Twin Cities concert calendar: June 19-25

JAY BOLLER | Updated 6/18/2014

Old 97's, Nick Cave, Rock the Garden, Mac DeMarco, Cut Copy & more!

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at SXSW 2013.
Tony Nelson

Thursday - June 19

‘Intercambio’

7:30 p.m. • Icehouse • $8-$10

The sounds of Cuba, then and now, come together in “Intercambio,” a night of collaborative performances from an eclectic lineup of musicians reaching from Cuba to Minnesota. A fundraising event for the documentary film “Closer Than You Think: The Cuban Artist Project,” the show offers a sampling of modern hip-hop and soul to traditional Cuban stylings. Cuban artists including rapper Yrak Saenz, aka Vitalicio, and trova fusion musician Nelson Valdés Viera will perform alongside Twin Cities-based, traditional Afro-Caribbean bands Bomba Umoya and Malamanya, rappers I Self Devine and Tufawon, R&B/soul singer Sarah White and longtime Minneapolis producer and jazz musician Walter Chancellor Jr., who’s performed and recorded with the likes of Prince and Chaka Khan. The event also includes a pop-up art exhibit with artwork from Cuban artists. Chicano soul DJ Rambo Salinas and DJ Don Cuco, who specializes in modern soul, Afrobeat and world music, are also on the bill. Jahna Peloquin

 

Aaron Neville

7:30 p.m. • Minnesota Zoo • $45-$57.50

New Orleans vocal treasure Aaron Neville is known for his classic 1967 hit “Tell It Like It Is,” his funk forays with the Neville Brothers and those Linda Ronstadt duets. On last year’s solo album, “My True Story,” he explored the music he grew up on but in his distinctive laid back, fluttery way — “Be My Baby,” “Little Bitty Pretty One,” “This Magic Moment” and “Work With Me, Annie.” Cory Chisel opens. Jon Bream

 

 

Friday - June 20

Old 97’s

9 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $20

Old 97’s have too much fun together to ever call it quits, even when frontman Rhett Miller went solo in a not-so-fun adult-contemporary way. Still, there’s a comeback vibe to the Dallas twang-rockers’ first record in four years, “Most Messed Up,” full of the barn-burning, barroom-dazed story songs that defined the quartet’s early albums. A guest appearance by Tommy Stinson fits in perfect with the album’s bleary eyes and bleeding fingers. Kentucky Knife Fight and Madison King open. Chris Riemenschneider

 

John Legend

8 p.m. • Mystic Lake • sold out

He collected nine Grammys before scoring a big pop hit. Now Legend is finally a household name, thanks to the chart-topping ballad “All of Me,” which could be the wedding song of 2014. Indeed, he performed it at the recent nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who discovered Legend. The hardworking romantic returns for an acoustic evening of creamy, dreamy soul-pop. Jon Bream

 

‘Escape’

8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. • Skyway Theater • 18-plus • $30-$50

If we’re making French connections, DJ Snake is more David Guetta than Daft Punk. But the Parisian track pusher, who headlines the first of SIMshows’ two-night “Escape” event, is grimier and more hip-hop-informed than the big-room cheeseball. DJ Snake’s riding his “Turn Down for What” single with Lil Jon, which has lit up Billboard’s Hot 100. Brutal dubstep duo with a soft side Zeds Dead, which has an EP due via Mad Decent next month, gets Saturday’s top slot. Michael Rietmulder

 

Saturday - June 21

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

8 p.m. • State Theatre • sold out

In the 12 years since their last Twin Cities gig, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have rearranged their lineup — guitarist Mick Harvey is gone, most notably — but the Aussie rockers haven’t lost their dark luster. In concert, they make a strong case for last year’s underrated if a bit drab album, “Push the Sky Away,” while adding interesting textures to such classics as “Tupelo” and “Red Right Hand.” Of course, Cave himself — last seen in town tearing up First Ave with Grinderman — remains one of rock’s most electrifying and engaging frontmen. No opener is advertised. Chris Riemenschneider