The best Twin Cities concerts: 10/16-10/22

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As the weather grows cold, the Twin Cities music scene still remains hot! Neko Case makes a two day stop at First Avenue starting Wednesday, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin hits up the 7th Street Entry. Justin Vernon's side project Volcano Choir is Friday and a sold out CocoRosie show is at the Cedar Saturday. Meanwhile, Fountains of Wayne co-headlines the First Avenue Mainroom with local legends, Soul Asylum. Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann makes a two-day stop at the Dakota, starting Sunday and psych rockers Thee Oh Sees will be at the Amsterdam Monday.

Wednesday 10.16.2013

Neko Case

First Avenue, Wednesday 10.16 & Thursday 10.17

Now 16 years removed from her solo debut, alt-country icon Neko Case is still in her prime. Her verbosely titled new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, pays homage to classic country sounds in austere acoustic gems like "I'm From Nowhere." Case also perfects the sophisticated power-pop formula she's long dabbled in with the New Pornographers on fuller bodied tunes like "Man." Overall, the album finds Case's songwriting and booming, beautiful twang both at the top of their game. With Dead Man Winter. --Rob Van Alstyne

18+, $30, 7 PM

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin with A Great Big Pile of Leaves
7th Street Entry
Sunny Pop
18+, $12, 8 PM

Radical Face
The Varsity Theater
18+, $16.50-$28.50, 7 PM

Thursday 10.17.2013

Charlie Mars
The Varsity Theater
18+, $20/$25, 7 PM

Twin Peaks with Crimes and Fury Things
7th Street Entry
Energy Power
18+, $8, 8 PM

Laidback Luke
Beats and Remixes
18+, $25/$30, 9 PM

Fuck Knights (Record Release) with Narco States, Mary Allen & The Percolators and Mystery Train
Turf Club
Euro Tour Kick Off
21+, $5, 9 PM

Mike Michel & The Universal Co-Op with The Grolar Bears and Black Diet
Singer Songwriter
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Friday 10.18.2013

Jherek Bischoff with Sondre Lerche, Ólöf Arnalds, Channy Leaneagh (Poliça) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)
The Fitzgerald Theater
Pop Polymath
AA, 8 PM

Stephen Kellogg with Fort Atlantic and Caroline Brooks
Fine Line Music Café
American Roads
18+. $20/$25, 7 PM

Houndmouth with Andrew Combs
7th Street Entry
Boy/Girl Harmonies
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Mr. Hide with John Wesley Coleman III and Pretty Boy Thorson
Turf Club
21+, 9 PM

Volcano Choir
First Avenue

Content to leave the Bon Iver behemoth on ice for the foreseeable future, Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon has of late turned his focus to two side projects. While his dirty boogie blues-rock trio the Shouting Matches bears little resemblance to the sounds that made him famous, there's more of Bon Iver's fragile beauty coursing through the veins of Repave, the sophomore album from Volcano Choir, his sextet side-band. While VC's debut was a hook-less largely instrumental musical journey, Repave retains the gentle spirit and exploratory bent of its predecessor and moves it in a far more immediately melodic direction. With Mark Mallman. --Rob Van Alstyne
18+, $22.50-$25 SOLD OUT, 8 PM

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