The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 1/16-1/22

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Niki & the Dove
This week marks a rare opportunity to catch our purple legend in action. The main event everyone is buzzing about is Prince's three night stay at The Dakota Jazz Club. If you aren't prepared to drop a good chunk of money this week, there's plenty of other bands to see too. The Current hosts their 8th Birthday Party on the First Avenue main stage featuring acts such as Cloud Cult, Dave Pirner, The 4onthefloor and more. 86-year-old Tony Bennett, still classing it up, will be making an appearance at the State Theater Sunday while actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays the 7th Street Entry with his band The Young Rapscallions.
Wednesday 12.16.2013
                                                                                                 

Prince
The Dakota Jazz Club
Soundcheck
AA, $70, 8 PM, 11 PM

Transmission
Clubhouse Jager
Garage DJ Dance
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Soap's 2nd Annicersary Party with Useful Jenkins
Cabooze
Fresh Jams
18+, $2, 10 PM

Thursday 12.17.2013 
                                                                                                 
Prince
The Dakota Jazz Club
Jam
AA, $100-150, 8 PM, 11 PM

Onuinu with All Eyes and Votel 
7th Street Entry 
Onuinu is one of the biggest new names on the electronic pop-music front. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Dorian Duvall -- whose moniker is pronounced "on-you-in-you" -- is a fresh face with a fresh game. He calls his music "disco-hop," and of all the made-up hyphenated genres he could have picked, it fits pretty well. It's music hipsters from another planet were listening to years before earthbound hipsters were born -- simultaneously familiar and otherworldly. You can pick any number of influences out of the cloud when you listen to Duvall's debut album, Mirror Gazer, from jazz to Michael Jackson -- you'll find that nothing musical is mutually exclusive. And with that kind of open-minded listening, who knows what sonic plateaus you'll reach? --NATALIE GALLAGHER 
18+, $7, 8PM

Speeds The Name with Boats 
Turf Club
Modern Drive
21+, $7 9PM 

The Used with We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Mindflow
First Avenue Mainroom 
Raw Rock
AA, $27.50, 5 PM

Real-Phonic Radio Hour All Stars with Actual Wolf
James J.Hill Library
Twin Cities Remarkable Talent
AA, $20, 7 PM

Friday 12.18.2013
                                                                                                 
Prince
The Dakota Jazz Club
Surprise
AA, $200-250, 8 PM, 11 PM

Chelsea Wolfe with King Dude 
Triple Rock 
Haunting Vocals
18+, $10 adv, $12 door, 8 PM 

Gay Witch Abortion, Ex Nuns and Animal Lover 
Turf Club
Energized Noise
21+, $6, 9 PM

Paul Kelly 
7th Street Entry
Australian Singer/Songwriter
18+, $20, 8 PM 

Prissy Clerks with Nice Purse and Jack Campbell
Cause
Soft Spoken Distortion
21+, $5, 9PM

The Current's 8th Birthday Party feat, The4onthefloor, Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars,Chastity Brown and John Mark Nelson 
First Avenue Mainroom 
Even if 89.3 the Current spins a few artists like Mumford & Sons and Adele that aren't starved for airplay, it's one of the half- dozen or so noncommercial radio stations keeping American airwaves vital. The station's laudable support of local artists is on full display for this weekend's two- night stand at First Avenue. Each night aims for maximum demographic-spanning appeal. Friday features fresh-faced folk-pop acts such as John Mark Nelson and Chastity Brown alongside established rockers the 4onthefloor and veteran musicians of the Twin Cities Funk & Soul All- Stars, who got their start in the 1970s. Saturday includes Picked-to-Click winners the Chalice, surging shoegazers Now, Now, and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum alongside arguably the biggest draw of the whole weekend, Cloud Cult. The famously eco-minded pysch-pop group will be playing their first Twin Cities shows since July 2011 and presumably showcasing material from Love, their ninth album, due out in March.  --ROB VAN ALSTYNE
18+, $18, 7PM 

Walk The Moon with Pacific Air
Fine Line Music Cafe
Indie Dance Pop
AA, $15, SOLD OUT, 6 PM
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