The Big Gigs for 6/21-27

  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 9:05 AM
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POP/ROCK

Not to be confused with a blues fest where every act wants to be Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Deep Blues Fest is built on roughneck, gritty, raw, rural Delta blues and loaded with a wide array of adventurous pickers and punky bands. Friday’s opening lineup along includes everything from opener Charlie Parr’s resonator blues-folk and Purgatory Hill’s cigar-box smoke to Indiana duo Left Lane Cruiser’s noisy grind. Other performers through the weekend include Spanish bluesman Guadalupe Plata, Mark “Porkchop” Holder, the Dead Exs and many more. (4-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Bayport BBQ, 328 5th Av. N., Bayport, $70-$175, BayportBBQ.com.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Marianas Trench is a Vancouver band that cleans up at the Junos (Canada’s Grammys) and MuchMusic Video Awards (Canada’s MTV Awards). Listen to the quartet’s three albums and you’ll think it’s the Fall Out Boy of Canada. Opening are Denver’s Air Dubai, Ghost Town and Protector. (7 p.m. Fri. Varsity, $20-$125.) Jon Bream

 

Like mosquitoes, the BoDeans are back for their annual summer invasion. Despite the departure of Sammy Llanas in 2011, Austin, Texas-based rocker Kurt Neumann continues to lead Milwaukee’s best-known band, which fans insist still parties hard with different harmonies. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Minnesota Zoo, $35-$47.50.) Bream

 

Having sung on recent albums by the Roots and Robert Glasper, Philadelphia neo-soul man Bilal wears his influences on his sleeve on this year’s “A Love Surreal.” “Longing and Waiting” seduces with a Princely vibe. “Winning Hand” plays a Steely Dan trump card. “Right at the Core” is an airy, romantic duet with Minneapolis native Paris Strothers. Bilal’s free-form, jazzy-soul excursion should appeal to fans of Frank Ocean. (8 & 10 p.m. Fri., Dakota Jazz Club, $30-$35.) Bream

 

The Goondas still put on wild and bruising shows, but the bluesy Twin Cities punks have gotten a little more serious on their second full-length. “Dog Show” was recorded at Terrarium with producer Jacques Wait (Pink Mink, Off With Their Heads) adding a little extra oomph and sinister power to such snaky, raw Stooges-sounding tracks as “Lip” and “Autorotica.” Wily singer Brendan Green’s warped, vaguely threatening words are more front and center, even if he’s still sometimes hanging off the house P.A. on stage. Driftwood Pyre and Red Daughters open their release party. (10 p.m. Fri., Turf Club, $6.) Riemenschneider

 

A downtown parking lot, a couple of touring bands, four local acts, plus a few beer stands and food trucks. That’s the no-duh formula offered by City Pages’ inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Fest. Washington, D.C.-reared headliners the Walkmen have been a mixed bag playing live since their howling 2004 classic “The Rat,” but they were outstanding last year behind their elegant, bright album “Heaven.” Free Energy always sparks a lively dance party with its ’70s-branded, cowbell-enhanced riff-rock and sunny pop harmonies. Greg Grease, Strange Names and Prissy Clerks round out the lineup. The Chalice will host. (4-10 p.m. Sat., 8th St. & Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $20.) Riemenschneider

 

Highly entertaining, enriching and expanded to a quintet, the Carolina Chocolate Drops will offer lessons in minstrel music, old-time fiddle tunes, post-WWI blues, Gaelic fiddling and the like. Good talkers as well as pickers and singers, the Grammy winners also deliver a striking reworking of the Blu Cantrell R&B triumph “Hit ’Em Up Style.” (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $30 & $42.50.) Bream

 

After seven years of steady indie ascension, Portugal. The Man is making the big leap. The Alaska-rooted, psychedelic pop-rock band’s new album, “Evil Friends,” was issued on Atlantic Records and produced by Danger Mouse. It’s decidedly more grandiose and accessible without sounding slick, and its tunes sounded as bright and shimmery as the sun when the band previewed the record at Coachella in April with a horn section in tow. Buzzing New York openers Guards are fronted by former Willowz leader Richie Follin, brother of Cults singer Madeline Follin. (9 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $22-$24.) Riemenschneider

 

