The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 7/28-8/3

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/21-7/27

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Warped Tour 2014's five most interesting bands

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This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop, and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Minnesota lineup is particularly impressive. It comes to Canterbury Park in Shakopee on Sunday, but the tour is already in full swing. Here are our five must-see acts for this year's biggest punk party.

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/14-7/20

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tUnE-yArDs -- See Thursday

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/7-7/13

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The Budos Band -- See Thursday

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 6/30-7/6

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Dillinger Four -- See Fri.

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Michael McDonald: Working with Grizzly Bear pulled me out of my own little world

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When you've collaborated with Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Prince and crushed it in the Doobie Brothers, can you hang up your hat and call it a day? Even if Yacht Rock, Family Guy, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin will never forget you, the legendary Michael McDonald believes there's always work to be done.

On Sunday, Michael -- or Mike, as he likes to be called -- returns to the Twin Cities to share an evening of songs that span his musical career. Before his show at the Mystic Lake showroom, McDonald shares with Gimme Noise the story behind his Grizzly Bear collaboration and a tale of the star that stopped him in his tracks.

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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 6/23-6/29

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Mac DeMarco -- See Monday

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The Courtneys: Toto's "Africa" is our tour theme song

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Vancouver trio the Courtneys have fashioned a perpetual summer. It lives in the playful demeanor of their self-made workout videos, personality quiz and snapback caps. It lives in their ability to not take themselves too seriously. And it flourishes on the ramshackle joyride of their spirited self-titled debut. It can be hazardous for any band to act as a conduit of the not-so-distant past but the Courtneys reference Flying Nun-era slackers with a fresh vitality that rings strong whether they're gushing over Keanu Reeves or confronting inner turmoil with Slayer maxims.

The sounds may be optimistic, but depth is tangible and Courtney Loove, Sydney Koke and Jen Twynn Payne are grasping at something pure. Indie queens Tegan and Sara have a history of nabbing promising female acts as support and catapulting them into the success they deserve (e.g. Waxahatchee) and so it's no surprise that the Courtneys have taken this role on the band's current tour. Ahead of their Monday performance at First Avenue, Gimme Noise chatted with drummer/lead singer Jen Twynn Payne about life as a Courtney.

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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 6/16-6/22

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Nick Cave -- See Saturday

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