The best Twin Cities concerts: 8/21- 8/27


If you're not jetting to Toronto to see the Replacements, this week marks the beginning of the State Fair and also a number of quality shows. The State Fair Grandstand welcomes Sheryl Crow, Sunday and Depeche Mode, Tuesday. Lyle Lovett also makes a Wednesday evening appearance at the MN Zoo. Friday is full of local acts such as Night Moves at the Triple Rock, Fathom Lane at the Aster, Bomba de Luz at the Turf Club and more.

Wednesday 8.21.2013

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Minnesota Zoo 
Quirky, lanky, wry, and sly, flecked with horse wrangler's dust and a hipster's sense of surrealism, Lyle Lovett has been following his own eclectic trail for nigh on 30 years. The sounds he's threaded through the Texas sage have ranged from blues to western swing, country, folk, pop, and jump jazz, all seemingly weathered by the prairie wind but also tinged with an impish glint, a touch of irreverent wisdom. Last year's Release Me had a dual meaning. It was the final release of Lovett's long association with the Curb/ Lost Highway label and also referred to his fine, twangy-tragic duet with k.d. lang on that classic heartbreaker. As usual, he's all over the map, from swaggering blues to bluegrass to punchy, horn-driven soulful rock and gospel, topping them all with an ambling soul-folk reading of Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." -Rick Mason
 $68-$80.50, 7:30 PM

Howie Day with Justin James
Cedar Cultural Center
Pop Singer/Songwriter
AA, $17/$20, 7 PM

The Giving Tree Band with Big Tree Bonsai
7th Street Entry
Collective Heart
18+. $10, 8 PM

Thursday 8.22.2013

The Eastern Sea
7th St Entry
The brainchild of Duluth native Matthew Hines, indie-rock act the Eastern Sea's rich musical melodies didn't start flowing publicly until after a collegiate move to Austin, Texas, in 2005. The 2012 sophomore album Plague features the same sort of evocative downbeat lyricism and stately brass-laden arrangements that have made the National into dour indie-rock kings, but feels like a far different animal by dint of Hines's angelic choir-boy voice. Widely praised on their hometown turf, the band hit the 7th St. Entry tonight primed to head into the studio and record album number three at the close of the tour, and have promised plenty of new material in their headlining set. With Wishbook and Grandchildren. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $10-$12, 8 PM

Reverend Horton Heat with Wayne "The Train" Hancock and Deke Dickerson
First Avenue Mainroom
Blues Rock Roots
18+, $20/$22, 7:30 PM

Friday 8.23.2013

Murder By Death with Maps & Atlases
Fine Line Music Café
Meticulous Songwriting
18+, $15, 8 PM

Fathom Lane with Fairfax, AK and Savannah Smith
Aster Café
Sweetly Acoustic
$8, 8:30 PM

Night Moves with Tickle Torture and Umami
Triple Rock 
Free Tuneups and Quick Bike Fixes
18+. 8 PM

Greg Grease with Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck, Grrrl Prty, DJ Just Nine, and Simone Steppa Dujour
7th Street Entry
Spoken Lyrics
18+, $7/$9, 8 PM

Serena Ryder
Varsity Theater
Top Pop
18+. $12/$15. 8 PM

Bomba De Luz with Prissy Clerks, Niki Becker and Bethany Larson & the Bees Knees
Turf Club
Twin Cities Eclectic
21+, $7, 9 PM

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