Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts June 9–11

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Philadelphia’s Nothing plays Triple Rock on Saturday, June 11 // Photo via Nothing Facebook page

With 100 degrees on the horizon for some parts of Minnesota on Friday, there’s no question summer has arrived. So what better way to beat the summer heat than a show in a dark, air-conditioned concert venue?

Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop | Varsity Theater | Thursday, June 9th, 7pm

Earlier this year, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam teamed up with indie songwriter Jessca Hoop for a duets album entitled “Love Letter For Fire.” The album finds Beam’s lovely hushed melodies intertwining perfectly with Hoop’s warm vocals, all against a backdrop of minimal folk arrangements. Expect to hear a ton of swooning at this show as the duo tugs at the crowd’s collective heartstrings. $30 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Plants & Animals | 7th Street Entry | Thursday, June 9th, 8pm

Plants & Animals may not have the star power of many of their fellow Montreal bands, but their inventive arrangements are just as worthy of your time and attention. Their fourth and most recent album, “Waltzed in from the Rumbling,” closes a four-year gap since their previous record, “The End of That.” Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe (could you have come up with a more Canadian band name?) open the evening. $12 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Rebel, Rebel – Rock for Pussy XII – Tribute to David Bowie | First Avenue, Friday, June 10th, 8pm

After a year absence last year due to the organizers dealing with personal issues, and following the tragic loss of David Bowie earlier this year, there was no way that the annual Rock For Pussy Tribute wasn’t going to happen this year. As always, the show serves as a benefit for Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter in St. Paul. This year’s event will certainly be a pretty heavy evening, but it will also be a celebration of Bowie’s amazing catalog and life. $15 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Nothing | Triple Rock Social Club | Saturday, July 11th, 7pm

Philadelphia’s Nothing have carved out a shoegaze-meets-post-rock sound that is a lot mellower than their members’ previous punk and hardcore bands might lead you to believe. Their latest record, “Tired of Tomorrow,” is a tight batch of driving guitars and haunting vocals. These songs are begging to be blown up and out live on stage. $15 / 18+ / Buy tickets

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