A Calendar of Concerts, Complete and Unabridged, for October 4-10
Pretty much all the music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
12:38 PM CDT on October 4, 2022
All my picks this week seem bunched up on a few specific days. That's just how it is sometimes!
Tuesday, October 4
Wednesday, October 5
Thursday, October 6
Friday, October 7
- Chris Stapleton, Elle King, Morgan Wade @ Xcel Energy CenterA gruff and bluesy performer who made his name as a Nashville songwriter before his reworking of "Tennessee Whiskey" made him a star, Stapleton has staked out a one-foot-in, one-foot-out career, appealing to mainstream country fans while stretching out to Americana types. His bearded manliness will be balanced out tonight by the womanly horniness of the great Morgan Wade, whose 2021 album Reckless lives up to its name.
Saturday, October 8
- Broken Social Scene with Poliça @ Palace TheatreWow, it's been 20 long years since You Forgot It in People taught United Statesians that Canadians have indie rock too. Now core scenester Kevin Drew has re-collected as many members of his Toronto collective as were available to play his band's breakthrough album in full. With bassist Chris Bierden sidelined by a brain tumor, Poliça is soldiering on in support of its terrific newish album, Madness.
Sunday, October 9
- black midi with Quelle Chris @ First AvenueI foolishly resisted black midi’s silly-somber ADHD prog at first—no matter how unseriously they took their chops, they still seemed mighty impressed with themselves. (Zappa thought he was funny too.) But with Hellfire, they've kept up the game for three albums now, so I give. Geordie Greep has… well, not exactly grown, but expanded as a singer. On my favorite track, he croons about a futuristic sumo match then steps aside for a racing fusoid guitar that sounds like The Inner Mounting Flame setting a fart on fire. The good news: The parts that bore you are over quick. Problem is, so are the great parts. Rapper Quelle Chris is more lowkey and intense than usual on his latest, Deathfame, which features sharp rhymes over yet more of Mello Music's seemingly limitless store of unflashy, ingenious beats.
- Superorganism @ Varsity TheaterWorld Wide Pop is the name of this London-based, everywhere-bred outfit's second album, and also their concept from the get-go. Some of the exuberance has dimmed since their debut, and they've shorn off a few of their many members, though not imperturbably, transcendently blasé singer Orono Noguchi. Truth be told, their world (and their pop) isn't much wider than most indie folks', but it does take in guests Chai and Stephen Malkmus, the Welcome Back Kotter theme, and an unrushed eclecticism that makes them sound like... a 21st century Bran Van 3000? (Look 'em up.) Being a slack motherfucker in the age of the gig economy and the 24-hour social media cycle is no small achievement.
Monday, October 10
- Calexico with Ada Lea @ Fine LineNo longer Tucson-based, Joey Burns and John Convertino regrouped back in Arizona for their latest, El Mirador, which is, as ever, heavy on atmospherics but kept in motion by an inauthentically accurate pan-Mexican groove. Opener Lea is a Montreal singer-songwriter whose one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden is full of sharp songs about overthinking the many possibilities that remain open during your unsettled youth.
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