The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/11-9/17

Photo by Katina Elizabeth Photography
Twin Cities music never stops and this week is no exception. The Xcel welcomes Michael Bublé Wednesday, and Blake Shelton Thursday. Animal Collective play their rescheduled show Wednesday at First Avenue. Wednesday also brings two new residency nights, GRRRL PRTY's at Icehouse and Usonia at Cause. The Varsity will be hosting the Goo Goo Dolls Wednesday and a sold out AFI show Thursday.
Wednesday 9.11.2013

Animal Collective
First Avenue Mainroom
The fact that fans can't agree which Animal Collective album is the best is a testament to the Baltimore group's growth. Last year's Centipede Hz is their most aggressive work, but it still contains their psychedelic, disorienting hallmarks. The outright pop moves of 2009 single "My Girls" now feels like an anomaly, albeit one that they could remake over and over again if they weren't so wonderfully adventurous. Live, they reveal that each tunnel is connected with jammy interludes tying hooks together like acid-soaked tendons. With White Magic and Matthew St-Germain. --IAN TRAAS
18+, SOLD OUT, 7 PM

Andrew Belle with The Young International 
Turf Club
intimately whispered inflections
21+, $12/$15, 8 PM

Usonia with Blue Blazer, Tickle Torture and Umami
Dancey Rock
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Residency Kick off 
21+, $6, 9:30 PM

Michael Bublé
Xcel Energy
Modern Swooner
AA, $56-$112, 8 PM

Radkey with Some Pulp and Blue Ruin
7th Street Entry
Missouri punk
18+, $8, 8 PM

Goo Goo Dolls with Serena Ryder 
Varsity Theater
Old Favs
21+, 6 PM

Thursday 9.12.2013

Washed Out
First Avenue Mainroom 
Chillwave vet Washed Out still traffics in hazy electro-indebted indie-pop on sophomore album Paracosm, but its human warmth expands via more vintage keyboard sounds and occasional live drums and bass. Amid still-ambling tempos are highlights like the sunny "It All Feels Right" and sweetly rolling "Great Escape." No longer solely for latenight listening, one-man synthetic band Ernest Greene's livelier new tunes should translate strongly in concert. -ROB VAN ALSTYNE 
18+, $16-$18, 7:30 PM

Blake Shelton 
Xcel Energy Center
Country Radio Star
AA, $29-$54, 7:30 PM

Station to Station
Union Depot
The Station to Station tour, a.k.a. multimedia artist Doug Aitken's latest "Happening," 
is stopping at St. Paul's Union Depot as part of a 10-city trip on the rails between New 
York's Brooklyn Navy Yard and 16th Street Station in Oakland. Each date of the tour 
embraces a multidisciplinary approach to performance art. The musicians confirmed 
for the evening include Patti Smith performing acoustically with son Jackson Smith, 
Fiery Furnaces singer Eleanor Friedberger, garage-punk duo White Mystery, and punk 
deconstructionists No Age. Visually, expect to see Minnesota-based Kate Casanova's 
Vivarium Americana -- a sculptural work in which the interior of a black 1976 AMC 
Pacer has become overgrown with live oyster mushrooms -- parked on the premises. 
There will also be a performance choreographed by the BodyCartography Project, 
utilizing produce from Walker Art Center-commissioned Fritz Haeg's Edible Gardens. --Reed Fischer
All ages (under 18 must be with a parent) $25, 6 PM

89.3 The Current Public Music Meeting
The Amsterdam 

AFI with Touche Amore and Coming
Varsity Theater
Echoing Alternative 

The Wood Brothers
Fine Line Music Café
sweatin', shoutin', stompin' 
18+, $18/$20, 7:30 PM

Queen Kwong with Fury Things and France Camp
7th Street Entry
Fuzzy Rock
18+, $8, 8 PM

Saul Williams with Guante 
poetry music
21+, $20, 10 PM

Friday 9.13.2013

Story of the Sea, Speeds the Name, Spacesuit and Virtual CH
Turf Club
Chunky Rock
21+, $7, 9 PM

Hailing from well-rounded West Coast crew Black Hippy, Ab-Soul stands as one of rap's the most original voices. Tossing references both political and metaphysical alongside clever boasts and punchlines, he's simultaneously contemporary and forward-thinking. With 2012's Control System, he matched the energies of labelmates Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock, while displaying  impeccable flow. -JACK SPENCER
18+, $20-$25, 9 PM

Windhand with Exiles (Release Show), Nightosaur, Witchden and Hot Ashes
In Your Face
21+, $6, 9 PM

The Cherub with Probcause 
7th Street Entry
Eletro Pop
18+, $110/$12, 8 PM

Wild Belle with Saint Rich
Triple Rock
Sibling Duo
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Open Door #1: Celebrating the Legacy of Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris
Ritz Theatre FRIDAY 9.13 & SATURDAY 9.14
This two-night tribute to conductor, composer and musician Butch Morris will feature one of the Twin Cities' most venerable improvisational ensembles and three newer groups. Morris, who died in January at age 65,  was originally a jazz cornetist. His conduction work -- with the likes of David Murray, Billy Bang and Burnt Sugar -- blurred lines among jazz, classical, world music and the avant-garde. Both evenings begin with screenings of Black February, a film about Morris by Vipal Monga. Performing after the film Friday will be IMP ORK, the 27-year-old local group that had worked with Morris and which will be conducted by saxophonist John Devine. Performing Saturday will be Improvestra, Coloring Time and Cherry Spoon Collective, local bands of much more recent vintage but intensely focused on the possibilities of cutting edge improv.-- Rick Mason
$15 each night; $25 for both. 7 PM

Fuck Knights 
Psychedelic Dance Party
21+, FREE, 10 PM

First Avenue Mainroom
Earlier this year two Black Flags rose from the same grave. Guitarist and SST Records owner Greg Ginn fronts one bearing the hardcore pioneers' original name. The other, FLAG, shares four Black Flag alumni: Keith Morris (also of OFF!), Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, and Bill Stevenson, as well as Descendents/ALL guitarist Stephen Egerton. Is it an artistic rejuvenation, a midlife crisis, or a cash grab? The only thing for certain is that FLAG are having fun playing the hits and letting the fury fly. It's easy to question the motives from afar, but all bets are off when that "Six Pack" bassline kicks in or when the band jump into the Morris-era "Wasted." With T.S.O.L. and Cerebral Ballzy. --LOREN GREEN
18+, $30, 7:30 PM

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