The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/24-3/30

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Devon Jefferson
The Internet -- See Monday

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Monday, March 24

The Internet with Allan Kingdom
Odd Future proved the diversity of their collective sound by pushing alt-R&B duo the Internet's Purple Naked Ladies for their official debut as a full-fledged label in 2011. The spacey, experimental material from Syd tha Kid and Matt Martians is distinctly more chilled than that of their Wolf Gang counterparts, incorporating a grab bag of elements from neo-soul to Tyler, the Creator's more Badu-inspired moments. Their recent album Feel Good tightens their core exploratory nature by adding stronger hooks and more confidence from frontwoman Syd, and this all-ages set at Triple Rock will push even further with their full band in tow.
All ages, $17, 7 PM

The Splendid End with Cadence & the Wolf and Surgery at the Hands of Machines
18+, $5, 8 PM

Kind Red Spirits with Old Desert Road and Danny Morrison & the 241s
$5, 7 PM

Reina del Cid & the Cidizens
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, March 25

Jimmie Vaughan
Texas guitar slinger Jimmie Vaughan founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson in 1974. Both the T-Birds and Vaughan became legendary figures in their Austin hometown and across the globe for their influential take on tough, swaggering Texas R&B, roadhouse, and jump blues. Among those who took notice was Vaughan's younger brother, Stevie Ray, who forged his own distinctive path before tragedy struck. Jimmie launched a solo career after leaving the T-Birds and remains an Austin stalwart. He recently released two rippling, scintillating volumes (Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites) of relatively obscure nuggets from the likes of Jimmy Reed, Roscoe Gordon, Roy Milton, and Huey Meaux. The sound on each is lean, no-nonsense, and wonderfully immediate. Vaughan's guitar lines are terse and laser sharp, especially when offset by the horns, and sparks especially fly when he trades vocals with the fabulous Lou Ann Barton, who'll be along at the Dakota and alone is worth the price of admission.
$42-$52, 7 PM

The Strypes - POSTPONED
The Strypes sure can tear into Muddy Waters's "Rollin' and Tumblin'" or Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover" with youthful abandon. With harmonica and guitar wailing, bass and drums rumbling, 50 years disappear and then-young blues-rock mavericks like the Yardbirds and Rolling Stones reemerge, basking in their raw exuberance. Initially inspired by their parents' record collections, the Strypes, a quartet of Irish teenagers, honed their chops at marathon pub and hotel gigs while absorbing influences ranging from classic pub rock to wizened blues pioneers. Along the way they picked up such fans as Jeff Beck, Elton John, Chris Difford, and Paul Weller. The Strypes' debut album, Snapshot, is a treat, the astute covers rounded out with fine originals in the same spirit, all wired with gritty, bristling energy.
18+, $12/$14, 7 PM

Young the Giant with Vance Joy
18+, $25, 7 PM

The Neighbourhood
18+, $25, 7:30 PM

Sam Roberts Band
$13/$15, 7 PM

Wednesday, March 26

Real Estate with Pure X
Formerly the breeziest blog-buzz band in all the land, New Jersey quintet Real Estate used to pen carefree songs with titles like "Lets Rock the Beach." Those days are long gone. On their recently released third album, Atlas, the lyrical mood darkens considerably even as the guitars chime as brightly as ever. The band still relies on Matt Mondanile's airy electric guitar spirals to command the spotlight, with front man Martin Courtney's low-key tenor largely just another texture lurking in the background. That's something of a shame as he turns in the strongest lyrics of his career, shifting his focus from the halcyon days of youth to rocky transitions into adulthood. Melancholia rarely gets this effortlessly melodic and imminently listenable. -Rob van Alstyne
18+, $15, 7:30 PM

James Vincent McMorrow with Aidan Knight
$15/$18, 7 PM

Transmission: Ladies of the '80s
Free, 10 pm

Claudia Schmidt
$25, 7 PM

Whitewater Ramble
$8/$10, 8:30 PM

Thursday, March 27

Drive-By Truckers with Blitzen Trapper
After essentially putting out an album annually since the late '90s, Southern gothic rockers Drive-By Truckers took three years between Go-Go Boots and their new studio effort, English Oceans. In the interim, Matt Patton replaced Shonna Tucker on bass, third guitarist John Neff also left and, at least on Oceans, Mike Cooley's songs now essentially get equally billing with Patterson Hood's. Both Cooley and Patterson still write about a rogue's gallery of torturously twisted Southern characters struggling with life's pitfalls. Cooley has the more deft psychological touch, writing about "a girl as plain as a primer coat," contributing the album's fiercest rocker (the horn-stoked, Stones-like "Shit Shots Count") and its most lyrical tune, the poignant, honky-tonkish "Natural Light." Blitzen Trapper's eclectic Portlandia Americana has always had a Southern exposure, but its Southern fried conceits have really floated to the surface on American Goldwing and last fall's VII, the latter also often stirring hip-hop into the brew for cosmic laughs. -Rick Mason
18+, $22/$25, 7 PM

Green River Ordinance with Elenowen and Marc Scibilia
18+, $12/$15, 7 PM

Ying Yang Twins with Rawgee, Nimo the Hooligan, Absent, and DJ D.Mil
$20, 7 PM

Skaters with Team Spirit and Bollywood
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

$15/$18, 7 PM

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