The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/10-4/16

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If you can brave the weather, there's plenty of music going on this week. Thursday, twenty one pilots play a sold-out show at the Triple Rock while Boz Scaggs makes an appearance at the State Theatre. Friday night, Zoo Animal will be at the Icehouse, Ex Nuns rock Cause, Edward the Confessor is at Memory Lanes, Phosphorescent graces the Turf, and Prof plays his first out of two sold-out dates at First Avenue. Family of the Year makes a trip to Minneapolis to play a sold out show Saturday, while Rufus Wainwright makes a return to Twin Cities by playing at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Wednesday 4.10.2013

Bernie Worrell Orchestra
Studio B at Skyway Theatre
Bernie Worrell should be considered an immortal for playing keyboards for every single year of the Parliament-Funkadelic mothership's untouchable '70s peak -- thereby popularizing synthesized bass -- then joining up with Talking Heads for "Burning Down the House" and the legendary live set Stop Making Sense. Since then, that funk-to-punk versatility continues paying off for Worrell, with side routes in Afrobeat, hip hop, and the jam band circuit. He's played with the prog-funk supergroup Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, the rap-rock teamup with Mos Def and Living Colour's rhythm section as Black Jack Johnson, and the Baby Elephant project with hip-hop production icon Prince Paul. His current group, the Bernie Worrell Orchestra, is similarly flexible: while setlists reliably bring the goodies from Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome and Speaking in Tongues, Bernie's also handy with old jazz standards and other left-field surprises. The man can play just about everything, so feel free to expect anything. --Nate Patrin
$12-$18, 7 PM

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds with Black Diet
7th Street Entry
Nine-Piece Powerhouse
18+, $10, 8 PM

B.Dolan with Toki Wright and Mike Mictlan
Triple Rock
Hip Hop Storytellers
18+, $10/$12, 8PM

Clutch with Orange Goblin, Lionize and Scorpion Child
First Avenue Mainroom
Straight-up Rock
18+, $20/$25, 6:30 PM

Thursday 4.11.2013

Boz Scaggs
State Theater
Recorded at Royal Studios, where the late Willie Mitchell helped create the signature Memphis sound with the likes of Al Green and Ann Peebles, Boz Scaggs's great new album is a tribute to that city's rich musical heritage while allowing for a little artistic latitude. Appropriately dubbed Memphis, the album was produced by Steve Jordan and features such Memphis scene stalwarts as guitarist Ray Parker Jr., bassist Willie Weeks, and keyboardist Spooner Oldham. The result is a stylish evocation of classic Memphis soul, R&B, and blues. Scaggs's finely textured voice and smart phrasing shine, whether emulating Green's soaring falsetto on the Hi Records classic "So Good to Be Here," sidling through the Moments' "Love on a Two Way Street," caressing a folk-like version of the blues nugget "Corrina, Corrina," or muscling through roadhouse blues on Applejack Walroth's "Dry Spell." --RICK MASON
AA, $53.50-$63.50, 7:30 PM

Christopher Cunningham and Michelle Kinney
Icehouse
Guitar and Cello Duo
FREE, 6 PM

twenty one pilots with New Politics and Five Knives
Triple Rock 
Energetic Duo
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Hiss in the Congo, Part Mammal and X-scepters
Cause
Quick Lyrics
21+, FREE, 9 PM

STS9 with Russ Liquid
First Avenue Mainroom
Grooving Jam
18+, $25/$30, 7 PM

The Protomen and Youung & Tender
7th Street Entry
Ode to Stadium Rock
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Friday 4.12.2013

Phosphorescent
Turf Club
Matthew Houck's decade-long run as Phosphorescent has seen him set his cracked twang to both tried-and-true cowboy sounds with 2009's Willie Nelson tribute album To Willie, and electronics-accented ambient-folk fare as found on 2007's Pride. This year's Muchacho represents a new high-water mark, incorporating intriguing electronic textures smoothly into a surprisingly poppy 10-song set. Whether favoring a fuller sound as on the hopped-up honky-tonk of "A Charm/A Blade" or stripping things down to their essence on the drum-machine-driven ballad "Song for Zula," Houck hits the melodic bull's-eye throughout. With Strand of Oaks.--Rob Van Alstyne
21+, $14 (SOLD OUT) , 8 PM

Ex Nuns with Mystery Date and Rabbit Holes
Cause
Agressive Rock
21+, $5, 9 PM 

Edward the Confessor with the Less Complex and the Viscous Lips
Memory Lanes
Raw Rock
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Zoo Animal with Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
Icehouse
Minimalist Grunge Pop
21+, $8, 11 PM

Fatoumata Diawara
Cedar Cultural Center
Paris-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara's debut album, Fatou, is a sinuous, insinuating synthesis of traditional Malian music and international folk, jazz, and pop elements. Born to Malian parents living in the Ivory Coast, she hadn't yet hit her teens when she was sent to live with an aunt in Bamako, where she stumbled into a film role, which led to a film and theater career in West Africa and France. Encouraged by a director who heard her singing to herself backstage, Diawara eventually sang backup with Oumou Sangaré, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cheikh Lô, and Herbie Hancock. She writes about the difficulties of being an independent woman in a traditional society, condemns female circumcision, and laments war. And recently she gathered some 40 Malian musicians in Bamako to record a song calling for peace in the country, which has been ravaged in the past year by fighting. --Rick Mason
AA, $25-$30, 8 PM

The Men
7th St. Entry
Maybe they were lazy in picking a name, or maybe the Men chose their moniker because it's so generic it has no particular sonic connotations. After all, over the course of their first three albums, the Brooklyn quartet tried out seemingly every guitar-based rock subgenre out there, starting with blackened psychedelia and blistering hardcore and eventually making their way to quieter strands of Americana. Last year's "Candy" was country-rock classicism, plain and simple. The band took March's New Moon as a chance to wring a defining statement from their astounding range, and the result is a set of 12 songs that shows how few moves it really takes to get from Neil Young to noise-punk. With Gun Outfit. --Mike Madden
18+, $12, 8 PM

Prof with Mac Lethal, I Self Devine and Haphduzn
First Avenue Mainroom
Local Rap Legend
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM


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1 comments
omnipitous
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Really... you left out Widespread Panic @ Orpheum on Sunday?  The show sold out in a day so MUST be terrible... ?

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