Twin Cities concert picks: Aug. 21-27

JAY BOLLER | Updated 8/21/2014

Katy Perry! Totally Gross National Party! Cultivate Fest! Atmosphere! More!

Katy Perry in 2010.

Thursday - Aug. 21

Darrell Scott

7 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $30

Americana Music Awards winner Darrell Scott is a name familiar to anyone who peruses liner notes. He was a multi-instrumentalist in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy; his songs have been covered by Brad Paisley, Keb Mo, Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks, and he has played on albums by Steve Earle, Rascal Flatts, Hayes Carll and countless others. He’s a pretty fair singer-songwriter, too, respected enough to get the likes of Pig Robbins, Patty Griffin and Rodney Crowell to join him on 2012’s “Long Ride Home,” a tribute to the kind of country music he grew up on in Indiana. Jon Bream


Friday - Aug. 22

Katy Perry

7:30 p.m. • Target Center • $29.50-$127.50

Rolling Stone’s green-haired cover girl will arrive with colorful wigs, cartoonish costumes and irresistible hits. She is as resourceful as a performer as she is crafty as a songwriter. For her Prismatic World Tour, she’ll swing over the balcony, ride an animatronic horse and skip rope in high heels. From “Firework” to “Birthday,” her show promises to be an effervescent, glow-in-the-dark evening that should appeal equally to young girls and their moms. Opening is Kacey Musgraves, the clever country singer who hasn’t gained much traction despite winning the Grammy for country album of the year. Jon Bream


Phantom Tails

10 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $5

It’s been four years since these Twin Cities synth rockers had their local breakout with their debut album “Sounds of the Hunchback Whale.” The electroclash quartet recently got back in the studio saddle, recording their overdue sophomore LP “Phantom Tails Rides Battalion.” The Kickstarter-funded album pops with frenzied drum machine beats and prancing synthesizers, with thick bass lines and frontman Orion Treon’s guitar occasionally squalling through the analog flurry, as on the teeth-gnashing “Marbelized.” Umami and Bollywood open this release show. Michael Rietmulder



7 p.m. • First Avenue • all ages • sold out

The titans of local hip-hop last rocked a hometown stage in July, opening for blah-rockers Imagine Dragons as part of a free All-Star Game concert at TCF Bank Stadium. Slug and Ant should feel much more at home at First Avenue, where they’ll mark the kickoff of their North of Hell Tour alongside Prof, Dem Atlas and DJ Fundo. Atmosphere — in the midst of the “quietly durable” phase of its career, says Pitchfork — is touring behind May’s “Southsiders,” the latest in a long line of releases from a more content and less incisive Slug. Here’s hoping they stick to the hits. Jay Boller


Hipshaker 12th anniversary

9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. • Kitty Cat Klub • $5

In lieu of pizza and go-carts that many 12-year-olds might celebrate a birthday with, this grown-up soul party celebrates a dozen years of dancing with a two-night vinyl bash at its Dinkytown home. The 45-spinning Hipshaker DJs Brian Engel, Greg Waletski and George Rodriguez are joined by Chicago’s Nancy “Soulstatic” Yahiro on Friday and Dallas DJ Martin Prado on Saturday. M.R.


Saturday - Aug. 23

Totally Gross National Party

2 p.m.-2 a.m. • Icehouse • $12

Boosted by the Totally Gross National Product label’s affiliations with Lizzo and Poliça over the past few years, the fifth annual Totally Gross National Party probably could have moved up to First Ave — but that’s not how the TGNP crew operates. The big lineup in the tiny room includes some of co-founder Ryan Olson’s various projects, including Marijuana Deathsquads and the new duo Taggert and Rosewood (with Solid Gold’s Zach Coulter), plus Olson’s friends and protégés such as Allan Kingdom, Leisure Birds, Pony Bwoy, Votel and Alpha Consumer. The show stealer, though, should totally be Fog, the old vehicle of the Cloak Ox’s Andrew Broder with new material under the hood. Chris Riemenschneider