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


The week's 27 best concerts: Sept. 20-26
  1. The week's 27 best concerts: Sept. 20-26
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    Rounding up the week's best concerts in the Twin Cities. GorillazRoy 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 …
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GorillazRoy 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 MagTriple 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 GiddensThe 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 MasonLegendary Shack ShakersUptown 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
  • DEAD BOYS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Sept. 22, 8:00 p.m. at Triple Rock Social Club
  • 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 Eagle7th 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 …

  1. Hurricane Nate strengthens as its eye focuses on U.S. Gulf Coast

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    10.07 / 21:37 blogs.mprnews.org
    Officials warned of life-threatening storm surge over parts of the Gulf Coast, which could see floodwaters reach up to 9 feet above ground…
  2. St. Paul police exchanged gunfire with man before fatal shooting

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    10.07 / 21:37 blogs.mprnews.org
    BCA investigators said Phumee Lee pointed a handgun at officers before exchanging gunfire. Lee died of multiple gunshot wounds Thursday night. Two officers are on standard administrative…
  3. Minnesota man lived with bodies of mom, brother for year

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    10.07 / 20:17 blogs.mprnews.org
    "I was traumatized," Robert James Kuefler told The Associated Press on Saturday. "What would you do?" White Bear police say both the brother and mother died of natural…
  4. Fire near downtown Minneapolis leaves 1 dead, 30 displaced

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    10.07 / 19:06 blogs.mprnews.org
    Assistant chief Bryan Tyner said crews found people hanging out of windows and a few people had jumped from second and third story…
  5. Obit: A reporter’s last byline

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    10.07 / 19:06 blogs.mprnews.org
    Mark Mooney has made his last post to his blog 'Closing in on…
  6. U2 Reveal ‘You’re the Best Thing About Me’ Short Film

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    10.07 / 17:51 1041jackfm.cbslocal.com
    "Yes, it's positively heartbreaking, but there's love all over it," says the film's…
  7. Feds say they thwarted NYC plot targeting concert venues

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    10.07 / 16:00 blogs.mprnews.org
    Three Islamic State group sympathizers plotted to cause bloodshed at New York City concert venues, subway stations and Times Square before U.S. agents thwarted the international terror plot, authorities said…
  8. Disqus data breach reported

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    10.07 / 16:00 blogs.mprnews.org
    Disqus, the service MPR uses for comments on its blogs, reports that a data breach resulted in the user names and passwords in a 2012 database were stolen. About 17 million users are…
  9. Car hits pedestrians outside London museum; some injured

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    10.07 / 16:00 blogs.mprnews.org
    London police say emergency services are outside the Natural History Museum in London after a car struck pedestrians. Police say a number of people have been injured and one person has been detained at the…
  10. Nightmare scenario: concert security experts grapple with lessons of Las Vegas

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    10.07 / 16:00 blogs.mprnews.org
    The Las Vegas shooting is a chilling reminder that big public concerts remain a soft target. And the industry is still grappling with what lessons it should draw from the…
  11. Showers taper off Saturday afternoon; plenty of Sunday sunshine

    Blogs.mprnews.org - Minnesota (MN)
    10.07 / 16:00 blogs.mprnews.org
    We sure don’t need any more rain right now! Take heart, our weather will improve as we go through the weekend. Our Saturday morning showers are expected to shift eastward early Saturday afternoon. Showers and an isolated thunderstorm could linger over parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin until late Saturday afternoon. The National…
  12. AgweekTV: Kids for Kids

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    10.07 / 15:31 perhamfocus.com
    INFORUMThere's a place in Minnesota where many 4-H kids get their goats to raise and show for the summer. Agweek's Shawna Olson takes you to Erhard where one couple…
  13. Perham City Council improves Steve's Sanitation expansion

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    10.07 / 15:31 perhamfocus.com
    Perham FocusAt a special Perham City Council Meeting on September 27, the council approved a request from Steve's Sanitation for Tax Increment Financing for an expansion to their existing facility…
  14. Weekly police report - Oct. 5 edition

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    10.07 / 13:25 perhamfocus.com
    Perham FocusSept. 25 • Caller reported suspicious activity; unfounded. • Processed Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application. • Public Request to check on overdue plane at airport; all okay. • Caller was…
  15. Overdoses from synthetic drug K2 pour into HCMC

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    10.07 / 04:53 blogs.mprnews.org
    Forty-two people have been brought to Hennepin County Medical Center since Wednesday. The victims believe they took K2. So far, no one has died, but authorities are spreading the word about the drug's…
  16. Once its AIM was true, but soon AOL's Instant Messenger will be no more

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    10.07 / 04:53 blogs.mprnews.org
    AOL Instant Messenger, with 100 million users at its peak in 2001, was overtaken by mobile text messaging and social media platforms such as Twitter. It will be shut down in…
  17. Maria could cost Medtronic $250 million

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    10.07 / 04:53 blogs.mprnews.org
    Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico will cost Medtronic $250 million because of damage to key manufacturing operations on the…
  18. Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

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    10.07 / 04:53 blogs.mprnews.org
    In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and…
  19. Walk the Moon Detail the Making of New Album ‘What If Nothing’

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    10.07 / 04:08 1041jackfm.cbslocal.com
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