The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/8-1/14

Photo by Benjamin Fredrickson

While the Polar Vortex passes through, Minnesota Music continues on. GRRRL PARTY wrap up their monthly residency at Icehouse Friday with Dessa. Across town, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys play a sold out show at the Cedar. Icehouse will also host Buffalo Moon's (above) Album Release on Saturday.

Wednesday 1.8.2014

Greg Grease with Isadore and 1990
Eclectic Rapper
21+, $5, 10 PM

Brilliant Beast with Fury Things and Strange Relations
Fuzzy Rock
21+,FREE, 9 PM

Thursday 1.9.2014

American Cream, Magic Castles Chatham Rise and Holographic Sands
Triple Rock
Echoey Vocals
18+, $6, $8 PM

Matt Pryor with And We Danced and The Soft Light
7th Street Entry
Pop Punk Roots
18+, $10/$12, 7 PM

Friday 1.10.2014

GRRRL PRTY V (Hosted by Dessa)
21+, $10, 11 PM

I.B.E. & Benzilla with the Cavalry
Dakota Jazz Club
Between backing I Self Devine's live set and joining forces with Greg Grease and Akrite to form TUSS Music, rapper I.B.E. made a name for himself in Minneapolis long before he dropped his official solo debut This, That and the Third with producer Benzilla last summer. But his upcoming show at the Dakota will be his last as a Minneapolis resident. One last hurrah before making the move to Chicago, he's pulling out all the stops and bringing on live band the Cavalry to fill out Benzilla's smooth sampled grooves. I.B.E.'s already electric stage performance is sure to be bolstered by the backups, and the intimacy of the venue will bring out the MC's lyrical strength in a whole new way. Send off one of MInneapolis' finest in style. With Psymun and K. Raydio.-- Jack Spencer
 $5, 11 PM

Travel Mug CD Release Show with Prissy Clerks and Wolf Mountain
7th Street Entry
Pop Punk 
18+, $5, 8 PM

Sonny Knight & The Lakers with The Lesser Jackson
Turf Club
60s Soul
21+, $7, 9 PM

Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys
Cedar Cutural Center
Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley is a genuine music legend.  Bill Monroe may have launched bluegrass, but Ralph and his brother Carter came up with the high, lonesome vocal style that has long been the genre's key element. Ralph and Carter Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys helped popularize bluegrass in the 1940s, and Ralph carried on as band leader after Carter's untimely death in the mid-'60s. Later a mentor to younger artists like Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley, Ralph is still a formidable banjoist today. His high, piercing tenor vocals are often breathtaking, capable of practically raising the dead with a harrowing intensity that can boil bone marrow. Now 86, Stanley has said this is his farewell tour. -- Rick Mason

Railroad Earth
First Avenue
Bucolic New Jersey outfit Railroad Earth may have started out in bluegrass, but the expansive Americana realm it now inhabits continues to grow and get more experimental with every album. The Earthlings arrive in town a few days before the release of their first studio album in three years, Last of the Outlaws, which a pre-release listen suggests is the band's most ambitious to date. Chief songwriter Todd Scheaffer still stirs up a potent, mostly acoustic blend of bluegrass, folk and Celtic, streaked with touches of rock and psychedelia. RRE also has a strong improvisational component that taps both jazz and jam band influences. The new album's title track is a melancholy ballad, but its centerpiece is a 20-minute epic suite "All That's Dead May Live Again / Face With A Hole," which incorporates horns while roaming the purple sage from reflective passages to full blown jazz-rock gallops. Ha Ha Tonka opens. -- Rick Mason
18+. $22.50/$25, 7 PM

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