The best Twin Cities concerts this week: 2/27- 3/5

Photo by Jason Ho
The shortest month of the year comes to an end, spend it out with the Minneapolis music scene! Dessa performs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Thursday while the Current hosts a live Local Current set at the Amsterdam. Friday, The Tribe and Big Cats say goodbye at Triple Rock, presents Are You Local? showcase at Mill City Nights to show off Minneapolis' SXSW lineup. The Color Pharmacy releases their latest album at the Triple Rock Saturday and Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota Tour travels to Duluth. (Have no fear, they'll play at First Avenue Tuesday.)

Wednesday 2.27.2013

The Jealous Sound with Crash Burn Repeat
Triple Rock
Palm Muted Guitars
18+, $13, 8 PM 

Dada Trash Collage with Farms and Moro
Kitty Cat Klub
Electronic Grooves 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Aaron and the Sea and Eraas
7th Street Entry
18+, $5, 8 PM

Thursday 2.28.2013

The Gaslight Anthem
First Avenue

Every year, more young bands seek to inherit Bruce Springsteen's legacy of brains-meets-brawn heartland rock. One of the best is the Gaslight Anthem, who not only hail from the now-63-year-old Boss's native New Jersey but also tapped his current producer, Brendan O'Brien, for their latest album, released last July. Aside from a string-draped acoustic ballad called "National Anthem," Handwritten didn't add much dimension to the band's familiar aesthetic. Its best moments, particularly "45," are right up there with anything off 2008's breakout The '59 Sound -- all bar-chord pound and skyward solos. With the Bouncing Souls and Cory Branan. --Mike Madden
18+, $27, 7:30 p.m 

Blind Shake with Ex-Nuns and France Camp
Turf Club
Garage Guitars
21+, $6, 9 PM

The Farewell Circut, Edward the Confessor and Caviler Crooks
Quick-Paced Thoughtful Rock
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Young Buffalo with Blessed Feathers and Ex Cops
7th Street Entry

Young Buffalo lead a trio of intriguing bands on Thursday. The Oxford, Mississippi, duo of Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett are multi-instrumentalists who play shimmery, exuberant pop complicated by noisy guitars, edgy electronics, unpredictable rhythms, and harmonies that soar into the falsettosphere. "Baby Demons" kicks off their latest, eponymous EP with jangly electric guitars suggestive of a British Invasion Sonic Youth. Along with them are Wisconsin-based Blessed Feathers, who specialize in hazy, fractured folk that kicks around on the outskirts of Americana-influenced rock. Haunted harmonies, diffident banjos, and atmospheric angst coalesce on the recent EP Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds. Rounding out the bill are New York's Ex Cops, who play airily knowing indie-pop on their new True Hallucinations. --Rick Mason
18+, $8, 8 PM

Local Current Live! feat Greg Grease, Prissy Clerks and The Ericksons
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Local Showcase
18+, FREE, 6 PM

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Spoken Word
AA, $20, 7 PM

Friday 3.1.2013

The Tribe and Big Cats Farewell Show
Triple Rock Social Club

After a steady stream of increasingly better albums, bizarre music videos, and explosive live performances, the Tribe and Big Cats! are hanging it up as a duo. Both Rapper Hooks (formerly known as TruthBeTold) and Big Cats (formerly with an exclamation point) are in the middle of solo projects, which presumably will better express where they are artistically as individuals. Last year's Space made an impact as an interesting combination of hard raps and floating ambient beats, hinting at new directions for both parties. Having always been known for their energetic live show, they'll surely see that this final one has them going out with a bang. With Toki Wright, MaLLy, and DJ Snuggles. --Jack Spencer
18+, $7-$10, 9 PM Are You Local? 2013 feat. Solid Gold, Sims, Wiping Out Thousands and L'Assassins. Plus Carroll, Audio Perm, and Bad Bad Hats competing for a SXSW slot.
Mill City Nights
SXSW Showcasers
18+, $13/$15, 7 PM

7th St. Entry

As Indians, Copenhagen one-man band Soren Lokke Juul makes spectral bedroom folk that cleverly combines organic and electronic instrumental elements for a distinctively spine-tingling end point. On his fully realized 4AD debut, Somewhere Else, songs like "Magic Kids" shimmer and sway, with stacks of hazy harmonies and gauzy synthesizers. It's an effect already familiar to fervent Bon Iver fans, but while Justin Vernon's songs typically opt for obtuse uplift, the music of Indians is decidedly darker yet equally enveloping. With Night Beds and Cat Martino. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $12, 8 PM

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Busdriver.
Frist Avenue
Dense and Abstract Word Play
18+, $17/$19 8 PM

batteryboy with Fairfax, AK and Portage.   
The Cedar Cultural Center 
Emotionally Charged
AA, $12/$15, 7 PM

Women of Red House Records:A 30th Anniversary Show feat. Lucy Kaplansky, Claudia Schmidt, Heather Masse.
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
Acoustic Blend
7:30 p.m., $20-$35. 

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