avant-garde composer/sound sculptor William Basin-ki. Banhart and his band open Saturday, followed by Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante (also a band member), L.A. art-pop duo Hecuba, and composer/pianist/Brian Eno collaborator Harold Budd, an icon of ambient/minimalist neo-classicism. Sold out. 8 p.m. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-375-7600. —RICK MASON



Before breaking up in 1983, the English Beat, or just the Beat outside of America, were one of the most exciting bands to come out of England following the dawn of punk. Led by co-vocalists Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, they helped give shape to the 2 Tone ska revival, innovatively converging ska and punk. Their songs — “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Too Nice to Talk To,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” and others — were catchy enough to chart in the top 10 in the U.K. After the first three English Beat albums, the group split up into bands including General Public and Fine Young Cannibals, eventually reuniting for a single show in 2003, sans original guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele. Longtime fans are awaiting the group’s crowd-funded fourth album, Here We Go Love, their first since ’82. Minneapolis is one of only three American cities where the Wakefield-led Beat will play back-to-back nights (Roger leads his own version of the band). $40-$45. 7:30 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —MICHAEL MADDEN

  • Gear Daddies: With the Whiskies (May 6), and Tom Fuller Band (May 13)., 8 p.m. Fri., $25. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,

  • Dungen: With Boogarins., 8 p.m. Fri., $14-$16. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

  • Nada Surf: With Good Old War., 8 p.m. Fri., $20. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100,


If you’re hoping to see a Brian Jonestown Massacre show and experience Anton Newcombe’s (in)famously erratic behavior, you’re too late. Now 48 and sober, the frontman has stabilized following the egomania captured in the 2004 rockumentary Dig!, allowing him to keep building on BJM’s catalog. Over the past 25 years, Newcombe, the only constant member of the band, has explored an astonishing amount of territory as a songwriter, bending the band’s musical focus from album to album. The range includes shoegaze, psych-rock, alt-country, blues, and, more recently, electronic and even compositions in-spired by classic French film scores (last year’s Musique de Film Imaginé). They’ve always had a lot of material with which to construct a set list, having released five albums between 1995 and 1997. Expect classic songs like “Anemone” and “Leave It Alone” to remain in the mix. With local openers Magic Castles. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —MICHAEL MADDEN

  • Cariba Days: A Tropical Music & Movie Fest: Featuring six tropical bands paired with six Caribbean films, with roots DJs, and Jamaican food. For full lineup and more info, check, 11-1 a.m. Sat., $10 per event; $20 all-day pass. Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-3030,

  • Northern Invasion: Featuring Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Korn, Shinedown, Chevelle, A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, Seether, Ghost, Lamb of God, and more. Full lineup and tickets at, 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat., $89.50. Somerset Amphitheater, 715 Spring St., Somerset.

  • Straya: With Lungs, and Burn Fetish., 9 p.m. Sat., $5. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,


It really only took his amazing breakout album, People Gonna Talk, to establish U.K. neo-soul/vintage R&B ace James Hunter as a genuine phenomenon. A decade and four albums later, people are still buzzing about the unlikely soul man who has legitimately earned being mentioned in the same breath as Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. Hunter’s new LP Hold On! is his first on soul haven Daptone Records. Hunter is a wonderful singer who combines soulful passion, masterful phrasing, and nuance, putting on a clinic of whoas, trills, growls, and howls in the last 15 seconds of “If That Don’t Tell You” alone. He writes songs that sound like instant classics; his arrangements bristle with life while hitting on swing, blues, doo-wop, jazz, rumba, ballads, and muscular R&B. And his longtime taut, supple band sports acrobatic saxophones, burbling keys, his own wiry guitar, and fat, delicious grooves. Hunter is retro in the sense he’s working with artifacts from a distant era, but his creativity and raw intensity strikingly elevate his music to the moment. $35-$45. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. —RICK MASON

  • Mike Love: With Jacob Champlin and the Bluejays., 7:30 p.m. Sun., $12-$14. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,
  • The Tune-Ups A Cappella Concert: 2:30 p.m. Sun., $5. Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, 612-643-2024,
  • An Evening of the Music of Nat "King" Cole with Maurice Jacox: 7 p.m. Sun., $15-$40. Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, 763-571-9020,
  • Bernhoft and the Shudderbugs: With Jonny P., 7 p.m. Mon., $22-$25. The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674,
  • Blaqk Audio: With Night Riots, and Charming Liars., 7 p.m. Mon., $18. Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486,
  • Givers: With Anna Wise., 7:30 p.m. Mon., $12-$14. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,
  • Capri Glee! Choirs in Concert: Directed by J.D. Steele and Dennis Spears., 7 p.m. Tue., free. Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, 612-643-2024,
  • Guitar Safari: Albert Lee, Laurence Juber, and Jerry Donahue: 7 p.m. Tue., $40-$45. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-1010,
  • Old Man Canyon: With Grayshot., 7:30 p.m. Tue., $12-$15. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388,