Twin Cities concert calendar: May 15-21

JAY BOLLER | Updated 5/14/2014

Cage the Elephant, Twista, Mogwai, Lady Gaga and more!

Lady Gaga at SXSW
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Thursday - May 15

Cage the Elephant

7:30 p.m. • Myth • all ages • $35

With their steady 89.3 the Current airplay and 7th Street Entry pasts, Cage the Elephant, Foals and J. Roddy Walston & the Business aren’t the kinds of bands you expect to see rocking the suburbs at Myth. This show is a great test to judge the Maplewood nightclub vs. St. Paul’s Roy Wilkins Auditorium, where the Kentucky-bred Cage — which broke out in 2008 with the shuffling hit “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” — otherwise would’ve wound up following the release of “Melophobia” and its more melodic single “Come a Little Closer.” Foals adds a nice British-rock flavor, but the heavier buzz is for “Heavy Bells” rockers Walston & the Business.Chris Riemenschneider

 

The Blasters

9 p.m. • Lee’s Liquor Lounge • $15

While the Blasters may be best known for launching Americana ace Dave Alvin, brother Phil Alvin has continued with his spirited roots band. A passionate shouter, Phil still has the original rhythm section of drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz. Guitarist Keith Wyatt has been on board since 1996. Having returned to the studio in 2005 after a long recording hiatus, the group sounded in good form on 2012’s “Fun on Saturday Night.” Jon Bream


Wye Oak

9 p.m. • Fine Line • 18-plus • $16-$27

With the success of 2011’s “Civilian,” this Baltimore-born folk-rock duo was able to realize every musician’s dream of ditching their day jobs. Career milestone in the rearview, Wye Oak didn’t exactly play it safe on this year’s follow-up, “Shriek.” Amid a bout of writer’s block, frontwoman Jenn Wasner put down her guitar for keyboards and an electric bass, resulting in an electro-brushed album more in keeping with her Flock of Dimes and Dungeonesse side projects. Wasner’s signature guitar textures are missed, but the synth-pop shift is no letdown. Experimental synth-rockers Braids open. Michael Rietmulder

 

Friday - May 16

Twista

9 p.m. • Fine Line • 18-plus • $25

Twista made the Guinness World Records book as the fastest rapper in the game, but he hasn’t been moving all that swiftly in his career of late. The Chicago wordsmith — still best-remembered for the Luther Vandross-invoking 2003 Kanye West collaboration “Slow Jamz” — is hyping his way to a June arrival for his first album in four years, “Dark Horse.” The first single, “Throwin’ My Money” with R. Kelly, actually came out last May. Opening is Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s Flesh-n-Bone, who hasn’t let a half-dozen arrests on gun charges keep him from touring. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Pelican

8 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $13-$15

After amicably parting with founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec in 2012, these post-metal bastions returned with last fall’s “Forever Beginning” — their first full-length in four years. Down-a-key songwriter/bassist Bryan Herweg and guitarist/music PR guy Trevor de Brauw discovered a newfound synergy, resulting in Pelican’s progressively driving new album. The heady Illinois headbangers don’t miss a beat with touring-member-turned-full-timer Dallas Thomas, building the Southern Lord-issued record around cascading guitars and worth-the-wait crescendos. Nothing and Sweet Cobra open. Michael Rietmulder

 

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9 p.m. • The Loft at Barfly • 18-plus • $10-$15

After cutting his teeth on electro-house, this Mad Decent-affiliate made the switch to moombahton in 2011 when the slowed-down and dubby genre was enjoying next-big-thing status. The following year the Los Angeles producer saw a visibility boost from his “Bueller” collaboration with Diplo and Brillz. Having since released a steady stream of moombah remixes and collaborations with Bro Safari and Diplo’s Major Lazer, a proper follow-up to his “Killafornia” EP is still in the works. M.R.