New Kids on the Block

Wednesday: Gen X flashback brings along Nelly and TLC. Plus: Torres, Lo-Fang.


Updated 5/19/2015

New Kids on the Block

7 p.m. • Xcel Energy Center • $29.50-$96.50

Flashbacks aren’t just for baby boomers going to Billy Joel on Saturday. How’s this for a Gen X flashback — TLC, Nelly and New Kids on the Block. OK, the headlining NKOTB, the boy band of the late 1980s/early ’90s, may not fit your idea of rap ’n’ soul, but they put the fun in hits such as “Step by Step” and “Hangin’ Tough.” TLC, down to a duo after the death of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez, ruled in the ’90s with “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs.” Nelly brings the sounds into this century with his singsong-y ’00s hits “Ride Wit Me” and “Hot in Herre.” Jon Bream

 

Torres

8:30 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10-$12

You’re not going to find 2015’s Song of the Summer on Torres’ sophomore effort, this month’s “Sprinter.” The Brooklyn-via-Nashville-via-Georgia singer-songwriter’s latest record takes the thick-veined guitars of ’90s rock and slingshots that same era’s typically navel-gazing worldview toward the heavens. Backed by a meatier band for her stop at the Entry, the real-life Mackenzie Scott may boast downer subject matter, but her guitar swirls will send you out the door more exalted than before. Locals Aero Flynn open. Andy Penkalski

 

 

Lo-Fang

8:30 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $12-$15

Matthew Hemerlein, aka Lo-Fang, has been making music as a one-man orchestra since he was a youngster in Maryland. But he truly captured acclaim last year opening for pop sensation Lorde and voicing a melancholy cover of the “Grease” hit “You’re the One That I Want” in Baz Luhrmann’s confusing Chanel No. 5 microfilm advertisement. At any rate, Lo-Fang’s debut album, “Blue Film,” greatly showcases his diverse musical skills, including violin, guitar, piano, cello and vocals. And don’t let the Hemerlein’s soft sounds and breathy vocals fool you — there’s an undercut of real intensity (perhaps his inner Zuko) within each lush arrangement. Sally Hedberg

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