The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/17-4/23

Photo by Pieter van Hattem
This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's right...RECORD STORE DAY. Stores such as Hymie's Vintage Records and the Electric Fetus will be celebrating the whole day with live bands and new vinyl releases. Jim James of My Morning Jacket makes a stop to First Avenue Sunday while legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr stops by the Varsity Theater on Tuesday. 

Wednesday 4.17.2013

Space Cats with Cheap Thrills 
Kitty Cat Klub 
Atmospheric Jams
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Trampled by Turtles with Actual Wolf, Fever Dream, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Sans Souci Quartet and Next of Kin
First Avenue/7th Street Entry
10 Year Takeover
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Now, Now with the Lonely Forest and Prissy Clerks
Triple Rock
Static Waves
18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

Thursday 4.18.2013

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Dakota Jazz Club
Bluegrass phenomenon Ricky Skaggs has enjoyed a long, prolific career still celebrated in contemporary alt-country circles. A master of mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and vocals, Skaggs has always grounded his work in traditional bluegrass, even while being an integral part of the newgrass movement in the 1970s, sneaking subtle bits of jazz and rock in amid the grass, and helping spearhead country's new traditionalist revival in the '80s. As a kid he shared stages with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, at 15 joined Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, and later played with J.D. Crowe and the New South and Emmylou Harris's Hot Band. Skaggs's latest, Music to My Ears, is a typically accomplished bluegrass and trad country collection, with brilliant picking, soulful mountain vocals, and a few surprises. --Rick Mason
AA, $50-$60/$35-$45, 7 PM/9 PM

Trampled By Turtles with The Pines, Real Bulls, Corpse Reviver, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, The Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs and Strange Meeting
First Avenue/7th Street Entry
10 Year Takeover
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Pickwick with Basia Bulat
Turf Club
Laid back Harmonies
21+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Zeus with Sleep Study and Wild Cathedral
Triple Rock
Classic Roots
18+, $10, 8 PM

Rebelution with J Boog and Hot Rain
Jam Grooves
18+, $17.50-$20, 7:30 PM

Friday 4.19.2013

It's been 10 years since T.I.'s breakthrough Trap Muzik, one of the crucial records of the early-aughts Southern rap boom with a lyrical weight to match its hustler charisma and ringtone-ready production. His career since then has wavered slightly, from the high of three straight chart-topping platinum albums in three years (2006's King, 2007's T.I. vs. T.I.P., and 2008's Paper Trail) to the low of his momentum-slowing prison stints. But T.I.'s still a regular presence on the charts and rap radio, and keeps on expanding his empire as he gets settled into veteran status. Last December's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head was another strong effort to maintain his form, and while it's notorious for one of the biggest track-stealing guest spots in recent years -- Andre 3000 going absolutely ballistic on "Sorry" -- it's also got one of the most distinct, chest-out rasps on the mic at work in ways that'd still sound gripping reciting the back of a Wheaties box.--Nate Patrin
18+, $50-$80, 9 PM

Pissed Jeans
Triple Rock Social Club
For obvious reasons, hardcore/noise-rock records are never the trendiest stuff out there. But with February's Honeys, Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans delivered a masterpiece of their form, 12 songs that stand out compared to the band's first three albums because of their exceptional quality rather than any purely sonic tics. Over seasick riffage and a consistently brutal rhythm section, frontman Matt Korvette once again proves himself one of the more capable vocalists in all of heavy music, mixing in plenty of his trademark sardonic humor along the way. While occasionally similar bands like Ceremony and Fucked Up are doing X Games commercials and labyrinthine concept albums, respectively, Pissed Jeans are busy being a pummeling, frills-free quartet at their peak. There's never been a better opportunity to catch these guys live. With Total Trash. --Mike Madden
18+, $12, 8 PM

REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent
Target Center
Old Classics
AA, $25-125, 7 PM 

Fuck Knights with Valet
331 Club
Psychedelic Blow Your Mind Dance Party
21+, FREE, 10 PM

The Casualties with Rocksteady Breakfast and Devil Blues Band
Triple Rock
Hard Hitting
18+, $13/$15, 9 PM

Shabazz Palaces with THEESatisfaction and Malitia Malimob
Fine Line Music Café
Electro Hip Hop
18+, $15, 8 PM

Disappears with Pony Trash and The Bombay Sweets
Turf Club
Trance Rock
21+, $8/10, 8 PM

Trampled by Turtles with Charlie Parr, Erik Koskinen, Prissy Clerks, The Keep Aways and Southwire
First Avenue/7th Street Entry
10 Year Takeover
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Fountains of Wayne
Dakota Jazz Club
Power Pop Does Acoustic
AA, $35, 8 PM

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