The week's best concerts: Nov. 25-Dec.1

Modern Baseball are on their way to Burnsville!

Modern Baseball are on their way to Burnsville!

  • The Suburbs $20 8:30 p.m. Wed. Cabooze

  • The Ike Reilly Assassination $16 7:30 p.m. Wed. First Avenue

  • Fleetwood Magic: A Tribute to the Mac $10 8 p.m. Wed. Turf Club

  • Davina and the Vagabonds: Three Days of Thanks $15 7 p.m. Thu. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

  • The Big Wu Thanksgiving Show $10-$12 9 p.m. Thu. Cabooze

  • Cadillac Kolstad FREE 6 p.m. Thu. Loring Pasta Bar

Modern Baseball


“Sharp as a tack in the sense that I’m not smart, just a prick,” sings Modern Baseball on “The Old Gospel Choir.” Call ‘em pop-punk, call ‘em emo, call ‘em indie juvenilia, but whatever you call ‘em, make sure to add “sharp.” The Philly band falls in the middle of a multipart Venn diagram: They’re honest and emotional, they’re witty and self-deprecating, and they sound like a group of goofy high school friends riffing jokes in a basement. After touring this summer with snarky emo veterans Say Anything, Modern Baseball is moving up in the batting order to the headlining spot (with support from Benson, Minnesota’s own Tiny Moving Parts). With songs composed from party dynamics, shout-a-long one-liners, and girl problems ad infinitum, it seems easy to clip Modern Baseball’s wings and label them as a band for teenagers. But when the band plays live, they soar, so expect an energetic crowd of all ages passionately screaming along all night (or until 10, when curfew kicks in). All ages. $15-$18. 6 p.m. 75 Civic Center Pkwy., Burnsville; 952-895-4664. – DAVID ANDERSON

Leo Kottke with Nick Forster


An eccentric guitar virtuoso and virtual recluse (at least locally), Leo Kottke has been doing this post-Thanksgiving turkey trot out of the western ‘burbs for several decades, but now he’s bringing his fretful fury to the Fitz. In recent times, the wild card has been who Kottke rounds up as a co-conspirator. This year it’ll be Nick Forster, multi-instrumentalist and singer for the progressive bluegrass outfit Hot Rize and host of the nationally syndicated radio program, etown. Unspecified “friends” are also promised. In any case, the prime attraction will be Kottke’s phenomenal six and 12-string, mostly acoustic, fingerstyle guitar forays, which encompass blues, folk, jazz, classical and pop, and emerge on the other side with something highly distinctive. Nearly equally memorable is Kottke’s surrealist, bone-dry sense of humor, likely to surface between tunes. $41-$48. 8 p.m. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651-290-1200. – RICK MASON

A Tribute to the Replacements


Is this year's tribute to the Replacements actually a tribute to the Replacements? The nostalgic Black Friday cover song party at First Avenue will be a blast, of that much we're almost certain. But the annual/sequential tip o' the hat to the discography of the Minneapolis rock legends has reached the end of the line, with this edition set to take on their dubious final album, All Shook Down. Among the players lined up to recreate the 1990 LP: the Melismatics, Al Church, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Fury Things, Bruise Violet, the Mad Ripple, and others. The mellowed-out All Shook Down is fine, sure, but it's also widely considered to be a Replacements record in name only, as it was originally intended to be frontman Paul Westerberg's first solo effort. Does that mean the "special guests" promised for this year's tribute show will include Westerberg? Almost certainly not! He's taking a breather from whoring his past, to quote from his latest ‘Mats split-up declaration, and just launched a new band with Juliana Hatfield, the I Don’t Cares. 18+. $10-$12. 7 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – JAY BOLLER

  • Adventure Club $25-$35 9 p.m. Fri. The Skyway Theatre

  • This Is Daybreak (Record Release Show) $8-$10 9:30 p.m. Fri. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

