Big Gigs: Jackson Browne, Gov't Mule, Black Flag, Keyshia Cole, Warped Tour, more

  • Updated: July 17, 2014 - 2:17 PM
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Jackson Browne takes the State Theatre stage on Friday.

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WARPED TOUR

Already a few years older than the age of its average attendee, the Warped Tour marks its 20th anniversary with an all-day lineup that very much emphasizes it’s for the kids. Aside from “1985” novelty hitmakers Bowling From Soup and ’90s ska punks Less Than Jake, most folks over 30 probably don’t recognize a single band name on the lineup. But it’s actually a strong and even somewhat diverse lineup of punk, metal, rap and indie-rock, also with the Devil Wears Prada, Yellowcard, K. Flay, Saves the Day, Of Mice and Men, Every Time I Die, Cute Is What We Aim For, Beartooth, MC Chris, the Summer Set and dozens more. (11 a.m. Sun., Canterbury Park Festival Field, $35.50-$45.) Riemenschneider

POP/ROCK

Jackson Browne will surround himself with 18 acoustic guitars and a piano. The tougher choice is not which instrument to play — but which song to sing. Even though he hasn’t released an album since 2008’s socio-political “Time the Conqueror,” the Rock Hall of Famer has a marvelous catalog to choose from for this solo acoustic show. Maybe he’ll opt for material from “Late for the Sky,” which will be remastered and reissued in a 30th-anniversary edition this year. Many of his best pieces are featured on this year’s top-notch tribute album, “Looking Into You,” interpreted by an all-star cast including Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Keb Mo. And Browne will likely give a shout-out to his Minnesota cousins and talk about his mother being from here. (8 p.m. Fri. State Theatre, $57.50-$104.) Jon Bream

 

First Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their intentions to leave the Allman Brothers, and then Gregg Allman announced his plans to disband the group after a few October concerts in New York City. That hopefully means that Haynes may focus more on his own group, Gov’t Mule, demonstrating how to put first-rate blues-rock-jazz solos into a jam band. And don’t underestimate the Mule’s songwriting prowess; if you need evidence, check out last year’s two-disc “Shout” on which the likes of Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, Jim James and Steve Winwood tackle Haynes’ tunes. (7:30 p.m. Fri. Minnesota Zoo, $35 & $47.50.) Bream

 

Having long ago scrapped the bawdy frat-boy rock that first made him a star on the Texas music circuit — and got him banned from the Basilica Block Party — Austin singer/songwriter Bob Schneider sounds more sophisticated and serious than ever on his light, folky new album “Burden of Proof,” for which he enlisted the Tosca Strings for elegant accompaniment and a whole lot of heartache. Civil Wars-like duo Dawn & Hawkes open. (8:30 p.m. Fri., Varsity Theater, $20-$22.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Marc Cohn has played at the Minnesota Zoo so often that he must be on a first-name basis with all the zookeepers. Well, when Cher is touring the world covering your biggest song (“Walking in Memphis”), you can stand proud. But the raspy-voiced piano man hasn’t built a career on just one song. “Silver Thunderbird” and “True Companion” also received lots of radio play — at least when Cities 97 was “adult-alternative” — and Cohn is an engaging, soulful live performer. His latest recorded effort is a tune, “Too Many Angels,” on the splendid, all-star Jackson Browne tribute album, “Looking Into You.” (7:30 p.m. Sat. Minnesota Zoo, $47 & $59.50.) Bream

 

Best known as the mouthpiece of the 1990s group October Project, Mary Fahl has a full, robust voice and a sense of adventure. In 2011, she reimagined Pink Floyd tunes on “From the Dark Side of the Moon.” On last year’s “Love & Gravity,” her fifth solo effort, she went minimalist and melancholy. (8 p.m. Sat. Dakota, $28.) Bream

 

Ben Watt, the less visible half of Everything But the Girl, has released his first solo album in 30 years. “Hendra” is filled with, as Rolling Stone put it, “raging peacefulness.” For Watt’s first U. S. solo tour, expect an evening of intimacy and sadness. The singer/keyboardist will be accompanied by guitarist Bernard Butler, formerly of Suede and producer of Duffy’s blockbuster “Rockferry” album. (7 & 10 p.m. Sat. Bryant-Lake Bowl, $20.) Bream

 

Just a month after making its local debut at the Triple Rock, Greg Ginn’s remade version of his influential Los Angeles punk band Black Flag can walk back into town with a little swagger. The young, scrappy rhythm section and Ginn’s unmistakable guitar work helped make the previous show feel like more than just a tribute. Same openers as before: Cinema Cinema and Ginn’s theramin-enhanced solo act the Royal We. (8:30 p.m. Sun., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $15-$20.) Riemenschneider

 

A college jock turned sexplicit but sometimes tender R&B singer/rapper — with bikini babes in his videos and AutoTune all over his records — Mike Stud earned viral fame last year with his “College Humor” clip, which he made with his fellow Duke University athletes in an apparent effort to set their program’s sexist reputation back even further. He’s no joke, though. His debut album, “Closer,” topped Pandora’s music charts upon its release last week. The world is a strange and cruel place. (7 p.m. Tue., First Avenue, all ages, $17-$20.) Riemenschneider

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