The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 5/8 - 5/14

It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching over Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday, local garage group Crimes releases their latest vinyl at the Icehouse while The Voice's Nicholas David plays a sold out show his first of two nights at First Avenue. 

Wednesday 5.8.2013

Damien Jurado with Holly Newsom 
Turf Club
Though he releases records at a feverish pace, veteran folkie Damien Jurado creates songs that have always cast a slow-burning spell. Over the years, he's veered among jaunty folk-pop on 1999's Rehearsals for Departure, some boisterous full-band rock for 2002's I Break Chairs, and haunted skeletal acoustic ruminations on 2006's Now I'm In Your Shadow. Now Jurado's artfully abstract tales of heartache and honeyed yowl are in a late-period renaissance sparked by newfound collaborator Richard Swift. A talented singer-songwriter in his own right, Swift has an ear for elegant arrangements that has elevated Jurado's always sturdy songcraft to another level on his last two albums. --Rob Van Alstyne
21+, $15, 8 PM

Queen: Days of Our Lives 
Trylon Microcinema
Never in fashion, yet one of the most popular, greatest rock bands of all time, Queen is epically portrayed in one of the best rock documentaries of all time. Directed by Matt O'Casey, Queen: Days of Our Lives is a moving, in-depth depiction of the band's 40-year history. Rife with humor, sadness, and rich surprises, it's a film of the largess that Queen deserves. Sound Unseen presents the 2011 movie's Minnesota premiere. --Cyn Collins 
$8, 7 PM and 9:15 PM 

Lights-Siberia Acoustic with Pat Brown
Varsity Theatre
Intergalactic Electro
AA, $20, 6 PM

SOJA: with Air Dubai, Los Rakas
First Avenue Mainroom
Arena Folk
18+, $19/$24 7 PM

Bomba De Luz and the Lonely Wild with Enemy Planes
7th Street Entry
Jam Pop
18+, $8, 7:30 PM

Damien Jurado with Holly Newsom
Turf Club
Desert Blues
21+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Thursday 5.9.2013

Andre Nickatina with Roach Gigz, Mumbls and St. Paul Slim
Fine Line Music Café
Hip Hop Luminary
18+, $17/$20, 7:30 PM

Black Pus, Seawhores and Slapping Purses
Turf Club
Static Attack
21+, $8, 9 PM 

Shell Tape Release with The Funeral, And the Twilight, Tender Meat and Burnet
7th Street Entry
Ambient Sounds
18+, $5, 8 PM


Friday 5.10.2013

Chicago Afrobeat Project 
7th Street Entry
Well over a decade after Fela Kuti's death, his influence remains profound, via Bill T. Jones's award-winning Broadway show based on his life as well as by bands inspired by his signature Afrobeat, a potent mixture of traditional West African music, funk, jazz, soul, and rock. Chicago Afrobeat Project has been around for a decade, initially focusing on Fela material and then coming up with its own variations and working in fresh influences, like hip hop. CAP's new album, Nyash Up!, is still more adventurous, the octet conjuring up Afrobeat covers of an eclectic array of artists, including the Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, System of a Down, Brazilian singer Céu, and Marvin Gaye, whose "Inner City Blues" echoes Fela's virulent political content. Also notable are fusions of Fela tunes with those of Fugazi and Radiohead. Opening will be the Dérobé Dance Band, a local 12-piece associated with the Secret Stash, and Impala Sound Champions. --Rick Mason 
18+, $10-$12, 9 PM

Daughter with Jeremy Messersmith 
Fine Line Music Cafe
Echoing a melody-minded crossbreed of Cat Power and the XX, buzzy British trio Daughter soundtracked steamy Grey's Anatomy scenes and dominated blogosphere chatter last year, even before releasing a full-length. After two rapturously received EPs, their debut album, If You Leave, lives up to its high expectations throughout. Impeccably produced and paced, the slick but soulful record proves Daughter capable of pulling off gently propulsive ambient-leaning indie-pop explorations, anthemic rock, and instantly accessible Feist-styled folk-pop pleasures. Opening is Daughter's new labelmate on Glassnote Records, Jeremy Messersmith. --Rob Van Alstyne 
18+, $15, 8 PM 

Girls Got Rhythm Fest feat: the Avengers, Ana Lucia, and the Gateway District
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Girl Power  
21+, $20, ($35 for 2 Day Pass) 8 PM 

Ex Nuns with Deleter, The Crash Bandits and Sleepyhead
Agressive Guitars
21+, $5, 9 PM 

Crimes Vinyl Release with Rupert Angeleyes
Gloomy Garage
21+, $5 adv, $10 door, 11 PM

IAMDYNAMITE with The VIRGINMARYS and Red Daughters
Triple Rock 
Anthemic Noise Duo
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Nicholas David with Heatbox, Melanie Martinez, Todd Kessler, Desdamona and Alex Rossi
First Avenue Mainroom
The Voice Star
18+, SOLD OUT 7:30 PM

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