The week's best concerts: Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

Big Star’s Third


Big Star frontman Alex Chilton died in 2010, but his storied songbook is still wide open. Keeping the legacy alive in 2015 is a supergroup anchored by original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, the dB’s Christ Stamey, and other alt-rock luminaries. The band will be playing Big Star’s Third in full at this special concert, where they’ll be joined onstage by Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, Trip Shakespeare’s Matt Wilson, and other Twin Cities rockers. This fully orchestrated interpretation of the 1978 “lost masterpiece” has earned rave reviews across the globe since debuting in 2010, and is sure to live up to the “big stars” that immortalize both Chilton and his legendary band outside First Avenue. Adults by the hundreds — maybe Paul Westerberg? — will sing for Alex Chilton on Wednesday. 18+. $20. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-1775. –- ALEX RICE

  • Flip Phone Presents: Christeene $10-$12 8 p.m. Wed. 7th Street Entry

  • Ash, $20 8 p.m. Wed. Mill City Nights

  • Transmission, free 10 p.m. Wed. Clubhouse Jager Varsity Theater

  • Of Monsters and Men $37.50 7:30 p.m Thu. Roy Wilkins

  • The Schubert Club Presents: International Artist Series $25 7:30 p.m. Thu. Ordway Center

  • Blues Traveler $29.50-$35 8 p.m. Thu. Mill City Nights
Perfume Monster


The 7th St. Entry isn't just for paint-peelers and high-school upstarts, and local R&B soothsayers Perfume Monster are coming home to prove that. After a name-making stint on 89.3 the Current's Minnesota Next showcase, the stylish Minneapolis baby Timberlakes will be releasing their EP A Slow Drip, bringing a danceable polish to First Ave's dank little brother. Founding 12 Rods mouthpiece Ryan Olcott will be in the house with his newish bedroom project c.Kostra, as will Minnesota-by-way-of-Hawaii nonprofit funk-wavers PalmsPsalm. Compu-genius Garrison Grouse will set the mood for the show with his bit-crunched, manic dance jams. Overall, it’s a more eclectic evening than you may expect from the Entry. 18+. $5-$8. 8 p.m.,701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-332-1775. –- JERARD FAGERBERG

  • Gospel Machine (Record Release Show) $12-$15 7 p.m. Fri. Cedar Cultural Center

  • Four Letter Lie $13-$15 7 p.m. Fri. First Avenue

  • Davina & the Vagabonds $12 9 p.m. Fri. Lee's Liquor Lounge
The Isley Brothers


One of the most enduring, flexible, and influential bands of the last half-century, the Isleys keep burnishing their legacy in the 21st century. From their early, gospel-influenced days, the sibling group shifted among R&B, soul, funk, psychedelia, quiet storm, and numerous permutations of rock and pop, adapting to changing trends but always retaining their distinct identity. The Isleys’ definitive version of “Twist and Shout” was reworked by the fledgling Beatles. Jimi Hendrix was the Isleys’ guitarist before moving on to his celebrated solo career. The Isleys’ “Fight The Power” inspired the iconic Public Enemy song of the same name. A slew of other Isleys tunes — “Shout,” “Who’s That Lady,” “This Old Heart of Mine,” “It’s Your Thing” — became standards still widely sampled in contemporary music, especially hip-hop. These days a pair of Isley brothers lead the band: Ronald’s soulful voice still lights the power, while Ernie’s guitar rages and cries with Hendrixian spirit. $59-$179. 8 p.m. 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. – RICK MASON

Music ‘N’ Brews


K-TWIN’s spiritual radio successor, Go 96.3, has already dabbled in the festival game with August's GoFest, and now they're launching their version of the block party before, during, and after the Twins' second-to-last home game (details here). Music ‘N' Brews welcomes Twin Cities music legend and former Soul Asylum frontman David Pirner alongside Enemy Planes (recently deemed the world’s best new band by Hard Rock Café) and Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders to their shindig. And, as the name suggests, Stillwater brewhouse Lift Bridge and Lake Mille Lacs gastropub Eddy's Resort will be pouring frothy pints to get you good and lubricated as you — if we’re bring realistic — say farewell to the 2015 season. Oh, and it's free. Free. 10:30 a.m. 335 N. 5th Street, Minneapolis; 612-659-3400. – RICK MASON

  • Gene Ween $20 8 p.m. Sat. Turf Club

  • Battles $20 8 p.m. Sat. First Avenue

  • Nancy's Raygun $5 8 p.m. Sat. 7th St. Entry

  • Blitzen Trapper $20 7 p.m. Sun. First Avenue 

  • Afro-Cuban All Stars $40-$50 7 p.m. Sun. Dakota Jazz Club

  • Jackie Greene $17 7 p.m. Sun. Cedar Cultural Center
Chris Cornell


Never quite satisfied with his grunge godfather legacy as leader of Soundgarden (and later Audioslave), Chris Cornell famously spent the last few years revisiting his catalogue in a stripped-down, acoustic context that focused on his grainy, blues-inflected voice. On his just-released fifth solo album, Higher Truth, Cornell and producer Brendan O’Brien try to reconcile the yin and yang facets of his musical persona with originals that lean toward Americana roots while still invoking lean, potent muscularity. “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” for instance, begins with simple bluegrass mandolin picking, adds Cornell’s voice, then evolves into an epic with crunch offsetting melodicism, howling vocals, and a searing electric guitar solo. Cornell has cited Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston, Johnny Cash’s Rick Rubin projects and the Beatles’ White Album as inspirations here. In fact, the title tune is a Lennon-esque piano study that, like much of the album, seeks intimate truths while soaring to higher planes. $49.50-$75. 8 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-339-7007. – RICK MASON

  • Wolf Alice $16 7 p.m. Mon. First Avenue

  • The Dodos $20 7 p.m. Mon. Triple Rock Social Club

  • JT's Jazz Implosion $8 9:30 p.m. Mon. Icehouse
Lianne La Havas


Lianne La Havas’ sweet, sultry, mostly acoustic 2012 debut, Is Your Love Big Enough?, revealed a strikingly supple, endlessly fascinating voice. The young Londoner’s record drew ecstatic reviews from such notable fans as Justin Vernon, who invited her on tour, and Prince. In fact, His Purpleness invited her to Paisley Park, collaborated with her on his 2014 album Art Official Age, performed that song (“Clouds”) with her on SNL, and even used her living room for a press conference on the eve of his English tour. Unsurprisingly, there are intimations of Prince’s influences on La Havas’ more emphatic second album, Blood. But as the title suggests, its more incisive rhythms (and subject matter) were prompted by La Havas’ investigations of her Jamaican-Greek heritage. She’s still pretty sensational doing sweet sultriness while eloquently dissecting relationships on a couple tunes. But most of the new material rides harder grooves, ranging from the Sly Stone psychedelic funk of “What You Don’t Do” to the industrial stomp and hazy dissonance of “Never Get Enough.” Still, part of La Havas’ charm is that her music slips, slides, and morphs through subtle shades and tangents. 16+. $26-$38. 8 p.m. 1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis; 612-604-0222. – RICK MASON

  • Nick Jonas $29.50-$35 6:30 p.m. Tue. Myth
  • The Internet $16 7 p.m. Tue. Fine Line
  • Russian Circles $17-$20 8 p.m. Tue. Triple Rock Social Club