The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/23-10/29


Winter is coming! Why not get out and see some shows as October winds to an end. Adam Levy's new project And the Professors is releasing an album titled Our Postmortem at the Cedar. Bonnie Raitt makes an appearance at the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Pretty Reckless play the Varsity Theater. M. Doughty plays First Avenue and Those Darlins play next door at the 7th Street Entry. The Head and the Heart play a two-night sold out show at First Avenue while John Vanderslice plays the Triple Rock Sunday. 

Wednesday 10.23.2013

Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples
Minneapolis Convention Center 
This double bill is on the final leg of Bonnie Raitt's world tour supporting Slipstream, which won this year's Grammy for Best Americana Album. Raitt is in prime form on Slipstream, with both her trademark slide guitar and soulful vocals especially nuanced and expressive, rummaging as always among blues, pop, rock, reggae, and R&B. The always marvelous Mavis Staples, a gospel and soul powerhouse going back to her days with her family band the Staple Singers, is riding high herself. One True Vine, her second project with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, was released in June. -- Rick Mason
$50-$112. 7:30 PM

Kevin Devine with Now Now.
The Nether BarIn the Nether Bar
Melodic and Sonic
18+, $15/$18, 8 PM

Kodaline with The Joseph Bell
Turf Club
Irish Four-Piece
21+, $12, 7 PM

Melt Banana with Brain Tentacles and Gay Witch Abortion
Triple Rock
Tokyo Duo
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Ha Ha Tonka with Samantha Crain
7th Street Entry
Effortless Anthems
18+, $12, 8 PM

The Pretty Reckless 
The Varsity Theater
Going to Hell
AA, $15-$25, 5:30 PM

Thursday 10.24.2013

And the Professors Record Release Show
Cedar Cultural Center

Over the past two decades, Adam Levy's ear for a timeless composition has grown to scholarly proportions. Whether it's rock 'n' roll with the Honeydogs, funk and soul via Hookers $ Blow, Rose Room's swing and Tin Pan Alley vibe, or going off on a psychedelic jazz excursion for a Liminal Phase show, Levy has aligned with musicians who also bask in the bliss of a well-penned song. Three years in the making, Our Postmortem is an introduction to And the Professors, yet another side of Levy's astute and versatile artistry. The pairing of Levy's Randy Newman-inspired witticisms and meditations with a string quartet scooped from the Minnesota Opera Orchestra -- cellist Rebecca Arons, violinists Conor O'Brien and Margaret Humphrey, and violist Susan Janda -- makes for an epic and catchy listen. Imagine a Wes Anderson film score with the Mississippi River flowing through it. Add gifted friends and past collaborators in keyboardist deVon Gray, drummer Joey Van Phillips, bassist Trent Norton, and vocalists Bethany Larson and Aby Wolf filling out these arrangements, and these Professors have plenty to teach us. With Farewell Continental, and Ben Rosenbush & the Brighton. --Reed Fischer
AA, $10-$12, 7 PM

Chic Gamine
Dakota Jazz Club
Quirky Pop
AA, $20, 7 PM

Blue October
The Varsity Theater
Alt Rock
18+, $28-$40, 7 PM

Lucius with Alpenglow
7th Street Entry
Seeing Double
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

White Denim with Ginkgo
Turf Club
Modern Blend
21+, $3/$6, 8 PM

Yonder Mountain String Band
First Avenue Mainroom
Bending Bluegrass
18+, $25/$30, 7 PM

Friday 10.25.2013

Jason Isbell
Varsity Theater
Southern Rock
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM

M. Doughty
First Avenue

While his solo career as an eccentric folk-pop songsmith has seen its fair share of successes, M. Doughty 's latest tour finds him fondly looking back on Soul Coughing. Recently, he decided to revisit the far stranger and jazzier songs that made him semi-famous in the mid-'90s. The cheekily dubbed "M. Doughty used to be in Soul Coughing" tour presents Doughty supported by an all-new backing band playing a set composed entirely of songs from Soul Coughing's genre-defying upright-bass-loving studio albums, so expect to hear alt-rock radio staples such as "Super Bon Bon" and "Circles." With Sons of Hippies. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $25, 7 PM

General B & the Wiz Release show with Greycoats and Rueben
Nomad World Pub
Indie Blues
21+, 9 PM

The Black Lillies with Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
The Cedar Cultural Center
AA, $18/$20, 8 PM

Those Darlins
7th St. Entry

With her wayward Rotten stare and electrically blank twang, Jessi Zazu might be the only member of Those Darlins who knows she's in a punk band. Yet she's made intimate cause with her Tennessee mates. She poses nude with them on the cover of their third album, Blur the Line, trades vocals with steely co-guitarist Nikki Kvarnes, and puts the group's murky groove to a mean garage-country of despair. Damn, "Optimist" would sound great in a car crash. The cancer-defying "Ain't Afraid" is enough to remind you Nirvana and the Cramps had a twang too.  --Peter S. Scholtes
18+, $12, 8 PM

Jacuzzi Boys with Christopher the Conquered and Gloom Balloon
Triple Rock
Psycho Stomp
18+, $10, 8 PM

Drunk Drivers with Ex Nuns
Turf Club
Agressive Noise Rock
21+, $6, 9 PM

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