Daniel Lanois is one of the few producers in the music business who’s on a first-name basis with the world. He has just a few impressive recordings on his r/sum/, including U2’s “Joshua Tree” (1987) and “Achtung Baby” (1991), Dylan’s “Oh Mercy” (1989) and “Time Out of Mind” (1997), Emmylou Harris’s monumental “Wrecking Ball” (1995), and the Neville Brothers’ masterpiece “Yellow Moon” (1989), among others.
He’s so adept in the recording studio that it can be hard to remember Lanois is also a musician. He’s released six solo albums since 1989, including two this year: “Rockets” (on his own daniellanois.com label) and “Belladonna” (on the Anti label).
Critic Rob Theakston says that “Belladonna” is “every bit as focused and accomplished as anything in Lanois’ catalog, and die-hard fans will be wanting more long after the disc winds down.”
W Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Fine Line Music Caf/, 318 1st Ave. N. $23. 338-8100, www.finelinemusic.com.
Twiztid sister act
There’s something appealing about boys in make-up. Think back to David Bowie and Alice Cooper and think your way forward to Kiss, Marilyn Manson and the living cartoon of metal and rap that is Insane Clown Posse.
Now think of Twiztid, prot/g/s of the Posse, all dolled up in pancake make-up and an unhealthy obsession with movies about serial killers.
Bring a bottle of Faygo and indulge your inner, painted-up rebel at this all-ages show.
Tu Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. The Quest, 110 5th St. N. $18. 338-3383, www.thequestclub.com.
Still rooting around
Vince Gill has been around so long and had so many hits, it’s sometimes easy to dismiss him with a wave of the hand as just another Nashvegas phony. However, Gill is different. Even at the height of his 1990s hit factory powers, he took a turn for the unusual: tradition.
As its title implies, his 1996 “High Lonesome Sound” was a return to his boyhood favorite, bluegrass, as well as other roots styles. Two years later, he didn’t come back with a conciliatory album to make everything good as gold with the Nashville establishment; he came back with “The Key,” a critically acclaimed further exploration of traditional country music.
Naturally enough, country radio stayed as far from the album as it could (except for the hit “If You Ever Have Forever in Mind”), proving for the one-millionth time how little the country music industry likes country music.
John Randall opens the real concert.
Th Oct. 13, 8 p.m. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. $35-$42. 339-7007, www.hennepintheatredistrict.org.
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