The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/14-4/20

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Speedy Ortiz -- see Tuesday

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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/7-4/13

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Sharon Jones -- see Wednesday

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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/31-4/6

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Renata Raksha
St. Vincent -- See Wednesday
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Alejandro Escovedo: The SXSW accident was tragic and sad

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As a steady arm of the Texas muscial family dynasty, singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has defined the native sound of the musically rich Southern state. Amid a body of work that is dense and rich, Escovedo mines a western style steeped in bar hall spirit. Now 63, he stands as a true musical American treasure with an astute storyteller-like voice.

Comparable to Midwestern cowpunk roots music we all know and love in these parts, Escovedo has long made the Twin Cities a tour stop since early in his career with Rank and File, the New Wave-y post-rockers he rolled with in the late '80s. Returning to town this weekend, Escovedo plays for the first time at the Dakota. He told Gimme Noise about assembling a Lou Reed tribute at South By Southwest this year in his hometown of Austin, and acknowledged the tragedy that shook the festival.


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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/24-3/30

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Devon Jefferson
The Internet -- See Monday

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Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer gets louder and faster with Whatever Forever

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Clara Salyer and Howard Hamilton have injected a raucous edge to the Twin Cities music scene for years. Their last group, Prissy Clerks, placed high in our 2012 Picked to Click poll and won Best Rock Band in City Pages' 2013 Best Of issue. The pair are shifting gears a bit with a new project, Whatever Forever, that is set to make their live debut at the Triple Rock on Thursday night when they open for Howler.

The group is so new that they don't have any demos or rough mixes to their name as of yet. They do have a set's worth of original material that they are anxious to unveil and unleash upon a live audience for the first time. Gimme Noise spoke to Salyer about the origins and lineup of her new band, what they have planned for their first show, and the current status of Prissy Clerks.

See Also: Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer: My dad thought we were playing THE Shea Stadium


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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/17-3/23

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Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes -- See Friday

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Rogue Valley pairing with NorthGate Brewing for Aster Cafe performance

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Most bands have a hard enough time getting their own allotment of specific beers secured for them at each gig. But Rogue Valley not only got to choose what type of beer is available for their show at the Aster Cafe tonight, they got to partner directly with northeast Minneapolis's NorthGate Brewing to help craft their Chocolate Cherry Porter. The dark, velvety porter will be flowing freely from the taps tonight, right along with the sweet sounds of the band.

The show is part of Stillwater-based Tuned Beer's ongoing series of pairing a local band with an area brewery to create limited-release brews that match well with the distinctive tastes of everyone involved.


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Mike Doughty: No one benefits from reading the comments section

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Mike Doughty is always up for reinventing himself. Formerly the lead singer of Soul Coughing, Doughty has found a voice as a solo performer. Mike is back in Minneapolis this week for six shows where he revisits his Question Jar Shows, which involve letting the audience ask him anything they want.

Before his gigs at the Dakota Jazz Club, Doughty gives a clue on what to ask him while he's in town and talks about his latest tracks that he built around some lost Elliott Smith recordings that he found while moving.

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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/10-3/16

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Frank Maddocks
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. -- See Wednesday

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