Another fun hodgepodge of local musicians teaming up for a terrible reason: The Shelter From the Storm concert benefits the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s efforts to stop sex trafficking. Fresh from breaking in an electrifying new band to go with an upcoming album, indie singer Haley Bonar headlines the event, which also features harmonious trad-country revivalists the Cactus Blossoms and front-porch-swinging, jug-blowing folk favorites the Roe Family Singers. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $15-$18.) Riemenschneider

 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is one of the most thrilling experimental rock acts of the moment, developing from New Zealand native Ruban Nielson’s one-man project to a band with a personality all its own — or rather five or six personalities. That’s how many you’ll hear on the second UMO release, “II,” from the Deadhead-ish psychedelica of the single “From the Sun” to fuzz-laden guitar pop and maniacally paced rockers. Mississippi band Bass Drum of Death opens. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Cedar Cultural Center, all ages, $15-$18.) Riemenschneider

 

British retro rock ’n’ soul man James Hunter’s new album, “Minute by Minute,” is his first recorded entirely in the United States, the first to give billing to his longtime sidemen (now the James Hunter Six) — and his best. Working with producer Gabriel Roth of the Dap-Kings, his voice sounds more ragged at times, but also more passionate, as he updates the styles of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and the Five Royales. Opening is soul shouter Shemekia Copeland, who showed distinctive restraint on last year’s “331/3.” (7:30 p.m. Sun., Minnesota Zoo, $33-$45.50.) Bream

 

One of several ’90s-rock package tours on the summer tour docket, Summerland 2013 features a less-than-sunny lineup of angsty one-word-named bands with remade lineups. Headliner Everclear features frontman Art Alexakis and all new guys, while Live has its core lineup save for singer Ed Kowal­czyk, who quit in 2009. They’re out with Filter and Sponge. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Myth, all ages, $32.) Riemenschneider

 

After touring in 2000 to support his hit “Voodoo” album, soul star D’Angelo has been mostly missing in action. Last year, he did about 15 U.S. concerts with Mary J. Blige, proving that, after three stints in rehab, he’s alive and well, if no longer as buff as his naked-video prime of “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” This March, he and longtime friend Questlove collaborated on a duo show in New York, doing D’Angelo jams and mostly R&B covers. The duo now has two more performances scheduled: Philly in July and First Avenue Monday. And D’Angelo is talking about a fall release for his long-promised third album, produced by Questlove. Read an interview in Sunday’s Star Tribune. (8 p.m. Sun., First Avenue, $40.) Bream

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put on some of First Ave’s best live shows of the past decade, so why stop now? While they’re mostly playing festivals and outdoor venues this summer, glam-punk goddess Karen O and bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase opted to do their one and only summer club show in Minneapolis. Truth is, they could go over huge anywhere if they muster anything close to their chills-inducing set at Coachella, with the spiritual scope of new songs such as “Sacrilege” and “Despair” adding to the deep emotional scarring of the classic “Maps.” Maximum Hedrum opens, a curious new duo featuring hot-list dance producer Sam Spiegel and metal singer Derrick Green of Sepultura fame. (8:30 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, sold out.) Riemenschneider

 

Los Angeles urban-hippie folk-rock revivalists Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros make a fitting opener for this summer’s concert series at Cabooze Plaza, with its cityscape setting and old West Bank music vibe. Frontman Alex Ebert and his colorful coed troupe landed another song on the Current playlist last year with the John Prine-copping “Man on Fire.” Sun or no sun, it’ll be sunny. The Giving Tree Band opens. (6:30 p.m. Tue., Cabooze Plaza, $30.) Riemenschneider

 

Originally from Denver and now living in Iceland, John Grant sure took a roundabout way to make it back to Middle America. Part Father John Misty and part Nick Cave, the former leader of the Czars earned widespread acclaim in England with his 2010 debut and is now breaking stateside with his new album, “Pale Green Ghost.” The eerie, electro-wired title track features Sinead O’Connor and reportedly alludes to Grant’s discovery of being HIV-positive. U.S. stations are now spinning the janglier single, “GMF.” (7 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $20.) Riemenschneider

 

Emo pop standard bearers in the mid-’00s, Fall Out Boy fell out of favor after 2008’s “Folie a Deux.” Lyricist/bassist Pete Wentz formed a side project, Black Cards, and frontman Patrick Stump released a solo album. Those outside endeavors went nowhere, but somehow Fall Out Boy got reinvigorated for this year’s “Save Rock and Roll.” They invited Elton John, the Foxes and Courtney Love to the party but it’s FOB that brings the emotion and energy to this encouraging comeback. (8 p.m. Wed., Myth, sold out.) Bream

