Now More Complete Than Ever—Your Complete Concert Calendar: July 11-17
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in Twin Cities this week.
12:51 PM CDT on July 11, 2023
While my recent stunt of seeing 30 shows in 30 nights got me out to some spots I'd been inadvertently neglecting, it also reminded me about some joints I'd been leaving off the calendar. This week I rectified that, adding a few new venues. Always on the look out for more info to pass along to you.
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
- Souls of Mischief with BreakBeat Lou, the Architect, Sean Anonymous @ Fine Line—I wouldn't say that bliss it was to be alive in the early '90s, but to be a rap fan was very heaven. Seemed like some new crew or other was dropping a playful yet grounded masterpiece every week, and you didn't even always wonder if you'd ever hear from them again. Such was the case with Oakland's Souls of Mischief, whose '93 Till Infinity was such a milestone you might forget that they released a handful of decent albums in its aftermath. Now, infinity years after their debut (or at least 30), they're celebrating that anniversary, as well they should.
Thursday, July 13
- Fall Out Boy with Bring Me the Horizon, Royal & The Serpent, and CARR @ Somerset Amphitheater—Rarely do Racket’s live music recommendations take you beyond the borders of the Twin Cities, but Fall Out Boy’s “So Much for (Tour) Dust” dates don’t roll through Minnesota, which means we’ve gotta send ya east. And honestly, doesn’t a night outside on the Somerset lawn, listening to “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy” sound kind of perfect? Kind of like something that you, as an elder emo, would be bummed to miss? Sure, it’s a Thursday, but your boss’ll understand that you need to scoot out a little early—just tell her how much stuff they’ve been playing off Take This to Your Grave lately.
Friday, July 14
- 12 Rods with Crimes @ First Avenue—Nobody wants to be remembered for what they didn’t do, and Ryan Olcott must hate to be known forever as the leader of Minneapolis’s great turn of the millennium coulda-been bands. So good for him for facing up to 12 Rods’ legacy, gussying up some old demos as a one-man-band to create If We Stayed Alive, the first album to be released under the Rods name in about two decades. Would these seven songs have sounded this fresh 20 years ago? Hard to say, and beside the point, really, though if 12 Rods had stayed alive their music likely wouldn’t have sounded just like this. Olcott’s expressive voice remains yelpy and breathy enough that you can hear why A&R folks heard money in it, but the arrangements have a more homemade feel. Anyway, who needs an alternate reality when the one we’re living in sounds this good? Don’t expect to see Olcott’s brother Ev or drummer Dave King on stage tonight—the revamped 12 Rods will consist of what the promo materials call, somewhat cattily, “new, more relevant musicians from the Twin Cities.”
- TC Summer Fest @ Target Field—Remember 2014's short-lived, unfortunately named, yet very fun Indie Night at Target Field? This similarly booked mini fest should have a similar appeal, and thankfully utilizes one of the metro's most underused and best large-scale outdoor concert venues. Tonight's lineup of the Killers, the Flaming Lips, and Death Cab for Cutie is the one to catch (baseball term), while Saturday’s bill of Imagine Dragons, AJR, and Chelsea Cutler is, uh, um, well… it’s just nice to see music outside, isn’t it folks? You might need a Carlos Correa-sized bank account to attend, however (baseball analogy).
Saturday, July 15
- International Day of Music @ Orchestra Hall—Want downtown Minneapolis to be “back”? Throw more events like this one! Curated by BRKFST Dance Company and Cedar Cultural Center, this free all-day music sampler platter will feature 25+ live ‘n’ local acts performing globe-spanning tunes across four downtown stages. The whole shebang culminates with a Minnesota Orchestra performance on Peavey Plaza as the sun sets—we dare you to invite your Anoka County uncle.
- Marshall Crenshaw @ Parkway Theater—Crenshaw emerged about 40 years ago as a true rarity: a student of pop-rock formula whose own compositions compete with his original models. His self-titled debut remains a perfect collection of unforced guitar pop. And he was willing to admit when the well had dried up, releasing his most recent studio album 14 years ago. Since he loves other people's songs as much as his own, his choice in covers has always been one more reason to see him live, and his recent setlists have not only included a couple tunes from his beau ideal, Buddy Holly, but also Grant Hart's "2541" and (all 11 verses of) "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream." Oh, and he rocks out onstage too.
- TC Summer Fest @ Target Field—See Friday night's listings.
Sunday, July 16
- Bastille Day Block Party @ Barbette—It’s independence day weekend for France, and yes, we do celebrate the holiday, known as Le 14 Juillet or Fête Nationale, here in town. One such event: the Bastille Day Block Party, an annual street fest hosted by Barbette. The musical lineup is decidedly un-French but still killer, and includes punk rockers Scrunchies, singer-songwriter Aby Wolf, hip-hop’s Mixed Blood Majority. This is a street fest hosted by a fancy schmancy restaurant, so expect a few cocktails to be served, and there’s usually some wine and bubbly available in addition to the usual brews.
Monday, July 17
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