The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/3-4/9

Spring has arrived, and with good weather comes more good music. The Mavericks make a comeback performance to Pantages Theater while Finland natives, Sigur Rós make a reappearance at The Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Wednesday. Divine Fits finally live up to their lyrics ("I wish that I was / In Minneapolis") for their first local performance at the Varsity Theater. The4onthefloor makes a two night appearance this weekend, Thursday at the Turf Club, Saturday in the First Avenue Mainroom. 

Wednesday 4.3.2013

The Mavericks

Pantages Theatre
In Time, the first new studio album from the Mavericks in a decade, sounds timeless. Marrying vintage country and pop with a wide array of Latin threads, most prominently Tex-Mex, mariachi, and Cuban, it displays a stylish assurance. Raul Malo is once again at the heart of the band. Besides writing or co-writing all the tunes, his Roy Orbison-like operatic croon carries torchy '50s-ish ballads like "Forgive Me," jaunty Bakersfield/Austin romps like "Back in Your Arms Again," and rockers like "Lies" with equal aplomb. Seth Walker, a fine, bluesy singer, guitarist, songwriter, and sometimes Malo collaborator, will open. --Rick Mason
AA, $42.50-$52.50. 7:30 PM 

The Joy Formidable with Guards and Kitten
First Avenue Mainroom
Chunky Distortion
18+, $18/20, 7 PM

Doldrums with Sean Nicholas Savage
7th Street Entry
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM 

Sigur Rós
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Sigur Rós is a band so singular that only a small number of adjectives will suffice when describing them. Over the past decade and a half, the Icelandic outfit has been conflating the best elements of post-rock and ambient music without ever fitting squarely into either genre, meanwhile penning mostly long songs, singing in a self-invented language called Vonlenska, and making use of virtually every instrument from here to Reykjavik. After test-driving bona fide pop structures with 2008's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, the band reverted to more characteristic sprawl for last year's Valtari, a quieter record with only one earth-splitting crescendo. It didn't make the critical dent of 1999's Ágætis byrjun or 2005's Takk..., but then, any initial reception was probably misguided. This is a band that tends to make music best heard loud and in a spacious setting -- in fewer words, in a place like the Roy. --Mike Madden
AA, $36-$51, 7:30 PM 

Thursday 4.4.2013

Anthras with Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail
First Avenue Mainroom
Metal Alliance Tour III
18+, $29, 6 PM

Hey Marseilles with Young Buffalo and Ben Rosenbush & The Brighton
7th Street Entry
Lyrical Wayfaring
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Divine Fits
Varsity Theater
New Wave super group
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

The 4onthefloor with Erik Koskinen
Turf Club
Stomp Rock
21+, $25, 8 PM

Matt Costa with The Blank Tapes
Triple Rock
Sugar-laced Vocals
18+, $15, 8 PM

Friday 4.5.2013

Crimes with Leisure Birds and Strange Relations
Turf Club 
Bobbing Garage
21+, $6, 9 PM

Happy Apple
Icehouse MPLS (Friday and Saturday)
Avant Gard Jazz
21+, $12, 11 PM 

Garbage with Io Echo
Mill City Nights
Returning last spring from an eight-year "indefinite hiatus," Garbage essentially picked up where it left off: '90s-era, post-grunge alt-rock. That proved to be more a template than a formula on the comeback album Not Your Kind of People. The quartet's sound is still dark, muscular, turbulent, and honed to near-perfection. The band's allusions to losing control are illusions when it comes to the music, whose big hooks dangle just beneath the roiling guitars and electronics. Meanwhile, singer Shirley Manson delivers her sometimes topical ("Blood for Poppies"), angst-ridden lyrics with an impressive array of sneers, murmurs, and honeyed dissections (and on the title track, a psychedelic swoon). Io Echo is the L.A. duo of Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross, whose sound has alternately been dubbed Grunge Goth and New Orientalism.  --Rick Mason
18+, $42, 9 PM

Cold War Kids with Houses
First Avenue Mainroom
Percussive Vocals
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

Wovenhand with Wrekmeister Harmonies 
7th Street Entry 
Ambient Tonefields
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Jamie Lidell
Fine Line Music Cafe
A 39-year-old pasty Englishman with production skills and a soulful set of pipes, Jamie Lidell may not look the part of suave potential Prince successor, but he confidently produces the sound. Lidell's self-titled fifth solo album was recorded in his new Nashville home base at a studio he built himself, unsurprisingly resulting in his most dizzyingly layered record yet in a catalog already known for enjoyably overstuffed and frightfully funky recordings. With a sweaty electro-soul sound that manages to feel simultaneously retro and adventurous, Lidell is part Motown magic man, part London space-disco party-starter, and all irresistible. With Empress Of, Ludwig Persik. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $15, 8 PM

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