The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/7-7/13

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The Budos Band -- See Thursday

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Monday, July 7

Gillian Welch
Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
Gillian Welch's songs are mild Americana arrangements, yet they maintain a sense of atmosphere. She's not one for left turns, although her knack for folk's pacing and narration allowed her to extend 2001's "I Dream a Highway" to nearly 15 hypnotic minutes. After the productive first five years of her recording career, she and guitarist and husband David Rawlings "went electric without changing instruments." After 2003's roots-rocking Soul Journey, a long pause followed, eventually ending with 2011's The Harrow & The Harvest. Welch came back world-weary and wiser, kinda like a Harry Smith-worshiping soccer mom. Her to-the-point storytelling has stuck with her the whole time. -Michael Madden
$37, 7:30 PM

Bill Frisell
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (also Tue.)
Bill Frisell's vivid explorations and syntheses of jazz, country, blues, rock, pop, and folk are distinguished both by his love for the roots material and the helixian contortions he uses to open them up for fresh examination. For his latest project, Guitar in the Space Age, Frisell enlists frequent collaborators Greg Leisz (guitar/pedal steel), bassist Tony Scherr, and drummer Kenny Wollesen to trace some of the music that deeply influenced his formative years. It's a sort of surf-to-turf tour of the '50s and '60s, stretching from the Ventures, Duane Eddy, and the Beach Boys to Merle Travis and Chet Atkins via Charlie Christian, the Byrds, and Junior Wells, promising to be both fun and educational. -Rick Mason
$30-$40, 7 PM & 9 PM

Pledge Empire Records: the Greater Good Tour
With Sti-Lo Reel, Ced Linus, Sota-Kold, Karma, Trinh & Amos, and more
7th St. Entry
18+, $5/$10, 8 PM

Undergang with Maledicere, Trepanation, and Astraes Pestis
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, July 8

Sarah McLachlan
Historic State Theatre
$49.50-$84.50, 8 PM

Andy Grammer
Varsity Theater
16+, $22-$35, 6 PM

Bonobo with Odesza
First Avenue
$20/$25, 8 PM

Rival Sons with the Soft White Sixties
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $15, 8 PM

Yarn with Quincy Mumford and Carolina Story
7th St Entry
18+, $10, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 9

Veruca Salt with Battleme
Varsity Theater
The grunge explosion made it possible for bands like Chicago's Veruca Salt -- hitting somewhere between Pat Benatar and Pantera -- to reach gold status. Having gone unheard-from since 2006's IV, the group finally rebooted this year, releasing a Record Store Day 10-inch with two new songs (the harmonious power pop of "It's Holy" and the soft-to-loud-to-louder "The Museum of Broken Relationships"). Now comes a reunion tour 18 years after the original lineup last hit the road -- and just a few months shy of their debut's 20th anniversary. No matter the roster or producer (they've worked with the likes of Steve Albini and Bob Rock) one tenet of Veruca Salt is that they've stuck to the sound of alt-rock's mid-'90s. Their albums have aged superbly. -Michael Madden
18+, $20-$30, 8:30 PM

Future with Rico Love and Que [CANCELED]
Mill City Nights
18+, $29.50/$32, 8 PM

Tinsley Ellis
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$20, 7 PM

Baskery with the Ericksons
The Cedar Cultural Center
$10/$12, 7 PM

Bad Suns with Colony House and Hippo Campus
7th St Entry
$10, 8 PM

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