Lotsa Bands You Liked When You Were Young in This Week’s Complete Concert Calendar: Sept. 6-12
Pretty much all the live music happening in the Twin Cities this week.
11:33 AM CDT on September 6, 2022
This week's theme is nostalgia. Whether you're wistful for the '80s, the '90s, or even the '00s, many of the picks below will have you remembering supposedly simpler times. As someone who made his peace with reunion tours and the like ages ago, enjoy the memories. But remember there's a lot going on in the present, too.
Tuesday, September 6
- Echo and the Bunnymen @ FillmoreIn their early days, Interpol got compared a bunch to Joy Division (they wish), but to ears that actually grew up on doomy Brit new wave, singer Paul Banks clearly had delusions of Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch. Thanks to the Liverpool psych-rockers' sharp pop sense "Lips Like Sugar" and "The Killing Moon" conquered college radio in their day and retain the ability to summon feelings of epic angst in grown-up '80s teens. However, I'm a little miffed that their current setlist omits "Do It Clean" and "Villiers Terrace."
Wednesday, September 7
- The Joy Formidable with Tres Leches @ Turf ClubFive albums into their career, this Welsh trio is sticking with what they do best. On last year's Into the Blue, musical focus Ritzy Bryan alternates between big riffs and a scrim of shoegaze fuzz on guitar, her vocals not quite dreamy, not quite chipper, but more emotionally nuanced.
Thursday, September 8
- John Scofield @ DakotaScofield has been at the forefront of jazz guitarists for 40-some years now, since Miles Davis enlisted his services in the '80s. His elegant playing can be a little too classy for rock-centered tastes, but in the right mood and the right setting he'll entrance ya. And like his fusion mentor, he's never been afraid of a good pop tune: His latest album, simply titled John Scofield, contains titles as familiar as "Danny Boy" and "You Win Again."
Friday, September 9
- Kevin Gates @ ArmoryNot long after this Baton Rouge rapper released his fantastic debut Islah in 2016, a felony weapons charge sidelined him. And the rat-a-tat “Intro” track that leads off Khaza, his latest, had me worried that time served had excessively hardened a rapper whose great strength was a three-dimensional emotional range beyond most of his peers. Good news, though: The album showcases the same alternately warm and prickly personality of a committed Muslim with a soulful drawl and a honeyed flow that won so many of us over on Islah. The hooks aren’t as bountiful as they were six years ago, but whether demonstrating his criminal bona fides or softening up on a track called simply “I’m in Love,” Gates remains a singular rapper.
- The Afghan Whigs with Pink Mountaintops @ Fine LineDon't call it a nostalgia tour. OK, sure, you'll probably be attending for' 90s faves from Gentlemen and Black Love rather than to hear the band's latest, How Do You Burn?, out this Friday. But Greg Dulli and the gang are still at it, and their new material still thrums with the brooding intensity that made Dulli the thinking indie woman's imaginary nightmare boyfriend back in the day. Covered on this recent tour: Bo Diddley, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Smiths.
- Yola with Jac Ross @ First AvenueThis U.K. soul revivalist's ominous take on Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Strange Things Are Happening Every Day" is a musical high point in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis that will hopefully expand her audience a titch. Her two albums, Walk Through Fire and Stand for Myself, are collections of meticulously arranged tracks that never slight songcraft in favor of vibe, and she sings the hell out of them.
Saturday, September 10
- The Shins @ Orpheum TheatreJames Mercer’s breakthrough album, Oh Inverted World, turns 21 this year, and if that makes you feel old, let me, an actual old person, assure you that this means you’re actually not. Anyway, if you do it right, getting old means getting better at what you do. That’s certainly the case with Mercer, whose craft would actually improve by 2003’s Chutes Too Narrow. But the album Mercer and whoever he's calling the Shins these days will play through tonight birthed the untoppable “New Slang,” which remains what I once called it: "a beacon of unthreatening strangeness for kids still stuck at home," even coated in regretful Garden State schmutz.
Sunday, September 11
- RONDO ’56: Remembering St Paul’s Black Main Street @ CroonersWritten and narrated by Dan Chouinard, this musical revue is a tribute to St. Paul's decimated Black neighborhood. Mychael Rambo, Thomasina Petrus, and Charmin Michelle perform the music of Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington, and Mahalia Jackson to create the atmosphere of a time and a community lost.
Monday, September 12
- Boris with Nothing @ Fine LineHeavy Rocks is such good name for a Boris album, they've used it three times now: first in 2002, again in 2011, and now this year, to celebrate their 30th year as a band. As a philistine who believes this Japanese trio is best when playing fast and loose rather than tinkering with experimental noise, I respect this return to their roots. It's heavy. It rocks. What more do you want?
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