The best Twin Cities concerts this weekend

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The New Pornographers -- See Friday.

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Friday, August 8

Skyline Music Festival
Target Field (also Sat.)
After packing the 3rd base side of Target Field last summer with fans of Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Soul Asylum, the Skyline Music Festival has expanded to two nights. For Friday's Indie Night, Andrew Bird and the New Pornographers will serve as co-headliners. The San Francisco-based alt-folk outfit Thao & the Get Down Stay Down will join in the festivities, along with the hushed elegance of Bon Iver's drummer, S. Carey, and local electronic experimentalist Dosh, who regularly plays in Andrew Bird's band. Saturday's bill is led by multiple Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge. The night will also feature jam stylings of O.A.R., as well as the Rembrandts (they did the Friends theme song) accompanied by Ryan Smith and Ron Caron of the Melismatics. Rounding out the lineup are a couple of classic Minnesota bands, Gear Daddies (who also played at last year's Skyline Music Festival) and the Honeydogs. -Erik Thompson
$29-$79, 4 PM

Youngblood Hawke with Caught a Ghost
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $14/$16, 8 PM

Gertie & the T.O. Boyz with Finn Hall
The Cedar Cultural Center
$18/$20, 7 PM

R&B Comedy Explosion with Keith Sweat, Lyfe Jennings, and Avery Sunshine
Historic State Theatre
$35-$100, 8 PM

Ashley DuBose with M.I. & Apollo Quad
Fine Line Music Cafe
18+, $10/$15, 7:30 PM

Strange Names with Carroll, Tickle Torture, Two Harbors, and DJ Jake Rudh
First Avenue
18+, $10, 7 PM

Saturday, August 9

Pizza Luce Block Party 2014
With GRRRL PRTY, Mark Mallman, Heiruspecs, Dem Atlas, Black Market Brass, more
Pizza Luce Downtown
Free, noon-10 PM

Lowertown Guitar Festival
With Robben Ford, Greg Koch, Jim Campilongo, Rosie Flores, Phil Heywood, more
Mears Park
Free, 9:30 AM-10 PM; for more info visit www.lowertownguitarfestival.com

Echo & the Bunnymen
First Avenue
18+, $27/$30, 7:30 PM

DJ Man-X Tribute
With Daniel Paul, Craig Lambert, David Stromdahl, Bryan Gerrard, Etones, more
7th St. Entry
18+, $5, 8 PM

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
$20, 8 PM

Sunday, August 10

Santana / Rod Stewart
Xcel Energy Center
This slightly awkward pairing of rock vets Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart promises hits galore. Santana's highly distinctive guitar work is distinguished by a white-hot fluidity, and he's smoking on his new album Corazón, featuring a dozen sizzling Latin tunes fired up with the likes of Latin stars Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Juanes, plus Ziggy Marley and jazz icon Wayne Shorter. Even with the guests mostly rising to the occasion, such as Brazilian vocalist Samuel Rosa on the blistering opening cut "Saideira," Santana's sinuous guitar shines brilliantly, weaving through the mix, coaxing, prodding and inciting fresh vision and vitality. Armed with a fine, gritty voice, Stewart started out strong with Jeff Beck, the Faces and an explosive early solo career of bluesy folk-rockers. He's often been accused of coasting in subsequent decades, issuing drivel like "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and later taking uninspired shots at standards. But in an encouraging move, he returned to writing on 2013's Time, and is now sporting a new four-disc collection of unreleased live tracks (Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night), providing ample evidence that Stewart can still stir It up in the flesh. -Rick Mason
$39.50-$151.50, 7:30 PM

Austin Mahone with the Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes
Target Center
$29.5-$69, 7 PM

Chain & the Gang with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Suzie
7th St. Entry
$10/$12, 7:30 PM

Eric Johnson
The Cedar Cultural Center
$30/$35, 7 PM

311
Mill City Nights
18+, $45/$48, 8 PM

Man Man with Landlady
Triple Rock Social Club
18+, $16/$18, 8 PM

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