The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/17-7/23

What better to way to escape the heat than to check out music around the Twin Cities! Mrs. Carter herself, better known as Beyonce, will make an appearance at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday while teen sensations One Direction play the Target Center. The team of Killer Mike and El-P bring their Run the Jewels collaboration to the Varsity on Friday. Plenty of festivals also start Wednesday/Thursday and continue throughout the weekend. Sonshine, Rockfest, Moondance festival and the Vans Warped tour will all take place in surrounding Twin Cities areas.  Lastly, Palmer's will be hosting Palmfest Saturday and Sunday, featuring releases from Southside Desire and Black Diet. 

Wednesday 7.17.2013

Hot Freaks with Radar Sound Machine and Mr. Fuzz
Kitty Cat Klub

Funky Dance
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Bob Log III with Eleganza
7th Street Entry

One Man Band
18+, $12, 8 PM

UME with Fury Things
Triple Rock

Austin Power Trio
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Sonshine Festival with Family Force 5, Newsboys, Lecrae, Crowder, Skillet and more
Willmar Civic Center Grounds WEDNESDAY- SATURDAY

Christian Rock Weekend
$64-$99 for four day pass

Thursday 7.18.2013

Xcel Energy Center

It'd be easy enough just to go over Beyonce Knowles's qualities and accomplishments as a 21st-century media superstar. She's got first-name recognition, one of the most fervent fan bases in pop and R&B, genuine power-couple status alongside Jay-Z, and a Super Bowl halftime show so over-the-top energetic that the only thing that could upstage it was the Superdome's lights conking out. Bey is showbiz to the core, and her concerts are known to be heavy on the spectacle. But it's not the costume changes and massive setpieces that get songs like Crazy in Love, Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), and Countdown wedged inside listeners' heads. It's that voice that one ranks up there with Diana and Janet in its ability to mix emotional range with to-the-rafters vocal virtuosity and nail a decade-spanning soundtrack for millions. Oh yeah, and she can dance, too. -- Nate Patrin
$45-$250, 8 PM


Live Radio Recording
4:30 PM

Vonnie Kyle with Geodesique and Kingfisher
7th Street Entry

Seasoned Indie Rock
18+, $5, 8 PM

Moondance Festival
Walker, MN Campgrounds

Classic Rock Festival

Country Jam with Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Craig Morgan, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, and more THURSDAY- SATURDAY
Country Jam Festival Grounds, Eau Claire

Outdoor Festival
$150-$520 three-day pass

One Direction
Target Center

Pre Teen Pop
$29.50-$89.50, 7:30 PM

Rock Fest: with Three Days Grace, Seether, Korn, the Offspring, Kiss, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, and more THURSDAY - SUNDAY
Chippewa Valley Rock Fest, Cadott, WI
More Classic Rock
$165 for four day pass

Said the Whale with Bad Bad Hats.
Cedar Cultural Center

Vancouver indie-pop
$10/$12, 7 PM

Friday 7.19.2013

El-P and Killer Mike
Varsity Theater

Brooklyn indie-rap majordomo El-P and relentlessly grinding Dungeon Family alumnus Killer Mike became fast friends and creative collaborators when what was meant to be a one-beat team-up turned into the full-length R.A.P. Music. The El-produced, Mike-helmed skullcrusher of a hip-hop record was the bolo right hook in their 2012 one-two punch, with El Producto's own Cancer4Cure as the gut-slugging left. And if that wasn't enough, they both jumped out the gate 13 months later as co-headliners of Run the Jewels, a free-to-download album that appears to be one of the few releases rap fiends can agree about these days. And not for nothing: El-Ps production on this one is the ideal midpoint between nodding to predecessors tradition (Mantronix, Bomb Squad, Organized Noise) and his own crowd-moving futuristic abrasion, while both men on the mic are at their smack-talk peak. -Nate Patrin
18+, $16-$25, 7:30 PM

France Camp with Rich Garvey, Vacation Dad and Some Pulp

Gritty Garage
21+, FREE, 10 PM

Budo with Hollis and Elskavon
7th Street Entry

Computerized Beats
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Alexander O'Neal with Cherrelle
First Avenue Mainroom

Pure Vocals
18+, $20, 8 PM

Caitlin Rose with Frankie Lee
Turf Club

Exploring Emotions
21+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Dr. John / Sonny Landreth
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater

Dr. John's 2012 collaboration with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Locked Down, won a Grammy (his sixth) for Best Blues Album and raised his national profile probably higher than it's been since his 1973 hit single, "Right Place, Wrong Time." But good as the album is, with its down-and-dirty second line swamp funk and fiery apocalyptical rants (in the widely played Revolution) those who praised it as his best in years simply haven't been paying attention to a varied and extensive discography that ranges from Big Easy classics to tributes to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer. Here the good Dr. will lead a jazz- and R&B-steeped quintet dubbed the Nite Trippers, several of whom, including trombonist/music director Sarah Morrow, toured with Ray Charles. Opener Sonny Landreth is a southwest Louisiana native, a brilliant slide guitarist, and an accomplished songwriter. His latest, Elemental Journey, is an all-instrumental affair inspired by a wide swath of blues, jazz, rock, and zydeco. --Rick Mason
$42-$54.50, 7:30 PM

New Sound Underground CD Release with Sean Anonymous, #MPLS, and Greg Grease

18+, $8/10, 9:30 PM

Crimes with Carroll, The ACBs and Humanda

Garage Guitars
21+, $7, 9 PM

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