The best Twin Cities concerts: 6/12 - 6/18

PLENTY of events going on this week to get everyone out of the house. Wednesday, the Kopecky Family band (which is not actually a family band) play the Triple Rock. Featuring Astronautalis, Sims, Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority, Friday is a night for hip hop in the First Avenue Mainroom. Let's hope for good weather Saturday for all of our lucky friends who snagged Rock the Garden tickets. Festivities begin at the Walker Art Center at 11, and will wind down in First Avenue later in the evening. Lastly Fitz and the Tantrums sell out TWO nights at the Varsity. 
Wednesday 6.12.2013

Rah Rah with Bad Bad Hats
The Nether Bar (Mill City Nights)
18+, $10, 8 PM

Kitten Forever with Prissy Clerks and Buzzers
Kitty Cat Klub
Distorted Reverb
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Big Black Delta with Wiping out Thousands 
7th Street Entry
Electro Dance
18+, $10, 7 PM

Kopecky Family Band
Triple Rock
With a catchy but enigmatic sound that somehow works the seams among rock, country, pop, and folk, the Kopecky Family Band have steadily built a buzz over the past five years via extensive touring, festival appearances, a handful of EPs, and finally, last fall, their full-length debut, Kids Raising Kids. Along the way the Kopeckys have attracted somewhat fanciful comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, the Lumineers, Arcade Fire, Emmylou and Gram, and George and Loretta, albeit all with fleeting kernels of truth. They've also been touted for representing the indie wing of their Nashville hometown, even though the only actual Kopecky in the crew is Minneapolis native and Blaine High School grad Kelsey, who formed the band with Gabe Simon while both were music majors at Nashville's Belmont University. A sextet of multi-instrumentalists, the Kopeckys do play with the cohesion of actual kin, breeding snaky groves, alluring melodies, shout-along choruses, and intriguing arrangements that include cello, horns, and steel guitar. The irresistible opening track, "Wandering Eyes" has echoes of the Band, streaks of moody mahogany, and a communal spirit that's irresistible and persists throughout the disc -Rick Mason
18+, $12, 8 PM 

Thursday 6.13.2013

Man or Astro-Man? with Jacuzzi Boys
Turf Club
After a dozen years apparently lost in a far galaxy, cosmic surfers Man or Astro-Man? have splashed down on Earth with a new, surprising, gritty album, Defcon 5...4...3...2...1. The band originally rocketed out of Auburn, Alabama, in the early '90s, picking up on the grand tradition of Dick Dale-inspired surf-rock guitar, but in the context of a cheesy, spaceage, Devo-esque schtick they like to call science friction. Original Astro-nauts Birdstuff, Coco, and Star Crunch are back onboard after the hiatus, along with renowned producer Steve Albini, plus new guitarist Avona Nova. The Defcon sound has a new muscularity laced with darker rock aggression than the fizzier surf stuff still at its core. More vocals are interspersed with the instrumentals too, also adding a more ominous tone. But as the band counts down through Defcon , the penultimate track is suffused with twinkling electronics, and the finale blasts off into classic surf-rock mode. Opening will be the Jacuzzi Boys, a Miami trio whose sun-kissed variety of garage-surf pop is riddled with big, tasty hooks and a fresh quality reminiscent of rock 'n' roll's early days. -Rick Mason 
21+, $15, 8 PM

The Cave Singers with Blessed Feathers
7th Street Entry
Brushfired Folk
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Friday 6.14.2013

Hot Freaks (CD Release) with Shakin Babies and Rupert AngelEyes
Bright Chords
21+, $5, 9 PM

The Ragbirds with Joey Ryan & The Inks and Reina Del Cid
7th Street Entry
Folk-Rock hooks
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Stone Arch Bridge Fest: Riverfront Concerts on Water Power Park
Rockstar Storytellers, Apollo Cobra, and Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps
All Ages, Free, 7 PM to 10 PM

Astronautalis and Sims with Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority
First Avenue Mainroom
Hip Hop Heros
18+, $15, 8 PM

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