Big Gigs: The Twin Cities' best concerts Sept. 20-26

  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 3:23 PM

COUNTRY

Forget Hootie. With three consecutive No. 1 country albums, Darius Rucker is entrenched in country music. He even landed a nomination this month for Country Music Association Awards single of the year for “Wagon Wheel.” Actually, he hasn’t completely forgotten about Hootie & the Blowfish. He still does two or three of their songs in concert — and why not? He sang the original versions. He didn’t do the original of “Wagon Wheel,” though; Old Crow Medicine Show did. Opening is Jake McVey, a newcomer from Iowa with a bit of an outlaw streak. (8 p.m. Fri., Mystic Lake Casino, sold out.) Bream

POP/ROCK

With her Mary Chapin Carpenter-like sound and literary writing style, Meg Hutchinson has predictably become a cornerstone artist on St. Paul’s Red House Records roster. The folkie from rural Massachusetts takes an elegant turn on her latest album, “Beyond That,” which should make her a perfect kickoff act for the monthly Red House Live From the Landmark series in St. Paul’s ornate palace. Future shows include Drew Nelson on Oct. 18 and Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover on Nov. 15. (8 p.m. Fri., Landmark Center, $15, 651-292-3063.) Chris Riemenschneider

 

Recorded at home over the course of a lost year with a wild array of electronic equipment and his coolly warped guitar work, Tapes ’n Tapes frontman Josh Grier’s solo album “Manopause,” recorded under the moniker Ginkgo, has given way to a full-blown band of the same name, featuring TNT drummer Jeremy Hanson, his brother Jacob Hanson on guitar, Robert Skoro and Communist Daughter’s Adam Switlick. Their overdue record-release party features Are We Local? prize winners Carroll for openers. See startribune.com/a2498 for a story. (11 p.m. Fri., Icehouse, $8-$10.) Riemenschneider

 

Out on a co-headlining tour, Trivium and DevilDriver are hard-crunching B-list metal bands from opposite ends of the country (Florida and California, respectively). DevilDriver’s latest album is “Winter Kills” — funny title for a band from the Sunshine State. A band that knows all about winter’s deadly forces, local thrashers After the Burial open along with British quartet Sylosis. (5:30 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $22-$24.) Riemenschneider

 

Raised in the forestland of northern Wisconsin and now an international indie-music darling, Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus bridges many different musical worlds on her fourth album, “Versions.” The Kate Bush-like ethereal art-pop songstress collaborated with noise-punk veteran JG Thirlwell (of Foetus notoriety) to craft string arrangements of some old and new songs. She’s recruiting local string players on her fall tour and will perform here with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for the opener of its Liquid Music series, including original arrangements by SPCO artistic partner Stephen Prutsman. (7 p.m. Sun., Amsterdam Bar & Hall, $10.) Riemenschneider

 

The underexposed Bettye LaVette is one of the greatest living female soul singers. Since her comeback 10 years ago, the former Motown vocalist, now 67, made ripples at President Obama’s first inauguration (singing “A Change Is Gonna Come”) and at the Kennedy Center Honors (interpreting the Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me”). But she’s never had a hit song or won a Grammy (she had one nomination). With a full body-and-soul style of singing, no vocalist can make you feel the pain like LaVette. Always highly recommended. (7 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota, $45.) Jon Bream

 

Probably best known in the States for his role in 1981’s World War II movie “Das Boot,” Herbert Grönemeyer is actually one of Germany’s biggest rock stars (18 million albums sold, he claims). He’s written music for films by Anton Corbijn and enlisted Bono and Antony Hegarty on his new album in English, “I Walk.” Although Grönemeyer has been dubbed the German Springsteen, his propensity for autumnal ballads suggests Leonard Cohen without the gravitas. He’s making his first U.S. tour with a band. (7:30 p.m. Mon., Cedar Cultural Center, $35-$45.) Bream

Having grown up in a showbiz family (Dad’s a talent manager; Mom’s an agent), Caitlin Crosby was a teen actress, with roles on “Malcolm in the Middle,” among others. Now the 28-year-old is turning her efforts to music, with a Sheryl Crow-meets-Fiona Apple vibe on her new EP, “Save That Pillow.” The title track is a country plaint about a one-night stand, while “Just Another Day” addresses the Hollywood Boulevard hustle, and “Is This the Good Life” sounds like a Lana Del Rey outtake. Crosby’s world-weary folk-soul vocals are worth checking out. (7:30 p.m. Tue., Aster Cafe, $12.) Bream

 

After singing backup for D’Angelo and Eve, Anthony Hamilton was a featured vocalist with the back-porch hip-hop group Nappy Roots. Then, in 2003, his solo career as an old-school soul singer took off with the R&B hit “Charlene.” He’s brought that Southern style of singing to five of his own albums as well as guest spots on recordings for Al Green (which won him a Grammy), Angie Stone, Jadakiss, Buddy Guy, Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T. and Nas. (9 p.m. Thu., Epic, $30-$60.) Bream

 

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