Critics around the country have come to the general consensus that Taylor Swift is the most charming entertainer in music and that her Red concert tour is her best ever. Xcel is one of her favorite venues, too, so she’s gracing us with two shows.
Sept. 7–8. Xcel Energy Center, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com
Iron and Wine
Iron and Wine’s fifth album, Ghost on Ghost, finds its progenitor Sam Beam using lush, retro, 1970s-like arrangements more akin to the heyday of R&B than his previous incarnation as a guy with a beard and guitar recording songs in his living room. Iron and Wine has come a long way—or maybe this was the direction he was headed all along.
Sept. 18. First Avenue, 612-332-1775, first-avenue.com
Jherek Bischoff: Composed
Seattle composer Jherek Bischoff will perform his latest album, Composed, with the help of some stellar local talent, including guest vocalists Channy Leaneagh (Poliça), Sondre Lerche, Ólöf Arnalds, and a Twin Cities–based chamber ensemble, all backed by Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.
Oct. 18. Liquid Music Series at The Fitzgerald Theater, 651-290-1200, fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org
Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples
Bonnie Raitt brings her Slipstream Tour to the relatively intimate Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, where she will be joined by gospel legend Mavis Staples, whose recent collaborations with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy have considerably broadened her audience.
Oct. 23. Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, 800-745-3000, bonnieraitt.com
History of The Eagles: Live In Concert
After 40-plus years, The Eagles are still flying. The band’s recent Showtime documentary has provided a reference point (or perhaps an excuse) to give the country a well-harmonized history lesson. Music lovers, study up.
Sept. 18. Target Center, Mpls., 612-673-1600, targetcenter.com
Sept. 1: Adam Ant at Mill City Nights
Sept. 10: Psychedelic Furs at First Avenue
Sept. 11: Michael Bublé at Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 12: Blake Shelton at Xcel Energy Cernter
Sept. 18: Jonny Lang at State Theatre
Sept. 28: Nine Inch Nails at Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 7: Jack Johnson at State Theatre
Oct. 17: Sarah Brightman at Xcel Energy Center
Josh Groban at Target Center