The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 1/30-2/5

Saturday 2.2.2013

Big Freedia & the Divas

Turf Club
Who would've ever thought of St. Paul as a dance-party hot spot? Big Freedia, apparently, who returns for yet another Turf Club takeover this Saturday. The Queen Diva of bounce music is back to pack the place with loud bass and raucous, hedonistic dancing. If having ass everywhere sounds like your idea of a party, this is the spot. Signified by loud call-and-response, heavy and insistent rhythms, and raunchy lyrics, New Orleans bounce spread past its local roots post-Katrina to catch fire even as far north as here. As past shows have proven, there will be no wilder event tonight than this one. With Slapping Purses and Shannon Blowtorch.  --Jack Spencer
21+, $15, 9 PM


Orpheum theatre
Chris Cornell has done a lot of things since forming Soundgarden in 1984, but that was arguably his best musical idea. After a lengthy hiatus, the Seattle grunge titans recently reformed and created only their sixth studio album, King Animal -- the first since 1996's Down on the Upside. Between Cornell's hoary wail, guitarist Kim Thayil's astronomical fretwork, and the blasts initiated by bandmates, this might not be the right night to be parked under a chandelier for long. --Reed Fischer
AA, $59.50, 8 PM 

The Growlers with Jaill and Jessica Hernanez & the Deltas
7th Street Entry 
Sparkling Guitars
18+, $10 adv, $12 doors, 8 PM 

Rocksteady Breakfast with Umbrella Bed, Drunk History and The Thundertones
Triple Rock
Ska Night
18+, $5, 8 PM

A Prairie Home Companion
Fitzgerald Theater
Classic Minnesota
AA, $32-$48, 4:45 PM 

A Prairie Home Companion Masked Ball: With Butch Thompson & His New Orleans Orphans., Fitzgerald Theater
Mardi Gras-style Dancing
AA, $25, 9 PM

Sunday 2.3.2013

416 Club: Miriam Gerberg
The Cedar Cultural Center
Global Roots
AA, $5, 7 PM

Monday 2.4.2013

Yo La Tengo
First Avenue Mainroom

Indie vets Yo La Tengo have dabbled in so many different sounds -- light psychedelia, early-'60s pop, mambo, borderline No Wave -- that it's amazing they're still finding ways to explore. With 13th album Fade, the Jersey-founded trio have released one of their most sonically rich efforts yet, with streaks of strings, horns, and acoustic-guitar passages bringing as much color to the record as there is on its arboreal cover. Frontman Ira Kaplan's calm yet charismatic vocals and the band's trademark gentle tempos remain intact, however, so the 46-minute LP always has its roots in one of the more singular, consistently pleasing aesthetics of the 30 years since YLT's genesis.  --Mike Madden
18+, $16, 7 p.m.

Blues at the Crossroads 2: Muddy & the Wolf: With the Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Cotton, Jody Williams, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis.
Guthrie Theater
Robert Johnson Tribute
AA, $36-$51, 7:30 PM

Enslaved with Pallbearer, Ancient VVisdom.
Mill City Nights
Black Metal
18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Trapt with Acidic, the Action Blast. 
Triple Rock Social Club
Alternative Rock 
18+, $15, 7 PM

Young Empires with Royal Teeth and Hunting Club
7th Street Entry
Energetic and Electric
18+, $8 adv, $10 door, 7:30 PM

Tuesday 2.5.2013

Hopkins Center for the Arts
Canadian Folk Duo
AA, $20, 7 PM

Judy Collins
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Crystal Clear Vocals
AA, $55-$70, 7 PM

Wax Tailor & the Dusty Rainbow Experience with Sam Lachow.
7th Street Entry
Downtempo Beats
18+, $15, 7 PM

Where I'm Going:
Painted Saints @ Cause

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