The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/21-4-27

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Petra Richterova
Burnt Sugar -- See Saturday
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Monday, April 21

José James with Kris Bowers
Minneapolis native singer-songwriter José James has taken a long, unusual path to a little-trampled spot where jazz, R&B, hip-hop, soul, electronica, and, lately, rock come together. While still a teenager he associated with local experimental jazz icons like Douglas Ewart, went to New York's New School, picked up mentors like Junior Mance and Chico Hamilton, eventually went on to Europe, then back to New York and offered a completed album to Blue Note, which released No Beginning No End intact to general acclaim last year. James's sleek voice can range from baritone to near-falsetto, and he's adept at the nuances of multiple genres: sophisticated jazz standards, hints of Bobby Blue Bland blues, the sensuousness of intimate R&B, Al Green's soulful sweep. James covers Reverend Green on his forthcoming (June 10) album While You Were Sleeping, which also introduces a stronger rock component via guitarist Brad Allen Williams. Opening will be James's keyboardist, Kris Bowers, who has a similarly elastic approach to jazz and modern R&B. -Rick Mason
$20/$25, 7 PM

The Wanted
All ages, $36, 6 PM

Bleeding Rainbow with Strange Relations and Carpet
$8, 7 PM

Avenged Sevenfold with Hellyeah
$27-$51.50, 7:30 PM

Say Hi & Big Scary
18+, $12, 7 PM

Tuesday, April 22

$15, 7:30 PM

Lost in the Trees with All Tiny Creatures
18+, $10, 8 PM

Steve Tyrell (also Mon.)
$30-$45, 7 PM & 9 PM

The Solflower Collective
$5, 10 PM

The Changeups Earth Day Party
$5, 8 PM

Wednesday, April 23

Senses Working Overtime: An All Star Benefit Tribute to XTC
This second annual local tribute to the English art-pop band XTC will feature a rich, eclectic array of Twin Cities musicians. Money raised at the show will help pay the living expenses of women in need recovering from cancer through the Pay It Forward Cancer Funds at North Memorial Hospital and Essentia Health / St. Joseph's Foundation. Among several dozen local musicians scheduled to play are Adam Levy, Wendy Lewis, Phil Solem, Aby Wolf, John Eller, Nate Dungan, J.T. Bates, Amy Meyer, Chris Beaty, Ken Chastain, Kent Militzer, Noah Levy, Terry Eason and Tom Scott. There should be plenty of interesting collaborations and rummages through the XTC songbook on behalf of a worthy cause. -Rick Mason
$10/$12, 10 PM

White Fang with Skating Polly and Frankie Teardrop
18+, $8/$10, 8 PM

Cornbread Harris' 88th Birthday Party
Free, 7 PM

Unity the Band
$5, 7 PM

Indulge with Vampirates, Casual User, and Girl
Free, 9 PM

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