The week's best concerts: Oct. 7-13





A compelling argument could be made in favor of Kraftwerk being the most influential musical act in history. Oh, sure there are the Beatles and the Ramones and a whole host of other bands to choose from and endlessly argue about. But Kraftwerk’s influence has seeped into all aspects of pop music, showing up in everything from throwaway pop songs to hip-hop. That wide reach is a stunning accomplishment that no other band has ever managed to achieve. On October 7 at Northrop, they’re bringing their renowned 3-D Tour into town, to prove they deserve the accolades and that you don’t need a guitar solo to demolish a room — just a synth and a robot’s demeanor. All ages. $59.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. Northrop, 84 Church St. SE., Minneapolis; 612-625-6003. –- PAT O’BRIEN

  • Slash — Oct. 7, Mill City Nights, $42.50-$50

  • Ezra Furman — Oct. 7, Turf Club, $10-$12

  • Frank Turner — Oct. 7, Varsity Theater, $25-$30


Madonna spent the first part of her career irritating people older than her and she'll likely spend the rest of it irritating people younger than her. At 56 — the same age when, for instance, Dylan recorded Time Out of Mind, seemingly from beyond the grave — she assembled Rebel Heart with contemporary hitmakers such as Diplo and Avicii despite an infinitesimal shot at radio play, displaying a misguided yet noble commitment to living in the present. And yes, those new tracks will comprise about half her set at the Xcel. Wince all you like at the hypothetical decadence of “Devil Pray.” Insist there's nothing to the pose she strikes on “Bitch I'm Madonna.” She's still hooky as all hell, a paragon of bad taste aging as gracelessly as she can and testing our capacity for what we'll put with from her, just as she always has. $42.50-$357.50. 8 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-726-8240 –- KEITH HARRIS

  • Ought — Oct. 8, 7th St. Entry, $8-$10

  • Portland Cello Project — Oct. 8, Cedar Cultural Center, $18-$20

  • Sick of Sarah — Oct. 8, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $10-$12
Titus Andronicus


Sky-reaching New Jersey punk outfit Titus Andronicus trades in emotionally charged, lyrically dense indie rock driven by aggressive electric guitars — seemingly a relic in this current bleepy/bloopy music epoch. The band is led mad scientist frontman Patrick Stickles, a stalwart adherent to punk ideals and the Jack Blackian notion of the holy power of rock ‘n’ roll. Titus Andronicus released their fourth album, July’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy, to wide acclaim via Merge Records. After more than two dozen plays through the 29-song rock opera about manic depression, I still can't decide if it's a masterpiece or a mess (though I'm leaning toward the former); inherent inconsistencies can be attributed to the fact it’s a motherfuckin’ 29-song rock opera about manic depression. Trimmed and edited down, you’ve got a killer, occasionally profound collection of rock songs. As is, you’ve got Titus Andronicus, and there’s a special charm in that. 18+. Sold out. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. – JAY BOLLER



Glasgow one-hit-wonders Franz Ferdinand have been given new life by combining efforts with fraternal L.A. glam-rock duo Sparks. The collaboration is an extremely limited engagement, so both camps are hoping to bottle lightning. FFS has the trappings of both individual groups — Franz Ferdinand's jumpy rhythms and Sparks' showy embellishments — as evidenced by lead single "Piss Off." If you're still iffy on the supergroup but like each band individually, then good news: Friday's show at First Ave has a fail-safe mechanism in that Franz Ferdinand and Sparks hits will also be performed during their set. The Intelligence will start the night with their brand of "art-smarm surf" and "with-it rock ’n’ roll," whatever the hell that means.18+. $35-$50. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-1775. – JERARD FAGERBERG

  • The Gloaming — Oct. 9, Walker Art Center, $35

  • Zeds Dead — Oct. 9, Skyway Theater, $25-$35 

  • America's Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour — Oct. 9, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, $31-$73.95


Scottish indie-pop group Chvrches transformed from indie blog darlings to verified main eventers when they released their latest album, Every Open Eye, in late September. The ubiquitous single "Leave a Trace" squashed any worries of a sophomore slump after 2013's head-turning debut The Bones of What You Believe. Now, with their staying power confirmed and their star power building, the trio of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry come to Maplewood to turn the suburban club into a quivering, synth-driven throwdown. Australia's Mansionair — whose own international appeal is currently being tested with their single “Hold Me Down" — open the show. All ages. $31-$36. 6:30 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651-779-6984. – JERARG FAGERBERG

  • Kenny Rogers — Oct. 10, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, $44-$55

  • Tove Lo — Oct. 10, First Avenue, $25

  • Hairball's Breathe Easy Music Festiva — Oct. 10, Mill City Nights, $22

  • Aaron Neville — Oct. 11, Dakota Jazz Club, $75-$100

  • Jake Shimabukuro — Oct. 11, Cedar Cultural Center, $40-$50

  • Fraser A. Gorman — Oct. 11, 7th Street Entry, $10

  • Bully — Oct. 12, 7th St. Entry, $12

  • Hibria — Oct. 12, Mill City Nights, $10-$12

  • Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers — Oct. 12, Turf Club, $10


Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence — better known as electronic duo Disclosure — have a fix for every problem. Your boyfriend’s a miscreant? Enlist Lorde (“Magnets”) to take care of business. You need a career launched? That worked out for Sam Smith (“Latch,” “Omen”). And one thing’s for sure: When you’re in the Twin Cities and a fire starts to burn, you head to Roy Wilkins, prepared to see house music’s future. No, collaborators such as Miguel (“Good Intentions”) and the Weeknd (“Nocturnal”) probably won’t show up. That said, lots of impressive musicianship is in the cards. Disclosure have garnered hefty praise for their adventurous songwriting, future-oriented genre-melding, and live instrumentation — trademark synths and electronic cymbal crashes just sweeten the deal. Especially after September’s high-charting Caracal album release, Disclosure fans should expect a rousing set from England’s dance group du jour. All ages. $35. 7 p.m. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul; 651-726-8240. – CECILIA JOHNSON

  • Corb Lund — Oct. 13, Turf Club, $15-$17
  • Mikky Ekko — Oct. 13, Triple Rock Social Club, $15-$18
  • Homebrew (EP Release Show) — Oct. 13, 7th Street Entry, $5