The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 8/18-8/21

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Dusdin Condren
Strand of Oaks - See Tue.

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Monday, August 18

Jamey Johnson
Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphiteater
Long-haired, long-bearded Alabaman Jamey Johnson is a Nashville rarity these days: a genuine country outlaw who doesn't care about snazzy outfits, slick stage shows, or pop affectations. That he still managed to garner critical and popular acclaim is a tribute to his songwriting prowess (anything from weepy ballads to thumping honky-tonk, working-stiff blues, or spirited gospel), classic baritone, classy guitar work, and eclectic tastes. Read what you will into his split from Mercury Records after the 2012 release of his Hank Cochran tribute album. In any case, Johnson is an uncompromising, unpredictable treat live, leading his resolute band from his own tunes through a usually substantial number of covers that could include George Jones, jazz standards, Metallica, folk nuggets, Merle Haggard, and Marshall Tucker. Johnson band member Chris Hennessee will open with a solo set. -Rick Mason
$49, 7:30 PM

The Polyphonic Spree
The Cedar Cultural Center
$28/$30, 7 PM

Grendel with Ludovico Technique, ENDIF, and DJ Electronic Commando
$16/$20, 8 PM

Davell Crawford
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (also Tue.)
$25, 7 PM

Straight Line Stitch with Ded Volt, Cage 9, and Dead Horse Trauma
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+, $12/$18, 7 PM

Tuesday, August 19

Strand of Oaks with Christopher Denny
7th St. Entry
Last Christmas Day, Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter survived a car crash that left him with a concussion and broke every rib on his right side. But the Philly songwriter, who looks like a full-bearded Packers linebacker, had already recorded June's HEAL before the accident. After three acoustic-oriented records, HEAL is the rocker of the bunch, a melding of darting guitar solos and aerial synths with standout songs like the Smashing Pumpkins nod "Goshen '97" and the Born in the U.S.A. feel of "Shut In." But it wouldn't be a Strand of Oaks album without achingly personal moments, too -- the trembling "Mirage Year," for one, recounts infidelity in soul-breaking detail ("I was in love, but it was changing"). No matter how deep Showalter gets into his feels, the lasting impression is one of great confidence in his toolkit. -Michael Madden

Misery Signals with Counterparts and Grim Light
16+, $15, 6 PM

Fang with Against the Grain, Glitter, and No Skin
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $8, 8 PM

The Trews
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
18+, $8, 8 PM

Rusty Belle with Eddy Burke
Lee's Liquor Lounge
Free, 9 PM

Wednesday, August 20

Feed Me with Delta Heavy and Tjani
First Avenue
18+, $25/$30, 8 PM

Sierra Hull
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$30-$35, 7 PM

Mill City Live: Fort Wilson Riot
Mill City Museum
$5, 6 PM

The Life and Times with Porcupine and All the Way Rider
7th St. Entry
18+, $10, 8 PM

You Me & Apollo
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
All ages, $10/$12, 8:30 PM

Thursday, August 21

The Supersuckers with the Beggars
Lee's Liquor Lounge
$15/$18, 8 PM

Darrell Scott
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$25-$30, 7 PM

Psychostick with One-Eyed Doll and Wild Throne
7th St. Entry
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

Blackthorne with Blood Folke
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $5, 8 PM

The Dread Crew of Oddwood with the Langers Ball
Mill City Nights (in the Nether Bar)
18+, $10/$12, 8 PM

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