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

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Phox -- See Monday

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13 songs Paul McCartney should play at Target Field, but probably won't

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Plenty of musicians have impressive back catalogs and prestigious songbooks to their credit. But the exalted 50-plus-year oeuvre of Sir Paul McCartney is something else. He's bringing a fraction of those celebrated songs to a sold-out Target Field on Saturday night, for the first full-stadium rock 'n' roll show in the ballpark's history.

There will ultimately be nothing to complain about in McCartney's song selection during his upcoming performance -- with typical set lists on his current tour stretching to a generous 39 tracks -- but we dug through Macca's impressive collection of musical gems and found 13 overlooked numbers.

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Gov. Dayton declares Paul McCartney Day in Minnesota


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Jenny Lewis: People assume I'm always writing about myself

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Don't try to pigeonhole Jenny Lewis; she'll just push outside of your definition of who she is. The California singer-songwriter is set to release her first solo album since 2008's Acid Tongue with The Voyager, an album that has multiple layers in meaning and sound. With the help of Beck and Ryan Adams, Lewis's new album dabbles in indie-rock and pop.

Gimme Noise caught up with enigmatic Lewis before her show at First Avenue on Sunday night to see what she has been up to since her last album and what it's been like to be the sole female member in a touring group of guys.

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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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