The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/5-5/11

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Timothy Sacenti
Chromeo -- See Tuesday

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Monday, May 5

Patrick Park with Symbol and Surface
18+, $10/$12, 7:30 PM

Teenage Moods with 1-800 BAND and Mystery Date
18+, $6, 8 PM

Morgan James (also Tue.)
$25, 7 PM

The Roe Family Singers
Free, 9 PM

JT's Jazz Implosion
$5, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, May 6

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age have gone through a number of lineup changes and progressions in sound since forming out of the ashes of Kyuss in 1996, but have stayed true to the core of their heavy-rock roots over the course of six albums. Last year's ...Like Clockwork was influenced largely by frontman Josh Homme's deep depression following a near-death experience after knee surgery, but their seductive swagger and giant riffs cut through the dark material to birth their best effort in years. Their live show is always something to behold, and the band's masterful balance of pop chops and blistering rock 'n' roll come out 10 times bigger than on record. -Jack Spencer
$32.50-$39.50, 7:30 PM

Chromeo with Oliver
Chromeo's hookup humor and brainy grooves -- bedecked with synth clouds, swerving guitar, and bubbly bass -- have kept the Montreal electro-pop duo charming for more than a decade. Since debuting with the kinetic "You're So Gangsta" in 2002, David Macklovitch (Dave 1) and Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) have been more consistent than prolific. But that comes in handy whenever a new album rolls around, because their blissed-out sound, once established, is one you don't want interrupted. Their fourth LP, bravely titled White Women, is out May 12 and features singles like the Toro y Moi assist "Come Alive" and the cut-to-the-chase "Over Your Shoulder" ("That one's ass is leaner, this one's like Serena"). -Michael Madden
18+, $25, 8 PM

Breton with Kid Karate and Graveyard Club
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Bronze Radio Return with Hey Monea!
$10/$12, 8 PM

Liquid Music: Daniel Bjarnason with Nadia Sirota and the Minneapolis Music Company
$10, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 7

Mastodon with Gojira
Mastodon's soon-to-be released Once More Round the Sun is the Atlanta metal act's sixth album. While premiere single "High Road" lacks their earlier material's crushing heaviness, the songwriting signifiers and grandiose bent remains, finding psychedelia and hard rock choruses within metal's framework. Live, Mastodon is a destructive force, pummeling through a wide range of progressive sludge as crowds swarm the mosh pit. Melodic death metal opener Gojira were an inspired choice. -Jack Spencer
18+, $26.50/$30, 6:30 PM

OFF! with Cerebral Ballzy and NASA Space Universe
The throwback California-style early hardcore of OFF! is already three albums deep. Frontman Keith Morris returns to Minneapolis after a strong pre-Riot Fest set with his cover band FLAG last year. This time, the songs will be original, short, and filled with the kind of vitriol that comes from 50 years on the planet. It's a sound coined with the Circle Jerks and Black Flag, but it's got an extra razors not only slicing up his past, but hacking away at already public feuds from the SST era. The band is supporting Wasted Years, a title that directly references that past and hides nothing as to what OFF! is all about. -Loren Green
18+, $15, 7 PM

Hellogoodbye with Vacationer and Sombear
All ages, $15/$17, 5:30 PM

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
$25, 7 PM

William Fitzsimmons with Ben Sollee
$15/$18, 7 PM

Little Hurricane
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra with Total Life
$15, 8 PM

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