The best Twin Cities concerts: 2/19-2/25

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This warm week brings several shows to the Twin Cities. Lucius (above) will be playing a sold out show at the Cedar Thursday while Greg Brown sells out the next day. Strange Names plays the Triple Rock Thursday and Jeremy Messersmith spends the weekend playing two shows at First Avenue. The Graveface Records Road Show will feature artists such as the Casket Girls, the Stargazer Lillies, Gramma's Boyfriend, and Dreamend on Tuesday at the Triple Rock while Glasvegas is at First Avenue.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 2/12-2/18

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It's that time to dread/anticipate Valentine's Day plans. Sisyphus featuring Sufjan Stevens will make a special appearance at the Walker, Lucy Michelle will be hosting a country version of her Valentine Mixtape show at the Cedar, Eleni Mandell will be at the Turf Club and the Arctic Monkeys play to a sold-out audience. Various cover bands will be playing Cause and the Cabooze. Also in the coming days? Piñata Records will be hosting a showcase at 331 Club Saturday, Gregory Porter is at the Dakota Sunday and Atmosphere will play a sold out show at First Avenue.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 2/5-2/11

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This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Justin Timberlake will be at the Xcel Center. Early next week, the reunited Neutral Milk Hotel play shows Monday and Tuesday at First Ave, and Mates of State hit up the Turf Club Tuesday night.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/29-2/4

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This week in the ever-so-cold land of Minnesota, the concert landscape heats up. Thursday marks the Best New Bands of 2013 concert featuring Allan Kingdom (above), BBGUN, Black Diet, Frankie Teardrop, Fury Things, GRRRL PRTY and Southwire. Another hot 2013 commodity in Wolf Lords is at the James J. Hill Library. First Avenue welcomes Galactic on Friday and a Joe Strummer tribute on Saturday. Finally, Josh Ritter will be performing at the Fitzgerald while the Black Angels make a return to Minneapolis early next week too.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/21-1/28

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This blustery week in the Twin Cities 89.3 the Current will be hosting their 9th Birthday Bash in the First Avenue Mainroom over the weekend. Acts will include Lizzo, Har Mar Superstar, Strange Names, Howler, Heiruspecs and more. The Cedar Cultural center will also be hosting a benefit for those affected in the Cedar Ave. fire earlier this month. Into It. Over It. (above) will be at the Entry on Thursday.


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The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/15-1/21

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This week brings quite a few live acts to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. Wednesday, Walk Off the Earth plays a sold out show at the Varsity and Nipsey Hussle (above) hits Mill City Nights. On Friday, Jake Bugg travels to First Avenue. Pert Near Sandstone will be at the Cedar for two nights this weekend while Fathom Lane plays the Turf Club. Lastly, Yuck will make an appearance at the Triple Rock, Monday featuring local acts Prissy Clerks and Fury Things.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/8-1/14

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While the Polar Vortex passes through, Minnesota Music continues on. GRRRL PARTY wrap up their monthly residency at Icehouse Friday with Dessa. Across town, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys play a sold out show at the Cedar. Icehouse will also host Buffalo Moon's (above) Album Release on Saturday.

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 1/1-1/7

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Happy 2014! While most will take New Year's Day off, bars and some venues will be open in the evening including Curtiss A's tribute to Hank Williams at the Dakota. Friday night the Turf Club will be hosting And the Professors, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will be at the Cedar. The Blind Shake will continue the Blowout tradition at the Triple Rock Saturday while the Big Pink pay tribute to The Band's final concert also known as The Last Waltz. And if there wasn't ample opportunity to dance yourself clean, hit First Ave on Saturday night for a Bassgasm preview featuring DJs Reid Speed (above) and Sandra Collins.


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The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 12/25 - 12/31

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Dawes are set to play two nights at Varsity Theater to close out 2013

Happy Holidays, internet pals! While not too many acts are playing venues this Christmas, plenty of bars are still open for business. There's also plenty of places to ring in the New Year, including First Avenue's Dance Night, The Turf Club's Cover Band Show, Davina and the Vagabonds at the Dakota or Solid Gold at the Icehouse (plus MANY more). Either way, if you're going out, be sure to celebrate with the people (or cats) you love and have a happy holiday season! 

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The best Twin Cities concerts: 12/18-12/24

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As the winter gets colder, show-going slows down a little. However, this doesn't mean there aren't some killer shows to be seen! First Avenue is hosting an "unauguration" party for R.T. Rybak Wednesday featuring many local acts. Saturday, Riff Raff hits up the Fine Line while Crimes plays the Icehouse. 4onthefloor, Communist Daughter and All Tomorrow's Petty are also lined up to play First Avenue, and the Dakota welcomes Karrin Allyson for a two day gig at the Dakota.

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