The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 8/4-8/7

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Phox -- See Monday

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Monday, August 4

Phox with J.E. Sunde
7th St. Entry
This Wisconsin invasion is spearheaded by Phox, a disarmingly ambitious art-rock outfit out of Baraboo that conjures up an intriguing, far-reaching mix of chamber pop, folk, bluegrass, and indie rock complicated by stray bits soul and threads of world music. Key to holding it all together on Phox's eponymous debut is Monica Martin, whose alluring voice can soar on a soulful crescent, flit like a butterfly over percolating Afro-pop, or warble a slippery pop line, tossing in a country trill for good measure. Opening is J.E. Sunde of the Eau Claire band the Daredevil Christopher Wright. Sunde's debut solo album, Shapes That Kiss the Lips of God, has a freak-folk-pop vibe. In a quavering voice one step removed from Robin Gibb, Sunde muses on themes often connected to religion while invoking both Allen Ginsberg and the Holy Ghost. -Rick Mason
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Foster the People with NONONO
All ages, $35, 8 PM

Bear's Den
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $13/$15, 8 PM

Summer Music & Movies: the Cloak Ox
With a screening of 'High Noon'
Loring Park
Free, 7 PM

Tuesday, August 5

Glen Hansard
First Avenue
18+, $32, 7 PM

The Cult
Mill City Nights
18+, $37.50/$40, 8 PM

Surrender the Fall with Strange Daze, Artifas, and Red Light Saints
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+, $10/$15, 7 PM

Aero Flynn with Dana Buoy
7th St. Entry
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Earthrise with North, Lungs, and Oblivion
Triple Rock Social Club
$5, 8 PM

Wednesday, August 6

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater
New Orleans' Troy Andrews has grown in many ways since his childhood musical exploits inspired his Trombone Shorty moniker. His first two Verve albums, produced by Galactic's Ben Ellman, were bristling, electrifying, volatile mixes of NOLA brass roots, funk, jazz, rock, soul and hip-hop. Looking forward, the records honored his origins and infectious enough to attract a sizable following outside the city. The triumph and frustration of his latest, Say That to Say This, is encapsulated in one track, a faithful cover of the Meters' "Be My Lady." Andrews persuaded the original Meters to play on it, their first recording together in over 35 years. But the slick ballad is a Meters anomaly, and besides George Porter's juicy bass lines, one of the funkiest bands on the planet gets no chance to strut its stuff. The rest of the album, co-produced by Raphael Saadiq, suffers from a tepid infusion of contemporary R&B, which Andrews manages to fight through, mostly on the instrumentals, but reaches a nadir on Saadiq's flaccid "Long Weekend." Chicago funk band the Main Squeeze opens. -Rick Mason
$43-$55.50, 7:30 PM

Billy Martin's Wicked Knee
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$25, 7 PM

OMG Music Fest
With Jacob Whitesides, Reed Deming, Round 2 Crew, Alyssa Shouse, Grant Landis, more
Mill City Nights
All ages, $25-$85, 7 PM

Sidewalk Chalk with Sonic Intension and Mayda
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 8 PM

Curtiss A & the Dark Click
Schooner Tavern
Free, 6 PM

Thursday, August 7

Mill City Nights
18+, $28.50-$49.50, 8 PM

Irish Fair Kickoff Party: Pints & Punk with the Mahones
Harriet Island
$20/$25, 7 PM

Cultura Profetica
The Cedar Cultural Center
$20/$25, 7 PM

Paul Michell (CD release) with Scott Berman & David Sandersfeld and Karen & Ivy
7th St. Entry
18+, $8, 7 PM

Blood & Sun with Scout Pare-Phillips, the Knotwells, and Anthony Amelang
Triple Rock Social Club
$7, 8 PM

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