The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 2/6-2/12

Photo by Terry Richardson
The second week of February is already underway with some great shows. Didn't get tickets to Lady Gaga? Have no fear. The Amsterdam will be hosting a Born this Way After Party with Lady Starlight and the Dirty Pearls. The silky voiced Cody ChesnuTT makes an appearance at the Triple Rock Thursday. Saturday, Brit rockers the Vaccines bring Aussie rockers San Cisco and local rockers France Camp to open their sold-out show. Local bands Teenage Moods, Prissy Clerks, Nallo and Gloss will be playing against art installations and projection displays at the Cedar Cultural Center. There are so many shows, and you can't go wrong!  Wednesday 2.6.2013

Lady Gaga with Madeon and Lady Starlight 
Xcel Energy Center
Born That Way
AA, $51-177, 6:30 PM

First Avenue

The quintessential rap playboy, Harlem's Cam'ron helped define the sound and look of mid-2000s hip hop thanks to his massively influential solo work and that of his group the Diplomats a.k.a. Dipset. Casually bragging about his cars, ways with women, and pissing off PETA with his various furs ("Accessories, my closet's Pet Sematary," he touts on the Kanye West-produced hit "Down and Out" off 2004's classic Purple Haze), Cam'ron is a master of cocksure lyricism and undeterred swagger. Though things slowed for Killa Cam after a three-year hiatus from music to help his ailing mother, the recent team-up with Vado for Gunz and Butter promises he's not lost his vigor. Some high-profile guest spots and talk of a new Dipset album are putting Cam's name back in people's minds, but the fact that his lingo, flow patterning, and flamboyant fashion sense are still present in today's rap stars proves he never really left. With Greg Grease. --Jack Spencer
18+, $20, 8 PM

Graveyard with the Shrine 
Triple Rock
Bluesy Psych
18+, $12/$15 8 PM

Lucinda Williams
Dakota Jazz Club
Acclaimed Country/Folk
AA, $50-60, 7 PM

Born This Way Tour After Party with Lady Starlight and The Dirty Pearls
Amsterdam Bar & Hall 
Post Gaga Bash
21+, $10/$12, 10:30 PM

Thursday 2.7.2013

Cody ChesnuTT

Triple Rock Social Club
Renowned Roots associate and soul-music maestro Cody ChesnuTT released his debut stunner double album, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, and spent the better part of a decade readying the follow-up. Despite its epic gestation time, Landing on a Hundred feels remarkably fresh and alive, and the passage of time did nothing to shrink the scope of ChesnuTT's always outsized musical ambitions. A throwback to bar-raising soul platters like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Curtis Mayfield's Roots, Hundred sees ChesnuTT deftly alternating between uplifiting personal anthems ("Til I Met Thee") and ferociously funky message-oriented material ("Under the Spell of the Handout"). All of the tunes benefit from boisterous brass and sweeping string arrangements, and the 45-year-old ChesnuTT's spine-tingling singing voice is thankfully showing no signs of losing its booming power.  --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $17-20, 8 PM

Leisure Birds / Flavor Crystals

Kitty Cat Klub
The first Thursday of every month is Modern Radio Night at the Kitty Cat Klub, and the local label aims to re-create the edgy musical magic of Manchester's fabled club the Hacienda. Two wildly inventive local quartets, Leisure Birds and Flavor Crystals, bring their expansive, pulsing sounds, with between-set and after-show music spun by Radio K's Chase Mathey and TRL. These Modern Radio Nights are always free, and introduce local music fans to unheralded bands that don't get nearly as much enough attention as they deserve.--Erik Thompson
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Umphrey's McGee
First Avenue Mainroom
Prog Rock 
18+, $27.50/$30, 8 PM

Broncho with Skating Polly and Exiles 
7th Street Entry 
Loud and Agressive
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Kevin Bowe with Fathom Lane 
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Heartfelt Songwriting 
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Allstar Weekend with Cute is What We Aim For and Tiffany Alvord
The Varsity Theatre
Modern Pop
AA, $16/$18, 4 PM

Friday 2.8.2013

CLAPS with Hollow Boys, Real Numbers and The Velveteens
The Hexagon Bar
Gloom Pop
21+, FREE, 9:30 PM

Mark Mallman with BNLX and Blue Sky Blackout
Turf Club
Rock Drive
21+, $7, 9 PM

The Maccabees with Reputante
The Varsity Theatre
Keyboard Loops
18+, $15, 8 PM

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