Welcome the Start of Outdoor Music Season With Your Complete Concert Calendar: May 30-June 5
Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.
12:27 PM CDT on May 30, 2023
Well, Memorial Day has come and gone, and that means it's officially outdoor music season. Enjoy it while you can.
Tuesday, May 30
- Pedro the Lion with Erik Walters @ Fine Line—Everyone's favorite former Christian rocker, David Bazan, plays PTL albums It’s Hard to Find a Friend and Control in their entirety.
- Alex Lahey with Liza Anne @ 7th St. Entry—You wouldn't necessarily know that The Answer Is Always Yes, released earlier this month, is the first of Lahey's three albums to feature co-writers and outside producers. If anything, the arrangements are slightly less kempt than those of its predecessor The Best of Luck Club, even if they don't match the punky rush of her debut, I Love You Like a Brother. Topics covered include having a good time, hating how happy an ex is, social anxiety, and not getting laid on your birthday.
- Janet Jackson @ Xcel Energy Center—Janet Jackson meant it when she said “Let’s Wait Awhile”—she hasn’t made it back to the Twin Cities proper for a show since her 2015 gig at the Target Center, when she was touring behind her last album, Unbreakable. She did hit the Treasure Island Amphitheater in Red Wing in 2019, where her setlist reached back into every era of her hit-crammed career (viciously derailed as it was by the vile Les Moonves, with the assistance of the venal Justin Timberlake). Word is she’ll be performing new material from her long-delayed upcoming album (her first since Unbreakable), which last we heard was called Black Diamond. But there will still be plenty of room for the slamming Flyte Time beats of the ’80s and ’90s on what she’s calling the Together Again Tour. And at 56, the woman can still move.
Wednesday, May 31
Thursday, June 1
Friday, June 2
- Tink,Jacquees @ Orpheum Theatre—POSTPONED After making a splash in 2014 with her mixtape Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours, Tink was inducted into XXL's Freshman Class the following year and signed with Timbaland. Then, as with too many talented female rap/R&B performers, her career has been derailed by label issues. She's regained her footing as an independent artist since, and as she shows on her latest, Thanks 4 Nothing, she's learned to protect herself, on guard against "Fake Love" and realizing "Streets Ain't for Me."
Saturday, June 3
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Perfume Genius @ Armory—These 9/11-era New York rock revivalists haven’t played the Twin Cities since 2013, which means countless Minnesotans of drinking age (and older!) have never had the chance to see Karen O in her full onstage glory. (Or hear Nick Zinner’s guitar at its full three–dimensional electronic thrum, for that matter.) The trio is touring behind Cool It Down, their first album in nine years, and though it doesn’t explode with the eager postpunk bombast of Fever to Tell or strut with the high-stepping femme glamor of It’s Blitz!, it will contribute several stylish additions to their setlist. And recordings never quite did this band justice anyway. Opener Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, appears on the lead track, “Spitting off the Edge of the World,” and the band seems inspired by his midtempo theatricality throughout. He’s a good role model.
Sunday, June 4
Monday, June 5
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