The week's best concerts: Sept. 9-15



La Santa Cecilia


Named for the patron saint of musicians, La Santa Cecilia is an L.A. quartet with deep roots in traditional Latin music and the local Latino community. But the band, fronted by Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernández — singing richly, powerfully, and passionately in Spanish and English — is profoundly pan-cultural. The group embraces dozens of Latin American genres (boleros to merengue, tango and samba), but also rock, funk, reggae, jazz, klezmer — the language of music cognoscenti. The result is an infectious, imaginatively spiced cauldron of delights, igniting both the dance floor and the consciousness. The 2014 Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album was awarded to the group’s debut, Treinta Dias, which sported a collaboration with Elvis Costello as well as a searing account of the lives of undocumented immigrants (“ICE-El Hielo”). Their latest album, Someday New, picks up that thread with a thrilling, norteño-laced version of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which band members have linked to migrant workers picking in the fields. $25. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-5299. –- RICK MASON

  • Lee "Scratch" Perry $22-$25 7 p.m. Wed. The Cedar Cultural Center

  • Horse Feathers $13-$15 7:30 p.m. Wed. Turf Club

  • Transmission free 10 p.m. Wed. Clubhouse Jager
(the) Thurston MoOre Baand


Iconic, influential art/noise/experimental/proto alt-rock band Sonic Youth sustained a mortal blow when the marriage of guitarist Thurston Moore and bassist Kim Gordon dissolved in acrimony in 2011. That year Moore issued the folkish, Beck-produced solo album Demolished Thoughts, then formed Chelsea Light Moving. Subsequently he moved to London and established (the) Thurston MoOre Baand with SY drummer Steve Shelley and members of My Bloody Valentine and Nought. The band debuted last fall with The Best Day, which neatly picked up the thread of the cutting-edge work Moore did for three decades in SY: multi-textural noise stirred up by drone-like guitars playing tag in a buzzing context of fierce melodicism provoked by dissonance. Bell-like chimes kick off “Speak to the Wild,” which opens into a sprawling, ominous escapade of pulsing guitars and vaguely distraught vocals, while the urgent title cut rocks hard with echoes of the Velvets and Stones. 18+. $18-$20. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. –- RICK MASON

  • Hozier $39.50-$45 8 p.m. Thu. Roy Wilkins Auditorium

  • Brandon Flowers $30 7 p.m. Thu. First Avenue

  • Kamasi Washington $22-$25 10 p.m. Thu. Icehouse
John Mark Nelson


John Mark Nelson has almost as many accolades in local press as he does years on this earth. At 21, he’s releasing his third album, I’m Not Afraid, this Friday in First Ave’ Mainroom. With loving support from 89.3 the Current and a third place trophy in City Pages’ own 2012 Picked To Click poll, Nelson has been squeezing our hearts and making us dance to his thoughtful indie-pop for three years now. With his latest, he’s incorporating wider rhythmic influences, growing from his acoustic base and letting down his lyrical guard in the process. The arrangements are deeper, the words more direct, and the release party is larger as Nelson continues to ascend. Black Diet and We Are the Willows open. 18+. $12. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – LOREN GREEN

  • Eliza Gilkyson $25-$28 7 p.m. Fri. The Cedar Cultural Center

  • The Dwarves $10-$12 9 p.m. Fri. Triple Rock Social Club 

  • Postina (CD Release Show) $10 8 p.m. Fri. The Pourhouse 
The Coathangers


Like a lot of punk bands, Atlanta’s Coathangers weren’t exactly virtuoso musicians when they picked up their instruments back in the mid ’00s. Instead, they relied on enthusiasm, energy, intensity, and the notion that girls just wanna have fun. Nearly a decade later, the trio (reduced from a quartet by the 2013 departure of keyboardist Candice Jones) has progressed to the brink of sophistication — at least in relative garage terms. On last year’s Suck My Shirt, there’s no lack of enthusiasm or drive, but subtlety has crept into the interplay of bassist Meredith Franco, drummer Stephanie Luke, and Julia Kugel, whose guitar forays still shred but are more purposeful and multi-dimensional. Pop infiltrations — especially ’60s girl group influences — have also become more prominent on songs like “Zombie” and “Drive,” but without compromising the ’Hangers’ primal purpose and pleasure. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. – RICK MASON



