The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/28-5/4

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Monday, April 28

Devin the Dude with Berner, Potluck, Cool Nutz, J. Hornay, and Blaze 1
18+, $17, 8 PM

Joe Lovano & Us Five
$25-$40, 7 PM & 9 PM

Nelo with the Novel Ideas and the Betsies
$6, 7:30 PM

We/Ours
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, April 29

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Fear of Men and Ablebody
Kip Berman, frontman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has said his intention for the fuzzy indie-pop band going back to their 2009 debut has been to play music with his friends. This justifies any singer-songwriterly change while explaining why, despite Pains' revolving-door lineup, the band has been affixed to the same romantic framework. After going big on 2011's Belong, the band released third album Days of Abandon, which has its own share of brimming, sun-streaked moments, including the My Bloody Valentine arch of "Beautiful You." But more often, Berman sticks to altogether lower stakes, as on "Simple and Sure," which yearns (really yearns) to be both simple and sure, and "Eurydice," which yippees like Los Campesinos! or the Polyphonic Spree with more guitar parts than gowns. -Michael Madden
18+, $13/$15, 7:30 PM

Bombay Bicycle Club with Royal Canoe
18+, $20-$30, 7 PM

Lisa Marie Presley (also Wed)
$50, 7 PM

Peelander-Z with Downtown Brown and Koo Koo Kanga Roo
18+, $12, 8 PM

Jake Jones (EP release) with the Ericksons
$6, 10 PM

Wednesday, April 30

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys with The Cactus Blossoms
On his latest wild and woolly, rockin' and twangin' slab, Free State Serenade, former BR5-49 co-leader Chuck Mead conspires with His Grassy Knoll Boys to unearth the heart of prairie darkness that is his native Kansas. Although based in Nashville for two decades, Mead couldn't resist taking up some of the genuine, harrowing tales of his home state, including UFO encounters, Quantrill's Raiders' bloody Civil War skirmishes, the murders of Mead's childhood schoolmate and the farm family that Truman Capote wrote about in In Cold Blood. Laced with dark humor and fueled by the Boys' raucous waves of honky tonk, rockabilly, western swing, Bakersfield country and Appalachian-streaked primal rock 'n' roll, the tunes are grim only in their details, coming across like a Coen Brothers version of Kansas noir. -Rick Mason
$15, 7:30 PM

Twelve Foot Ninja
The Skyway Theatre (Studio B)
16+, $15.50, 6:30 PM

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs with Batteryboy
18+, $12, 8 PM

Uh Huh Her with DJ Kim Anh
18+, $15/$17, 8 PM

Fair Oaks with Broken Bicycles and Graveyard Club
Free, 9 PM

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