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

Saturday 12.19.2013
                                                                                                 

El Le Faunt and This Traveling Circus
331 Club
Rolling Guitars
21+, FREE, 10 PM 

Niki & The Dove with Vacationer and Royal Canoe 
Triple Rock Social Club 
There are only two things you need to know about Niki & the Dove. One, they make intelligent electro-pop music that you can dance to and not hate yourself for later. And two, they are from Sweden. Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf form an unstoppable melodic force that bridges the best of early Prince with a new brand of alt-pop, creating a mood that instantly pulls listeners in and keeps them forever and ever (or at least until the set is over).  --NATALIE GALLAGHER 
18+, $15, 8 PM

The Current's 8th Birthday Party feat. Cloud Cult Dave Pirner, Now, Now and The Chalice 
First Avenue Mainroom
Part II
18+, $18, 7 PM

Willy Mason
Turf Club
When Where the Humans Eat came out in 2004, 19-year-old Martha's Vineyard native Willy Mason was praised for his preternaturally world-weary voice and literate musings on personal integrity and societal hypocrisy. His debut, and 2007 follow-up If the Ocean Gets Rough, littered with folk, country, and blues influences, prompted comparisons to Dylan, Lennon, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash, along with tours with the likes of My Morning Jacket and Evan Dando. Mason then retreated to the Vineyard for the next five years. This week he has a new U.S. EP, Don't Stop Now, three of whose four tracks are drawn from Carry On, a full-length album already released in the U.K. but unavailable stateside. The new stuff shows Mason's philosophical nature and maroon-streaked voice intact, but with new sonic dimensions -- drumboxes defining quirkier rhythms, echoey electric guitars -- thanks to London producer Dan Carey (of Hot Chip and M.I.A. experience). More of Carry On presumably will be unveiled live.  --RICK MASON 
21+, $10 adv, $12 door, 8PM

Aaron Neville 
Hopkins Center for the Arts
New Orleans icon Aaron Neville returns for a rare duo performance with keyboardist Michael Goods just a few days before the release of his hotly anticipated new doo-wop album, My True Story. Much of the hoopla is because it's Neville's first album on Blue Note in addition to being co-produced by Don Was and Keith Richards, who also plays guitar on it. It's also a great album, an obvious labor of love for Neville, who revisits many of the doo-wop classics that were his early inspiration as he honed his utterly inimitable voice. That magical instrument flutters through such nuggets as Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Tears on My Pillow," the Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk," Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie," and the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," all aquiver with Neville's unique gossamer touch, subtle Crescent City elements, some distinctive guitar, and even a little vocal help from a handful of doo-wop originators.  --RICK MASON
AA, $46, 8 PM

Pill Hill with Street Hassle, Maria Isa, Joey Fahey and the Bottom 40 and That's What You Get   Wild Tymes
Folky Rock n' Roll
21+, FREE, 8 PM 

Sunday 12.20.2013
                                                                                                 
Tony Bennett 
State Theatre
Tony Bennett at 86 remains one of the classiest guys in show biz, charming listeners with vibrant standards and still looking for fresh inspiration. A master of phrasing and intonation, Bennett uses every facet of his warm voice to make tunes he's been singing for over half a century glisten. On Viva Duets, the third in his duets series, Bennett teams up with a dozen Latin artists, some more familiar to U.S. audiences (Marc Antony, Christina Aguilera) than others (Dominican Juan Luis Guerra, Argentinian rocker Vicentico). Bennett draws most into his fine, familiar turf of ballads and big band jazz, mutual respect carrying the pieces to new heights. But on "Return to Me," Bennett joins the world of Mexican ranchera singer Vincente Fernández with dazzling results. Live, expect stories from Bennett's long career, an array of classy classics with the help of a supple quartet, and an opening set from daughter Antonia. --RICK MASON 
AA, $69.50-$130, 7 PM

Yo Gotti 
Epic
It's not like Yo Gotti is trying to beat you over the head with intellect. He names songs "Young Nigga Thuggin'" and "After I Fuck Ya Bitch," collaborates with folks like Zed Zilla and Sylver Karatz, and generally treads the same money-hoes- and-coke lyrical territory as his regional peers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. After a run of independent albums during the early- and mid-'00s, the 31-year-old Memphis rapper has spent recent years adding installments to his Cocaine Muzik mixtape series and occasionally dropping a major-label-backed record (including last January's long-gestated Live from the Kitchen LP). And while just about all of his releases have their share of overly dumb duds, they also tend to have three or four tracks that bang as hard as anything off the last Gucci or Waka tape. --MIKE MADDEN
18+, $25, 10 PM

The Young Rapscallions with Ghostmouth and Blue Ruin 
7th Street Entry 
McLovin's Band
8+, $10 adv $12 door, 7 PM 

Monday 12.21.2013
                                                                                                 

Family of the Year
7th Street Entry
18+, $10, 7:30PM 

Keane with Youngblood Hawke
First Avenue Mainroom
Open and Soaring
18+, $34 adv $36 door, 7 PM

Tuesday 12.22.2013 
                                                                                                 
Jose Feliciano 
Dakota Jazz Club
Guitar Master 
AA, 7PM $45-70, 9PM $35-60

Where I'm Going:

Prince...in my dreams

Chelsea Wolfe @ The Triple Rock

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