While many of the best songs by Brooklyn rocktronica instrumentalists Ratatat leave open space for a vocalist, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast operate just fine on their own, thanks. That ranges from their origins more than a decade ago up until now with the more rock-orientated Magnifique, the duo's first album in five years. Aside from their cover of Springwater’s “I Will Return,” Mast and Stroud are thoroughly original throughout the album, contorting sounds in unexpected ways. When was the last time you heard pedal steel guitar licks that sounded so far from country? Album highlights include the explosive lead single “Cream on Chrome,” “Abrasive” (parts of which call for vocals from Julian Casablancas or Paul Banks, they're so reminiscent of the early-'00s garage-rock revival), and “Rome” (same thing, but maybe solo Casablancas instead). With Hot Sugar. 18+. Sold out. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – MICHAEL MADDEN

  • Stephen "Ragga" Marley $36-$40 5 p.m. Sat. Cabooze

  • Tommy Stinson $20 8 p.m. Sat. Turf Club 

  • Summit Backyard Bash $15-$20 Noon Sat. Summit Brewery 



Conor Oberst is best known for wielding an acoustic guitar and singing without abandon in Bright Eyes, but the band Desaparecidos is the prolific songwriter's outlet for fast-paced punk. Desa's new album, Payola, is their first since 2002’s even more raucous Read Music/Speak Spanish, and it ranks alongside Bully's Feels Like as one of the year's best mainstream punk LPs. With guest appearances by Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, Cursive’s Tim Kasher, and So So Glos, it features some of Oberst’s most overtly political songwriting ever — look no further than song titles like “The Left Is Right” and “Slacktivist” for proof of that. With fuzzed-out guitar stomping aplenty, the album keeps up an impassioned, hard-hitting energy more common in musicians half Oberst's age of 35. Here's hoping there's at least one more new Desa album this decade. With Joyce Manor and Ripper. 18+. $20. 7 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. – MICHAEL MADDEN

  • Counting Crows $50-$55 5 p.m. Sun. Cabooze

  • The Dear Hunter $17-$20 7:30 p.m. Sun. Triple Rock Social Club

  • Polli-NATION $12-$16 1 p.m. Sun. Lift Bridge Brewing Company


“Fuck it Dog, Life's A Risk” might be a brilliant ethos on which to found your punk band, but it's also a hell of a standard to live up to. Los Angeles' FIDLAR became everyone's favorite party-punk act of the summer after their careening, beer-chugging self-titled debut broke through in 2013. While it landed the band a larger audience than they could have dreamed of, the whirlwind of touring that followed and constant pressure to behave up to their tongue-in-cheek wasteoid image nearly killed frontman Zac Carper. After several bouts of treatment, including a pep talk from Billie Joe Armstrong, Carper managed to pull himself together and win back his bandmates, rallying to create Too, a dark-in-the-center sophomore masterpiece that manages to retain all of the humor of their debut. The fact that Carper’s sobriety seems to have had little effect on the band’s notoriously manic live show is just as heartening. 16+. $15-$17. 7 p.m. 1308 4th St. SE., Minneapolis; (612) 604-0222 – ZACH MCCORMICK

  • Zedashe $18-$20 7 p.m. Mon. The Cedar Cultural Center
  • JT's Jazz Implosion $8 9:30 p.m. Mon. Icehouse
  • Dr. Mambo's Combo $7 9:30 p.m. Mon. Bunker's Music Bar & Grill
  • Ed Sheeran $59.50-$69.50 7:30 p.m. Tue. Xcel Energy Center
  • The Cribs $15 7:30 p.m. Tue. Turf Club 
  • Passenger $32-$35 6 p.m. Tue. First Avenue