The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/19-5/25

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Haim -- See Monday

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Monday, May 19

Haim with Tennis
The all-in-the-family L.A. trio Haim covered glossy magazines before they even released an album. When the 44 minutes of pop-rock power moves Days Are Gone actually arrived, the hype was warranted. There's no Diet Dr. Luke production or anything, no cheapskate swipes at stardom, and yet it sounds like the Haim sisters -- Este, Danielle, and Alana, each older and wiser than they seem -- have learned from Lady Gaga and Tom Petty in equal measure. It might have taken months to get these songs down in the studio, assisted by producers James Ford (Arctic Monkeys) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend). The key to it all, though, is that they flow so naturally they could've been written in 15 minutes apiece. Haim's live show is marked by their three-way vocal exchanges and, more than anything, the fascinating contortions of Este's "bass face." -Michael Madden
18+, $20, 7 PM

Cassandra Wilson
To mark the 20th anniversary of jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's landmark album Blue Light 'Til Dawn, Blue Note has reissued a digitally remastered version with three new live tracks from Wilson's 1994 European tour. Wilson, meanwhile, is on tour performing Blue Light in its entirety with guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Lonnie Plaxico, who played on the original album, plus drummer John Davis, guitarist Kevin Breit, and Gregoire Maret on harmonica. Blue Light was remarkable because Wilson used her smoky voice, unusual instrumentation, and idiosyncratic arrangements to create striking, sultry, jazz-infused versions of pop, blues, R&B, and folk nuggets rather than jazz standards. Her interpretations of tunes like Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on My Trail," Joni Mitchell's "Black Crow," and Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" profoundly influenced such singers as Norah Jones and Karrin Allyson.
$40-$60, 7 PM & 9 PM

David Lindley
$20/$22, 7 PM

Nightmares with PVRIS, Alive Like Me
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
15+, $10/$12, 6 PM

Blood Red Shoes with Radkey and BNLX
18+, $12/$14, 8 PM

Tuesday, May 20

Lady Gaga
$37-$202, 7:30 PM

Elbow with John Grant
18+, $30/$35, 7 PM

18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Communion Minneapolis with Neulore, Bootstraps, and Busy Living
18+, $9.50/$15, 7 PM

Seether with Black Stone Cherry and Skindred
All ages, $19.37, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 21

Hoodie Allen
All ages, $30, 5:30 PM

Black Label Society with Down
All ages, $29.50, 7:30 PM

18+, $25-$39.50, 7 PM

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
$35-$40, 7 PM

DE/VISION with Thought Thieves and DJ Nemo
18+, $13/$16, 8 PM

Ryan Traster (CD release) with Moonmaster and Julia Read
18+, $10, 8 PM

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