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Two big concert announcements this morning:
1) Nick Cave will finally play Minneapolis again with his mighty band the Bad Seeds. After skipping us this year on tour behind his rather harrowing album "Push the Sky Away," Australia's dark-lord rock god booked a June 21 date at the State Theatre. Tickets are expected to go on sale Nov. 22 through Ticketmaster and the theater's box office at prices to be announced. A pre-sale option is available via the band's website.
The State was also the site of Cave's last local performance with the Bad Seeds in 2002 (although he has been here with his nastier-sounding Grinderman in that time). He no longer tours with longtime guitarist Mick Harvey, but violinist/guitarist Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three (and Grinderman) has stepped up as a primary force in the band. Here's my review of the Bad Seeds gig at South by Southwest in March.
Cave's concert could set up quite a conflict for 89.3 the Current-attune music hipsters: June 21 is also the likely date of Rock the Garden.
2) Atmosphere will brave wintery Minnesota highways once again for the fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota Tour. After moving it up to March last year, the local hip-hop kingpins opted to keep it more in the dead of winter and will kick it off Feb. 12 in Mankato. The tour will cross the state border for the first time ever with a Feb. 15 date in Fargo (close enough to be an honorary Minnesota city in this case) before a Feb. 17 finale at First Ave. Rhymesayers vet Toki Wright will open all the shows with new collaborator Big Cats!, as will the newest act on the Rhymesayers roster, St. Paul wiz-kid Dem Atlas, plus DJ Jimmy 2 Times and No Bird Sing, who just released their new album "Definition Sickness" via Sage Francis' label. Here's the full itinerary:
Feb. 12: Mankato, Verizon Wireless Center
Feb. 13: Duluth, Clyde Iron Works
Feb. 14: Rochester, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium
Feb. 15: Fargo, the Venue at The Hub
Feb. 17: Minneapolis, First Avenue
Tickets goon sale Friday at 11 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the venues' individual outlets. Fifth Element record store in Uptown will have tickets available in-person for the Duluth and Minneapolis dates. Atmosphere will be touting the 10th anniversary reissue edition of its "Se7en's Travels" album and might preview a track or two from a new album expected next year.
Minnesota country music lovers won’t have to wait until August or pack up their camping supplies to see Jason Aldean next year. The Georgia-bred hitmaker of “My Kinda Party” fame -- who’s already been named one of We Fest's 2014 headliners – will first swing our way on a winter tour to play Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 17.
Tickets go on sale next Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster or the X’s box office for $59.75 or $29.75. His openers will be Florida Georgia Line, the burgeoning duo behind the hits “Cruise” and “Round Here,” plus Missouri newcomer Tyler Farr.
This will be Aldean's second time headlining St. Paul's arena and fourth time there, counting opening dates with Rascal Flatts (2007) and Brooks & Dunn (2010).
After two prior gigs at the cavernous Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Arcade Fire will finally make the leap to a bigger and just slightly better venue: Target Center.
The Canadian indie-rock heroes list a March 8 date at Target Center on a new 2014 tour itinerary issued today. Minneapolis will only be the second stop on the band’s “Reflektor” tour, which will start March 6 in Kentucky. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. and will be priced $70.50 for the general-admission floor -- a must in this case -- and $50.50 and $30.50 for reserved seats. Pre-sale options will be offered via the band's site, and the general on-sale will be through AXS.com or the arena's box office.
The tour -- set to run through August -- also includes an April 26 date at Starlight Amphitheater in Kansas City, which Twin Cities fans might consider worth a road-trip for a chance to see the band perform outside. Not much of a road-hound band, Win Butler and the gang typically only come around once per album.
Issued two weeks ago, "Reflektor" (the band's fourth album) is a sprawling 75-minute epic heavily spiked with disco-y dance grooves, which were enhanced with the help of co-producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame. The band played a few small one-off gigs in smaller venues last month, which were widely praised by critics and fans.
At Monday's early show at the First Avenue nightclub, stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle intimated that he might someday move to the Twin Cities. That someday might be now.
Chappelle, who remains popular despite or perhaps because he quit his eponymous Comedy Central show back in 2005, has added an 11th performance to his "pop up" Minneapolis engagement.
The first eight performances, two a night Monday through Thursday at First Avenue, sold out. Then he added 7:30 shows Friday and Saturday at the nearby Pantages Theatre. Now he has added a 10 p.m. performance for Friday night as well at the same venue. The 10 p.m. Saturday slot is conspicuously open.
Star Tribune photo by Tom Wallace
Sharon Jones is sticking to her word. After canceling her 2013 tour and postponing the release of her album last year while she underwent treatment for cancer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will return April 9 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis and their fifth album, “Give the People What They Want,” will be released Jan. 14.
The soul dynamo and her Brooklyn band were scheduled to perform last July at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis but, after the announcement of her cancer in June, all her performances were called off and the August release of the album postponed.
Jones and the Dap-Kings have built a following in the Twin Cities with winning performances at First Avenue, the State Fair, Rock the Garden and the Pantages, among other places.
Tickets for the April concert will go on sale at noon Saturday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets.