The Big Gigs: Best concerts in the Twin Cities Nov. 1-7

  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 9:45 AM

Concert spotlights on FIDLAR, the Band Perry, My Bloody Valentine, Lee Fields, Lindi Ortega and more.




Akin to Craig Finn writing about the Twin Cities — but on a small-town level — frontman Will Sheff fixated on the city of his youth, Meriden, N.H., while writing Okkervil River’s charming new album, “The Silver Gymnasium.” The record shows off the lush but lively Americana arrangements of the acclaimed Austin, Texas-based folk-rock band as well as the writing skills Sheff honed at Macalester College in St. Paul. The dude gets around. Virginian opener Matthew E. White featured members of Megafaun and Bon Iver on his recent album. (9 p.m. Fri., First Avenue, $17-$20.) Chris Riemenschneider


Distortion-orchestrating Irish band My Bloody Valentine wowed fans with its gorgeously whirring, note-bending 1991 album “Loveless” and subsequent touring that brought it to First Ave in ’93 — but then the quartet vanished. Guitarist/bandleader Kevin Shields finally resurfaced with reunion dates in 2009 and then finished off long-gestating recordings as “m b v,” a nine-song collection that the quartet self-released to deserved acclaim in February. After 2013 fest dates all over the globe, the band kicks off a short U.S. jaunt with opener Variety Lights, led by Mercury Rev’s David Baker. (7:30 p.m. Fri., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, $35.) Riemenschneider


How cool was New York’s Living Colour when it dropped its debut, “Vivid,” in 1988? Well, Mick Jagger produced two tracks. The single “Cult of Personality” became a huge hit on MTV, which celebrated the New York quartet as the first successful black rock band. Living Colour won a Grammy and created a new hybrid — funk/ punk/metal. Now they are presenting the 25-year-old album in concert along with other tunes from their catalog. (9 p.m. Fri., Mill City Nights, $25.) Jon Bream


After doing backup vocals and arranging for David Bowie and Bette Midler, the late Luther Vandross became one of the biggest post-disco R&B stars of the 1980s and ’90s. “Never Too Much,” “If Only for One Night,” “Give Me the Reason” and other Vandross faves will be part of a tribute by a lineup of Twin Cities all-stars including Fred Steele, Kennedy Barber, James “Jay Bee” Brown and Erica West. (9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Bunkers, $10.) Bream


Ricky Skaggs is a little bit bluegrass ’n’ country and Bruce Hornsby is a little bit rock ’n’ jazz. Together, with Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder, they make magical, organic music, whether covering bluegrass standards, Hornsby originals, or Rick James’ “Super Freak.” On the virtuosic duo’s new live album, “Cluck Ol Hen,” the piano man’s stint with the Grateful Dead is apparent. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Burnsville Performing Arts Center, $53-$60.) Bream


Working under the moniker Toro y Moi, South Carolinian ambient pop maestro Chaz Bundick — you can see why he uses a surname — is taking a victory lap for a breakout year that saw him break away from the “chillwave” artistic tag. His third album, “Anything in Return,” boasts Frank Ocean/Prince-like confessional synth-pop that’s lyrically downbeat but rhythmically upbeat and sexy. Los Angeles DJ duo Classixx opens. (9 p.m. Sat., First Avenue, $20-$22.) Riemenschneider


A funky-jazzy all-star band from New Orleans featuring members of the Radiators, Neville Brothers and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Usual Suspects will add a couple more stars — Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat — for a tribute to the late Little Feat leader Lowell George. This should be a special evening. Put on your dancing shoes. (9 p.m. Sat., Cabooze, $25.) Bream


FIDLAR is as obnoxious and juvenile as it is rowdy and electrifying. The band of second-generation Los Angeles punks — two of them are actually sons of a guy from T.S.O.L. — play boozy, grimy, high-adrenaline roar-rock with song titles such as “Wake, Bake and Skate” and “Cocaine,” the latter of which is used for a new video starring “Parks & Rec’s” Nick Offerman and his urine. The band name is an acronym taken from skater circles that, as you can probably guess, can’t be repeated here. Local garage-rockers France Camp and Frankie Teardrop open. (9 p.m. Sat., 7th Street Entry, $13-$15.) Riemenschneider


Lindi Ortega hails from Toronto and toured as Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’ backup singer on his 2011 solo tour, but she sounds right at home as a flaming country bellower in her adopted hometown of Nashville on her latest album, “Cigarettes and Truckstops.” Her voice has a sweet Kasey Chambers/Iris DeMent-style warble, but her songs carry a darker, rockier edge that won her favor with Social Distortion fans as their opener this summer. Ex-Juliana Theory singer Brett Detar opens. (8:30 p.m. Sun., Icehouse, $15.) Riemenschneider

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