The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/15-1/21

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This week brings quite a few live acts to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. Wednesday, Walk Off the Earth plays a sold out show at the Varsity and Nipsey Hussle (above) hits Mill City Nights. On Friday, Jake Bugg travels to First Avenue. Pert Near Sandstone will be at the Cedar for two nights this weekend while Fathom Lane plays the Turf Club. Lastly, Yuck will make an appearance at the Triple Rock, Monday featuring local acts Prissy Clerks and Fury Things.

Wednesday 1.15.2014

Nipsey Hussle
Mill City Nights
Nipsey Hussle's pride in his own realness can be a little much. In a recent interview with Complex, the Cali rapper argued that you can't fully understand him unless you also came from nothing. But with the success of his recent Crenshaw -- over 1,000 fans bought the mixtape for $100 as part of the "Proud 2 Pay" campaign, and it notched a six-digit DatPiff download count -- his grit and raspy snarl served him better than ever. In its vaguely Spectorian plushness, Crenshaw functions like The Chronic and other Golden State milestones. At any rate, the 28-year-old Nipsey's physical resemblance to Snoop -- the braids, the goatee, etc. -- isn't the only thing putting him in the conversation with the West Coast's most faithful MCs. With Erk Tha Jerk. --Mike Madden  
18+, $20, 9 PM

Walk Off the Earth with Parachute and Camera2
Varsity Theater
Top 40 Pop
All Ages, SOLD OUT, 5 PM

Cosmonot, Air Taiwan and Jeromy Darling
7th Street Entry
90s Rock Reinvented
18+, $5, 8 PM

The Rural Alberta Advantage with Midnight Reruns
The Cedar
Hometowns and Heartbreak
All Ages, $20, 7 PM


Thursday 1.16.2014

Wangs with Mystery Raffle, Ceat Detectives, Lady of the Moon, Checho and Vacation Dad
Kitty Cat Klub
Booty Shake
21+, FREE, 9 PM

Marijuana Deathsquads with Tyte Jeff and Plain Ole Bill
Triple Rock
Dance Beats
21+, $8, 9 PM

The Jelly Project and The Strange Heroes, My Name is Ellipsis and Void in REality
7th Street Entry
Biker Cred
18+, $5, 8 PM

Friday 1.17.2014

Jake Bugg
First Avenue
Nottingham teenager Jake Bugg created a stir with his self-titled debut, combining a major dose of early-'60s Washington Square folk with touches of Mersey pop and English working-class angst. Bugg's strummed acoustic guitar and sometimes rapid cascade of lyrics encouraged comparisons to early Bob Dylan. Accolades followed, along with producer Rick Rubin, whose Malibu studio shared its name with the sophomore album Bugg recorded there, Shangri La. Rubin electrifies Bugg's sound on some songs, pushing them toward alt-rock territory, although Bugg's lyrics lose a bit of their erstwhile guileless charm. Opening are Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., and the Skins, a talented young Brooklyn band who play soulful, blues-based, Zeppelinesque rock. --Rick Mason
18+, $25, 8 PM 

Pert Near Sandstone's Winter String Band with Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings
Cedar Cultural Center
Strings and Roots
All Ages, $17/$20, 8 PM

Space Cats CD Release with Nice Branches, Moving Parts and Danger Ronnie
7th Street Entry
Psychedelic Space Vibes
18+, $5, 8 PM

Fathom Lane with The Farewell Circut and Disaster Bird
Turf Club
Sugar Sweet Harmonies
21+, $5, 8 PM

Jason Aldean 
Xcel Energy Center
Country Rock
All Ages, $29.75-$59.75, 6:30 PM

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2 comments
Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

Mr. Anderson is correct, you guys dropped the ball on this one.

Nathan Anderson
Nathan Anderson

Yeah we would if you actually included the best shows to see. I have a weekend filled with big time music and you've missed it all! Lets start with tomorrow when The Reverend Horton Heat descends on Mill City Nights. Friday local Hip Hop favs More Than Lights are at The Cabooze followed Saturday by the annual near sold out last year Happy Birthday Janis and on Sunday nationally renowned 1 man circus Keller Williams. I'm sure those just slipped through your fingers...

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