Twin Cities concert calendar: June 31-Aug. 6

JAY BOLLER | Updated 7/30/2014

Paul McCartney, Kräftskiva, Red Stag Block Party, Broken Bells, Phox & more!

Sir Paul McCartney in London in 2012.
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Thursday - July 31

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

9 p.m. • Amsterdam Bar & Hall • sold out

Forget about Fitz & the Tantrums and Mayer Hawthorne. St. Paul and the Broken Bones are the best young blue-eyed retro soul act out there. St. Paul, who is from Birmingham, Ala., has gone to school on Otis Redding and James Brown, and added a bit of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. In a performance last month that was as exciting as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, St. Paul slayed Minneapolis at the Varsity Theater. Now comes their St. Paul debut. Jon Bream

 

Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer

8 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $30

As she did on last year’s first-rate “After Blue,” exquisite California jazz songbird and USC jazz vocal instructor Tierney Sutton will interpret the songs of Joni Mitchell in concert, accompanied by cellist Mark Summer. On the record, he was the only musician on “Both Sides Now.” Her treatments were strikingly imaginative, whether mashing up “Free Man in Paris” with “April in Paris” or making “Big Yellow Taxi” swing. J.B.

 

Friday - Aug. 1

Drenge

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10-$12

A hat tip from British politician Tom Watkins isn’t the coolest of cosigns for upstart indie bands. But Watkins’ out-of-nowhere plug for this brotherly power duo cast a spotlight on Eoin and Rory Loveless a month before their small-town-boredom-fueled debut dropped last summer. Drenge’s bluesy, Detroit-style garage rock ’n’ roll (more Von Bondies than White Stripes) was already turning heads and its self-titled LP — oozing with Sabbath-esque distortion — doesn’t disappoint. Wax Witches open. Michael Rietmulder

 

Megalodon

9 p.m. • Loft at Barfly • 18-plus • $15-$20

Megalodon (the dubstep producer) is one shark that can’t stop swimming. The East Coast-reared bass head launched his DJ career in San Francisco before relocating to L.A. and eventually the Netherlands. He might have trouble committing to a ZIP code/time zone, but Megalodon consistently delivers murky, mid-range thumpers. This spring he dropped the floor-shaking “Duppy” EP and a collaboration EP with French producer Habstrakt is supposedly in the works. With U.K. dubstep DJ Soloman, locals Durbin, MicDaddy and T-Wrecks. M.R.

 

New Space showcase

8 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $7-$10

An adventurous melding of hip-hop and electronic music, Friday’s New Space showcase is timed to a new compilation from Minneapolis’ Sound Verite label/blog, “Moon Rock, Vol. 1,” featuring all the participating artists. Headliner Greg Grease is carving out a bold, new, spacey and spiritual brand of urban hip-hop, with hints of African flavor akin to fellow rap innovator Allan Kingdom. Even fresher out of the chute and already generating a buzz are Shiro Dame, a neo-soul electro-rap hybrid with Sarah White (Traditional Methods, Black Blondie), and Tiny Deaths, the ambient new project by the Chalice’s singer Claire de Lune and Lookbook’s Grant Cutler. Manny Phesto, Ander Other, DJ Just Nine and Voice of Culture & Dance also perform. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Saturday - Aug. 2

Paul McCartney

8 p.m. • Target Field, 353 N. 5th St., Mpls. • $99.50-$253

The dude has songs. In fact, if Paul McCartney were to play every hit in his 51-year discography — never mind the many uncharted nuggets — Saturday’s landmark concert would not wrap until after the sun comes up Sunday. He won’t go that far, but he will go the distance. Other stops on Macca’s current Out There! Tour have neared the three-hour, 40-song mark. That includes the handful of gigs the 72-year-old icon has played since postponing Asian concerts in May on doctors’ orders due to a virus. Jon Bream