The best Twin Cities concerts: 3/27-4/2

The end of March is approaching quickly. Thurston Moore brings his new band, Chelsea Light Moving, to the Triple Rock tonight. Har Mar Superstar returns to Minneapolis with a new sound Thursday at the Triple Rock. The Cabooze welcomes Redman this Friday, while Southern California rockers Wavves (above) gets a taste of Minnesota weather while playing the 7th Street Entry. Monday is full of performances featuring Alt-J at the Varsity, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at the Cedar Cultural Center, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck at the The Dakota Jazz Club and former Jack's Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon at The Fine Line Music Cafe. 

Wednesday 3.27.2013

Chelsea Light Moving
Triple Rock Social Club
Chelsea Light Moving isn't a name that will jump off the calendar listings and grab attention. Thurston Moore, however, is. His new band comes on the heels of a break-up with longtime Sonic Youth collaborator (and wife) Kim Gordon, and the new band showcases a return to his loud, noisy, and punk-influenced roots. The four-piece band succeeds in large part because it is a band, not a Moore solo effort, and the skills of his cohorts shine through in songs that pay homage to 1980s punk and the New York arts scene. Enjoy this rare chance to catch the 54-year-old rocker in a small venue, before Chelsea Light Moving inevitably jumps to a larger stage. Earplugs are recommended for anyone on the West Bank.  --Loren Green
18+, $14, 8 PM

Hinder with The Last Vegas and Acidic
First Avenue
Alternative Rock
18+, $22.50/$25, 7 PM

Esben and the Witch with Heliotropes and France Camp
7th Street Entry
Ambient Rock
18+, $10, 8 PM

Thursday 3.28.2013

Har Mar Superstar with The Virgins
Triple Rock Social Club
Alternately praised and dismissed for his decade-long run as an ironic, '80s-loving R&B lothario, Minnesota native and current NYC resident Sean Tillmann has wisely reinvented the sound of his Har Mar Superstar alter ego on his forthcoming fifth album, Bye Bye 17. Apparently tired of playing the role of oversexed, skivvies-baring Prince acolyte, Tillmann adopts a classy Motown-friendly sound on lead single "Lady, You Shot Me," not too far removed from the likes of Mayer Hawthorne. No longer saving his "serious" songs for his unjustly overlooked rock band Sean Na Na, Bye Bye 17 is the sound of Tillmann laying it all on the line with newfound sincerity.  --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $15-$17, 8 PM

Shout Out Out Out Out with Heloise & The Savoir Faire and Tickle Torture
7th Street Entry 
Synth Pop
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Friday 3.29.2013

Redman with Big Zach and Absent
Reggie Noble raps like he was born grimy. He set a gold standard for high-grade headknock from his first appearances, starting with his early guest spots alongside the legendary EPMD, and extending into a solo career that took off with a classic, his '92 debut Whut? Thee Album. From there, he put his gravelly voiced blend of dirty-joke boasting and relentless energy through some enduring phases: the MC supergroup Def Squad, his Legion of Doom-style teamup with Method Man, and a seven-strong discography of solo records. A long-awaited sequel to 1996's raw-as-hell fan favorite Muddy Waters has been in the works for a while, and the recently debuted "Lookin' Fly Too" is a surprising, silky-meets-raw sign of what could come -- when even the AutoTuned hook sounds blunted, you know you're dealing with a master of the form.   --Nate Patrin
18+, $22-$25, 9 PM

Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band (LP Release) with Occult Detective Club, Prissy Clerks, and The Right Here
Turf Club
Country Rock Flavor
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Wavves with FIDLAR and Cheatahs
7th Street Entry
Wavves and FIDLAR are both Southern California bands that emerged from punk/DIY/slacker circles. Wavves' Nathan Williams got some help from a professional producer and former Jay Reatard associates Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes to hone his ragged vision and create a punk-pop nugget in 2010's King of the Beach. Wavves' new Afraid of Heights again matches electrifying punk adrenaline with juicy pop hooks often suggestive of the Beach Boys and other mid-'60s groups. And right from the shiny, charging first track, "Sail to the Sun," Williams confirms his priorities haven't changed: "I tell ya what I'm gonna do to get by...first we gotta get high." FIDLAR's punk onslaught is more ferocious, the group's everything-is-fucked attitude more prickly, but they tap an array of raucous rock 'n' roll antecedents similar in temporal origin. And their solution to the prevailing angst is equally time-honored: party hearty with, as the first track of their eponymous debut prescribes, "Cheap Beer." London's Cheatahs, meanwhile, led by Canadian Nathan Hewitt, seem more inspired by early-'90s Brit pop for their mix of swirling guitars and moody vocals.  --Rick Mason
18+, ($16-$18) SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Pert Near Sandstone 7" Release with Cornmeal and The Ragbirds
First Avenue Mainroom
Banjo Rock
18+, $16/$18, 8 PM

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