The week's 27 best concerts: Sept. 20-26

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Sheer Mag are coming to the Triple Rock Social Club on Wednesday, September 19.

Rounding up the week's best concerts in the Twin Cities.

Gorillaz
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Wednesday 9.20
Gorillaz, the “virtual band” of Blur frontman Damon Albarn and visual artist Jamie Hewlett, debuted in 2001 with their self-titled album, a twitchy blend of alt-rock and trip-hop. They returned in 2005 with Demon Days, which established the mixtape-like template Gorillaz have used for their albums ever since, featuring cameos from a menagerie of guests including De La Soul on the hit “Feel Good Inc.” Days’ long-awaited follow-up, 2010’s Plastic Beach, was an even stronger record overall, with appearances from the likes of Lou Reed and Snoop Dogg, but after 2011’s underwhelming iPad-recorded experiment The Fall, Gorillaz were inactive for nearly five years. Humanz, which arrived this April, features everyone from incisive Long Beach rapper Vince Staples to Albarn’s former Britpop rival Noel Gallagher, helping to carry out the Gorillaz vision of a party in the face of our nightmarish political climate. Staples and zany Detroit rapper Danny Brown open Wednesday’s show. 7:30 p.m. $101-$315. 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-265-4800. —Michael Madden

Sheer Mag
Triple Rock Social Club, Wednesday 9.20
Sheer Mag is out here crafting some of the best, purest rock songs you could ask for. After self-releasing three EPs in as many years, the Philly five-piece secured their status as a favorite new act among rock critics—seemingly every one of whom likened the band’s sound to Thin Lizzy. Singer Tina Halladay leads the charge with her defiant and genuinely soulful singing, but the fiery riffs of guitarist Kyle Seely—who, in channeling legendary axemen like Angus Young, Scott Gorham, and Brian Robertson, is sneakily approaching guitar-hero status—are equally integral from song to song. The band delivered their debut album, Need to Feel Your Love, this summer, and it’s everything fans wanted, showcasing Sheer Mag at their most political (opener “Meet Me in the Street,” for example, extolls the value of protest) while incorporating funk and disco into the expected mix of garage rock, punk, and power pop. Laffing Gas and Joust open. 18+. 8 p.m. $10-$12. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399. —Michael Madden

Rhiannon Giddens
The O’Shaughnessy, Wednesday 9.20
With the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens helped shed light on obscured African-American string band and other folk traditions. On her second solo album, Freedom Highway, she uses the same scholarship, spectacular voice, and unwavering instincts to trace the arc of history from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement to the recent violence that spawned Black Lives Matter. Giddens wrote most of these songs, some of which are stark, chilling tales based on slave narratives (“At the Purchaser’s Option” is about a mother’s possible separation from her baby) or current events (“Better Get It Right the First Time,” with a riveting rap by Justin Harrington, concerns a fatal police shooting). Others, such as “We Could Fly,” show the resilient spirit that somehow kept hope alive. The culmination is a joyous, horn-driven R&B romp through the title track, the Staple Singers’ civil rights anthem. It’s a remarkable musical and emotional journey, grounded in blues that still resonate. 7:30 p.m. $27-$57. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651-690-6700. —Rick Mason

Legendary Shack Shakers
Uptown VFW, Wednesday 9.20
The Legendary Shack Shakers have been rattling sheds, shotguns, cribs, and other abodes below the Mason-Dixon with their raw, wild-eyed assortment of rockabilly, blues, honky-tonk, and primordial rock ’n’ roll for a coupla decades. The raucous blend wraps around the echoey howls, shouts, and biting apocalyptic ravings of Colonel J.D. Wilkes, the quartet’s frontman, periodic harmonica honker, Southern gothic lyricist, and single constant over the years. Wilkes again battles swamp demons, ghosts, and obsessions on LSS’s new After You’ve Gone—apparently Wilkes’ wife split, and he hasn’t taken it well. He moans in self-pity on the saxophone-laced title honky-tonker, ricochets between despair and retribution on the reggaeish “Garden of Delights,” rages with hurricane intensity on “Frankenstein’s Monster,” pleads for relief on the thundering rockabilly “Get Outta My Brain,” and finally unleashes a voodoo doll and needles on the gris-gris invoking “White Devil.” It’s pure, bristling anguish that rocks off the rails. Jaw Knee Vee opens. 21+. 9:30 p.m. $14-$16. 2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-823-6233. —Rick Mason

