The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 6/2-6/8

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Stacy Schwartz
Dan Wilson -- See Wednesday

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Monday, June 2

The Monkees
Hey, hey, they're still the Monkees, appropriately opening the Zoo's summer music series. Nearly 50 years after being assembled by corporate types for a TV show in the anarchic spirit of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, the group once derisively called the prefab four is still having fun while enjoying belated critical respect, albeit without singer Davy Jones, who died in 2012. Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz are still performing all the band's enduring pop nuggets, initially written by ace songsmiths like Neil Diamond, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart. But they'll also focus on their third album, Headquarters, and later material, when they finally were allowed to write their own songs and actually play their instruments. Still with plenty of monkeying around, of course. -Rick Mason
$70, 7:30 PM

DevilDriver with Whitechapel, Carnifex, and Revocation
15+, $22/$25, 5:45 PM

Twinsmith with Apollos and Jack Ventimiglia
18+, $6/$8, 8 PM

The Roe Family Singers
Free, 9 PM

Ditchrunners
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, June 3

First Aid Kit with Willy Mason
All ages, $20-$30, 6:30 PM

Lindsey Stirling
All ages, $28/$30, 6:30 PM

Band of Skulls with Deap Vally
18+, $20, 7:30 PM

Indigo Girls
$50, 7:30 PM

Brothers with Moving Parts and The Lazy Kids
18+, $5, 8 PM

Wednesday, June 4

Dan Wilson
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Dan Wilson has had plenty of commercial success since his Semisonic days. After penning smash hits for Adele, the Dixie Chicks, Pink, Taylor Swift, and countless others, Wilson has written more songs for himself. Those efforts fill his third solo album, Love Without Fear. Subtle elements of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic are layered within these studied pop-rock numbers, but Wilson's new material reflects a wisdom gained from a lifetime spent on all sides of the music industry. While Love Without Fear was released in April, these three hometown shows at the Cedar are serving as a celebration of that album and Wilson's distinguished career. The first night explores his vast catalog, the second will feature guests joining in, and the final evening will be a "Chef's surprise." -Erik Thompson
$33, 7 PM

Chvrches with Summer Cannibals
First Avenue (also Thu)
18+, $22/$25, 8 PM

Peter Asher
$45, 7 PM

Red Fang with Big Business and American Sharks
18+, $15/$18, 8 PM

The Raskins with Via
18+, $8, 7:30 PM

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