  • NE-Hi and Car Seat Headrest $10-$12 8 p.m. Fri. 7th St. Entry
Hippo Campus


The boys of Hippo Campus set the Twin Cities music scene on fire this year, scoring national TV exposure on Conan in March and serving as the only Minnesota representatives at Lollapalooza in July. The remarkably polished young pop-rockers even won over the hard-to-please A.V. Club comment section in August with their cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s 1979 hit “Don’t Bring Me Down." The fresh-faced foursome dropped a new EP, South, in October, the same month we interviewed them about their geriatric kitty, Feather (the post was widely considered “dumb”). The Hippos then set off on a U.S. tour that will be capped with Saturday’s headlining slot at First Avenue. Bad Bad Hats – the big, big winners of our 2015 Picked to Click poll – open along with Danger Ron & the Spins. All ages. Sold out. 5 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – JAY BOLLER

  • Lights, The Mowgli's $26-$30 6:30 p.m. Sat. The Varsity Theater

  • Trashy Little Xmas Kick-off Party $20 9 p.m. Sat. Lee's Liquor Lounge

  • Adam Levy $12-$15 7 p.m. Sat. The Cedar Cultural Center
together PANGEA


L.A. trio Pangea was once a party-hearty garage-punk outfit that preferred things wild, fast, and furious. But the group began to evolve, first with the more fleshed-out 2014 album Badillac, and even more so with the new EP, The Phage, notably produced by the Replacements’ Tommy Stinson. Now known as together PANGEA, the band’s more multi-dimensional sound is crisp and tight, leaving plenty of room for juicy hooks, ringing riffs, and William Keegan’s increasingly nuanced vocals. The EP’s six tunes also display a fuller array of influences, ranging from ‘60s garage rock to echoes of the progressive era, plus remnants of the Clash and Nirvana. “Looked in Too” kicks things off with bits of the Ramones and Standells, Keegan filling the middle with a raging guitar solo. But the EP’s centerpiece is the magnificent “Blue Mirror,” driven by jangly, killer guitar hooks while Keegan’s vocals negotiate yearning, angst, and anger. White Reaper opens. 18+. $10-$12. 7 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – RICK MASON

  • Slow Magic $14-$17 7:30 p.m. Sun. The Varsity Theater

  • HEALTH $12-$14 7:30 p.m. Sun. Triple Rock Social Club

  • Daniel and Adrian Volovets (CD Release Show) $8-$10 5 p.m. Sun. Icehouse
Born Ruffians


Four albums and a decade or so into it, Toronto’s Born Ruffians seem decidedly ambivalent on their new album Ruff about whatever success they’ve experienced. “You’re livin’ the dream but it don’t live up,” Luke Lalonde yelps on the opening track, like the best BR stuff a gnarly, angular, post-punk anthem full of jagged edges and twitchy energy. That aching dissatisfaction lingers through Ruff’s lyrics, despite defiant boasts like “(Eat Shit) We Did It,” often in sharp contrast to the exuberant hooks, sunny gleam and quirky, intriguing arrangements. The dazzling “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away,” for instance, features declarative, roller coaster vocals surfing a roiling acoustic guitar wave that takes a jangly electric tangent before crashing into ethereal electronics. Opening are fellow Canadians Young Rival, whose new Interior Light is a languid, neo-psychedelic gem, and local power-pop trio Tall, Tall Mountain. 18+. $12-$14. 7:30 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – RICK MASON

  • Swimsuit Area FREE 10 p.m. Mon. Memory Lanes
  • King Diamond $36.50 7 p.m. Mon. Myth
  • Pat Martino Quartet $32-$20 7 p.m. Mon. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • The Get Up Kids $22-$25 7 p.m. Tue. Triple Rock Social Club
  • The Arcs $35 7:30 p.m. Tue. First Avenue
  • Erik Koskinen$ 8-$10 7 p.m. Tue. Turf Club