Let’s All Take a Look Together at Your Complete Concert Calendar: April 11-17
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
12:11 PM CDT on April 11, 2023
You have no more weather-related excuses not to go see live music this week.
Tuesday, April 11
- Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Parkway—The daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright) stayed out of the family biz as long as she could. But once she committed to her inevitable life in music, she released some very pretty duet albums with Martha (as the Wainwright Sisters) and with her mom—most recently I Can Still Hear You, recorded in New York City during the dark early days of the pandemic.
Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
- Zora @ Parkway Theater—This Minneapolis-based multi-talent drew national attention with her debut, Z1: The Cuntification of Zora Grey, and not just for that title. Zora's mix of R&B with classical flourishes and musical theater ornamentation, and a little hip-hop swagger, is unique, with moments of real vulnerability mixed in We got our first taste of Zora's followup this morning when she dropped "The Bitch Is Back," with a feature from local rapper Destiny Spike.
Friday, April 14
- Fruit Bats with V.V. Lightbody @ First Avenue—Eric D. Johnson has made a nice little career of re-twisting soft-rock tropes and tricks in an indie setting over the past 25 years. You can hear how far he’s come as a songwriter and recording artist on the compilation Sometimes a Cloud is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021). His latest, River Running to Your Heart, is on the peppier side of AM gold, radiating a contented warmth and a sort of reluctant restlessness. “The words of this song/Though geographically specific/They could apply to anywhere,” he sings, namechecking Tacoma and Los Angeles and no doubt referencing other unnamed places he once lived or visited. And speaking of places, Johnson is known to spend a good amount of time in Minnesota—his sister lives in Minneapolis, his parents in Brainerd—and he’s performed with various Twin Cities musicians.
Saturday, April 15
- Yeat @ Armory—This Portland rage-rap surrealist (if you wanna be fancy about it) and/or plain old weirdo (if you want to be realistic) dropped his third album, Afterlyfe, two days shy of his 23rd birthday last month. That release joins four mixtapes and a half-dozen EPs that have fired up a committed teen fanbase that you'll want to stay well out of the way of at the Armory, all on a mission to make 28-year-old rap fans feel old. He’s a guy who can rap “I made a song for the Minions, uh/How much they paid me? A million, uh” one minute, then detail his druggy excesses the next. The genuinely ancient among us are just amused: as ragers go, he’s fairly tame; as weirdos go, he’s a spacey joker; and as surrealists go, well, he’s a guy who did a song for the Minions soundtrack.
- Cindy Lawson (Single Release) with The Unnamed, Rebecca Fritz @ White Squirrel—We already drew your attention to Lawson's new single, "Don't Come Crying to Me," in our Monday Playlist. Tonight she's joined by sax-driven garage rockers The Unnamed and Muskellunge's Reba Fritz.
Sunday, April 16
- The War and Treaty with William Prince @ Fine Line—There’s nothing quite like a husband-wife vocal duo—somehow the heartbreak cuts deeper and the pledges of love soar higher when you know the singers are going home together at the end of the night. Married Michiganders Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter first made a splash in 2017 with the cello-driven “Hi Ho” (keep those Lumineers comparisons to yourself) and slowly accrued wider interest until last May they signed to UMG Nashville. Their fourth album, Lover’s Game, released in March and cut with prestige Nashville producer Dave Cobb, is the best sampler yet of their supper-club gospel blues drawled with a down home feel. The writing isn’t quite as classic as the music, but certain moments—when Tanya offers to bring a six-pack over and watch Golden Girls reruns, or Michael tells his angel “you make me want to make out at your altar”—sure have the spirit.
Monday, April 17
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