Ty Segall, Ben Folds Five, Grizzly Bear, and more

Thee Oh Sees get that sinking feeling
john dwyer

Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall

Turf Club, Sunday 9.30

Tattooed, bowl-cut brandishing rebel John Dwyer is an instigator. His psychedelic garage rock troupe Thee Oh Sees do things in concert that aren't flashy, but their intensity still gets the intended response. By mixing sing-alongs like "I Was Denied" and jangle-heavy bludgeoning of "Enemy Destruct," the Bay Area band leaves its crowds in a constant state of flux among banging heads, chugging cocktails, and screaming what might resemble the words. Never sitting on one album for too long — they released both Castlemania and Carrion Crawler/The Dream in 2011, and Putrifiers II earlier this month — it's a stage work ethic that carries into the studio for textural and harmonic exploration tracing back to rock 'n' roll's roots. Also on the bill, the equally prolific and explosive Ty Segall is enjoying another banner year himself with three full-length albums to his credit, including the forthcoming Twins. Bring your elbow pads and your thinking caps for this one. 21+, $12-$14, 8 p.m. 1601 University Ave., St. Paul; 651.647.8486. —Reed Fischer

The Raveonettes

Triple Rock Social Club, Wednesday 9.26

That they cover Sonic Youth's "100%," Stereolab's "French Disko," and the Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" is as neat a clue to the Raveonettes' reverberating gothic T.A.M.I. Show sound as their list of famous fans and collaborators (which includes the Dum Dum Girls, Moe Tucker, Martin Rev, Ronnie Spector, and the Jesus and Mary Chain). Yet that daunting sound, so arch and remote, is both a door and barrier to the great Danish expat boy-girl duo. As they absorb piano ("Observations") and the Smiths ("She Owns the Streets") on their latest and seventh album, Observator, can we admit that they've written great songs all along? With Parisian opener Melody's Echo Chamber. 18+, $17, 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes

Ed Sheeran

State Theatre, Wednesday 9.26

Bless the angel-voiced, ginger-haired Ed Sheeran. "Give Me Love" in its recorded form is a semi-cloying ballad that'll still stick in your head strictly on the strength of his insistence on repeating the phrase "my my." But in performance, the young toast of the Brit Awards can show his improvisational acumen by turning the song into a playful game of follow the hook. He sings passionately by himself, accompanied by some looping pedals and a bit of strumming on an acoustic guitar that looked like it was something he got for his 12th birthday. With Passenger. $20-$24, 7:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Reed Fischer

Chick Corea & Gary Burton

Dakota, Wednesday 9.26 & Thursday 9.27

After playing together for 40 years, pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton are able to anticipate the other's moves, as Burton has said, "from two blocks away." Four decades after their landmark debut, Crystal Silence, Corea and Burton continue their unique dialogue with a thoroughly inventive collection of covers on Hot House (Concord). Most are standards — but not the usual suspects — from premier jazz composers like Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Bill Evans, and Dave Brubeck. But there is also a pair of lush Brazilian Jobim nuggets, a stride-tinged run through the Art Tatum-associated "Can't We Be Friends," a moody reading of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," plus a classical infusion on the one original, Corea's "Mozart Goes Dancing." $70-$80 at 7 p.m. $50-$60 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Mission of Burma

The 400 Bar, Thursday 9.27

After essentially inventing post-punk with a series of jagged and jittery buzz-saw-blast albums in the early '80s, Massachusetts's Mission of Burma amicably called it a day in 1983, and shockingly reconvened 19 years later. While a group so critically lauded could be forgiven for merely mounting a nostalgic cash-grab reunion and touring off old tunes, MoB have done exactly the opposite, releasing four new full-lengths in the decade since their reformation. Their latest, this year's Unsound, finds the quartet as ferocious and fighting-trim as ever, still blending surprisingly melodic serrated-edge riffs with innovative tape loops and adding welcome new wrinkles like out-of-left-field trumpet blasts. With Porcupine. 21+, $20, 8 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.332.2903. —Rob Van Alstyne

Lil B

Cabooze, FriDay 9.28

No rapper encapsulates the absurdity of contemporary rap music quite like Lil B. Technically from the Bay Area, Lil B actually lives on the internet, where he constantly drops new mixtapes and music videos with no concern for quality control. His Twitter account, where he interacts with fans and touts his positive yet convoluted "based" philosophy, winds up being as important to his art as the music itself. Combining the output of Master P, the "what the fuck" factor of Kool Keith, and the swag of Soulja Boy, Lil B is one of the most original artists on the contemporary rap landscape. His bizarre freestyles can play either as brilliant, dadaist deconstruction or bottom-of-the-barrel swag rap, but either way, the show is sure to be a strange spectacle. All ages, $21-$25, 6 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. —Jack Spencer

Mint Condition CD-release show


First Avenue, Friday 9.28

One of Minnesota's most treasured R&B acts, St. Paul's Mint Condition, have stayed timeless for over two decades. With hits like "Breaking My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" and "What Kind of Man Would I Be" in their arsenal, they've maintained an acclaimed live show that made them Prince's favorite band. Mint Condition return with more smooth, substantial soul, including the bangin' "Believe in Us," on their new album, Music @ the Speed of Life, which came out earlier this month. 18+, $26-$29, 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Chaz Kangas

Ben Folds Five

Orpheum Theatre, Saturday 9.29

Ben Folds's piquant piano-pop has always been at his best when balancing snark and sincerity in equal measure. His standout records, like 2005's Songs for Silverman, covered varied emotional terrain, deftly weaving caustic commentary on conservative America ("Jesusland") with moving eulogies to dearly departed friends ("Late" ) and wry self-analysis ("Sentimental Guy"). Reunion album The Sound of the Life of the Mind teams Folds back up with bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jesse for the first Ben Folds Five album since 1999's Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, and falls just short in its laudable effort to follow Silverman's dynamic example. When the trio stops revisiting the fuzz-bass boisterousness of BFF's earliest albums and gets down to business, however, they're still capable of cranking out truly classic pop (as evidenced by the elegantly ambling "Hold That Thought"). With Kate Miller-Heidke. All Ages, $40, 8 p.m., 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rob Van Alstyne

Laetitia Sadier

400 Bar, Sunday 9.30

So much of the mystery of Stereolab — the band's insouciant radical poetry, its melancholic optimism — was wrapped up in French-born lead singer Laetitia Sadier, who has continued solo since the group announced its indefinite hiatus in 2009. On her new and second album, Silencio, Sadier keeps the nonplused, jazzy modulations and Occupy politics of old, but gets economic with song structure, upping the rock on "Next Time You See Me" (which clocks in at 2:43) and funk on "Fragment pour le future de l'homme," which contains easily the coolest synthesizer solo of the decade. With Orca Team. 18+, $10, 7:30 p.m. 400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.244.5563. —Peter S. Scholtes

Esperanza Spalding

State Theater, Sunday 9.30

Esperanza Spalding is an outstanding singer, jazz bassist, composer, arranger, and producer whose genre-spanning work draws inspiration from a kaleidoscopic palette. And she is the first jazz artist to win — much deservedly in 2011 — the Grammy for best new artist. Her current tour, featuring an 11-piece band, is based on this year's Radio Music Society, which focuses on jazz in a pop context laced with soul, funk, and R&B, and designed as a companion to 2010's jazz/classical/Brazilian hybrid Chamber Music Society. Sometimes suggesting the hipper edge of Steely Dan or, more often, Weather Report (including a riveting, angular cover of Wayne Shorter's "Endangered Species"), Radio Music employs a deep cast of jazz heavy hitters to pop-ularize jazz ideas. $33-$73. 7:30 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.339.7007. —Rick Mason

Grizzly Bear

First Avenue, Monday 10.1

Each Grizzly Bear album feels like a further refinement of its predecessors, which is amazing, since even early material smacked of meticulous attention to sound design. It's a band that seems to have its own feng shui, each sound placed in exactly the right space to allow its energy to flow undisturbed. That said, new album Shields feels even more agonized over than ever, with complex songs that slide gracefully from haunted to jaunty without losing its perfect poise. That Grizzly Bear manage to hold the same poise in a live setting is remarkable, and even if the music reads as "low-key", their performance remains a thrilling balancing act to behold. With Lower Dens. 18+, $35, 7:30 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas


400 Bar, Monday 10.1

Amber Papini manages the seemingly impossible task of making ennui and aimlessness sound invigorating (and occasionally downright alluring) on the debut album by her excellent Brooklyn-based trio Hospitality. Using her tiredness with twentysomething rootlessness in the Big Apple as lyrical inspiration in buoyant, jangly songs like "Eighth Avenue" and "Liberal Arts," Papini eloquently bemoans dreary social and professional prospects in an understated alto ("So you found the lock/But not the key that college brings/And all the trouble of a B.A. in English literature/Instead of law or something more practical") and set to a sharply uplifting musical backdrop replete with the occasional bright blasts of brass. Angst-ridden music has rarely sounded so instantly ingratiating. With TEEN and the Joseph Bell. 18+, $8, 8 p.m., 400 Cedar Avenue S., Minneapolis; 612.332.2903. —Rob Van Alstyne

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >