The Big Gigs for week of Nov. 30

  • Article by: STAR TRIBUNE STAFF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 30, 2012 - 9:47 AM

Concert spotlights on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, KDWB Jingle Ball

Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) plays First Avenue Friday and Saturday.

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HIP-HOP

Since Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller drew 15,000 fans to this year's State Fair, it should be no surprise that two other grads of the local Soundset fest, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, easily sold out two nights at First Ave. The Seattle-area MC/DJ duo is breaking big nationally with their second album, "The Heist." Part of the buzz is for the song "Same Love," a potent defense of gay rights and same-sex marriage that earned them headlines and a spot on "Ellen." That's just one of many dramatic cuts where Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) gets way personal on us, just as he did at Soundset talking about his struggles with addiction. Dee-1 and Xperience open. (6:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., First Avenue. Sold out.) Chris Riemenschneider

Applying the lyrical flair of a stylized text message to simplistic, soulless cadences, Bay Area brat-rapper Kreayshawn comes off like a brash, female Fresh Prince for the YouTube generation -- that is, if Will got booted from Bel Air Academy for slangin' weed out of a Lisa Frank backpack. In such songs as the 2011 viral smash "Gucci Gucci," she flashes faux-gangsta panache over glitter-bomb mall-cruisers. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Varsity Theater, 16-plus, $18-$20.) Michael Rietmulder

A should-be shoo-in for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, Public Enemy is not just coasting in its silver anniversary year. The New York group that gave us three landmark albums in four controversy-filled years (1987-90) just dropped two strong and surprisingly fresh-sounding new records in a few short months. Titled "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamps" and "Evil Empire of Everything," they arrived via a new independent platform that also includes the creation of the so-called Hip-Hop Gods Tour. PE masterminds Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff will head up the show with a small army of other pioneers, including the X-Clan, Monie Love, Schooly D, Leaders of the New School and more. Read an interview with Chuck D in Sunday's Variety section. (9 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, $25.) Riemenschneider

POP/ROCK

Os Mutantes return, fresh off their appearance in Rolling Stone's list of the 10 greatest Latin Rock albums of all time, for their wild 1968 eponymous masterpiece. The Tropicalia-flavored Brazilian garage-rock band has gone through many eras and transformations, but it never lost that record's psychedelic coating. After developing a cultish fan base that included David Byrne and Kurt Cobain during an extended hiatus in the '80s and '90s, co-founding singer/guitarist Sérgio Dias Baptista rebirthed the band in 2006 and has made a handful of charmingly exotic new albums. A band of brothers curiously named Writer opens. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center. All ages. $20-$25.) Riemenschneider

If you're bemoaning the lack of a local Pearl Jam gig over the past half-decade, try the Canadian alternative: The Tragically Hip. Seriously. These guys have a similar sound and DNA, and they're as famous in their native country as their Seattle counterparts. After a couple of dud albums, the quintet makes a return-to-form in the hard-hitting "Now for Plan A." Sample such tracks as "The Lookahead" and "Take Forever" to hear how much the Hip is still alive, or revisit such recently reissued albums as "Road Apples" and "Fully Completely" to see why they're so revered Up North. Please, though, leave the Maple Leaf jerseys at home. It's not a hockey game. (9 p.m. Fri., Mill City Nights. $30-$33.) Riemenschneider

Boasting a diverse cross-section of new local favorites, the Sounds Like Home concert also happens to be taking place at a cool venue for a great cause. A benefit for Minneapolis' family homeless shelter People Serving People, it features the leaders of last weekend's Replacements tribute show, lively pop/punkers the Melismatics, along with Dakota-packing soul-rock balladeer Alison Scott and her ace band. From the hip-hop scene, South Side rapper MaLLy is still basking in the powerful glow of his personal opus "The Last Great ...," while Muja Messiah and Maria Isa's duo Villa Rosa is taking shape as much more than just a side project. (7 p.m. Fri., Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Av. NE., Mpls., $35-$50, www.PeopleServingPeople.org.) Riemenschneider

Local punk vets Birthday Suits unsheath their latest 7-inch -- an audio skirmish bottled in three airtight songs -- at a show that also serves as a release party for a book of tour/concert photos by sometimes Minneapolis picture-snapper Hiro Tanaka. Pink Mink, Teenage Moods, Jim and the French Vanilla and DJ Paddy Costello also perform. (10 p.m. Fri., Triple Rock, 18-plus, $8.) Rietmulder

Though this 'Sota-bred bass-head now calls California home, rising 23-year-old DJ Minnesota still proclaims his lake-state love while producing a melody-flecked blend of dubstep and glitch-hop. The real-life Christian Bauhofer's week-old "Altered States" EP embraces trap and ambient elements with the genre-tweaking nuance of Colorado contemporaries Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic and Paper Diamond. (9 p.m. Sat., the Loft at Barfly, 18-plus, $15-$20.) Rietmulder

