The week's best concerts: Sept. 16-22

Beach House

Beach House

  • Mutemath $20 7:30 p.m. Wed. 7th St. Entry

  • Idlehands $10-$14 6 p.m. Wed. The Garage

  • Transmission free 10 p.m. Wed. Clubhouse Jager

  • alt-J $35-$47.50 8 p.m. Thu. Roy Wilkins Auditorium

  • Hi-Rez $12-$15 6 p.m. Thu. The Skyway Theatre

  • Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys $15-$20 7 p.m. Thu. Fine Line Music Cafe


Minneapolis indie quartet Carroll absconded to the woods of northern Minnesota to record their new self-titled EP, and now the warbling, punchy musicians are returning to the Twin Cities to unleash their work. Named for the St. Paul avenue where their band was conceived, Carroll spent a lot of the 2010s leaking basement demos before winning time at Northeast's Humans Win! studio to record their last EP, Needs. If new lead single "Bad Water" is to be believed, Carroll will be a spiritual successor to Needs, with the band retaining much of its beachy, undulating milieu while going for a more rounded, atmospheric sound. Night Moves and Strange Relations, both of whom have great names, start the evening. 18+. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S.; 612-333-7399. –- JERARD FAGERBERG

Flip Phone XXL


The nostalgia party burns on with the September edition of Flip Phone, which pays tribute to the decade 1996-2006 by looping bygone hits by era-appropriate divas Britney Spears and Beyoncé. Whereas the August edition went contemporary with Taylor Swift and Rihanna, September's iteration is mostly throwback, with highlights from Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Robyn, and outlier Ke$ha. And don’t forget: The super-LGBT-friendly Flip Phone won the City Pages award for Best Place to Meet a Single Gay Man in 2014. But regardless of whether you're happily coupled or ready to celebrate your undersexed independence, everyone can agree that this Friday calls for a Mainroom singalong of "Stronger" and a dozen stiff cocktails. 18+. $8-$10. 9 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. –- JERARD FAGERBERG

  • New Century Sessions $20 7:30 p.m. Fri. New Century Theatre

  • Terry Eason & Thee Easonic 3 (Album Release Show) $10-$12 7 p.m. Fri. Bedlam Theatre Lowertown

  • The Mynabirds $10-$12 8 p.m. Fri. 7th St. Entry
Festival Palomino


Trampled By Turtles’ second annual Americana-leaning extravaganza at the horse track looks every bit as promising as last year’s. Besides the avant-bluegrass Turtles, still riding high on last year’s Wild Animals, here are the critical faves who’ll be palling around the paddock: Philly’s Dr. Dog plays an eccentric brand of indie rock infused with pop-psychedelia and touches of classic Philly soul, captured earlier this year on Live At A Flamingo Hotel. Quirkier still is Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, who roams the dystopian range of peculiar pop and psychedelic chamber folk on his latest, I Love You, Honeybear. New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker is a ferocious guitarist who sometimes suggests Chuck Berry, but more often a raw, raucous blend of punk and Robert Johnson’s seminal blues. Shakey Graves is the one-man-band alter ego of actor Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who when not appearing on Friday Night Lights conjures up a “hobo folk” sound. Erstwhile teenage English folkie phenom Laura Marling is now in her 20s, inching toward maturity and rocking occasionally on her latest, Short Movie, while continuing to hint at Joni Mitchell and Marianne Faithfull. Siren-voiced twang-rocker Lydia Loveless, mariachi-spiked country-rockers Calexico, and freak-bluegrassers the Lowest Pair will also perform. $60-$140. 1 p.m. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee; 866-777-8932. – RICK MASON

John Prine


Six months after he was originally scheduled to perform here, the Singing Mailman finally returns to deliver the goods. John Prine, revered singer-songwriter who has influenced virtually every seriously clever (or maybe cleverly serious) songsmith over the last 40 years, apparently is fully recovered from a bout with lung cancer two years ago. Although he hasn’t released a collection of new (mostly) originals since 2005’s Fair & Square, Prine is responsible for such an indelible collection of wry standards poking the American experience that he’s probably entitled to rest on his laurels a little. That includes a hardy array of iconic tunes, stretching from “Sam Stone” to “Angel From Montgomery” and even “Sabu Visits The Twin Cites Alone.” These days, people are writing songs about him, notably new country thrush Kasey Musgraves, who sings “My idea of heaven is to burn one with John Prine.” Cue illegal smile. Kendel Carson opens. $49.50-$59.50. 7:30 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. – RICK MASON

  • Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Trinidad James & Astronautalis $3 W/RSVP-$12 9 p.m. Sat. Turf Club

  • The Fontanelles (Record Release Show) $8-$10 11 p.m. Sat. Icehouse

  • Bobby Caldwell $53.50-$63.50 8 p.m. Sat. Pantages Theatre

  • Brüder (Album Release Show) $5 8 p.m. Sun. Triple Rock Social Club

  • Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats $18-$20 8 p.m. Sun. Mill City Nights 

  • DJ Jim Frick free 9 p.m. Sun. Kitty Cat Klub

  • The Tragically Hip $42.50 7 p.m. Mon. First Avenue

  • Ivan and Alyosha $15 7:30 p.m. Mon. Fine Line Music Cafe

  • The Browning $10-$12 5 p.m. Mon. Amsterdam
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have known one another for four decades, building an artistic relationship so tight their voices mesh into sublime expression — his muscular Texas twang entwined with her sparkling grace. Harris has often covered Crowell’s tunes; Crowell was a key ’70s member of Harris’ Hot Band. They finally got around to doing a duet album with 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which deservedly won a Grammy. This spring they released The Traveling Kind, which goes beyond Moon’s covers to include a handful of co-written originals along with solidifying their simpatico spirit. “No Memories Hanging Round” establishes a bittersweet, autumnal vibe, reflecting on the duo’s histories — shared and otherwise — with an emotional depth only longtime friends could muster. Though hardly maudlin, the music picks up steam with the country-rockin’ “Bring It Home to Memphis.” There’s also a grand, epic, rocking cover of Lucinda Williams’ “I Just Wanted To See You So Bad,” a classic country romp (“If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now”) and the lively “La Danse de la Joie.” $54-$74. 7:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. – RICK MASON

Beach House


Combining melancholy lyrics with soundscapes that seem to stretch toward some eternal sunset, Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House make sadness sound useful. Retreating from the bigger, bolder textures of 2010’s Teen Dream and 2012’s Bloom, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stretch out comfortably on their fifth album, the new Depression Cherry, featuring highlights like “Levitation,” Sparks,” and “Space Song.” The duo’s core elements — Legrand’s Nico-esque voice, ethereal guitar, and keyboard sequences, and vaguely syrupy drum patterns that keep time where you could otherwise feel hurled into an abyss — have never been in question. Still, Legrand and Scally say the cumulative success of their first four albums took them away from their original intentions for Beach House. Does that make First Avenue the wrong setting for their Twin Cities visit? No, it’s just one where they can show off their decade of experience through a hypnotic performance rather than the sheer skyward ambition of their material. With Jessica Pratt. 18+. $25 (Tue. sold out). 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – MICHAEL MADDEN



Besides his weed intake and ongoing relationship with Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, San Diego native and Weezer acolyte Nathan Williams is known for his catchy, snotty garage rock as Wavves (not to mention his brotherly hip-hop side project, Sweet Valley). As fans await Wavves’ upcoming fifth album, V, out October 2 via Warner Bros. (the major label Williams roasted on Twitter earlier this year), there are plenty of back pages to sort through, starting with 2008’s no-fi bone-rattler Wavves and continuing through the band's latest with modern-grunge purveyors Cloud Nothings, No Life for Me. No matter how straightforwardly infectious or concise Wavves' songs get with help from producers like Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse) and John Hill (Rihanna, Santigold), there’s also an adventurous side to Williams, as he develops thick clouds of distortion and other wigged-out effects. With Twin Peaks. All ages. $20-$25. 6 p.m. 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-604-0222. – MICHAEL MADDEN

  • Ibeyi $20-$25 8 p.m. Wed. Mill City Nights
  • Man Man $16-$18 7:30 p.m. Wed.Turf Club
  • Pho $8-$10 9 p.m. Wed. Icehouse