Can a Concert Calendar Be TOO Complete?: September 20-26
Your guide to pretty much all the live music in the Twin Cities this week.
1:25 PM CDT on September 20, 2022
There are plenty of nostalgia shows on the bill again this week, though one of the more established acts, Lambchop, has undertaken a complete sound overhaul with help from some Twin Cities all-stars. And there are plenty of shows you'll be nostalgic about attending 20 years from now. P.S. We're sponsoring Julia Jacklin at the Fine Line, so come by and say hi while you're buying a high-quality all-cotton Racket T.
Tuesday, September 20
- Jake Shimabukuro with Justin Kawika Young, Tim Sparks, and Dean Magraw @ Fitzgerald TheaterStringed instrument showcase of the week, hands down. Hawaiian uke phenom Shimabukuro is fresh off a duets LP, Jake & Friends, replete with big names like Willie Nelson and Bette Midler. He's joined by fellow Hawaiian songwriter Young, and two elders who need little introduction: Versatile North Carolina acoustic instrumentalist Tim Sparks and ever-fluid local jazz ax-master Dean Magraw.
Wednesday, September 21
- Stella Donnelly with Maria BC @ Fine Line2019 was a great year for female Australian singer songwriters. (See Julia Jacklin below). Donnelly’s Beware of the Dogs, released that year, targeted horrible men of all flavors with acid accuracy. Her newest, Flood, is subtler and broader, less concerned with scoring direct hits than with working her way through her own emotional maze. Maturity, you might call that. Looks like 2022 is also a great year for female Australian singer songwriters.
Thursday, September 22
- Elyse Jones + Ashley DuBose + Allie McIntosh @ IcehouseAn expert three-hand game of local R&B at Icehouse tonight. Jones's new single, "Robbie," burbles with '80s pop-funk spritz and doesn't forget to end with a climactic key change. Her new album, Canvas, will be out next year, but you can pick up an advance copy here. DuBose, the most familiar name in the pack thanks to her time on The Voice, proves there's plenty of life and creativity left after TV. And McIntosh, a talented 16-year-old with one EP behind her, has teamed up producer Lazerbeak for a new one, due soon.
Friday, September 23
Saturday, September 24
- "Do You Think You Protect Me?" with Jillian Rae + Emily Haavik @ Cedar Cultural CenterAlong with sets from local singer-songwriters Rae and Haavik, the centerpiece of this night is the premiere of the video for Haavik's stirring protest song against sexual violence "Do You Think You Protect Me?" Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will benefit MNCASA (Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ First AvenueThis ace songwriter, flash guitarist, and all around decent human being will be celebrating the addition of his star to the First Ave wall. And maybe if we scream nicely he'll play his version of the Allmans' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."
- Denzel Curry with AG Club, redveil and PlayThatBoiZay @ Palace TheatreNo one would accuse hard-spitting Curry of excessive chill, but his new album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future, downshifts from the intensity ofTA13OO with sparer, less aggressive production, the better to showcase the South Floridian's expert flow. I expect him to be considerable more amped live, though.
Sunday, September 25
Monday, September 26
- Dinosaur Jr. with Ryley Walker @ First AvenueA year later than expected, the 17-years reunited, 39-years established trio brings Sweep It Into Space to town. It's their fifth album since Lou Barlow rejoined the fold, and though they've hardly mellowed with age, the world has grown more raucous, so J Mascis' sprawling guitar and drawling questioning feel comforting, like a pilled, rumpled blanket from your childhood. Just bask in it, baby. Crafty noisemaker and Twitter shitposter Riley Walker is an ideal opener.
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