 

Communist Daughter saved its Cedar debut for a special occasion: The band recently wrapped up the bulk of recording for the long-awaited follow-up to its last full-length album, 2010’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” and it’s ready for a live preview. Said to be a rockier collection — with plenty of life experience to mine for inspiration (sobriety, marriage) — the new material was produced with veteran guitarist and studio ace Kevin Bowe, who opens with his band the Okemah Prophets. (7:30 p.m. Thu., Cedar Cultural Center, $12-$15.) Riemenschneider

HIP-HOP

This year, rapper B.o.B. has appeared on records by T.I., Lecrae, Big Boi, Funkmaster Flex and Young Dro, among others. But he hasn’t dropped his long-promised third album, “Underground Luxury.” Maybe we will get a preview, along with “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes,” the hits that made him famous. (8 p.m. Fri., Myth, $25.) Bream

One of the weirdest, wildest, scariest — and best — groups in hip-hop history, the Geto Boys have made rare reunions in various forms over the past decade but are finally doing a full-blown outing with all three core members, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D. The Houston trio’s early-’90s albums made a lot of East and West Coast gangsta rappers look like pussycats. Nowadays, they’re remembered for the minor hits “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” “Six Feet Deep” and “Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta,” the latter unforgettably featured in the copy-machine-bashing scene of “Office Space.” Locals Haphduzn and Empire Status open. (9 p.m. Sun., Fine Line, $25-$30.) Riemenschneider

JAZZ

The Mississippi Jazz Connection is an excellent, seldom-seen band that brings together four bright lights of creative local music: saxophonist Pete Whitman, pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Jeff Bailey and drummer Kevin Washington. (9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Artists’ Quarter, $10.) Tom Surowicz

 

Does Butch Thompson sound better indoors or outdoors, with a full band or playing solos and duets? Find out this week as Minnesota’s ragtime and stride keyboard master plays two very different gigs. First, he serves as “bandleader and guest speaker,”chronicling Mendota’s surprisingly rich jazz history and playing clarinet and piano with cornetist Charlie DeVore, drummer Tom Andrews, bassist Steve Pikal and singer Lee Engele. (6-8 p.m. Sat., Sibley House, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota, 651-452-1596. $10.) Then he'll help kick the Twin Cities Jazz Festival into gear, sharing an all-piano evening with Jon Weber, the casually amazing New Yorker who can play any standard in any key or tempo, and in virtually any jazz style. (8:30 p.m. Thu., Artists’ Quarter.) Surowicz

 

Never one to be pigeonholed, sax titan David Murray comes to town with raspy-voiced soul Grammy winner Macy Gray — one of two singers on his new album “Be My Monster Love,” along with hot new jazz baritone Gregory Porter. Other contributors include SFJAZZ poet laureate Ishmael Reed, British crime novelist Robert Wilson, West Coast avant great Bobby Bradford and legendary Last Poets rapper Abiodun Oyewele. The album also debuts Murray’s excellent new Infinity Quartet — Marc Cary (piano and organ), Nasheet Waits (drums) and Jaribu Shahid (bass) — which will presumably be together forever and a day. Read an interview in Sunday's Star Tribune. (7 & 9 p.m. Sun.-Mon., Dakota, $40-$55.) Surowicz

WORLD

Nigerian Afrobeat bandleader Femi Kuti is mostly playing giant festivals this summer. The Cedar Cultural Center is easily the most intimate venue on his itinerary. At 50, Fela’s oldest son is no youngster anymore, but he is a strong singer, an able songwriter and a funky firebrand in person. (8 p.m. Wed., Cedar Cultural Center, $45.) Surowicz

ACOUSTIC

To celebrate International Accordion Awareness Month (who knew?), six Minnesota squeezebox artists are getting together “to showcase the breadth and scope of the accordion repertoire.” Expect jazz, gypsy music, polkas, tangos, cumbias, blues, roots-rock, waltzes, French musette, Cajun and zydeco when Dan Newton, Dee Langley, Mark Stillman, Patrick Harison, Bob Walser and Bob Barnes play unaccompanied, and undiluted. (7-9 p.m. Mon., Republic, 221 Cedar Av. S., 612-338-6146. No cover.) Surowicz



 

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