Twin Cities concert calendar: May 22-28

JAY BOLLER | Updated 5/21/2014

The Faint, Memory Lanes Block Party, Soundset, Eels & more!

Lizzo's GRRRL PRTY crew will perform at Memory Lanes Blockparty.
Kyndell Harkness

Thursday - May 22

Metronomy

9 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $16-$18

To follow Metronomy’s gold-certified (in the U.K.), Mercury Prize-nominated 2011 album “The English Riviera” and arena gigs supporting Coldplay, main man Joseph Mount could’ve easily made a sprawling, touched-up record. He didn’t. Instead, he steered his indie-pop ship into even more stripped-down, analog territory. This year’s “Love Letters” whips ’60s pop, krautrock and minimal electronic influences into a dolefully catchy full-length laced with Casio sounds and Mount’s weepy falsetto. Touring on last year’s appropriately cavernous “Dream Cave,” Aussie psych-rockers and current London residents Cloud Control open. Michael Rietmulder

 

Friday - May 23

Black Weirdo: The Party

8 p.m. • Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Av. S., Mpls. • 18-plus • $12-$15

Established in 2008 by Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White of Seattle-based funk-psychedelic duo THEESatisfaction, Black Weirdo was founded to showcase alternative aspects of black culture. First a website, Black Weirdo later became a touring party and brand aimed at celebrating “black queers and people of color allies” while exposing partygoers to new ideas, faces and lifestyles. The Minneapolis edition will include live music and DJ sets from THEESatisfaction, Sassyblack and Stas Thee Boss. Also performing are Mamadu (Toki Wright’s alter ego), soulstress Sarah White, spacey rapper Sweetz P and DJ Just Nine. Jahna Peloquin

 

Revival Fest

Fri.-Sun. • Harmony Park, Clark’s Grove, Minn. • $25-$75 ($150 three-day pass)

The latest name for Harmony Park’s harmonious Memorial Day weekend hippie camp-out, Revival Fest boasts many Minnesota favorites, including Pert Near Sandstone on Friday and the Big Wu on Saturday alongside such touring festival mainstays as Virginian acoustic maven Keller Williams and Michigan pickers Greensky Bluegrass. Others playing through the weekend include Sans Souci Quartet, Night Phoenix (ex-Roster McCabe), Charlie Parr, the Motet, Rising Appalachia and the most poorly named band of white-boy jammers ever, Afrogasmic. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Muja Messiah

10 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $7-$10

Muja Messiah has never relied on a crew or trendy production style to make a name for himself as one of Minneapolis’ pre-eminent rappers, and his unique, independent voice shines on his latest album, “God Kissed It, the Devil Missed It.” Produced by Mike the Martyr, the 17 new tracks range from the autobiographical opener “Muja Complex” to the gritty Minneapolitan anti-anthem “Northside Nightmares” to the standout track “Pocketful of Slave Owners,” addressing the war on the poor with guest verses by Brother Ali and the Coup’s Boots Riley. Back from a long Los Angeles hibernation, Muja is throwing his hometown release party with opening sets by Metasota, Grip, Audio Perm’s Bobby Raps and more. C.R.

 

Saturday - May 24

The Faint

9 p.m. • Fine Line • 18-plus • $20-$35

Long before today’s modern wave of electronic dance-punk came of fashion in New York or L.A., the fellas in the Faint were banging the be­jeezus out of their synths and farming bold new beats in Omaha in the late ’90s. Todd Fink and his crew are back from a four-year hiatus and sound truly revived on their sixth album, “Doom Abuse,” full of the dark, grinding throb-rock that made them almost famous. Reptar and Darren Keen open. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Memory Lanes Block Party

3 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. & Sun. • Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Av. S., Mpls. • all ages • free