Out Of Office: April 2016
Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression Tour
Former Stooges frontman Iggy Pop has survived a lifetime of punk rock and self-flagellation to reach this improbable point in his storied career: the release of a new album, Post Pop Depression and a 20-city comeback tour. The album was written in collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Queens’ guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen will join the band on tour—but Iggy is the story. At 68, Pop looks like he’s put his skeleton through at least five lives, but the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer can still sing, and he’s healthier than he looks.
Apr. 4., Northrop Auditorium, Mpls., 612-624-2345, northrop.umn.edu
Mumford & Sons: An Arrow Through the Heartland Tour
Everyone’s favorite stomp-and-strum neo-folk revivalist band takes aim at the Midwest this time out. The show is actually an extension of the support tour for the band’s third album, Wilder Mind. A kick-drum won’t fill arenas, though, so this iteration of M&S includes two drummers, some electric guitars and lots of lasers. Yes, the banjo is harder to hear, but that’s not always a bad thing.
Apr. 21., Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com
Pekka Kuusisto Plays Mozart
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto plays a lot more than Mozart in one of his first full outings as The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s newest artistic partner. In the first half of the program, Kuusisto plays pieces by contemporary composer Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (from the rock band The National) and Estonian composer Erkki-Sven TÃ¼Ã¼r. For the second half he reaches back a few hundred years for Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
Apr. 2-3, Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul, 612-291-1144, thespco.org
British playwright Nick Payne’s hit somehow manages to be both a serious meditation on quantum mechanics and a funny, heartwarming romance. Throw parallel universes and the butterfly effect into a blender and you get the courtship fugue between Roland and Marianne (who also happens to be a theoretical physicist), people whose futures become intertwined in a series of alternate realities, depending on who does what next. If you’re looking for a brainy date play, look no further. Featuring local favorites Anna Sundberg and Ron Menzel.
Apr. 15-May 29, Jungle Theater, Mpls., 612-822-7063, jungletheater.com