The life of the late Gregory Dee, a mainstay on the Twin Cities rock scene in the 1960s, will be celebrated with performances by many of his contemporaries -- the Trashmen, the Castaways, the Underbeats, the Del Counts, the Gestures and the singer/organist's own Avantis, known for the 1964 regional hits "The Grind" (an organ-fueled instrumental) and "Olds-Mo-Williams." Gregory Dee Maland, 68, died in September after a series of strokes over the past six years in Mount Vernon, Wash., where he'd lived for many years. Proceeds go to the nonprofit Guitars for Vets. (6 p.m. Sun., Famous Dave's Uptown, $5.) Jon Bream

Instead of the big outdoor show that had to be postponed in September because frontman Fat Mike was fighting a nasty bug, NOFX is playing two club gigs at a smaller-than-usual venue. The San Francisco-area punk vets -- who are up to their usual fun-loving shenanigans on the new album "Entitled" -- also traded in one band of local cohorts for another, with Banner Pilot replacing Dillinger Four on the bill. Wyoming's Teenage Bottlerocket, another band signed to Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords, also opens. (8 p.m. Tue., 6 p.m. Wed., Cabooze. All ages on Wed. $25.) Riemenschneider

This year's annual KDWB Jingle Ball is heavy on pop and light on hip-hop and R&B. Korean pop star PSY is the big coup, with his international sensation "Gangnam Style" now the most-watched YouTube video ever. Train, Jingle Ball's most established act, keeps on rolling with another ubiquitous single, "Drive By," which trumps 2009's "Hey, Soul Sister." Four fresh faces from England are scheduled -- Taylor Swift crony Ed Sheeran of "The A Team" fame; Ellie Goulding, who scored stateside with "Lights"; U.K. "X Factor" fave Cher Lloyd, the voice of "Want U Back," and newcomer Conor Maynard, who is making noise with "Turn Around" featuring Ne-Yo. Minnesota's own Owl City is back at Jingle Ball, riding high again with the hits "Good Time" and "Shooting Star." Also returning will be One Republic to revisit 2007's "Apologize" and offer the new "Feel Again." (6 p.m. Tue. Xcel Energy Center, $27-$103.30.) Bream

COUNTRY

Like Luke Bryan, Jake Owen is a rising country star with two first names. Last year, he landed at the top of the country charts twice, with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "Alone With You." The momentum has continued this year with the hit "The One That Got Away" and an opening slot on the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw stadium tour. Opening are two promising male duos -- Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line. (9 p.m. Thu., Myth. Sold out.) Bream

ROOTS/WORLD

To have a successful career in music, it helps to be versatile. Andy Statman is a master of two instruments that have little in common, mandolin and clarinet. He's been a force in modern bluegrass, a key revivalist of klezmer music, and a pioneer in crafting original jazz inspired by his Jewish heritage. David Grisman names Statman as his all-time best mandolin student, and the late klezmer legend Dave Tarras said the same about Andy's clarinet studies. Here's a guy who's concertized with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan and Itzhak Perlman. He will lead his veteran trio with bassist Jim Whitney and percussionist Larry Eagle, part of Bruce Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions" band. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, $30-$35.) Tom Surowicz

JAZZ

Four of the busier jazz players in the Twin Cities come together in the Atlantis Quartet. The band is headed into the studio in December to record its fourth album after a year that has brought well crafted solo efforts from guitarist Zacc Harris ("The Garden") and bassist Chris Bates, whose album "New Hope" stands out like the Hope diamond among this year's local gems. The combo is completed by drummer Pete Hennig and stirring saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, who's threatening to uncork his own album in 2013 -- these guys are as ambitious as they are talented. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists' Quarter, $10.) Surowicz

BLUES

Blues guitar phenom Joanne Shaw Taylor, 27, has been turning heads since her teen years in Birmingham, England, where she was "discovered" by Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart. Three albums later, she's a sizable U.K. blues star who performed to a mammoth crowd as part of Annie Lennox's band at the queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. But we Yanks can still catch her in a cozy club, playing an off-night, no-cover gig. Shaw Taylor favors the power trio format, likes Stevie Ray Vaughan quite a bit, has debatable vocal skills and can get carried away with fretboard pyrotechnics. Yet there's no denying her quicksilver chops and flag-waving, bone-rattling, incendiary solos. (8 p.m. Thu., Famous Dave's Uptown.) Surowicz

CLSSICAL

Count on the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota to showcase the grand old men of the genre: Leon Fleisher, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Gunther Schuller and now violinist/conductor Joseph Silverstein. At 80, the Detroit-born Silverstein -- longtime concertmaster of the Boston Symphony and music director of the Utah Symphony -- can look back on one of the most distinguished careers in American music. Sunday's program will make string fanciers salivate: Mozart's C-major Quintet (K.515), Bach's E-major Partita (No. 3) and Brahms' G-major Sextet (Op. 36). Heaven! (4 p.m. Sun., Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Av., St. Paul. $15-$25. 651-450-0527 or chambermusicsociety mn.com.) Larry Fuchsberg

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