Take Action Tour: The Used

Updated 1/30/2013

Thursday: 'Member the Used? They're back - in charity form!

The Used

TAKE ACTION TOUR: THE USED

5:30 p.m. • First Avenue • all ages • $27.50

Come for the good cause and stay for the hyperactive rock when the Used heads up the 11th annual Take Action Tour. This year’s do-gooder caravan and accompanying compilation album — from the Hopeless Records nonprofit offshoot Sub City — benefits the It Gets Better Project, an organization that counsels and encourages gay and lesbian teens. It’s also another chance for Utah’s angst-ridden Warped Tour vets to promote their fifth album, “Vulnerable.” Rounding out the lineup are Michigan metalcore band We Came as Romans, Crown the Empire and Mindflow.  Chris Riemenschneider

The Ericksons

7:30 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • all ages • $12-$15

A sister act originally born as a healing way out of a personal tragedy, the Ericksons have maintained their stark, soul-baring, go-to-the-light tone while stretching out musically on a record that should bring them into the spotlight. "The Wild" was recorded in the semi-wild environment of Fall Creek, Wis., at Justin Vernon's studio, with Beau Sorenson, the same guy who engineered Field Report's record there. Atmospheric guitar/pedal-steel parts and rolling drums add a Daniel Lanois-like sheen to Bethany Valenti's and Jenny Kochsiek's coffeehouse-warm, Emmylou Harris-channeling vocals. The sweet-voiced sibling folkies even get rocking in one of the best tracks, "Find Yourself a Lover." Their album-release party features Jimmy Peterson, of Bellwether and 757s notoriety, as opener. C.R.