  • MARIA MULDAUR Sept. 20, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • 2017 GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center
  • NAOMI PUNK Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • STIFF LITTLE FINGERS Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. at Turf Club
  • CANTUS WITH SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall
  • CORBIN Sept. 21, 8:00 p.m. at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
  • HOOK & LADDER 1ST ANNUAL FIREHOUSE FALL FETE FEATURING THE BIG WU Sept. 22, 6:00 p.m. at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
  • BABES IN TOYLAND Sept. 22, 8:00 p.m. at First Avenue
  • THE YAWPERS Sept. 22, 8:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • RISE AGAINST Sept. 23, 6:00 p.m. at Skyway Theatre
  • ZULUZULUU Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald Theater
  • WILD CUB Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club

Open Mike Eagle
7th St Entry, Sunday 9.24
Ever since he coined the term “art rap” in the early 2000s, L.A.-via-Chicago MC Open Mike Eagle has eschewed all manner of rap clichés to become an entirely idiosyncratic artist. Even among quirky indie rap contemporaries like Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, and Serengeti, the 36-year-old Mello Music Group signee stands out. He’s funny, a little nerdy, and obsessed with pop culture, with a penchant for playfully off-kilter flows and buzzy, experimental beats. After years of solo projects and collab records with guys like Serengeti and Paul White, Mike’s brand-new solo effort, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, may be his best yet. A concept album about life amid drugs and gangs in the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago’s South Side, it’s Michael Eagle at his most focused, delivering some of his most affecting songs to date, including “Happy Wasteland Day” and “My Auntie’s Building.” New York rapper Sammus, who delivers a standout verse on Brick Body’s “Hymnal,” opens. 18+. 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388. —Michael Madden

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Orchestra Hall, Sunday 9.24
Perhaps the premier contemporary large jazz ensemble, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is a virtuoso-laced group with the versatility to cover the gamut of jazz history. With longtime music director, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, at the helm, the orchestra explores jazz traditions and put them in contemporary context. On its forthcoming new live album, Handful of Keys, the JALCO does just that, tracing jazz’s piano legacy from James P. Johnson and Fats Waller through McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Myra Melford. Guest pianists span generations, ranging from 89-year-old Dick Hyman to 13-year-old wunderkind Joey Alexander. Fresh arrangements by the soloists and JALCO members make the material pop with effervescent spirit, from the jagged, jaunty avant-Latin blues of Melford’s “The Strawberry,” her piano dueling with Marsalis’ trumpet, to Hyman’s exhilarating workout on stride master Johnson’s “Jingles,” clarinetist Victor Goines and the rest of the band in hot pursuit. 7:30 p.m. $43.50-$93.50. 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-371-5600. —Rick Mason

  • THE WEEKND Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center
  • CHARANGA TROPICAL: DANZON MATINEE Sept. 24, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Icehouse
  • ZACC HARRIS TRIO Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar
  • PASCUALA ILABACA Y FAUNA Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • THE HARVEST HOE-DOWN Sept. 25, 7:00 p.m. at 7th St. Entry
  • THE ROE FAMILY SINGERS Sept. 25, 8:00 p.m. at 331 Club
  • KORN Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. at Myth
  • REVEREND HORTON HEAT Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. at First Avenue
  • TAIKO TUESDAY: ENSO DAIKO AND YUICHI KIMURA Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

 


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