The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 7/28-8/3

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Wooden Shjips -- See Saturday

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Monday, July 28

Woods with Quilt
7th St. Entry
Brooklyn folk-rockers Woods consistently offer pleasant lawn-chair strumming and harmonies ready to be accompanied by a cold microbrew. On April's With Light and With Love, they upped the showiness of their guitar work, drawing cues from British Invasion acts at times and psych-rock at others. The trim, honeyed "Moving to the Left" is the album's obvious single, and Jeremy Earl's slightly feminine tone has never been suited so well to a Woods composition. Elsewhere are passages that bring to mind specific moments in Americana history -- the opening chords of "Leaves Like Glass," for instance, basically update Bob Dylan's turn-of-the-century classic "Mississippi." Barely falling short of the band's masterpiece to date, 2010's At Echo Lake, With Light and With Love is a consistently great record from a band who keep getting better at what they do. -Michael Madden
18+, $12, 8 PM

Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden
400 Gallery
While the 400 Bar continues to work on its unlikely transition from Minneapolis's funky West Bank to the soulless Mall of America, there's an ongoing series of shows in a small performance space inside the Midwest Music Museum called the 400 Gallery. Kate Tucker & the SOS originated in Seattle and are now Nashville-based. The Swedish connection is uncertain, although there is an icy reserve about the band's dreamy, atmospheric indie pop and a Bergman-like melancholy seeping through Tucker's songs about elusive love. There's also cinematic sweep on the group's new, punctuation-resistant The Shape the Color the Feel. Tucker's wintry, guileless vocals drift through swirling layers of guitars and keyboards. Occasionally, as on "Give Up the Ghost" and "Blue Hotel," Wes Chandler's chiming guitar darts off in tandem with Ethan Price's driving percussion, chasing away the ennui. -Rick Mason
$7, 8 PM

7 Seconds with the Copyrights and Arms Aloft
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $17, 7 PM

Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$35-$42, 7 PM

Miner with American Youth
The Cedar Cultural Center
$10, 7 PM

Tuesday, July 29

Secret Sisters with Jillian Rae
The Cedar Cultural Center
$15, 7 PM

Mimicking Birds with Trails and Ways
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Heaven on Howitzers
Kitty Cat Klub
Free, 9 PM

Dead Disco with GooLProof, DJ Tetzloff, and Late Night 1s
Nomad World Pub
Free, 9 PM

JayBee & the Routine
Minnesota Music Cafe
Free, 9:30 PM

Wednesday, July 30

Tiny Ruins with Anonymous Choir & Holly Hansen
7th St. Entry
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Cum on Fill the Void Metal Night
With music by Maiden Minneapolis, screenings of 'Heavy Metal Picnic' and 'Decline of Western Civilization Part II: the Metal Years'
Bedlam Theatre Lowertown
$8/$10, 7 PM

Joe Marcinek Band with Allie Kral and Soap
18+, $7, 8:30 PM

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh
The Varsity Theater
Free, 10 PM

Totally Gross National Product Night with Year of the Horse & Suzie
$5, 10 PM

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