The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/25-10/1

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Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in the 7th Street Entry while Nine Inch Nails emerge from their hiatus at the Xcel Energy Center. 

Wednesday 9.25.2013

No Joy with Alex Calder
7th Street Entry
Shoegaze Ripcurls
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Jon McLaughlin
Dakota Jazz Club
Pop Rock Singer Songwriter
AA, $15, 7 PM

Usonia with  Black Diet, Farewell Circuit, Hunting Club and Lady Heat DJ's 
Cause
Dancey Pop
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Thursday 9.26.2013

Billy Bragg
Cedar Cultural Center
For three decades Billy Bragg has been renowned for his progressive activism, politically charged lyrics, and withering folk-punk music, the odd love song notwithstanding. But for his first solo album in five years, Tooth & Nail, Bragg repaired to producer Joe Henry's California basement and came up with a set of mostly introspective songs in which Bragg closely examines his own vulnerabilities. Etched by the likes of Greg Leisz's pedal steel while Bragg's voice creaks towards Lyle Lovett, T&N sometimes sounds more West Texas than East London. World-weariness extends to one political tune, "No One Knows Nothing Anymore," although another, "There Will Be A Reckoning," glows with his trademark fire. Opening will be Arkansas folkie Joe Purdy. Look for an interview with Billy at blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise. -- Rick Mason
AA, $28-$30. 7:30 PM

Atlas Genius with Family of the Year and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Varsity Theater
Modern Pop
AA, $22.50-$33, 6:30 PM

Hollow Boys with Week of Wonders, Real Numbers and Hyperslob
Kitty Cat Klub
Garage Based
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Cold War Kids with Papa
First Avenue Mainroom 
Emotionally-Raw
18+, $22/$24, 7:30 PM

Truth & Salvage Co. with William Within
7th Street Entry
Rag 'n' Bone
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Friday 9.27.2013

Caroline Smith with Solid Gold, Toki Wright and Big Cats
First Avenue Mainroom
Rich and Soulful 
18+, $15, 8 PM

Flavor Crystals with Bombay Sweets, Persian Leaps 
Cause 
Minimalistic Garage
21+, $10, 9 PM

Ewert & the Two Dragons with Trapper Schoepp and Betteryboy
7th Street Entry
Emotionally Charged
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Davina & the Vagabonds
Dakota Jazz Club
Sassy Vocals
AA, $15, 8 PM

North Mississippi Allstars with Lightnin' Malcolm
The Cabooze
Blues Roots
18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour feat. The Growlers with Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together Pangea and more
Turf Club
Psychedlic Circus
21+, $15, 8 PM


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