The best Twin Cities concerts: 2/5-2/11

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Photo by Will Mebane

This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Justin Timberlake will be at the Xcel Center. Early next week, the reunited Neutral Milk Hotel play shows Monday and Tuesday at First Ave, and Mates of State hit up the Turf Club Tuesday night.

Wednesday 2.5.2014

Hospitality
7th St. Entry
On their lithe and intelligent 2012 debut, NYC trio Hospitality set cleverly worded post-collegiate angst atop jangly '90s-redolent college-rock. Their follow-up, Trouble, ups the stakes by significantly broadening their sonic palette. Frontwoman Amber Papini's voice, formerly solely operating in wounded-detachment mode, shows newfound warmth on tracks like the Pretenders-reminiscent "It's Not Serious." The band confidently explores a wide spectrum of rock styles throughout, from the sinister, synth-led minor-key single "Rockets and Jets" to the guttural groove-oriented garage rock of "I Miss Your Bones." With Air Waves and Hunting Club. --Rob van Alstyne
18+, $10, 7 PM

Wild Cub with Hands
Turf Club
Intimate, Diary-like
21+,$8, 7 PM

Thursday 2.6.2014

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
Cedar Cultural Center
It's been way too long since Milwaukeean and Twin Cities fave Paul Cebar issued a new disc. But Fine Rude Thing hit the streets in January while the band hit the road to stir up the pot. The fresh collection's irresistible mélange of rhythms promises to pack the dance floor while tickling the old gray cells with sneaky melodies and crafty lyrics that reflect Cebar's vast array of influences. That includes a major dose of classic New Orleansiana, soul out of Memphis and Detroit, sweet rock 'n' roll, R&B of all stripes, jump blues, and a sweep of sounds from Havana through Rio and back to Africa. Thus FRT kicks off with its raucous title track and makes dozens of fascinating stops before concluding with the sunny ska of "Like Loving People Do."  --Rick Mason
$18-$22, 7:30 PM

Oaks, Teenage Strangler and Persian Leaps
Kitty Cat Klub
Thick Distortion 
21+, FREE, 10 PM

MoonRise Nation EP Release with Aaron Lee Martin and Lynn O'Brien
7th Street Entry 
Alt Folk
18+, $6/$9, 7 PM

Cantharone with Invidiosus, Ashen and Fallen Empire
Turf Club
Warewolf Metal
21+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Dr. Dog with Carroll
First Avenue
Vibrant Pop Rock
18+, $20/$23, 8 PM

Friday 2.7.2014

Jonathan Wilson and the Blank Tapes
Turf Club
70s style Singer Songwriter 
18+, $15, 8 PM

Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra Release Show with Greg Grease
Icehouse
Local Hip Hop 
21+, $8, 11 PM

Drone not Drones:28-hour Drone
Cedar Cultural Center
A benefit for Doctors Without Boarders
AA, $10/$20, 6 PM

First Communion Afterparty with Secret Colours, Panther Ray and Transcendental Strangers
Triple Rock
Spaced Out
18+, $7, 9 PM

Lady Antebellum with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves
Target Center
Country Pop
All Ages, $30-$75, 7 PM

Quilt with Teenage Moods and The Velveteens
7th Street Entry
Kqleidoscopic
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Dr. Dog with Saint Rich
First Avenue Mainroom
Vibrant Pop Rock
18+, SOLD OUT, 8 PM
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Jackson King
Jackson King

Complete fail list. Amon Amarth this Saturday 2/8 at Mill City Nights. They will have special Viking Surly to drink their as well.

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