Twin Cities concert picks: Aug. 7-13

JAY BOLLER | Updated 8/7/2014

WE Fest! Skyline Fest! Pizza Luce & Borough block parties and more!

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Thursday - Aug. 7

WE Fest

Thu.-Sat. • Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes, Minn. • $79-$139

Lake country’s famous yearly country spectacle is bro-heavy this time around, with cowboy hat-wearin’ Jason Aldean (Thu.) and Brad Paisley (Fri.) headlining the three-day event. Noted beanie aficionados the Zac Brown Band (Sat.) will be there, too, as will douchebag-era throwbacks Florida Georgia Line (Thu.). You gotta appease the frat boys who’ve made WE Fest their zenith. Fear not, country lovers, because actual country artist Ashley Monroe (Thu.) is on the bill! Also performing: The Band Perry (Fri.), Randy Houser (Fri.), Travis Tritt (Sat.), Brantley Gilbert (Sat.) and others. Kara Nesvig

 

Friday - Aug. 8

Skyline Music Festival: Indie Night

5:30 p.m. • Target Field, 353 N. 5th St., Mpls. • $29-$49

The name sounds like something a suburban teen youth center might come up with to attract the cool kids, and the lineup for the Skyline Music Festival’s Indie Night looks a lot like Rock the Garden 2008, which also featured Andrew Bird and the New Pornographers as headliners. Bird just issued a Handsome Family tribute album and has a twangy new band that includes Tift Merritt on guitar and ex-Minneapolitan Eric Heywood on pedal steel. The New Pornos — who long ago lost Neko Case from their tour lineup — are previewing their Aug. 25 release, “Brill Bruisers.” Electro-pop charmers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and local drummers-turned-bandleaders Dosh and S. Carey open. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Youngblood Hawke

9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $14-$16

Following in the footsteps of their former tour mates Passion Pit, these synthy pop-rockers parlayed a happy-go-lucky indie-pop sound into a major label deal. Last year Republic released the L.A. sextet’s debut full-length. The self-titled album teems with boomingly smiley choruses and gang vocals, as heard on 89.3 the Current fave “We Come Running,” which gets a jubilatory boost from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. Founding members Sam Martin and Simon Katz are well-versed in cheeseball pop, coming off their facepalm-worthy rap/indie-pop band Iglu & Hartly. Caught a Ghost opens. Michael Rietmulder

 

Saturday - Aug. 9

Pizza Lucé Block Party

Noon-10 p.m. • outside Pizza Lucé, 119 4th St. N., Mpls. • all ages • free

The Pizza Lucé Block Party was successfully revived for its 10th anniversary last year in a new location outside the pizza chain’s old downtown location. This 11th-year lineup balances new and old flavor with Lizzo’s rowdy electro-rap troupe Grrrl Prty and Rhymesayers’ budding star Dem Atlas alongside the elder live hip-hop pioneers Heiruspecs and veteran piano-rock showman Mark Mallman, each of whom have new material to bring to the table. The rest of the lineup includes acoustic folk/blues master Charlie Parr, Afrobeat big band Black Market Brass, Afro-beatbox big man Carnage, Sean McPherson’s Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra and more. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Skyline Music Festival

5 p.m. • Target Field, 353 N. 5th St., Mpls. • $29-$79

Day 2 of the Skyline fest stars Oscar and Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, the raspy rocker who is essentially a casino act at this stage of her career, and O.A.R., which makes perpetual college-rock party music. Promoters have smartly turned to Minnesota’s own Gear Daddies, one of the big draws at last year’s inaugural fest, along with two other Twin Cities-connected bands, the rock-solid Honeydogs and the Rembrandts, those “I’ll Be There for You” hitmakers. Jon Bream