I’ve Got Nothing Clever to Say About Your Complete Concert Calendar: November 14-20
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week
10:29 AM CST on November 14, 2023
Don't let this week's under-annotated calendar fool ya—there's plenty of great music out there this week. Git out and enjoy it.
Tuesday, November 14
- Palehound with alexalone @ 7th St Entry—El Kempner’s songcraft deepens with each new Palehound album. On this Boston band’s fourth album, Eye on the Bat, Kempner charts several of the many the ways relationships can go wrong, whether temporarily or permanently, with lyrics ranging from comically aphoristic (“Bad sex makes a good joke/That anyone can get”) to acidly self-recriminatory (“I've become the person I'd wanna punch in the face if they/Ever treated you this way”), as muscular guitars spiral upward like a power-pop Built to Spill.
- Jonas Brothers @ Xcel Energy Center—Racket is officially Team Sophie.
Wednesday, November 15
Thursday, November 16
Friday, November 17
- Lil Darkie and the Collapse of Modern Society @ Fillmore—The dare-you-to-call-me-racist logo for "The Most Controversial Rapper Alive" almost ruffled my ancient, molting feathers for a sec. But the music of this "animated cartoon experimental trap metal artist" is about as edgy as a rubber ball. Parents, nod along to the beat and annoy your kids.
- Liz Phair with Blondshell @ Palace Theatre—While some indie heroines of the ’90s seem too much of their time, Liz Phair’s early recordings sound as relevant as ever. That’s partly because the kinds of rock dudes she railed against in 1993 haven’t gotten any better in the years since. But it’s also because there are now more opportunities for shy young women who harbor secret fantasies of rock stardom to craft idiosyncratic revenge fantasies against those dopes in their bedrooms. Phair’s 2003 self-titled plunge into pop now sounds like the classic that some of us (ahem) were saying it was at the time, and though her setlist might not contain any of its tracks, let me put one last good word for Phair’s most recent album, 2021’s Soberish. This tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of Exile in Guyville, which has remained a coming-of-age landmark for girls and young women in the years since—and, lemme tell you, an eye-opener for some of the boys too. As with Bikini Kill’s show at the Palace back in April, I’m guessing there will be women huddled up close to the stage who are young enough to be the daughters of Phair’s original fans. Some of them might even be with their moms.
- PILLLAR Liquor License Launch Party @ Pilllar—Hey, everybody's favorite NE Mpls skateshop and all-ages club now has a liquor license! This party is free because that's the kind of thing you can do when you know people have to pay for drinks.
- Eagles @ Xcel Energy CenterAfter nearly 50 years, I still can't tell if Don Henley's accent on "Hotel California" is racist against Mexicans or Jamaicans? Maybe both?
Saturday, November 18
- Music of Prince + More for Kids with Encore @ First Avenue—Before we get started here, we must address the disconnect between one of nation’s greatest, horniest artists and the billing of “for kids.” (Remember The Onion’s instant classic headline from the day Prince died?) OK, now we can move on to the event itself, which seems like a real hoot for the whole family, with the touring Rock and Roll Playhouse performing live covers of Prince in a tot-friendly Mainroom setting. Based on my cursory online vetting, the troupe appears to be a less corny, IRL version of Kidz Bop that’s comprised of talented adult musicians; they perform at historic venues around the country, offering sets that range from Blink-182 for Blookly families to Grateful Dead for Boston ones. You can expect rainbow streamers, a giant parachute, lots of goofy dancing, more light with less volume, and a rigorously curated set of tunes from the immortal author of “Jack U Off.”
Sunday, November 19
Monday, November 20
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