The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 8/11-8/14

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Boris -- See Tuesday

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Monday, August 11

The Baseball Project with the Honeydogs
The Cedar Cultural Center
The Baseball Project match finely detailed yarns about the game's charms and characters with ringing electric guitars and a wicked backbeat. The band's rock 'n' murderers' row lineup is guitarists Scott McGaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (the Dream Syndicate), and Peter Buck (R.E.M., but not currently touring); bassist Mike Mills (R.E.M.); and drummer Linda Pitmon, a Minneapolis native, former Zuzu's Petal, and Twins fan. This season's 3RD again nails baseball's intrinsic spirit with an ode to "Box Scores," portraits of dignity (Henry Aaron), tragedy (Lenny Dykstra), and poignancy (Bernie Williams), plus pure wackiness ("The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads"), all hitched to a roiling repertoire of rock 'n' roll curves, sliders, changeups, and fastballs that paint the corners and stir the soul. Maybe "Don't Call Them Twinkies" will even limp to the plate, looking to go deep like Kirk Gibson. -Rick Mason
$20, 7 PM

These Wild Plains
7th St. Entry
18+, $8/$10, 7:30 PM

Ex Nuns with Disasteratti, New Wave Hookers, and Meth Predator
Triple Rock Social Club
$5, 8 PM

Summer Music & Movies: ZuluZuluu with a screening of 'D.O.A.'
Loring Park
Free, 7 PM

Reina del Cid & the Cidizens
Amsterdam
Free, 9 PM

Tuesday, August 12

Boris with the Atlas Moth and SubRosa
Triple Rock Social Club
No band in America sounds like Boris. They're experimental for sure, but "experimental" typically suggests uncertainty. Boris, meanwhile, nail just about every hairy subgenre they stab at, possessing an unrivaled why-not-ness they first made transatlantic via Southern Lord Records. Though they all exude femininity in certain press photos (depends on the lighting), guitarist Wata is the lone she, providing the occasional angelic vocal. Usually, the festivities are much heavier and more encyclopaedic: drone metal, psych rock, punk, shoegaze -- you name it. Their latest album is June's Noise, in which a power-pop anomaly ("Taiyo No Baka") directly precedes a 19-minute track that, thanks to genuinely melodic vocals and surging guitars, seeks to redefine the term power-pop by itself ("Angel"). Funny how the band can capsulize the assured spirit of their whole career while picking only the tip of the iceberg. -Michael Madden
18+, $15, 8 PM

Bruce Cockburn Band
The Cedar Cultural Center
Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is an icon north of the border and has a strong cult following in the States thanks to some four decades of uncommonly literate, philosophical, and insightful songs. He can be poetic and painterly, as well as zero in on an issue with smoldering intensity and unflinching focus, as in his memorable "If I Had a Rocket Launcher." Cockburn is also an accomplished guitarist whose music strays from folk to pop to jazz and beyond, especially with ace violinist Jenny Scheinman onboard, as she will be here (also opening the show with material from her spring release The Littlest Prisoner), along with percussionist Gary Craig. This spring's documentary film Bruce Cockburn: Pacing the Cage considers Cockburn's activist life and music and includes some stirring live performances. Also due out this fall is Cockburn's memoir, Rumours of Glory. -Rick Mason
$35, 7 PM

Ziggy Marley
Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
$41, 7:30 PM

Brown Sabbath
7th St. Entry
18+, $12, 8 PM

Patchwork Horses (CD release) with Tom Kin and The Amendments
Amsterdam
Free, 8 PM

Wednesday, August 13

Bomba de Luz
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
As a sophomore in high school, Lydia Liza Hoglund recruited a group of her friends to establish Bomba de Luz. Two Battle of the Bands wins provided them with the opportunity to record, mix and master their 2010 self-titled EP at McNally Smith College of Music, followed by the full-length What a Heavy Weight. Their unique blend of folk, rock and jazz, led by Hoglund's remarkable vocal presence and songwriting talent, quickly garnered the attention of local media and music heavyweights like Rhymesayers and the Current. Hoglund has gone on to tour with Atmosphere, Toki Wright and Dem Atlas. This Wednesday, the former classmates are preparing to celebrate their third release, Live in Chicago, at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Live in Chicago is a prequel to their third studio album, Ember, featuring songs from the upcoming album as well as previously released work recorded live at Treehouse Records in Chicago. With Caleb Hinz and Hippocampus. After 10 p.m., the all-ages event becomes a 21+ hip-hop party featuring Crunchy Kids and special guests. -Sarah Stanley-Ayre
All ages, $8, 6 PM

The Holmes Brothers
Cedar Cultural Center
The rich roots repository at the heart of the Holmes Brothers stretches from gospel to country with deep veins of soul, blues and R&B. Since the late '60s, the trio of Wendell and Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon's glorious three-part harmonies have etched emotionally charged, timeless music. Their latest, Brotherhood, is another joyful collection of originals and smart covers. Wendell's rollicking "Stayed at the Party" kicks things off with revival piano and churchy vocals recounting the sins of the night before. Sherman's "Passing Through" is muscular blues driven by blustery horns and wiry electric guitar. On a smoking, roadhouse version of Ike Turner's "You've Got to Lose," Dixon's falsetto duels with John Ellis' dirty tenor sax and Catherine Russell's hectoring vocals. The Stax nugget "My Kind of Girl" is pure Memphis doo-wop, and the bros wrap it up perfectly with a languid, otherworldly "Amazing Grace." -Rick Mason
$25/$30, 7:30 PM

Black Stone Cherry with KYNG
Mill City Nights
18+, $9.37, 8:30 PM

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
$62, 7:30 PM

Thee Duke of Dark with Vonnie Kyle and Patrik Tanner
7th St. Entry
18+, $6, 8 PM

Thursday, August 14

Matthew Santos with Dan Rodriguez
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 8 PM

Jillian Rae with Little Man and the Usual Things
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $10, 8 PM

Whores with American Sharks
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
18+, $10, 8 PM

Earth, Wind & Fire
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
$59-$69, 8 PM

Rosie Flores
Lee's Liquor Lounge
$10, 9 PM

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