Twin Cities concert picks: Aug. 14-20

JAY BOLLER | Updated 8/14/2014

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Thursday - Aug. 14

Earth, Wind & Fire

8 p.m. • Mystic Lake Casino • $59-$69

“Now Then and Forever” was an apt title for Earth, Wind & Fire’s 2013 release because the sounds are familiar but still fresh — horn-flavored funk and soul, with heavenly harmonies and jazzy flourishes. It’s a worthy addition to the EWF catalog. But fans who go to see longtime members Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and kinetic Verdine White want to hear such classics as “September,” “Sing a Song” and “Shining Star.” Jon Bream

 

Friday - Aug. 15

Rodrigo y Gabriela

8 p.m. • State Theatre • $43.50-$53.50

After venturing out to record an album with Cuban musicians, Mexico’s Rodrigo y Gabriela are back working as an acoustic guitar duo, pursuing their rock rather than Latin roots on this year’s “9 Dead Alive,” their first collection of new material in five years. Each selection was inspired by a different person. The shape-shifting “Misty Moses” is dedicated to Harriet Tubman and the gorgeous and haunting “Megalopolis” is a salute to poet Gabriela Mistral. As always, Rodrigo’s flashy leads and Gabriela’s rhythmic drive impress, but they are astounding live. Jon Bream

 

Miami Dolphins

10 p.m. • Hexagon Bar • free

These Minneapolis noise-rockers are moving up in the world. Vinyl, son. Following last year’s “Neon and Foam” cassette release, the spastic quartet is unleashing its berserk new album tonight on freshly pressed 12-inches. Recorded in a south Minneapolis house, the production quality on “Becky” is a marked upgrade from the sports-team-looting band’s past work. Patrick Larkin’s manically scribbled guitars and Beth Bambery’s speak-and-shriek vocals benefit most, lending clarity to the band’s controlled clattering. Mrs., France Camp and Comb Boats open. Michael Rietmulder

 

Candye Kane

9:15 p.m. • Lee’s Liquor Lounge • $8

Known affectionately as “the toughest girl alive,” Kane is battling pancreatic cancer but still tours constantly. A former L.A. punk scenester, she blossomed into a swell blues, swing and roots-rock/Americana singer and bandleader, a self-stated bar “Superhero” who’s “Fit, Fat and Fine.” She gets great support from lead guitarist and co-songwriter Laura Chavez, whose tasty and sometimes incendiary licks are on par with the work of Anson Funderburgh, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Chavez is plenty tough herself. Ross Kleiner & the Thrill open. Tom Surowicz

 

Nicholas David

7:30 p.m. • Minnesota Zoo • $32-$45.50

A frequent guest of other artists’ zoo shows, Nicholas David will make his headlining debut at the Twin Cities’ wildest outdoor stage amid a busy summer that has included recording sessions for his new album and a lot of do-gooder work for the Smile Network and other charities. St. Paul’s happy hippie soul man, who came in third on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012, blends in covers by the likes of Al Green and Hall & Oates along with his own funky originals. Opener David Mayfield is an Americana rocker like his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield. Chris Riemenschneider

 

Saturday - Aug. 16

Ok Go

9 p.m. • Fine Line • 18-plus • sold out

Following a series of freebie releases, for which the power-poppers issued covers and rarities a song at a time, the Chicago-spawned quartet returns with its first proper studio album in four years. “Hungry Ghosts,” the group’s fourth LP, won’t drop until October. But dance-rocky lead single “The Writing’s on the Wall” continues OK Go’s tradition of music video mastery, which earned the band a Grammy in 2007 for its choreographed treadmill routine in its “Here It Goes Again.” Slamdunkapher opens. Michael Rietmulder