The Big Gigs for the week of July 26

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 3:27 PM

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Three distinctly middle-American rock acts, Soul Asylum, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Matthew Sweet each broke through on the FM dial and MTV in the early ’90s with sing-songy, anthemic albums that offered an alternative to the grungier, post-Nirvana “alternative.” They’ve teamed up to play each of those records in their entirety on the so-called LP Tour: “Grave Dancers Union,” “Sister Sweetly” and “Girlfriend,” respectively. Twins broadcast station K-TWIN 96.3 FM recruited the package tour for a ballpark concert, slapped on the Gear Daddies for a very-welcome second hometown act and called it the Skyline Music Festival. The stage will be set up along the third baseline. (5 p.m. Fri., Target Field, Mpls., $25-$39,

Chris Riemenschneider


The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour and their first album in 16 years, “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” were so 2012. Brian Wilson, guiding light of the Beach Boys, and singer Mike Love once again couldn’t see eye to eye, so now there are two touring entities: the Love-fronted Beach Boys and Wilson, performing with original bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks. Squabble aside, Wilson is the genius behind the Beach Boys’ elaborate sounds. Early reports indicate that his set list is heavy on Beach Boys classics and surprisingly devoid of his esteemed solo work. Meanwhile, Wilson announced last month that he’s working on another solo album, with Jardine, Marks, Jeff Beck and Don Was, among others. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Minnesota Zoo, $62-$87.50.)

Jon Bream


After a one-year hiatus, the highly recommended Dakota Street Fest is back, with four stages (three outdoor, one indoor), dozens of acts, 12 hours of music — and free admission. The eclectic lineup features Kansas City blues piano mama Kelley Hunt and Alabama southern rockers Kenneth Brian Band as well as local favorites, including rapper Toki Wright, soul ’n’ bluesman Willie Walker backed by Paul Metsa’s acoustic guitar, jazz saxophone institution Irv Williams, vocalist extraordinaire Debbie Duncan, and New Orleans-flavored powerhouse Davina and the Vagabonds. (Noon-midnight Sat., Dakota Jazz Club and outside on Nicollet Mall, Mpls., free.)



Alpha Rev was a VH1 “You Oughta Know” act back in 2010 but truly might become better known this year, thanks in part to the fact that frontman Casey McPherson sounds a whole lot like Marcus Mumford. His Austin, Texas-based sextet has more of a heartland rock sound than Mumfords’ Sons, though, evidenced by their fourth album, “Bloom,” and the Counting Crows-like single “Sing Loud.” Rootsy local rockers Cedar Avenue and White Lines Grey Matter open. (9 p.m. Sat., Mill City Nights, $13.)



Hard to believe that Alabama Shakes have only performed once in the Twin Cities, given the continued local popularity of their 2012 debut album and the swiftness with which this weekend’s big outdoor gig sold out. Led by gospel-tinged howler Brittany Howard and fueled by Steve Cropper-channeling guitar great Heath Fogg, the soul-rock quartet was actually invited to play two even bigger gigs earlier this summer but could only make it this weekend, between such globe-trotting festival gigs as Glastonbury, the Calgary Folk Fest and Sweden’s Way Out West. They’re working on a new album but have been rounding out set lists with B-sides and a cool Springsteen cover. Former Chooglin’ leader Brian Vanderwerf’s new band Eleganza! opens. (6:30 p.m. Sun., Cabooze Plaza, sold out.)


The precocious duo Foxygen has hypnotized the music world with its psychedelic chillwave sound. L.A.-bred singer-songwriters Jonathan Rado and Sam France, both 22, embody Bowie, the Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan, depending on which track you’re listening to. In concert, lead vocalist France evokes a wigged-out Iggy Pop, complete with eyeliner, while guitarist/keyboardist Rado seems the more subdued, and grounded, member of the band. (8 p.m. Mon., First Avenue, $13-$15.)

Erica Rivera


Coming off as the musical halfway point between Dylan and Lennon, World Party had a memorable singalong hit with “Ship of Fools” in 1986 and then released one of the best soul-searching rock albums of the early ’90s, “Goodbye Jumbo.” The group’s mastermind, Karl Wallinger, suffered an aneurysm in 2001 and has largely remained off the grid for the past decade-plus, but he sporadically pops back up, most recently with last year’s making-up-for-lost-time five-album set “Arkeology.” He’s playing with a stripped-down trio. (7 & 9 p.m. Tue., Dakota Jazz Club, $35.)

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